Romney hires Santorum campaign manager

posted at 10:01 am on April 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney’s task as presumptive nominee will be to unite the party behind his leadership in time for the general election against Barack Obama.  That requires a delicate balance of expanding the message beyond the GOP tent while embracing the conservatives who have been reluctant to back Romney.  He has to find ways to reach those voters, and Romney has made a significant move in that direction by drafting the man who helped make Rick Santorum their champion:

Veteran Manchester Republican activist Mike Biundo, the former national campaign manager for Rick Santorum, has signed on with the Mitt Romney campaign in a key post organizing conservative voters for the presumptive presidential nominee.

UnionLeader.com has learned that after guiding Romney’s chief rival’s presidential effort, Biundo has now been hired for the general election as the Romney campaign’s deputy national director of coalitions.

“Mike Biundo ran an outstanding campaign for Senator Santorum,” said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. “We are excited that he has agreed to bring his considerable skills and abilities to our team.”

Santorum will meet next week with Romney, and some have criticized him for not offering an endorsement by now, more than two weeks after suspending his campaign.  However, Biundo tells the Union-Leader that Santorum gave him his blessing to make the change to Romney’s team:

“They called shortly after Rick dropped out,” Biundo said. “We had several conversations. I spoke with Rick and made sure it was OK with him before I moved, and he gave his full blessing on it.”

Both Santorum and Newt Gingrich will negotiate a place for themselves in the upcoming campaign and convention, and how much influence they will have on the message.  Putting Biundo into that slot helps both Romney and Santorum, and underscores the increased clout Santorum has after a surprisingly effective 2011-12 campaign.  It also creates a liaison between Romney’s team and Santorum that will make it more comfortable for his erstwhile competitor to engage with the Romney campaign in reaching Santorum backers to pull them into the fold.

It’s a smart move all around.  That doesn’t mean that Romney will have no issues in stoking enthusiasm among conservatives, but he now has a key player who has proven his ability to get that job done, and on much more of a shoestring, as opposed to Romney’s well-funded campaign.  Give him a couple of months and a couple of more ridiculous personal attacks from Team Obama, and it might be easier than anyone would have thought.


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Ug – not a good sign.

stenwin77 on April 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

However, Biundo tells the Union-Leader that Santorum have him his blessing to make the change to Romney’s team

Is that a new form of English, Ed?

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Romney is one smart man.

Is that a new form of English, Ed?
Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Have=Gave. A mere typo.

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Say what you want, but Romney has got some major fence-mending to do after his scorched earth primary. I mean, voter turnout in PA was miserable. He’s got his work cut out for him to get people enthused to vote FOR him (as opposed to against SCOAMF).

I hope his speech the other day is a portent of good things to come, but he had better start shouting and preaching conservatism loudly and consistently from now through November.

Rixon on April 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Have=Gave. A mere typo.

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Typos that lead to other actual words are fun.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Say what you want, but Romney has got some major fence-mending to do after his scorched earth primary. I mean, voter turnout in PA was miserable. He’s got his work cut out for him to get people enthused to vote FOR him (as opposed to against SCOAMF).

I hope his speech the other day is a portent of good things to come, but he had better start shouting and preaching conservatism loudly and consistently from now through November.

Rixon on April 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Who cares? The conservatives will vote for him anyway. Or at least that’s what he believes. Team Mitt had better start praying on their knees that the Bradley Effect is in full effect. I really don’t think it’s going to be the cake walk that it should be.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Is that a new form of English, Ed?

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I was having a hard time there too. I read it several times and just couldn’t make it work.

kerrhome on April 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I think his title is really PENNSYLVANIA Campaign Manager

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Who cares? The conservatives will vote for him anyway. Or at least that’s what he believes. Team Mitt had better start praying on their knees that the Bradley Effect is in full effect. I really don’t think it’s going to be the cake walk that it should be.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Isn’t that the truth. In any other universe, Obama would be a slam dunk loser in November.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Just a thought…Romney might want to hint that Ricky-boy would look good in a SCOTUS black robe. Romney could kills many proverbial birds with that single stone.

Deafdog on April 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Is that a new form of English, Ed?

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Have=Gave. A mere typo.

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Ed’s taking typing lessons from me :-)

Steve Eggleston on April 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Say what you want, but Romney has got some major fence-mending to do after his scorched earth primary. I mean, voter turnout in PA was miserable. He’s got his work cut out for him to get people enthused to vote FOR him (as opposed to against SCOAMF).

I hope his speech the other day is a portent of good things to come, but he had better start shouting and preaching conservatism loudly and consistently from now through November.

Rixon on April 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

You are so right. I’m still not on board with Romney, but I’m waiting to see how drastic his pivot to the center is and who he chooses for his VP. His scorched earth campaign–reminiscent of Sherman’s march through the South–has left a bad taste in my mouth; and although it’s true that the North won, Sherman’s actions were not honorable at all. He left the South completely destroyed and left the people there with a lot of hatred towards the North because of it.

KickandSwimMom on April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Just a thought…Romney might want to hint that Ricky-boy would look good in a SCOTUS black robe. Romney could kills many proverbial birds with that single stone.

Deafdog on April 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Wow… It would take years to clean up all the exploded liberal heads if Romney did that…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Isn’t that the truth. In any other universe, Obama would be a slam dunk loser in November.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

It’s fantastically hilarious that anyone thinks that alternative scenarios – Gingrich or Santorum running in the general in Nov – would produce anything other than crushing Republican losses.

InVinoVeritas on April 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Fixed the typo.

Ed Morrissey on April 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sherman’s actions were not honorable at all. He left the South completely destroyed and left the people there with a lot of hatred towards the North because of it.

KickandSwimMom on April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

And you see that happening to Obama and the democrats as a bad thing why? The dem’s already hate anyone who isn’t liberal, so aside from them being utterly destroyed, what would the difference be?

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Say what you want, but Romney has got some major fence-mending to do after his scorched earth primary. I mean, voter turnout in PA was miserable.

Rixon on April 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I’m sick of this idea that Romney has to do all the heavy lifting if some vague group of ticked off conservatives are going to support the GOP nominee. Romney can not take the conservative vote for granted but, come on!, he is the nominee. These fickle conservatives that are demanding to be pandered to need to grow up and see the big picture. Does anger that your more ideologically pure guy ran a bad campaign really justify allowing the reelection of Obama?

That Romney hired Santorum’s campaign manager shows that he is making an effort to build a broad coalition. All you selfish idiots who are just too conservative for Romney need to reassess your priorities because as much as you allow your hatred to drive you to support Obama by default, you won’t be any happier during the next four years and you actually have the ability to do something about it between now and November.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Wow… It would take years to clean up all the exploded liberal heads if Romney did that…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

One of the benneficial side-effects. :)

Deafdog on April 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I think his title is really PENNSYLVANIA Campaign Manager

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I.e., look out for voter fraud and intimidation in Philly manager.

rbj on April 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I.e., look out for voter fraud and intimidation in Philly manager.

rbj on April 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Didn’t the courts just uphold the Pennsylvania mandatory voter ID law???

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

It’s useless to reason with the TrueCons.

In the Christie thread in the headlines, the same people that loudly profess that conservatism always wins and always has the support of the people are asserting that the only reason Christie’s approval ratings in NJ are high is because he’s a liberal.

What a sorry self-parody these folks are becoming.

KingGold on April 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

That Romney hired Santorum’s campaign manager shows that he is making an effort to build a broad coalition. All you selfish idiots who are just too conservative for Romney need to reassess your priorities because as much as you allow your hatred to drive you to support Obama by default, you won’t be any happier during the next four years and you actually have the ability to do something about it between now and November.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

It would just be nice to be voting for someone more than voting against the other guy.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Just a thought…Romney might want to hint that Ricky-boy would look good in a SCOTUS black robe. Romney could kills many proverbial birds with that single stone.

Deafdog on April 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

To quote JohhnyMac—
You cannot be serious !!”

Paul Clement- remember that name- (The lawyer/solicitor gen who won the obiecare SCOTUS args) is the ONLY person who should be recommended for next justice opening.

Enough with the ideological crap. Just uphold the Constitution.

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Sherman’s actions were not honorable at all. He left the South completely destroyed and left the people there with a lot of hatred towards the North because of it.

KickandSwimMom on April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

And Santorum/Gingrich didn’t run negative ads? Whenever I hear this idea about “scorched earth” I know what the real issue is. ABR folks ticked off that Romney was able to outspend the others in key primaries. That is not scorched earth, it is good political strategy.

That being said, I do not want a repeat of 2008 where McCain refused to really campaign. Romney is a fighter and that is what is needed to re-take the White House. Forgive me if I do not have a whole lot of sympathy for those irked that their guy did not win the nomination.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

aw come on man. talking about the war of northern agression by supreme commander romney is so much more fun, ya know? why rbing reason into this. we’re hot gas for a reason.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Just a thought…Romney might want to hint that Ricky-boy would look good in a SCOTUS black robe. Romney could kills many proverbial birds with that single stone.

Deafdog on April 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

secy HHS. heh.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

All you selfish idiots who are just too conservative for Romney need to reassess your priorities because as much as you allow your hatred to drive you to support Obama by default, you won’t be any happier during the next four years and you actually have the ability to do something about it between now and November.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

In other words…take what is given you and shut up. Do as you are told, and don’t complain, and whatever you do, do not try to make better policy, just accept whatever is given you.
Sorry pal, that is not how it works…the nominee works for us, we don’t work for them. That is the problem with people who follow without thinking, that is how we got into this mess, because we give all the power to who we hire, and don’t hold them accountable.
Holding Mitt accountable to conservative policies, many of us feel, is a benefit to the country…obviously not to you.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

It would just be nice to be voting for someone more than voting against the other guy.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Politics is never about getting everything you want. That’s why it’s “politics” and not “wishing on Aladdin’s lamp.” If you can’t handle disappointment on a regular basis, don’t follow politics. It’s time for us collectively to grow up.

Romney may not be the nominee people wanted the most – that’s certainly true in my case – but he’s the nominee we have. If you don’t like it, you can either blame the most direct cause, the Republican primary voters in the several states, or the indirect cause, the “better” candidates who proved not to be as adept at fundraising or campaigning as Romney. Or, instead of mewling about it, figure out the best way to go from here – that is, defeating Obama.

KingGold on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I.e., look out for voter fraud and intimidation in Philly manager.

rbj on April 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

its so hard to find though. i mean its only on the national news, on videotape, live. how would one find it? and preceute it? it really just isnt a probelm. silly. no, i mean, racist!

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

It would just be nice to be voting for someone more than voting against the other guy.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Try this on for size. No matter how much you hate Romney, not voting for him is essentially a vote for the status quo. Are you really happy with the status quo? Do you really want four more years of Obama? I would think that you could at least give Romney a shot instead of this constant whining and lamenting from Romney haters that their guy did not win the nomination. Get over it.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

These fickle conservatives that are demanding to be pandered to need to grow up and see the big picture. Does anger that your more ideologically pure guy ran a bad campaign really justify allowing the reelection of Obama?

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

To a lot of them – yes. Many on this site believe that if our candidate isn’t a fire-breathing social-con and a broadsword-wielding budget exploder, that it’s better for Obama to stay in the White House to take the blame with it all goes to hell. (More to hell.)

I ask them: once America as we know it ceases to exist (as they fear), what DIFFERENCE does it make who we blame? It’ll be over.

Washington Nearsider on April 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Isn’t that the truth. In any other universe, Obama would be a slam dunk loser in November.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

luckily there is only one universe. this one. and he is.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I’m sick of this idea that Romney has to do all the heavy lifting if some vague group of ticked off conservatives are going to support the GOP nominee. Romney can not take the conservative vote for granted but, come on!, he is the nominee. These fickle conservatives that are demanding to be pandered to need to grow up and see the big picture. Does anger that your more ideologically pure guy ran a bad campaign really justify allowing the reelection of Obama?

That Romney hired Santorum’s campaign manager shows that he is making an effort to build a broad coalition. All you selfish idiots who are just too conservative for Romney need to reassess your priorities because as much as you allow your hatred to drive you to support Obama by default, you won’t be any happier during the next four years and you actually have the ability to do something about it between now and November.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I can say with the utmost in confidence that you have not changed a single mind with your post. I’m glad that Romney is trying to “build a coalition,” if for no other reason than that I want to see Obama lose. It’s going to take more than hiring former Santorum campaign staffers to do it, though.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Sorry pal, that is not how it works…the nominee works for us, we don’t work for them. That is the problem with people who follow without thinking, that is how we got into this mess, because we give all the power to who we hire, and don’t hold them accountable.
Holding Mitt accountable to conservative policies, many of us feel, is a benefit to the country…obviously not to you.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Notsobright,

My point was and is that this reconciliation is a two way street and too many of you selfish Romney haters seem to think that all the effort at building the base is the responsibility of the campaign. You are not even making an effort to listen to what Romney is doing are what actions he is taking. Hiring Santorum’s campaign manager was a good step in maybe convincing you crybabies that maybe, just maybe, Romney isn’t the devil. Grow up you whining little hater.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

luckily there is only one universe. this one. and he is.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Oh really? How about all these battleground polls showing Romney in a dead heat nationally with Obama? I’ll cede that might be the Bradley effect, but Romney had better hope it is. It’s going to take more than hiring some of Santorum’s campaign staffers to turn this around IMO.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I can say with the utmost in confidence that you have not changed a single mind with your post. ………
gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

lucky for us he doesnt have to. obama does it quite nicely.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Try this on for size. No matter how much you hate Romney, not voting for him is essentially a vote for the status quo. Are you really happy with the status quo? Do you really want four more years of Obama? I would think that you could at least give Romney a shot instead of this constant whining and lamenting from Romney haters that their guy did not win the nomination. Get over it.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I didn’t say I wasn’t voting for him. But conservatives are getting sick of having candidates that can barely spell conservatism let alone speak it fluently. Of course, I want Obama gone. That is probably the best thing Romney has going for him.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Notsobright,

My point was and is that this reconciliation is a two way street and too many of you selfish Romney haters seem to think that all the effort at building the base is the responsibility of the campaign. You are not even making an effort to listen to what Romney is doing are what actions he is taking. Hiring Santorum’s campaign manager was a good step in maybe convincing you crybabies that maybe, just maybe, Romney isn’t the devil. Grow up you whining little hater.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

What actions is Romney taking? Making campaign stops? Giving speeches? You bet your sweet ass the onus is on him to get us to vote for him. And I want him to win. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop being honest about what a repellent opportunist I find him to be. I just happen to want Obama to lose more than I want Romney to lose. It IS Romney’s job to convince the unconvinced, and no one else’s. If that bothers you, go somewhere where they don’t hold presidential elections every four years — like Saudi Arabia.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Lets get the HA35 to stand together in one group and the rest of us can circle them, sing kumbaya and give them an enormous group hug.

Bradky on April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

It would just be nice to be voting for someone more than voting against the other guy.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

.
No, This election IS EXACTLY about voting against the Marxist fraud. The enemy is in the WH- don’t kid yourself. So what if Super Mitt doesn’t make you tingly all over. Go watch Oprah.

This anti-American community organizer is hell bent on his destructive ideology. He is the enemy. He is who we are fighting. Any change, ham samich included, will be better than this corrupt thug.

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Romney may not be the nominee people wanted the most – that’s certainly true in my case – but he’s the nominee we have. If you don’t like it, you can either blame the most direct cause, the Republican primary voters in the several states, or the indirect cause, the “better” candidates who proved not to be as adept at fundraising or campaigning as Romney. Or, instead of mewling about it, figure out the best way to go from here – that is, defeating Obama.

KingGold on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Ring-a-ding-ding!

We’re reasonably sure that Romney will sign anything that comes down the pike, which is far more than what we can say about Obama. The keys now are to remove the roadblocks from enacting small-government legislation, and making sure that what comes out of Congress is of the small-government variety.

Steve Eggleston on April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

His first move will be to convince voters Obama is Mormon.

EddieC on April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

It’s going to take more than hiring former Santorum campaign staffers to do it, though.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Agreed but reconciliation is a two-way street. The victory speech was great but it was just that. We still need the policy speeches and debates to flesh out exactly what Romney’s campaign is running on. Whining little crybabies who are throwing temper tantrums because their guy didn’t win will never change their mind anyway. They are stuck on hatred and, frankly, just how much time should Romney devote to people who have decided that they will never support him in the first place?

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Holding Mitt accountable to conservative policies, many of us feel, is a benefit to the country…obviously not to you.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

There is a profound difference between holding Mitt Accountable, and refusing to vote for him because you vesting your entire personal identity in another candidate and now suffer from Romney derangement syndrome. It’s time to grow up and act like adults.

The other candidates made their cases as best as they could but more people voted for Romney than for any other of the candidates, that is the indisputable fact. Now throw yourself on the floor like a 2 year old and have your tantrum if you must, or accept the painful reality that the candidate you wanted didn’t convince enough people of the strength of their candidacy. Time to take your pampers off and put your big boy pants on.

No, Romney was not my first pick, not even my second or third, but he is the ONLY serious challenger to Obama. And I seriously want Obama out of office, he is destroying America.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Romney needs to up his bona-fides with the Socons. Romney needs to ‘reach out’ to the Santorum voters. Romney needs to show that he’s serious about getting rid of Obamacare. Romney needs to show that he’s not going to nominate a Dem to the bench (like he did as Gov.).

Politically, it’d be a clever gesture for Romney to suggest that Ricky at SCOTUS is the kind of thing he would think about. As a lawyer and and ex-Senator, Rick has the qualifications.

If Romney Actually wins and it’s time to make the decision, you can make your case for Clement vs. Anyone else.

Deafdog on April 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Oh really? How about all these battleground polls showing Romney in a dead heat ……
gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

hey eyore. that you allah? good lord. look man, any poll with obama “leading” under 50, is him losing. 80% of undecideds break otehr way. obama leading 47-45 (for example) is really obama losing 52-48. relook. do the math. i give him maybe 200EVs. then factor in this is april. relax. by sept obama’s going under the bus, to save “the PARTY”.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Lets get the HA35 to stand together in one group and the rest of us can circle them, sing kumbaya and give them an enormous group hug.

Bradky on April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

beats the circular firing squad some enagage in here.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

They are stuck on hatred and, frankly, just how much time should Romney devote to people who have decided that they will never support him in the first place?

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

So you advocate preaching to the choir? That’s not a way to win elections. Reconciliation may be a two-way street, but Romney is asking voters to elect him as the most powerful man in the free world. I don’t think I’m out of line at all to expect him to toe the line ideologically if he wants my vote; neither do I think anyone else is. “They’ll vote for me anyway” is a sentiment I find pretty insulting, and Etch-a-Sketch had better get over that way of thinking pretty damn fast, or he could find himself on the losing side of a narrow election.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

beats the circular firing squad some enagage in here.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I promise not to grope angryed…
gather round people!

Bradky on April 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Notsobright,

My point was and is that this reconciliation is a two way street and too many of you selfish Romney haters seem to think that all the effort at building the base is the responsibility of the campaign. You are not even making an effort to listen to what Romney is doing are what actions he is taking. Hiring Santorum’s campaign manager was a good step in maybe convincing you crybabies that maybe, just maybe, Romney isn’t the devil. Grow up you whining little hater.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

See, this is why you guys are considered so strange…first you start off with an insult, you want to take it down that path, go ahead, it matches who you are supporting…than you say “you selfish Romney haters”, as if trying to move him to the right is some kind of “hate”.
I think hiring him is a good step, Rick is the one that moved Mitt to the right, and got him to drop the incessant negative campaigning.

It shows that Mitt is trying to reach out to the conservatives, now if we can just get his obnoxious cult followers to calm down, take a breath, and realize that it is okay to criticize someone, that critic does not mean hate…naw that won’t happen with you guys.

So here is some advice, from you, “grow up you whining little hater”…gee, it is easy to attack someone behind a computer, I can see why you are so good at it, you don’t have to be held accountable, you are hidden…

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Sherman’s actions were not honorable at all. He left the South completely destroyed and left the people there with a lot of hatred towards the North because of it.

KickandSwimMom on April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

You wanna talk ‘honorable’? Ok, then tell me how honorable it is to split away from a sovereign nation based on petty tyranny and forced labor wrapped in the paper-thin disguise of ‘states rights’? Tell me how ‘honorable’ it would’ve been for the USA to be unavailable to save all of Europe from Germany – TWICE – because it was a shattered wreck?

The South signed on for the risk of death and destruction the moment they shot cannons at Fort Sumter, just as their forefathers accepted the risk of being hung or shot when they took up arms against England. And if Lincoln himself hadn’t told his own people to ‘go easy’, the destruction would have been worse.

As for the hatred, those who still can’t get over the fact that their racist butts got kicked over 150 years ago just have chronic b!tchitis. You tried, you lost, and if you hate “them durn Yankees” that much, there’s the door.

MelonCollie on April 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I promise not to grope angryed
gather round people!

Bradky on April 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

angryEd’s hopes and dreams have just been crushed…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

or the indirect cause, the “better” candidates who proved not to be as adept at fundraising or campaigning as Romney. Or, instead of mewling about it, figure out the best way to go from here – that is, defeating Obama.

KingGold on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I agree with all you posted. Here in Virginia it is absurd that Santorum and Gingrich were not on the primary ballot.

That being said fundraising and campaigning are integral proficiencies in the nomination process. It really is the first test for any aspiring candidate. Romney and Santorum were running much better campaigns by the time Santorum dropped out. That edge cannot be discounted as those complaining that their guy didn’t win whine about how unfair it all is.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

We’re reasonably sure that Romney will sign anything that comes down the pike, which is far more than what we can say about Obama.

Steve Eggleston on April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

This is a salient point that Grover Norquist (evil RINO!!! eleventyone!) made at CPAC this year, which is that all of the policy for the foreseeable future is coming out of the House and Senate, and all we need is a president with enough working digits to handle a pen. It’s a lot easier to bring down an agenda when it’s tied to a single person.

KingGold on April 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

There is a profound difference between holding Mitt Accountable, and refusing to vote for him because you vesting your entire personal identity in another candidate and now suffer from Romney derangement syndrome. It’s time to grow up and act like adults.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

No, it’s time for Romney supporters to stop throwing act like adults. They aren’t “entitled” to anyone’s vote – they have to get out there and work for it. There is no “Republican welfare” where the candidates are just “entitled” to 100% of the Republican vote. That has never been true in past elections and won’t be true now, no matter how much you scream “BUT OBAMA!!!!11111″ or accuse Romney critics of being secret Democrats. Throwing temper tantrums on the internet isn’t going to get you more votes for Romney, sorry.

The ONLY way to hold Mitt accountable, furthermore, is to withhold your vote. Complaining on the internet AFTER he elected does nothing to “hold him accountable.”

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Wow… It would take years to clean up all the exploded liberal heads if Romney did that…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

No kidding. The problem is he doesn’t have a particularly stellar background as a lawyer/legal scholar, so this conservative isn’t keen on this idea either. HHS is much better fit (although that too would make liberal heads explode) so the best solution is probably something in the foreign policy arena. He is well-versed on Iran and so forth…

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I was responding to the other cultist, he feels any critisism is “hate” speech.
Moving Mitt to the right is what many of us want, he is too left for most conservatives…but many of his followers think he is perfect, without flaw, kind of a “god”, or a living prophet…he isn’t, he is being hired by us to represent us…politicians work for the people, not the other way around. And this blind faith following is exactly what has got us to the place we are in.
And watch the convention platform take place…do you think it will be only what Mitt wants? What he feels is right? I don’t think so…so all the RNC will be haters for not blindly following him? Good grief, the most sensitive people in the world are the Mitt cultists.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Reconciliation may be a two-way street, but Romney is asking voters to elect him as the most powerful man in the free world. I don’t think I’m out of line at all to expect him to toe the line ideologically if he wants my vote; neither do I think anyone else is. “They’ll vote for me anyway” is a sentiment I find pretty insulting, and Etch-a-Sketch had better get over that way of thinking pretty damn fast, or he could find himself on the losing side of a narrow election.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

And as I posted above. Romney still has to do the policy speeches and debates to stake out exactly what his campaign stands for on some very important issues. This is very much different than the primaries where all the candidates (with the possible exception of the loon Ron Paul) had generally the same positions on issues and were fighting over shades of gray. Now Romney has to stake out a position vis-a-vis Obama. All I’m asking is that the whining little crybabies with all their hatred of Romney shut up long enough to see what those positions are.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Holding Mitt accountable to conservative policies, many of us feel, is a benefit to the country…obviously not to you.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with holding Mitt accountable, as you say. The problem is when haters would rather spew the Mitt sucks ad hominem du jour rather than writing about the policy positions Mitt should embrace and the strategies he should adopt to get them implemented. Hating him doesn’t advance the conservative agenda one little bit.

Slainte on April 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

angryEd’s hopes and dreams have just been crushed…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

ed, theres hope. nobody elected bradky to speak for all of us; sweetie.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The ONLY way to hold Mitt accountable, furthermore, is to withhold your vote. Complaining on the internet AFTER he elected does nothing to “hold him accountable.”

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Doomy want a passy? Another tantrum-throwing child makes the incredible argument that not voting, and thus encouraging the possibility the Marxist-in-Chief will be re-elected (with no restraints to his ability to completely and utterly destroy our republic), is how to hold him “accountable”.

Of course the other possibility is that you are not a child, but an agent of Axelrod, Plouffe, and Jarrett…

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Moving Mitt to the right is what many of us want, he is too left for most conservatives…but many of his followers think he is perfect, without flaw, kind of a “god”, or a living prophet…he isn’t, he is being hired by us to represent us…politicians work for the people, not the other way around. And this blind faith following is exactly what has got us to the place we are in. BLAH BLAH BLAH
right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Look at r2b build strawmen!

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

No, it’s time for Romney supporters to stop throwing act like adults. They aren’t “entitled” to anyone’s vote – they have to get out there and work for it. There is no “Republican welfare” where the candidates are just “entitled” to 100% of the Republican vote. That has never been true in past elections and won’t be true now, no matter how much you scream “BUT OBAMA!!!!11111″ or accuse Romney critics of being secret Democrats. Throwing temper tantrums on the internet isn’t going to get you more votes for Romney, sorry.

The ONLY way to hold Mitt accountable, furthermore, is to withhold your vote. Complaining on the internet AFTER he elected does nothing to “hold him accountable.”

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Try waking up. I’m not a “Romney” supporter. I am aggressively anti-Obama. Romney was never my choice. To quote a brilliant former Sec. of Defense. You do not go to war with the Army you wish you had. You go to war with the Army you do have.

I wanted Sarah Palin, or Herman Cain, guess what, neither of them made the cut. So here we are. Romney is the candidate we have, not the candidate some of us wanted. You go right ahead and chose to sit this one out if you want. Elections are won, not by sitting it out, but by having the highest turn out for a candidate.

Every single vote for Obama has to have a vote for Romney to counter it plus another vote to overwhelm it or Obama remains in office. Those who chose to sit it out are essentially voting for Obama because they are not voting to get rid of him. Voting for a third party candidate literally equals voting for Obama.

You make up your mind. Do you want Obama to complete his destruction of America or do you want him stopped?

The brutal truth is exactly what it has always been. Evil only triumphs when good men do nothing.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The ONLY way to hold Mitt accountable, furthermore, is to withhold your vote. Complaining on the internet AFTER he elected does nothing to “hold him accountable.”

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

You have to understand, most of his ardent supporters are of the same faith…they follow without question, he is all but a “prophet”, so they don’t dare question him, I have not seen one ardent supporter question anything he does, it would be heresy. Their leaders are chosen in the church is the same way, they ascend by order, it is like a “union” position. You don’t question, you do as you are told.
So they misinterpret what most of us want, they think we want Obama, because we want Mitt to be more conservative. Us questioning Mitt, is basically us being a “bigot”, as I have been called.
The fact that I have for years thought he was the best choice for VP or a high cabinet position (imagine thinking a person should be the second most powerful person in the world, and being called a “hater” for that”) makes not difference, it’s either for him 100%, or you are a whining hater and bigot.
They never look at history, never realizing that a moderate can’t win over a liberal. I want Mitt to win, but I also want him to come to the right, move to the conservative side of the ledger…and he will, if he doesn’t, he will lose.
He should be double digits ahead of a person who has led us into the worst recession ever, the highest sustained unemployment ever, the highest energy prices ever, etc., etc…but he is barely hanging on.
They need to step back and take a look…and I think that is what hiring Santorum’s men mean, he knows he is in trouble.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I was responding to the other cultist, he feels any critisism is “hate” speech.
Moving Mitt to the right is what many of us want, he is too left for most conservatives…but many of his followers think he is perfect, without flaw, kind of a “god”, or a living prophet…he isn’t, he is being hired by us to represent us…politicians work for the people, not the other way around. And this blind faith following is exactly what has got us to the place we are in.
And watch the convention platform take place…do you think it will be only what Mitt wants? What he feels is right? I don’t think so…so all the RNC will be haters for not blindly following him? Good grief, the most sensitive people in the world are the Mitt cultists.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Yes, I want Mitt to move to the right, Mitt can be moved to the right, unlike Obama who has already promised to move even further to the left if he wins reelection.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Look at r2b build strawmen!

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Look at BD bury her head in the sand…he should be double digits ahead, why isn’t he?
Don’t answer, he hasn’t done anything wrong…he’s perfect.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

You make up your mind. Do you want Obama to complete his destruction of America or do you want him stopped?

The brutal truth is exactly what it has always been. Evil only triumphs when good men do nothing.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

In other words, you have nothing but threats and hysterical pronouncements of doom. Zero attempts to even pretend that Romney might do anything to cut spending, you just scream “BUT OBAMA” and sit back as though that is some kind of argument. That’s not how adults behave or argue.

What you ought to be doing, instead of making threats, is trying to convince Romney critics that he might actually cut spending instead engaging in foaming at the mouth rants about how Romney critics are secret Democrats because they’re considering not voting for him.

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I want Mitt to win, but I also want him to come to the right, move to the conservative side of the ledger…and he will, if he doesn’t, he will lose.
He should be double digits ahead of a person who has led us into the worst recession ever, the highest sustained unemployment ever, the highest energy prices ever, etc., etc…but he is barely hanging on.
They need to step back and take a look…and I think that is what hiring Santorum’s men mean, he knows he is in trouble.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

What utter balderdash to make the claim that your temper tantrums and hatred are some noble calling to help Mitt Romney win the general. Some of what you post above is true but post after post of “I HATE MITT, I HATE MITT, I HATE MITT…… ad naseum” is not staking out substantive positions. You are the one he needs to take a step back and consider just what kind of help you are providing, if you are not a filthy liar when you claim you want to see Romney win.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

In other words, you have nothing but threats and hysterical pronouncements of doom. Zero attempts to even pretend that Romney might do anything to cut spending, you just scream “BUT OBAMA” and sit back as though that is some kind of argument. That’s not how adults behave or argue.

What you ought to be doing, instead of making threats, is trying to convince Romney critics that he might actually cut spending instead engaging in foaming at the mouth rants about how Romney critics are secret Democrats because they’re considering not voting for him.

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Put your big boy pants on and face reality like a man for once in your life.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Notsobright,
Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Careful! He is verrrrry testy on that topic. I used that moniker back in 2007 and got this response:

Nice try, you lace your posts with personal attacks, and then call me the one that smears. *uck’in liar. Look at your smears. You were name calling me right out of the gate you stupid swine…you must live and drink in your own urine.

And may I note the irony of r2b calling other commenters “strange” and whining about “name-calling”. This from a commenter who calls the Romneys “Baby-killers”, endlessly yammering about magic underwear and prophets, yet goes beserk if anyone points to the abject stupidity of his arguments.

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Yes, I want Mitt to move to the right, Mitt can be moved to the right, unlike Obama who has already promised to move even further to the left if he wins reelection.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Exactly, Obama will stay where he is, and now is time for Mitt to separate from his past liberal stances…hiring Santorum’s man is a step for him in the right direction, Rick kept himself on the right effectively.
It’s that contrast that will widen the lead for Mitt, not the liberal/moderate stances he has taken, there is not enough separation for a “moderate” voter to make a change from Obama to Mitt…and Obama has the upper hand, with a higher likeability factor, and tha fact he is the one in office.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It’s going to take more than hiring some of Santorum’s campaign staffers to turn this around IMO.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

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Ya think ?

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Put your big boy pants on and face reality like a man for once in your life.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Just as soon as you learn to argue like an adult and not a spoiled child.

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

You have to understand, most of his ardent supporters are of the same faith…they follow without question…

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I’m a Catholic and a Romney supporter.

…it’s either for him 100%, or you are a whining hater and bigot.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

When you discuss substantive policy positions and what you’d like to see Mitt do is when we can have a productive exchange. When you lump all his supporters together under one religious umbrella and use the tedious threat to vote Obama, you present as a hater with an agenda to undermine our winning back the WH.

Slainte on April 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

If Romney wants to pull everyone together, that is HIS job. The tea party tried but they can’t stay together without a leader. The tea party is really just the conservatives. Mitt needs all of the Repubs, and a leader will be able to get them all behind him. If he fails to do that-leadership is lacking.

congma on April 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

What actions is Romney taking? Making campaign stops? Giving speeches? You bet your sweet ass the onus is on him to get us to vote for him. And I want him to win. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop being honest about what a repellent opportunist I find him to be. I just happen to want Obama to lose more than I want Romney to lose. It IS Romney’s job to convince the unconvinced, and no one else’s. If that bothers you, go somewhere where they don’t hold presidential elections every four years — like Saudi Arabia.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Reconciliation may be a two-way street, but Romney is asking voters to elect him as the most powerful man in the free world. I don’t think I’m out of line at all to expect him to toe the line ideologically if he wants my vote; neither do I think anyone else is. “They’ll vote for me anyway” is a sentiment I find pretty insulting, and Etch-a-Sketch had better get over that way of thinking pretty damn fast, or he could find himself on the losing side of a narrow election.

gryphon202 on April 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

^^THIS^^ (THESE?)

Just Sayin on April 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

What utter balderdash to make the claim that your temper tantrums and hatred are some noble calling to help Mitt Romney win the general. Some of what you post above is true but post after post of “I HATE MITT, I HATE MITT, I HATE MITT…… ad naseum” is not staking out substantive positions. You are the one he needs to take a step back and consider just what kind of help you are providing, if you are not a filthy liar when you claim you want to see Romney win.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Pal, better go back 4 or 5 years, I have never changed my position on Mitt…I fought hard for a more conservative leader, that is what a nomination process is all about. Let’s see how honest you are, find the post where I ever stated “I hate Mitt”. I hated his support of abortion, you obviously don’t, I hated his support of Romneycare, his praising of Obama for taking over business, his support of TARP, Cap and Trade, his belief in Global Warming…hardly issues that are “extreme”, but pretty mainstream conservative.
You, and the other cultist, just couldn’t see your prophet being criticized for his past indiscretions.
Now the process is over, but he is still OUR nominee, and works for the American people, at least that is what he keeps saying…so we have every right to demand that he move to the right…if he stays mired in his moderate to left stands, he will lose.
And I don’t want him to lose…the difference between his little minions and most of us, you are happy he won…I won’t be happy unless he defeats Obama, and he can’t unless he separates himself from moderate policies.
You have your opinion, which is laced with lies and false innuendos, and I have mine…you are happy how he is, I want him to be more right.
We both support him…why are you trying to drive supporters away, like a jealous lover…

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Isn’t it fun to see how he responded to what I highlighted (religious allusions) with an irrelevant comment about polls. Look at r2b build bigger and bigger strawmen, making ludicrous claims that those of us who support Romney think he’s a “living prophet”, “without a flaw”, “perfect”! Gosh, the imperfection of man is like a basic principle of Christianity but r2b is such an angry, hallucinatory adherent he chooses to build strawmen and light both his hair and the strawman on fire in the process.

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

MelonCollie on April 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Boy, quite the rant. FYI I AM a yankee who transplanted to the south 20 yrs. ago. Also, the Civil War was about a lot more than slavery so you can quit the “racist” name calling. Do you live in the south? Have you been there? Sounds to me like you are spouting a lot of ignorant viewpoints IMO. Sherman did not have to torch everything in his path.

I don’t have time to post further since I have errands to attend to so I won’t be able to respond to anything. Later . . .

KickandSwimMom on April 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Just as soon as you learn to argue like an adult and not a spoiled child.

Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I don’t thin you have the slightest clue what an adult act’s or argues like.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Zero attempts to even pretend that Romney might do anything to cut spending, you just scream “BUT OBAMA” and sit back as though that is some kind of argument. That’s not how adults behave or argue.
Doomberg on April 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

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You have been Obamatized in these few short years.

A President Romney will not set out to transform the country. He will return it to “normalcy” – albeit a DC dysfunctional norm. The Senate/Congress will have the power to “cut spending” and do all those “conservative” mavericky things you pine for. Romney just signs the bill- won’t be the “Sponsor”- like Oliar. That’s not the job of the WH.

Romney will be the captain steering that ship. He’s an Executive, a manager. A problem solver, NOT a legislative ideologue that ABRs have tried desperately to accuse him of.

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Ha! One of my comments didn’t show up so I gather it is being held in moderation. It must be because I quoted r2b directly from a certifiably insane rant he produced in 2007. Too funny…

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Ah, I see the charming walk down memory lane with r2b made it past the moderators…

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I hope this doesn’t mean Romney is going to start constantly whining about being outspent by his opponent.

MFn G I M P on April 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

He will return it to “normalcy” – albeit a DC dysfunctional norm. The Senate/Congress will have the power to “cut spending” and do all those “conservative” mavericky things you pine for. Romney just signs the bill- won’t be the “Sponsor”- like Oliar. That’s not the job of the WH.

Romney will be the captain steering that ship. He’s an Executive, a manager. A problem solver, NOT a legislative ideologue that ABRs have tried desperately to accuse him of.

FlaMurph on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I think this is largely correct. The decline of the U.S. will be managed much more effectively and will occur in a more orderly fashion under Romney than under Obama.

Woo hoo!

Just Sayin on April 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

You have to understand, most of his ardent supporters are of the same faith…they follow without question, he is all but a “prophet”, so they don’t dare question him, I have not seen one ardent supporter question anything he does, it would be heresy. Their leaders are chosen in the church is the same way, they ascend by order, it is like a “union” position. You don’t question, you do as you are told.
So they misinterpret what most of us want, they think we want Obama, because we want Mitt to be more conservative. Us questioning Mitt, is basically us being a “bigot”, as I have been called.

The fact that I have for years thought he was the best choice for VP or a high cabinet position (imagine thinking a person should be the second most powerful person in the world, and being called a “hater” for that”) makes not difference, it’s either for him 100%, or you are a whining hater and bigot.
They never look at history, never realizing that a moderate can’t win over a liberal. I want Mitt to win, but I also want him to come to the right, move to the conservative side of the ledger…and he will, if he doesn’t, he will lose.
He should be double digits ahead of a person who has led us into the worst recession ever, the highest sustained unemployment ever, the highest energy prices ever, etc., etc…but he is barely hanging on.
They need to step back and take a look…and I think that is what hiring Santorum’s men mean, he knows he is in trouble.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Not true….I am not affiliated with any religion and have supported Romney since 07. Your bringing religion into the mix is silly.

Redford on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I mean, voter turnout in PA was miserable. He’s got his work cut out for him to get people enthused to vote FOR him (as opposed to against SCOAMF).

Rixon on April 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Voter turnout in PA was miserable because Romney was the de facto victor. Why bother to vote when you already know the outcome? Only the Paulbots would be motivated to hit the voting booths in order to give their guy a good showing, which is what happened.

On the contrary, had the ABR’s been strongly motivated, they could have turned out to give either Gingrich or Santorum (still on the ballot) a good showing. That is what Gingrich was counting on. Didn’t happen.

Santorum held back his endorsement because he was deluded enough to think that he might have gotten a good showing in PA despite having “suspended” his campaign. That’s what his yammering about PA voters voting their conscience was about. Had the ABR protest vote been considerable enough, he would have jumped right back in. Didn’t happen.

People’s motives may be opaque, but they are fundamentally rational. Newt stayed in long enough to see if he could pick up Santorum’s support after Santorum bagged out. Didn’t happen, so he quit. Santorum “suspended” his campaign to avoid potential humiliating loss in his home state, but withheld his endorsement of Romney until the results of the PA primary, where a strong second could be turned into a moral triumph and an excuse to get back in. Didn’t happen, so now he’s ready to have a “conversation” with Romney, while his people head for the hills.

Putting Biundo into that slot helps both Romney and Santorum, and underscores the increased clout Santorum has after a surprisingly effective 2011-12 campaign. It also creates a liaison between Romney’s team and Santorum that will make it more comfortable for his erstwhile competitor to engage with the Romney campaign in reaching Santorum backers to pull them into the fold.

Increased clout? Hah, hah. Since when is a rat leaving a sunken ship evidence of increased clout? At this point, Santorum is lucky he got Romney on the phone.

Romney will build bridges to conservatives because it is the smart thing to do. That is not the same thing as building a bridge to Rick Santorum. That is a bridge to nowhere.

Mr. Arkadin on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The fact that I have for years thought he was the best choice for VP or a high cabinet position (imagine thinking a person should be the second most powerful person in the world, and being called a “hater” for that”) makes not difference, it’s either for him 100%, or you are a whining hater and bigot.
They never look at history, never realizing that a moderate can’t win over a liberal. I want Mitt to win, but I also want him to come to the right, move to the conservative side of the ledger…and he will, if he doesn’t, he will lose.
He should be double digits ahead of a person who has led us into the worst recession ever, the highest sustained unemployment ever, the highest energy prices ever, etc., etc…but he is barely hanging on.
They need to step back and take a look…and I think that is what hiring Santorum’s men mean, he knows he is in trouble.

right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Dude, we aren’t even close to the general election.

Polls at this point are really meaningless.

blatantblue on April 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Some people never change.

Pal, better go back 4 or 5 years, I have never changed my position on Mitt…
right2bright on April 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

That isn’t consistency that is obstiancy.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

It would just be nice to be voting for someone more than voting against the other guy.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Try this on for size. No matter how much you hate Romney, not voting for him is essentially a vote for the status quo. Are you really happy with the status quo? Do you really want four more years of Obama? I would think that you could at least give Romney a shot instead of this constant whining and lamenting from Romney haters that their guy did not win the nomination. Get over it.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

…four more years of that bass-turd is not an option!

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I was not for Romney but am now in 100% to get him elected! I will do anything I can to defeat the Kenynan fraud!! This time I will vote for the American candidate!!

Marco on April 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I think Romney is doing a lot of things right so far.

JellyToast on April 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Redford on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Let me make this easy for you by referring you to a famous Gary Larson cartoon which perfectly describes what ails r2b.

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Typos that lead to other actual words are fun.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

..not when I posted a comment that said “..tax cuts” and inserted an “n” into cuts.

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

..not when I posted a comment that said “..tax cuts” and inserted an “n” into cuts.

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Opp’s… Facepalm moment eh…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Mr. Arkadin on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

..for the record, I find your comments well worth reading.

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Opp’s… Facepalm moment eh…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

..abbalutely could not figure out why that little puppy so long to hit the thread. Interestingly, AP let through unmolested.

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

..abbalutely could not figure out why that little puppy so long to hit the thread. Interestingly, AP let through unmolested.

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

ROTFLMAO… Allahpundit has a cruel and evil streak in him…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

When you WE discuss substantive policy positions and what you’d WE’D like to see Mitt do is when we can have a productive exchange. When you OR ANY OF US lump all his supporters OR OPPONENTS together under one religious OR IDEOLOGICAL umbrella and use the tedious threat to vote Obama OR STAY HOME, you present as a hater with an agenda to undermine our winning back the WH.

Slainte on April 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

This pretty much sums up the discussion so far, on all of the campaign threads; however, I don’t agree that Slainte’s conclusion represents most of the HA community. Ad hominem attacks are an understandable expression of frustration and concern, but don’t necessarily indicate hatred (except for those persons who have explicitly laid claim to that emotion).

Still, internet hissy fits are not the best way win friends and influence candidates.

AesopFan on April 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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