Romney scolds reporter after social-issues questions: “Aren’t there issues of significance that you’d like to talk about?”

posted at 9:41 pm on May 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, a fun way to end Gay Marriage Day. The key bit comes at 2:15 but watch from the beginning or else you’ll miss why he’s so exasperated. This is what I was getting at in this morning’s post about why O was willing to take a calculated gamble on endorsing SSM. Simply put, he knows Romney doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s desperately trying to brand himself as the candidate of economic recovery before Obama can brand him as the candidate of waging war on women and putting dogs on car roofs and yadda yadda yadda. Remember, their big talking point against Romney, ludicrous as it is, is that he’s the most conservative nominee since Barry Goldwater. If they can bog him down in talking about hot-button social issues instead of unemployment, they can get him to play into that impression a bit. His rhetoric doesn’t have to be strident or out of the conservative mainstream for this tactic to work; all they’re trying to do is make him look like a guy who’s preoccupied with “values” issues while swing voters are worried about jobs. And of course Romney knows it. Hence his consternation here as he’s put through his paces first on gay marriage, then in-state tuition for illegals, and then ye olde medical marijuana question. Axelrod couldn’t have scripted that any better. If Mitt never has to field another question about those topics before election day, I’d bet he’ll be just fine with it.

Two questions here while you watch. One: Why is he okay with domestic partnerships but not civil unions? Is there some principled distinction he has in mind or is that purely a minor strategic concession to pro-gay-rights Republicans? Two: Andrew Kaczynski makes a very good catch. Watch to the last seconds of the clip and you’ll hear Romney say, almost offhandedly, that gay marriage and marijuana are state issues. Is that really his official position? Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?


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You wouldn’t know it by the way he’s campaigning.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Yes. Maybe my phrasing was wrong. He lacks passion, which is sorely needed right now. As someone observed, he speaks like a CEO addressing his board of directors. His performance so far, and this interview is a good example; you’d never know he is the last stand against the complete destruction of the USA.

I don’t need or want a great orator or the smartest man in the room, just a candidate who understands the peril we are in and is willing to move heaven and earth to fix it. This requires more enthusiasm than what Romney has displayed thus far. I hope he and his advisers get there before it is too late.

FLconservative on May 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I don’t need or want a great orator or the smartest man in the room, just a candidate who understands the peril we are in and is willing to move heaven and earth to fix it. This requires more enthusiasm than what Romney has displayed thus far. I hope he and his advisers get there before it is too late.

FLconservative on May 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

It also requires different policies than Mitt has embraced in the past. If I were more concerned about style over substance and intentions, I’d be liberal.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I don’t need or want a great orator or the smartest man in the room, just a candidate who understands the peril we are in and is willing to move heaven and earth to fix it. This requires more enthusiasm than what Romney has displayed thus far. I hope he and his advisers get there before it is too late.

FLconservative on May 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

You are absolutely right! Romney should set his hair on fire right now!

VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:56 PM

You are being too kind when you say “incredibly annoying”. I would say “incredibly annoying” and “incredibly Incredulous”.
VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I bit my tongue and refrained from going totally ballistic.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM


It also requires different policies than Mitt has embraced in the past.

Yes, only it requires different policies than Romney has embraced ever, whether rhetorically or otherwise.

casuist on May 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Here’s Ann Romney on motherhood. Gosh, not sure if this is conservative enough.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Obama, Romney – it makes no difference.

Their arguments and their politics are riddled with lies and inconsistencies that mirror a system, which was devised to be much smaller and simpler than it is today, that’s beginning to unravel in front of our eyes. There are so many lies they can’t keep up with them any longer.

Obama and Conservatives arguing over legislating homosexuality.

Romney pretending Iran is some nuclear threat to the U.S.

While, in the past, any nation that directly threatened our liberty with an aggressive attack was considered an enemy. Now, with this tyrannically ignorant system we have, they claim Iran’s a threat as an excuse to undermine OUR OWN LIBERTIES. Everything is backward. We threaten Iran and they threaten us. Threat’s are not and will never be exactly the same as an act of aggression, no matter how the tyrannically stupid may try to argue as such.

Good luck in this fun house 2012 election. I’m not sure it really matters who “wins”.

fatlibertarianinokc on May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Here’s Ann Romney on motherhood. Gosh, not sure if this is conservative enough.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

I wasn’t aware that Ann Romney is running for office. MITT Romney should be taking every opportunity to trumpet to the American people that he is Obama’s polar opposite. He is not, ergo my suspicion that he is not the political genius the rombots want to paint him as.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Actually – Romney impressed me in this clip.

EXCELLENT handling of an idiot!

williamg on May 9, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Actually – Romney impressed me in this clip.

EXCELLENT handling of an idiot!

williamg on May 9, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Exhibit #4,685,123,825 of someone being unduly impressed by basic political competence.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:20 PM

The good news is the Barack has already had to play and discard the gay card. All he has left is the race card. Expect the rioting to start earlier than scheduled.

SouthernGent on May 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM

The good news is the Barack has already had to play and discard the gay card. All he has left is the race card. Expect the rioting to start earlier than scheduled.

SouthernGent on May 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM

And expect Romney to play the “some of my best friends are black” card in response.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I wasn’t aware that Ann Romney is running for office. MITT Romney should be taking every opportunity to trumpet to the American people that he is Obama’s polar opposite. He is not, ergo my suspicion that he is not the political genius the rombots want to paint him as.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:12 PM

He has been drawing a clear contrast day in and day out. Just because Hot Air doesn’t cover it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As for Ann Romney, that was in response to INC’s condescending statement which I dealt with earlier^.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

He has been drawing a clear contrast day in and day out. Just because Hot Air doesn’t cover it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As for Ann Romney, that was in response to INC’s condescending statement which I dealt with earlier^.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Oh yeah? Like when Mitt supported Obama’s student loan initiative about a month ago? Or how he’s defended Romneycare consistently and insistently while insisting he’d repeal Obamacare? Dude, to assert that Romney has taken every possible opportunity to distance himself from Obama is not only painfully disingenuous, it is absolutely FALSE.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

exactly! like a couple of weeks ago when obama was stumping to keep student loan interest rates low mittens providing clear contrast by shouting “yes, me too!!”

oh, wait, what does contrast mean again?

chasdal on May 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Competence may be adequate. Remember, the lsm is looking for a few seconds of footage. Think Dukakis in the tank. Or their truncation of Rep. West’s linkage of the precepts of communism with the Progressive Caucus. An appearance of competence may actually be Romney’s most important product.

wolfsDad on May 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

An appearance of competence may actually be Romney’s most important product.

wolfsDad on May 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

An appearance of conservatism would be nice as well.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Funny how in every thread these days we have a bunch of clowns arguing about whether or not Romney is conservative enough, likeable enough, authentic enough, etc. etc. to deserve their vote. Meanwhile he’s our only option to defeat the worst president in the history of the country…

Swerve22 on May 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Funny how in every thread these days we have a bunch of clowns arguing about whether or not Romney is conservative enough, likeable enough, authentic enough, etc. etc. to deserve their vote. Meanwhile he’s our only option to defeat the worst president in the history of the country…

Swerve22 on May 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

He has my vote. That is a wholly separate question from whether he deserves it, Butch.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Early voting for the TX state primary-FINALLY!-starts on Monday.
I’m voting for Mitt and Ted Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Me too girlfriend!

jazzuscounty on May 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

He said STATE ISSUES! Maybe el mittino has a couple of cards up the old starched sleeve? Sounds like limitted government talk. With Mitt, not that much will be rolled back, but at least it ain’t going “FORWARD”.

Palin/Cain/Paul 2012!

ahlaphus on May 9, 2012 at 11:42 PM

He said STATE ISSUES! Maybe el mittino has a couple of cards up the old starched sleeve? Sounds like limitted government talk. With Mitt, not that much will be rolled back, but at least it ain’t going “FORWARD”.

Palin/Cain/Paul 2012!

ahlaphus on May 9, 2012 at 11:42 PM

He said state issues, mere weeks after agreeing with Obama on student loan intervention, and mere days after pointing out that Obama followed his advice on the “structured auto bankruptcy.” Does that sound like someone trying to distance themselves from Obama to you?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Oh yeah? Like when Mitt supported Obama’s student loan initiative about a month ago?
gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM

It’s not a “student loan initiative”. It’s a temporary fix to a problem the Dems created. But to take a position against it was politically disastrous so he did the smart thing and took an issue away from O. He has no control over this law – it’s up to Congress and O to work it out. Now R can go to colleges and explain his positions and shore up their vote without this premeditated distraction.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

He should keep saying this over and over and over again.

What good are social issues when you don’t have food to eat or a roof over your head.

Heck if I were Romney I would say that Obama can spend time on them because he wants to stay far away from his economic record.

gophergirl on May 9, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Gay Marriage Solution

Every union should be a civil union with marriage, if desired, taking place in the worship spot of your choice. Just like in Monaco when Prince Albert and his wife had the civil ceremony on Friday with the big formal church wedding on the following Saturday.

Government shouldn’t dictate your private relationship with another person. If any two people want to have a legal contract to spell out their relationship, they should be able to do so. Rights of visitation, inheritance, powers of attorney, insurance, etc. should be available in a simple package for anyone, regardless of gender.

The real issue here are financial benefits like tax breaks which makes gay marriage actually cost tax payers money. We wouldn’t have that issue is we didn’t have a convoluted tax code with loopholes and breaks for just about everyone.

Get government out of marriage altogether.

Common Sense on May 9, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Just refreshing to hear someone actually say “those are state issues”. OBAMA/ROMNEY 2012! What’s the difference? The difference is Romney isn’t Obama. The difference’s DNA burrows and dwells in the fact that Obama is not an American.

ahlaphus on May 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

It’s not a “student loan initiative”. It’s a temporary fix to a problem the Dems created. But to take a position against it was politically disastrous so he did the smart thing and took an issue away from O. He has no control over this law – it’s up to Congress and O to work it out. Now R can go to colleges and explain his positions and shore up their vote without this premeditated distraction.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

The “temporary fix to a problem the Dems created” was proposed by Dems, signed into law by a Dem, and advocated for by none other than Willard Milton Romney. Apparently you are okay that Romney has not taken every opportunity to distance himself from Obama that has presented itself, but “taking an issue away from Obama” is not going to convince the unconvinced that Romney deserves their vote. Quite to the contrary, it’s far easier to hold this up as an example of why Romney is like Obama as opposed to giving him a pass and reassuring us that he’s not because of other unrelated things he’s done/said. At the very least, terrible optics.

Besides which, if Romney could get away with taking that issue away from Obama, how come he didn’t do the same with gay marriage? Which issues is it okay to do that with and why?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Don’t fall in the liberal trap. They don’t want to discuss the horrible economy and Obama’s failures. They will do anything to change the subject.

rubberneck on May 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

If politicians were like television remotes, Mitt would be but a night watchman in the bowels of Juarez, Mexico. The Won would hopefully appear every-once-in-a-while as a beaming glitch of malprogramming in CSPAN’s daily routine as this cuntry’s last breath of fair media expires.

Too bad the saps in charge know what’s best for you, and me, and he, and she, and we, and thee, and Penelope. Can’t wait…

ahlaphus on May 9, 2012 at 11:58 PM

If they can bog him down in talking about hot-button social issues instead of unemployment….

Yeah, that way they can avoid running on their outstanding economic policies.

As for “hot button social issues” – yeah, that is what is on EVERYONE’S mind nowadays.

GarandFan on May 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Meanwhile he’s our only option to defeat the worst president in the history of the country…

Swerve22 on May 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Because, before Obama, Bush was the worst President in our history.

And, after Obama, Mitt Romney will “manage the decline” of a once great nation.

He won’t pursue any policies which will reduce spending. He’ll continue his blind support of his banking buddies where he gets most of his donations by continuing to back the Federal Reserve, no matter what they do to the Dollar. He won’t cut spending drastically, he won’t stop policing the world, he won’t demand we only go to war with a declaration of war, he won’t defend our civil liberties.

In other words, Mitt Romney is a fake choice. He’s the exact same as Obama. He is a supporter of government run health care, he’s a supporter of nation-building, so is Obama, they both support violating liberty in the name of security.

Someone tell me one area where they REALLY disagree?

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Someone tell me one area where they REALLY disagree?

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Student loan interest rates? At least that’s what Buy Danish told me.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

One sad thing for the college kids these days is that OBAMA, and OBAMA alone, federalized the student loan world. It makes me sick to my stomach that kids my younger brother’s age will be forever in debt to the government. In the contrary they’d be in debt to the private industry, state governments, and banks, but no cash-collecting entity is as ruthless as the federal goverment’s. Liberty has gone the wayside. Forever the flesh will fall until the magician’s hand leans toward the leant.

ahlaphus on May 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Funny how in every thread these days we have a bunch of clowns arguing about whether or not Romney is conservative enough, likeable enough, authentic enough, etc. etc. to deserve their vote.
Swerve22 on May 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

That kinda takes, well, all discussion of Mitt Romney off the table. I guess we can completely cease being intellectually honest and critical about Republicans and just talk about Obama from now on.

Yeesh, it’s not like Romney fans have to deal with crap like jacket colors, bracelets, accents, fake book burning lists…etc. All we want to debate is actual conservatism.

Dongemaharu on May 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Good luck in this fun house 2012 election. I’m not sure it really matters who “wins”.

fatlibertarianinokc on May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Tell ya’ what, you, and all of those others who can’t see any difference between the two, why don’t ya’ll just vote for Romney to change things up a bit for the next four years? After all, after Obama’s statement to Medvedev, we don’t need somebody who is going to be comfortable and not worry about being re-elected for the next 4 years. At least Romney will have to show some motivation to get another term; PBHO can retire in place.

AZfederalist on May 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Student loan interest rates? At least that’s what Buy Danish told me.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

They both support the concept of government student loans. The rest is just bull crap designed to give us the FALSE IMPRESSION they actually have differences. They don’t. They’re both probably CIA operatives. lol

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Tell ya’ what, you, and all of those others who can’t see any difference between the two, why don’t ya’ll just vote for Romney to change things up a bit for the next four years? After all, after Obama’s statement to Medvedev, we don’t need somebody who is going to be comfortable and not worry about being re-elected for the next 4 years. At least Romney will have to show some motivation to get another term; PBHO can retire in place.

AZfederalist on May 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Indeed. If there’s no difference and you’re okay with wasting your vote, why not just go bawls-to-the-wall all-in? After all, for someone who engages in “principled leadership,” Ron Paul doesn’t have the wherewithal to leave the GOP and doesn’t have the influence to change much of anything outside of his own voting record.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM

You are absolutely right! Romney should set his hair on fire right now!

VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Sorry, but I don’t think we need another Ralph Perk.

Myron Falwell on May 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Student loan interest rates? At least that’s what Buy Danish told me.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

They both support the concept of government student loans. The rest is just bull crap designed to give us the FALSE IMPRESSION they actually have differences. They don’t. They’re both probably CIA operatives. lol

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Dude, relax. You’re going to pop a vein in your neck. I was taking a dig at Buy Danish.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM

ahlaphus on May 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM

I totally escaped that (*wiping sweat from my brow*) and will graduate with absolutely no debt to my name.

Guess that makes me a 1%-er. And I’m damn proud of it.

Myron Falwell on May 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Dude, relax. You’re going to pop a vein in your neck. I was taking a dig at Buy Danish.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I don’t have any vein’s left

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Yes Dongemaharu, all we wan’t is honest discussion. In “Dreams of my Father”, Obama/Ayers wrote of a ‘super team’ of ‘dream team’ consisting of the president, cabinet, and party members willing and able to right this country. Palin, West, Cain, Paul, and a handful of other revlolutionaries ready to truly reform what has been become the unslightly, liberal-spawned metamorphasis of the overall well being of the land. Perverted steps toward managing life between our two oceans SHALL become an afterthought. The states bleed red, it’s time to curtail the city’s wishes and fend for the land.

ahlaphus on May 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I don’t have any vein’s left

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM

That sounds like a personal problem. Anyhow, I’m sure you’ll do what you feel is right even if it amounts to a flash-in-the-pan protest vote. Just as long as you don’t think you’re actually contributing to the solution more than anyone else is.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM

watch from the beginning or else you’ll miss why [Romney is] so exasperated.

“Exasperated” nothing. It’s just plain smart politics to push back at reporters when they try to steer the narrative towards social issues. The fiscally conservative base loves Romney to do this because it whacks the media which they know is biased. Moreover, independents will buy this from Romney, because they suspect that the country is going to hell in a handbasket and recognize the sense in keeping a focus on pertinent issues. And squishes will accept whichever narrative is out in front center, so it’s better to have our candidate rather than reporters do the steering.

The only ones who get flaming mad when Romney pushes back like this are the libtards, and there’s no reason to play nice with them.

Burke on May 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Burke on May 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM

+1000

Myron Falwell on May 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Darn good for you Myron Falwell (I had the much gratutitous nature of my parents to pay for my schooling – sweat wiped form the brow long ago), but have you missed the point? Student loans, their payments, their interest rates, everything, is now controlled by the government due to Obama. Think about that for a second. EVERY SINGLE KID OUT THERE TAKING ON LOANS IS IN DEBT TO THE GOVERNMENT. KIDS mind you.

ahlaphus on May 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Nixon had issues of his own with “conservatism.” He did oversee the creation of OSHA and the EPA. He’d have been a liberal wet dream if not for that pesky little Alger Hiss affair.

Really, not to mention beginning the whole affirmative action disaster.

It shows that the Left has always been more about seizing power for “my people” (as Barbara “I’m sure Hitler kept a very nice checkbook” Levy-Bouncer would put it) than any actual concern about policy and the fate of the country.

bobs1196 on May 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Darn good for you Myron Falwell (I had the much gratutitous nature of my parents to pay for my schooling – sweat wiped form the brow long ago), but have you missed the point? Student loans, their payments, their interest rates, everything, is now controlled by the government due to Obama. Think about that for a second. EVERY SINGLE KID OUT THERE TAKING ON LOANS IS IN DEBT TO THE GOVERNMENT. KIDS mind you.

ahlaphus on May 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Also consider the fact that Romney is looking to administer the system Obama put in place. Not dismantle it, but administer it. This does not make me optimistic.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

What could he do that proves to doubters that he has passion?

Maybe talk more about how mind-bogglingly vast our national debt has become, and how asinine we are to have allowed it to grow so large and out of control and even now to refuse to be terrified by what it means for us and our children and their children. Prepare for the Age of China.

flataffect on May 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

That sounds like a personal problem. Anyhow, I’m sure you’ll do what you feel is right even if it amounts to a flash-in-the-pan protest vote. Just as long as you don’t think you’re actually contributing to the solution more than anyone else is.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Voting for Romney is not a solution because his policies are as foolish and wrong as Obama’s. I will contribute by voting for someone who’ll DO the following;

SEEK TO CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND PROGRAMS.
REDUCE THE INCOME TAX WITH THE GOAL OF EVENTUALLY ABOLISHING IT.
NO MORE POLICING THE WORLD.
NO MORE NATION-BUILDING.
ONLY GO TO WAR WITH A DECLARATION OF WAR FROM CONGRESS.
NO MORE CIA, FBI, NSA, MILITARY COVERT OPERATIONS ANYWHERE.
GET THE HELL OUT OF NATO.
END THE TSA
END FEDERAL DRUG WAR AND LEAVE UP TO STATES.

And I will support people who agree with me on these things or I will NEVER vote for them. Period. I voted for Bush twice and I have learned my lesson. Never again will I vote for the perceived lessor of two evils because the perception is almost always off. And we’ll get to my list of wants, one way or another. Through collapse or choice. I hope we CHOOSE the right path.

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

What could he do that proves to doubters that he has passion?

Maybe talk more about how mind-bogglingly vast our national debt has become, and how asinine we are to have allowed it to grow so large and out of control and even now to refuse to be terrified by what it means for us and our children and their children. Prepare for the Age of China.

flataffect on May 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

What in the bloody blue hell does our debt have to do with Romney’s passion?!

/gobsmacked

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

And I will support people who agree with me on these things or I will NEVER vote for them. Period. I voted for Bush twice and I have learned my lesson. Never again will I vote for the perceived lessor of two evils because the perception is almost always off. And we’ll get to my list of wants, one way or another. Through collapse or choice. I hope we CHOOSE the right path.

fatlibertarianinokc on May 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Like I said, a flash-in-the-pan protest vote. You can keep telling yourself that you’re part of the solution, but don’t try to sell me on a bill of goods. The odds of Gary Johnson or Ron Paul walking away with the presidency in November are so infinitesimal as to be practically impossible.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Look, Romney can talk all he wants about what a miserable economy we live in and how Obama contributed to it. All true. Thing is, those Republican voters who have made up their minds to absolutely not vote for Romney already know all this! If Romney is going to convince the unconvinced, a healthy dose of introspection is in order for Romney and his campaign staff. They will have to switch gears radically between now and November.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Look, Romney can talk all he wants about what a miserable economy we live in and how Obama contributed to it. All true. Thing is, those Republican voters who have made up their minds to absolutely not vote for Romney already know all this! If Romney is going to convince the unconvinced, a healthy dose of introspection is in order for Romney and his campaign staff. They will have to switch gears radically between now and November.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Nah. The large majority of undecided voters are swing voters in the middle. Moderates (fortunately, right wing moderates). Romney will get 90 something percent of the Republican voters.

joana on May 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM

It’s so encouraging to see AllahChihuahua patting Axelrod and Co. on the back for their “brilliant” strategy. WTF?

cicerone on May 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM

They will have to switch gears radically between now and November.

This is so lame. Republicans are not winning this election on gay marriage or any other social issue. The ABSOLUTE first issue is getting America back to work. Fixing this horrendous economy and instilling confidence in the private sector. It’s infuriating to see once again conservatives falling in liberal traps. Switch gears my arse. KEEP ON MESSAGE!

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM

If Romney is going to convince the unconvinced, a healthy dose of introspection is in order for Romney and his campaign staff. They will have to switch gears radically between now and November.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Introspection. It doesn’t take much “introspection” to see that your advice is a lot of crap. You either want ObaMao or you don’t. It’s that simple.

cicerone on May 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Via BuzzFeed, a fun way to end Gay Marriage Day.

Why does this site stop being Conservative when Ed knocks off for the day?

cicerone on May 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Can’t you people see the baiting here??????

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM

A spokesman for the pro gay rights group Gay Now! has denounced Obama. According to the spokesman “It is insufficient that Obama supports gay marriage he must also come out of the closet and declare that he is gay and the Michelle is simply a beard who is there for political purposes.” When asked an Obama campaign spokesman said the president would consider declaring his love for men but first he would have to speak with donors. The campaign also said that Obama would bend over and take one for the team if it meant more money for his campaign coffers.

Smedley on May 10, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Introspection. It doesn’t take much “introspection” to see that your advice is a lot of crap. You either want ObaMao or you don’t. It’s that simple.

cicerone on May 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I don’t. But Romney’s supporters ignore my advice at their peril. When I say “change gears radically,” I don’t mean talk about social issues, gay marriage or otherwise. I mean start shouting from the rooftops that he is not Obama, and really let loose with telling the people why. The rombots’ assertion that Romney has already been doing this at at worst disingenuousness on a level I normally associate with liberals, and at worst a flat-out lie. Romney’s failure to differentiate himself adequately in the minds of certain Republican voters is just that — Romney’s failing. But then I’d leave it to the rombots to decide that insulting potential Romney voters may actually curry favor.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM

This is so lame. Republicans are not winning this election on gay marriage or any other social issue. The ABSOLUTE first issue is getting America back to work. Fixing this horrendous economy and instilling confidence in the private sector. It’s infuriating to see once again conservatives falling in liberal traps. Switch gears my arse. KEEP ON MESSAGE!

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I’m falling in a liberal trap?! I think Romney’s failure to convince certain people that he is conservative is ROMNEY’S failure. If he really is conservative (which I believe he isn’t, my promise to vote for him notwithstanding), he’d better find a more effective way to communicate that to his detractors than he is doing now. Kind of puts the whole “electability” meme to lie, doesn’t it?

And by “switch gears,” I mean switch gears in campaign strategy, not in message, douchebag. I think Romney comported himself adequately in this interview. Not wonderfully, not impressively, but adequately. What is on display here in the way Romney handled this reporter should be demanded consistently as a minimum level of political competency from any GOP candidate from now on.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 1:01 AM

The SoCons need to get a grip. The marriage issue will play out locally and statewide. May even win the Senate back. Conservatives will put their feet to the fire and make them go shoulder to shoulder with Obama. Nationally…it’s the economy and Obama’s failure as a leader. We can win!!!

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 1:03 AM

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Nah. The large majority of undecided voters are swing voters in the middle. Moderates (fortunately, right wing moderates). Romney will get 90 something percent of the Republican voters.

joana on May 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Think possibilities, Joana. If Romney loses less than five percent of the Republican electorate, say that number goes down to 86%, and Obama ekes out a victory by less than than that percentage, who is to blame? The voters? Or Mitt for failing to seal the deal? We tried pandering to the moderates in 2008. It didn’t work. After that, many voters said “I’m through voting for the lesser of two evils.” Did you think they were lying? I understand that sentiment even if I don’t necessarily agree with it. It’s frustrating feeling like a voter without a candidate, and Romney isn’t helping his case one bit by insulting his own voter base.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 1:04 AM

I think Romney’s failure to convince certain people that he is conservative is ROMNEY’S failure.

Look man. We are on the same team here. If I offended you I am sorry. I just wish you would end this primary BS and move on.

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Nationally…it’s the economy and Obama’s failure as a leader. We can win!!!

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 1:03 AM

We can, but will we? I’m not advocating that Mitt Romney switch gears into social con mode. But he should be distancing himself from Obama at every possible juncture, which he is not.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Look man. We are on the same team here. If I offended you I am sorry. I just wish you would end this primary BS and move on.

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Primary BS? Is that a “shut up” I”m hearing? Romney’s already got my vote. And he should thank his lucky stars for that. But I’ll cut a deal with you anyway. I’ll stop the “primary BS” when the rombots quit their knob polishing and trying to convince me that he’s any sort of conservative. Deal?

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Besides, who says we’re “on the same team?” I don’t think Romney deserves the nomination, let alone the oval office. I am hoping that he wins because I desperately want Obama to lose. [I think I said that somewhere upthread, too] If that isn’t damning with faint praise, I dunno what is…

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Mitt’s campaign has to do a better job at screening interviewers to prevent these liberal sand-baggers from waging their hostile interviews. It will be tough, but they have to seek out unbiased reporters in all of the electorally important media markets and only grant interviews to them. Biased reporters need to be isolated and shunned.

OxyCon on May 10, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Primary BS? Is that a “shut up” I”m hearing? Romney’s already got my vote. And he should thank his lucky stars for that. But I’ll cut a deal with you anyway. I’ll stop the “primary BS” when the rombots quit their knob polishing and trying to convince me that he’s any sort of conservative. Deal?

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Deal! You need some grace grhpon202.

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 3:46 AM

Stop your love with Buzzfeed AP.

rubberneck on May 10, 2012 at 3:51 AM

IMHO, Romney, like 0bama, is getting snippy because of the third party candidate in the race who is off and running HARD:

Gary Johnson Just Gave the Best Speech of His Presidential Campaign

On Romney and 0bama:

“I was on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday. The question was, ‘You’re on the torture rack, they’re going to kill you, who are you going to vote for? Mitt Romney, or Barack Obama? I said, ‘Look, I’ve climbed Mount Everest. I know how to do what it takes. Take this to the bank: I would rather die.’”

This should liven things up like no one in the alphabet partys can.

DannoJyd on May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Romney, we totally got what we voted for. Can you imagine Christie answer questions like that. We just nominated the weather man. He’ll win, but he’s still the weather man.

Mojave Mark on May 10, 2012 at 4:26 AM

Maybe I’m projecting here, but I thought Romney wanted to slap that (w)itch. His consternation and mild rebuke shows at least a spark, certainly not a fire. I hope to see some real fire soon so I don’t have to think I’m pissing away my vote on a totally useless eunuch this November. Go back and watch video of Ronald Reagan, Mitt. Learn from the master.

Extrafishy on May 10, 2012 at 5:52 AM

Not only is it Romney’s responsibility to make me want to vote for him (not Barry’s), it’s also his responsibility to push the conversation to those vital areas of the economy, international relations, etc. Just because the media wants to put him into a box doesn’t mean he has to go there. He knows they’re in the tank for Turdboy and they are not his friends. Fine. Deal with it. You want this job, Mittens…fight for it. Show me you’re better than I think you are or piss off. I’m willing to be convinced. Are you willing to try?

swinia sutki on May 10, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Obama, Romney – it makes no difference… I’m not sure it really matters who “wins”.

fatlibertarianinokc on May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Then let me explain to you why it matters who wins.

While Mitt Romney ran as a Progressive and backed some bad policies while he was Governor of Massachusetts, he did none of the following:

(1) He did not appoint a criminal as Attorney General, who proceeded to administer “justice” along racially divided lines, hire nothing but hard-nosed Progressives to join the Justice Department, and force gun shop owners to sell weapons illegally to drug dealers in order to manufacture a sound bite against gun ownership. In short, he did not undermine the rule of law.

(2) He did not ignore the Constitution that defined his job for him and attempt to make himself an absolute tyrant.

(3) He did not play Alinskyite games against his opponents and create divisions in order to increase his power, nor did he fan the flames of racial division.

(4) He did not pass measures specifically engineered to enrich his political donors and financially demolish his political adversaries.

(5) He did not advocate measures actively intending to increase the number of abortions and even infanticides in his state.

I’m conservative, and I do not believe Mitt Romney is conservative like me. I don’t approve of his candidacy. But anybody who says “It makes no difference who wins” has not appreciated what a malicious, corrosive evil Barack Obama truly is. He’s not just a bad President, he’s actively evil, and actively engaged in destroying America. Mitt Romney may become a bad President, but he won’t be the sort of evil Obama is.

philwynk on May 10, 2012 at 6:45 AM

I really don’t think Romney cares all that much about social issues, and niether do I. Go Romney!

steel guy on May 10, 2012 at 7:04 AM

I have to say, Mitt handled that Very well. I don’t see the problems that others on this thread see, apparently. And, yes, there is a difference between civil unions and partnerships, an Mitt defined those differences clearly, if you actually listen. Frankly, I think he nailed that interview, forced the interview politely back to the economy, and looked quite presidential and competent in the process. I was not a Mitt fan in the primary, but now I do think that the GOP made the right choice.

guitarman67 on May 10, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Forget Romney. Ask everyone who voted yesterday whether or not this issue is important. Especially in West Virginia.

And that’s why Team SCOAMF is doing this. They are in a panic over what’s going to happen come November.

Rixon on May 10, 2012 at 7:23 AM

And that’s why Team SCOAMF is doing this. They are in a panic over what’s going to happen come November.

Rixon on May 10, 2012 at 7:23 AM

No they aren’t. Stop deluding yourself.

ddrintn on May 10, 2012 at 7:27 AM

The Romney campaign continues to expose these idiots as, well, idiots.

All that’s needed is a campaign poster with an image of slack jawed, clueless, liberals above the caption, “Are THESE the Idiots You Want In Charge?”

Roy Rogers on May 10, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Besides which, if Romney could get away with taking that issue away from Obama, how come he didn’t do the same with gay marriage? Which issues is it okay to do that with and why?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Let me guess: that’s the point at which Buy Danish bailed out.

ddrintn on May 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Watch to the last seconds of the clip and you’ll hear Romney say, almost offhandedly, that gay marriage and marijuana are state issues. Is that really his official position? Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?

What he really means is “those are issues I don’t care about.”

Lehosh on May 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Is that really his official position? Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?

If you check that pledge, his signature will be gone, because an Etch-A-Sketch won’t hold ink.

Romney 2012: As dishonest as Barack, but without the melanin!

I really don’t think Romney cares all that much about social issues, and niether do I.

Don’t worry, your turn under the bus will come.

SDN on May 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Let me guess: that’s the point at which Buy Danish bailed out.

ddrintn on May 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Pretty much.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 7:43 AM

For those “Romney supporters” ranting and raving about the “ignorant SoCons”, please explain, if “SoCons” (i.e., Conservatives) are the minority, why have 31 states, so far, proclaimed through popular vote, that marriage is “one man and one woman”?

Reality…what a concept.

kingsjester on May 10, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Reality…what a concept.

kingsjester on May 10, 2012 at 7:47 AM

KJ, I don’t mind Romney supporters supporting their guy, but namecalling at those of us who don’t declare absolute loyalty is counter-productive. I may well end up voting for Romney, but the “bots” aren’t helping. They are like buzzing gnats.

Extrafishy on May 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Wow. Just wow. Romney is such a contrast to our last POTUS… And no, I am not talking skin color. Compared to Obama, Romney just seems so… grown up.

bitsy on May 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM

It’s not those voting for Romney I’m worried about, it’s the ammunition we’re giving to the left to win over the independents. Now we can see one of the main reasons the democrats were anxious to eliminate Gingrich and Santorum. They know the republicans are losing the war on social issues and now with a candidate like Romney we can see why – Obama can mamby-pamby around but they’ll support him rabidly. We get a milquetoast like Romney who, we don’t know what he’ll support next – no convictions – and we already have that with Obama. So Romney’s comeback statements ring so hollow, false, and “I know you are, but what am I” like. So we’ll lose if we try to draw any significant differences between the 2 where social issues are concerned now. The Romney campaingn better hope they can make it all about the economy and nothing else or we’re screwed.

mozalf on May 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

mozalf on May 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

are you friggin’ high?? repubs are losing on social issues?? did you see the vote totals for NC on gay marriage? did you hear how badly the country reacted a few weeks back when dems sent hilary rosen out to raise a false “war on women” meme? you gotta stop watching msnbc, jon stewart and bill maher. those dont provide real news.

chasdal on May 10, 2012 at 8:39 AM

The Romney campaingn better hope they can make it all about the economy and nothing else or we’re screwed.

mozalf on May 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Like Rush said, this election has to be a referendum on Obama and nothing else. Expect Barry to remain camped out at Distractions-R-Us until November.

swinia sutki on May 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Like Rush said, this election has to be a referendum on Obama and nothing else. Expect Barry to remain camped out at Distractions-R-Us until November.

swinia sutki on May 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

That may just work for Barry. Unfortunate? Yeah, but true. As long as Romney fails to sufficiently distance himself from Obama’s policies, Obama has a realistic, if long, shot at winning in November.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM

are you friggin’ high?? repubs are losing on social issues?? did you see the vote totals for NC on gay marriage? did you hear how badly the country reacted a few weeks back when dems sent hilary rosen out to raise a false “war on women” meme? you gotta stop watching msnbc, jon stewart and bill maher. those dont provide real news.

chasdal on May 10, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Did Romney commend the North Carolians for their convictions and doing the right thing or did I miss something? A few token battle wins doesn’t mean we’re winning the war. You need to look around and get your head out of whatever dark place you’ve got it stuck in to see where the momentum is. The liberals are going to punish NC bad and we need to stand by them – and we’d better hope that Scott Walker survives in Wisconsin – another front we need to defend. So we need to stand strong on social issues and not cower. Unfortunately, we have a bunch of cowerers(?) running the joint.

mozalf on May 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I don’t. But Romney’s supporters ignore my advice at their peril.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Really? Now you’re channeling your inner ObaMao? What other magical powers do you have? The point here is that your advice is BS. Romney is more clearly more competent than any of the 3-4 candidates you and the rest of the ABR misfits supported over the course of the past couple of months.

cicerone on May 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

That is an attitude and response that will result in a landslide for Romney if he only keeps it up. As the media continues to stear him into the minefields the barry regime dictates to them, he has to point out how ludicrous the questions are and bring the debate back to the serious issues. The questions that woman asked are a peek at what the leftist moderators of the presidential debates are going to be asking. They will hammer at Romney with “Do you still beat your wife” questions and then ask barry to describe his greatest accomplishments. Whether it’s barack the destroyer he is speaking to or a media toadie, he has to calmly but forcefully always bring the discussion back to reality. America will see him as an adult next to the petty little girly men and bitter nasty krones of the media or the foul, out of touch, elitist fascists in the administration.

peacenprosperity on May 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Obama has a realistic, if long, shot at winning in November.

gryphon202 on May 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM

At least try to pretend that you don’t want ObaMao to re-elected in order to teach the rest of us “a lesson.”

cicerone on May 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM

The Romney campaingn better hope they can make it all about the economy and nothing else or we’re screwed.

mozalf on May 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Another Romney hater now attempting to pass himself or herself off as an campaign expert. Romney is the only candidate in the running who COULD keep the focus on the economy. Do you honestly think that Newty or Santy could do that? Wait, nevermind about the honesty. It’s clear that it’s in short supply for the paranoid ABR misfits who STILL won’t support the GOP nominee, despite the very real threat of what ObaMao can and will do in a second term.

BuzzFeed = not exactly a boost for any Conservative site’s credibility

cicerone on May 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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