Romney repudiating repudiations

posted at 10:41 am on May 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

That’s the message Team Romney sent yesterday when they refused to comment much on Donald Trump, according to Byron York.  After watching John McCain play the “repudiation game” in 2008 while Barack Obama and his campaign leveled a flotilla of negative ads against the Republican nominee, they have no intention of following suit.  Instead, they want to keep their focus on jobs and the economy, the subjects that Team Obama has worked so hard to avoid:

Romney aides believe that cooperating with Democrats and media figures who are demanding a Trump disavowal would most certainly lead to more calls for more disavowals of other figures in the future — leaving Romney spending as much time apologizing for his supporters as campaigning for president.  Team Romney views it as a silly and one-sided game designed to distract voters from the central issue of the race, which they remain convinced will be President Obama’s handling of the economy.

By one-sided, they mean not only that Obama has not disavowed SuperPAC contributor Bill Maher for a number of Maher’s statements that were particularly insulting to Republican women.  They also mean the press, with, as Team Romney see it, questionable associations of its own. Has David Gregory, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” repudiated his colleague Al Sharpton, the MSNBC host with a decades-long record of incendiary statements and actions?  And has, say, the New York Times columnist Gail Collins repudiated her colleague Charles Blow, who once wrote to Romney, “Stick that in your magic underwear”?  Romney, his team believes, understands that the calls for him to repudiate Trump over the issue of birtherism — and future calls to repudiate this or that supporter next week or next month over some other issue — are at the core all about politics.

Another reason Romney is wary of such concessions is that John McCain tried them, and they didn’t do him any good.

To some extent, this seems like an attempt to make a virtue out of necessity.  Romney can’t tell Trump to keep quiet, and even if he managed to do so, the damage has been done — to whatever extent damage has been inflicted at all.  Jim Geraghty asked that basic question earlier today on Twitter:

Can anyone find a single voter who says they were ready to vote for Romney, but now won’t vote for him because of Trump?

That’s the point Allahpundit made yesterday, too, as well as a number of our commenters on my earlier post.  For most people, Trump’s obsession doesn’t even make the radar, but Romney going on the defensive would certainly get their attention.  Trump can raise money, especially this early in the cycle, and it won’t make anyone convert from Romney to Obama.  That could change if Trump continues his rants in October, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the media will seek Trump out for that purpose in the final days of this campaign, but will it really have any impact?  The people who support Trump’s accusations are already voting for Romney, even if it’s cast as a vote against Obama.  Voters who find it so offensive that the comments of a fundraiser would change their vote are almost certainly already Obama loyalists.  Everyone else wants to get job creation back on track and fix the federal budget.  The more that Obama and his team focus on Trump, the more likely they are to lose votes simply for lack of seriousness.

I’d guess that Obama loses more net votes over his comments about “Polish death camps” than he gains, net, from Donald Trump’s antics.


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I denounce this thread!

Deafdog on May 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The word is “refudiate”.

The Rogue Tomato on May 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

(wanted to get it out early in case someone says something silly)

Deafdog on May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

“Look, over there, a spider”…from now til Nov by the Obama campaign team and his presstitutes…it will become laughable..

Landslide building…

hillsoftx on May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Yes, but will he refudiate?

OldEnglish on May 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Can anyone find a single voter who says they were ready to vote for Romney, but now won’t vote for him because of Trump?

I was ready to vote for Romney, but now because of Trump I’m ready to vote for Romney.

de rigueur on May 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The Rogue Tomato on May 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Oh, sod it, you rogue! :)

OldEnglish on May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I denounce denunciations.

mwbri on May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Every single time this is brought up by the media, a repudiation should be demanded by Romney from the left. And ask the media of examples of Obama repudiations first. Great way to spotlight left wing dirtbags.

Dongemaharu on May 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Back to the drawing board Team Obama. This line of attack failed as well.

gophergirl on May 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I was ready to vote for Romney, but now because of Trump I’m ready to vote for Romney against Obama.

de rigueur

Fixed it for ya.

Zaggs on May 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I denounce denunciations.

mwbri on May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I denounce you because you denounced the denunciations that were denounced.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Good for mitt

Dont play the lsm game

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’m voting for Mitt as many times as I can./

docflash on May 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’d guess that Obama loses more net votes over his comments about “Polish death camps” than he gains, net, from Donald Trump’s antics.

Yeah you’d think that but Obama’s comments have barely made it to the news outlets. Certainly not anywhere near the coverage we got of Trump yesterday.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

This is the right play by the Romney campaign. And if the Democrat/media complex keeps pushing him on this, just respond with two words: Bill Maher.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I denounce denunciations.

mwbri on May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I denounce you because you denounced the denunciations that were denounced.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

We apologise again for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked, have been sacked.

Washington Nearsider on May 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Is Dear Liar ready to repudiate George Soros, or give back Bill Mahers’ million dollars.

Throw it right back in their face. I’m not voting for Donald Trump, I’m voting for someone who will downsize a bloated federal government.

rbj on May 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

You have to wonder if Trump even believes this Birther stuff himself. He craves publicity and knows the liberal media will give it to him if they think it will help Obama.

Go RBNY on May 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Donald Trump? Who’s that?

Now let’s focus on real issues and thus render the whole birther issue entirely meaningless.

Bob's Kid on May 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This morning on CNN, John Sununu responded to Soledad O’brien pushing this story and demanding refudation with: “Aren’t you ashamed that you’re using the White House talking points to make this a story?”

Team Romney winning the narrative war.

LetsBfrank on May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Wednesday urged GOP officials in North Carolina to remove a new television ad that brands Democratic candidate Barack Obama as “too extreme for North Carolina.”

So Mr. Romney will not be pulling the stupid trick that Mr. McCain pulled four years ago? If so, good by you, Mr. Romney.

dirtseller on May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Today’s Fractured Fairy Tale:

I denounce denunciations.

mwbri on May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

-or-

Bite Me

PopsRacer on May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

(wanted to get it out early in case someone says something silly)

Deafdog on May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

..I don’t think Pragmatic is awake yet.

The War Planner on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Just how many exploding cigars do they have in that stockpile, anyway?

Naturally Curly on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I repudiate repudiaters.

gerry-mittbot-i have a headache

gerrym51 on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

This morning on CNN, John Sununu responded to Soledad O’brien pushing this story and demanding refudation with: “Aren’t you ashamed that you’re using the White House talking points to make this a story?”

Team Romney winning the narrative war.

LetsBfrank on May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

John Sununu really said that to her? Damn, the gloves are officially off.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

This is a very encouraging sign from Romney. He’s not campaigning the way McCain did and he’s not going to play by the Democrat-Media rules.

jwolf on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Birtherism is a hobby. Like building model trains, or collecting rocks.

portlandon on May 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

To quote Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld:

“that’s totally inappropriate”, it’s lewd, vesivius, salacious,
and outrageous!”

ToddPA on May 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Romney is far less squishy than people assumed. At least relative to campaign tactics. He’s got the killer instinct.

McCain would have caved within the first 20 minutes and thrown Trump under the bus.

kevinkristy on May 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

..by the Obama campaign team and his presstitutes…it will become laughable..

Landslide building…

hillsoftx on May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

..like that! May I use it? I’ll attribute.

The War Planner on May 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Are we to believe the same people Romney hired from Team McCain LEARNED their lessons this time around?

Sir Napsalot on May 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The problem is if there is never a repudiation from Team Romney, the media will spin whatever was said as having the endorsement of Romney. At a certain point, they are either going to have to take control or let the media write the narrative for them.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

This is the right play by the Romney campaign. And if the Democrat/media complex keeps pushing him on this, just respond with two words: Bill Maher John Corzine, Al Sharpton, David Letterman, Alec Baldwin, Rosie Odonnell, Martin Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Biden, Bernie Madoff Jeramiah Wright, etc., etc, etc..

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

This is what you might call a target rich environment.

Deafdog on May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

John Sununu really said that to her? Damn, the gloves are officially off.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

..and game on!

The War Planner on May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

That could change if Trump continues his rants in October,

You just can’t help yourself. I’d get that checked by a professional if I were you.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

He’s certainly not McCain 2.0

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The Romney team gets it right again. The Obama team manufactured this story and if Romney lets David Axelrod & the MSM run his campaign, he’ll be doing nothing but repudiating manufactured crises while Obama doesn’t have to answer for one association OR for his failed record. For the love of dog, just last week Romney had to repudiate a rejected ad by a SuperPac re: Rev. Wright, as if Rev. Wright had been Romney’s pastor for 20 years not Obama’s. I’m glad to see Romney’s no longer going to play that game.

Dark Star on May 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

He’s certainly not McCain 2.0

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

No he’s not. He’s really shocking the heck out of me – in a good way.

Go Team Mitt!

gophergirl on May 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Is Dear Liar ready to repudiate George Soros, or give back Bill Mahers’ million dollars.

Throw it right back in their face. I’m not voting for Donald Trump, I’m voting for someone who will downsize a bloated federal government.

rbj on May 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Absolutely..

Grind it into the faces of the media hacks who demand a repudiation… Why haven’t you aggressively gone after Obama to repudiate the rantings of Maher and return his money.. or Maxine Water.. Al Sharpton.. The entire frontline line up of MSNBC and their brand of Obama infomercials which pass as newscats?

Until you demand the equal of Obama that you demand of me and my supporters and the voters who support us.. you can go straight to Hell.

Make their hypocrisy the issue.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Good on Mitt for not letting Team O change the subject from Barry’s atrocious record once again. Besides, if Barry repudiated every blowhard nutjob on his side, we’d be in for the longest speech in recorded history and a teleprompter meltdown.

Slainte on May 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

He’s certainly not McCain 2.0

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Nope. He’s Kerry 2.0. A rich, out-of-touch guy from Massachusetts who is going to get his butt handed to him by an incumbent President.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Smart move politically. Too bad smart political moves don’t necessarily correspond with smart governance moves.

besser tot als rot on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I’d guess that Obama loses more net votes over his comments about “Polish death camps” than he gains, net, from Donald Trump’s antics.

+100

This morning on CNN, John Sununu responded to Soledad O’brien pushing this story and demanding refudation with: “Aren’t you ashamed that you’re using the White House talking points to make this a story?”

LetsBfrank on May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Sweet.

petefrt on May 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

America repudiates Obama!

Uncledave on May 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I’d guess that Obama loses more net votes over his comments about “Polish death camps” than he gains, net, from Donald Trump’s antics.

Yeah you’d think that but Obama’s comments have barely made it to the news outlets. Certainly not anywhere near the coverage we got of Trump yesterday.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Remember how the media termed Gerald Ford’s Poland gaffe in his final debate with Jimmy Carter? The Blooper Heard Round the World.

Ford’s debate gaffe cost him the Presidency (well, that and the Nixon pardon). Obama’s was far more ahistorical and idiotic. Where’s the media?

de rigueur on May 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

LetsBfrank on May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Soledad lost all sense of shame years ago. The meltdown with Breitbart over critical race is epic. She goes beyond snarky into becoming a know-it-all and bully.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

So you’re in the middle, just like an Oreo?

IR-MN on May 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

THIS^^^ x’s infinity.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’d guess that Obama loses more net votes over his comments about “Polish death camps” than he gains, net, from Donald Trump’s antics.

Don’t forget the War on Beets MO declared on the View!

I personally like beets so I’m totally going to vote for Romney now, but lots of people don’t like them. I’m sure Obama netted some votes there.

Dark Star on May 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

This morning on CNN, John Sununu responded to Soledad O’brien pushing this story and demanding refudation with: “Aren’t you ashamed that you’re using the White House talking points to make this a story?”

Of course she’s not. That’s the whole point.

Silly rabbit. Trix are for Obama

NoFanofLibs on May 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The more that Obama and his team focus on Trump, the more likely they are to lose votes simply for lack of seriousness.

Ed Morrissey on May 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

At the right time, Romney needs to play the “you can’t be serious” card. The Team Obama over reach and lack of other options will make it quite effective.

An attack commercial with Obama wearing a clown nose and hat would be awesome.

WhatNot on May 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

to whatever extent damage has been inflicted at all.

What? Where? No one cares but desperate Obamas.

Let them whine. Romney waves them off. It looks good.

Moesart on May 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The infamous Reverend Wright can say Obama offered him a hundred grand in hush money.. and the media screams racism…OFF LIMITS.. OFF LIMITS….

and Trump a well known Gadfly makes his non PC views known.. and the media demands he not only repudiate the remarks but distance himself from Trumps support meaning his cash donations and his fans……

Why are Romney’s associations past and present all fair game for media outrage.

while Obama’s are so off limits they are sealed in a lead vault and buried under the Nevada Salt Flats?

Till the media addresses why they refuse still to apply the same and equal standards to the men running for president.. it’s as deeply offensive as if they were a state run media mouthpiece..(in effect they are.) The NYT’s may as well draw a check from the Obama campaign.. and Blitzer may as well too.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

BTW, Soledad vs. Sununu has been posted on RCP:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/05/30/romney_surrogate_sununu_scorches_cnns_obrien_for_fixation_on_trump.html

I read the transcript since I can’t stand listening to that woman, but the exchange was priceless. Sununu really took it to her.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I eschew eschewals.

steebo77 on May 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It seems like Mr. Romney is telling MSM they can kiss his ass….

It is the economy stupid!

DVPTexFla on May 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I shun shunnings.

steebo77 on May 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Step 1: Don’t Appease the Media!

Romney has accomplished Step 1 in the 12 Step RINO’s Annonamous Program.

jaydee_007 on May 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

de rigueur on May 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Loved the clip. The looks on everybody’s face except Fords was priceless.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Hey Soledad, I once went thru the 15 item express line with 16 items. Should Romney disavow me?

LASue on May 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

He’s certainly not McCain 2.0

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Nope. He’s Kerry 2.0. A rich, out-of-touch guy from Massachusetts who is going to get his butt handed to him by an incumbent President.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Yeah, I remember that time Kerry shut down the ketchup factory to help locate a co-worker’s missing daughter … And who can forget when Kerry performed a daring wind-surfing rescue of a family and their dog whose boat had capsized off Nantucket.

Oh wait … that was Mitt Romney … the OTHER guy from Massachussetts … the guy who DIDN’T marry into wealth, divorce his first wife to hook up with his second millionaire heiress, the guy who GAVE AWAY his inheritance (not his medals), made his own fortune through founding a company that helped finance HUNDREDS of successful enterprises, the guy who TURNED AROUND the Salt Lake Olympics, and helped MASSACHUSSETTS turn around is budget crisis without raising taxes.

Mitt Romney has so much in common with John Kerry.

Not.

Nicole Coulter on May 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Yepper gg :)

Inthemiddle, keep dreaming

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I really, REALLY appreciate the fact that the Romney team has analyzed all the dumb mistakes the McCain team made and is actively avoiding them. It’s about time someone gave the “repudiation” police the finger and focused on what’s important. (I also think there are A LOT of voters who may not waste any energy worrying about where Obama was born, but wouldn’t be a bit surprised to find out he really wasn’t born in Hawaii- he’s a liar. Liars lie.)

BettyRuth on May 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This is good. Seeing mccain on his apology tour was pathetic. Hell, even team obama rolled it out in a campaign ad yesterday trying to draw Romney in. Let The Donald rant and rave all he likes. As long as he’s nailing obama on jobs and the economy in the process.

rubberneck on May 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

He’s certainly not McCain 2.0

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Nope. He’s Kerry 2.0. A rich, out-of-touch guy from Massachusetts who is going to get his butt handed to him by an incumbent President.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

You haven’t a clue..

The one who’s out of touch is the Obama as the royal “we” playing Nero as the country burns. Taking his multiple millions of dollars lavish vacations with the family.. taxpayer expense while tens of millions of Americans then see him peevishly defend then as “I work hard.. so I deserve them” statements.. as they years on still can’t find work..

What the Hell are you drinking to think suddenly the public will see a successful businessman as the out of touch one? He only spends his own money… Obama spends ours.

This tone deafness by the democrats is epic and will bite them (and you) in the tushie in the election.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

…we need Jay Carney to double as Romney’s spokesperson too…that way the press won’t ask any real questions for the next 5 months!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

This morning on CNN, John Sununu responded to Soledad O’brien pushing this story and demanding refudation with: “Aren’t you ashamed that you’re using the White House talking points to make this a story?”

LetsBfrank on May 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

John Sununu really said that to her? Damn, the gloves are officially off.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

This is a great response to SO’B, but there are few people in politics I have more contempt for than Jon Sununu. I really hope team Romney is keeping him on a short leash.

Lost in Jersey on May 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

How…pragmatic of you?

steebo77 on May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I have never understood the need of Republicans to reflexively react to remarks by public personalities, especially those who are not officials of the party. How many times over the years have they been asked to repudiate Rush? So stupid. I’m with you on this one Gov. Romney and you have plenty of ammunition why it isn’t even necessary.

Cindy Munford on May 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

who is going to get his butt handed to him by an incumbent President.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

…at least his head won’t be up it!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

steebo77 on May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

A dictionary may be in order. Or at least an explanation.

Cindy Munford on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Screw this whole idea of being embarassed about birth certificate questions… Obama did this to himself by holding back on records, by letting his publicist say he was Kenyan. This is a distraction of their own making. When in the company of liberals, bring up Kenya at every chance. Who cares? It drives the liberals nuts. THAT’s the end-goal.

rhombus on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The Trump ring kiss is a negative for Romney.
Fair enough he doesn’t have to answer for Trump’s idiocy – but he also doesn’t have pal around with him.
The diehards love it – sure. But Romney has their votes no matter what. Trump has nothing to offer.
But the independents…they don’t go for the batsh*t stuff as much.
Anyone who thinks that doesn’t matter probably also thinks Palin didn’t have anything to do with McCain losing Repub & Independent votes to Obama in 2008.
But whatever…Trump it up.
And maybe a bus tour with Ted Nugent while he’s at it.

verbaluce on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

BTW, Soledad vs. Sununu has been posted on RCP:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/05/30/romney_surrogate_sununu_scorches_cnns_obrien_for_fixation_on_trump.html

I read the transcript since I can’t stand listening to that woman, but the exchange was priceless. Sununu really took it to her.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Thanks- that is definitely worth reading.

That’s the way I want to start every day …for the next 159 or so days.

LASue on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM
How…pragmatic of you?

steebo77 on May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

…still stuck on stupid…

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I said this in the other thread, this is all about the magic moment when Donald Trump looks into a camera and says, “Mr. President…You’re Fired!” Romney wants that moment and Axelrod is desperate to prevent it. If it were not the birther stuff, Axelrod would have invented something else to be outraged at Trump over and demand that Romney repudiate him.

The MSM does seem to be inordinately obsessed with the birther issue though.

rockmom on May 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I read the transcript since I can’t stand listening to that woman, but the exchange was priceless. Sununu really took it to her.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

From “aren’t you embarrassed” to “you don’t read enough” to “it’s CNN’s fixation, Sununu brought the bazooka to O’Brien’s water balloon fight.

Hope we hear from him more often.

LetsBfrank on May 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Maybe Romney can borrow a line from Trump and tell Obama: “You’re fired!”

Steve Z on May 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Thanks for the linky doughboy

Highlarious

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Nope. He’s Kerry 2.0. A rich, out-of-touch guy from Massachusetts who is going to get his butt handed to him by an incumbent President.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Look at you all puffed up and filled with bravado. If I din’t know better I’d think you were a troll. Got yourself someone banned. Good job. Did you enjoy the email?

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Good for mitt

Dont play the lsm game

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Like this one from Reuters.

Romney’s birth certificate evokes his father’s controversy

Anything to keep the focus off the boy king’s failures.

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The Trump ring kiss is a negative for Romney.
Fair enough he doesn’t have to answer for Trump’s idiocy – but he also doesn’t have pal around with him.
The diehards love it – sure. But Romney has their votes no matter what. Trump has nothing to offer.
But the independents…they don’t go for the batsh*t stuff as much.
Anyone who thinks that doesn’t matter probably also thinks Palin didn’t have anything to do with McCain losing Repub & Independent votes to Obama in 2008.
But whatever…Trump it up.
And maybe a bus tour with Ted Nugent while he’s at it.

You’re wrong about Trump. He is one of the few famous Republicans that is popular and considered “hip” by a lot of people under age 50. Romney is famously unhip, so he needs people like Trump to help him with younger voters who vote on cultural values as much as political ones. Trump also has support from the Ron Paul people, who Romney also needs inside the tent instead of outside it.

This may also be a test run for a big endorsement by Ron Paul himself. You can bet the Obama campaign and the media will throw out all the race cards they can to try to force Romney to repudiate Paul. If this non-repudiation of Trump works, then they are probably safe doing a big endorsement with Paul.

rockmom on May 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The problem is if there is never a repudiation from Team Romney, the media will spin whatever was said as having the endorsement of Romney. At a certain point, they are either going to have to take control or let the media write the narrative for them.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Thank you for your concern. It’s good that we have a sober, middle-of-the-road voice of reason such as yourself to warn us of these things.

I personally think birtherism is stupid and it would be a serious mistake for Romney to actually make this, or any personal stuff, part of his campaign. But I’m coming around to the position that this just doesn’t matter, and giving it any attention, via dramatic McCain-style repudiations, is counterproductive.

Not being a birther does not require becoming an Obama surrogate and refuting every dumb thing someone says about him.

Your trolling aside, if Obama keeps whining about how his opponent won’t stand up to attacks against him, people might start to get the impression that he’s a bit of a pussy – which would be an awful shame, seeing as how he personally killed Osama Bin Laden with his bare hands.

RINO in Name Only on May 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That CNN video is the best video I have seen in months. What a smackdown of that media matters quoting witch.

Marcus on May 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

BTW, Soledad vs. Sununu has been posted on RCP:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/05/30/romney_surrogate_sununu_scorches_cnns_obrien_for_fixation_on_trump.html

I read the transcript since I can’t stand listening to that woman, but the exchange was priceless. Sununu really took it to her.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Day-um this is a must see! I swooned — suffering through O’Brien’s condescension is worth it to see the look on her dumb face as she desperately tries to laugh off the truth to power Sununu speaks.

Dark Star on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

After November when thge full extent of the debacle of the Obama defeat sets in.. I plan to make popcorn and come here to see the historic weeping and hysterical rants by the trolls as a Mr. President title passes to a republican over the Obamamessiah they hung all their progressive hopes on.

They’ll blame us.. the evil corporations.. the stupid voters.. even the God they usually deny… the one thing they will not blame…. is themselves.. or Obama.

The only downside there is no avoiding.. decades of a bitter nasty Obama being the media’s go to guy for nasty remarks on the opposition president. As if he’d be a non biased source. I wish him a long and uneventful retirement.. but the tradition of retired presidents staying silent on current events has only been violated by one president so far.. Carter (the former worst president evah).

Obama will break that record too.. he’ll make Carter’s rants against the US policies seem tame. I expect he’ll take a job with MSNBC.. with the condition he doesn’t have to debate a republican.. His ego doesn’t handle loss well at all.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

ToddPA on May 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

“They’re real and they are fantastic!”

DamnYankee on May 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I think the idea of any political candidate, or even party, “repudiating” something a supporter said or did should only happen in the most extreme circumstances and when the supporter did it specifically in the name of the party/candidate.

Otherwise, it is idiotic. Why should any candidate, dem or republican, be held accountable for something someone who is going to vote for them says?

And, the whole birther thing is hardly offensive. Depending on your point of view it may be silly, or irrelevant, but it isn’t like calling someone a war criminal and then being feted at the nominating convention a la Michael Moore.

Saying – “hey, this guy is not produced anything to convince me he is constitutionally eligible for the office”, is hardly calling someone a nazi or some other derogatory term. I’m not sure why people are “outraged” over the birther’s claims. And, its not even as if they have no rational case. Their case may be irrelevant at this point as Obama has already been President for 3 years, but it has a rational basis, based on documentary evidence and the like. One may disagree with it and think it is a distraction, but that is not the same thing as it being “offensive” or completely without basis.

And even if something is completely without basis, that doesn’t make it offensive in the way Obama supporters are claiming. What is so offensive about saying I don’t believe you were born here? That we are challenging Obama’s honesty? Obama has proven himself to be incredibly dishonest, so that can’t be it.

Monkeytoe on May 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

[don't understand why this got censored. Obviously I was just talking about p*ssy cats]

The problem is if there is never a repudiation from Team Romney, the media will spin whatever was said as having the endorsement of Romney. At a certain point, they are either going to have to take control or let the media write the narrative for them.

inthemiddle on May 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Thank you for your concern. It’s good that we have a sober, middle-of-the-road voice of reason such as yourself to warn us of these things.

I personally think birtherism is stupid and it would be a serious mistake for Romney to actually make this, or any personal stuff, part of his campaign. But I’m coming around to the position that this just doesn’t matter, and giving it any attention, via dramatic McCain-style repudiations, is counterproductive.

Not being a birther does not require becoming an Obama surrogate and refuting every dumb thing someone says about him.

If Obama keeps whining about how his opponent won’t stand up to attacks against him, people might start to get the impression that he’s a bit of a p*ssy – which would be quite a shame, seeing as how he personally killed Osama Bin Laden with his bare hands.

RINO in Name Only on May 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

(wanted to get it out early in case someone says something silly)

Deafdog on May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

..I don’t think Pragmatic is awake yet.

The War Planner on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Dangit…. you guys woke him up!

UltimateBob on May 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Anyone who thinks that doesn’t matter probably also thinks Palin didn’t have anything to do with McCain losing Repub & Independent votes to Obama in 2008.
But whatever…Trump it up.
And maybe a bus tour with Ted Nugent while he’s at it.

verbaluce on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Oh please.. she brought the only energy that ticket had to the table. .. and the temptation of voting for the first black president had more lure to squishy independents than anything about Palin..

My wife and daughter were estatic about Palin after Hillary tanked.. and my wife is a democrat.

so your theory doesn’t wash with me.. or the millions who dwell in blue collar working families. Palin had more female democrats than you’ll ever admit.

I’m not immune to seeing her flaws.. but to blame that loss on her is nonsensical.. and betrays a fixation that isn’t shared by very many people. They’ve had 4 years to continue the smears.. so the middle might fear her.. now.. but then.. not really.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Step 1: Don’t Appease the Media!

Romney has accomplished Step 1 in the 12 Step RINO’s Annonamous Program.

jaydee_007 on May 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

+1

McCain energetically danced to the liberal media’s jig every step of the way — and achieved the obvious results.

A page right out of Reagan’s playbook: basically ignore everything the radical liberal media tell you you’re supposed to do, and just talk directly to the American people.

Seriously, is anybody REALLY stupid enough to believe the average voter is sitting around right now thinking that anyone who’s seen in public with Donald Trump must decry his existence — solely because of the fact that Trump got caught up in the insanely bizarre shell game Obama’s playing with his background?

Really? You’d have to be a moron to let the media play you like that. Unfortunately, most Republican politicians fall squarely into that category. And John McCain turned it into a full-time job.

logis on May 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I think the best Romney statement would be “It seems more obvious to conclude that he lied about his history for 15 years until it wasn’t convenient anymore” and then let the sputtering begin

avgourmet on May 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

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