Exclusive: Inside story on how Team Romney rode the online SCOTUS wave

posted at 2:01 pm on June 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

By now, everyone knows that Mitt Romney and the RNC raised a whole lot of online cash in the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare.  How did they make it happen?  The big campaign haul came in part from the decision itself, but Team Romney’s early decisions on organizing and preparation for fighting the online battle put the campaign and the RNC in position to capture lightning in a bottle when it struck.  I spoke with Leonard Alcivar and Zac Moffatt, two key members of the Romney campaign’s digital efforts, to get some background on the story.

With the general-election campaign in full operation, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that Romney only wrapped up the nomination two months ago.  At the time, the entire Romney campaign effort consisted of 87 people. In contrast, the Obama campaign had been in general-election mode for over a year at that point and employed over 700 people, many of which were dedicated to handling Team Obama’s digital efforts in-house, Moffatt told me. Today, Moffatt estimates the campaign staff to be between 350-400, with 80 dedicated to managing digital issues, including state-based personnel.  In order to ramp up quickly and efficiently for general election effort, Team Romney relied on building relationships with outside providers for key digital services, including donation processing — a decision that would pay dividends when the court’s decision prompted an avalanche of both visitors and especially donors.

The court’s decision itself sparked considerable traffic and donations, with the Romney campaign raising roughly what they’d see in online donations in a day within the first hour.  Naturally, a great deal of interest erupted in Mitt Romney’s expected statement on the decision, and Alcivar says that conservative activists reached out to campaign yesterday to tell the campaign what they wanted to hear from Romney: a passionate commitment to full repeal and an articulation of how ObamaCare erodes freedom and damages the economy.  Romney delivered with this four-minute speech:

The campaign also released this web video as part of their fast response effort:

At that point, what had been a flood of traffic on the campaign and RNC websites turned into a deluge.  Within an hour, the campaign had to expand their infrastructure from eight servers to 24 in order to keep the donation pages running — a contingency that might only happen once in a campaign, but for which Team Romney had prepared from the beginning.  Traffic increased to five times what the sites would normally experience, but more critically, donations exploded to something close to twenty times their normal rate.  The infrastructure decisions made two months ago played a critical role in keeping up with demand.  As Moffatt explained, normal web-page hits don’t put a lot of stress on servers, but the secure donation transactions require many times more in server resources.  Donor pages had three to four thousand simultaneous transactions at times in the rush following Romney’s statement, and the sites stayed up to take advantage of them all.

In the end, the Romney and RNC campaign websites had 200,000 unique visitors in the 24-hour period following the Supreme Court decision — with 47,000 donations.  That’s a conversion rate of nearly 25%, far above the normal rate for campaigns. The success wasn’t limited to just the campaign websites, either.  Obama has a 5-year head start on Facebook, and has 27 million followers already, while Romney had 2.1 million before the court decision.  Despite that, Team Romney beat Team Obama on Facebook “engagements” in the first 24 hours after the decision, 493,400 to 464,000, when Obama supporters had more to celebrate.  Romney picked up three times as many supporters in the period as well, 28,713 to 9,600.

Moffatt, who quarterbacked the digital efforts this week, says that this shows not just how Team Romney’s preparation and organization succeeded, but how Romney himself engaged the conservative outrage over the court’s ObamaCare decision, and how conservatives embraced the campaign as an outlet for it.  That is exactly what Moffatt envisaged when the campaign shifted its focus from the primary to the fight against Barack Obama.  Team Romney intended to “move from a campaign to a cause,” and when the Supreme Court gave them the opportunity to make that a reality, they were fully prepared to take advantage of it.

Update: I got the communication backwards on the conservative outreach yesterday; it was conservatives who reached to to Team Romney, not the other way around.  I had it incorrect from my interview notes, and I’ve corrected it above.


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Welp, y’all are my witnesses, as my mama’s not answering her phone. I don’t really like Romney, I think he’s a bad idea for this go-round, but damned if I didn’t just give him a hundred bucks. We gotta win this thing.

Sekhmet on June 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Now this is a BFD! Take that libs!!!

TheAudacityofNOPE on June 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Maybe the Bloomberg Poll was no Fluke
Romney sounded good yesterday in his strong call to repeal Obamacare. But, despite the consensus being that O has been taking the mother of all beatings the last month (notwithstanding the court ruling), O is doing very well in the polls; looking at his Approval Rating, its gone from -10 in Rasmussen and -6 in Gallup, to even in the Rasmussen tracker and +1 with Gallup today; Fox has Obama +5, Bloomberg +9: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

Most hotair readers, and Romney himself, like McCain, seem to relish the fantasy that we can handle O with soft gloves. No we can’t.

This is almost certainly not going to work; O has not unloaded his best ammunition, and he has his October Surprises to play. We need to get vicious in attack, that’s what O is going to do to Romney. Mudslinging works; if not, Kerry would probably have won; O himself is going to mudsling in an unabashed way.
We can lower the estimation of O in the eyes of the people, but only through mudslinging! Don’t be (gun) shy. Play the fear card (it’s true, we have something to fear [and it's not fear itself!]), and the ridicule card, and make O appear like the arrogant goof he is, play all the cards we can conjure, from the bottom of the deck. People understand that politics is not bean bag; we have to start running ads that cut deep and hard against O in populist imagery. Stop and desist from The Nice Guy Routine.
The moral: Romney, start attacking O with ferocity!

anotherJoe on June 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM

What a ‘classy’ turd the president is.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

We only need his signature, but it is nice to know he can be competent in the WH, unlike Obumbler.

txmomof6 on June 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Interesting.

They learned from the pathetic online effort from Team McCain in 2008.

That’s a good thing.

Brian1972 on June 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Keep on ripping.

derecho on June 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Kudos to Mitt

cmsinaz on June 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Welp, y’all are my witnesses, as my mama’s not answering her phone. I don’t really like Romney, I think he’s a bad idea for this go-round, but damned if I didn’t just give him a hundred bucks. We gotta win this thing.

Sekhmet on June 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I’m not particularly fond of him either, but the fact is he loves this country as founded, spineless RINO or not. The alternative remains a man-child who despises this country and is hellbent on demolishing it.

CurtZHP on June 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Biggest tax increase…and Obama said “no new taxes on the middle class”.

Obama hates the middle class. Period.

If Romney should win, and not keep his word, send him to where Obama will have gone, to Hades, and let them then burn together.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Obama’care’ is also a regressive tax.

Obama hates the middle class and the poor.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Now this is a BFD! Take that libs!!!

TheAudacityofNOPE on June 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Post SCOTUS decision, Romney raised $4.2 mil. Post gay marriage announcement, Obama raised $6 mil, PLUS $15 mil at a fundraiser.

So, no. This is not good news either.

Romney is not even fund-raising well off of this.

tetriskid on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

How much did Obama make during the same period? Any estimates?

Rovin on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Excellent. Romney’s quick and aggressive response capability is encouraging.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 29, 2012 at 2:09 PM

How much did Obama make during the same period? Any estimates?

Rovin on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

They’re claiming it was more, but not releasing a number.

tdpwells on June 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Team Romney’s early decisions on organizing and preparation for fighting the online battle put the campaign and the RNC in position to capture lightning in a bottle when it struck.

Smells like leadership.

davidk on June 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Nimble, competent, and demonstrating plenty of forethought. Compare/contrast to the McCain campaign. It’s pleasantly reassuring.

RushBaby on June 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

This is the same Romney who explicitely said he will “appoint justices in the mold of John Roberts”? The same Flopney who implemented a virtually identical corporatist tax-mandate in the state he was put in charge of, a tax mandate that he defended through the entire primary process and still stands by today?

Face it Republican frauds, hypocrits, and partisan hacks. You could have picked virtually ANYONE else for your nominee: Perry, Huntsman, Gingrich, Ron Paul, and they would have actually been motivated and genuine in their opposition to Robamneycare.

I just hope the leftists have just as much fun choking on THEIR blatant hypocrisy, now that they’ve made themselves a law that forces them to buy a product from a huge, corrupt corporation. The widely despised and demonized health insurance corporations, at that…

Romney and Obama are scum and the voters in this country are retards. Rah rah ‘merika #1!

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

this lemonade’s still pretty sour.

sesquipedalian on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Post SCOTUS decision, Romney raised $4.2 mil. Post gay marriage announcement, Obama raised $6 mil, PLUS $15 mil at a fundraiser.

So, no. This is not good news either.

Romney is not even fund-raising well off of this.

tetriskid on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Did Obama earn that $6 million in 24 hours?

jennifernaz on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

They’re claiming it was more, but not releasing a number.

tdpwells on June 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Wow. A lot of libs must have gotten married yesterday.

CurtZHP on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Romney is pandering to the right. Remember Romneycare is what Obamacare is base on. Don’t be fooled.

jdun on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Team Romney relied on building relationships with outside providers

OMG!!! HE OUTSOURCED AMERICAN JOBZ!!!111!

John the Libertarian on June 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Mitt and the RNC should blast Obama’care’ as the big ObamaTax, 24/7, and how it keeps the jobs down.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

This is the same Romney who explicitely said he will “appoint justices in the mold of John Roberts”? The same Flopney who implemented a virtually identical corporatist tax-mandate in the state he was put in charge of, a tax mandate that he defended through the entire primary process and still stands by today?

Face it Republican frauds, hypocrits, and partisan hacks. You could have picked virtually ANYONE else for your nominee: Perry, Huntsman, Gingrich, Ron Paul, and they would have actually been motivated and genuine in their opposition to Robamneycare.

I just hope the leftists have just as much fun choking on THEIR blatant hypocrisy, now that they’ve made themselves a law that forces them to buy a product from a huge, corrupt corporation. The widely despised and demonized health insurance corporations, at that…

Romney and Obama are scum and the voters in this country are retards. Rah rah ‘merika #1!

Angryed 2.1 on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

CurtZHP on June 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

this lemonade’s still pretty sour.

sesquipedalian on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Who said it was lemonade?

CurtZHP on June 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

The Romney campaign is capable of responding to events. We know this. What we haven’t seen is their ability to create events that force Obama to play defense, and that’s what we need to see.

Mark1971 on June 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Romney is pandering to the right. Remember Romneycare is what Obamacare is base on. Don’t be fooled.

OK Sherlock who ELSE you gonna vote for? You gonna vote for Johnson? Gonna vote for the US Constitution Party candidate? Here’s a news flash, they AREN’T going to win and therefore aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare. So it’s either Romney or no one.

But please go on vote for the “better” candidate….

JFKY on June 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

On Huffpo, Obama campaign is claiming they raised more money than Romney in the wake of the decision, but that they don’t release 24 hour fundraising totals. Which seems like a lie…didn’t they do that after Obama’s gay marriage statement?

libfreeordie on June 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Rush said it best. The federal government now has the ability to tax us for a piece of bubble gum we decided not to buy.

jawkneemusic on June 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Romney is pandering to the right. Remember Romneycare is what Obamacare is base on. Don’t be fooled.

jdun on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

What, choose more of the hopium we’ve endured under Obama?

ABO

obladioblada on June 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

his is the same Romney who explicitely said he will “appoint justices in the mold of John Roberts”? The same Flopney who implemented a virtually identical corporatist tax-mandate in the state he was put in charge of, a tax mandate that he defended through the entire primary process and still stands by today?

Face it Republican frauds, hypocrits, and partisan hacks. You could have picked virtually ANYONE else for your nominee: Perry, Huntsman, Gingrich, Ron Paul, and they would have actually been motivated and genuine in their opposition to Robamneycare.

I just hope the leftists have just as much fun choking on THEIR blatant hypocrisy, now that they’ve made themselves a law that forces them to buy a product from a huge, corrupt corporation. The widely despised and demonized health insurance corporations, at that…

Romney and Obama are scum and the voters in this country are retards. Rah rah ‘merika #1!

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Aw, someone woke up from his nap a little cranky…

Post SCOTUS decision, Romney raised $4.2 mil. Post gay marriage announcement, Obama raised $6 mil, PLUS $15 mil at a fundraiser.

So, no. This is not good news either.

Romney is not even fund-raising well off of this.

tetriskid on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

4.2 mill in 24 hours, plus thousands of new donors, is pretty good. Plus, like Obama, he’s holding other fundraisers too…the Romney/RNC team is doing very well raising money for the campaign thus far.

changer1701 on June 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

romney gets richer, rush sells more tea. life goes on, hannity schedules more freedom concerts etc etc etc.

the attempted fleecing of conservatives continues.

renalin on June 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Does Romney still support healthcare mandates? Cause he did two days ago.

Buckshot Bill on June 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This is the same Romney who explicitely said he will “appoint justices in the mold of John Roberts”? The same Flopney who implemented a virtually identical corporatist tax-mandate in the state he was put in charge of, a tax mandate that he defended through the entire primary process and still stands by today?

Face it Republican frauds, hypocrits, and partisan hacks. You could have picked virtually ANYONE else for your nominee: Perry, Huntsman, Gingrich, Ron Paul, and they would have actually been motivated and genuine in their opposition to Robamneycare.

I just hope the leftists have just as much fun choking on THEIR blatant hypocrisy, now that they’ve made themselves a law that forces them to buy a product from a huge, corrupt corporation. The widely despised and demonized health insurance corporations, at that…

Romney and Obama are scum and the voters in this country are retards. Rah rah ‘merika #1!

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

For all intents Roberts was a conservative. Most of us were fooled. And yes, we are stuck with Romney. Most of us had other preferences.

Yes, this sucks, but geez (and this is not only to you), quit rending the garments and whining, suck it up and get back into the fight.

It’s been amazing the amount of people who seem willing to give up. That’s exactly what the liberals want. You going to give it to them?

If people like you want to go off and pout, then by all means. Just get out of the way of those of us who are going to fight and save your sorry butt.

Thanks.

kim roy on June 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Lots of trolls on here trying to undermine Romney. Excuse me if I spit on your “concern”.

hachiban on June 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I’d rather ObamaCare have been thrown out in its entirety and he have collected $0.00.
Don’t pee on me and say its……well how many hundred times does that have to be repeated here.

Marcus on June 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM

OK Sherlock who ELSE you gonna vote for? You gonna vote for Johnson? Gonna vote for the US Constitution Party candidate? Here’s a news flash, they AREN’T going to win and therefore aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare. So it’s either Romney or no one.

But please go on vote for the “better” candidate….

JFKY on June 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

That’s some solid logic you got there. Turning it around on you, you might as well vote for Obammy because Republicans AREN’T going to win and therefore aren’t going to repeal Obamacare.

And the only reason Johnson or any other limited-governmentarian aren’t going to win is because of herd-following, braindead, unprincipled blathering partisan hacks like yourself. Which there are a staggering number of in the US. You like to talk the talk but when it comes time to walk the walk you puss out and gutlessly scurry sycopohantically up to your appointed political messiah. Just pathetic.

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I do not want Mitt coming out and speaking like a CEO/Manager coming out to speak in nice soft tones after the plant has just been blown up, trying to calm everybody’s fears. I want some passion about saving this country, about stopping the decimation of the military, about not bowing to the Muslim brotherhood, about not treating this country like any other country that”thinks itself exceptional”. We need some PASSION, damn it. Talk like you mean it, you are not just going to save the economy, you are going to save the country and put us back on the hill where we belong, like Reagan knew all along. GET FIRED UP,,,damn it.

retiredeagle on June 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

this lemonade’s still pretty sour.

sesquipedalian on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Sour Whaaat,, I call it healthy… didn’t Mochelle teach u that sugar is not good for u? :)…Where have hou been all this while…

jimver on June 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

The Romney campaign is capable of responding to events. We know this. What we haven’t seen is their ability to create events that force Obama to play defense, and that’s what we need to see.

Mark1971 on June 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

What exactly did you have in mind? In other words, how exactly is Team Mitt supposed to create events?

Happy Nomad on June 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

And also notice, of course, that Romney is doing more with less in comparison to Obama.

Take notes, kids.

Red Cloud on June 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Lots of trolls on here trying to undermine Romney. Excuse me if I spit on your “concern”.

hachiban on June 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Amen! Obama’s team of professional posters are out in force today. Love their concern for us.

obladioblada on June 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Sekhmet on June 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

We all need to voluntarily cough up a few bucks, or be prepared to smile and bend over when barack and the dems take it involuntarily.

I have always liked Mitt and when I met him in VA on Wednesday, I have fallen in love [man crush].

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM

And the only reason Johnson or any other limited-governmentarian aren’t going to win is because of herd-following, braindead, unprincipled blathering partisan hacks like yourself. Which there are a staggering number of in the US. You like to talk the talk but when it comes time to walk the walk you puss out and gutlessly scurry sycopohantically up to your appointed political messiah. Just pathetic.

Great pitch there…vote for me or else I’ll insult you. Couldn’t be that Johnson and others haven’t got a good message and their followers are @rses? Nooooooo, it must be the consumers. So Romney can’t win, and you’ll do you part to ensure it, by voting for Johnson? Great plan, if you want to be RIGHT rather than repeal ObamaCare….

JFKY on June 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Ah yes, winning friends and influencing using the tried and true “be insulting” strategy.

obladioblada on June 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how much support a fringe candidate can garner by simply coming out in favor of legalizing pot.

Happy Nomad on June 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Nimble, competent, and demonstrating plenty of forethought. Compare/contrast to the McCain campaign. It’s pleasantly reassuring.

RushBaby on June 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I was thinking that same thing. Also, the folks from McCain’s campaign who blamed Palin or whomever should never, ever, ever be hired by any other campain ever. (did I mention “ever?”)

29Victor on June 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

this lemonade’s still pretty sour.

sesquipedalian on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Wait till you taste the tea we’re brewing for November. Liberals may find it a tad bitter.

hawkdriver on June 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

What exactly did you have in mind? In other words, how exactly is Team Mitt supposed to create events?

Happy Nomad on June 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

For one, after Obama announced the halt to deportations Romney could’ve come out in favor of Rubio’s bill coupled with national mandatory e-verify requirement to check status of workers, which is extremely popular with voters. This would’ve immediately put Obama on the defensive. He has to explain to voters why he wants to protect jobs for illegals. Obama looks extreme while Romney looks reasonable.

Mark1971 on June 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how much support a fringe candidate can garner by simply coming out in favor of legalizing pot.

Happy Nomad on June 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Gonna have to change the saying to “Bread and circuses and pot.”

29Victor on June 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I like that you got the exclusive for the report on TeamMitts “Quickness” Awesome Ed! Thanks TeamMitt!

boogaleesnots on June 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

i hope romney fails.

renalin on June 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Great pitch there…vote for me or else I’ll insult you. Couldn’t be that Johnson and others haven’t got a good message and their followers are @rses? Nooooooo, it must be the consumers. So Romney can’t win, and you’ll do you part to ensure it, by voting for Johnson? Great plan, if you want to be RIGHT rather than repeal ObamaCare….

JFKY on June 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM

LOL. You actually think Mitt will repeal Obamacare…

Keep believin’ the fantasy pal. Your dreams will be shattered in less than 6 months. Seriously, your fantasies of repealing Rombamacare are about as realistic as the greenie dream of getting everyone on public transportation and bicycles.

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Slightly off topic, but please bear with me.

Last week during the Wawa kerfuffle, someone proposed a get-together for Hot Air members in the Southeastern PA area. I’m posting this again for anyone interested. Looking forward to meeting some of you!

I’m seein’ all these Wawa fans, etc., that maybe somebody oughta set up a Hot Air meetup at a Wawa somewhere in southeast PA.

either orr on June 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

How about Sunday, July 1, 10:00 AM for coffee, at this location near Kennett Square:

Store #8015
901 East Baltimore Pk.
E. Marlborough Twsp., PA 19348
(610) 388-6400

Any takers?

UltimateBob on June 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hire the weasel to protect the chicken coop from the wolf.

BRILLIANT!

LegendHasIt on June 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Consider that both Romney and the congressional GOP have been back tracking on the whole “Repeal Obamacare” and going for the much more ominous “we’ll keep the popular parts” message over the past few weeks, I can’t see how anyone can seriously delude themselves into believing that the GOP will ever actually repeal O-care, even if they manage to get the chance.

Buckshot Bill on June 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

He got some $$ from me last night.

gophergirl on June 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

this lemonade’s still pretty sour.

sesquipedalian on June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

May it suffocate or starve you. I prefer the latter, becuase it lasts longer. I’d love to watch you and your cohort be starved of everything, you despicable looters/moochers.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how much support a fringe candidate can garner by simply coming out in favor of legalizing pot.

Happy Nomad on June 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Pretty telling about yourself, that the only thing you’ve heard about Johnson is that he supports getting the government out of your choice of what to ingest. You, presumably a iron-age-book-believing bible-thumping social con, brought up the pot thing. Nobody else.

But while we’re going off topic about candidates’ stances, did you know Romney has a strong record of supporting gun control? Oh and he thinks the US government is spending a few hundred billion $$$$ too few on medicare. And a guy like that attracts the support of guys like you. What does that say about yourself?

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

For those of you who are yapping “Romney’s being perfect so whaaaaa whaaaa whaaaa” I have a suggestion:

Run for office yourself.

If you can convince us that your thoughts and plans are better – and that they stand a reasonable chance of being enacted and implemented, please feel free to tos your hat into the ring for President for the next go-round.

If you believe that might be a bit of a stretch for you, try running for something local and build a track record.

No, Romney’s not perfect. He wasn’t my first (or even second or third) choice. At the moment, however, the alternative to Romney is Obama. Read that again, slowly. The alternative to Romney is Obama.

Don’t like it? As I said: Run for office yourself.

psrch on June 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Does Romney still support healthcare mandates? Cause he did two days ago.

Buckshot Bill on June 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

.
He probably supports Medicare/ Medicaid as well.

FlaMurph on June 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

romney gets richer, rush sells more tea. life goes on, hannity schedules more freedom concerts etc etc etc.

renalin on June 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Sounds good. What’s your point anyway?

Buttercup on June 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

* Romney’s being perfect

Sheesh, I need to proofread more often…

psrch on June 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Ed: are these numbers just his campaign? If you google Mitt Romney, the two sponsored websites are PACs. One is a joint romney victory fund/RNC PAC, the other is CAPE Pac

the actual romney website is below the sponsored websites.

r keller on June 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Again Daikokuco illustrates “let’s influence people by INSULTING them.” Strategy. And Buck Shot, possibly, because the SAY they will? And in the equation obama NEVER will repeal, and GOP MAY repeal, and johnson WILL repeal, but will NEVER be POTUS….it makes rational sense to pull for the GOP and send as many TEA Party folks to Congress.

Of course you and Daikokuco will be voting “correctly,” no doubt for some loser who will NEVER ingfluence the debate, continue on by all means.

JFKY on June 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

This is the same Romney who explicitely said he will “appoint justices in the mold of John Roberts”?

No one expected Roberts to betray us all. We thought if anyone was going to stick us in the back it would be Kennedy. Its not as if he put that on his website after the ruling.

magicbeans on June 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

At the moment, however, the alternative to Romney is Obama. Read that again, slowly. The alternative to Romney is Obama.

psrch on June 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The alternative to a Portjohn is a Chemi-toi. Read that again slowly. You understand the gravity of the choice, don’t you?

Vote wrong and you’ll get a rancid plastic box full of shit. But vote right and you’ll get….oh.

Hopefully you now understand how vapid, partisan, and braindead you Flopneybots sound to somebody who can follow basic logic.

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Romney did well. He knows not to say too much

Except for the wonks, most are not focused on this battle. They are too worried about their next paycheck. Even if the Saudis pump their fields dry, they cant create jobs, and Obamacare is a job strangler

Most free stuff with Obamacare comes after the election, too late

Romney’s biggest problem is VP. If he chooses a member of the Club, which now includes Rubio, he blows up the base. They already have Obama on one side, a destroyed Court which ignores Constitution, a weak Senate GOP, and only Romney can tip that balance, expecially since the Club is trying to stack the Senate, Rubio published a declaration of amnesty, complete with hurt feelings, just in case you didnt know where he stood. Romney needs someone without a controversial identity

If Romney goes RINO VP, the base will have to decide if it is any better getting amnesty via the GOP vs the DEMs. Who appointed Souter and Roberts?

The base has been conditioned to expect lies. It would take a new generation to believe the tall tales. Romney doesnt have time to build a new constituency

What the country needs now is sanctuary, a lack of drama. Romney is good for that. His team plays hardball. They will save the big guns for later

No point fighting the free healthcare mantra in detail, or the other side drags out the crutches and wheelchairs. He is woking
‘taxation destroys a nation’ and that touches where it hurts most

entagor on June 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You do realize that Dr. Paul lost, don’t you? …again.

kingsjester on June 29, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You do realize that Dr. Paul lost, don’t you? …again.

kingsjester on June 29, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Careful, FloatingTurd will be along any second to defend him.

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM

LOL. You actually think Mitt will repeal Obamacare…

Keep believin’ the fantasy pal. Your dreams will be shattered in less than 6 months. Seriously, your fantasies of repealing Rombamacare are about as realistic as the greenie dream of getting everyone on public transportation and bicycles.

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

This is an idiotic position. We have every reason to think Romney is going to repeal Obamacare. Why wouldn’t he? That is what he’s been saying for months now. That was the centerpiece of his primary run.

You literally have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve got months and months of transcripts of Romney saying he’s going to repeal it and you’re claiming to have a mind reading super power.

lol what a knuckhead.

Fish on June 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

The alternative to a Portjohn is a Chemi-toi. Read that again slowly. You understand the gravity of the choice, don’t you?

Vote wrong and you’ll get a rancid plastic box full of shit. But vote right and you’ll get….oh.

Hopefully you now understand how vapid, partisan, and braindead you Flopneybots sound to somebody who can follow basic logic.

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Your basic logic is flawed.

Fish on June 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

how Team Romney rode the online SCOTUS wave

Of course, Romney and his supporters have every reason to celebrate, after all, national-Romneycare was just ruled Constitutional by another fake Republican like Romney, Chief Justice Roberts, a Bush appointee.

So screw you, old fashioned Americans, people like Obama and Romney have taken over American politics with the deep pockets of their cronies even though they hold the minority view. Money and propaganda is more powerful than the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Justice Roberts also flipped the Kelo verses City of New London decision, as well, I’ve heard. He has a pattern of siding with cronies.

Roberts is like Romney, he is on the far right on the corporatist end of the spectrum. Small-gov conservatives like Thomas are closer to the center. Think back to your history lessons and you’ll see that this is true. The far right and far left are both big-gov authoritarians. They were a hundred years ago and they are now.

The center of American politics is the Constitution and Bill of Rights, not big-gov authoritarian cronyism.

FloatingRock on June 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Romney is not even fund-raising well off of this.

tetriskid on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

..you do realize that — at every opportunity — The POTUS Pantload and his campaign people are pissing and moaning how Romney’s out-raising them, don’t you?

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/235635-obama-campaign-says-its-outraised-romney-since-health-care-decision-but-fundraising-updates-perverse

http://www.npr.org/2012/06/22/155554824/romney-outraises-obama-in-may

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1yazFnbQMg

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/romney-super-pacs-easily-outraise-democrat-rival/

..want more links or can you Google them for yourself?

NOVEMBER 6TH: OUR TURN!

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Romney is not even fund-raising well off of this.

tetriskid on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

..you do realize that — at every opportunity — The POTUS Pantload and his campaign people are pissing and moaning how Romney’s out-raising them, don’t you?

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/235635-obama-campaign-says-its-outraised-romney-since-health-care-decision-but-fundraising-updates-perverse

NOVEMBER 6TH: OUR TURN!

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

..and here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1yazFnbQMg

NOVEMBER 6TH: OUR TURN!

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

..and here:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/romney-super-pacs-easily-outraise-democrat-rival/

..want more links or can you Google them for yourself?

NOVEMBER 6TH: OUR TURN!

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Daikokuco –its a bit disingenuous to use it against Romney that he wanted to appoint justices like Roberts. Did we not ALL think Roberts was an honorable man just 36 hours ago?

AnnaS on June 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Actually, Obama raised $2 million in the first 24 hours of the gay marriage bonanza. Look it up. So whoever is trying to spin this as not promising, eat your heart out.

JackForce on June 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Slightly off topic, but please bear with me.

Last week during the Wawa kerfuffle, someone proposed a get-together for Hot Air members in the Southeastern PA area. I’m posting this again for anyone interested. Looking forward to meeting some of you!

UltimateBob on June 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

..careful Bob, angryFred, drrintintin (with his inflatable Sarah Palin doll), floatingturd, phlegmatic, of some of the other concern trolls might show up!

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

sorry for the multiple posts with the links; the first one with four links got eaten by the thread monster

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

..o.k., lunch hour is over.

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Did we not ALL think Roberts was an honorable man just 36 hours ago?
AnnaS on June 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

And isn’t it interesting that until then, Roberts had given us no clues that he would betray us….

But Romney’s whole political career has been filled with clues that he will?

Oh, I have no doubts that he will sign a Bill Repealing 0bamacare if the House and Senate give him one.

But until yesterday he was saying ‘Repeal and Replace’. I worry about that ‘replace’ thing.

On the bright side if we can get enough real conservatives in the House and Senate, it matters little who gets to live in the place at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

LegendHasIt on June 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Daikokuco –its a bit disingenuous to use it against Romney that he wanted to appoint justices like Roberts. Did we not ALL think Roberts was an honorable man just 36 hours ago?

AnnaS on June 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

No, Roberts was in the majority of the Kelo verses City of New London decision which let’s crony government confiscate private property to give to the people who paid for their campaigns. It is corruption of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and Roberts supported that abomination too.

FloatingRock on June 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Roberts is a corporatist, at best, if not a crony himself.

FloatingRock on June 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Post SCOTUS decision, Romney raised $4.2 mil. Post gay marriage announcement, Obama raised $6 mil, PLUS $15 mil at a fundraiser.

So, no. This is not good news either.

Romney is not even fund-raising well off of this.

tetriskid on June 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

And yet, Obigspender is broke from outspending even himself. Perhaps Romney’s $4+mil is the equivalent of twice that to Osquanderer.

stukinIL4now on June 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

..careful Bob, angryFred, drrintintin (with his inflatable Sarah Palin doll), floatingturd, phlegmatic, of some of the other concern trolls might show up!

The War Planner on June 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Heh…. Yes, I know. One of the great things about Hot Air is that we can say whatever we want, under the veil of anonymity. When we meet face to face, anything can happen.

UltimateBob on June 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Just goes to show how a businessman thinks, versus a job supplier. Flexibility to move up and down as needed as far as staffing and digital sourcing.

Good job!

phillypolitics on June 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Daikokuco on June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You seem to have completely missed my point, but I’ll go ahead and ask: what office will you be running for? Will you be running for president in 2016?

More importantly, what, exactly, do you think we should do in the upcoming election? Do you recommend voting for Obama, since you see no difference between him and Romney?

Didn’t think so.

psrch on June 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The Witch

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Romney’s determined to win this thing–and therefore probably will. Things don’t look bad at all. Obama has yet to reach 50% in polls–which means the undecideds will likely break for Romney. So let’s stash the defeatist talk. Don’t get mad, get even. If we win in November, we get the whole enchilada–the House, the Senate and the presidency, together with the power to nominate for the SC. It’s a war. We lost a battle, but it fired up our side. Let’s just fight like hell until November and go to the polls with victory on our minds, not defeat. Defeatism is for losers.

writeblock on June 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

That is exactly what Moffatt envisaged when the campaign shifted its focus from the primary to the fight against Barack Obama. Team Romney intended to “move from a campaign to a cause,” and when the Supreme Court gave them the opportunity to make that a reality, they were fully prepared to take advantage of it.

Competence, Baby, Competence.

How about Sunday, July 1, 10:00 AM for coffee, at this location near Kennett Square:

Store #8015
901 East Baltimore Pk.
E. Marlborough Twsp., PA 19348
(610) 388-6400

Any takers?

UltimateBob on June 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I have a friend from that part of the world. I’ll pass this on. Don’t know if she reads Hot Air but she does post a lot of nice conservative stuff on facebook…

Buy Danish on June 29, 2012 at 4:20 PM

ugh, having the romney care mastermind to be the champion against obamacare is a wave i will not ride.
better move on from this issue, because its a loss.

nathor on June 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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