Romney on Chick-fil-A: That’s not something that’s part of my campaign; Update: Obama ducks too

posted at 6:07 pm on August 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Examiner, I understand why he punted here. His retort to Reid’s tax-evasion smear last night was that it’s an obvious, grotesque attempt to hand the media a new distraction from Obama’s record. He just got back from a foreign policy trip/photo op that was also submerged in distractions, most notably his Olympics comments in London and his aide’s “kiss my ass” comments to the press in Poland. He’s just begun pushing a more positive message keyed to his biography to convince undecideds that he’s up to the job. The last thing he wants right now is another distraction wrapped around his ankles, particularly on a day when the news is about the latest disappointing jobs report.

Given that the Chick-fil-A question here was packaged with another question about Bachmann and the Muslim Brotherhood, he had two dilemmas. One: If he weighs in on either, that’s a story and now suddenly he’s being asked about gay marriage and Islamism instead of jobs for the middle class. If you want a candidate who’s more interested in culture-war issues than economic growth, try Romney 2008. Two: If he weighs in only on Chick-fil-A, the easier of the two topics, then there’ll be a separate story on why he specifically ducked the question about Bachmann and he’ll hear it from her supporters and from the media for dodging. He probably figured he was better off playing it safe (as usual) and passing on both. Hey — if you wanted a nominee who’d inch out on the highwire to answer any question put to him, you should have nominated Newt.

Still, hurts to know that even a tool like Mike Bloomberg is capable of offering a righteous answer on CFA when called on to do so:

Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage are undermining the very essence of the Constitution, Mayor Bloomberg declared today in a stirring defense of the embattled fast food chain.

“It isn’t the right thing to do and it isn’t what America stands for,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. “And those people who don’t like (Chick-fil-A) don’t understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it. They stood up so everybody else would be free.”…

“What’s for sure is that government cannot in the United States, in America, under the Constitution, be run where you have a litmus test for the personal views of somebody when they want something in the commercial world.”

Barney Frank also managed to say a word against government discrimination towards Chick-fil-A. Ah well. Maybe Mitt will get another question about this tomorrow and say something about free speech even if he ends up avoiding the subject of gay marriage. Speaking of which, enjoy the second clip below. Not sure what’s gotten into Stewart lately, but this is a rare week during which most of his big hits have been at the expense of Democrats. Exit quotation via Mediaite: “Pretty sure you can’t outlaw a company with perfectly legal business practices because you find their CEO’s views repellant. Not sure which amendment covers that, but it’s probably in the top 1.”

Update: Evidently the “evolution” is over:

Obama, already in favor of gay marriage, has little to gain by weighing in against a private company that operates primarily in red states on an issue that has already inflamed social conservatives. He has treaded lightly on the issue on the campaign trail, touting the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy but avoided new calls for legalizing gay marriage since announcing he supported it in May.

Several officials in Obama’s White House and campaign did not respond Friday to requests for comment about Chick-fil-A. And there’s reason for the president to keep the issues away from the center of his reelection campaign. Obama can’t afford to alienate religious conservatives in the black community or give blue-collar Democratic whites in Ohio and Virginia another reason to vote against him.

Not a word from the president of the United States in defense of a business owner’s right to hold the political views he prefers without fear of government retribution?


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and John Stewart, gay marriage isn’t happening!!!! it’s been voted down in 32 states you twit.. not going to happen

sadsushi on August 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

no “kissing” apparently happened at my local chick fil A today. Long lines and lotsa business apparently tho’.

ted c on August 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Same sex marriage was not even a topic of discussion when Reagan was president. He never had to talk about something like that in public….ever..

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM

No, but abortion was an issue, and Reagan duck it to the chorus of idiotic sycophants chanting “don’t take the bait”. Any question that can’t be answered “Obama is a poo poo head! And the economy sucks” is “ducking”. The problem is, Romney and his squishy sycophants deep down believe that the whole country is as basically liberal as they are, so they are terrified of having their candidate sound too conservative. Even after such a striking demonstration on Wednesday of just where the country probably stands.

ddrintn on August 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Romney on Chick-fil-A: That’s not something that’s part of my campaign; Update: Obama ducks too

Just got herre, so I’m sure someone’s already said something similar, but what-the-hey: when they open a Duck-Fil-A, I’m there – every day – for lunch…

affenhauer on August 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM

That’s why this CFA thing is a big deal to hit Obambi with.
It’s not about SSM.

the_nile on August 3, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Yes, most paying attention or even reading twitter can tell it’s not about SSM but IS about Freedom of Religion AND about the intrusion or attempt to intrude into free enterprise for ulterior motives (whatever, what I mean is => unjust, unethical use of government or attempt to to ruin someone’s commerce).

Romney IS using that in his campaigning. It’s an aspect of Capitalism that the Left hates, is expressed in these unjust, screwy efforts to ruin people whose “ideas” they disagree with, usually those held by Christians and in growing focus, Jews.

It’s the economy and Romney is smart to maintain his focus on that.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

And cozmo goes, “craaash, boom” right on cue! Maybe it’s all that glue you’re using on your model trains and planes that’s making your tires go all wonky on the pavement…

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Sure sweetie. Does this mean we can start the clock?

You wanna’ break your Hot Air record for long term meltdown?

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Romney is smart to stay on course and above this fray. He’s not denying it, he’s not denigrating it, he’s staying on course and not getting into a mud-roll with jerks, meaning, those “big city mayors” and the Democratic Party.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

You seem to forget that Rahm Emmanuel was Chief of Staff for Obama. If Romney hits Emmanuel, he hits Obama. There is no separation between the two in this fight.

dukecitygirl on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

* Reagan DIDN’T duck it

ddrintn on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

and that last part wasn’t a quote. Well, yeah, my quote I guess — you all get it, I’m sure. Freakin’ iPhone..

affenhauer on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

They’re already reporting Romney’s non-commitment on this at politico and elsewhere, with the emphasis that this behavior is consistent with the misrepresentation (?) that Romney takes both sides of every issue: http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/08/romney-chickfila-huma-abedin-not-part-of-my-campaign-131040.html#.UBw288uP6j8.twitte
This meme that Romney is a coreless convictionless panderer that can’t take a position could become the #1 effective attack against Mitt, played over and over and over and over again, and it could stick, and hobble the campaign, demoralizing conservatives, and causing independents and Dems to laugh out loud (lol). Walk this back quickly before it can be taken up and used in that fashion by the opposition.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

So many, Bloomberg and at least one headline, are making the mistake of saying ‘undermining’ the Constitution. Wrong. Not ‘undermining’ but violating.

MaggiePoo on August 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

This meme that Romney is a coreless convictionless panderer that can’t take a position could become the #1 effective attack against Mitt, played over and over and over and over again, and it could stick, and hobble the campaign, demoralizing conservatives, and causing independents and Dems to laugh out loud (lol). Walk this back quickly before it can be taken up and used in that fashion by the opposition.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I was afraid of this happening. Again, I say this was a serious misstep for Romney. He should have focused on the First Amendment regarding this issue – it would have also changed the media narrative from SSM and forced them to report his words as such.

Well, let’s hope he doesn’t blow any other opportunity that comes his way.

dukecitygirl on August 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Honestly, can anyone imagine Reagan taking a look at this issue and saying “that’s not part of my campaign”? That’s the difference between a landslide winner and a squishy electoral loser.

ddrintn on August 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I still don’t understand why Stewart is considered funny. What am I missing?……………….Never mind, I really don’t care. ; )

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

The problem is, Romney and his squishy sycophants deep down believe that the whole country is as basically liberal as they are, so they are terrified of having their candidate sound too conservative.

ddrintn on August 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Ohh, riiight, being prolife, seeking to reduce the size and use of government, supporting the Freedom of Religion, believing in Christian or “Christian-Judeo” theology and reason, not being a Global Warmer, seeking to encourage and proliferate our nation’s energy independence, reduction of taxes, reduction of regulations, seeking to ensure our Constitution, elect Conservative and Moderate Supreme Court justies, and..

…riiight, that makes one a “sycophant” and “a liberal.”

I’

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I still don’t understand why Stewart is considered funny. What am I missing?……………….Never mind, I really don’t care. ; )

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I agree, have never found him “funny” but what I think it is about him that generates his popularity is his “snarking ability” — note that his primary audience is “youth”: he’s popular among those who think snarking and being a smart-alec means you’re rich and beautiful and a celebrity.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

milquetoast mittens strikes again…gee he’s so predictable…no guts and no convictions (except for making money which is all good but not good enough to become president…pathetic)!

America needs conservatives (who believe in the constitution) in charge for a change! mittens doesn’t fit so he must quit!

Pragmatic on August 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

This meme that Romney is a coreless convictionless panderer that can’t take a position could become the #1 effective attack against Mitt, played over and over and over and over again, and it could stick, and hobble the campaign, demoralizing conservatives, and causing independents and Dems to laugh out loud (lol). Walk this back quickly before it can be taken up and used in that fashion by the opposition.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Obama eats dog.

Harry Reid is a pederast.

Howard Dean smokes old ladies.

Michelle Obama has a…

See how that goes?

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Ohh, riiight, being prolife, seeking to reduce the size and use of government, supporting the Freedom of Religion, believing in Christian or “Christian-Judeo” theology and reason, not being a Global Warmer, seeking to encourage and proliferate our nation’s energy independence, reduction of taxes, reduction of regulations, seeking to ensure our Constitution, elect Conservative and Moderate Supreme Court justies, and..

…riiight, that makes one a “sycophant” and “a liberal.”

I’

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

too bad mittens has NONE OF THE ABOVE CHARACTERISTICS!

Pragmatic on August 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

…mittens doesn’t fit so he must quit!

Pragmatic on August 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Riiight, it’s the Progressive Way: win by losing, lose to win, surrender, just stop already, it takes too much work, owe, you stepped on my sandal, ouch, where’s my chef…

/sarc.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Still, hurts to know that even a tool like Mike Bloomberg is capable of offering a righteous answer on CFA when called on to do so:

Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage are undermining the very essence of the Constitution, Mayor Bloomberg declared today in a stirring defense of the embattled fast food chain.

Maybe Romney needs to pick Bloomberg as his VP to swing his ticket further to the right.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

too bad mittens has NONE OF THE ABOVE CHARACTERISTICS!

Pragmatic on August 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Too bad you aren’t paying attention because those are his charcteristics. Also his political positions (what I wrote at 7:43 PM).

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Not sure what’s gotten into Stewart lately, but this is a rare week during which most of his big hits have been at the expense of Democrats.

Maybe he is getting audited.

farsighted on August 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Dongemaharu on August 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I say the public supported CFA in record numbers because we still believe in Free Speech. Even nanny boobberg said the same. If y’all think this was all about opposing same sex marriage, on either side of the issue, I think you’re totally wrong.
ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 7:28 PM

You might have quoted the wrong person. I didn’t say anything in my post about gay marriage. In fact, the support from both sides shows this is more about freedom of people to have opinions, even popular opinions.

Dongemaharu on August 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

mittens doesn’t fit so he must quit!

Pragmatic on August 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

He’s not going to quit.

Ron Paul is not going to get the nomination.

Gary Johnson is not going to win in November.

And, sir, I knew Johnnie Cochran. Johnnie Cochran was an acquaintance of mine. Sir, you’re no Johnnie Cochran.

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Maybe Romney needs to pick Bloomberg as his VP to swing his ticket further to the right.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Maybe Palin will invite you to rearrange her bangs so you can get so much closer to her.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

mittens doesn’t fit so he must quit!

Pragmatic on August 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Bless your heart.

Are you ever going to get new material?

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Maybe Palin will invite you to rearrange her bangs so you can get so much closer to her.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Or maybe Ron Paul, can’t keep you all’s golden chakras straight.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Several officials in Obama’s White House and campaign did not respond Friday to requests for comment about Chick-fil-A. And there’s reason for the president to keep the issues away from the center of his reelection campaign. Obama can’t afford to alienate religious conservatives in the black community

I guess Rahm is on his own now.

farsighted on August 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Neither is winning any part of the Romney campaign. I guess he must like 0bama since he also worked behind the scenes to ensure a McCain loss in 2008.

DannoJyd on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Yep

spectator.org/archives/2008/10/27/post-defeat-planners

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Maybe Palin will invite you to rearrange her bangs so you can get so much closer to her.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Does she really haunt your thoughts on such a constant basis?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Not sure what’s gotten into Stewart lately, but this is a rare week during which most of his big hits have been at the expense of Democrats.

Maybe he is getting audited.

farsighted on August 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

The Obama Economic Spoilage is finally seeping through to some on the Left. It’s got them a bit more jumpy than usual.

But you can bet that Liebowitz — Jon Stewart — will still vote for Democrats across the ticket.

I’d take him much more seriously if he’d take his own surname more seriously.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Maybe Palin will invite you to rearrange her bangs so you can get so much closer to her.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Does she really haunt your thoughts on such a constant basis?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Ha, “haunt my thoughts”. I hit “mute” on FOX when she’s on Greta’s show just because her voice is like nails across a chalkboard and my patience with the gripped mouth snarking nasty insults while trying to claim she’s “joking” is now exhausted.

I see that she’s doing real work to support some credible candidates but I’ve never found her idol material. Nor the stuff of dreams OR nightmares. Sorry to burst your meme.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

…riiight, that makes one a “sycophant” and “a liberal.”

I’

Lourdes

You’ll have to cut dd some slack…..he/she is projecting.

xblade on August 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Does she really haunt your thoughts on such a constant basis?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Who are you voting for, by the way? Just curious.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Ha, “haunt my thoughts”. I hit “mute” on FOX when she’s on Greta’s show just because her voice is like nails across a chalkboard and my patience with the gripped mouth snarking nasty insults while trying to claim she’s “joking” is now exhausted.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

In other words… yes.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Obama can’t afford to alienate religious conservatives in the black community

He’s done this already. But to my dismay, many of them will still vote for him “because he’s Black” (so they claim)…it’s the foolishness of the Left, they will always have just enough “community” types who will vote for them no matter what. Obama’s been so utterly reveale to be a stooge and a crooked one at that that if they haven’t by this time seen the light, they never will.

The Democrats use these “ecoomic/sexual/money/skincolor” issues to fan certain people into a frenzy and then they keep them in line at the ballot box. It’s unfortunte, to state the obvious.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Romney on Chick-fil-A: That’s not something that’s part of my campaign

A person who wants to be Leader of the free world doesn’t want to defend a company’s right to free speech.

Why are you running for President then?

RedRobin145 on August 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

In other words… yes.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

You’re voting for “yes”? Who is that, where can I read their views on these “liberal” “squishy” issues that you care so much about?

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Say, did you buy some Chick-Fil-A today? From a van?

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

…mittens doesn’t fit so he must quit!

Pragmatic on August 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I’m afraid that could become a real rallying cry over the next month as a huge number of everyday conservatives and moderate conservatives have just been pushed too far, and they push for some kind of convention miracle or something to end the nightmare.
Well, unless Mitt quickly walks back this unforced error. Show some conviction on the CFA issue. As Krauthammer said: “show some ideology,” don’t shirk this issue. It is of critical importance now.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Honestly, can anyone imagine Reagan taking a look at this issue and saying “that’s not part of my campaign”? That’s the difference between a landslide winner and a squishy electoral loser.
ddrintn on August 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Really, that quote is damn near close to, “That’s above my pay grade.”

And it looks like the media is going to give him grief for not even tackling this issue. So much for trying do fly below radar of the MSM. Might as well have gone for a conservative response anyway. But all we got is nothing and a hostile media.

Dongemaharu on August 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Mitt Romney: “Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rFCRs9PHAo

Alberta_Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Romney doesn’t have to go head first into this, but he should at least say that he thinks that people have a right to not support “Gay” “marriage” without being attack by mayors who would like to shut them down and maybe even kill them.

VorDaj on August 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Why are you running for President then?

RedRobin145 on August 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Because he’s “defendig a company’s right to free speech,” among other important things.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Argghh.

MITT– It’s about the CONSTITUTION, STUPID!

God, he’s got to get OVER this “deer-in-the-headlights” paralysis of his, or he’s gonna get STEAMROLLED by “the Chicago Way.”

You can’t win by being “the nicest guy in teh room,” Mitt. The entire universe doesn’t operate on Nice Guy Rules.

Get some spunk. Get some grit. Get some WIT—Mitt.

Geezus. Times’ running out.

mountainaires on August 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

A person who wants to be Leader of the free world doesn’t want to defend a company’s right to free speech.

Why are you running for President then?

RedRobin145 on August 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

He wants power. This isn’t about anything he believes in because he doesn’t actually believe in much at all. He’s been on both sides of most issues when its convenient to do so in his quest for power. If being a liberal would put him in the White House then he would run as a Democrat.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Yep

spectator.org/archives/2008/10/27/post-defeat-planners

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Nope… nothing there but anonymous 3rd party sources.

Next you’ll be claiming that some guy told you Romney hasn’t paid any taxes.

Alberta_Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

ROMNEY ANTI-PALIN
Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin’s bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. “Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won’t be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,” says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. “The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He’s in charge on November 5th.”

Romney has kept a low profile nationally since being denied the vice presidential nomination. He is currently traveling for the National Republican Congressional Committee in support of some House members, and has attended events for a handful of other House members who have sought his support, but he has traveled little for the McCain-Palin ticket. “He said the only time he’d travel for us is if we assured him that national cameras would be there,” says a McCain campaign communications aide. “He’s traveled to Nevada and a couple other states for us. That’s about it.”

Should McCain-Palin not win next week, Romney is expected to mount another presidential run, though it isn’t clear that he has handled himself particularly well since losing the nomination. He failed to support or espouse conservative positions on the economic bailout bill in an effective or meaningful way, and he has turned down opportunities to endorse and work for conservative candidates in House or Senate seats unless they were assured of winning.

The most glaring oversight was Romney’s refusal to do a phone recording for Massachusetts Republican Jeff Beatty, who is challenging Sen. John Kerry. “Mitt supposedly cares about Massachusetts, but won’t even return phone calls asking for help,” says a conservative working for Beatty in Boston. “It’s a tough race, but the least he could do is help. He’s showing his true colors.”

Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a “diva” and was going off message intentionally. The former and current Romney supporters further are pushing Romney supporters for key Republican jobs, including head of the Republican National Committee.

http://spectator.org/archives/2008/10/27/post-defeat-planners

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

DannoJyd on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

The “hate GOP, ruin Romney” efforts originated with McCainPalin ticket.

And McCain isn’t well known for his desires or efforts to stand up for the GOP when there were/are Democrats in need of him.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

You can’t win by being “the nicest guy in teh room,” Mitt. The entire universe doesn’t operate on Nice Guy Rules.

mountainaires on August 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

A man who wishes to profess goodness at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good. (Nicollo Machiavelli)

VorDaj on August 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

And it’s not part of the campaign. Culture wars are NOT part of my wallet.

the only thing voters care about is their wallets when considering a president, not culture issues.

Redford on August 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

ROMNEY ANTI-PALIN
Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin’s bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. “Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won’t be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,” says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. “The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He’s in charge on November 5th.”

Romney has kept a low profile nationally since being denied the vice presidential nomination. He is currently traveling for the National Republican Congressional Committee in support of some House members, and has attended events for a handful of other House members who have sought his support, but he has traveled little for the McCain-Palin ticket. “He said the only time he’d travel for us is if we assured him that national cameras would be there,” says a McCain campaign communications aide. “He’s traveled to Nevada and a couple other states for us. That’s about it.”

Should McCain-Palin not win next week, Romney is expected to mount another presidential run, though it isn’t clear that he has handled himself particularly well since losing the nomination. He failed to support or espouse conservative positions on the economic bailout bill in an effective or meaningful way, and he has turned down opportunities to endorse and work for conservative candidates in House or Senate seats unless they were assured of winning.

The most glaring oversight was Romney’s refusal to do a phone recording for Massachusetts Republican Jeff Beatty, who is challenging Sen. John Kerry. “Mitt supposedly cares about Massachusetts, but won’t even return phone calls asking for help,” says a conservative working for Beatty in Boston. “It’s a tough race, but the least he could do is help. He’s showing his true colors.”

Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a “diva” and was going off message intentionally. The former and current Romney supporters further are pushing Romney supporters for key Republican jobs, including head of the Republican National Committee.

http://spectator.org/archives/2008/10/27/post-defeat-planners

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I see there are just as many identified sources as in Harry Reids fairy tales.

Alberta_Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

The most spiteful, hateful and destructive statements all over the internet and throughout the media otherwise against Romney and many a Republican in the 2007/08 campaign calendar was from the McCainPalin people and campaigns. All Obama had to do during the last year of his schedule was smile and let McCainPalin take it down for him.

There are improvements to be made, always, in the GOP but destroying it and leading candidates isn’t the way to go about it, unless it’s the Democrats one wants to surge.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Yep

spectator.org/archives/2008/10/27/post-defeat-planners

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Nope… nothing there but anonymous 3rd party sources.

Next you’ll be claiming that some guy told you Romney hasn’t paid any taxes.

Alberta_Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

LOL, what Alberta_Patriot wrote there: excellent!

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

RedRobin145 on August 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

He wants power. This isn’t about anything he believes in because he doesn’t actually believe in much at all. He’s been on both sides of most issues when its convenient to do so in his quest for power. If being a liberal would put him in the White House then he would run as a Democrat.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Sharrukin’s in a fevah! Romney’s behind his door, he’s stealing his teddy bear, he’s running out the front door with Sharrukin’s Captain Crunch, he’s got Mom’s purse! Yeeearaarrghh.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Who are you voting for, by the way? Just curious.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Ohh, sharrukinnnn….

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I’ve already decided I will not be voting for Romney. Anyone here still considering to vote for him should think twice about that in light of Romney’s failure step up today.

sartana on August 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Thank you very much for another four years of I-hate-America-obaka!!!!!

I truly appreciate your non-vote!

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

A man who wishes to profess goodness at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good. (Nicollo Machiavelli)

VorDaj on August 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Which may be why Romney chose to say nothing.

farsighted on August 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM

What do you want him to do? At this point it seems like the Chick-Fil-A story is over, and CFA won. Why drag it out further with his opinion and add another distraction from jobs?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Exactly. Declare victory and move on to what we all know this campaign is about… the economy.

Try to keep your eye on the ball, people.

JohnGalt23 on August 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

From your Politico link:

POLITICO’s Ginger Gibson reports from the Romney press avail in Vegas:

…Mitt Romney refused to comment on two culture fights being waged by members of his own party.

When Mitt refused to reiterate that one is a First Amendment issue and the other is a national security issue, the media is allowed to mislabel and continue their own meme.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

This meme that Romney is a coreless convictionless panderer that can’t take a position could become the #1 effective attack against Mitt, played over and over and over and over again, and it could stick, and hobble the campaign, demoralizing conservatives, and causing independents and Dems to laugh out loud (lol). Walk this back quickly before it can be taken up and used in that fashion by the opposition.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“The #1 effective attack against Mitt”……because it’s true and the truth is difficult to repudiate.

tencole on August 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Next you’ll want me to type and retype “lying liars lying” over a continuous 17 hour period…

Gohawgs on August 3, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Gohawgs: I suggest you use “17 hours” as a meditation mantra and maybe that’ll remove it’s fixation in that head of yours.

Say it over and over and over and over and over again, “17 hours, 17 hours, 17 hours…”

Try putting a steak under your seat when you meditate and make sure you wear a Star Trek costume.

Just trying to help. You need something.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Seriously! What part of a slow pitch over the plate to be driven into the stands for the home crowd doesn’t Mittoast understand? The Chic-fil-A dust-up is exactly the sort of thing he could have used to win over some of us “I’ll vote for him but I’m holding my nose” crowd. He could have crushed that ‘slow pitch’ of an issue. Instead it is “the batter lets that one go by and a strike is called” He continually passes on all the juicy ‘slow pitches’ that Obama and events have given him. Obama should be ten points down at this point. But no, we have Mittoast at the plate with his bat on shoulder watching the balls go over the plate. And the ones he does swing at he only fouls away. Everyday I get a worsening feeling about November.

Tarnsman on August 3, 2012 at 8:28 PM

NBR – No balls Romney!

Romney has certainly had plenty of time to come up with a
response. However, I also think it is his “style” to say
little or nothing so he can’t get in trouble.

Is that how he is going to handle being president? Quiet on
the tough issues?

That’s okay dearie, Palin and thousands of others made the
correct call already.

Amjean on August 3, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Does she really haunt your thoughts on such a constant basis?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

lots of so-called “conservative womrn” are obsessed with Sarah Palin. I wonder why? lol.

bw222 on August 3, 2012 at 8:31 PM

To answer the main question of the post by Allahpundit, about why Gov. Romney didn’t say anything about the Muslim Brotherhood + Huma Abedin. What is going on is the definition of McCarthite.

To smear someone, Huma Abedin, because of her parents beliefs. That is un-American. If anyone, Rep. Bachmann included, has any proof that Ms. Abedin has aided any terrorist organization, then they need to step forward, with names. Just like if the H. Reid has ANY proof, or acceptable testimony, about Gov. Romney’s tax return’s. They must put it forward or STFU.

I have no idea of Ms. Abedin’s politics and I could not care less about her parents. I am an American. I do not inherit the sins of my father. Even on sites that are “thoughtful”, National Review, there is the accusation that Ms. Abedin’s Dad was a terrorist, so she must be in co-hoots.

I hate it. Conservatives, we are better than this.

BigRedAL on August 3, 2012 at 8:33 PM

lots of so-called “conservative womrn” are obsessed with Sarah Palin. I wonder why? lol.

bw222 on August 3, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The green-eyed monster.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Republicans and Conservatives are going to lose this election because some of them are so upset, they will not vote for Gov. Romney unless he starts to SCREAM N-word, N-word, N-word. And if he doesn’t, he’s a socialist wimp. Just ask Newsweak.

BigRedAL on August 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM

It isn’t about SSM marriage. It is about DEMOCRATS using the government to shut down free speech even at the risk of losing jobs. Rahm Emmanuel worked for Obama and is tied to him.

melle1228 on August 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

No, it isn’t, except to the LSM. Bloomberg spoke out against this stand by ‘rat governors, and I can’t stand that man.

Romney was smart. If you choose not to vote for him because he didn’t defend a chicken sandwich to your personal liking, then so be it, obaka lover. (And I have spent my money at CFA three days this week, so I’d advise you NOT to go there…)

Frankly, I have bigger fish to fry than a chicken sandwich.

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Full disclosure: I’m a normal person who knows normal nonpolitical people.

The Chik FilA battle was won ,convincingly, 2 days ago by the conservatives. Everyone I knew, liberal and non political, were all on the side of the 1st and against Chicago values. The day after, appreciation day, was just confirmation that people were paying attention and it mattered to them.

Someone advising Romney has either got a big tin hearing aide or is pro gay marriage because this was a SLAM dunk. He could have even added some PC into his statement “as long as ChikFilA doesn’t discriminate in their hiring practices then …..”

A win win. Obama would have stayed silent and come off as detached and unAmerican.

The ladies on THE VIEW backed the 1st! C’mon HA! WTH?

BoxHead1 on August 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Okay. … So, who originally raised this dumbass non issue/

minnesoter on August 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

BoxHead1 on August 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

You said it.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Bloomberg spoke out against this stand by ‘rat governors, and I can’t stand that man.

Romney was smart.

Cowards who run away from battle think they are smart as well, but Romney wants to be a leader…so shouldn’t he maybe try leading?

If you choose not to vote for him because he didn’t defend a chicken sandwich to your personal liking, then so be it

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM

And where Rosa Parks sat on that bus, was just a dispute over seating arrangements right? Or could it be that there was a lot more involved in both matters?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Does she really haunt your thoughts on such a constant basis?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

lots of so-called “conservative womrn” are obsessed with Sarah Palin. I wonder why? lol.

bw222 on August 3, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Your kind doesn’t *get it*: it’s not about Palin, it’s about you. It’s like you’ve bought ten million Obama teeshirts and bleached out his name and then written “Palin” on them while seeping your tea daily in tin cups stenciled with “Palin” in a house shaped like a “P” while you paint yourselves with the name, Palin.”

It’s like people who drive cars but act like jerks and then harass people who don’t drive what they do by following them home, loitering on their lawn and snipping their utility wires “to make a point that you’re being a jerk.”

They never get it — and you all don’t — that it’s you who are acting like jerks. You’ve got Palin as a big balloon but it doesn’t change the fact that you act like jerks.

If you wonder why others don’t want to drive your car, have you on their lawn or look at your big balloon, it’s because we’re busy being busy with other things and try to avoid eye contact and talking to you because regardless of what is said, you’ll cut our utility wires because you’re “mad”.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I’m not sure which is the more lame response, “that’s not part of my campaign”, or “that’s above my pay grade”.

exceller on August 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

lots of so-called “conservative womrn” are obsessed with Sarah Palin. I wonder why? lol.

bw222 on August 3, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The green-eyed monster.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Funny how so many of you all obsessed with a politician are not conservative.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I’m not sure which is the more lame response, “that’s not part of my campaign”, or “that’s above my pay grade”.

exceller on August 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I found out where that stupid Obama remark originated: was watching an older episode of “HOUSE MD” the other day and he replies (to a question an associate asks of him, while the associate, another doctor, should have known the answer already), anyway, House responds, “that’s BENEATH my paygrade.”

Meaning, bug off, don’t bother me, why are you even asking me that question and why don’t you know that already.

That was Obama being snarky by trying to cashin on some screenwriter’s dialogue but “flipping it”. It only emphasizes how utterly lame that remark by Obama was and him for using it.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I fear we will be hearing these same type of excuses for the next four years if Mitt gets elected…

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

If you choose not to vote for him because he didn’t defend a chicken sandwich to your personal liking, then so be it

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM

And where Rosa Parks sat on that bus, was just a dispute over seating arrangements right? Or could it be that there was a lot more involved in both matters?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I wonder if you know the details about what Rosa Parks did…I’m guessing you don’t.

While I think her dedication to self-worth, self-value, was important and respectable, what she did was refuse to give her seat to AN ELDERLY, FRAIL SICK MAN who was also White.

She made the old, frail, sick guy stand and ignored his plight

Just because she wanted to make a point that she was Black and could sit wherever she wanted.

It was, in reality, the gesture of a cruel person on an interpersonal level, not a heroic deed. If she’d cared, she’d have given the old,, frail, sick guy her seat because it was about him being an old, frail, sick guy, not a White one.

Meanwhile, she got applauded for her cruelty. I think her concept of “equality” was a good one but I don’t respect Rosa Parks for her cruelty to that old guy.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

I still don’t understand why Stewart is considered funny. What am I missing?……………….Never mind, I really don’t care. ; )

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

He’s not. He’s a failed B-grade actor, but the channel has put together a decent team of joke writers that sometimes come up with some good material for him to read.

He’s also not that bright.

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2012 at 8:58 PM

And where Rosa Parks sat on that bus, was just a dispute over seating arrangements right? Or could it be that there was a lot more involved in both matters?

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Oh, please!!! Give me a credible example that a gay/lesbian has been discriminated against for service and/or employment due to CFA’s CEO’s opinion regarding traditional marriage?

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:58 PM

The green-eyed monster.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Oh, gee, whatever will sharrukin do? Emergency, emergenceee.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Nope… nothing there but anonymous 3rd party sources.

Next you’ll be claiming that some guy told you Romney hasn’t paid any taxes.

Alberta_Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

So the editorial board of the AMERICAN SPECTATOR=Harry Reid and Reid’s completely unsupported charges of tax evasion are equal in credibility to the known hatred of Palin evinced by such people as Kevin Madden?

Boy, you Mittbots are truly pathetic at evading the truth about your candidate. This little act of moral gutlessness in re Chick-fil-a is quintessential Mitt, a prime profile of moral cowardice. He didn’t substantially campaign for the ticket in 2008, and (barring supporting a fellow Rockefeller Republican candidate in MA in Scott Brown) was likewise AWOL during the Tea Party election as well.

Just keep kicking conservatives in the teeth, that’s a winning strategy.

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I fear we will be hearing these same type of excuses for the next four years if Mitt gets elected…

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

And, it might get difficult with your sinking website visits and the same old crowd of commenter complaining about how the evulll GOP is, you know, evulll and has to be destroyed with Glowbots or something.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:01 PM

BoxHead1 on August 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Excellent points. It was a slam dunk. I’d forgotten about the View.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

We know that Mitt is a NEastern Republican, and where that affects things are on issues like this, where he seems to not be able to connect to strong conservative feeling on this issue among the country at large (among conservatives, independents, and many Dems). Only 24% of Republicans support gay marriage: http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/is-the-democratic-partys-gay-marriage-platform-good-politics/americans-still-see-marriage-as-between-a-man-and-woman

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

When you’re neither hot nor cold but lukewarm…. You get spit out…

CCRWM on August 3, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Just keep kicking conservatives in the teeth, that’s a winning strategy.

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Ditto. As in, touche.

Except no one is a “bot” nor are the “Mittbotts kicking conservatives”. We’re confronting the false pretense of being a conservative while espousing Leftwing political objectives, otherwise called “working the room” for the Left while wearing the ever so evasive nametag that reads, “Hi, my name is Conservative and you’re not.”

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Funny how so many of you all obsessed with a politician are not conservative.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

The irony…LOL

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Oh, please!!! Give me a credible example that a gay/lesbian has been discriminated against for service and/or employment due to CFA’s CEO’s opinion regarding traditional marriage?

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:58 PM

They haven’t been and I don’t recall suggesting any such thing.

This entire episode was a manufacture attack on Chick-fil-A by the left with Democratic politicians attempting to dictate to people what they must believe before they can set up shop in their town.

If you choose not to vote for him because he didn’t defend a chicken sandwich to your personal liking, then so be it

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM

That you attempt to reduce it to a dispute about a chicken sandwich to defend Romney shows exactly how he will compromise conservatives.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

In defense of both Mitt and BO, when these guys go off script or try to answer questions for which they haven’t practiced the answers, things can go terribly wrong (i.e.,”you didn’t build that”) or the boys go rattling off on social issues that are like quicksand. We know what Mitt and BO feel about free speech and gay marriage. Why are we expecting a perfectly crafted answer for everything? We know. And we know who’s getting our vote.

gracie on August 3, 2012 at 9:09 PM

STOP THE PRESSES!!! STOP THE PRESSES!!!

Reuters breathlessly reports:

More than 20 protesters gathered at one of the fast-food restaurants in Decatur, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb, where Mark Toomajian kissed his partner, Jim Fortier, 58, for the cameras.

WOW!!! “More than 20 protesters”!!! Well, unlike the non-news story of the other day, when thousands of Conservatives rallied to support Chick-fil-A (which required helicopters with long range lenses to capture the long lines and action at a single shop), these 20 protesters are SERIOUS news!!

/SARC>

MSM media are such transparently gullible liars and fools!!!

landlines on August 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Oh, please!!! Give me a credible example that a gay/lesbian has been discriminated against for service and/or employment due to CFA’s CEO’s opinion regarding traditional marriage?

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Sharrukin was defending Chick-fil-a with the analogy, not the moon-goon protestors and run-amock pols like Rahm.

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Just keep kicking conservatives in the teeth, that’s a winning strategy.

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM

So you plan to stay home and as such give obaka a vote yea?

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM

That you attempt to reduce it to a dispute about a chicken sandwich to defend Romney shows exactly how he will compromise conservatives.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Bullshit. He knows better than to play into the LSM’s traps. Geeze, you’re quite the dumbass, aren’t you?

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

The irony…LOL

idesign on August 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Yep, it’s sad when someone like L. is in total lunatic denial about Romney and projects their bot-ness onto others.

ebrown2 on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Bullshit. He knows better than to play into the LSM’s traps. Geeze, you’re quite the dumbass, aren’t you?

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Spittle-flecked shrieking isn’t an argument.

You are the one pretending that the Chick-fil-A controversy meant nothing in a cheap attempt to defend an absent Mitt Romney.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

And it’s not part of the campaign. Culture wars are NOT part of my wallet.

the only thing voters care about is their wallets when considering a president, not culture issues.

Redford on August 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Constitutional principles (as in, you know, the First Amendment) should be part of any campaign. Not everything revolves around your damn wallet.

I predict Romney will come down strongly in support of Chick-Fil-A in a couple of weeks. Leading from the rear, as usual.

ddrintn on August 3, 2012 at 9:25 PM

That you attempt to reduce it to a dispute about a chicken sandwich to defend Romney shows exactly how he will compromise conservatives.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I am not reducing this to a chicken sammich…y’all are. It’s about free speech. It is NOT about Romney running for POTUS. Frankly, it is bigger than that.

Romney has already stated his thought on traditional marriage. I’m not quite sure why it’s up for discussion.

Frankly, I think those who “want more” have already decided to stay home and, thus, re-elect obaka, out of protest!!!! *stomping my feet!!!!!!!* because Romney doesn’t kiss my ass as I’d like!!!!

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

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