Romney: Vote for love of country, not revenge

posted at 11:31 am on November 3, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

ICYMI, on the campaign trail on Ohio on Friday, the president had just a few choice words about why people should get out and vote in response to rally-goers booing at the mention of Mitt Romney.

I won’t even waste a facepalm on this swing-and-a-miss, but I have to wonder: What, exactly, was the president thinking here? (I think it’s safe to guess that that was not on the teleprompter.) I realize it was meant to be a casually funny, throwaway remark, but when you’ve run such a doggedly negative campaign and people are craving that good ol’ Hopenchange spirit of days gone by, it just sounds snide and petty. This is the time in the race when you’d think both candidates would be going for an uplifting, positive tone, and “revenge” is a pretty harsh and loaded word that begs some logical questions: Revenge against whom? The GOP candidate who’s had the audacity to challenge him and his failed policies in this pesky democratic system of ours? Or, perhaps, could it be for revenge against the stagnant economy and failed policies of the last four years? That would make much more sense.

What’s more, it sets Romney up for some wholesome rejoinders, like this one:

Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for “revenge.” For “revenge.” Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country.

Easy peasy. This was at a mega-rally in Ohio last night, by the way, that turned up tens of thousands of supporters and included dozens of bigtime GOPers who’ll be stumping on Romney’s behalf throughout the battleground states in the closing days. Coming to a swing state near you, via CNN:

At least 40 of those surrogates appeared at the chilly outdoor rally with Romney and Ryan that drew a massive audience in the Cincinnati suburb– crowd estimates ranged from 18,000 to 30,000 – and included a performance by Kid Rock, who belted out “Born Free” from on top of a piano.

Guests included 2008 GOP presidential nominee Arizona Sen. John McCain; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio; and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who delivered a series of blistering zingers against the president who rallied the crowd with line after line of reasons why Obama should “resign” and faulting him for “incompetence” over the Libya consulate attacks. …

Of the GOP powerhouse Romney said, “They are about to Fan out across the entire nation to make sure we have victory on November 6, and some comic on the team has named us the Romney-Ryan Real Recovery Road Rally – I got it out – that’s R6 for short.They’re going to make sure we win. Ohio is the center place. We’re going to make sure this is the place we take. And we’re going to take back the White House.”


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Bmore on November 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

MICHIGAN
Who are you most likely to vote for in the Presidential election – Democratic President Barack Obama, or Republican Nominee, Governor Mitt Romney, another candidate, or are you undecided?

Republican Nominee Mitt Romney 46.86%
President Barack Obama 46.24%

Another candidate 4.94%
Undecided 1.96%

suck it trolls..

AirForceCane on November 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

That BMore is one tricky guy,

Nails a 601 Bishop.

SparkPlug on November 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Looks like the rust belt states are voting mitt.

SparkPlug on November 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

MICHIGAN
Who are you most likely to vote for in the Presidential election – Democratic President Barack Obama, or Republican Nominee, Governor Mitt Romney, another candidate, or are you undecided?

Republican Nominee Mitt Romney 46.86%
President Barack Obama 46.24%
Another candidate 4.94%
Undecided 1.96%

suck it trolls..

AirForceCane on November 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

but that is so close … it will only take a couple of boxes full of “found” votes
to turn it over to Obama …. we gotta win over the margin of fraud ….

conservative tarheel on November 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.

urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I’m sure this is not a new thought but maybe worth repeating.
These people (o-bots, libs, dems in general) are ALL about revenge.
Revenge for whatever they feel entitled to but don’t have.
Jealousy is at the root of Alinsky thought and subsequently tactics.
Get ‘em riled up and bend them to your will.
Old Trick. New con man.

PaddyJ on November 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Explain who or what is the object of Barky’s revenge? What is the grievance the gave rise to this urge for revenge?

CorporatePiggy on November 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.

urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Aren’t there people you could be out helping?

cane_loader on November 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

One man’s revenge is another man’s justice. I will vote for justice; just not the “social” kind.

Extrafishy on November 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.
urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Of course……what other asinine remark would you (or any other liberal) be expected to say?

avagreen on November 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Obama has been trying to rally his base for months. In the process he has alienated everyone else. If Obama’s base of leftists and grievance mongers is big enough to win, the Republic is finished. However, I think Romney is going to win big, setting us on the road to a spiritual and political Renaissance.

claudius on November 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Jealousy is at the root of Alinsky thought and subsequently tactics.
Get ‘em riled up and bend them to your will.
Old Trick. New con man.
PaddyJ on November 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Correct!

I’ve often wondered if they know that they are following the rules of engagement authored by a Marxist? Or, just follow in rote?

avagreen on November 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.
urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets.

Rockshine on November 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Rockshine on November 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Score!!!!

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.
urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Grammar fail.

The irony is always rich.

CW on November 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Just weighing in here to bump the number of comments up from 616, as some Biblical sources cite that as the Number of the Beast instead of 666.

Maybe it’s the Fax Number of the Beast.

:-)

Mary in LA on November 4, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Grammar fail.

The irony is always rich.

CW on November 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

“That, sir, is arrant pedantry, up with which I will not put!”

– attributed to Winston Churchill, among others

:-)

Mary in LA on November 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

If we really loved our country we’d be voting in 3rd-party candidates into every position imaginable by a landslide.

If things finally go belly-up on the Republicans’ watch, may their name become a word mothers slap their children for saying.

MelonCollie on November 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Look guys, complaining about trolls in the threads is just as annoying or more. It’s like having hemorrhoids vs. having hemorrhoids that you scratch and sniff, kay? If you want to get rid of them, EMAIL the MODS.

RushBaby on November 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I have a feeling that our mods are planning to drop the banhammer on scumbyandpukey at close of business November 7, or November 8 at the latest — in other words, after we’ve all enjoyed the rich payback of scumbyandpukey’s left-lopsided head exploding.

Fortunately, given the size of scumby’s brain, there won’t be much mess to clean up.

:-)

Mary in LA on November 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

If we really loved our country we’d be voting in 3rd-party candidates into every position imaginable by a landslide.

That may happen, but it’ll take more money than conservatives have at the moment, and it will take the complete annihilation of the MSM (spit) for third-party candidates to get the publicity they would need.

If Romney wins this time out, as I fervently pray he will, the second condition may just be met — and won’t that be sweet!

If things finally go belly-up on the Republicans’ watch, may their name become a word mothers slap their children for saying.

MelonCollie on November 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Now there I agree with you. If the Romney administration turns out to have a spine of Jello — e.g., if they don’t at least defund Obamacare — then the GOP should go the way of the Whigs.

In fact, given how much the MSM (spit) has done to sully the word “Republican” to the point that it’s an insult, I’ve often thought over the last few years that it might be time to retire that brand altogether. The “cool kids” might eventually be persuaded to adopt conservative principles, but probably not under the name “Republican.”

However, this election will determine whether or not that brand still has life in it.

Mary in LA on November 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.

urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

A one word reminder to a humorless, blind, partisan punk like you: “Romnesia” lol

Anti-Control on November 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.

urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Your president is teh Chicago thug/hack. Period.

He has nothing but divided the land. OUT!!!

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

GOP shortens gap in early voting in Nevada

Of every 100 people who voted early or cast absentee ballots as of Thursday morning, 44 were Democrats, 38 were Republicans and 18 were nonpartisans or members of minor parties, the secretary of state’s office reported.

A record 578,031 people in Nevada had cast votes early or by absentee ballot as of 5 p.m. Thursday. That is 46 percent of the state’s 1.257 million active voters.

Of every 100 absentee ballot voters, 44 are Republicans, 40 Democrats and 16 nonpartisan or minor party members.

Compare that to the 2008 Early vote in Nevada.

53/30/17 in Clark County D/R/I and 47/35/17 in Washoe with 561,776 votes total. Assuming that Republicans aren’t cannibalizing Election Day voters, this is bad news for the Democrats. A recent Survey USA poll has Romney up 7 points over President Obama among Independents (some polls have him up in double-digit territory) and the Early Vote numbers show an increase of 1 point.

President Obama beat McCain 55% to 42.7% in 2008 with exit polls of 38/30/32 with 11% of Republicans allegedly voting for Obama and 54% of Independents doing the same on election day.

Republicans winning the Absentee vote fight and shortening the Early Vote advantage significantly seems a potential game-changer in Nevada. Assuming a minimum of 7 percentage advantage with independents and using the same model from 2008 exit polls this changes election night from a foregone conclusion to not too shabby. Assuming my simple math is right, with the 2008 model Romney would come away with approximately 48% of the vote and President Obama with approximately 51%.
Looking at early voting (in person) numbers with the 7% advantage for Independents in mind you get President Obama winning 52% of the early vote and Romney getting 47%. Absentee ballots giving Romey the 52% win over Obama. This is where I stop. The point is this race in Nevada using 2008 model for election night and Democratic friendly numbers for Independents (PPP had Romney up 9 with Independents and Pew higher still) seems like we’ll be calling Nevada for Romney Tuesday, because there’s no way in hell that Democrats did not already cannibalize their election day vote nor is there any reason to think Republican numbers won’t rival or exceed their own. I predict Nevada goes red.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.

urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Pro-jeeeeection.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Hopefully I wasn’t too confusing with my comment above. I’d like to do the same thing with New Hampshire, which is easier to do for some reason.

In 2008 CNN exit polls showed 29/27/45 (D/R/I). Romney allegedly leads Independents 54% to 32%.

Assuming the same 2008 model, Romney wins New Hampshire with 52%. That’s assuming that all the leftover Independents vote for Obama too. So what is the projected turnout for New Hampshire for 2012? Did Romney effectively combat President Obama’s Early Vote efforts?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.
 
urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

 
Well played Oopsies:
 

The Romney campaign’s message today is revenge, ours is the President’s plan for the middle class.I’ll take that contrast any day.
 
— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) November 3, 2012

rogerb on November 5, 2012 at 5:26 AM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.

urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Obama tends to make a lot of these “innocuous” remarks so that Romney can make his “asinine” attempts to raise an issue.

Will you vote for Obama as a way to “take revenge” ?

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Revenge AGAINST WHOM and FOR WHAT? As usual, the media ignore the obvious connotations in O’s seemingly innocuous remarks…

Pest on November 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Vote for revenge = O’s puerile world view in a nutshell. Revenge against whom? The oppressor. Revenge for what? Oppression. It really isn’t any more complicated than that…

Pest on November 5, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Yet another asinine attempt by Romney to turn an innocuous remark into an issue. Clearly their message is failing in the final days so they’re searching for straws to grasp at.
urban elitist on November 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets.

Rockshine on November 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

elitistb!tch, you’ve been owned. Own it b!t@h.
You’re really getting boring.

And BTW, revenge is a nasty word.
If Romney said this, would you be howling about it?
No?
But you howl about Binders.
WTF.
The irony is so thick I can cut it with a knife.

Badger40 on November 5, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The Republicans (hopefully Conservatives) have a REAL chance to increase their House seats and take over the Senate by several seats.

Worthwhile reading for the day before the presidential election 2012:

Romney for President
The Obama record is unimpressive.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/332484/mitt-romney-president-editors

AdrianS on November 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I know that our culture expects us to be Cool/ Non-Judgemental/ Moderate, but doesn’t it say something about a public figure when his professed Christianity gets shoved aside for a – pardon me – Un-Christian sentiment such as revenge? Always thought most if not all of us Jesus Freaks were taught that Vengeance/ Revenge is the exclusive property of God. I wasn’t born yesterday, so I know full well how Faith can waver and things worldly become the object(s) of desire, things like political power and dominance.

Even then, what sort of calculation is the Prez making? I’m guessing a fitting and telling wrap-up to a campaign based on sentiment and the lowest of motivations.

ronco on November 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

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