Quotes of the day

posted at 10:13 pm on November 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

In the countless hours I spent in Romney’s presence during his first White House run (and mostly from a greater distance during his second bid), I saw a man who was preternaturally upbeat, well-meaning, and kind to just about everyone he encountered, friends and strangers alike.

But I also saw a candidate who seemed by nature almost uniquely ill-equipped to appeal to the young and minority voters who ended up playing a key role in his electoral demise.

Members of the press who traveled with Romney in 2007 and early 2008 began slowly to pick up on what would become an established media narrative by the time Romney was the 2012 front-runner: The former Massachusetts governor didn’t just have a difficult time relating to young and minority voters, he often came across as a walking-talking time warp from the 1950s…

After wrapping up the Republican nomination four years later, he toned down the hokey tales from his youth. But instead of making a concerted effort to cut into President Obama’s advantages with key groups, Romney and his chief strategists seemed to bury their heads in the sand, predicating their hopes for victory on an assumption that young voters and minorities would turn out in lesser numbers than they did in 2008.

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Compassionate conservatism always struck me as a philosophical surrender to liberal assumptions about the role of the government in our lives. A hallmark of Great Society liberalism is the idea that an individual’s worth as a human being is correlated to his support for massive expansions of the entitlement state. Conservatives are not uncompassionate. (Indeed, the data show that conservatives are more charitable with their own money and more generous with their time than liberals are.) But, barring something like a natural disaster, they believe that government is not the best and certainly not the first resort for acting on one’s compassion.

I still believe all of that, probably even more than I did when Bush was in office.

But, as a political matter, it has become clear that he was on to something important

Some sophisticated analysts, such as my National Review colleague Ramesh Ponnuru, always acknowledged the philosophical shortcomings and inconsistencies of compassionate conservatism, but they argued that something like it was necessary nonetheless. The evolving demographics of the country, combined with the profound changes to both the culture and the economy, demanded that the GOP change both its sales pitch and its governing philosophy.

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What the various interest groups need that Republicans have failed to give them is respect, attention, and love.

Yes, as weird as it sounds in a political context – love. Because frankly, I don’t think most Republicans care much about these groups…

I always found George W. Bush’s term “compassionate conservatism” deeply insulting. It asserts that conservatism isn’t on its own compassionate. But while conservatism sometimes offers tough medicine, the cure it provides is deeply compassionate.

Republicans need to go directly into the black communities and ask, “How has 50 years of an expanding welfare state worked out for you?”

They need to go into the Hispanic communities and say, “If policies that are anti-business prevail, how are you going to make enough money get your kids an education so they can take their place at the highest rungs of society?”

Republicans need to talk to women about why conservative economic policies provide the prosperity that guarantees security for their families, and to support working women by backing efforts to give them the time to be mothers too.

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[Romney's] vision of a better America than Obama’s was one that rewarded success rather than penalized it and gave running room to entrepreneurs to realize the American dream.

But such a vision isn’t actually inclusive. It speaks to those whose energies will likely make them successes no matter what they do — and says little to people who don’t think of life in such dynamic terms.

Many people crave security and stability rather than risk-taking, and that doesn’t make them any less American. They are the workers rather than the job creators, and all societies need both.

Romney is right that the Obama vision is too centered on government. But his is too centered on the promotion of business and wealth creation at the expense of everything else.

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“I think President Obama, first of all, just tactically did a better job getting out the vote in his campaign. But number two, he, at least at the margins, was better able to connect with people in this campaign,” Pawlenty said in an interview with C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program scheduled to air on Sunday.

“But I don’t think it’s a matter of people looking at the election and saying, ‘I’m going to vote because of gifts,’” he added. “I think they looked at it and said which one of these candidates would they prefer because of leadership considerations and also can understand their needs the best.”

Pressed on whether this meant he disagreed with Romney’s remarks, Pawlenty responded, “You know, I don’t think it’s as simple as saying the president gave out gifts. I just don’t think it’s that simple. There’s a lot more to it than that.”

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Newt Gingrich and Evan Smith discuss Romney’s “gifts” remark in response to Obama’s re-election from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.


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rplat on November 17, 2012 at 6:18 AM

there’s even a thread discussing whether or not preibus should be reelected. as if it matters who the head of the rnc is.

renalin on November 17, 2012 at 6:29 AM

this is the last time I’m giving the GOP morons my advice – Grant Amnesty to 12000000 new Dems, and ignore the broader social trends that every idiot in America is now voting for. I think Ed would agree with me.

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Okay, it’s not the last time :)

legalize it! We’ll have the cheeto eatin’ white trash and Nword vote for the next 200 years

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM

lbj quotes and Ed insults aside, consider this: If Obama gets his “balanced approach” (which is nothing of the sort) it’s an estimated 80 Billion dollars a year. Rounding down for the laffer curve we’ll call in 50 Billion. Cut into the War on Drugs by legalizing weed, it saves billions in enforcement, reduces border violence, and makes some useless DEA positions expendable. Keep adding up those billions, and we’ve almost got substantial government cuts. That’s the goal. Government is money. Less Money – Less Government.

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 7:20 AM

and since I’m talking to myself – Slade73 is a pretty awesome dude. Homie don’t play.

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 7:22 AM

c’mon GOPers! Weed is 1000 percent less addictive, and 20,000,000 times less dangerous than alcohol! Source: Tax Policy Center (tee hee)

but really, I’m serious

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 7:43 AM

maybe I can Bishop! this whole darn page

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 7:44 AM

RedCrow on November 17, 2012 at 1:57 AM

You are right on. Enough with the blowhard armchair quarterbacks

congma on November 17, 2012 at 7:49 AM

definition of voter fraud – any Pub candidate gets 100% of the vote in any precinct.

definition of voter fraud #2 – any Dem candidate gets less than 100% of the vote in key swing state precincts.

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 7:55 AM

definition of a SoCon – 3000000 Santorum supporters who stayed home

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 7:59 AM

congma on November 17, 2012 at 7:49 AM

definition of an armchair quarterback – Michael Vick (finally!) Viva la Nick Foles

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:01 AM

can we believe a Baker’s Union took down Twinkies? Not to mention those curly cue chocolate treats.

How can bakers be thugs? I’ve never met one I didn’t give a swirlee

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I’m running out of witty witticisms here! huh? I’m not witty? BULLWIT

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I’m running out of witty witticisms here! huh? I’m not witty? BULLWIT

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

You may be the only one awake in America.

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

What will Ryan Seacrest do without his Twinkies?

Key West Reader on November 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Please don’t take my Twinkies away!

Key West Reader on November 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Why don’t you watch this awesome video while you wait for the others.

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

You may be the only one awake in America.

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

haha

sure I’ll give the awesome vid a try

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:20 AM

One would think that the govts ability to take care of everyone better than they could take care of themselves would have been glaringly exposed as false and dangerous after Katrina. Once people get on the dole, they don’t/won’t get off.

Kissmygrits on November 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

What will Ryan Seacrest do without his Twinkies?

Key West Reader on November 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

everyone knows you must be *this tall* to eat a Twinkie

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM

cool video Dark Current

I wasn’t aware there were cities in China that aren’t shell metropolises with zero residents

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I wasn’t aware there were cities in China that aren’t shell metropolises with zero residents

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I know, right? Hard to believe it’s not all photoshopped, but my building shows up in a couple of shots, briefly ;)

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I mourn the loss of Suzy Q’s more than Twinkies. Even though I haven’t had one in years. And Snowballs! I just remembered Snowballs!

Naturally Curly on November 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I know, right? Hard to believe it’s not all photoshopped, but my building shows up in a couple of shots, briefly ;)

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

what, wha??? :O

you’re in China, or you designed one of the buildings?

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Why don’t you watch this awesome video while you wait for the others.

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

It is an awesome video. So, we should embrace our Chinese overlords? I saw Mickey D’s, do they have Big Gulps, too? They look nicer than the group in DC right now.

And, Slade, hun, try the decaf, but make sure to leave a buck in the cup. Times are tough and going to get tougher.

Fallon on November 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

And, Slade, hun, try the decaf, but make sure to leave a buck in the cup. Times are tough and going to get tougher.

Fallon on November 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

lol

times might get tougher but I built a caffeine induced bomb shelter this morning and stocked it with Twinkies and HoHo’s

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:48 AM

on an assumption that young voters and minorities would turn out in lesser numbers than they did in 2008.

What a strategy…. He didn’t deserve to win. God’s will

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on November 17, 2012 at 8:49 AM

what, wha??? :O

you’re in China, or you designed one of the buildings?

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I live in a building that shows up at the right edge of frame at the 2:17 and 2:35 marks.

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

It is an awesome video. So, we should embrace our Chinese overlords? I saw Mickey D’s, do they have Big Gulps, too? They look nicer than the group in DC right now.

Fallon on November 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

7-Eleven isn’t too common. There’s one a few blocks away, but I don’t think they have the Big Gulp. They sell Jack Daniels whiskey though.

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

RedCrow on November 17, 2012 at 1:57 AM

You are right on. Enough with the blowhard armchair quarterbacks

congma on November 17, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Yeah everyone has 20-20 hindsight. You’re not going to beat the media and Whollywood. They have turned this into purely a Identity popularity contest. The majority of voters are not concerned with good governance anymore. You had the most experienced Man for the job you could have had. But the race was not about qualifications or policy in the minds of the majority of voters.

Americans are becoming more apathetic. This election was down 7 million voters form 08 , and should have seen an increase of at least that much, maybe 10 million new voters as a natural population trend grows.

It’s pretty simple. 15 million voters went missing. Blame Romney like Barky blames Bush, but the majority of Americans are just spectators. And the Marxist in Chief had a slightly, yes SLIGHTLY, better show to vote for.

Text your vote is coming soon.

FlaMurph on November 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I’ll bet the Karaoke bars are a lot of fun

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

This election was lost by massive voter fraud. Forget about
Romney’s relationship or lack of with young people. Another smoke
screen. The idiot repub rinos and media keep frothing at the mouth about how out of touch Romney was, how he didn’t do this,
or did too much of this, etc. Poppycock!

Let’s concentrate on what the lefties did.

Two things I found:

1. obamavoterfraudblogspot.com

2. (http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/)

And a little personal antidote. I have a sister who works as
a server. She told me that five years ago or so, the restaurant
installed a new software system for the servers to input their orders. Because it had a “glitch”, when the servers
used their finger on the touch screen to put in “steak” for example, “pork chops” would print out instead. Sounds familiar?
Voter inputs “Romney” and “Obama” prints out. This happened
in how many states? Military votes not counted? Chicago bringing
in voters (wearing Chicago Bears clothing; well, noone said the Chicago lib voters are smart; and it doesn’t really matter anyways because they keep getting away with it) on buses to vote in Wisconsin? More people voting than are registered? People who went to vote and were told they already voted? Who did their voting? Want to bet those votes were for Obama?

We can talk all we want about this, that and the other thing
in this country, however, until we guarantee safe and secure
elections, all else is for nought!

Amjean on November 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I’ll bet the Karaoke bars are a lot of fun

Slade73 on November 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Called ‘KTV’ here. And they can be quite fun, but very different from in the US. Usually in a good way ;)

DarkCurrent on November 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

But I also saw a candidate who seemed by nature almost uniquely ill-equipped to appeal to the young and minority voters who ended up playing a key role in his electoral demise.

Members of the press who traveled with Romney in 2007 and early 2008 began slowly to pick up on what would become an established media narrative by the time Romney was the 2012 front-runner: The former Massachusetts governor didn’t just have a difficult time relating to young and minority voters, he often came across as a walking-talking time warp from the 1950s…

Why is the fact he was a former Massachusetts Governor less important to his loss than the fact he somehow didn’t relate to the young? How many conservatives were wary of him during the primaries? How many hated him like they hated McCain? I was one for a time. You saw it everywhere. Why isn’t that said in this analysis? Why is that ignored? Why does this author, like so many other authors somehow think Romney being a moderate from Massachusetts, formally pro-choice and pro-ObamaCare, is some how not a factor to anything. No.. they want you to think it was his slight conservative side that made him lose. His “traditional values” side was some how was his greatest obstacle?
Sorry. Not so.

Romney was a moderate. A nice and kind moderate. A well meaning family moderate who on video stated he was pro-choice when he ran to the left of Ted Kennedy. Romney was the nice GOP nominee for President who was just a terrific guy, although moderate, who pledged to reach across the aisle, who called the Marxist Obama a nice guy too. Romney kept his campaign to the economy, not to the battle for the soul of our nation.
This campaign was a battle for the soul of our nation. It went to the heart of our constitution. It was a war between two very different futures. One of socialism/communism and one of self-government. Obama would not be a nice guy if he wanted to turn American into a socialist country. Obama voted to withhold treatment from babies born alive in abortions. Obama is in the middle of dismantling our nuclear deterrent. Obama is actively engaged in a war against our economy. Obama told the leader of a communist nation, our adversary in the cold war, that he would be more flexible after his election. Obama began his freaking campaign in the living room of a former unrepentant terrorist who was quoted in a major newspaper on 9/11 that they didn’t bomb enough of America. And Romney ignored all of that and focused on jobs while calling Obama a nice guy. And yet, 3,000,00 people who chose not to support either candidate are called stupid and none of what I just stated, all real facts, are in a single analysis of why Romney lost.

JellyToast on November 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Referencing the temporary suspension of habeas corpus in Britain during WWII, Winston Churchill famously remarked:

The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.

George W. Bush, despite having a bust of the great English statesman, violated this maxim (and American law) by establishing a legal black hole for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Barack Obama doesn’t even bother with the challenges involved in kidnapping persons without due process; he just kills them.

http://whowhatwhy.com/2012/11/14/big-brother-kill-lists-and-secrecy-what-to-expect-from-obamas-second-term/

As long as Republicans are a part of this, they will lose the argument, and the election.

mountainaires on November 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

mittens caught up with obama in the first debate because he sounded like obama and not the republican he was supposed to be …mittens was a losy choice for the gop

Pragmatic on November 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

mittens caught up with obama in the first debate because he sounded like obama and not the republican he was supposed to be …mittens was a lousy choice for the gop

Pragmatic on November 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Every idiot in here who failed to support the Republican candidate at crunch time is just as culpable in the coming destruction of this country as Barack Obama himself. I am so sickened and disgusted at the despicable stream of filth I’ve heard from people who erroneously refer to themselves as “conservatives”.

Our founding philosophy has been utterly destroyed. Our children’s heads put into the economic yoke of socialism. And yet you sit in here nattering on about “Mittens”. And that, after you’ve spent two years smearing feces on the only candidate we had who could have routed Obama from the White House. Mitt Romney is a GOOD man, a man of integrity, generous, intelligent, one with the perfect skill set to pull us from the brink of economic ruin. And even now, after it’s over and we’ve lost everything that made this country “exceptional”, you sit around flinging poo like a bunch of bored monkeys.

This isn’t about where Mitt Romney went wrong. It’s about where YOU went wrong. And if you were voting third party, writing in some crackpot, or staying home… well, you get what you voted for.

Murf76 on November 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

And a little personal antidote. I have a sister who works as
a server. She told me that five years ago or so, the restaurant
installed a new software system for the servers to input their orders. Because it had a “glitch”, when the servers
used their finger on the touch screen to put in “steak” for example, “pork chops” would print out instead. Sounds familiar?

Wow. Convincing. I know a guy who thinks Bigfoot is real.

lostmotherland on November 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I’m sure it’s all very complicated (it it weren’t, we wouldn’t need all those high-priced experts to explain it to us), but if you want to boil it down to a very simple syrup: Obama won the election because he gave people gifts. There was no broad appeal from the Prez. He targeted the groups he needed to carry by large margins and he gave them a few tokens of his love and esteem with the implied promise to deliver more. Except for blacks, of course. He gave them diddlysquat (except maybe for the relaxation of welfare work rules but that was more a gift to the welfare class which cuts across racial and ethnic lines). He doesn’t have to give blacks anything (and hasn’t). He had them at his skin color.

JFK said a rising sea lifts all boats. That’s not enough for minorities (and women apparently) anymore. They need special care and attention. They need…gifts.

SukieTawdry on November 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Wow. Convincing. I know a guy who thinks Bigfoot is real.

lostmotherland on November 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

How nice for you. I don’t know anyone who wears a tinfoil hat.
I bet they breed those in your family.

Amjean on November 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

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