Video: Romney aide Dan Senor rips GOP officials for turning on him

posted at 6:36 pm on November 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Politico, he doesn’t name names but he’s clearly talking about Jindal and Scott Walker at least, both of whom have been outspoken in criticizing Romney’s post-election comments about Obama buying voters with taxpayer “gifts” and both of whom were at the Ohio rally that Senor mentions. Rubio and Kelly Ayotte were also there and have also had critical things to say, although their criticism was gentler. I was thinking about that gigantic Ohio rally this morning while looking at these sweet/sad pics of Romney at Disneyland. Three weeks ago, the guy was sincerely convinced that he was about to be elected president of the United States. He had a transition website in the works and everything. He watched his father’s presidential ambitions explode, suffered dozens of bitter defeats at the Senate and presidential primary levels, and endured being called a RINO and an establishment loser finally to end up that night as the star of the Republican show in front of 30,000 hopeful people. And now, three weeks later, he’s riding the teacups, with nothing to do except watch 2016′s presidential aspirants use him as a scapegoat for the party’s demographic challenges. Amazing.

When McCain lost, he went back to national business in the Senate. Dole resigned from the Senate during his presidential campaign but he’d already spent 27 years there and was in his 70s when he lost to Clinton. Before Dole, the last GOP nominee who lost an election without ever serving as president was Goldwater, and he too eventually returned to the Senate. Romney’s in uncharted waters in modern times as a guy who got tantalizingly close to the brass ring and not only didn’t get it but was immediately returned to national semi-obscurity afterward. How do you process that psychologically? It might not be as difficult for him if he were older or in worse health, as he’d at least have the relief of retirement ahead. But he doesn’t look like a man who’s eager for retirement; he’s the picture of health and vigor. Is being named CEO of some company enough to help him decelerate from being almost Leader of the Free World to waiting in line to ride Space Mountain? That’s why Senor’s so defensive on his behalf, I think. It’s not just that Jindal and Walker and other 2016 hopefuls are transparently opportunistic in clubbing him. It’s that the guy’s dealing with one of the worst cases of status whiplash in recent American history. If you’re an influential Republican, let him breathe for a minute before piling on, maybe.

Exit quotation from an unnamed Romney aide:

“Yet he went out and won the nomination,” wrote the aide in an email exchange. “Without putting in a dime of his own money. How did he do it? Well, more than anything there were the [primary season] debates. The debates proved that Romney was the most appealing Republican in the crowd. Appealing to VOTERS. Republican voters.”

“So I would be very hesitant,” the aide continued, “to believe that suddenly those who are criticizing Mitt Romney now are any more right than those who did for much of the last year and a half.”


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He is right of course, Dems left 2004 attacking America and Rove.

rob verdi on November 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Who…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Hey, its politics; every man for himself. Grow a thicker skin my friend.

reddevil on November 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Democrats are wrong on nearly every public policy issue but they at least understand that politics is a team game. Republicans are clueless.

With the exceptions of Washington and Jefferson, Mitt Romney is as qualified as anyone who has ever run for the office.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Republicans are clueless.

Well said Basilsbest.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Democrats are wrong on nearly every public policy issue but they at least understand that politics is a team game. Republicans are clueless.

With the exceptions of Washington and Jefferson, Mitt Romney is as qualified as anyone who has ever run for the office.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

What he said.

rob verdi on November 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Again, a serious lack of professionalism from the GOP to do this and just plain stupidity in airing dirty laundry in the media, the same media that has curb stomped them now for two elections.

Whether you like Romney or not and disagree with him (as I do on a lot of things and don’t think he’s a conservative), I appreciate him putting himself out there to be abused and will always consider him a decent man who wanted to do a good job.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Dan Senor is right. When was the last time you saw or heard of Democrats eating their own? Yeah, me neither.

moonsbreath on November 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

A hundred thousand THANK YOUs to Dan Senor for his loyalty and his authenticity about this. I am sick of so-called “republicans” smearing their candidate in such a despicable way after the election. I won’t cast a vote in 2016 for ANY CANDIDATE who has smeared Romney now. They aren’t worth supporting if they don’t have any courage of their convictions. They’re disgusting to me.

Congratulations to Senor for standing up for Romney–who deserves our support.

mountainaires on November 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

The same people made Romney, they should unmake him.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Too bad Romney spent most of the year trashing his Republican opponents. Had he not done that, he would have more friends now.

Kohath on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I agree with Senor. It’s unseemly, and frankly it makes me think a lot less of those doing it. Romney wasn’t the perfect candidate, and he didn’t run a perfect race, but the GOP itself hasn’t exactly been coming up roses recently itself. A lot of these same people passed on running themselves.

I don’t feel sorry for Mitt…he’ll be fine, and I suspect we’re going to be saying ‘Romney was right’ a lot over the next four years. But I do think he’s a decent person who deserves better than what he’s getting.

changer1701 on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I’m also going to don my tinfoil hat and asbestos hazmat suit and say that there was so many shenanigans going on out there that I will wonder for a long, long time if Romney didn’t actually win.

I thought that night and still think the numbers don’t add up correctly. Flame away.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

About time someone said something. Disgraceful behavior by GOP wannabes.

bluealice on November 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

“Amazing.”

Yeah, it’s “amazing” that Republicans haven’t a SHRED OF F*CKING DECENCY LEFT.

Mitt Romney was an AMAZING candidate; he earned the party’s nomination after a hard-fought primary. He ran a great campaign–no, not perfect; what campaign is? But YOU thought he was gonna win too, didn’t you; admit it.

So now, to see these f*cking losers–Christie, Jindal and the rest–smearing him without a shred of shame?

I’m disgusted.

mountainaires on November 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Too bad Romney spent most of the year trashing his Republican opponents. Had he not done that, he would have more friends now.

Kohath on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

It’s a bit different between getting through a primary (where they all trash each other – democrats are no different) and feeding off the carcass like starving vultures for brownie points and media attention.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:01 PM

That’s why Senor’s so defensive on his behalf, I think. It’s not just that Jindal and Walker and other 2016 hopefuls are transparently opportunistic in clubbing him. It’s that the guy’s dealing with one of the worst cases of status whiplash in recent American history. If you’re an influential Republican, let him breathe for a minute before piling on, maybe.

Boo hoo. Your concern is noted. You didn’t follow any of this advice in 2008 when the vice-presidential nominee of that election was a top prospect for 2012. Instead, Romney and his minions went for the gutter and you joined them with glee. Now, poor Romney shouldn’t be touched because a few republicans have had the sense to say that he stop dragging the party further.

Actually, even Newt Gingrich criticized Romney and he is hardly a 2016 aspirant, so you are wrong even on that front.

promachus on November 21, 2012 at 7:01 PM

We aren’t really ripping Mitt… We’re really ripping his sucky aides and consultants like Dan Senor…

phreshone on November 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM

What I find funny is how all these would-be 2016 heroes dutifully run about according to the leftist meme de jour.. and of course do not bother questioning the accuracy of said meme.

Jindal, Walker, Christie and their ilk so happily rushing out in front of every camera they could find to talk about the GOP ‘hispanic problem’… ‘big business problem’… and on and on and on and on…

We just might have an even more hapless field in 2016 than we had in 2012 if this continues.

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Absolutely agree with this

Our party has always eaten their own, and this may be the last feeding, after reading the polling and exit data.

Redford on November 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

With the exceptions of Washington and Jefferson, Mitt Romney is as qualified as anyone who has ever run for the office.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Plenty of Marxists in our nation are as qualified as or more so than Romney. Does not mean they are the person that should be running. Particularly as the Republican Nominee.

Newt Gingrich so studied the way our government works that he out maneuvered a sitting Democrat President and a Democrat Senate.

Romney so loved Democrats that he enjoyed signing progressive policy week after week in Massachusetts. He never accomplished anything conservative at all, EVER.

Romney attacked the hell out of his conservative adversaries, and adversaries they were, ideologically. Romney rarely found enough difference between him and Obama to attack much at all, preferring to say Obama was simply less than competent at doing what he was doing.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Kohath on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Good grief, it’s called primaries. Remember how Obama treated Hillary?

bluealice on November 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Romney is a good & generous man.

He was a Lousy candidate for 2012. He was a Gerald Ford candidate when we needed a Reagan.

RIP ROMNEYCAMPAIGN.

Can we ad it to the Ash heap of history now and move on?

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

He was a Lousy candidate for 2012. He was a Gerald Ford candidate when we needed a Reagan.

Reagan is dead. Who would have beat Obama? Seriously.. who?

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

It’s a bit different between getting through a primary (where they all trash each other – democrats are no different) and feeding off the carcass like starving vultures for brownie points and media attention.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Newt was willing to do a clean ABO campaign. Romney chose to play the nuclear option. It was a choice of CHARACTER, one in which he failed. 99.9%, that is right, 99.9% of his ads in Florida were negative attack ads that were filled with outright lies.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I was thinking about that gigantic Ohio rally this morning while looking at these sweet/sad pics of Romney at Disneyland.

I hope he steered clear of the Disneyland Hall of Presidents. Seeing a Robot Obama speak would push me over the edge at that point.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Too bad Romney spent most of the year trashing his Republican opponents. Had he not done that, he would have more friends now.

Kohath on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Yup. So many of us did not want Romney. We were told to eat our peas by guys like Senor.

Double meh.

Fallon on November 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I’m disgusted.

mountainaires on November 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Join the party. Been there all year. the Romney fanatics are a disgusting lot. About time they get back what they dished out.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

moons breath, you’re right, the dems do not eat their own especially in the media.
I actually thought Romney had a chance, I saw the people at the rallies and the excitement of the crown the Friday before the election, the one where every republican was there and wearing Romney jackets. A few days later half of them are attacking him.
Kiss his butt when you think he’s going to win, abuse him when he loses. It’s great to be a republican.

carolt2 on November 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Newt was willing to do a clean ABO campaign. Romney chose to play the nuclear option. It was a choice of CHARACTER, one in which he failed. 99.9%, that is right, 99.9% of his ads in Florida were negative attack ads that were filled with outright lies.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

THIS.

Romney hit Newt harder than he did Obama.

Not to rehash this (too late) but Romney fights harder and nastier against Conservatives. He plays softball with Obama during the campaign. And as Ted Cruz said recently, “I think in that last debate, Mitt Romney french kissed Obama.”

Romney had the ammo, but kept it in the bunker, even though he was taking incoming from all sides.

Romney lost honorably, just like Republican moderates are suppose to do.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Anybody who criticized Romney for correctly pointing out that Obama won on government handouts A) Doesn’t have a clue or is afraid to speak the truth and B) Won’t stand a chance in h*ll of ever getting my vote.

clearbluesky on November 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Newt was willing to do a clean ABO campaign. Romney chose to play the nuclear option. It was a choice of CHARACTER, one in which he failed. 99.9%, that is right, 99.9% of his ads in Florida were negative attack ads that were filled with outright lies.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I like Newt and supported him in the primaries as well, but let’s face it HE WOULD NEVER HAVE WON.

Sorry.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Anybody who criticized Romney for correctly pointing out that Obama won on government handouts A) Doesn’t have a clue or is afraid to speak the truth and B) Won’t stand a chance in h*ll of ever getting my vote.

clearbluesky on November 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Romney was offering government handouts reject. So if he lost, it is because he did a piss poor job of marketing his goods.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Stoner shows up at every Romney thread to continue his hate campaign. Haters will hate I guess.
Your selectve memory of the primaries is… intesting.

bluealice on November 21, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I like Newt and supported him in the primaries as well, but let’s face it HE WOULD NEVER HAVE WON.

Sorry.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Romney I guarantee you did not win! Newt on the other hand is a path not taken, and proof is impossible to determine if he would have won or not.

The thing about Newt is that he finds non wedge issues to run on, had many months to get to the election day like Romney did, and likely would have had a COHERENT campaign where people knew EXACTLY where he stood, and what he would push to get if elected.

Romney was a cypher like Obamacare on vote day. Have to vote for it to see what was inside.

I think Newt would have done better than Romney in the vote totals.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Romney lost honorably, just like Republican moderates are suppose to do.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Until we do something about the media, this is what is going to happen.

You think Romney would have got away with attacking Obama? Seriously? With the letters controlling the narrative?

In some ways it was a decent strategy and could have gone either way. Attacking Obama would have only set off howls of bully, racist, etc, etc, etc. They decided to have a strategy of being an adult and someone who wanted to solve problems.

Unfortunately, it’s not a strategy that resonates with a large portion of the electorate.

Monday morning quarterbacking is so easy, isn’t it?

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

As I said in headlines:

Romney seems like a nice guy overall. However, it’s hard to feel bad for him- his camp has a record of using “anonymous sources” to bash other candidates, is certainly willing to criticize competitors, etc.

Live by the sword, die by the sword…

(shrug)

cs89 on November 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Romney will be fine. He’ll probably take a few months with family to regroup, then jump back into business or consulting, etc. As long as he stays away from politics…

Although (strokes chin thoughtfully) he is in California now apparently, and could make an interesting GOP candidate for governor there…

cs89 on November 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Newt was willing to do a clean ABO campaign. Romney chose to play the nuclear option. It was a choice of CHARACTER, one in which he failed. 99.9%, that is right, 99.9% of his ads in Florida were negative attack ads that were filled with outright lies.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

It was behavior like that and also the stupid foolish shenanigans at the convention to shut the Paul supporters out.

I’m not a Ron Paul fan (although I like his son). But the RNC and others trying to pull off that totally unnecessary coup and change all the rules that could have waited till long after the convention was just so divisive.

Romney lost for the two reasons I stated on this blog: 1) He was too easily painted as out of touch and ultra-rich with the Bain thing, and 2) he was not a beleivable Reaganesque uniter of ALL the coalition.

He really didn’t have a chance you need more than simply being ABO.

KirknBurker on November 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

With the exceptions of Washington and Jefferson, Mitt Romney is as qualified as anyone who has ever run for the office.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

What an odd group of men. A general, a lawyer, and a businessman. They are hardly unique in qualifications to run for office.

Nothing Romney did makes him exceptionally qualified to run for office. he made a lot of money… so do a lot of liberals.

He was a mediocre candidate at best, who was the last man standing in a primary full of idiots stumbling over themselves.

Timin203 on November 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I am going to do something I thought I would never do. I officially give up on the Republican party. They think they lost this election because of conservatism when the problem was that Romney was a faux conservative. Think of all the attacks on Romney. They weren’t about conservatism, they were about his wealth or Bain Capital. Yet all around the country Republicans are now going with the “if you can’t beat them, join them” philosophy. Since they seem so willing to abandon their base, I will reciprocate and throw in the towel on them as well.
They are trying to play both sides against the middle. They want to keep their base of conservatives while abandoning everything that we stand for. Not on my watch. My beliefs are not something I change on a whim just to placate those who don’t share them. They do evolve from time to time, but the core of those beliefs remains intact. If the Republican party changes there beliefs because they want to garner more votes, and not because they honestly believe in those changes, then they are not the people who I thought they were. I want no part of a group that holds their collective fingers in the air to determine what they should believe.

bandutski on November 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Romney is a good & generous man.

He was a Lousy candidate for 2012. He was a Gerald Ford candidate when we needed a Reagan.

RIP ROMNEYCAMPAIGN.

Can we ad it to the Ash heap of history now and move on?

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

SparkPlug on November 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Again, a serious lack of professionalism from the GOP to do this and just plain stupidity in airing dirty laundry in the media, the same media that has curb stomped them now for two elections.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Very true. Jindal, Walker, Gingrich and others are attempting to ingratiate themselves with the media (Jindal et. al. because they have future political aspirations, “Callista and I” because he wants to sell books).

Like you, Romney was not my first choice but I gained additional respect for him as the campaign went on. But, Mitt Romney ran a horrible campaign. While Republican Presidential candidates pick up losers and back-stabbers (Kevin Madden, Mike Murphy, Steve Schmidt, Nicole Wallace, etc.) to run their campaigns, the Democrats hire seasoned veterans who are experts in their fields. That’s why the Democratic version of OCRA doesn’t fail on election day.

How Romney could have worked so hard to win the nomination and then surround with such a team of losers?

bw222 on November 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

THIS.

Romney hit Newt harder than he did Obama.

Not to rehash this (too late) but Romney fights harder and nastier against Conservatives. He plays softball with Obama during the campaign.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I agree.

SparkPlug on November 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

“Amazing.”

Yeah, it’s “amazing” that Republicans haven’t a SHRED OF F*CKING DECENCY LEFT.

Mitt Romney was an AMAZING candidate; he earned the party’s nomination after a hard-fought primary. He ran a great campaign–no, not perfect; what campaign is? But YOU thought he was gonna win too, didn’t you; admit it.

So now, to see these f*cking losers–Christie, Jindal and the rest–smearing him without a shred of shame?

I’m disgusted.

mountainaires on November 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM

THIS ^^

And this is why I will sit out on the next election. None among the current crop of Republicans is respectable. And I loath the fake champions of the poor.

vnohara on November 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Monday morning quarterbacking is so easy, isn’t it?

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

It was no such thing. We all told you in the primaries these were the flaws of Romney going in. We all told you pre nomination ceremony that Romney would do these things and it was going to fail. Now what you all want to do is Monday morning change history of what happened and say Romney did most everything right, but it was the people that failed, not Romney. That is LAME. Do not blame the man who ASKED FOR THE JOB, blame the people who chose not to acquiesce because he failed to deliver to them what they asked for.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I am going to do something I thought I would never do. I officially give up on the Republican party. They think they lost this election because of conservatism when the problem was that Romney was a faux conservative.

bandutski on November 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

+100.

SparkPlug on November 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Dan Senor is a very smart guy, but in this case he’s off base. Never, not for one moment, should even Romney’s most ardent supporters fool themselves into thinking Romney is an adept politician. He’s got a lot of unbelievable credentials, accomplishments and tremendous personal qualities, but those attributes are accompanied by a political tin ear. He’s just not a natural politician, along the lines of Gingrich or Clinton. Romney’s comments about the 47%, or the buy-offs of certain voter demographics, are great examples. Senor is wrong, and Jindal, Walker and Martinez are right.

MTF on November 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Until we do something about the media, this is what is going to happen.

You think Romney would have got away with attacking Obama? Seriously? With the letters controlling the narrative?

Unfortunately, it’s not a strategy that resonates with a large portion of the electorate.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I am agreeing with you a lot tonight. The GOP (and conservatives) need to escalate the war with the media to get it out in the open and create greater public awareness. Instead you have the party hacks and many of the 2016 wannabes fighting to see which one can get a French kiss on the media’s butt.

bw222 on November 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

It was no such thing. We all told you in the primaries these were the flaws of Romney going in. We all told you pre nomination ceremony that Romney would do these things and it was going to fail. Now what you all want to do is Monday morning change history of what happened and say Romney did most everything right, but it was the people that failed, not Romney. That is LAME. Do not blame the man who ASKED FOR THE JOB, blame the people who chose not to acquiesce because he failed to deliver to them what they asked for.
astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Who is this “we all” and “you”? You have a serious problem with memory retention because about 95% of us had other choices than Romney during the primaries.

One thing that was crystal clear during the primaries that the choices weren’t all that great. All had baggage and issues. All weren’t as conservative as we’d like for various reasons.

This wasn’t the greatest bunch to begin with. If you honestly believe that Gingrich or Santorum (the last other two standing) wouldn’t have been massacred by the media or run a better campaign (as noted by another poster bw222 the GOP seems to have a problem attracting talent), then there isn’t much to say as you are just wishcasting at this point.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The same people made Romney, they should unmake him. astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Valedictorian at BYU, 3.97 GPA in Combined MBA and Law, 2 years mission work, marriage and devoted husband and father, raised 5 kids – all of whom are successful, achieved phenomenal success as a venture capitalist, ran against Democrat icon Ted Kennedy in Democrat stronghold, served 4 years without remuneration as Gov of MA where he inherited a deficit and ran 4 straight surpluses despite having to work with a legislature that was 85% Democrat, worked for 3 years without remuneration and turned the 2002 Winter Olympics from disaster to success.

Won the GOP nomination in 2012 despite opposition from most of the punditry.

Apparently lost a very close election, fraught with fraud, where he was opposed by 90% of the media, almost all of the entertainment industry and even 5% of his own party.

Mitt Romney’s phenomenal life. He did build that. You are a stupid B, Stoner.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I am agreeing with you a lot tonight. The GOP (and conservatives) need to escalate the war with the media to get it out in the open and create greater public awareness. Instead you have the party hacks and many of the 2016 wannabes fighting to see which one can get a French kiss on the media’s butt.

bw222 on November 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

It’s like the stopped clock. ;) I do think that they have a serious problem with attracting talent as per your previous post, stick with bad people (Andrea Saul for one) and just don’t learn when it comes to the media.

The Jindals, Christies think it will be different with them. All they’re doing is providing intel and fodder. They don’t deserve our support.

kim roy on November 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

They want to keep their base of conservatives while abandoning everything that we stand for. Not on my watch. My beliefs are not something I change on a whim just to placate those who don’t share them. They do evolve from time to time, but the core of those beliefs remains intact. If the Republican party changes there beliefs because they want to garner more votes, and not because they honestly believe in those changes, then they are not the people who I thought they were. I want no part of a group that holds their collective fingers in the air to determine what they should believe.

bandutski on November 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Good for you. I am going Independent – it seems that is the only opinion the Republicans value.

famous amos on November 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

He’s just not a natural politician, along the lines of Gingrich or Clinton. Romney’s comments about the 47%, or the buy-offs of certain voter demographics, are great examples. Senor is wrong, and Jindal, Walker and Martinez are right.

MTF on November 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

It wasn’t just style. Everybody running for presidency has comments like that come out (“bitter clingers”) the low information people don’t hear / care about it, nor are they as undecided as they say. The default position in this culture is definitely liberal. We have very little chance of flipping too many of them when pop culture tells them “democrats are for the little guy, republicans are for big business” and their cool friends all vote democrat.

Could a better, more well spoken and articulate candidate have won in 2012? Maybe. It would have been close. But I think it will become harder and harder every year to elect a republican, much less a conservative and if they do win, they will govern like big government republicans (ie: bush)

Timin203 on November 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I think Newt would have done better than Romney in the vote totals.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Newt would have been a disaster. The man has more baggage that the lost and found at United Airlines. His “draft board” amnesty plan, space station moon, “Helmet Head,” etc. etc., etc. Plus, Newt would have imploded. He always does.

bw222 on November 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Good for you. I am going Independent – it seems that is the only opinion the Republicans value.

famous amos on November 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

That’s what I am doing as well.

bandutski on November 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Mitt Romney was not the problem.

Nominating Mitt Romney was the problem.

The Republican Party lost this election (look at down-ticket races – it was a bloodbath).

They chose a virtual liberal Eastern former Governor with Romneycare draped around his neck, a good man who would have made a decent President (especially compared to the fraud now occupying the White House), but not a good candidate as he’s been proving for a long time. Why that’s a surprise is a question the party can ask itself as it sets about planning its next brainless enterprise.

As for all those clamoring me, me, me already, just shut up and get back to work. 2014 is coming up and there is a lot of work to do, if you’re concerned about your nation and not your own political aspirations.

That’s what Palin’s doing, and has been since 2010. Building a base for common sense American’s to stand on to stem the tide of Obama-Linsky socialism-lite now threatening to roll over us all. And it’s going to prove far more useful than a continuing stream of Mitt-a-Culpas.

IndieDogg on November 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I hate all the Romney bashing going on. Personally, I hope Mitt still has a future in politics. A cabinet position in a Repub administration or even VP would be great.

Jack_Burton on November 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

They chose a virtual liberal Eastern former Governor with Romneycare draped around his neck, a good man who would have made a decent President (especially compared to the fraud now occupying the White House), but not a good candidate as he’s been proving for a long time

He was a better candidate than virtually every Republican running for the Senate because he outperformed almost all of them.

Jon0815 on November 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Can you just knock it off.

The election is over and your guy lost.

Move on.

KirknBurker on November 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Romney’s in uncharted waters in modern times as a guy who got tantalizingly close to the brass ring and not only didn’t get it but was immediately returned to national semi-obscurity afterward.

Absolutely the stupidest post I’ve ever read at HA. How about…he goes and enjoys his great family and the 200 million he earned in his life. It would be a hillary voting denizen of Grenwhich Village who couldn’t comprehend that maybe Romney ran for president in order to serve his country, did his best and then might walk away satisfied that he gave the country a different choice but they chose wrong. This isn’t the clinically insane algore we are talking about here, this is a good man who sincerely wanted to serve his country. I’d bet good money allah voted for obama.

peacenprosperity on November 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Can you just knock it off.

The election is over and your guy lost.

Move on.

KirknBurker on November 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

What was wrong with his comment. He just stated facts. I’m sure he’s aware he lost. That doesn’t take away from his life accomplishments.

Sad comment from you.

bluealice on November 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Newt would have been a disaster. The man has more baggage that the lost and found at United Airlines. His “draft board” amnesty plan, space station moon, “Helmet Head,” etc. etc., etc. Plus, Newt would have imploded. He always does.

bw222 on November 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Yet Romney effectively matched McCain in votes. McCain! When the US population of eligible voters increased by 8 million. Matched McCain. How much money did McCain have again for his campaign? How much money Romney? Dollar for dollar McCain beat Romney by 2:1 for votes. Looking at marginal votes, he would be in negatives per dollar spent compared to McCain.

You can say he likely would have lost, but as in these situation, there is no way to know. It never got tested. What did get tested was Romney and he DID lose, and he lost pretty bad considering 8 plus million voters who chose to not vote Obama again could have been counted on our side, even if they were not the exact same voters, but ones invigorated to get out of their non voting habit and into a voting decision this go around.

Obama lost 8 million or more votes, he was EMINENTLY BEATABLE.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Democrats are wrong on nearly every public policy issue but they at least understand that politics is a team game. ..Republicans are clueless.

With the exceptions of Washington and Jefferson, Mitt Romney is as qualified as anyone who has ever run for the office.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

That.

So now, to see these f*cking losers–Christie, Jindal and the rest–smearing him without a shred of shame?

I’m disgusted.

mountainaires on November 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Evidence.

Mimzey on November 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Yeah.. seriously can we please stop dumping on Romney? Also, the fact that Jindal was sniffing around for a job in Romney’s cabinet is hilarious.. Political opportunism much?

As for Walker, he won’t be running for President as it is blatantly obvious that Ryan is.

Illinidiva on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Romney started to grow on me – and he would have been a better president than Obama by several orders of magnitude – but I’m starting to get tired of this false narrative about what a nice, sweet, wholesome guy he was.

In the Republican primaries, Romney knew he couldn’t run on his RINO record, so he achieved victory by flooding the zone with tens of millions of dollars worth of negative advertizing, making claims about his his opponents that Romney personally knew were garbage. This included trumpeting the false “ethics” charges that Democratic Congressional opponents filed against Newt Gingrich, and deceptively editing Gingrich’s words, to make it seem like Gingrich was lambasting Ronald Reagan. And so, with money and unscrupulousness, Romney bought victory & became the Republican nominee.

And then Romney came up against a Democratic campaign crew with even more money and even less respect for truth. And that crew did to Romney what Romney did to Gingrich & Santorum & Perry. And then Romeny – who wanted to be president primarily because he simply wanted to be president – lost. It would be poetic justice, except now we are all the losers.

BCrago66 on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

That’s what Palin’s doing, and has been since 2010. Building a base for common sense American’s to stand on to stem the tide of Obama-Linsky socialism-lite now threatening to roll over us all. And it’s going to prove far more useful than a continuing stream of Mitt-a-Culpas.

IndieDogg on November 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

This!

idesign on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Valedictorian at BYU, 3.97 GPA in Combined MBA and Law, 2 years mission work, marriage and devoted husband and father, raised 5 kids – all of whom are successful, achieved phenomenal success as a venture capitalist, ran against Democrat icon Ted Kennedy in Democrat stronghold, served 4 years without remuneration as Gov of MA where he inherited a deficit and ran 4 straight surpluses despite having to work with a legislature that was 85% Democrat, worked for 3 years without remuneration and turned the 2002 Winter Olympics from disaster to success.

Won the GOP nomination in 2012 despite opposition from most of the punditry.

Apparently lost a very close election, fraught with fraud, where he was opposed by 90% of the media, almost all of the entertainment industry and even 5% of his own party.

Mitt Romney’s phenomenal life. He did build that. You are a stupid B, Stoner.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Romney has a 25% political success rate.

He lost his senate run in ’94.
Won his Governorship in ’04.
He lost the GOP nomination in ’08.
He lost the Presidential election in ’12.

He is a good & generous man, who is a terrible political failure.

I’m sorry for your loss.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

By the way, with those comments Jindal effectively took himself out of the race to become the first indian president. Romney stated the obvious, Jindal pandered to the msnbc crowd. Adios, Bobby.

peacenprosperity on November 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Here’s a recommendation for Hot Air:

Appropriate these videos and put your name all over them the same way Mediaite and other websites do, to save your readers from having to give Comcast and other unsavory far-left propaganda outlets any clicks.

I know I’m probably in the minority, but if I see MSNBC, NBC, Buzzfeed or other conservative unfriendly outlet’s name in the video or URL, I do not click on them.

OxyCon on November 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

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Can you just knock it off.

The election is over and your guy lost.

Move on.

KirknBurker on November 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

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What was wrong with his comment. He just stated facts. I’m sure he’s aware he lost. That doesn’t take away from his life accomplishments.

Sad comment from you.

bluealice on November 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

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What ‘alice said.

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Can you just knock it off.

The election is over and your guy lost.

Move on.

KirknBurker on November 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Knock what off? My attachment to reality? Our guy lost. Did your guy win? Oh, and I never give up. If you want me to go away, the last thing you should do is tell me to leave.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Apparently lost a very close election, fraught with fraud, where he was opposed by 90% of the media, almost all of the entertainment industry and even 5% of his own party.

Mitt Romney’s phenomenal life. He did build that. You are a stupid B, Stoner.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Yet he lost to a man who lost 8 million voters in his run for a second term. There are athletes and actors and singers and TV show hosts who have accomplished far more than Mitt Romney ever did, as evidenced by their incomes and fan bases. Does not make them ideal candidates for the presidency in my view. What did he accomplish for conservatism? What did he accomplish for progressiveness? Now calculate up how accomplished the man is on that scale. I do not care if Massachusetts is 87% progressive and he had to work with them, Ronald Reagan had to deal with the enemy as well. Newt had to deal with Clinton and a Democrat Senate! They got things done!

Romney was a failure from the start. No amount of GPA was going to change that fact.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

By the way, with those comments Jindal effectively took himself out of the race to become the first indian president. Romney stated the obvious, Jindal pandered to the msnbc crowd. Adios, Bobby.

peacenprosperity on November 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM

So let me get this straight. Jindal shouldn’t pander to the 47%, but he should pander to the illegal aliens? After all, we’ve been told every day since the election that amnesty is our only hope.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM

IndieDogg on November 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You know, I haven’t heard her slam Romney. I doubt if we will hear her unload on him- probably point out some of his weaknesses along with strengths at some point, & wrap it up noting we’d be much better off if Romney had pulled off the win than stuck with Obama…

cs89 on November 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Mitt Romney’s phenomenal life. He did build that. You are a stupid B, Stoner.

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

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Romney has a 25% political success rate.

He lost his senate run in ’94.
Won his Governorship in ’04.
He lost the GOP nomination in ’08.
He lost the Presidential election in ’12.

He is a good & generous man, who is a terrible political failure.

I’m sorry for your loss.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

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Crocodile tears ?

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

BCrago66 on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

You forgot that Romney was given cover by sites like Hot Air while they simultaneously worked feverishly to take out those very same people Romney was attacking.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Romney has a 25% political success rate.

He lost his senate run in ’94.
Won his Governorship in ’04.
He lost the GOP nomination in ’08.
He lost the Presidential election in ’12.

He is a good & generous man, who is a terrible political failure.

I’m sorry for your loss.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Quit

Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:

1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
1818 His mother died.
1831 Failed in business.
1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
l832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.
1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.
1843 Ran for Congress – lost.
1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
1854 Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.
1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – get less than 100 votes.
1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
1860 Elected president of the United States.

http://www.rogerknapp.com/inspire/lincoln.htm

Persistence and determination. Something the GOP doesn’t have today.

I’ve ripped on Romney here but only because these same talking heads were saying we lost because he was to conservative. He’s not conservative. He’s a moderate who didn’t run a good enough campaign. He didn’t expose Obama for who he really was. He called him a nice guy. He’s not. He’s a Marxist.

JellyToast on November 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

You forgot that Romney was given cover by sites like Hot Air while they simultaneously worked feverishly to take out those very same people Romney was attacking.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Seriously, am I the only one … uncomfortable… with how propaganda-like the right wing blogsphere got during this presidential cycle.

Timin203 on November 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Basilsbest on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

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Romney was a failure from the start. No amount of GPA was going to change that fact.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

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Who were you backing during the primary, ‘stoner’?

I’ll go first . . . . . I voted for Richard “The Sweater Vest”.

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Stop drinking and posting

Romney lost because we are outnumbered and the other side cheats just in case. More people don’t pay taxes then do, so those who don’t do not care or understand the effects of crippling taxation. More people take than give, and that doesn’t include the military or retired social security recipients. The number of old retired people receiving social security checks is dwarfed by the number of looters getting them every month. The democrats cheated, as they have been doing aggressively for 20 years. They have stolen governorships, senate and rep seats and now the presidency. They practiced by making both Bush elections seem closer then they really were and this time they made millions of votes disappear.

peacenprosperity on November 21, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Gotta say…I do feel a pang of sadness now and then for Romney when I think of the gut-wrenching awfulness, not only of coming so close to victory but also of being the face of the party that lost to Obama. Then I recall the millions of dollars he has to use on recovering from such a defeat, and I feel like he will be okay in the end.

Pointing out the man’s flaws in–no offense–fairly insignificant discussions like the ones here is one thing. Current Republican officeholders going public with their criticisms–criticisms which, in effect, are also like saying, “Hey! Electorate at large! Look how stupid Republicans were for nominating and supporting a candidate like Romney! But me–I’ll be a better sort of Republican!”–is just wrong. Republican voters are currently taking fire from every Dem angle possible, and now members of the leadership are insulting the man we had so desperately hoped would save us from four more years of misery under Obama. The loss was devastating–not in a bummer-our-side-lost kind of way but in a how-are-we-going-to-feed-our-families-and-will-we-recognize-our-country-after-four-more-years-of-this-nightmare kind of way. We need calm, thoughtful leadership. But it seems our people have lost their minds and are currently in the process of selling their souls to the highest bidder for the sake of their own personal ambitions regarding 2016.

Anyway…yes, I agree with those who are disgusted by the let’s-help-the-press-make-Republicans-look-even-more-foolish comments of people who should really have the capacity and common sense to show more restraint.

And…as a way of ending on a semi-happy note…I also have to say that if this were a movie, I could totally picture Romney at this point starting work on some sort of underground fortress and hiring a butler named Alfred. Here’s hoping he takes this loss in stride and finds new ways to carry on defending all that is good about this country.

butterflies and puppies on November 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Crocodile tears ?

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Not at all. People had a lot personally invested in Romney. His loss was a personal blow, and Romney followers probably hurt as much as Romney did.

Romney is great in the private sector, but his Political life was a utter failure.

In fact, The Romney family has a long history of political failure.
George Romney lost his Presidential run in ’68
Lenore Romney lost her Senatorial run in ’70
G. Scott Romney lost his Attorney General run in Michigan in ’98
Ronna Romney lost her Senatorial runs in ’94 & 96.
Mitt Romney lost his senate run in ’94.
Mitt lost his GOP nominee run in ’08
Mitt lost the Presidential election in ’12.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I didn’t detect a strong pro-Romney bias on Hotair.com during the primaries (except by that Erica girl, who’s a whippersnapper who doesn’t seem to know any better; plus if I remember right, she came on when the primaries were almost over.)

But I’ll tell you one thing: National Review is a disgrace, affirmatively de-endorceing Gingrich during the primaries while shilling for Romney (and Huntsman, the Republican-hating “Republican”!)

So a sincere F You from me to the editorial crew at NR.

BCrago66 on November 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

http://www.rogerknapp.com/inspire/lincoln.htm

Persistence and determination. Something the GOP doesn’t have today.

I’ve ripped on Romney here but only because these same talking heads were saying we lost because he was to conservative. He’s not conservative. He’s a moderate who didn’t run a good enough campaign. He didn’t expose Obama for who he really was. He called him a nice guy. He’s not. He’s a Marxist.

JellyToast on November 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Remember this when Palin runs and the “Quitter” meme starts again.

portlandon on November 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Romney and his bots here on hotair did it to themselves

Flapjackmaka on November 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Seriously, am I the only one … uncomfortable… with how propaganda-like the right wing blogsphere got during this presidential cycle.

Timin203 on November 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I dunno. I called it the Obamafication of the Republican party. First election I saw it get remotely as bad as it was.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Willard, the great manager, ran a “referendum on the economy” Massachusetts RINO campaign. He believed his hapless consultants who sold him on a prevent defense campaign.He played within the media’s parameters as to what a honorable “gentleman’s” campaign should focus on.The maniacal Dems eat his lunch.He deserved to lose!

wraithby on November 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM

As for Walker, he won’t be running for President as it is blatantly obvious that Ryan is.

Illinidiva on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Nobody gives a crap about Ryan. He’s a house member with no accomplishments to his name. Might as well run someone who can get demographic votes instead of votes not there

Flapjackmaka on November 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Who were you backing during the primary, ‘stoner’?

I’ll go first . . . . . I voted for Richard “The Sweater Vest”.

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Hoped for Sarah, of the early days, picked Bachmann, Tried to support Perry, but he backed off his Social Security statement waaay too fast, never got on the Cain train, Huntsman was the true Manchurian candidate with probably worse things in his past than Petreus had for blackmailing by Obama and China, Would have voted for Santorum in the General easily, but did not back him in the primary, I settled on Newt as he would have promoted conservative values and created a platform that was easy to read, easy to follow and something that he would hit on every chance he was allowed to speak, and would have ran an total campaign, not just one for the presidency. I voted Newt in the primary.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I didn’t detect a strong pro-Romney bias on Hotair.com during the primaries (except by that Erica girl, who’s a whippersnapper who doesn’t seem to know any better; plus if I remember right, she came on when the primaries were almost over.)

But I’ll tell you one thing: National Review is a disgrace, affirmatively de-endorceing Gingrich during the primaries while shilling for Romney (and Huntsman, the Republican-hating “Republican”!)

So a sincere F You from me to the editorial crew at NR.

BCrago66 on November 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

If I recall Ed and … Was it Tina Korbe at the time? endorsed Santorum first, then when it became apparent he wouldn’t win, went full out Romney. Instead of getting insightful analysis, we got Romney channel, with updates coming in to all of the big blogs from the Romney campaign themselves.

Timin203 on November 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Can you just knock it off.

The election is over and your guy lost.

Move on.

KirknBurker on November 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Tell that to the people who are going after Romney now after kissing his butt for weeks and months. My husband used to be a big Jindal fan. No more. After Jindal got all populist after Romney stated a simple fact, the man decided he wanted nothing to do with Bobby Jindal.

It is tacky.One thing about the Democrats, they stick together. We could stand to do some more of that ourselves.

Terrye on November 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

In the Republican primaries, Romney knew he couldn’t run on his RINO record, so he achieved victory by flooding the zone with tens of millions of dollars worth of negative advertizing, making claims about his his opponents that Romney personally knew were garbage. This included trumpeting the false “ethics” charges that Democratic Congressional opponents filed against Newt Gingrich, and deceptively editing Gingrich’s words, to make it seem like Gingrich was lambasting Ronald Reagan. And so, with money and unscrupulousness, Romney bought victory & became the Republican nominee.

And then Romney came up against a Democratic campaign crew with even more money and even less respect for truth. And that crew did to Romney what Romney did to Gingrich & Santorum & Perry. And then Romeny – who wanted to be president primarily because he simply wanted to be president – lost. It would be poetic justice, except now we are all the losers.

BCrago66 on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

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My apologies to all of you who are sooo fed-up with hearing me say this over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Romney was nominated by way of cross-over votes in states that have open-primaries. John McCain was nominated the same way.

The Democrats picked who they would rather run against.

I also suspect a lot of voter-fraud took place during the primaries.

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Moral of the story: Avoid RINOs like the plague!

kingsmill on November 21, 2012 at 8:19 PM

So a sincere F You from me to the editorial crew at NR.

BCrago66 on November 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Hot Air spent a good part of the last two weeks of January cutting Newt Down. Along with just about every right of center power outlet.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

A hundred thousand THANK YOUs to Dan Senor for his loyalty and his authenticity about this. I am sick of so-called “republicans” smearing their candidate in such a despicable way after the election. I won’t cast a vote in 2016 for ANY CANDIDATE who has smeared Romney now. They aren’t worth supporting if they don’t have any courage of their convictions. They’re disgusting to me.

Congratulations to Senor for standing up for Romney–who deserves our support.

mountainaires on November 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Well said, I agree 100%.

However, I must question whether the repub party isn’t to blame,
not Romney. Romney grew on me and altho he had some liberal tendencies that I didn’t like, I thought he was the best person
to bunker down and fix the economy; the rest we conservatives
could hound him about.

Did Romney personally hire Steve Schmidt, etc. the traitors to
the McCain campaign? Or, did the repub party do it? Did Romney
personally tell Palin, the first female repub VP candidate, no dice
on a prominent speaking position at the campaign, we want you to
sit down and shut up (which she did), or did the a$$hats running
his campaign do it?

I know that Obama is a puppet of someone or some group, probably
Leo Gerard.

Which group of rinos controls the repub side?

Besides massive voter fraud which I believe cost Romney the election, something is very wrong in the repub party. They
blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, conservatives, “right wingers”
(whomever they are) and now Romney.

Who is running the show; who is “Oz”? Does anyone have names?

Amjean on November 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

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Hoped for Sarah, of the early days, picked Bachmann, Tried to support Perry, but he backed off his Social Security statement waaay too fast, never got on the Cain train, Huntsman was the true Manchurian candidate with probably worse things in his past than Petreus had for blackmailing by Obama and China, Would have voted for Santorum in the General easily, but did not back him in the primary, I settled on Newt as he would have promoted conservative values and created a platform that was easy to read, easy to follow and something that he would hit on every chance he was allowed to speak, and would have ran an total campaign, not just one for the presidency. I voted Newt in the primary.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 8:16 PM

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I had hoped for Sarah, too. ( s i g h )

Then it was a toss-up between Michelle and Rick.

Once Rick picked up the momentum, that was it.

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

After Jindal got all populist after Romney stated a simple fact, the man decided he wanted nothing to do with Bobby Jindal.

No he is just a romneybot too bogged down because his electable magic underwear wasnt elected

Flapjackmaka on November 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Hot Air spent a good part of the last two weeks of January cutting Newt Down. Along with just about every right of center power outlet.

astonerii on November 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Time to move on already. He would’ve fared far worse against Obama. People were hesitant to warm to Romney, but Gingrich has been disliked for quite a while now. In fact, when he announced most everyone here mocked him for it.

changer1701 on November 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Which group of rinos controls the repub side?

Besides massive voter fraud which I believe cost Romney the election, something is very wrong in the repub party. They
blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, conservatives, “right wingers”
(whomever they are) and now Romney.

Who is running the show; who is “Oz”? Does anyone have names?

Amjean on November 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

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George Soros?

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

If I recall Ed and … Was it Tina Korbe at the time? endorsed Santorum first, then when it became apparent he wouldn’t win, went full out Romney. Instead of getting insightful analysis, we got Romney channel, with updates coming in to all of the big blogs from the Romney campaign themselves.

Timin203 on November 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

That does not even make any sense.

Terrye on November 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

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