Mitt Romney to speak at CPAC for some reason

posted at 4:01 pm on February 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

Everyone will applaud politely, of course, but there’s no way to avoid the ineffable awkwardness that will surround this speech. Then again, if there’s one thing Romney does well, it’s ineffable awkwardness. (“Severely conservative”?) Maybe it’ll just feel like old times.

Alternate headline: “Man to appear at event devoted to repudiating him.”

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month, according to two sources familiar with the event’s itinerary. Romney’s speech, which will be delivered at the Gaylord National hotel in Prince George’s County, Md., marks the former Massachusetts governor’s return to the political scene.

After he lost the presidential election, Romney decamped to his beachfront home in La Jolla, Calif. But friends say he has become somewhat restless, and he’s eager to contribute to the national debate. Sources say he’ll likely focus on economic and fiscal issues, and that his message will be optimistic.

“This is really an opportunity for Governor Romney to thank all his supporters and friends,” says a senior Romney aide.

Sample Twitter reaction:

He’ll be okay. As angry as people are at him for the catastrophic technological gap with Obama’s campaign, I think there’s some sympathy for him as a guy who was ultimately crushed by larger forces. He did himself no favors with the “self-deportation” line but Republicans have been getting creamed among Latino voters for decades and there are now more Latino voters than ever before. He did himself no favors with the “47 percent” line either but Harry Enten made a compelling case yesterday at the Guardian that, as counterintuitive as it seems, economic indicators ahead of the election all pointed to a close but comfortable Obama win. No one, I think, disagrees with the proposition that the GOP has big problems and that those problems are bigger than Romney. That’s not to excuse his screw-ups during the campaign, just to say that I think that awareness will inform the audience’s reception of him at CPAC.

But yeah, it’ll still be awkward. For two reasons. One: The whole GOP storyline of the past three months has been about tomorrow’s party rock stars trying to undo the damage from the “47 percent” and “self-deportation” business. Jindal’s been killing him on the former and Rubio, through his immigration efforts, has been killing him on the latter. (This recent headline says it all.) It’s bizarre to have the avatar of the old order speaking alongside guys whose big pitch is all about how wrong he was. Two: Romney’s split personality as the ObamaCare-pioneering RINO who wants illegals to self-deport and the “takers” to do more to become “makers” is emblematic of the party’s split personality right now. The leadership, in the form of Rubio, Jindal, Ryan, Christie et al., desperately wants to carve out space in the center but there’s still a chunk of the conservative base that agrees with Mitt about attrition through enforcement and makers-and-takers. Look no further than McCain’s town hall last night. Which Romney shows up at CPAC? Which gets applauded?

Exit question: Er, how does Romney intend to “contribute to the national debate”? Apart from occasional guest shots on Fox News, what platform does he have?


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Please, Mitt. Just go away, won’t you?

Warner Todd Huston on February 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

should be interesting to say the least!

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

He’s going to run again in 2016. Great.

JellyToast on February 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Please, Mitt. Just go away, won’t you?

Warner Todd Huston on February 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Why? We’ve still got to put up with McCain, may as well have Romney give a speech somewhere too. Nobody will care, but whatever.

changer1701 on February 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Everyone will applaud politely, of course, but there’s no way to avoid the ineffable awkwardness that will surround this speech. Then again, if there’s one thing Romney does well, it’s ineffable awkwardness. (“Severely conservative”?) Maybe it’ll just feel like old times.

Allah, sometimes you are just obnoxious.

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Tell me again what CPAC means..?

d1carter on February 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Who runs CPAC?

We’re trying to turn away from people like Romney. WTF?

rdbrewer on February 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

At least Bob Dole was mildly entertaining when he referred to himself in the third person.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

The Free and Strong PAC supported a lot of the same candidates as the Tea Party does, that is a role that will be missed if it is not there. He can do whatever he wants and not have people saying he is only doing that because he is running for President. Romney is still the same pro American guy he was before, and he wants a future for his kids and grand kids. He is really above the spin now, he can say whatever he likes.

Fleuries on February 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Isn’t the best way for Romney to contribute to the national debate to write a big check for the 2016 nominee?

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Alternate headline: “Man to appear at event devoted to repudiating him.”

Except for the Rove’s and Kathleen Parker’s and establishment pukes of the GOP who openly want to repudiate conservatives, not ‘romneys’.

Midas on February 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Who else is speaking, the Maine twins?

Fallon on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Please, Mitt. Just go away, won’t you?

Warner Todd Huston on February 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Mitt Romney has kept a very low profile since the election. If you do not want to listen to him…you do not have to..but in states like Indiana he ran ahead of people like Pence and he certainly did better than Mourdock. In fact, if some of the Romney bashing from the right had not been so loud Obama might not have won. In truth sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between Erick Erickson and David Axelrod or Mark Levin and Bill Clinton when it came to attacking the man. They certainly did not help him win so maybe they are the ones who need to go away.

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Mitt Romney to speak at CPAC for some reason

He’s going to speak there to reaffirm that he’s
Severely Conservative.

ToddPA on February 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The further we get away from the election, the more frustrated I get with Mitt Romney. The idea that he could just kick back and wait for 8% unemployment to throw the presidency into his lap is just mind-bogglingly stupid. That election was winnable, I don’t care what anybody says. I still don’t know what the hell was going through the minds of Romney and his staff.

Mark1971 on February 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Will hew be representing GOProud with Barbara Bush, Dickless Cheney, and Colin Powell?

Mr. Arrogant on February 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

He should take trip to Fiji or Tahiti for about six months.

Might as well act like a 1%er now, and for good measure, stay away from any microphones.

tru2tx on February 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Isn’t the best way for Romney to contribute to the national debate to write a big check for the 2016 nominee?

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

That would be a very useful service indeed, so voters would know who to avoid.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Whatever. I largely don’t care anymore what the GOP cares to do with itself (though I have some suggestions), as they don’t really care much what conservatives want, so…

Midas on February 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Face it, CPAC lost its conservative credibility when Romney spoke the first time.

St. Nikao on February 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Stand by for a briefing by Mitt’s HA spokesperson…

Gohawgs on February 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Well, y’know… there probably was an opening. Cuz, y’know, GoProud and whatnot.

Jeddite on February 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I think there’s some sympathy for him as a guy who was ultimately crushed by larger forces.

It ain’t coming from me.

He did himself no favors with the “self-deportation” line but Republicans have been getting creamed among Latino voters for decades and there are now more Latino voters than ever before.

He did himself no favors by offering to staple a green card to every college diploma either. Imagine that.

He did himself no favors with the “47 percent” line either but Harry Enten made a compelling case yesterday at the Guardian that, as counterintuitive as it seems, economic indicators ahead of the election all pointed to a close but comfortable Obama win.

Establishment narrative, circa November 2012: “The economy is so bad, Mitt can’t lose!”

Establishment narrative, circa February 2013: “The economy was so good, Mitt couldn’t win!”

Please, spare me. Mitt took an eminently winnable election and blew it. He could win the nomination as long as he was outspending his opponents by 10, 20, 40, or even 60-to-1 margins, but once the gap closed to him outspending his opposition by 4 or 3-to-1 margins (which are still incredibly lopsided), he ended up getting his butt kicked.

Romney was a flip-flopping RINO who had nothing but disdain for the poor, working class, elderly, and middle class, not to mention social conservatives. He went down in flames, and all I can say is, good riddance!

Stoic Patriot on February 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

The point that Allahpundit so eloquently made is that CPAC is a COnservative Convention, and Romney will be as out of place there as I was when I had to deliver A/V equipment to a mosque.

kingsjester on February 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Sheryl,Basilbest,Meredith,Petunia,BlueGill,drballard frantically booking flights to CPAC to worship their fallen King.

“Mittens love me, yes I know. For his campaign told me so.”

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

With the state of the conservative party right now, it won’t matter who speaks at CPAC.

The “pure conservatives” will hate the RINO’s, the RINO’s will hate on the Tea Party and the Tea party will hate everyone else.

Ahhh. Good times.

BacaDog on February 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I don’t see the big deal. Let the man speak. Especially if it’s on the economy which is an area in which he decimated Obama. Don’t blame him for 51% of the electorate being too stupid or stubborn to associate the incumbent President with the nation’s current economic climate.

Doughboy on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I do not see one bit of a problem with Mitt speaking. Afterall a huge number of American’s voted against bho for Mitt. Two from our house. Mitt would have been many light years better than bho, but many decided to vote bho/paul/or not vote. Now we got bho!
L

letget on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

LOL! You forgot MJB/lostmotherland.

kingsjester on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

King Gold, Jailbreak, bluegill and the entire gang will take up the entire front row of the somewhat cavernous Ellsworth Toohey Ballroom to worship their idol. King Gold will be wearing his trademark “Mittens” hair tonic in honor of His Mittness.

Ticket sales are going, well, slowly.

victor82 on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

As angry as people are at him for the catastrophic technological gap with Obama’s campaign, I think there’s some sympathy for him as a guy who was ultimately crushed by larger forces.

Sure. He deserves a heroes welcome like General George McClellan got.

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Take a cue from the Rooskies of old: airbrush this guy’s mug out of everything, just like all the May Day photos of the Politburo at the Kremlim wall.

It will work well with the low information voters.

Bruno Strozek on February 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Romney has a future. Not as a presidential candidate. That’s done.

But he’s the obvious choice when we’re going to need a smart guy to spend months combing over the federal budget to find wasteful spending.

Mister Mets on February 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

King Gold, Jailbreak, bluegill and the entire gang will take up the entire front row of the somewhat cavernous Ellsworth Toohey Ballroom to worship their idol. King Gold will be wearing his trademark “Mittens” hair tonic in honor of His Mittness.

Ticket sales are going, well, slowly.

victor82 on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Mitt can’t crowd surf with only 19 people in the audience.

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Yikes, it is the stupid party.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

He not going to speak – he’ll just stand in front of the crowd for 60 minutes. It’s designed to be a contemplative exercise for Karl Rove watching at home.

LetsBfrank on February 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Why all of the negative comments? Romney can speak wherever he wants and he was invited

If u hate the GOP so badly, why don’t you form your own little backward party…a couple of thousand of you can do a whole lot on your own. Pick one of you as the candidate. Keep me posted on how it goes for you

We have to keep the house in 2014…do people NOT get it.

Redford on February 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Hmmm.
I suppose CPAC is friendly territory (he won the straw poll, what, four times?)

His obsession was national politics for the past 10 years… can’t say I blame him for being restless now.

McCain fell back into the Senate after his (worse than Romney’s) loss.

Palin parleyed her national exposure into contributor gigs and a television show (not to mention many speaking engagements) after her loss.

I guess it’s only fair to allow Romney to have and share his opinions in whatever venue he can get. The guy’s not dead yet, and we Conservatives (last time I checked) still have a basic respect for the opinions of other people.

So, go for it, Mitt.
(Just stay positive and offer your thoughts on economic issues… that would be my advice).

RightWay79 on February 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

When is Romney going to comment and defend the bashing his VP candidate is getting since the ’12 election? Paul Ryan is getting attacked from all sides.

When are you going to man up Mitt? When are you going to defend the jackals going after Ryan?

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

It truly is time for CPAC to change its name.
First the Breitbart/pro gay parade of 2010.
Now the Willard My Views are Progressive Mitt I Like Mandates Romney of 2012.
Maybe “Confused Political Action Committee?”
Nothing says conservative more than giving political cover to those who would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and turn our military into the new battleground for social progress.
Nothing says conservative more than mandates, attacks on energy producers, getting help from Malthusians on environmental issues, passing cap and trade and then the regional greenhouse gas initiative.

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

The line up for CPAC 2013 is a mixed-bag … (Jeb Bush is speaking too – weird)

http://conservative.org/cpac/2013/

But – PALIN, WEST, Walker, Rand Paul, Santorum and Wayne LaPierre … (and others) should be enough to excite conservatives.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Well, it looks like CPAC is being a lot more inclusive then the convention….ahem.

Dongemaharu on February 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Apart from occasional guest shots on Fox News, what platform does he have?

I was working on my response but no way I can beat the Ellsworth Toohey reference from victor82 with all the regular NE crowd thrown in. Nice job Victor.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

When is Romney going to comment and defend the bashing his VP candidate is getting since the ’12 election? Paul Ryan is getting attacked from all sides.

When are you going to man up Mitt? When are you going to defend Ryan from the Media and those in your own party who are attacking him?

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Tell me again what CPAC means..?

d1carter on February 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

LOL– Well I thought the C stood for Conservative, but I think they jumped that shark a long time ago didn’t they?

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Maybe he’ll surprise us all and simply say “I’m sorry.”

CurtZHP on February 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Why all of the negative comments? Romney can speak wherever he wants and he was invited

If u hate the GOP so badly, why don’t you form your own little backward party…a couple of thousand of you can do a whole lot on your own. Pick one of you as the candidate. Keep me posted on how it goes for you

We have to keep the house in 2014…do people NOT get it.

Redford on February 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

It is not about Romney being allowed to speak. He has enough power to get plenty of speaking gigs. The problem is that such a total socialist loser pig being given space at the CONSERVATIVE Political Action Committee annual event.

Yet another place for conservatism to have voice taken over by the seiu thuggery crew.

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

catastrophic technological gap

LOL!

Yeah, right, it wasn’t Romney’s fault he lost to the worst POTUS in history, it was all them ‘puters and robots and black helicopters and such!

FloatingRock on February 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

You know what should be at CPAC? Stuart Stevens in a dunk tank.

Mark1971 on February 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Romney isn’t running for anything in 2016.

People need to give Mitt a break. He performed much better than Obama over the final 5 months of the campaign – when it mattered. Unfortunately, Obama’s campaign was better than Obama himself, and they had worked every street, every house for 4 years — which is why he didn’t panic after the 1st debate debacle. The Obama ground game was something for the ages.

Yes, Romney made some tactical errors and he was shafted in the Candy Crowley debate, and routinely trashed by the MSM – particularly immediately after Benghazi – but he personally performed very well.

matthew8787 on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Lonely up there on your pedestal?

KingGold on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

You love Romney- we get it.

The C stands for Conservative. Despite Romney stating he was severely Conservative; he never really was. Was he a Republican sure, but he was always at best a moderate hence why he was considered “electable.”

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

If u hate the GOP so badly, why don’t you form your own little backward party…a couple of thousand of you can do a whole lot on your own. Pick one of you as the candidate. Keep me posted on how it goes for you

We have to keep the house in 2014…do people NOT get it.

Redford on February 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Be careful what you wish for Skippy. The only thing standing between the GOPe and total oblivion is that so far a trusted conservative with name recognition hasn’t decided to form a 3rd party.

Mitch Rapp on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

With the state of the conservative party right now, it won’t matter who speaks at CPAC.

The “pure conservatives” will hate the RINO’s, the RINO’s will hate on the Tea Party and the Tea party will hate everyone else.

Ahhh. Good times.

BacaDog on February 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Sad, but true.
A reality I’ve been contemplating a lot lately.

RightWay79 on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

I wonder if Mitt will lecture us on the need for Socialized Medicine now that the can speak without a filter? Maybe he will endorse ObamaCare?

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Mitt Romney has kept a very low profile since the election. If you do not want to listen to him…you do not have to..but in states like Indiana he ran ahead of people like Pence and he certainly did better than Mourdock. In fact, if some of the Romney bashing from the right had not been so loud Obama might not have won. In truth sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between Erick Erickson and David Axelrod or Mark Levin and Bill Clinton when it came to attacking the man. They certainly did not help him win so maybe they are the ones who need to go away.

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Well said.

ptcamn on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Whigs.

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

The problem is that such a total socialist loser pig being given space at the CONSERVATIVE Political Action Committee annual event.

comin’ on as strong as Hades breath there bub. Every body b!tching about Romney on this thread would take him in a heartbeat over Obama and we all know it.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

If u hate the GOP so badly, why don’t you form your own little backward party…
Redford on February 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

We just may. We’ve been driven to it. It won’t be so “little” though. Does that work?

rrpjr on February 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I hope they all talk at CPAC. Mitt Romney included. I am disappointed he lost as I still believe he would have been a hellava lot better than 4 more yrs of the “puppet master” we have now.

CoffeeLover on February 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Lonely up there on your pedestal?

KingGold on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Being popular does not make a person right. Being Right makes a person right.

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Please, Mitt. Just go away, won’t you?

Warner Todd Huston on February 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

He is like the Kennedys, Clintons or Bushes. These people think that they have a God given right to interfere in America’s political life. Apparently they missed the class that explained the reasons why the US was conceived as the political opposites of Europe’s XXVIII-th century monarchies :D.

p_incorrect on February 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

For a great CEO that Mittster appears to be, he sure is a lousy politician. Perhaps we should do away with the Presidential institute – see what kind of putzes we elect there in the last 20-odd years – and run the US as a giant corporation. Hopefully, non-unionized…

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM

If u hate the GOP so badly, why don’t you form your own little backward party…
Redford on February 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Working on it.

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM

People need to give Mitt a break. He performed much better than Obama over the final 5 months of the campaign – when it mattered.

NO. When it mattered he was on vacation with Obama using the time to paint who Romney was. That was the end for Romney.

Obama had a better work ethic as far as campaigning goes than Romney did.

which is why he didn’t panic after the 1st debate debacle.

And Romney threw all that away in the second and third debates out of fear.

The Obama ground game was something for the ages.

That’s why Obama lost millions upon millions of voters?

but he personally performed very well.

matthew8787 on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

He personally went with ORCA while ignoring the GOTV effort which was a massive failure.

He never made any efforts to reach out to the Ron Paul supporters or the Sarah Palin supporters. In fact he alienated them.

He was one of the worst campaigners we have ever seen.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Mitt Romney has kept a very low profile since the election. If you do not want to listen to him…you do not have to..but in states like Indiana he ran ahead of people like Pence and he certainly did better than Mourdock. In fact, if some of the Romney bashing from the right had not been so loud Obama might not have won. In truth sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between Erick Erickson and David Axelrod or Mark Levin and Bill Clinton when it came to attacking the man. They certainly did not help him win so maybe they are the ones who need to go away.

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

I love the lectures on poor, poor Mitt being attacked. Mitt was a fricking Rottweiler when it came to fellow Repubs in the Primaries. Then when we got to the election he rolled over like a dead dog for Obama. Mitt was only good at attacking people if their name had an R behind them. In that he wasn’t much different then his predecessor McCain..

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Romney was a flip-flopping RINO who had nothing but disdain for the poor, working class, elderly, and middle class, not to mention social conservatives. He went down in flames, and all I can say is, good riddance!

Stoic Patriot on February 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Golly, he just hated everybody! /

Hysterical. You got the result you wanted, so I don’t know why you’re criticizing a “thrown-away” election anyway.

changer1701 on February 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

comin’ on as strong as Hades breath there bub. Every body b!tching about Romney on this thread would take him in a heartbeat over Obama and we all know it.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Romney is a catch 22. About his only saving grace is he is better at handling money than Obama. The problem being that he gets to do that for 4 to 8 years and in the process continue what George W Bush was all about, destroying the conservative mandate that we gained from Reagan and Newt. Hence, even if we had Romney, it would be better for the moment as he falsified the balance sheets, propped up social security and the welfare state and got more people into jobs through a false bubble economy, but once all the wizardry of Romney is done and gone we are left with a less viable conservative country that is more in debt, more dependent on government largess, and an impending bubble burst, and that is only if Romney is slightly smarter than Bush and actually gets LOYAL people into position so they do not Bernanke the economy just before the election.

But hey, other than that, utopia was missed by just a few percentage of the vote!

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I had almost forgotten that the HA Comment section was “We Hate Mitt” Central.

Almost.

RightWay79 on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

He is like the Kennedys, Clintons or Bushes. These people think that they have a God given right to interfere in America’s political life. Apparently they missed the class that explained the reasons why the US was conceived as the political opposites of Europe’s XXVIII-th century monarchies :D.

p_incorrect on February 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

You will vote for Malia Obama and you will like it, or you will have your daily norm of bread and water halved.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

You know what we really need? We need another Christie thread! WooHoooo!!!!!!!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

…so, is bluegill passed out…from having muliple orgasims yet?

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

The leadership, in the form of Rubio, Jindal, Ryan, Christie et al., desperately wants to carve out space in the center but there’s still a chunk of the conservative base that agrees with Mitt about attrition through enforcement and makers-and-takers. Look no further than McCain’s town hall last night

So, you are admitting that Ryan, Jindal And Rubio are to the left of Romney and Romney is the new conservative icon? Huh?

promachus on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

if some of the Romney bashing from the right had not been so loud Obama might not have won.

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Of all the excuses, this one can be proved false fairly easily.

1. Erickson,Rush & Levin are not listened to by Indies, and Moderates. They have no sway for that demographic.

2. Romney ignored the Right. He gambled that their hatred for Obama and his polices would make them all run to the polls to vote for Romney. His campaign network thumbed their noses at the Conservative media, didn’t have a response to the accusations made against him.

3. Romney & his campaign bashed his own base constantly in order to convince the middle he was on their side.

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

comin’ on as strong as Hades breath there bub. Every body b!tching about Romney on this thread would take him in a heartbeat over Obama and we all know it.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Sure and maybe we could have gotten him if he hadn’t let the Dems define the 47% comment or binders full of womyn. If he showed 10% of the fight against Obama that he did against Newt. If he swung more on Benghazi. If instead of touting Romneycare, he repudiated or made it a state issue all the while attacking federal Obamacare. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It was a badly run winnable campaign.

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

…multiple…multiple!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

comin’ on as strong as Hades breath there bub. Every body b!tching about Romney on this thread would take him in a heartbeat over Obama and we all know it.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

True, we would have ended up fighting em either way.

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Oh, please, no come back, just be gone. And of all things no Adlai Stevenson replay. Romney was the worst of all possible lily-fingered issue-skirting candidates. A transparent double-talker. Not ever again. The lyrics from this 1980 Plasmatics (punk) song Masterplan seems to be dead on prophetic about Romney:

You had it made, you had it made, you had it made but you blew it
You had it made, you had it made, you had it made but you blew it
You had it made, you had it made, but you blew it all away

anotherJoe on February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

People need to give Mitt a break.

matthew8787 on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Romney is a statist elite enemy of freedom and liberty who pretended to be something he’s not to trick people into voting for him. The con job was so transparent that Romney supporters didn’t even bother to refute it, instead they would just say that Obama is even worse, he’s the worst in history, so vote for Romney. Apparently voters, including a lot of Republicans, disagreed with that assessment and seemed to feel that Romney would probably be even worse than the worst president in history.

Give Romney a break?

Are you aware that he and his people rigged votes at the Republican National Convention in Florida last year? The votes they rigged give the GOP establishment the power to veto any candidate for the Republican POTUS nomination that challenges the establishment. Romney is a cheat and a liar and doesn’t deserve any sympathy from me, he and his people, including at Fox News, disenfranchised millions of people during the Republican primaries.

FloatingRock on February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

No.

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

TMI. Brain Bleach! Stat!

kingsjester on February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

So….what.
The 2012 loss was all Romney’s fault…?
Really?
Scott Walker, John Kasich and Rick Scott could not even deliver their own states but somehow it’s Romney’s fault?

Go ahead.
Keep telling people who agree with you 80% of the time to get lost because they are not pure enough or conseeeervative enough.
It worked out so well in 2012.

NeoKong on February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Finally, an occasion for KingGold to break out that inaugural gown he never got to wear (at least never in public).

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Mitt Romney has kept a very low profile since the election.

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

He kept a pretty low profile during the election, too.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM

but he personally performed very well.

matthew8787 on February 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

That he performed at his highest level, I don’t doubt. As a one-dimensional thinker with zero imagination or political feel for the roiling disaffection and anxiety not only among the Right but the entire country and with a totally immobilizing fear of the Left and the media, he did about as well as he could.

rrpjr on February 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM

You know what we really need? We need another Christie thread! WooHoooo!!!!!!!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

yeah baby!!

Afterall, the man is practically Andrew Cuomo 2X!!

ToddPA on February 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Oh this won’t be all that bad. For starters, the expectations will be low. For two, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a Romney we haven’t seen before simply because he doesn’t have to worry about satisfying this constituent group while not offending that constituent group.

At worst, he’ll be boring.

LukeinNE on February 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Oh yeah… and it is also “We Hate Anyone Who Says Anything Even Halfway Decent About Mitt” Central here.

Ah, the memories are flooding back.

RightWay79 on February 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Keep telling people who agree with you 80% of the time to get lost because they are not pure enough or conseeeervative enough.
It worked out so well in 2012.

NeoKong on February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

That’s what Romney did. He alienated Ron Paul supporters, refused to have Sarah Palin at the convention, and treated the base like they were livestock who had no choice in what they did on election day.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Mitt Romney has kept a very low profile since the election. If you do not want to listen to him…you do not have to..but in states like Indiana he ran ahead of people like Pence and he certainly did better than Mourdock. In fact, if some of the Romney bashing from the right had not been so loud Obama might not have won. In truth sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between Erick Erickson and David Axelrod or Mark Levin and Bill Clinton when it came to attacking the man. They certainly did not help him win so maybe they are the ones who need to go away.

Terrye on February 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Well said. I was pretty surprised that he ran better than Pence in Indiana. He actually did better than quite a few republicans who ran statewide. Like you said, if you don’t want to listen to him, don’t. I know I don’t make time for everyone.

GOPRanknFile on February 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Golly, he just hated everybody! /

Hysterical. You got the result you wanted, so I don’t know why you’re criticizing a “thrown-away” election anyway.

changer1701 on February 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Because we didn’t have to select a candidate as terrible as Mitt, and we could have guaranteed a controlled transition of SCOTUS judges, including the retirements of Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas, with conservative justices.

The establishment decided to p*ss that away by going with Romney.

Stoic Patriot on February 20, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Hey melle and astonerii, are you two glad Obama won? yes or no will suffice because both of you have spilled enough words to make your take unclear.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Oh yeah… and it is also “We Hate Anyone Who Says Anything Even Halfway Decent About Mitt” Central here.

Ah, the memories are flooding back.

RightWay79 on February 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

From December 2011 through November 2012 the Romney fans were as bad as seiu thugs towards anyone who spoke poorly of their deity, so go pound sand.
Romney became the Obamification of the Republican party. Effectively infecting it with Progressive’s disease likely making it a permanently worthless organization. Very few things in this world would be punishment enough for Romney.

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Afterall, the man is practically Andrew Cuomo 2X!!

ToddPA on February 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Ha! I have just the visual for you. Plus a new one I did today. I am in serious need of a Christie thread to link them to. ; ) Here.

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Hey melle and astonerii, are you two glad Obama won? yes or no will suffice because both of you have spilled enough words to make your take unclear.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I voted for Romney.
But in retrospect, I am starting to enjoy the final 4 years of Obama… I get to see all you Romney supporters heads explode on a daily basis. I will do fine under any government we have. One of the perks of having good genetics and the childhood that drove home hard work and continued improvement. The rest of you out there, you should really spend more time reviewing your idol…

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Hey melle and astonerii, are you two glad Obama won? yes or no will suffice because both of you have spilled enough words to make your take unclear.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:49 PM

If I was glad Obama won, I would have voted for him, you dolt. I was a good soldier and voted for the Repub nominee. I won’t be doing it a third time though. I did it with McCain and Romney. I won’t go against my political principles a third time. I will concentrate on local and state level politics where thank you God Republicans have a super majority…

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

He never made any efforts to reach out to … Sarah Palin supporters. In fact he alienated them.

He was one of the worst campaigners we have ever seen.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

This is very true – and it was shocking to watch. Romney and the GOP actually went out of their way to attack Palin and distance themselves from her and her supporters – even going as far as not inviting her to speak at the convention (which shocked and pissed-off a lot of people).

I believe that Romney has a personal problem with Palin and it caused him to act very irrationally toward her – and her millions of supporters. It was a HUGE mistake.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

From December 2011 through November 2012 the Romney fans were as bad as seiu thugs towards anyone who spoke poorly of their deity, so go pound sand.
Romney became the Obamification of the Republican party. Effectively infecting it with Progressive’s disease likely making it a permanently worthless organization. Very few things in this world would be punishment enough for Romney.

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM

OMG yes, I was called a traitor if I didn’t vote for him. If I decided to stay home, I was a Democrat who was voting for Obama. I had concerns about Romneycare- I needed to shut it because SCOTUS was going to take care of it anyways. And on and on…

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I believe that Romney has a personal problem with Palin and it caused him to act very irrationally toward her – and her millions of supporters. It was a HUGE mistake.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

It was and so was not securing the party base. Romney has always been a terrible campaigner and this shouldn’t really have been any surprise.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Romney, Cristie, hell bring along Rove and Bob Frum as well. You know, because they’re all totally conservative and stuff! /

search4truth on February 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

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