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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And yes in case you are wondering, both times holding my nose and tabling my core principles. You see I wanted more than almost anything to lose that stain on our Nation. 0!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

What core principles did you have to table to support Romney?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I’m familiar with the concept of personal responsibility.

We don’t live in the 19th century any more.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

No, we don’t. There’s no such thing as straight party line any more. When the GOP starts to show that it’s all too willing to throw its own voters to the wolves or under the bus, why the hell should those voters continue to vote for the GOP? It’s my personal responsibility to vote for the person who best reflects my own values, and to be able to tell when I’m being sold a Dem vs Dem Lite snow job. I voted for the losing squish in 2012, for the VERY last time.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I am not staying on here long but rereading some people’s revisionist past about Romney is laughable. Isn’t funny that AFTER the election many of things Romney said turned about to be true…yes, there is a Santa Claus and no matter what there were 47% of the population that was not going to vote R, yes, Jeep did end up sending jobs to China, the economy still stinks because of Obama’s policies, and yes, Obama did raid Medicare that the media post election admitted, and yes, Crowley was wrong at the debates, and Obama did blame Benghazi on a video for two weeks, and even more facts that Romney brought up during the campaign and yet, many still want to blame Romney! The guy had huge crowds turn out at the rallies, but with a compliant media that will NOT point out lies about Obama and the Entertainment Tonight crowd that votes…we have a long road ahead of us as conservatives. We need to be focused on re-educating our youth and teach them that truth matters…any of you who currently say you’d rather have Obama than Romney are truly sad….Romney at least loves and cares for our country and would do the right thing.

g2825m on February 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

…w o w…!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

What core principles did you have to table to support Romney?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Oh, where to start! How many of my core principles would Romneycare have violated if I were a massachusetts citizen?! For that matter, was Jonathan Gruber just blowing smoke despite the fact that he worked on both Romneycare AND Obamacare?

When it comes right down to it, Romney wanted to convince the voters of the Republican party that he was credible. He failed to seal the deal. This was NOT a failure of the American electorate. It is Romney’s failure to own, and to pretend otherwise sets us up for the same kind of defeat for the same reasons in 2016.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I voted for the losing squish in 2012, for the VERY last time.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

And then when the Republicans lose in 2016, we’ll be here to remind you how many people said this or some variant thereof.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I voted for the losing squish in 2012, for the VERY last time.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

And then when the Republicans lose in 2016, we’ll be here to remind you how many people said this or some variant thereof.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I mean it from the depths of my soul. NO more. Death to the stinking GOP for all I care. A QUICK death.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

g2825m on February 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

…you’re right!…you forgot about the cheating- the press and the re-pubes will not investigate.

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM

You people have wasted several metric buttloads of bandwidth arguing about how many mittbots can dance on the head of a pin. Evidently you have no idea of how ridiculous you look. It sounds like a Facebook slapfight.

Meanwhile we’re several thousand heartbeats closer to having two prog SCOTUS justices.

If you stayed home, you not only own your wretched president, you will also own a liberal SCOTUS that will endure for years.

Congratulations, geniuses.

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

You people have wasted several metric buttloads of bandwidth arguing about how many mittbots can dance on the head of a pin. Evidently you have no idea of how ridiculous you look. It sounds like a Facebook slapfight.

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Nowhere near as ridiculous as “Mitt’s gonna win!!!! I can feel it, babayyyyyyy!!!!!” Talk about wasting several shitloads of bandwidth. That was a year’s worth.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

If you stayed home, you not only own your wretched president, you will also own a liberal SCOTUS that will endure for years.

Congratulations, geniuses.

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I didn’t stay home. Not only didn’t I stay home, but I took perhaps the most odious course of action I could have possibly taken.

But anyway, let’s not get distracted by personal attacks here. Realistically, there is no way to know, given Mitt’s past of distancing himself from conservatism, that he would not have installed progressive SC justices himself. To me, that’s just a question of whether one would rather play Russian Roulette, or just outright cap oneself in the head with a fully-loaded pistol.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

If you want conservative votes you are going to have to nominate a conservative candidate. Conservatives aren’t going to vote for a liberal.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Since only the likes of Romney are in the way of your victory, there is a winning strategy: create your own party and win the next election. It’s that easy.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I think we see that happening more and more every day. Little by little.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I think you are right. At the moment a divorce seems quite likely.

I even think that it would make the political atmosphere LESS toxic than it is now, at least on the conservative side.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Conservatives aren’t going to vote for a liberal.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Dumbshit conservatives. Mitt had a great strategy. It would have been a winning strategy if not for those shit-for-brains Republican voters.

/mittbots

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

If you stayed home, you not only own your wretched president, you will also own a liberal SCOTUS that will endure for years.

Congratulations, geniuses.

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

No, the feckless GOP that waved a soggy piece of six-year-old milktoast in a gunfight OWNS it. Geniuses.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

What core principles did you have to table to support Romney?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Oh, where to start! How many of my core principles would Romneycare have violated if I were a massachusetts citizen?! For that matter, was Jonathan Gruber just blowing smoke despite the fact that he worked on both Romneycare AND Obamacare?

When it comes right down to it, Romney wanted to convince the voters of the Republican party that he was credible. He failed to seal the deal. This was NOT a failure of the American electorate. It is Romney’s failure to own, and to pretend otherwise sets us up for the same kind of defeat for the same reasons in 2016.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM

When it was passed Romneycare was supported by the Heritage Foundation. Keep grasping.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

You made your choice. Own it. You’re directly responsible for what going down right now; in effect, you’re exactly equivalent to a Koskid.

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Where are these conservative candidates? Did one run for president?

Rusty Allen on February 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I’m no good for you. Lol! You just can’t put me down. I’m your drug. Funny!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

I even think that it would make the political atmosphere LESS toxic than it is now, at least on the conservative side.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

A party actively working to distance itself from its own platform does tend to make for a toxic political atmosphere. Mind you, the great sin of the Whig party in 1852 was their abject refusal to take a stand on slavery one way or another. Now, faced with an existential crisis on a national level, what’s the best the Republican party can do? The guy who worked with Jon Gruber in Mass-uh-chew-sits. And we’re to believe this is what passes for “conservatism” these days? Why am I stupid because that is a hard sell?

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Dumbshit conservatives. Mitt had a great strategy. It would have been a winning strategy if not for those shit-for-brains Republican voters.

/mittbots

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

It’s too late in the day for the gutless compromises that Romney and his sort represent. If something isn’t done then it’s going to come down one way or another. The go-along-to-get-along crowd just aren’t going to make a dent in the welfare state. Romney wanted to preserve a completely insolvent welfare state. It was absurd.

sharrukin on February 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

You made your choice. Own it. You’re directly responsible for what going down right now; in effect, you’re exactly equivalent to a Koskid.

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

“Oh, it wasn’t my fault, that urged the nomination of that useless unelectable sure-loser moderate! It’s the fault of those who pointed out what a useless sure-loser unelectable moderate he was but voted for him anyway!” Get lost.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

g2825m on February 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Good to see you! Hope all is well for you. ; )

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

When it was passed Romneycare was supported by the Heritage Foundation. Keep grasping.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Except that’s not what I’m told. The Heritage Foundation itself has distanced itself from the article written by those two economists. Ann Coulter lost a lot of her credibility trying to shine that turd up with “Heritage supported it…” in addition to some other very shaky arguments.

Heritage does yeoman’s work, but they do not define conservatism for me. Try this on for size, BB.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Where are these conservative candidates? Did one run for president?

Rusty Allen on February 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Why should they, when we had The Only One Who Could Possibly Beat Obama ™ ?

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Cripes, I missed all the popcorn fun. Maybe next time around.

tommy71 on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

No, the feckless GOP that waved a soggy piece of six-year-old milktoast in a gunfight OWNS it. Geniuses.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

You preferred Mr. Birth Control who had no money for a campaign? Or the two time loser who promoted Freddie Mac, described himself as a progressive and said FDR was America’s greatest President.

No. You preferred Palin. I have news for you. She didn’t run.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

What core principles did you have to table to support Romney?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Beta, give it a rest boy! Its over Romney lost! We are outnumbered by moochers and looters! Quit fighting the wars lost. Put me down, I’m no good for you! All I do is raise your blood pressure, that ain’t healthy! Leave go of it. Its over!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I did look at Romney’s record. And I saw it at distinct odds with the rest of his campaign literature/speeches. And then I saw the writing on the wall:

mene mene thekel upharsin

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

But there was no way around the fact that either Romney or Obama would become president. If you found Obama less wanting than Romney, then okay. It’s your choice.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

When it was passed Romneycare was supported by the Heritage Foundation. Keep grasping.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

And given Gruber’s affinity for Romneycare, why wasn’t Obamacare supported to the same extent? Did you even read the link? The mandate was the same! They were the same bill on a different scale! If one was conservative, why wasn’t the other? To call Romneycare “conservative” because Heritage says so is wayyy more grasping at straws than saying it violates my personal beliefs as a conservative.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Heritage does yeoman’s work, but they do not define conservatism for me. Try this on for size, BB.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

From that link:

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” said French poet Charles Baudelaire. The greatest trick statists could ever pull would be convincing the voters they are conservatives.

I didn’t know Baudelaire said that originally. I always thought it was Verbal from Usual Suspects. Doh. LOL

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Or not. Lol!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

No. You preferred Palin. I have news for you. She didn’t run.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

So what? Most of us here still voted for Romney…

idesign on February 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

But there was no way around the fact that either Romney or Obama would become president. If you found Obama less wanting than Romney, then okay. It’s your choice.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

There was indeed a way around it, Gel. It was called “the nomination process.” And I didn’t get to participate in it because of my state’s late (June) primary. The way Romney, a self-professing “progressive,” got the nomination in a walk made a mockery of the primary system.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

You preferred Mr. Birth Control who had no money for a campaign? Or the two time loser who promoted Freddie Mac, described himself as a progressive and said FDR was America’s greatest President.

No. You preferred Palin. I have news for you. She didn’t run.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

She probably would’ve been preferable to the guy who signed the blueprint for ObamaCare into law. And was proud of the fact. So on the lesser of evils scale, Newt or Santorum were “better” than Romney.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

And yes in case you are wondering, both times holding my nose and tabling my core principles. You see I wanted more than almost anything to lose that stain on our Nation. 0!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

What core principles did you have to table to support Romney?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Didn’t think you would be up to it Alpha Man. Night night.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

When it was passed Romneycare was supported by the Heritage Foundation. Keep grasping.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

By 2010 Rob Moffit, Ed Haislmaier, and Heritage had all repudiated RomneyCare.

Romney still hasn’t.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Didn’t think you would be up to it Alpha Man. Night night.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Sure thing there Beta Boy. Whatever you say. LOL!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

By 2010 Rob Moffit, Ed Haislmaier, and Heritage had all repudiated RomneyCare.

Romney still hasn’t.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Which leads me to wonder, why did Moffit and Haislmaier endorse Romneycare in the first place? Couldn’t have had anything to do with party loyalty now…could it? And I’ve been accused of paranoia for being somewhat less than trusting of Heritage ever since… Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

What core principles did you have to table to support Romney?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Beta, give it a rest boy! Its over Romney lost! We are outnumbered by moochers and looters! Quit fighting the wars lost. Put me down, I’m no good for you! All I do is raise your blood pressure, that ain’t healthy! Leave go of it. Its over!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

You give yourself way to much credit. I enjoy knocking down punks like you who make stupid claims you can’t back up. If you had core conservative principles you would never have attacked Romney because he is rich.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

No, we don’t. There’s no such thing as straight party line any more. When the GOP starts to show that it’s all too willing to throw its own voters to the wolves or under the bus, why the hell should those voters continue to vote for the GOP? It’s my personal responsibility to vote for the person who best reflects my own values, and to be able to tell when I’m being sold a Dem vs Dem Lite snow job. I voted for the losing squish in 2012, for the VERY last time.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I don’t think that there was ever a straight party line.

But apart from that, it really seems that a third party is unavoidable. It should at least be tried. It can’t go on like that.

In my native German we have a proverb: better a horrible end than horror without end.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I don’t think that there was ever a straight party line.

But apart from that, it really seems that a third party is unavoidable. It should at least be tried. It can’t go on like that.

In my native German we have a proverb: better a horrible end than horror without end.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

There won’t be a third party. There will be something to take the Republican Party’s place as it withers on the vine. (cf. Whigs, ca. 1852)

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Evidently you have no idea of how ridiculous you look. It sounds like a Facebook slapfight.

Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

So tell us how ridiculous we look. After reminding us what a “genius” Romney is. After asserting that it’s the grassroots’ fault he didn’t win. After telling us again how “electable” he was even after he wasn’t elected. After trying to come up with all the times he responded with swift outrage to the Leftist attacks against him . After trying to list all the times he confronted media false narratives. After trying to answer why he said nothing about Benghazi after he got bi*ch-slapped by the media. After claming Obama’s victory is ours when we’re the ones who were pleading with Romney to take the gloves off. After not one of you can take responsibility for a loss some of us predicted years. After explaining the strange political calculation that compels a campaign to proactively slur its base EVEN AFTER THE NOMINATION IS WON — while the opposition aggressively panders to its own. After explaining how it is Romney’s supporters can boast that they DIDN’T NEED the base because of the irresistible appeal of their candidate to “indies” but have no explanation where those indies went and instead blame the base they DIDN’T NEED. After explaining TWO consecutive failed presidential campaigns based on the same strategy of “moderate trumps all and conservative are poison to the electorate.” After addressing all these incoherences, hypocrisies, duplicities, pomposities and fallacies, please tell us how ridicuous we look.

rrpjr on February 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

A party actively working to distance itself from its own platform does tend to make for a toxic political atmosphere. Mind you, the great sin of the Whig party in 1852 was their abject refusal to take a stand on slavery one way or another. Now, faced with an existential crisis on a national level, what’s the best the Republican party can do? The guy who worked with Jon Gruber in Mass-uh-chew-sits. And we’re to believe this is what passes for “conservatism” these days? Why am I stupid because that is a hard sell?

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

I didn’t blame one side or the other for the toxic political atmosphere. There is no need to be defensive.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Friendly note:

1. The primaries are over.

2. ALL who brung and kept Obama, go to Hades, all of you, from the left to the right. May he utterly destroy you and yours. YOU deserve no less.

3. Romney was/is a squish who assumed that the narcissistic charlatanic thug/punk could be beaten with silky gloves. He, Romney, also didn’t inspire people to follow him.

4. Those who said that Romney loves his country are right. This is the huuuuuge difference btw. Romney and Obama.

5. Again, if you helped to keep Obama, go to Hell, pronto. I wish/pray that Obama will destroy you.

6. Romney should go home, do his thing, business or private, and just stay there. The party needs a strong and principled leader and he ain’t it.

7. Sarah Palin will not run but she’ll be influential in other ways. All her sick puppies, in a very nice way, you drive her nuts too. Get over it or seek treatment.

8. All the Mittbots, you were insufferable last year and nothing has changed.

9. This thread is fodder for the left. Obama and them wish to destroy the R/Cs, totally.

10. Aren’t these threads good for HA business?

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

In my native German we have a proverb: better a horrible end than horror without end.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Lieber ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

You just can’t do it. Lol!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Beta Boy the gilled ones twin. Lol! ; )

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

After reading the comments, it is clear

Mitt Romneycare was the most polarizing, divisive candidate the GOPe has ever picked…and that’s saying something.

james23 on February 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

There was indeed a way around it, Gel. It was called “the nomination process.” And I didn’t get to participate in it because of my state’s late (June) primary. The way Romney, a self-professing “progressive,” got the nomination in a walk made a mockery of the primary system.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Well, Romney supporters didn’t get to vote in your state, either. But it is very frustrating. I understand that because –

- I can’t vote at all! I can only scream and holler and drag my husband to the voting booth.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I didn’t blame one side or the other for the toxic political atmosphere. There is no need to be defensive.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Gel, you are by-far NOT the worst of a bad lot in spreading blame. God knows there’s enough to go around, but at what point do we just cut through all the smog of political duplicity and say straight-up, “Romney failed?” I think that’s a fair assertion. It wasn’t the voters, it wasn’t even so much the party. The candidate failed to seal the deal.

Now, going forward, if we are to learn from our mistakes such as to not repeat them, we must accurately diagnose the reasons for Romney’s failure. The problem with doing that is, that kind of introspection would end Romney’s career as a Republican politician. It would put to lie once-and-for-all the idealized image of the GOP as the sole vehicle for national conservatism.

You want to field a conservative party to go against Dems and Repubs? That’s jim-dandy, but it ain’t gonna happen until Toto pulls back the curtain and we see what “the Great and Powerful Oz” really looks like, and that’s another thing the liberal media can’t be counted on to help with.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

7. Sarah Palin will not run but she’ll be influential in other ways. All her sick puppies, in a very nice way, you drive her nuts too. Get over it or seek treatment.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Get over what?

idesign on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

idesign on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The fact that she won’t run.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

In my native German we have a proverb: better a horrible end than horror without end.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Lieber ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

That’s it, Schadenfreude :-)

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

There won’t be a third party. There will be something to take the Republican Party’s place as it withers on the vine. (cf. Whigs, ca. 1852)

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Maybe. We’ll see. I hope it’s going to be peaceful.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

The fact that she won’t run.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Who knows? That’s not the reason people support her…

idesign on February 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM

FIRST!

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

FIRST!

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Lol!

Last!!!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

FIRST!

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

0_o

Really, Port?

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Mitt would have done better if all his campaign materials weren’t printed in Reformed Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

tom daschle concerned on February 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

this thread is like the old days.
I served during the Romney Conflict of 2012.

I retired a colonel in the Hotair Palin wars. Took shrapnel in the hip.

Also a member of the VHW (veteran of Hotair Wars)

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I LOLed against my better judgement.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Some people posting here need to understand that we got the president we deserved because either we were too busy, too disinterested, too lazy, too dumb or don’t know how to do the work that needed to be done. Perhaps we need a few leaders and
more organization. I only know that many of us didn’t do our job.
As citizens of this great country it IS our job. If we did our
jobs as citizens there is nothing that could beat us.

We are allowing the Obama marxist/socialist/communist/progressive/leftie
thug regime to overrun our constitution. Why don’t we push back
against the EPA? Why don’t we push back against the scam that
is climate change? Why are we funding Obamacare? Why are we
letting Obama tell us that drilling won’t be done on federal lands?
The politicians work for us. There are some situations that we
can’t control no matter how hard we try; that doesn’t mean we
quit trying.

We have massive voter fraud because we won’t push our state
government to have voter photo ID laws. We also put little old
ladies and gents at the polls to watch for fraud. Then they
get intimidated. Don’t we have any repubs who can stare down
the opposition and get right back in their faces?

We let our news media fawn and cover for the biggest traitor
(that we know of) who has ever been president of our country.
Cancel your newspaper, don’t watch the news on ANY of the channels.
Write, email or call them and tell them why.

Write, email or call our government’s representatives at all
levels of government, city, county, state and federal. Let them
know what you think.

Join the NRA. For without the second amendment we will not have the freedom to do any of this. And don’t fall for the trap that
more gun laws is to “protect the children”. The ONLY reason we
still have freedom is because the citizens have arms. Its the best
$25.00 you will ever spend.

You can sit here and post nasty comments about Romney, Palin, etc.
24/7. Some of you posting the same garbage over and over again.

Amjean on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I retired a colonel in the Hotair Palin wars. Took shrapnel in the hip.

Also a member of the VHW (veteran of Hotair Wars)

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Ever think of reenlisting? LOL

idesign on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

You want to field a conservative party to go against Dems and Repubs? That’s jim-dandy, but it ain’t gonna happen until Toto pulls back the curtain and we see what “the Great and Powerful Oz” really looks like, and that’s another thing the liberal media can’t be counted on to help with.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Who is the Great and Powerful Oz? The GOP?

I was a liberal once, but (or therefore) I have learned to despise them in a way that I never thought possible. My anger with their lies grows with every day.

I take whatever I get – a third party, a hostile take-over of the GOP, a compromise.

It’s just that I learned to like Romney, and I really thought that he would be able to heal at least some of America’s wounds. I still think that.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Allahpundit, you never have understood the high quality of man Mitt Romney is. As a regular reader here, I don’t appreciate your snarky comments about him. Mitt will continue to help patriots who want to save our nation, and I hope we here don’t make that task more difficult.

scotash on February 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I will reenlist in ’14. Because the war for conservative principles will no doubt be under attack by the Romney/Rove factions.

The Romney army are weak and scattered. Their militia is weak and mentally unstable.

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I just want to say that g2825m was always an outstanding promoter of Gov. Romney. He could highlight all that he found admirable in Mitt without belittling those who would not listen and those who were hard to convince. I think Gov. Romney would have been proud of his efforts on his behalf. Most of the rest of you…..I repeat, worse cheerleaders ever.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM

No. You preferred Palin. I have news for you. She didn’t run.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

So what? Most of us here still voted for Romney…

idesign on February 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Its funny how the mittbots still get pissed at you even when you tell them you voted for him.
Mitt lost because he wouldn’t “go after” Obama as lustily as he went after the other GOP candidates. Mitt lost because he listened to his advisors who just want a paycheck and have no core principles. But Mitt lost it when he refused to reach out to Palin and her supporters and Ron Paul and his supporters.

Garym on February 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM

By the way, what ever happened to Buy Danish? That was one of the most hateful mittbots out there. Did she/he decide not to engage after the election?

Garym on February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Garym on February 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM

If you really cared, you would be like that poll worker chick in Ohio and voted for him twice.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

If you really cared, you would be like that poll worker chick in Ohio and voted for him twice.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Morals get in the way sometimes. Even in a dog fight.
; )

Garym on February 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

So you are glad that you are not a wealthy man with a great marriage and a fabulous family. Do tell.
Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Had Romney fought in debates two and three, more voters would have come out for him. As it is those very voters are losers who helped the Bummerman win (losing us our great Republic in the process).

They should be tarred and feathered twice over.

And…

I am glad I am not Romney for he is going down in history as a colossal loser like it or not.

The historical verdict will be harsh.

Romney is a loser.

Sherman1864 on February 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Garym on February 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Well, she was a Democrat after all.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

If you really cared, you would be like that poll worker chick in Ohio and voted for him twice.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

May have voted six times.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Well, she was a Democrat after all.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

I think I read somewhere today that she may have voted 6 times. Mutiply that by 500 of more voters with no morals. Scary thought.

Garym on February 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

After addressing all these incoherences, hypocrisies, duplicities, pomposities and fallacies, please tell us how ridicuous we look.

rrpjr on February 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

You really don’t know how ridiculous ya’ll look?

The answer to that is sitting in the oval office. You put him there. Own it.

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM Garym on February 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Well, then, we are just a bunch of racists.

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

But we voted for Mitt!

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

No, no, no, no, no.
I like the man but having him speak at CPAC is wrong.
Time to move on. Romney had the election in his hands
and he CHOSE to lose.
NO, no, no, no, NO!

markmiclette on February 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM

I like the man but having him speak at CPAC is wrong.
Time to move on.

This, I think, we can all agree on. It’s idiocy to have him speak.

But we voted for Mitt!

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

The right and rational thing to do, obviously. I was disgusted with the Republican side of the race, too, but to say the choice between Romney and Obama was a no-brainer is the understatement of the century. Those who withheld their vote and allowed Bam to be re-elected are no better than the progs themselves.

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

The answer to that is sitting in the oval office. You put him there. Own it.

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Your candidate was a loser. Own that. A loser. He couldn’t win the most winnable race for a Republican against the worst and most destructive president in American history. Own that. And own that we told you for years but you couldn’t grok it, and still can’t.

The RINO run is over. That probably explains the nastiness — you know it too.

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

I don’t know, I can understand it. I don’t think it was personal against Gov. Romney, just that for two election cycles we were given who was next instead of who could really change the direction of the country. Or at least make a plausible argument for changing the direction. Since most of the time the country gives the president a second chance to finish what he started (how very frightening), I think a lot of people thought it was the perfect time to make a statement to the GOP. Unfortunately they didn’t count on the GOP turning themselves inside out ignoring the message instead of admitting that they were wrong about what the country needed. Twice.

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

He couldn’t win the most winnable race for a Republican against the worst and most destructive president in American history.

Because you people threw a hysterical conniption and stayed home. Look at the effing numbers. You think just like a prog. I’m starting to think you are one.

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

You think just like a prog. I’m starting to think you are one.

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

They are progressive because they wouldn’t vote for one?

Where do you people come up with this crap?

“My views are progressive” – Mitt Romney

sharrukin on February 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

By the way, I voted for the flaccid loser. Even stood up for him
in arguments with Leftists. Now THAT makes me feel ridiculous.

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Because you people threw a hysterical conniption and stayed home.
Look at the effing numbers. You think just like a prog. I’m starting to think you are one.

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

You never asked me what I did. You assumed. Talk about cults.

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Romney could have won RRPJR, even with the bulk of the voters (low information types) who characterize America now.

However given our dumbed down populace and the dumb downed evil media, the race was never easily winnable.

Unfortunately, it will be even less winnable in the future.

We have used our liberty to choose stupidity and this is not the first time this has happened in history by any means, but I believe it to be the most tragic (historically).

Such great tools we have in our toolbox but look how we have misused them!

Sherman1864 on February 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Romney could have won
Sherman1864 on February 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Then he would have. He had the money, the time and the worst president in history to compete against. If he’d been a winner he would have won over every conservative in America. It wasn’t that hard. All the base wanted to see was a fighter — someone who gave voice to the agonizing frustration and sense of injustice across this country. This is what winning politicians do, what great men do in the hour of need. But at this crucial moment Romney smiled vapidly and played it safe, preferring the advice of high-paid hacks and insiders than to risk grappling with the ugly reality of the Left’s depredations and our country’s suffering.

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM

He got out geeked. Gates and Facebook dude was too much to overcome.

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Someone who knows how elections are actually won:

Voters don’t work for the candidates. Candidates work for votes. And if somehow the candidates don’t reach the voters, it is the candidates problem- not the voters.

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Someone who does not:

Don’t blame Romney if Republicans didn’t get out and vote.

mountainaires on February 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Here endeth the lesson.

Kent18 on February 20, 2013 at 7:34 PM

melle1228′s candidate didn’t even win the nomination, whoever he/she was.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

… which has precisely jack-all to do with the topic under discussion, re: the quoted portion which (evidently) feeling all pouty-faced and butthurt… but: you already knew that, of course.

Swing and a miss.

Kent18 on February 21, 2013 at 1:52 AM

And the mittbots are the most vile posters.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

“The first step to overcoming your problem lies in openly admitting the existence and severity of said problem.” Kudos.

Kent18 on February 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Or bigoted.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 9:44 PM

“Bigoted”? Oh no, it’s the “you’re an anti- Mormon bigot!!!!!” Mittler Youth technique again!!!!

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Did I call it, back in the early portion of this butthurt communal Mitt-cultist lament of a thread, or did I freakin’ call it…? ;)

Kent18 on February 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

You people have wasted several metric buttloads of bandwidth arguing about how many mittbots can dance on the head of a pin. Evidently you have no idea of how ridiculous you look. It sounds like a Facebook slapfight.
Meanwhile we’re several thousand heartbeats closer to having two prog SCOTUS justices.
If you stayed home, you not only own your wretched president, you will also own a liberal SCOTUS that will endure for years.
Congratulations, geniuses.
Martin Luthier on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Bravo. A commenter with some sense.

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

When it comes right down to it, Romney wanted to convince the voters of the Republican party that he was credible. He failed to seal the deal. This was NOT a failure of the American electorate. It is Romney’s failure to own, and to pretend otherwise sets us up for the same kind of defeat for the same reasons in 2016.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Cut. Print. Perfect. Let this thread end on an actual note of common sense. ;)

Kent18 on February 21, 2013 at 2:08 AM

Nowhere near as ridiculous as “Mitt’s gonna win!!!! I can feel it, babayyyyyyy!!!!!” Talk about wasting several shitloads of bandwidth. That was a year’s worth.

ddrintn on February 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

“UnSkewedPolls.com!!OMG11!!!! — !!!” ;)

Kent18 on February 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

I just want to say that g2825m was always an outstanding promoter of Gov. Romney. He could highlight all that he found admirable in Mitt without belittling those who would not listen and those who were hard to convince. I think Gov. Romney would have been proud of his efforts on his behalf. Most of the rest of you…..I repeat, worse cheerleaders ever.
Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Cindy Munford, I am going to call you right now. You were always friendly with those who would bash in the most vulgar ways any supporters of Romney. You were absolutely SILENT whenever your little commenter buddies would go off on their frequent anti-Romney supporter insult sprees. And you know it. Romney supporters were always outnumbered terribly on this site, but we still fought back and put the annoying self-proclaimed “True Cons” in their place. We were outnumbered, and we still dominated the Mark Levin parrots. So spare me your scolding now. You want to know why you were called a phony? That is why. Yes, I know you are held in high esteem here, but I am not afraid to call out phoniness wherever I see it.

Even after the primaries, these lunatic Romney-bashers kept it up. You people are tiresome, often phony and do Obama supporters’ work for them.

Given that many of you are diehard Palin cultists, it’s easy to see why people say many of you people give Sarah Palin fans a bad name.

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Beta, give it a rest boy! Its over Romney lost! We are outnumbered by moochers and looters! Quit fighting the wars lost. Put me down, I’m no good for you! All I do is raise your blood pressure, that ain’t healthy! Leave go of it. Its over!

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Brokeback Beta: “Ah jes’ hope ah kin larn how’ta quit ya.” ;)

Kent18 on February 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

You never asked me what I did. You assumed. …

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

No, I didn’t ask and for that I apologize.

The election was not about Romney, it was about Obama. Obama still won while getting 6% fewer votes than he did in ’08–that means a bunch of people stayed home, and it’s those people I’m talking about. Of course the last two candidates have been weak, disgustingly so, but on November 6th there was a choice between two people, one of whom was certainly going to do even more massive damage to the country, damage that could well be irreversible. And this is not even considering the SCOTUS situation, which could dwarf everything else.

I’m just finding myself incapable of conceiving of anyone refusing the opportunity to throw that wretched fascist out of office.

Martin Luthier on February 21, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Typo…

*call you out, that is

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 2:17 AM

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