New frontrunner in GOP’s 2016 New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney, of course

posted at 7:41 pm on January 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

Gut-check time: Am I enough of a hack to blog a poll as silly as this purely to goose my readers with a frisson of anxiety over another Romney run? Even by the usual hot-garbage standards of early presidential polling, this one’s hard to redeem. They’ve got a guy in the lead who’s definitely, assuredly not running — per the “Mitt” documentary, he only ran in 2012 because he knew he was next in line for the nomination — and they’ve omitted two guys in Marco Rubio and Scott Walker who very well might be. How informative is a poll like that? Even on a slow news day, it would take an unusually desperate hack to treat it as noteworthy.

So here you go.

If Romney were to run, he currently holds a lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary, with 25% of the vote. While Romney says he is not likely to run, it is instructive to note that he continues to cast a shadow over the primary at this early stage. He serves as a convenient “parking lot” for Republican voters who are waiting for other candidates to develop.

Of non-Romney candidates, Rand Paul has 18% of the vote, essentially tied with Chris Christie (17%), with Jeb Bush receiving 13%. Ted Cruz (7%) and Bobby Jindal (5%) round out the GOP candidates tested in this wave of the PurplePoll.

There’s truth to that, actually. Mitt “leading” the field here is tantamount to “undecided” leading the field. For some low-information New Hampshire voters, his might be the only name on the list that’s recognizable this early. What the poll’s really saying is that a decisive chunk of centrist-y Republicans in a key state aren’t (yet?) leaning towards Chris Christie, Romney’s centrist heir apparent. In fact, among Republicans, Christie’s favorable rating is 48/30; by comparison, Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, who are roughly as well known to New Hampshire GOPers as Christie is, pull 59/15 and 53/16 favorable ratings, respectively. (Romney is at 72/17.) Christie does do a few points better with Democrats than any other Republican candidate but Paul beats him among independents with a 35/34 favorable rating compared to Christie’s 32/39. That’s the same problem that Christie encountered in PPP’s national poll: Because he’s less popular within his own party than many of his rivals, it’s crucial that he show he’s considerably more popular than they are with Democrats and independents. If his numbers across the aisle stay flat post-Bridgegate, the “electability” argument for nominating him evaporates. He’s got to either rebuild his image within the GOP, if he can, or/and rebuild it with non-Republicans. And the things he’d need to do for one of those rebuilding efforts mostly conflict with what he’d need to do for the other, especially as we get closer to the primaries. Polls this early may be garbage but if his numbers still look like this in six months I’d say they’re worth paying attention to.

Two other data points caught my eye. One is that, in the Senate, Scott Brown’s already even with Democrat Jeanne Shaheen even though he’s not running yet. Maybe those numbers will tempt him into finally pulling the trigger and make the GOP Senate takeover this fall a bit more likely. Two, it’s striking how unpopular the major presidential candidates from both parties are right now in New Hampshire. Of the 10 named in this poll — Obama, Romney, Hillary, Christie, Paul, Biden, Cruz, Jindal, Elizabeth Warren, and Jeb Bush — not a single one has a favorable rating that’s net positive. In fact, only three candidates are net-positive among either gender. Obama is among women, barely, at 46/45. Hillary’s way above water with women at 53/37, an early sign of why she’d be tough to beat. And, interestingly, Rand Paul is at 42/37 among men, the only candidate of the 10 to be net-positive in that group. Keep an eye on that going forward. If he wins Iowa or finishes strongly there (which isn’t hard to imagine given how well his father did in 2012) and his brand of libertarianism gives him some sort of inside track with New Hampshire’s mavericky male voters, he could win NH and all but finish off Christie.

Exit quotation from NYT reporter Nick Confessore:


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Can’t wait to sit that one out.

Murphy9 on January 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Honestly? We don’t deserve him. He’s too good for such a morose band of sad sacks. Dude put his family out there last time for PMSNBC to call a bunch of racists and we couldn’t even deliver for him (and more importantly, for ourselves) on election day.
America needs Romney much more than Romney needs America. That guy would thrive anywhere but without people like him, all we have are the McCains, Hillarys and Obamas of the world

daddytype on January 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Mitt wouldn’t be my first choice but if he won the nomination I would vote for him again.

myiq2xu on January 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I’m fine with Romney against Hillary for the Dem nomination …

ShainS on January 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I still think a Cruz/Romney ticket would clean house.

Vanceone on January 30, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Hey, at least he’s better than Huckabee.

Mark1971 on January 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I’ll vote for Romney again before Christie ever.
I’ll vote for Romney again before Huckabee ever.
I’ll vote for Romney again before Santorum ever.

Jeddite on January 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

After the feature length propaganda film they just released I guess it’s not surprising. Even Rush said that after watching it he won’t have to hold his nose next time he votes for Romney. I guess propaganda is more influential to some people than reality, like Romneycare.

FloatingRock on January 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Last year, Tagg Romney told us that his father had no interest in being president during his 2012 run … and it showed. I doubt that Romney has any interest in running in 2016.

Pork-Chop on January 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I hope the GOP is smart enough to realize our VP has to be a female

A man can’t attack Hillary. And veeps are attack dogs

Gov Martinez fits that job description. I’m not sure who the nominee should be. It was Christie, but the media destroyed him. Probably nobody at this stage of the game:)

Romney would have been a great president. America lost. He’s not running again and why should he?

Redford on January 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Romney’s a squish, who called Obama a nice guy.

Pass.

idesign on January 30, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Just what conservatives need; instead of an attack dog, they’d settle for a poodle. The Hillary! machine would eat Romney alive.

GarandFan on January 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Make it stop.

Mimzey on January 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Are you RINO Yankees f in crazy? F al y’all!

Doomsday on January 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Romney distinguished himself during the campaign. He lost because we have reached a critical mass of losers in this country. I was proud to vote for him and would be glad to do so again. He would be a tremendous executive and his policies are pretty solidly conservative, even if he does not feed you red meat.

Ted Torgerson on January 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

his policies are pretty solidly conservative
Ted Torgerson on January 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

How so?

Murphy9 on January 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I’m holding out for McCain.

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Look like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

rbj on January 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Look like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

rbj on January 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

What he said.

Mimzey on January 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Make it stop.

Mimzey on January 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Read my mind.

viking01 on January 30, 2014 at 8:13 PM

You common folk slave staters need to start praising the rino Yankee GOPe overlords because the GOPe are political jenyusiz

SparkPlug on January 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Why not Romney? Anyone else the party establishment shoves down our throats won’t be much worse.

CurtZHP on January 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Mitt has deep pockets. Christie has a deep crack.

SparkPlug on January 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Mitt who?

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Michelle Bachman will be Mittens stalking horse.

SparkPlug on January 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I’m going to continue my support with Cruz.

Bmore on January 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Any primary poll that omits Susana Martinez as a possible contender is inherently useless.

KingGold on January 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Just turn out the lights on America now. Spare us further dispiriting farces.

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Cankle sores must never hold office again.

SparkPlug on January 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Any primary poll that omits Susana Martinez as a possible contender is inherently useless.

KingGold on January 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Maybe she ought to let someone know she’s interested.

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM

If he wins Iowa or finishes strongly there (which isn’t hard to imagine given how well his father did in 2012) and his brand of libertarianism gives him some sort of inside track with New Hampshire’s mavericky male voters, he could win NH and all but finish off Christie.

As I was wondering why I was reading this post, I got to this nugget at the end and it made the entire episode worth while.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM

“His turn” was last turn…..

viking01 on January 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

If you’re a Romney loyalist surveying the most likely current version of the 2016 field, you’re thinking… why not?

Because 2012. That’s why not.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Just what conservatives need; instead of an attack dog, they’d settle for a poodle. The Hillary! machine would eat Romney alive.

GarandFan on January 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Despite it’s current reputation, poodles are mean dogs that can hunt and in 1942, the Poodle was one of 32 breeds officially classified as war dogs by the Army.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Honestly? We don’t deserve him. He’s too good for such a morose band of sad sacks. …

America needs Romney much more than Romney needs America.

daddytype on January 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Gag.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:27 PM

It’s nice to see the usual guttersnipes balanced off to some extent by intelligent comments. Mitt would have been a terrific President. I thank him for his tireless efforts which resulted in the GOP Presidential vote being maximized in the 2012 election. This was a man who, as Sarah Palin acknowledged, ran with a servant’s heart. He ran for us. He had more than enough to have a fulfilling life without being President. This is what Tagg meant and his words have been twisted by dishonest morons.

Basilsbest on January 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Maybe she ought to let someone know she’s interested.

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM

She’s interested all right. She may not know it yet, but she’s interested.

After a primary in which the lead was successively taken by Congresswoman Tardasil, Governor Oops, a philandering restaurateur and a serial adulterer, nobody should be writing off a pro-life woman and anti-amnesty Hispanic governor with stratospheric approval ratings in a blue state.

KingGold on January 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

After the feature length propaganda film they just released I guess it’s not surprising. Even Rush said that after watching it he won’t have to hold his nose next time he votes for Romney. I guess propaganda is more influential to some people than reality, like Romneycare.

FloatingRock on January 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

The liberal’s propaganda is better than the GOP’s. Something they’re going to have to work on because it does work. Look at all the meatheads that voted for Obama. Yeah, you can argue the fact that Romney isn’t much better conservative-wise than Obama, but at least Romney accomplished something in his life.

If Romney goes at it again then I hope he puts a bit more life into it than that half-arsed effort he puked out in 2012.

It would really be nice to see a conservative this next time, though.

kim roy on January 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Hey, why not run out Bob Dole while we’re at it?

tetriskid on January 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

She’s interested all right. She may not know it yet, but she’s interested.

After a primary in which the lead was successively taken by Congresswoman Tardasil, Governor Oops, a philandering restaurateur and a serial adulterer, nobody should be writing off a pro-life woman and anti-amnesty Hispanic governor with stratospheric approval ratings in a blue state.

KingGold on January 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Honest question: Is she running or has she given any hints she’s thinking of it? I had not really considered her at all for 2016.

Doomberg on January 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

She’s interested all right. She may not know it yet, but she’s interested.

After a primary in which the lead was successively taken by Congresswoman Tardasil, Governor Oops, a philandering restaurateur and a serial adulterer, nobody should be writing off a pro-life woman and anti-amnesty Hispanic governor with stratospheric approval ratings in a blue state.

KingGold on January 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I don’t think anyone is writing her off, simply not writing her in – yet. I had hoped that Romney would pick her as his running mate in 2012 to give the country a chance to know her. I think she’s a little more “big government” than I am, but let’s get real – that describes just about everyone.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

This is instructive to point out that north east republicans are not conservative. They are liberal whack jobs. Their brand of republican would be considered a democrat in the rest of the nation.

paulsur on January 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Honest question: Is she running or has she given any hints she’s thinking of it? I had not really considered her at all for 2016.

Doomberg on January 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I was thinking she’d be more likely to end up as a running mate, but I think she could run too. She’s only in her first term though, so I think she’ll wait. I do think she is interested though.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

This is instructive to point out that north east republicans are not conservative. They are liberal whack jobs. Their brand of republican would be considered a democrat in the rest of the nation.

paulsur on January 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Is “north east” code for “inside the beltway?”

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

davidk on January 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

What is interesting is that you have Romney pimping Christie, saying that he wants someone who represents a broad segment of the GOP. Yet, Christie is at 40/38. Even prior to his “Bridgegate” fiasco, he was only at 47/29. And, Romney dismisses Rand Paul (58/21) and Ted Cruz (45/20) as having too narrow appeal. Insane.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:53 PM

This is instructive to point out that north east republicans are not conservative. They are liberal whack jobs. Their brand of republican would be considered a democrat in the rest of the nation.

paulsur on January 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Hey…I’m a Northeast Republican…

Nevermind.

JetBoy on January 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

KingGold on January 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

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And besides…..does anyone think a white MAN can beat the she devil Shillary ? Fuhgettaboudit.
Just how much can Republicans hate womens and wants to continue the war on women?
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Ya gotta run a R gal this time boys……Next in line is the First Female President – now, since the affirmative action President experiment has been done.
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It’s too bad Sarah doesn’t want it. If only to make it interesting…….

FlaMurph on January 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Last night Cavuto ask Mitt if Zero lied when said “if you like………..” Mit’s reply ” er, ah duh,ah,er” Please not again with this dolt. Plus he still will not diss Romneycare.

rik on January 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

He would be a tremendous executive and his policies are pretty solidlyseverely conservative,

Ted Torgerson on January 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

fixed

cableguy615 on January 30, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Well, if he runs, he better debug ORCA before the election.

KW64 on January 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Mitt would have been a terrific President.

Basilsbest on January 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

He couldn’t even get past Candy Crowley. And it took him 15 months to realize that was a problem. “Hopeless” is too mild a word for this brand of doofus-ness.

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Romney distinguished himself during the campaign. He lost because we have reached a critical mass of losers in this country. I was proud to vote for him and would be glad to do so again. He would be a tremendous executive and his policies are pretty solidly conservative, even if he does not feed you red meat.
Ted Torgerson on January 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

That Romneycare was sure a “solidly conservative” policy.

air_up_there on January 30, 2014 at 9:17 PM

link courtesy of INC

Last Friday, August 24th, at a meeting the Convention Rules Committee, longtime GOP lawyer and Romney advisor Ben Ginsberg surprised Rules Committee members by proposing some rules changes that, on reflection, were almost certainly intended to consolidate control of the party in Washington and head off a conservative challenge to President Romney in 2016…

But alas, the Romney camp and RNC insiders won the day, successfully imposing their will with the help of their control of the gavels, superior knowledge of the process, and perhaps some dirty tricks. The conservative “rebels” won the moral victory, however, taking their fight to the Rules Committee and the full Convention floor and arguably winning the voice vote there to stop the rules, only to be gaveled down by Speaker John Boehner

get your dirty tricks here kiddies

Boehner’s scripted announcement provoked cries from the crowd of “No!”, “Boo!”, “Roll call!” and “Division of the house!” [view video starting at 1:08 minutes]. But the microphones had been turned off. Boehner pretended not to hear.

Very interesting history of groundwork laid to block tea party
http://capwiz.com/eagleforum/issues/alert/?alertid=61768501
http://spectator.org/blog/30383/morton-blackwell-delegates-romney-rules-fight

I hope the GOP is smart enough to realize our VP has to be a female
Redford on January 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

They are staging Cathy mcmorris rogers. A Boehner protege, so to say, and plays ball on amnesty
whether they choose Mitt, his rules changes block tea party

entagor on January 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Romney sure was a “good man” with his complicit rule changing at the convention in 2012.

air_up_there on January 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Mittler Youth to drive this one to 200+

Murphy9 on January 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Romney’s unelectable. No, he actually is. We even tried it.

Dongemaharu on January 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

He couldn’t even get past Candy Crowley.

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Lotsa people can’t get past Candy. The William Perry of jounalist

rik on January 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Mittler Youth to drive this one to 200+

Murphy9 on January 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Not happening..:)

idesign on January 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

So the guy who went after his fellow Republicans with gleeful gusto during the primaries and then told us that Obama was a nice guy who was just “in over his head”, the guy whom his own son described as not really wanting the Presidency after all, is being considered for 2016? This is the GOP’s plan for preventing a possible Hillary Clinton presidency???

Ugh. I guess this is the kind of thing you propose when you don’t really have to win elections because you’ve got a nice well-paying job on K Street lined up if the unthinkable happens and you get defeated in the next election.

Aitch748 on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Unbelievable how the Romney haters who went through a clown car full of candidates lobbing bombs at Romney, sapping his time, money, and organization get miffed because Romney fought back against the attackers.

Lost all respect for lot of radio talkers who backed Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and then Rick Santorum over Romney.

To reach that level of hackery, you have to be seriously stupid and should not have anything to do with leading the movment.

swamp_yankee on January 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

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Heh…. I bet You didn’t feel that way Oct 3rd-4th 2012….. That was the day Mitt made the leftist liberals cry and scared the Shiite out of the commie propaganda U.S. Media. They saw Super Mitt in action – they feared- and had to pull out all the stops to crush him.
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Mark the date, as it will never ever happen again, here in the USSA.
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FlaMurph on January 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

swamp_yankee on January 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Romney was probably the worst candidate ever to run.

If he had just matched McCain’s vote total instead of repelling Republican voters he would have won.

But no, Romney was the only Mormon on planet earth who didn’t know how to knock on doors.

tetriskid on January 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Romney was probably the worst candidate ever to run.

If he had just matched McCain’s vote total instead of repelling Republican voters he would have won.

But no, Romney was the only Mormon on planet earth who didn’t know how to knock on doors.

tetriskid on January 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Except he actually exceeded McCain’s vote total, in both the popular vote and EC.

GOPRanknFile on January 30, 2014 at 9:57 PM

FlaMurph on January 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Romney won a debate, and promptly anguished over how he’d won and if he deserved to win and if he’d ever win again. This was who he was. Such a man will NEVER carry a fight through the sh*t storm the Left will rain on you. And he proved it. I actually celebrated after he gave his Benghazi press conference. I thought maybe he’d finally internalized the reality of the Left. I should have known better. He immediately cut and ran. Jeezus — could we have scoured the earth and found a worse candidate to put up against the Left? I suppose so, but not by much.

And by the way — that debate performance? Breitbart performed at that level every day of his brilliant, beautiful life.

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

And, interestingly, Rand Paul is at 42/37 among men, the only candidate of the 10 to be net-positive in that group. Keep an eye on that going forward. If he wins Iowa or finishes strongly there (which isn’t hard to imagine given how well his father did in 2012) and his brand of libertarianism gives him some sort of inside track with New Hampshire’s mavericky male voters, he could win NH and all but finish off Christie.

If you actually believed in Him, I’d say “From your lips to God’s ears”…

JohnGalt23 on January 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Last night Cavuto ask Mitt if Zero lied when said “if you like………..” Mit’s reply ” er, ah duh,ah,er” Please not again with this dolt. Plus he still will not diss Romneycare.

rik on January 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Why are you so dismissive of RomneyCare, its so successful I heard. Just 72 days, on average, for a doctor’s appointment. Much better than not having a doctor at all under HusseinCare.

Why is everyone forgetting Romney’s huge tax increase in MA in his first year? Unprecedented in scale, what was it, $500 MILLION? Or his anti-gun stance. Or his pro-abortion stance to the point of him cutting a radio ad that advised under aged to sue their parents in court to get an abortion? 2012 election was nothing but progressive liberal against another progressive liberal. Although on of them is also a rabid pro-muslim communist. Come to think about it, so was the 2008 election.

And why those states that voted for Hussein the past 2 elections, I am looking at you IA and NH, are even given any nod in GOP primaries this time around. Only those true red states that did not vote for Hussein both times should be the first states to have GOP primaries. Who cres what senile idiots in IA and NH think?

riddick on January 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

If you’re a Romney loyalist surveying the most likely current version of the 2016 field, you’re thinking… why not?

Because 2012. That’s why not.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

That wasn’t a good enough reason to stop the GOP from nominating Nixon in 1968.

Hell, it wasn’t enough reason to stop the Dems from nominating Adlai Stevenson twice…

JohnGalt23 on January 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

He got his chance, his performance was ‘substandard’ to be charitable,

narciso on January 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Why are you so dismissive of RomneyCare, its so successful I heard. Just 72 days, on average, for a doctor’s appointment. Much better than not having a doctor at all under HusseinCare.

Why is everyone forgetting Romney’s huge tax increase in MA in his first year? Unprecedented in scale, what was it, $500 MILLION

riddick on January 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

The punchline is I live in the peoples republic of Massholes. I was raised in Yantis , TX but somehow ended up in western MA.

rik on January 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Allah. I love Mitt-but he’s finished. stop doing posts on him

gerrym51 on January 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

He got his chance, his performance was ‘substandard’ to be charitable,

narciso on January 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

What, are you a relation??

rik on January 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

And by the way — that debate performance? Breitbart performed at that level every day of his brilliant, beautiful life.

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

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Mitt crushed that night. Dig it.
And yes he lost. Accentuate the positive though, I say.
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And as far as the the indomitable Mr. breitbart goes…. He said this for you before he died……
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I will march behind whoever our candidate is because if we don’t, we lose. There are two paths… one is America and the other one is Occupy… Anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive Left, I will be in that bunker. And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with this candidate, more than shame on you, you’re on the other side! This is our last chance.”
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You regret mentioning Sir Andrew now, don’t you.
You should have paid attention.

FlaMurph on January 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Romney doesn’t want it…Let it go

workingclass artist on January 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

riddick on January 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I live in MA. Next question

rik on January 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

You regret mentioning Sir Andrew now, don’t you.
You should have paid attention.

FlaMurph on January 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I was in the bunker. I campaigned, donated and voted. The problem is, this loser Romney wasn’t in the bunker with me. Or you.

Regret bringing up Breitbart now? It’s called paying attention on a much bigger scale.

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Ann won’t let Mitt run.

Paul Ryan is slowly taking Christie’s place with the moderate wing and establishment. I think it’s his race to lose now. He negotiated the budget deal, and will now try his hand at selling immigration to the tea party. Problem is the past budgets he has are not mainstream. They will kill him on mediscare.

rubberneck on January 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM

By the way, when Andrew Breitbart spoke at the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles he told the audience that he wasn’t sure who he had more contempt for, the Left, or those on the Right who wouldn’t fight the Left. He was referring to RINOs, the very people who surrounded Romney and sold him the timorous “Obama was a nice guy in over his head” swill. Andrew knew who the Left was, and was full-throated and unapologetic in his battle against them. It is why he loved Palin. Breitbart was a gentleman and a team player, but he would have been beyond dismayed at Romney and his campaign.

rrpjr on January 30, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Two words:

Scott Walker

HopeHeFails on January 30, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Dole 2016′!

V-rod on January 31, 2014 at 2:31 AM

It’s nice to see the usual guttersnipes balanced off to some extent by intelligent comments. Mitt would have been a terrific President. I thank him for his tireless efforts which resulted in the GOP Presidential vote being maximized in the 2012 election. This was a man who, as Sarah Palin acknowledged, ran with a servant’s heart. He ran for us. He had more than enough to have a fulfilling life without being President. This is what Tagg meant and his words have been twisted by dishonest morons.

Basilsbest on January 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

That is incorrect. Millions stayed home because Mitt was the nominee. Who wanted to vote between the Romneycare guy and the Obamacare guy? Why cast a vote between Obama and Obama-lite? Others, like myself, voted Libertarian that year. If we had a nominee who was not the grandfather of Obamacare, we would have won the election. The outrage over Obamacare was so amazingly evident in 2010, but it was gone in 2012. Why? Because Mitt couldn’t really run against it. Any other candidate would have been able to run against it. Mitt cost us the election. He minimized GOP turnout.

Theophile on January 31, 2014 at 2:57 AM

Cain-Santorum 2016, because Mitt wouldnt get out of the way for them in 2012.

swamp_yankee on January 31, 2014 at 3:20 AM

GOP in NH: Stuck On Stupid.

GOP Elites everywhere: Stuck On Stupid.

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me.

Three times is enemy action.

ajacksonian on January 31, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Third debate. I agree.

Bmore on January 31, 2014 at 9:56 AM