Romney: Keep focus on Hillary’s record at State

posted at 12:01 pm on February 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Should Republicans rehash the Monica Lewinsky scandal if Hillary Clinton bids to win the 2016 Democratic nomination for President, or will that distract from efforts to hold her accountable for her own record? The previous Republican nominee has some advice for his party, offered on Meet the Press with David Gregory yesterday (via The Week):

The Monica Lewinsky scandal shouldn’t be used in Republicans’ case against Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential bid, Mitt Romney said Sunday.

The last Republican presidential nominee cautioned whoever would be the next GOP standard-bearer to steer away from attacks against Bill Clinton, whom Romney said had “breached his responsibility” and “embarrassed” the nation as president by engaging in an extra-marital affair in office.

But he added, “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president.”

“She has her own record and her own vision,” Romney said on “Meet the Press” Sunday. … “I think Hillary Clinton if she becomes the nominee will have plenty to discuss about her own record,” he said. “I don’t imagine that Bill Clinton will be a big part of it.”

Rand Paul justified his focus on Lewinsky on an earlier show, putting it in the context of the Democrats’ “war on women” and the lack of media outrage over Bill Clinton’s behavior:

I have no illusions in determining which person would win with conservatives outside the context of this argument. In this case, though, the establishment, Northeastern, Massachusetts Republican with two losing bids for President is correct.

This was a losing argument for Republicans when Bill Clinton was on the ticket himself, in 1992, 1996, and a final time in 1998′s midterms that was defined by the Lewinsky affair and the GOP reaction to it. The “bimbo eruptions” started early in 1992, but the carefully-prepared Clintons disarmed it in a 60 Minutes interview, and went on to win a three-way race for the presidency. The 1996 election was mostly a replay with a weaker Republican challenger. By 1998, the Lewinsky affair had exploded onto the national scene, and Republicans impeached Clinton in the House while failing to remove him in the Senate for perjury and obstruction in a related lawsuit. But instead of gaining seats in Congress, as the opposition party almost always does against a President in sixth-year midterms, Republicans made no gains in the Senate and lost a handful of seats in the House.

The desire to relitigate 1998 to go back and win this argument is understandable, but it’s futile. At least at the time it had the virtue of relevance, to both the time and the person. In this case it’s irrelevant to both, unless we want to blame Hillary for her husband’s philandering. If Paul thinks that will help Republicans win the PR battle in “the war on women,” he’s going to find himself sadly mistaken. Most voters won’t even remember 1998 by the time 2016 rolls around, and those that do may be looking back fondly on the era’s economics rather than worry about its ethics. That’s not the kind of nostalgia that’s going to win Republican votes.

Romney’s right. We need to focus on Hillary Clinton’s record as an executive, which is as embarrassing as it is short. Mostly, though, we need to produce a Republican candidate with a clear record of success as an executive, implementing conservative policies that worked, and one that will expand the reach of the GOP. We’ll do that by talking about the future, not obsessing over frustrating losses of the past.


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And we should take the advice from this loser?

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Ok, so we have another Progressive who lost preaching to Conservatives on how to win. Gee, do you think we care for your opinion? Maybe we will file your advice under what not to do

Brock Robamney on February 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Keep Plucking that Benghazi Chicken!

Ha!

Might_Is_Right on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Why can’t we concentrate on the whole obnoxious Clinton History?

There are no “Marquis of Kingsbury Rules for Decorum” in politics.

And, of course, Ron Brown and Vince Foster remain unavailable for comment…and Donna Shalala promised that she wouldn’t kiss and tell.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Romney is right about this.
It needs to be Benghazi 24/7…

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I compteley agree with Romney here. Hillary’s record of achievements at the State Department is very meager, mainly relating to frequent flyer miles. Keep the focus on things like the disastrous “reset” of relations with Russia, for example, and of course Benghazi

Dr.B on February 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Romney’s right. We need to focus on Hillary Clinton’s record as an executive, which is as embarrassing as it is short. Mostly, though, we need to produce a Republican candidate with a clear record of success as an executive, implementing conservative policies that worked, and one that will expand the reach of the GOP. We’ll do that by talking about the future, not obsessing over frustrating losses of the past.

While I agree that we need a good candidate that is actually a small government conservative, I disagree with the rest of your statement. We need to be brutal and make them react and defend their actions. They use this idiotic “War of Women” nonsense and we need to throw it back in their face. Mr. “Binders full of women” lost the election, for one because he was just another big government politician and two, he was a sissy girl when it came to the brutal art that is modern politics.

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

And we should take the advice from this loser?

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I think we should listen to the wise moderate words of president Romney.

What?

the_nile on February 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Should be have been “completely”, oops.

Dr.B on February 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

But instead of gaining seats in Congress, as the opposition party almost always does against a President in sixth-year midterms, Republicans made no gains in the Senate and lost a handful of seats in the House.

But they won the Presidential election in 2000. And part of the reason they did was because the idiot the Dems ran for President refused to use Bill Clinton on the campaign trail.

Del Dolemonte on February 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Mitt is somewhat correct, but people in national elections vote with emotion, not thought (the LIVs anyway).

So I think Rand Paul is doing a great job of providing background about the War on Women and how the Democrats are such total hypocrites about it. More GOP need to do this. Just bring it up, remind people.

PattyJ on February 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Why who anyone take advise from someone who called Obama a nice guy?

idesign on February 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Who is this electable fellow?

lorien1973 on February 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Ok, so we have another Progressive who lost preaching to Conservatives on how to win. Gee, do you think we care for your opinion? Maybe we will file your advice under what not to do

Brock Robamney on February 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Ha, no kidding. Maybe we can get Bob Dole to offer his tactical advice as well.

For one, there is no rule that says we can’t attack the Clinton’s on their horrible history, and hit Clinton on her State Department actions. Come on people.

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Romney seems to be in the news more and more lately.

I wonder if he is being reactive or proactive to get these interviews?

Anyone think he is testing the waters?

jake-the-goose on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

She has NO record at state, except that all her/obama’s policies are failures.

Mitt, just be decent and go home.

Meanwhile

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

It needs to be Benghazi 24/7…

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

+1

jake-the-goose on February 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

At least at the time it had the virtue of relevance, to both the time and the person. In this case it’s irrelevant to both, unless we want to blame Hillary for her husband’s philandering.

Why not Ed?

Kathleen Willey: ‘Hillary is the war on women’

Kathleen Willey, the former volunteer aide to Bill Clinton who says she was sexually harassed by the president in the 1990s, is now sounding the alarm about the potential danger of Hillary Clinton becoming president.

“Hillary Clinton is the war on women, and that’s what needs to be exposed here,” Willey said Sunday night on Aaron Klein’s WABC Radio show.

“The point is what this woman is capable of doing to other women while she’s running a campaign basically on women’s issues. It just doesn’t make any sense. She singlehandedly orchestrated every one of the investigations of all these women [who accused her husband of sexual crimes]. They’re the people reminding us of how sordid this all is.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/clinton-volunteer-hillary-is-the-war-on-women/#lP5qKHRq8FF7hbbb.99

the_nile on February 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

So I think Rand Paul is doing a great job of providing background about the War on Women and how the Democrats are such total hypocrites about it. More GOP need to do this. Just bring it up, remind people.

PattyJ on February 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Agreed. Rand is making them defend themselves as opposed to attacking.

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I like the idea of making the 2016 election a referendum of which was worse, Hillary’s record as First Lady, or Hillary’s record as Secretary of State.

topdog on February 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

More scolding from Ed “Next Hill” Morrissey.

I say throw everything at her and make up some more like they do. We had Romney killing people by proxy, his wife draining the resources of America to ride a horse for therapy and on and on and on.

Meanwhile Hillary not only stands by her man regarding sexual trysts, she ran interference for him! That’s not an issue to use when the left ramps up their war on wimmin mantra?

And just like the Phil Robertson dust-up, it came from a planted question in Vogue Magazine to Rand Paul’s wife months earlier that was brought up by NBC just to try to get it out of the way.

DanMan on February 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Rand is making them defend themselves as opposed to attacking.

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

WOW – what a great point. And, what a great lesson.

jake-the-goose on February 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Anyone think he is testing the waters?

jake-the-goose on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Dear God I hope not. He promised Ann he wouldn’t…

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Says the guy who blew the third and pivotal debate by agreeing with 0 nine times.

Bmore on February 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

She has NO record at state, except that all her/obama’s policies are failures.

Mitt, just be decent and go home.

Meanwhile

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I totally agree. Bill and Hillary have been joined at the hip since he was governor of Arkansas. Everything is fair game, even those sealed records at the Clinton library.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Agreed. Rand is making them defend themselves as opposed to attacking.

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

That’s the only way to deal with leftists. You HAVE to keep them on the defensive.

ConstantineXI on February 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

A lot of the current crop of young voters were children during that mess and what they’ve heard in the meantime is a fabrication or whitewash. Therefore, anything that is thrown up against her with regard to the Clenis’ dalliances will look doubly bad to them and reflect horribly on anyone trying to use it against her.

That ship has sailed, unfortunately.

tru2tx on February 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Benghazi or whatever “scandal” the tea party chooses to obsess over will always be a winner. Worked well in 2012. More please.

loveofcountry on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Dear God I hope not. He promised Ann he wouldn’t…

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I did not know that. I suspect he is a man of his word.

jake-the-goose on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

and yet the lsm and the left had NO PROBLEM going back 50 years with Mitt and the so called bullying?

I think the GOP is trying to remind folks do we want another 4 years of the old guard….
yes focus on her awful time as SOS but again its the double standard of the dems can get away talking about the past and the gop are not allowed to because it will be futile…

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Romney is right about this.
It needs to be Benghazi 24/7…

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Why not attack her with everything shes done bad?

A lot of the LIVs couldn’t care less about Ben Ghazi or what’s his name…

the_nile on February 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Heck. I would publish a paper dealing with her “issues” from her time with the Rose Law Firm on to her resignation as Secretary of State, including that horrible night in Benghazi.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Romney: Keep focus on Hillary’s Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife’s record at State.

FIFY.

Galtian on February 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

So I think Rand Paul is doing a great job of providing background about the War on Women and how the Democrats are such total hypocrites about it. More GOP need to do this. Just bring it up, remind people.

PattyJ on February 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

this

cmsinaz on February 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Heck. I would publish a paper dealing with her “issues” from her time with the Rose Law Firm on to her resignation as Secretary of State, including that horrible night in Benghazi.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Her ANGRY testimony in the Senate about Benghazi alone should disqualify her to be county dog warden.

ConstantineXI on February 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Taking advice from the guy who wouldn’t fight Candy Crowley?

portlandon on February 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I tend not to take advice from losers. Romney is important for what we shouldn’t do, not what we should do.

NotCoach on February 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Romney ’08

Romney ’12

Romney ’16

It’s gotta stick sometime, right?

libfreesMom on February 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Funny how extreme losers like Romney and McCain get so much airtime on TV. What they say should be disregarded with extreme prejudice.

dnonnema on February 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Benghazi or whatever “scandal” the tea party chooses to obsess over will always be a winner. Worked well in 2012. More please.

hateofcountry on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Tell us again what Hillary is going to run on…

Del Dolemonte on February 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Her ANGRY testimony in the Senate about Benghazi alone should disqualify her to be county dog warden.

ConstantineXI on February 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Yep. That soundbite should be running over and over and over……..

VegasRick on February 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

No one is trying to rehash the Clinton sexcapades in a vacuum. What Paul is, rightly, doing is pointing out the hypocrisy. Big difference. He’s not morally on his high horse or even outraged. Just simply, mocking/showing the left to be the hypocrites they are.

And the Dems/Media are cringing, hence today’s journolisto talking point: GOP is advised to drop this attack.

kevinkristy on February 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

libfreesMom on February 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I like how your crafted your post.

jake-the-goose on February 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Her ANGRY testimony in the Senate about Benghazi alone should disqualify her to be county dog warden.

ConstantineXI on February 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Yep. That soundbite should be running over and over and over……..

VegasRick on February 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

24/7

OmahaConservative on February 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Benghazi or whatever “scandal” the tea party chooses to obsess over will always be a winner. Worked well in 2012. More please.

loveofcountry on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

So Romney was a Tea Party guy huh??

Wow, the revalations that come out AFTER an election…

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

This is Romney’s weakness. He does not know how to street fight in politics. He is just too nice.

I would bring Juanita Broderick to the forefront.

Many women have come forward about predatory behavior about Bill. The question is why is Hillary an enabler?

No Chop Charlie on February 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Didn’t Mitt Romney actually try this stay above the fray and be a gentleman tactic?

How did that work out?

Didn’t McCain also try this in 2008 when he refused to go after Obama?

How did that work out?

These worthless men would rather lose than be forced to fight their leftist friends.

sharrukin on February 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Benghazi or whatever “scandal” the tea party chooses to obsess over will always be a winner. Worked well in 2012. More please.

loveofcountry on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Do you mean More Scandals, or more Gerrymandering??

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

hateofcountry on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Tell us again what Hillary is going to run on…

Del Dolemonte on February 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Her corkscrew landing under sniper fire, of course!

She ain’t no ways tiiiiiired!!

CurtZHP on February 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Why who anyone take advise from someone who called Obama a nice guy?

idesign on February 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Just FYI, your very own Sarah Palin has called Obama “a very nice man” before, but I’m sure you don’t have a problem with that.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

surrender monkeys unite!!
follow mitts advice.
its been a winning strategy so far….

dmacleo on February 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Benghazi or whatever “scandal” the tea party chooses to obsess over will always be a winner. Worked well in 2012. More please.

loveofcountry on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

loveofanothercountry, it’s the TEA party, you utter fool.

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Sarah Palin has called Obama “a very nice man” before…

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Sarah Palin never pulled her punches on Obama, and Romney was too busy attacking other Republicans in the primaries to bother fighting Obama at all.

sharrukin on February 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

She also wrote this on 1/20/14

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.

What else ya got?

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

So I think Rand Paul is doing a great job of providing background about the War on Women and how the Democrats are such total hypocrites about it. More GOP need to do this. Just bring it up, remind people.

PattyJ on February 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The problem is the mainstream media, which tells the low information voters how to think. The MSM just regurgitates small soundbites that make Paul seem like a bitter person who’s bringing up ancient history to make Hilary looked bad, “proving” he’s just another Republican that hates women.

KS Rex on February 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Given Hillary Clinton Rodham will likely divorce Bill Clinton before the 2016 conventions (and before Iowa if she needs to clear the Rat field), any criticism of Bill independent of Hillary will only help her.

Steve Eggleston on February 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Just FYI, your very own Sarah Palin has called Obama “a very nice man” before, but I’m sure you don’t have a problem with that.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

And you would be referring to her Speech she had prepared on
Election night 2008…the one the McCain people would not
allow her to read…you’re referencing that correct??

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Given Hillary Clinton Rodham will likely divorce Bill Clinton before the 2016 conventions (and before Iowa if she needs to clear the Rat field), any criticism of Bill independent of Hillary will only help her.

Steve Eggleston on February 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

That’ll never happen. They feed off each other and they have a good thing going. Their open marriage lets Bill have his fun, while she gets to hitch her wagon to his star power and fundraising clout.

CurtZHP on February 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Lib Media: “GOP needs to discuss the future and not look back. Bringing up things like Bill Clinton and rape or Hillary under sniper fire in Bosnia or What Difference does it make about Benghazi. Yada yada yada. This is old news, people. Focus on the future.”

And let us in the media dig into which GOP was a bigot, racist or a bully in junior high school – after all those are the formative years.

kevinkristy on February 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Mrs Clinton looks Simply Smashing with that albatross hung around her neck.

TimBuk3 on February 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM

And when our next Presidential candidate loses because they refuse to hit Clinton with EVERYTHING in the arsenal.. or when they get tarred with the social policy crap like homophobia, racist, and “war on women”– do we then get to blame the incompetent people like Romney..

Why the heck is he giving anyone advice on winning?

melle1228 on February 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

What Obama said about Mitt Romney:

A woman hater, a rich heartless corporatist, man who deliberately laid off employees with terminal illnesses to cut costs, a man who tied his dog to his car roof, a homophobic bully who humiliated classmates…

What Romney said about Obama: a decent well-meaning fellow who loves his family but is just in over his head.

And we should take the advice from this [two-time] loser?

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

rrpjr on February 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

This.. A million times this..

melle1228 on February 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

What Obama said about Mitt Romney:

A woman hater, a rich heartless corporatist, man who deliberately laid off employees with terminal illnesses to cut costs, a man who tied his dog to his car roof, a homophobic bully who humiliated classmates…

What Romney said about Obama: a decent well-meaning fellow who loves his family but is just in over his head.

And we should take the advice from this [two-time] loser?

MoreLiberty on February 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

rrpjr on February 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

If you want to make 2016 about Monica Lewinsky, get used to hearing “Madam President.”

myiq2xu on February 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

This is Romney’s weakness. He does not know how to street fight in politics. He is just too nice.

I would bring Juanita Broderick to the forefront.

Many women have come forward about predatory behavior about Bill. The question is why is Hillary an enabler?

No Chop Charlie on February 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

The rinos know how to fight dirty against conservatives.
Against fellow establishment cronies , not so much.

the_nile on February 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Given Hillary Clinton Rodham will likely divorce Bill Clinton before the 2016 conventions (and before Iowa if she needs to clear the Rat field), any criticism of Bill independent of Hillary will only help her.

Steve Eggleston on February 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Here’s a keeper of a prediction. She won’t divorce Bill until she’s done with him. Right now Democrats and many Independents worship the guy. No, Bill will hang in her web for a little while longer – that’s my prediction.

rhombus on February 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Now we see why Romney couldn’t beat a vulnerable incumbent: not perceptive enough. Stay on that jet ski, Mitt, and let other people with a clue develop strategy.

Of course Hill dog is going to run on Bill’s record. Her platform will be:

(1) “Historical” presidency (first woman); and
(2) nostalgia for Clinton economy.

The only reason she pursues (2) is to plant in the voter’s mind that Bill will be in the Oval Office with her if she gets elected. Rand Paul is reminding Hillary that if she opens the door by running on her husband’s tenure, then she opens the door to EVERYTHING that went on in the Oval Office. She doesn’t get to pick and choose what to remind voters of.

will77jeff on February 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

She won’t divorce Bill until she’s done with him.

FTFY

myiq2xu on February 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I like the idea of making the 2016 election a referendum of which was worse, Hillary’s record as First Lady, or Hillary’s record as Secretary of State.

topdog on February 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

And let’s not ignore the rip-roaring success of her tenure as a US Senator.

NavyMustang on February 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Romney shouldn’t be saying we have to evaluate HRC’s record. he should be evaluating it on air, RIGHT NOW.

KenInIL on February 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

If you want to make 2016 about Monica Lewinsky, get used to hearing “Madam President.”

myiq2xu on February 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

No one said it would focus on Lewinsky.

Everything will be used.

the_nile on February 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Here’s a keeper of a prediction. She won’t divorce Bill until she’s done with him. Right now Democrats and many Independents worship the guy. No, Bill will hang in her web for a little while longer – that’s my prediction.

rhombus on February 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

She’s done with him. Hint – begin pracicing saying “First Lady Huma”.

Steve Eggleston on February 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Anyone hear Kathleen Willey’s blistering attack on Hillary (echoing Rand Paul)?
http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/clinton-volunteer-hillary-is-the-war-on-women/

Go Paul.

Romney, go play with your grandkids and leave politics to men who know what it means to fight.

rrpjr on February 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

“Practicing”, even.

Steve Eggleston on February 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

and let other people with a clue develop strategy.

Were you part of that strategy that turned Bill Clinton, sexual predator into a martyr for personal privacy?

rhombus on February 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Romney, Newest gop Media whore.

Go out and do the bidding for the Progressive gop Ruling class by torpedoing (or speaking disparingly) anyone that’s actually a LIMITED GOVERNMENT Conservative (in word, AND DEED).

I’m sorry I ever voted for this loser that curled up and gave up in that 2nd debate (when he was ahead by 6 after the first debate).

He’s just another gop ruling class tool.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/262557-gallup-romney-opens-up-6-point-national-lead

Mitt Romney picked up two points overnight among likely voters and now holds a 6-percentage point lead nationally over President Obama, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll.

Romney takes 51 percent support against 45 percent for Obama in the Gallup poll of likely voters, and also leads 48 to 46 among registered voters.

The survey is a rolling seven-day average through Oct. 16 and does not include polling data taken after Tuesday night’s debate in New York.

Gallup only began tracking likely voters earlier this month. The 6-point margin is Romney’s biggest lead yet in the survey, and comes less than three weeks before the election.

PappyD61 on February 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Romney is right about this. Hillary’s purely political decision to “stand by her man” despite the Monica Lewinsky / Paula Jones scandals won her a huge sympathy vote among women when she ran for Senate in 2000. Attacking Bill Clinton on his sexual adventures of the 1990′s will only hand Hillary a huge share of women’s votes, which could propel her to the Presidency.

In 2008, Hillary ran in the primary against Obama as the experienced and competent woman against the “naïve” Obama, but lost. If Hillary tries to portray herself as competent in 2016, her Benghazi blunder SHOULD be used against her, as well as other blunders such as the “reset” button which Putin has used to great advantage, and her support of a dictator in Honduras against that country’s own constitution.

If Obamacare is still as unpopular in 2016 as it is now (or worse), Republicans can dig up Hillary’s support for something very similar in 1993, and ask the electorate how someone who tried to push something worse than Obamacare through Congress in 1993 can fix Obamacare now.

Steve Z on February 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Romney once again showing R’s how to lose elections.

clearbluesky on February 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

sharrukin on February 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

That really wasn’t my point. idesign defends all things Palin and she knocked Romney for calling Obama “a nice guy,” but of course, doesn’t seem to have a problem with Palin calling Obama a “very nice man.”

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

See above.

Also, remember this from Romney?
“President Obama’s foreign policy is one of passivity and denial. And that places America and our friends and allies at the mercy of events and those who mean to do us harm.”
“In a dangerous world, we can’t allow indifference to undermine security. Only strength and clarity can keep the peace. When I’m president, I’ll reverse President Obama’s defense cuts. I’ll call terrorism what it is. I will never abdicate American leadership — and I will never apologize for America.”

Both Romney and Palin have called Obama “nice” and both have ripped him.

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Nope, in fact, I’m not. I’m referencing Palin’s interview in 2009 with Hannity.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Were you part of that strategy that turned Bill Clinton, sexual predator into a martyr for personal privacy?

rhombus on February 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

He became a martyr because the press didn’t point out the fact that whole instance was about PERJURY.. Scooter Libby was jailed for exactly the same thing.. Another hypocrisy to hit the Clinton’s on.

melle1228 on February 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I say bring it ALL up. From her lying during Watergate and getting fired for it, lying to cover for Bill to lying during Benghazi. Tie her up with her own lies again and again and again. Tie her to obamas lies and hillarycare and obamacare.

CrimsonFisted on February 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Iremember the results of November 6, 2012, from Romney, better.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Of course Hill dog is going to run on Bill’s record. Her platform will be:

(1) “Historical” presidency (first woman); and
(2) nostalgia for Clinton economy.

The only reason she pursues (2) is to plant in the voter’s mind that Bill will be in the Oval Office with her if she gets elected. Rand Paul is reminding Hillary that if she opens the door by running on her husband’s tenure, then she opens the door to EVERYTHING that went on in the Oval Office. She doesn’t get to pick and choose what to remind voters of.

will77jeff on February 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Sure she gets to pick and choose, because her Party controls the National Media.

So we will hear about how “good” the Clinton economy was, not how that “economy” was inherited from Clinton’s predecessor. According to the Fed, the recovery actually began in March of 1991. But the National Media censored the story in order to get a Democrat in the White House.

And we’ll not hear how that Clinton economy was basically all smoke and mirrors.

And we certainly will not hear how Bill Clinton left his successor the 9/11 attacks.

Del Dolemonte on February 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Both Romney and Palin have called Obama “nice” and both have ripped him.

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Nope, in fact, I’m not. I’m referencing Palin’s interview in 2009 with Hannity.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

That’s “Nice”

Gee, I wonder if she would ever call him that if she were
a candidate for the Presidency???

Romney did it while Running against the man…not too damn
smart now, is that?

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Iremember the results of November 6, 2012, from Romney, better.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

That really doesn’t address anything I said, but okay. I’m sure you remember the results from November 4, 2008 and Palin quitting as Governor, too? See how easy it is to deflect?

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

That really wasn’t my point. idesign defends all things Palin and she knocked Romney for calling Obama “a nice guy,” but of course, doesn’t seem to have a problem with Palin calling Obama a “very nice man.”

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Because one of them said it out of politeness and the other said it because they mean it. One of them fights and the other stands like a deer in the headlights when those mean Democrats say nasty things about him.

They are not in any way related to each other even if the words are absolutely identical because they both have a history behind them in which to judge these things.

Romney likes Obama and he likes Obama’s policies which is why he agreed with so many of them at the debates and elsewhere. Palin doesn’t.

sharrukin on February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

She’s done with him. Hint – begin pracicing saying “First Lady Huma”.

Steve Eggleston on February 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

So there will be a “Weiner” in the White House?

oldroy on February 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Is it as dumb as calling a guy a “very nice man” after losing an election where you accused him of “palling around with” terrorists and called him dishonest? Not sure how you can call a guy a “very nice man” after that.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Who is the most “electable”?

Ahhhh, yes. The mainstream (Lynch mob) media trots it out at every election cycle to help the gop determine it’s Progressive nominee.

http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/is-rick-santorum-more-electable-than-mitt-romney/romney-is-more-electable-but-needs-to-clean-up-campaign

To hear the mainstream media and others tell it, former Gov. Mitt Romney is the only candidate among the four remaining in the Republican “circular firing squad” primary that is even remotely electable.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-01-17/news/bal-romneys-electable-but-is-he-likeable-20120113_1_romney-mitt-likeable

While Mitt Romney continues to depend on the notion that he is the Republican best equipped to beat President Barack Obama in November, another question of perception hovers over him. Do voters like the guy?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-secret-of-mitt-romneys-iowa-success-electability/2012/01/02/gIQAPBiVWP_blog.html

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ’s rise to the top of the polls in Iowa is built almost exclusively on a single word: electability.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/ohio-gop-likes-santorum-but-loves-romney-s-electability-20120305

“I think it looks like it’s moving in Governor Romney’s favor,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who has been Romney’s chief surrogate in the state. “What happened in Michigan was probably helpful — that’s our neighboring state. I really think folks want a winner. They are looking for a candidate who shares their values and a candidate who can win in November, and they find in Mitt Romney both of those things.”

PappyD61 on February 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM

That really doesn’t address anything I said, but okay. I’m sure you remember the results from November 4, 2008 and Palin quitting as Governor, too? See how easy it is to deflect?

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

HAHAHAHAHHHAHAH!!

You’ll do until Bluegill arrives..

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Y’

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Given Hillary Clinton Rodham will likely divorce Bill Clinton before the 2016 conventions (and before Iowa if she needs to clear the Rat field), any criticism of Bill independent of Hillary will only help her.

Steve Eggleston on February 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

That’ll never happen. They feed off each other and they have a good thing going. Their open marriage lets Bill have his fun, while she gets to hitch her wagon to his star power and fundraising clout.

CurtZHP on February 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Correct. Divorce is pointless and has been for decades. She is asexual anyway. And he ain’t got much time left. And it would destroy much of their joint ‘ventures’.

She’s never going to divorce him because what difference, at this point, would it make?

Lanceman on February 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Is it as dumb as calling a guy a “very nice man” after losing an election where you accused him of “palling around with” terrorists and called him dishonest? Not sure how you can call a guy a “very nice man” after that.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Can you focus on the here and now? We are talking about Romney who lost horrible, and is trying to give advice.. Palin isn’t running.. She has a television show.

melle1228 on February 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I don’t know how that posted.

Anyway, you know exactly why she stepped down. For someone, who identifies themselves as a “rank and file” Republican, you sure do use the same rhetoric as a Liberal Democrat.

kingsjester on February 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I’m proud I voted for Romney. He ran a bad campaign but he is a good man who would have made a great President. And who knows? Maybe if the Obama IRS hadn’t targeted conservative groups and Christie hadn’t endorsed Obama less than a week before the election, he would have won. And I agree, keep the focus on Hillary, not Bill Clinton. For whatever reason, the American people still seem to love the guy.

Jack_Burton on February 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

H

He became a martyr because the press didn’t point out the fact that whole instance was about PERJURY.. Scooter Libby was jailed for exactly the same thing.. Another hypocrisy to hit the Clinton’s on.

melle1228 on February 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

But you’re preaching to the choir here. A Democrat and many Independents would get all fired up about privacy and consensual relationships [ And Hillary escapes. That’s not a good strategy. Hillary, on the other hand, screwed up Benghazi royally and then participated in a lie. Yeah, I think talking about Benghazi is a far better strategery than the ancient definition of “is”. I don’t like wimpy Republicans either but I don’t like stupid ones either.

rhombus on February 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Because one of them said it out of politeness and the other said it because they mean it. One of them fights and the other stands like a deer in the headlights when those mean Democrats say nasty things about him.

So which one is which?

Michael Reagan said that not even his dad had a debate performance like Romney did in that first debate. He sure didn’t look like a deer in headlights there.

Romney likes Obama and he likes Obama’s policies which is why he agreed with so many of them at the debates and elsewhere. Palin doesn’t.

sharrukin on February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

See above. The first debate: Romney destroyed Obama (not sure there was much agreement there). The second debate: Romney was accused of being a bully and too aggressive (haven’t heard of too many times where a bully actually agrees with the person he’s bullying). But hey, whatever works for you.

Romney and Obama can’t stand each other. The extent of the nice words for Obama was that he’s a great husband and father, which most Republicans believe. Heck, even at the Alfred E. Smith, Romney was destroying Obama. Some people thought it was even a tad mean-spirited.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM

HAHAHAHAHHHAHAH!!

You’ll do until Bluegill arrives..

ToddPA on February 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Lol, you missed the point of my post. I was responding to a claim someone else made, and that person posted a non-sequitur about Romney losing the election. So I posted a non-sequitur about Palin quitting. I even commented in that post itself that it was an example of deflection. If you read the whole, you would know.

GOPRanknFile on February 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

The thing is, this is an important issue, inasmuch as the libs mad the Republican War on Women™into a relentless rallying cry. Hillary’s willingness to put ambition ahead of her husband’s philandering and sexual assaults is an important counter to this meme. Unfortunately, the LSM won’t allow it. Ever.

NY2SC on February 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

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