Romney capitalizes on 2012 clairvoyance about today’s global Hellscape with searing op-ed

posted at 8:41 pm on September 4, 2014 by Noah Rothman

It isn’t so much that former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was a prophet. Just that he had read a book or two.

Throughout the course of the campaign, the turnaround artist and blue state Republican issued some dire but necessary warnings to the American public about how the geopolitical environment was changing for the worse.

In 2012, Romney called it “troubling” and “alarming” that Barack Obama had essentially appeased the Russian bear by offering concessions like the withdrawal of interceptor missile and radar installations in Eastern Europe without reciprocity from Moscow. He said that Russia’s actions have made that nation “without question, our number one geopolitical foe.”

This prompted a flood of scorn and mockery from a raft of self-assured critics. But by 2014, after Russia had frustrated America’s ambition to contain the Syrian civil war, invaded neighboring Ukraine, and unilaterally annexed a portion of that nation’s territory into Russia proper, nearly all of Romney’s self-respecting critics were forced to concede that he had a point.

In that campaign and earlier, Romney warned that the Islamist goal was the establishment of a pan-Islamic caliphate state which would counter the West and add a grave new military dimension to the ideological struggle against jihadism.

“It’s this century’s nightmare, jihadism – violent, radical Islamic fundamentalism,” Romney said in 2007. “Their goal is to unite the world under a single jihadist caliphate.”

“This is about Shia and Sunni. This is about Hezbollah and Hamas and Al Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood,” he reiterated in a 2008 presidential debate. “This is a worldwide jihadist effort to try and cause the collapse of all moderate Islamic governments and replace them with a caliphate.”

Bingo again.

These comments were dug up by Obama supporters in 2012 to suggest that Romney had a penchant for conflating “all Muslims” with fundamentalists and would, as president, send Americans to “fight [the] whole Muslim world.”

Undeterred, Romney warned America during a presidential debate in October that, while the U.S. could not approach every Islamic extremist threat militarily, the threat would have to be confronted.

But we can’t kill our way out of this mess. We’re going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the — the world of Islam and other parts of the world, reject this radical violent extremism, which is — it’s certainly not on the run… It’s certainly not hiding. This is a group that is now involved in 10 or 12 countries, and it presents an enormous threat to our friends, to the world, to America, long term, and we must have a comprehensive strategy to help reject this kind of extremism.

American voters preferred a more comforting fiction manufactured by Barack Obama and his backers which promised that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism had receded. They were wrong, and the establishment of the Islamic State brought with it a wealth of unimaginable new horrors.

Romney is having a bit of a moment. Some have speculated that all this attention may lead the former Bay State governor to suspect he should mount a third run at the White House. Well, judging from an op-ed Romney published in Thursday’s Washington Post, he may be thinking about it. Or, at the very least, he does not want to tamp down any speculation just yet.

“Several arguments are advanced to justify the decimation of our defense,” Romney wrote of the shrinking of the U.S. military occurring at the same time as national security threats proliferate. “All of them are wrong.”

It is said that the first rule of wing-walking is to not let go with one hand until the other hand has a firm grip. So, too, before we jettison our reliance on U.S. strength, there must be something effective in its place — if such a thing is even possible. Further, the appeal to “common humanity” as the foundation of this new world order ignores the reality that humanity is far from common in values and views. Humanity may commonly agree that there is evil, but what one people calls evil another calls good.

There are those who claim that a multipolar world is preferable to one led by a strong United States. Were these other poles nations such as Australia, Canada, France and Britain, I might concur. But with emerging poles being China, Russia and Iran, the world would not see peace; it would see bullying, invasion and regional wars. And ultimately, one would seek to conquer the others, unleashing world war.

Some argue that the United States should simply withdraw its military strength from the world — get out of the Middle East, accept nuclear weapons in Iran and elsewhere, let China and Russia have their way with their neighbors and watch from the sidelines as jihadists storm on two or three continents. Do this, they contend, and the United States would be left alone.

That reference to a “multipolar world” is evidence that Romney has perused a few books on international relations theory, too. And that may be his most terrifying prophecy yet. The post-Cold War conflicts in which the United States has engaged have been perfectly asymmetrical. The return of multipolarity would result in the rise of spheres of influence, increase the chances for miscalculation, and likely result in symmetrical great power warfare of a kind the world has not seen since 1945.

The usual cast of characters will emerge to scoff and mock, too. It’s all they have left.


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I’m still not going to vote for him.

Diluculo on September 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Nope he’s not running for president…..nope no way.

bgibbs1000 on September 4, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Sorry to be off thread right off the bat but Nicole Wallace was chosen for a host on The View.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Give Romney his due for his geopolitical prescience. But give the nomination to someone who doesn’t need the benefit of hindsight to win.

de rigueur on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Wish he would have had this kind of fire when he was running.

gophergirl on September 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Romney is having a bit of a moment. Some have speculated that all this attention may lead the former Bay State governor to suspect he should mount a third run at the White House. Well, judging from an op-ed Romney published in Thursday’s Washington Post, he may be thinking about it. Or, at the very least, he does not want to tamp down any speculation just yet.

Sounds like Romney is the new Chris Christie. He won’t run, says he won’t run, but Mittwit pundits keep saying that he’s left the door open to running. The pressure mounts, the hype builds, and in the end it all turns out to be nothing but the rabid, maniacal fanaticism of the very establishment types who were pushing the idea in the first place.

Stoic Patriot on September 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Sorry to be off thread right off the bat but Nicole Wallace was chosen for a host on The View.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Are you surprised? LOL

idesign on September 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Meh.

Most of the commenters here at HotAir were far more accurate — and, more importantly, far less cowardly — in their analysis of DogEater and his policies that Mittens will ever be …

ShainS on September 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

2012: Romney — Russia is our most serious adversary
2012: Obama — Reagan called, he wants his 1980s foreign policy back
2014: Russia invades Ukraine (as predicted by Sarah Palin)
2014: Obama — invading Ukraine is so 1980s!

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I don’t know who Nicole Wallace is, and really don’t care. Especially since I’d rather gouge my eyes out with a lawnmower than watch the spew.

Diluculo on September 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Sorry to be off thread right off the bat but Nicole Wallace was chosen for a host on The View.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Are you surprised? LOL

idesign on September 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

And Steve Schmidt works for Rick Perry. Schmidt and Wallace, snakes, both of them. They stabbed Sarah Palin in the back.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Sorry to be off thread right off the bat but Nicole Wallace was chosen for a host on The View.
Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I can top that: the “regulars” on Meet the Press for the panel were announced and include UpChuck Todd as host, Little Luke Russert as a panelist, and presenting the “Conservative” side every week -you guessed it- Schmoe Scarborough.

Marcus on September 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Terrible campaigner, but the media was stacked against him and I do have disagreements with him, but he’d have been an effective, overall decent president. As opposed to the mess currently there.

rbj on September 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Big deal. Sarah Palin saw all this coming from her house in 2008.

Judge_Dredd on September 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Romney would be an excellent choice for Secretary of Defense in the next Administration.

rockmom on September 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Here’s the HA fellating of a big government statists Republican right after its attempted take down of Rand Paul. Right on schedule.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Sorry to be off thread right off the bat but Nicole Wallace was chosen for a host on The View.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Of course they would choose someone who threw Palin under the bus as a co-host. Not surprised one bit.

GOPRanknFile on September 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Hey all you conservative purity test idiots….(so pathetic)

How do those BIG BARACK BALLS taste?

Let’m roll around in your mouth for a while……you’ll get use to it!

F U ALL

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

And Steve Schmidt works for Rick Perry. Schmidt and Wallace, snakes, both of them. They stabbed Sarah Palin in the back.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

And I wonder who advised Perry on that one?

Stupid move!

idesign on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

And here’s your comment, along with your click. :) They gotcha good.

thebrokenrattle on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

And Steve Schmidt works for Rick Perry. Schmidt and Wallace, snakes, both of them. They stabbed Sarah Palin in the back.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Yeah. In my opinion, the most damning thing I’ve ever seen about Perry, who I supported to the end in 2012. Well, next to him hiring Henry Barbour. Which is an unforgivable transgression.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

You know Mitt, too bad you didn’t Sear Candy Crabazz in that
debate huh?

As GG pointed out, where was this Fire in the 2012 Fall Campaign?

I’m getting pretty damn tired of this Hindsight Horsesh*t.

ToddPA on September 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Mitt the magnificent, seer of all things.

All things…except his flipflops, shitty campaign, a red ‘record’ light, and his 2012 loss.

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

And here’s your comment, along with your click. :) They gotcha good.

thebrokenrattle on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Yep. Which is why I’m probably going to begin another year-long boycott of HA very soon.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

How do those BIG BARACK BALLS taste?

Let’m roll around in your mouth for a while……you’ll get use to it!

F U ALL

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

You tell us. You’re tastin’ ‘em too, buddy. And it’s get “used” to it, not use. So pathetic.

Judge_Dredd on September 4, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I hope the readers here are as miniscule in number as their apparent IQ.

flataffect on September 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Judge_Dredd on September 4, 2014 at 9:03 PM

How original

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Romney capitalizes on 2012 clairvoyance about today’s global Hellscape with searing op-ed

LOL.

Mittens wasn’t even “clairvoyant” enough to say much of anything about Benghazi or recognize what a serious threat to Western civilization Barky had already been for near 4 years.

I’m glad that you are impressed by Mittens saying things that everyone with even half a brain knew, though most people with at least that half a brain also understood that Barky was the danger and that he had to be beaten at all costs and holding nothing back.

But … too late. America has already been killed, the idiot Vichy GOP in the House re-elected Barky’s golf buddy to keep the House helping Barky destroy every last vestige of American society and culture, and the world has descended into the exact chaos that people had warned about IN 2008!!

Let Mittens fade back into obscurity, already. That’s where he belongs. “Clairvoyance” … ROFLMAO.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Romney believes America is part of the solution to world stability and Obama believes we are the problem.
It is that simple.
Obama is not on our side first.
He never was.

NeoKong on September 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Like chickens to the roost…….

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

I’m still not going to vote for him.

Diluculo on September 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Why are you gonna vote for hillary?

The Notorious G.O.P on September 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

A multipolar world doesn’t have to be a world that we accept countries like China and Russia doing whatever they want. These countries have a 50′s mentality about geopolitics. Bay pigs, Cuban missile crisis attitude. America asks countries to accept things we would never accept ourselves.

We should not be rooting of a uni-polar world where America does what it wants. We want all countries to explain their intent and act as responsible actors on the world stage. I am down with that. But we can’t have credibility if we refuse to explain ours. America throughout its history has done many Russian-esque and China-eque things. Something China and Russia are all too quick to remind us of.

Romney wants a muscular military. But America already has the most muscular military the world has ever seen. And I know Empires. No other in history has ever come close to what we have achieved.

That muscle can’t be used to bully other countries as we have done in the past. Our military should be defend America. And we need to come up with a plan to PAY for any plan to make it “muscular.” NO taxes, no debt increase doesn’t jive with muscular military. it never has and never will. Either you think debt is a detriment to our nation, or you think a military that can’t fight it’s way to all problems around the world is.

Next op-ed should be how we are going to pay for it. It better not be we pay for it by not feeding the poor and cutting medicare. That would truly be the beginning of the end of the American Empire.

coolrepublica on September 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

In 2012, Romney called it “troubling” and “alarming” that Barack Obama had essentially appeased the Russian bear by offering concessions like the withdrawal of interceptor missile and radar installations in Eastern Europe without reciprocity from Moscow.

Not to mention that Obama promised to be even more “flexible” with the Rooskies after his re-election.

itsnotaboutme on September 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Noah; bullet points dammit.

Bullet points.

KMC1 on September 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

And Steve Schmidt works for Rick Perry.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Is that true? If so, there goes any chance Perry might have had.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

It goes both ways ballmouth. Pussies too afraid to support an actual conservative ended up giving a losing candidate the nomination. Yes Mitt would have been better than obummer, but so would any one of my dogs. Doesn’t say much for Mitt.

Diluculo on September 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

How do those BIG BARACK BALLS taste?

Let’m roll around in your mouth for a while……you’ll get use to it!

F U ALL

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

funny. romney lost for the very reasons we said he would even WITH us voting for him and yet its our fault.
kiss my a$$

dmacleo on September 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Is that true? If so, there goes any chance Perry might have had.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Dude. It’s not just Steve Schmidt. Henry Barbour too.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

As a rule, I hate squishes a much as anyone here, but I’d make an exception for Romney… again.

307wolverine on September 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Ex-Centcom Leader Blasts Obama’s Iraq Approach

Via Tampa Tribune

For years, Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine General who once ran U.S. Central Command, blistered the administration of George W. Bush for its handling of Iraq.

Now Zinni is teeing up on President Barack Obama’s approach in Iraq, saying he is “worried” by Obama’s cautious approach to the current crisis and the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State.

“My God, we are the most powerful nation in the world,” says Zinni, who was widely reported to have been passed over for the ambassadorship to Iraq in 2009 by Obama. “This is a moment we have to act. How many Americans getting their throats cut on TV can we stand?” a reference to journalists James Foley and Florida native Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by IS.[...]

“Remember the pivot?” Zinni asks facetiously, referring to Obama’s stated desire to shift military focus to Asia. “How the hell is that working out for you? We are mired down in the Middle East. There is a crisis in Ukraine. Our southern border is a problem. It shows a naïveté or not getting the world situation.”

As someone who has spent years dealing with military and government leaders in the Middle East, Zinni says the seeming indecision by Obama is creating problems in the region.

“I still stay in touch with the leadership there,” says Zinni, who was Centcom’s commander headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base from 1997-2000. “They are confused…A theme I’ve heard is that ‘you guys can’t manage things anymore.’”

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

dmacleo on September 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Did I just see you on WUWT?

otherwise…

Romney didn’t need to be omniscient. He got to sit in on some NSA briefings. That would mean O’bozo just doesn’t care.

WryTrvllr on September 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

WryTrvllr on September 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

probably
mentioned wasp height…or lack of this year.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/04/global-temperature-update-no-global-warming-for-17-years-11-months/#comment-1727914

dmacleo on September 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Imagine the praises of the prescient wisdom of these predictions had our current Resident in Chief spoken them.

Unfortunately, Barky’s thoughts have the depth of a baking sheet.

Glenn Jericho on September 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

And, regardless of whether he runs or not, he is doing damage, clinton-style.

WryTrvllr on September 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Always wanted to live there. Envy.

WryTrvllr on September 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

2012: Romney — Russia is our most serious adversary
2012: Obama — Reagan called, he wants his 1980s foreign policy back
2014: Russia invades Ukraine (as predicted by Sarah Palin)
2014: Obama — invading Ukraine is so 1980s!

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy of the 1980′s worked great then, and it would work great again if given a try.

But prophets of war and destruction are never welcome in their own country (even if they are dead right), and people prefer siren songs of peace.

Reagan warned of Soviet expansion in 1964 while campaigning for Goldwater, who got trounced. He warned us again in 1976 and lost the primary to Ford, who lost to the peanut peacenik Carter. Only in 1980, when we had 50 diplomats as hostages in Iran, and Carter’s kissing Brezhnev’s nether regions led to a dangerous situation, did people vote for Reagan.

After the Berlin Wall came down, America elected Bill Clinton, who promised a “peace dividend” by drawing down the military. This inattention to foreign threats led to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.

Sarah Palin warned in 2008 that Russia would invade Ukraine. She was right, but people preferred Obama, the cut-and-run candidate of peace, who won the Nobel Peace Prize during his first year in office, before he had done anything. Romney warned of Russia’s expansionism and the dangers of Islamist terrorism in 2012 and was correct, but he was ridiculed by the “peace in our time” candidate.

How dangerous does the world have to be by 2016 for people to vote for a President who will defend America’s allies and stand up to her enemies around the world?

This is true not only in America, but in Britain. Winston Churchill was warning of Nazi expansion during the 1930′s, but Britons elected Neville “peace in our time” Chamberlain. Only when Britain was actually bombed did its citizens elect Churchill. As soon as World War II was won, British voters threw Churchill out.

Steve Z on September 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Why do y’all think it was conservatives who sat out the 2012 elections?

It wasn’t: it was the freaking squishy middle-of-the-road generic Republicans who didn’t get up off the couch. Why do you think the failure of ORCA, that idiotic GOTV business was so devastating? Its only the low-info, low interest voters you pick up that way, not fervent conservatives who actually believed in the damage a second Obama term would create. We held our noses and voted. We voted, you obscene little moron.

This whole oh noes da trucons wrecked our candidate crap was cooked up by the GOPe to explain their stupendous SECOND failure against a totally beatable Obama.

But hey! You’ll never blame yourselves for electing Obama, amiright?

Dolce Far Niente on September 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Hey all you conservative purity test idiots….(so pathetic)

How do those BIG BARACK BALLS taste?

Let’m roll around in your mouth for a while……you’ll get use to it!

F U ALL

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

How’s that “electablility” workin’ out for ya? No, let me guess, you’re the only one who didn’t brag he was the only electable candidate.

Dongemaharu on September 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Is that true? If so, there goes any chance Perry might have had.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Dude. It’s not just Steve Schmidt. Henry Barbour too.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

LOL…all Perry has to do now is find a spot for Mike Murphy and he’ll be set.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Wish he would have had this kind of fire when he was running.

gophergirl on September 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

He had many chances to throw shovels full of truth in Barry’s face but didn’t. His first response to fat ass Candy Crowley should have been, “hey now, you the moderator or his coach?”

arnold ziffel on September 4, 2014 at 9:24 PM

And Steve Schmidt works for Rick Perry.

LashRambo on September 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Is that true? If so, there goes any chance Perry might have had.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Oh yes he did. He hired Stevie…

they’re all thick as thieves….Barbour’s kid also…

People continue to wonder why I SUPPORT the Woman from Alaska.

With each passing day, I’m more sure of my instincts than
ever before..

I voted for Mitt, so Stick that up your AZZ dmann.

ToddPA on September 4, 2014 at 9:24 PM

No other in history has ever come close to what we have achieved.

You claimed that this is your ‘new country’ and that you arrived here from your ‘old country’, when you were claiming to be an immigrant and criticizing this nation, which you reference and seem to echo in your claim “And I know Empires”. This makes that ‘we’ seem unearned and hypocritical… unless you’ve served in the United States Armed Forces to make that contribution and could thereby claim to have earned that ‘we’ in terms of this nation’s military achievements.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 9:25 PM

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Shut your filthy trap, or wash your mouth out with soap, you degenerate.

I VOTED FOR your Golden Boy Mitt.

Don’t.Blame.Me.if he didn’t win the whole prize. For lack of trying, I might add. He tried harder against his Republican opponents in the primaries.

Oh, and if he’d enlisted Sarah Palin’s help on the campaign trail or at the convention he might have electrified the electorate. But he was too busy dissing her and talking about what a nice guy Obama was to ask for her help.

theotherone on September 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Steve Z on September 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Very nicely done. Bravo.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

How do those BIG BARACK BALLS taste?

If Barack has big balls, he has given no evidence of that in six years. Unless they’re golf balls.

Steve Z on September 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Oh, and if he’d enlisted Sarah Palin’s help on the campaign trail or at the convention he might have electrified the electorate. But he was too busy dissing her and talking about what a nice guy Obama was to ask for her help.

theotherone on September 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Well said.

Judge_Dredd on September 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

In 2012, American Voters had an opportunity to vote for a Presidential Candidate who was willing and able to protect our country.

But Low Information Voters often insist on learning basic lessons from history the hard way.

And Female Voters were more afraid of losing their “Abortion Rights” than of ISIS/ISIL and other threats to world security.

Sadly we are all stuck with the government that 51% of us deserve.

Elections do have consequences! Vote more carefully America!

wren on September 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

He said that Russia’s actions have made that nation “without question, our number one geopolitical foe.”

I’m still not so sure he was right about that. As for the rest, it’s what just about any GOP pol would say. Palin has still been a little more prescient across the board.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Dolce Far Niente on September 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Well said. The conservatives did turn out, for the most part, and for the very reason you mention. There were far greater numbers of those more closely aligned with the center who stayed home rather than do what they had to in order to vote Obama out.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Has a president ever been reelected shoveling a bigger pile of bullchyt than Barack Obama?

crrr6 on September 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’m still not so sure he was right about that. As for the rest, it’s what just about any GOP pol would say. Palin has still been a little more prescient across the board.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Yet somehow, the media that mocked her Ukraine comments are still respectable? Bizarro World.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Elections do have consequences! Vote more carefully America!

wren on September 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

The GOP should also be a little more careful in what kind of nominee they put forward.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Fish in a barrel……………..

The road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions.

As such those intentions displace critical thinking and a selfless perspective of what is of value.

All Hail Hillary!

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Would Romney be given the Nobel for just being elected?

Nope.

He would have to earn it….

And then no.

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Fish in a barrel……………..

The road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions.

As such those intentions displace critical thinking and a selfless perspective of what is of value.

All Hail Hillary!

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

99% of us here voted for Mr Electable. It’s undeniable that on the international scene Romney would be just about infinitely preferable to Obama. But..Romney was a feckless candidate who flung more bile at Newt Gingrich than he ever would have dared against Obama. Road to hell and food intentions for sure.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

All Hail Hillary!

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Taste her balls, dmann. TASTE THEM!

Judge_Dredd on September 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Sorry to be off thread right off the bat but Nicole Wallace was chosen for a host on The View.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Really? Who the h3ll cares? Daytime tv can be sh!tcanned for all I care.

HiJack on September 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

*good, no food lol

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

I still get tickled thinking about all those commenters here who were saying “Just wait til Mitt trains that Death Star on Team O! It’s coming…any time now…just wait and watch…any time now…really…we mean it…” LOL

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

He was also mocked for his comment about northern Mali falling to Al Queda being a threat. Not long after, France had to send troops to save the country from Al Queda conquest.

KW64 on September 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

” LOL

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

My daughter isn’t pleased with us older folks…

We flucked up her future….

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I still get tickled thinking about all those commenters here who were saying “Just wait til Mitt trains that Death Star on Team O! It’s coming…any time now…just wait and watch…any time now…really…we mean it…” LOL

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Bluegill, Danish, Meredith, Petunia, the usual suspects.

Judge_Dredd on September 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Romney was\is right..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Taste her balls, dmann. TASTE THEM!

Judge_Dredd on September 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Well done Judge……well done!

Somehow mothballs seem right…………..

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

SEARING?!

ok go back to your golf game now……

Rea1ityCheck on September 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

My daughter isn’t pleased with us older folks…

We flucked up her future….

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

“We”? I didn’t run Romney’s campaign.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I hear you..:(

PS..Good to see you..:):)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

All Hail Hillary!

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

You clearly have a communist cankle fetish. Go vote for her then. It’s a free country.

Then go fcuk yourself.

Diluculo on September 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

“We”? I didn’t run Romney’s campaign.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

We…the Country…..

Not Romney specifically…

But it is We that allowed this country to become what it has become…

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Romney would be an excellent choice for Secretary of Defense in the next Administration.

rockmom on September 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I doubt Hillary will pick him.

DeweyWins on September 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

sorry but our votes are useless, the system is broken. From the local level to the white house. The whole system needs to be scrapped. The left has hijacked our schools and brain washed our children. hollywood does its part tearing down our moral fiber and our low information voters are mesmerized by the latest gadgets, facebook or whatever the latest cancer of the brain website (vine, pintrest). you can vote for your guy or my guy but at the end its all the same $hit. We have no chance.

phatfawzi on September 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Romney needs his version of Lee Atwater; someone to do the dirty work.

Tater Salad on September 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Dire Straits on September 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

:)

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

We have no chance.

phatfawzi on September 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

While I see your points..We STILL have a chance to turn this around and make things better..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I hope you and your daughter are doing well..:):)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM

But it is We that allowed this country to become what it has become…

Electrongod on September 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I would disagree a little. Other than voting, how do you stop it? I’ve voted for allegedly conservative candidates who then turned out to be pretty much Dem Lite. So what could “we” do other than demolish the GOP and start over?

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Not to belittle Romney here, but honestly, I am convinced there were many 12 year old’s that had enough sense to know these things. I knew these things and moaned about them as they were happening. Not when it was politically beneficial to separate myself from a political opponent.

Capitulating to bullies makes bullies more belligerent. News at 9! Not really a revelation there champ. Not exactly something that separates you from the crowd. Anyone that needs to dig this far down to make themselves look good is not good.

It is kind of like me saying that in 2005 I had already predicted the housing bubble and the eventual crash. I had. I already knew house prices were moving too fast. I started house searching in 2001. Prices were outstripping the speed at which I could build a down payment (granted, I was spending over $20,000 a year on over seas travel those years, but my savings rate was not lack luster). I had already looked at housing affordability against prevalent wages. I was watching the average commuting distance for where I was looking for a home grow ever longer. I was watching the commute time exponentially grow as more and more people were driving further distances. I watched my coworkers who bought new homes start arriving at work at 5:30 am in order to beat the rush hour traffic still complain about getting home after 6pm. Then I lost my job and moved out of California. I guess I am a better economic genius than Mitt Romney with far less resources. Since I prognosticated that event.

And I also Prognosticated the Belligerent Russia after Bush let Georgia go without any consequences as well as Obama’s and Hillary’s signals of weakness. I also argued that winning hearts and minds was going to work out about as well as it has. I also argued that the Rebels in Syria were going to be about as friendly as they are. I also argued that the results out of Lybia would be around what they are. Nothing less than what Romney has done, again, with far fewer resources than Romney has available to him to come to these conclusions.

Romney AINT nothing special we need.

astonerii on September 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

How do those BIG BARACK BALLS taste?

Let’m roll around in your mouth for a while……you’ll get use to it!

F U ALL

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Really? Sorry to hear these words from you to us. This little tantrum you are having. Does it happen often?

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

So many samurai

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Romney AINT nothing special we need.

astonerii on September 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Well to be fair Romney’s always seemed pretty hawkish on foreign policy. The question is how hawkish he would have remained in the face of withering media criticism, given his penchant for changing policy stances like he changes suits.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Tonight Fox had some clips of the men on the ground at Benghazi. Basically they were told to stand down for thirty minutes before they disobeyed orders. They believe they could have saved the Ambassador if they had not been told to stand down for 30 minutes.

The whole thing was covered up by the Obama administration, who spent more time on their cover story than they did on protecting Americans.

The media was complicit in the cover-up.

How does a Republican candidate overcome a corrupt media that is a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party?

I don’t see how Mitt could have won no matter what he did given the media situation. He was obviously right on those points. Most of us knew it, but the media relentlessly denied it and mocked him, very effective with LIV.

talkingpoints on September 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Romney had a lot of strengths…except he did not have the right political instincts. He failed to lob his best arguments against Obysmal with force. Instead he used his “machine” to undermine conservatives. He would have increased his turnout had he invited Palin into his fold. Instead the GOP convention deliberately snubbed her.

onlineanalyst on September 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

No, only when we cut off our nose to spite our face!

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Romney had a lot of strengths…except he did not have the right political instincts.

onlineanalyst on September 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Well yeah he’s deficient in that regard but what Romney lacked most of all was something that Mittfans of varying shades told us over and over was irrelevant and even undesirable: it’s called “charisma”.

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

We? We being the same group you just said FU to? Or we being the low info types we are surrounded by. We who exactly?

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 10:11 PM

talkingpoints on September 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

It’s interesting that Newbusters has a post showing that the major media, print and otherwise, never mention Obysmal’s name in any reference to Libyan fallout. O’s role in his spectacular effort to collapse Libya via the defeat of Gadaffi is never mentioned.

onlineanalyst on September 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

No, only when we cut off our nose to spite our face!

dmann on September 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Who did that? “We” voted for him, as already pointed out. Are we supposed to sing his eternal hosannas even after he gets shellacked?

ddrintn on September 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Romney had a lot of strengths…except he did not have the right political instincts. He failed to lob his best arguments against Obysmal with force. Instead he used his “machine” to undermine conservatives. He would have increased his turnout had he invited Palin into his fold. Instead the GOP convention deliberately snubbed her.

onlineanalyst on September 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

When they snubbed Palin at the GOP convention, my first thought was: “Romney doesn’t really want to win, does he?”

Of course, this was later confirmed by numerous sources including his son …

ShainS on September 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Yep. Which is why I’m probably going to begin another year-long boycott of HA very soon.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Awesome, we’ll miss ya but we’ll save a seat for you the whole year.

thebrokenrattle on September 4, 2014 at 10:13 PM

oh don’t forget voter fraud, i still believe the last election was stolen. every campaign stop Mit had showed huge turnouts in Ohio, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida and so on. And few days before the elcetion can’t remember if it was Gibbs or wasaman schults that tweeted wait till the final numbers we will win, really how did they know that. Republicans play fair and democrats play to win, at all cost. McConnell already said when he’s the senate majority leader he will change back the filibusterer rule. Really? Why?

phatfawzi on September 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM

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