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Romney has it all — except GOP stalwart support

 

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DALLAS – Mitt Romney has all the trappings of a GOP presidential front-runner except for one important thing: enthusiasm from party activists. Romney raised a remarkable $10.25 million on Monday; Republican officials from across the nation meeting the next day in Dallas mostly shrugged. In nearly two dozen interviews at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting, no one fully embraced Romney, and several said they'd like to see other candidates enter the race.

 

"A lot of Republicans are hoping someone new pops up," said Kirby Wilbur, GOP chairman in Washington state. "He keeps having to figure out who he is," a reference to Romney's changed positions on issues including abortion and health care.

 

Even top Republicans who are kinder to Romney showed only modest excitement about his positions and his prospects.

 

"Polls show Romney has to be considered the front-runner now," said New Hampshire state GOP chairman Jack Kimball, whose state plans to hold the first primary in early 2012. "But you'll see others gaining ground."

 

Kimball said Donald Trump's short but attention-grabbing presidential overture proved that "the American people want to see passion, want to see the gloves come off." Romney and others need to learn that lesson, he said.

 

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110518/ap_on_el_ge/us_romney_gop_indifference_2


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Rather than 'passion', I'd rather see a candidate with a reasoned, and well thought out position on the various issues. And maybe someone who doesn't change said position just because the wackadoodles in their party are screaming the loudest, and form policy based on the desire to be re-elected and to ensure the other party fails.

 

Hey, but what do I know? I'm sure Michelle Bachman will make a wonderful choice...

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Bachman ran screaming from a Minnesota bathroom when a retired nun and her lesbian partner tried to ask her about her position on gay rights.

 

Literally. Ran screaming.

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Bachman ran screaming from a Minnesota bathroom when a retired nun and her lesbian partner tried to ask her about her position on gay rights.

 

Literally. Ran screaming.

 

Bachman had "crazy eyes" during the last debate.

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She always looks like that.  She has that Nancy Pelosi crazy lady look that occurs when you have too many facelifts and other work done.  Not sure if Bachman has had work done or if that is just her natural look.

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She always looks like that.  She has that Nancy Pelosi crazy lady look that occurs when you have too many facelifts and other work done.  Not sure if Bachman has had work done or if that is just her natural look.

 

Huh, didn't consider that....but yeah, I've seen that same look on Pelosi lol.

 

You may be on to something with the surgery.

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Bachman ran screaming from a Minnesota bathroom when a retired nun and her lesbian partner tried to ask her about her position on gay rights.

 

Literally. Ran screaming.

 

Read it on the internet so it must be true?  Or was your buddy's girlfriend's old room mate's friend there to witness the scene first hand?

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Gary Johnson is indeed one of the better candidates out there. 

 

I used to do a lot of business travel to New Mexico while he was governor so read about him their local newspapers.  Seemed like a breath of fresh air.  He is libertarian, but for some reason I didn't find him quite as jerky as some of the other libertarians.

 

 

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Gary Johnson seems pretty solid, and I'm glad you guys brought him up. The media won't be doing him any favors, but he is definitely the type of candidate who brings real change to the equation.

 

I think Romney is plastic and comes across as fake. But, as long as it's politically wise to be vague and elusive,  guys like Romney will be the ones who get ahead in the polls.

 

And to that point, I present this whimsical video:

 

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The dangers of the Citizens United decision at play....

 

Mysterious company dissolves after giving $1 million to pro-Romney PAC

 

Did someone create a company for the sole purpose of giving to a political action committee trying to boost Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign?

 

That's what it looks like. As The Ticket reported earlier this week, three firms gave $1 million apiece to Restore Our Future, a conservative "super PAC" planning to spend millions to help Romney's White House bid.

 

One of those companies was W. Spann LLC, a mysterious New York-based company that apparently closed up shop last month shortly after its contribution to the pro-Romney PAC.

 

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There's no indication in the records of what the company did or who its owners or principals were.

 

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But W. Spann isn't the only mystery about big contributions to Restore Our Future.  As The Ticket previously reported, two other $1 million donations came from two equally mysterious companies:  Eli Publishing and F8 LLC. The two entities list the same Provo, Utah, address, according to FEC records, but there's no indication of what the companies do.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mysterious-company-dissolves-giving-1-million-pro-romney-142445497.html

 

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Pardon the old TV reference, but that million dollar mystery corporation reminded me of Arte Johnson's german soldier character in Laugh-In - and his trademark line - "Verrry Interesting".

 

More about it at HuffPost:  Secret Corporate Money Powers Pro-Romney Super PAC

 

Another "verrry interesting" aspect of Mitt Romney's campaign has been the nicknames he's been accumulating.  First, Tim Pawlenty combines ObamaCare and RomneyCare into "ObamneyCare".  Now, a Politico writer came up with The 'Mittness Protection Program' to decribe how Romney doesn't want to be anywhere near thorny political debates, like the recent debt debate.

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The dangers of the Citizens United decision at play....

 

Mysterious company dissolves after giving $1 million to pro-Romney PAC

 

Did someone create a company for the sole purpose of giving to a political action committee trying to boost Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign?

 

That's what it looks like. As The Ticket reported earlier this week, three firms gave $1 million apiece to Restore Our Future, a conservative "super PAC" planning to spend millions to help Romney's White House bid.

 

One of those companies was W. Spann LLC, a mysterious New York-based company that apparently closed up shop last month shortly after its contribution to the pro-Romney PAC.

 

................................

 

There's no indication in the records of what the company did or who its owners or principals were.

 

.................................

 

But W. Spann isn't the only mystery about big contributions to Restore Our Future.  As The Ticket previously reported, two other $1 million donations came from two equally mysterious companies:  Eli Publishing and F8 LLC. The two entities list the same Provo, Utah, address, according to FEC records, but there's no indication of what the companies do.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mysterious-company-dissolves-giving-1-million-pro-romney-142445497.html

 

 

Nice find Hts!!

 

This should certainly make for some interesting commentary during the next debate lol.

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Romney is supposed to outline a 'jobs plan' tonight, which includes tax cuts (of course) and 'getting tough' on China as the two main components.  While I certainly agree with the China approach, as our current trade agreement simply is not fair, I wonder if Perry/Bachmann will try to take advantage of this plan by showing how much the GOP primary voters' Walmart prices would go up if we did 'get tough' on China.  That might force them to buy name-brand as it certainly would be a lot tougher 'to buy that same dang thang on a Walmart shelf half-price'

 

 

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Romney told the Citadel students that he plans to reverse the massive defense cuts implemented by Obama.  Since there unfortunately have not been defense cuts under Obama, he must have been referring to a desire to return to the massive defense growth we saw under Bush, no?

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^ Why can't you get it, Hts. Obama is a muslim...or an Afrikaner, or something...I don't know....

 

San Dimas High School football rules!!

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Romney is supposed to outline a 'jobs plan' tonight, which includes tax cuts (of course) and 'getting tough' on China as the two main components.  While I certainly agree with the China approach, as our current trade agreement simply is not fair, I wonder if Perry/Bachmann will try to take advantage of this plan by showing how much the GOP primary voters' Walmart prices would go up if we did 'get tough' on China.  That might force them to buy name-brand as it certainly would be a lot tougher 'to buy that same dang thang on a Walmart shelf half-price'

 

 

 

 

Granting China most favored nation status was one of the worst decisions we ever made.  Shame on Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress that passed it.

 

NAFTA was the second worst mistake. 

 

Double shame.

 

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So, Romney wins the Iowa Caucus and then wins the New Hampshire Primary.

 

What's a Moderate Massachusetts Mormon got to do to get some conservative love?

 

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So, Romney wins the Iowa Caucus and then wins the New Hampshire Primary.

 

What's a Moderate Massachusetts Mormon got to do to get some conservative love?

 

 

Exactly what he's doing, apparently, except certain high-placed people are convinced he's going to lose, and there's Ron Paul threatening to upend the whole election. Romney got almost 40% at the end last night. That's pretty good in a crowded field, even for a guy who came in with a big advantage. Romney is the nominee. There's virtually no question, barring a runaway victory by Ron Paul in one of the next few primaries AND some big missteps by Romney.

 

Not sure that this idea that Romney has nobody excited has any real traction. Everybody wants to believe their guy is the only really exciting guy, but the numbers say otherwise, even in Iowa. The fact he 'won' at all in Iowa is notable. He's going to win SC by a smaller margin, but who cares? Nobody will be close, and the rest of the field, if they all stay in, will constantly be trading second, third, and fourth place finishes so that nobody can actually muster a real challenge to him.

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As much as I'd love to see Ron go 3rd party, I don't think it's likely because it could damage Rand Paul in the future.

 

Despite being a much more traditional candidate, Rand just might inherit the energetic following of his dad. Rand 2016 will have a much easier time courting social conseratives. Plus he has name recognition with none of the "baggage" of Ron ie legalizing drugs, fighting the FED, etc. The Republican party could embrace Rand in a way they never could with Ron.

 

But yeah, having Obama, Romney and Paul on the same stage would be some seriously good television. But the Republican party knows it would be suicide to diss Ron, he has too much support to ignore.

 

Maybe they'll work out some kind of deal that keeps Ron happy. Who knows, Romney could even make Rand the V.P. That would be huge.

 

 

 

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As much as I'd love to see Ron go 3rd party, I don't think it's likely because it could damage Rand Paul in the future.

 

Despite being a much more traditional candidate, Rand just might inherit the energetic following of his dad. Rand 2016 will have a much easier time courting social conseratives. Plus he has name recognition with none of the "baggage" of Ron ie legalizing drugs, fighting the FED, etc. The Republican party could embrace Rand in a way they never could with Ron.

 

But yeah, having Obama, Romney and Paul on the same stage would be some seriously good television. But the Republican party knows it would be suicide to diss Ron, he has too much support to ignore.

 

Maybe they'll work out some kind of deal that keeps Ron happy. Who knows, Romney could even make Rand the V.P. That would be huge.

 

 

 

 

The same people that like Ron Paul aren't going to simply flock to his son because they share the same last name.  The same things about Rand that may make him attractive to traditional conservatives are going to turn off the people that love his father because he's so wildly unique.  Paul Supporters--especially the young ones that have fueled his phenomenon--aren't going to simply slide on down to support his son unless there is good reason to.  And at this point, it seems that would take a serious change in his ideology.

 

This is Ron Paul's last go of it.  He can make a final stand and take a real shot at winning the White House, or he can fall in line with his adopted party like everyone else always does and fade into obscurity, never really using his popularity to change anything of substance.  If he truly believes that there is little difference between Obama and Romney (like many of his supporters might claim), then he really has nothing to lose.

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The same people that like Ron Paul aren't going to simply flock to his son because they share the same last name.  The same things about Rand that may make him attractive to traditional conservatives are going to turn off the people that love his father because he's so wildly unique.  Paul Supporters--especially the young ones that have fueled his phenomenon--aren't going to simply slide on down to support his son unless there is good reason to.  And at this point, it seems that would take a serious change in his ideology.

 

This is Ron Paul's last go of it.  He can make a final stand and take a real shot at winning the White House, or he can fall in line with his adopted party like everyone else always does and fade into obscurity, never really using his popularity to change anything of substance.  If he truly believes that there is little difference between Obama and Romney (like many of his supporters might claim), then he really has nothing to lose.

 

I think if Ron is still around to endorse Rand, that endorsement will go a long way.

 

But I have to agree, Rand isn't likely to ever be a rock star on the college circuit they way Ron is.

 

However, as much as Ron is winning over young voters in a landslide, it's still not translating to first place. A republican needs the religious right and the gray masses for the primary.

 

Anyhow, I have a sneaking suspicion that Rand is much more of a politician; unlike Ron he will be much more politically pragmatic. Plus, Ron's views on drugs, gay marriage, abortion are all HURTING him with average Republicans in the primary.

 

And speaking of pragmatism, hypothetically, say if RNC bigshots DID offer Rand the V.P. with RomBot, I wonder if Paul would see a "greater good" in being pragmatic and ushering Rand toward the presidency.

 

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Andrew Sullivan on some hard hitting anti-Romney political hitting going on...(from an anti-Romney super PAC)

 

Yes Romney Could Lose

 

...using Romneys work at Bain against him.  Seems like Romney is part of the 1% who was sticking it to Middle America.

 

...if Romney comes across as the man who made a fortune off this kind of Wall Street maneuvering, he becomes a symbol and a focus for all the roiling populist discontent out there. ...

 

Of all the jobs he liquidated, moreover, many are in the American heartland. And his response to the people in this documentary - white working class heartland Americans, the GOP base - is that they are merely envious of his achievements. They don't come off that way in the ad. They come off as bewildered, betrayed and sure that Romney's goal in all this was merely, solely to make money for himself - the kind of money that most Americans cannot even compute.

 

I simply cannot imagine a worse narrative for a candidate in this climate; or a politician whose skills are singularly incapable of responding to the story in any persuasive way...

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...then there's this from the Atlantic, on how the GOP contenders using Romney's being a capitalist pig against him crosses a certain line for the GOP donor base/establishment. ...that apparently you cant run an economic populist campaign from within the GOP...cultural populism is probably OK...

 

Attacks on His Bain Record Are Making Romney Stronger, Not Killing Him

 

After Mitt Romney's historic sweep of Iowa and New Hampshire, the GOP presidential contest now centers on this question: Will establishment Republicans and Romney backers convince his rivals to stop criticizing the former Massachusetts governor's work at Bain Capital? ....

 

....Look for the pro-Romney crowd to hit his rivals where it hurts: Their campaign bank accounts.

 

 

 

 

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Looks like Mitt did what most liberals do..... he won the big cities and got creamed in the rural areas.

 

For conservatives, it appears they are ready to try something Newt

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Mitt turns the tables on Newt in Florida.  Romney wins Florida by 14% after Gingrich won SC by 12%.

 

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How did Mitt do it?  Maybe it was his singing?

 

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OPINION

A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney

By DAVID JAVERBAUM

Published: March 31, 2012

 

THE recent remark by Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom that upon clinching the Republican nomination Mr. Romney could change his political views “like an Etch A Sketch” has already become notorious. The comment seemed all too apt, an apparent admission by a campaign insider of two widely held suspicions about Mitt Romney: that he is a) utterly devoid of any ideological convictions and b) filled with aluminum powder.

 

The imagery may have been unfortunate, but Mr. Fehrnstrom’s impulse to analogize is understandable. Metaphors like these, inexact as they are, are the only way the layman can begin to grasp the strange phantom world that underpins the very fabric of not only the Romney campaign but also of Mitt Romney in general. For we have entered the age of quantum politics; and Mitt Romney is the first quantum politician.

 

...

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/a-quantum-theory-of-mitt-romney.html?_r=1

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Mitt Romney re-emerged into the public spotlight over the weekend.  Well, sort of.

 

Mitt and Ann attended the big Pacquiao-Marquez fight in Vegas - as a personal guest of the Nevada State Athletic Commission - which entitles you to meet Manny Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight.  During the fight, Mitt and Ann were pretty visible in their ringside seats.  So much so, that during Marquez's dramatic sixth round knockout of Pacquiao, one alert viewer posted a screen grab that shows Mitt and Ann's reaction to the knockout.

 

Mitt Romney Picks a Boxing Match for His First Post-Election Public Appearance

 

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Not buying it. He wouldn't be able to just step in and win the primaries that fast.

 

It's more likely the GOP "establishment" (I am starting to loathe that word) puts up a 3rd party candidate ala Theodore Roosevelt. And I don't think that's very likely either.

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Also infowars as a source??? :o

 

Haha.  This Trump campaign is such a spectacle that it can't be contained or understood through traditional media or lines of thought.  There will be unlikely coincidences that will give conspiracy theorists decades of new material, but the actual facts will be stranger than their fictions. 

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Also infowars as a source??? :o

 

Haha.  This Trump campaign is such a spectacle that it can't be contained or understood through traditional media or lines of thought.  There will be unlikely coincidences that will give conspiracy theorists decades of new material, but the actual facts will be stranger than their fictions.

 

I kind of agree with parts of this

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Private equity in a nutshell. Buy a company with borrowed money. Pay themselves hefty management and consultant fees as they get the company on the "right path". Load the company of up with debit to pay said fees. Debt that prevents the company from functioning. Either bankruptcy or sold again. Pay little or not taxes thanks to the Carried Interest. 'merica.

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