Ali Akbar: On Mitt Romney

Before any contest was ever held, Romney was pronounced our nominee.

It bugged me. My fellow movement leaders refused to step up (except the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama), my buddies in the press mocked me privately, and operatives shunned my name.

I lead the most prominent and largest contiengent of “Not Mitt” folks over at NotMittRomney.com. Supporters of our cause are tens of thousands strong. I’ve signed my name to Op-Eds that have ran in key states during the primary, organized phone banks against Romney, and done at least one hundred interviews pleading our case.

Funny thing happened, we were right. Romney’s policies needed some brushing up, we got the press to stop talking about national polls and start talking about delegates, and we gave Romney a blow in more than a few states.

Furthermore, I endorsed Newt Gingrich right before South Carolina. Newt would have made an excellent President. I liked Newt, not only because he’s a friend, but because he was one of the few that is willing to actually reform entitlements.

It’s over though.

I don’t want — we don’t need a brokered Convention in late August with just weeks to take on President Obama. While Romney has base problems and policies that I think could still use some brushing up, this is a fight we need to happen. We need Romney and Obama to go up against each other. We need both of these candidates to evolve and hear the cry of the people.

I still remain concerned about Romney’s role as our Party leader, his rhetorical capabilities, and how he would govern as President. Hopefully he’ll reassure me over these next weeks, because I would like to work to help defeat Barack Obama. I’ve worked in both Mississippi and Alabama (elections coming up on Tuesday) for years. I want to encourage them to end this contest. This can happen now or in May/June.

Oh, there’s a Senate we have to capture and a House we must defend. This chaos, well, it’s actually the calm before the storm. Let’s save America.

Special thanks to my entire NotMittRomney.com team and some Romney supporters: Bill Murphy, Austin James, Zac Moffatt, Saul Anuzis, and Chandler Epp for keeping your heads screwed on tight while I lobbed cannon balls at your castle.

P.S. I wasn’t as close to Andrew Breitbart as I should’ve been. We had a working relationship on a few things though. And he was always willing to talk to me about non-political things. Before his passing though, he warned us all — Barack Obama is dangerous and we must support anyone willing to go up against him. I’m not there yet Andrew, but with recent revelations I’m beginning to understand more about that danger. And it scares me. I believe in America.

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144 thoughts on “Ali Akbar: On Mitt Romney

  1. David D

    Good post! I agree. While Romney was not my first choice and Im not sure that the contest is completely over as strange things can happen…but it appears that it would need something very strange to happen to stop what appears to be the path to a Romney nomination. I have said all along that I will support the Republican nominee from those currently running as long as it was not Ron Paul (as I believe his national defense philosophy would put us in more danger than obamacare would. I was completely comfortable supporting Gingrich, Santorum, or Romney. It may be time to close ranks and rally around Romney. I believe if we capture the senate and keep the house with solid conservatives, Romney will follow suit. I am looking with interest on who the VP nominee might be…Christie, Rubio, Rice ??? I think the Republican ticket could be very exciting when all is said and done.

  2. Amazona

    I agree. While I started off suggesting Romney (I liked a Romney/Bolton ticket) I saw things that made him less than perfect. While there are still some things I would change if I could, I don’t know how to change history so I am stuck with some of the things he has said and done.

    Unlike so many, though, I do not agree that past dictates present and future. I think he is honorable, and smart, and wants the best for the nation. I also think he understands that to be elected he has to be a staunch Constitutional Conservative, now, in this time and place, and that some wobbling off this path in the past absolutely will not be tolerated.

    I think he can be a good president, certainly far far better than what we have now, and can make great strides in fixing what is broken. I never thought we could find a candidate who could do it all, so I am less disappointed than many who wanted the ideal candidate.

    I also agree, very very strongly, that we have to get away from the mindset that this is just about the presidency. The real power lies at the state level and it is imperative to regain the Senate and hold the House.

    1. Amazona

      BTW, I am not a Christie fan, and think the “natural born” thing HAS to be resolved once and for all before we can look at Rubio or Jindal. Rice is an interesting choice, though I doubt she would be interested in leaving the relative sanity and serenity of her current life to get back into politics. I think the Everyman demeanor of Santorum would be a good balance for the aloofness of Romney and I like his focus on international affairs and his knowledge of Iran. Pawlenty is stil out there and don’t forget Daniels and Pence. Drawing a blank now on the name of the woman who lost to Brown in California, but she was impressive.

      1. bozo

        Not if she lost to Governor Moonbeam. I think after she spent $144 million of her own cash for nothing, Margaret’s done in politics.

        Gotta say I LOVE Stephen Colbert’s schtick about counting down to loving Mitt.

        All this fake drama is getting old, though. Obozo is a shoo in. Come next January you’ll all be talking about Big O STILL being a closet Marxist who will let loose the ghost of Lenin any day now. Any day now. Gulags. Billionaire tax hikes. Bears. Oh my.

        Still, nationwide RomneyCare would be a whole lot better than ObamaCare…

  3. RetiredSpook

    Ali,

    Just curious; is this a guest post or a turning point in the direction of this blog?

    For the record, Romney was not my first choice either, but, after all is said and done, he’s an acceptable choice. If you do a honest A/B comparison, the positive aspects of his life vastly outweigh the negative, and he brings some things to the table that we haven’t had in a president in my lifetime. I’ll have a much easier time voting for him than I did for McCain in ’08.

    1. dbschmidt

      Doug,

      Try really hard to understand our representative Republic form of Government and you may understand the difference between what Romney did at State level and what HillaryCare / ObamaCare is trying to do at the Federal level.

      I am not a fan of Mittens but do realize the difference–still no real answer for me though as to why a State would push that crap through on the entire population if the goal was to get just the final 9% to carry insurance. Then again, it is a heavily Democratic state so I would have to venture–Stupid is as stupid does.

  4. doug

    Sorry, Romneycare is the one person I can’t vote for, nor support. I thought long and hard about it and decided I would vote for Ron Paul even before Romneycare. A vote for Mitt Romney, whether it is in the primary or the general election, is simply a vote to say, hey Mitt, you were right about Romneycare, we need socialized medicine, so glad it was a Republican that took the first step.

    I have an updated list of GOP establishment politicians who have prematurely endorsed Romneycare over conservative liberty loving candidates and that list will be a target list in future elections. The GOP establishment has gone too far in supporting the author of Obamacare for the nomination.

    Sell your souls, folks, you will have sold them for nothing, there is no way he will be able to differentiate himself from Obama, other than, that cap and trade thing, I did it first…that Obamacare thing, who do you think invented it…..

    Believe me, if Obamacare was passed in the last couple months instead of Obama’s first year, you would remember and Romney wouldn’t have been anywhere near the nomination. However, time makes people forget.

    Still though, after Tuesday, Newt drops out and Santorum starts winning more and more states. At convention time Newt is VP for Santorum and his delegates vote for Santorum. I expect Romney to lose the nomination if Newt drops out.

    1. Cluster

      hey Mitt, you were right about Romneycare, we need socialized medicine, so glad it was a Republican that took the first step. – doug

      And yet here in AZ we have had a state government health care system in place long before Romney was Gov. of Mass., but don’t let that little fact get in the way of your hyper, drama queen, sensitivities.

      Doug, just admit that you’re a liberal posing as some conscientious conservative on this blog. I don’t buy your schtick anymore.

  5. dennis

    What’s the deal with Bardolf being deleted? As one of the most courteous and intelligent contrarians to visit this blog, what could he possibly be saying so heinous that nobody here is allowed to judge its content for themselves? Do you have that little confidence in the discretion of your readers? Are the regulars here juveniles?

    Neocon is allowed to suggest the president be hanged. With Bardolf’s reasonable disposition I can’t imagine him saying anything more extreme than that. Can the moderator just not abide someone of his intellect taking issue with your lockstep mindset?

    As for Romney, moderate Republican women across the country are coming to see all the GOP candidates as problematic, including the Mittster. He doesn’t even have the moral gumption to repudiate the misogyny of Rush Limbaugh. http://tinyurl.com/82clsml

    1. dbschmidt

      Dennis,

      I believe this blog is run under something contrary to your point of view (belief system) which this nation was also founded on called “rule of law.” Alien to what you may believe, as are those associated with the occupy movement, the rule of law is simple to understand but very different from what appears to be your selective choice–which would be closer to mob rule or “Democracy” as you may believe it to be.

      Simple–try to follow here: Violate the rules and be censored via deletion, which / if you folks had any comprehension skills is not a violation of your version of the 1st Amendment rights.

      1. bozo

        Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
        Ronald Reagan

        Thank you for acknowledging conservatives now believe “Democracy” to be just another form of mob rule.

        Refreshingly honest. Reagan, who raised taxes on millionaires AND the unemployed while Obama just keeps talking about it, is now somewhere left of Obama, with Mitt RomneyCare somewhere in between the two.

      2. bardolf

        Bardolf posted two posts full of extremely vile racism and was told that as a consequence for a period of time his posts would be deleted. We have seen people play this game before and post completely unacceptable comments and then come back with something that is not unacceptable and act as if nothing had happened. Moderators have discussed this and decided that from now on a moratorium will be imposed on people who post some kinds of posts. If decency is not voluntary it will be required and maybe if a poster knows that he will not only have the offending post removed but others too he will think twice about usng this blog to post hatred and racism. // Moderator

      3. J. R. Babcock

        I didn’t violate any rules. I said that Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy are closer to the founding fathers than any of the other candidates.

        That’s not entirely true:

        http://tinyurl.com/472dw

        Neo has said the war in Afghanistan wasn’t worthwhile and we should have just killed everyone which is further away from mainstream GOP thinking than I offered.

        I think you’d be amazed at how may Americans believe we should have turned Sh*tholistan into a glass parking lot in 2002 without ever putting a single soldier in harm’s way. No different concept that the 2 atom bombs dropped on Japan that probably saved a million American and Japanese lives.

      4. dbschmidt

        IIRC, the war powers act allows the President to enter into an armed conflict (ie. war) without consent but also requires that he/she then go before Congress and get approval within 90 days.

      5. dbschmidt

        bardolf March 10, 2012 at 12:41 am #

        Your hateful racist rant, below, has you deleted for an indeterminate period of time. // Moderator

        Bozo,

        “Democracy” is a simple term used for our representative republic form of government so that simple folks like you can follow along. The Founding Fathers distinctly ruled out a true democracy as a form of government for the founding of this new nation because. like the progressive beloved socialism, the only track record it has is one of consistent failure.

        Paraphrasing here but to make it simple enough for even you to understand;

        Democracy is two wolves and one sheep deciding on what is for dinner–aka mob rule.

        Our form of government attempts to arm the sheep so the rights of the minority are not trampled on by the majority. Not that difficult to understand–I am sure your mommie can explain it to you next time she comes down to the basement to bring you cookies.

      6. dbschmidt

        BTW, I have the opinion (yes, mine stinks like all others) that we should have never gone into either Iraq or Afghanistan; however, we are there so I also believe that we should not be nation building in either one as well.

        Personally (if I were King or a messiah), I would invite all of the prominent people of both nations (among others of the ME) to a closed door dinner here in the US and inform them we are pulling all US troops out of the entire region as well as all aid.

        Wish them well in whatever century (4th, 6th, ???) they deem as utopia but caution them that they are one stupid mistake away from becoming a river of glass. Be “free” ~ enjoy.

      7. dbschmidt

        Oops, forgot this one as well.

        bardolf March 10, 2012 at 12:18 am #

        You seem incapable of understanding that racist rants will get you deleted, possibly for good. This post was so full of racist hate it calls for a period of deletions. // Moderator

    2. dbschmidt

      Dennis,

      BTW, I did not address the rest of your post because, well, it seemed so “juvenile.”

    3. neocon1

      dennistooge

      Neocon is allowed to suggest the president be hanged

      YOU LIE
      impeach, convict, remove…try for TREASON would electrocute (the rosenburgs) be better?

      GEORGE WASHINGTON HUNG those convicted of treason…so your point is dennistooge??

      1. neocon1

        After the British evacuated Philadelphia and the Americans regained control of the city, more than twenty defendants were tried before a court and jury on the charge of treason.

        Only two of them were found guilty and hanged in the city commons or Center Square.

    4. neocon1

      dennistooge

      He doesn’t even have the moral gumption to repudiate the misogyny ofRush Limbaugh. SEVERAL leftist loudmouths

      fixed for the blind man
      .

  6. RetiredSpook

    OT, but from the too bad, so sad files:

    http://tinyurl.com/75loh35

    Disapproval of President Obama’s handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president “strongly” negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign’s most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    Increasingly pessimistic views of Obama’s performance on the economy — and on the federal budget deficit — come despite a steadily brightening employment picture and other signs of economic improvement, and they highlight the political sensitivity of rising gas prices.

    The potential political con­sequences are clear, with the ­rising public disapproval reversing some of the gains the president had made in hypothetical general-election matchups against possible Republican rivals for the White House. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) now both run about evenly with Obama. The findings come just five weeks after Obama appeared to be getting a boost from the improving economy.

    Gas prices are a main culprit: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation at the pump, where rising prices have already hit hard. Just 26 percent approve of his work on the issue, his lowest rating in the poll. Most Americans say higher prices are already taking a toll on family finances, and nearly half say they think that prices will continue to rise, and stay high.

    Friday’s employment report showed a gain of 227,000 jobs in the past month, continuing an upward trend and offering the White House something positive to point to. Still, the survey — conducted Wednesday through Saturday — finds 59 percent of Americans giving Obama negative ratings on the economy, up from early last month. Now, 50 percent give him intensely low marks, the most yet in a Post-ABC News poll, and a jump of nine percentage points.

    1. Cluster

      Romney is admittedly less of a conservative than I would ideally hope for, but he is the right person at the right time. We really do need a CEO at this point in our history – someone who has ran large organizations, stream lined large organizations, increased productivity, maximize efficiencies, balanced budgets, and someone who has negotiated with tough competitors. protected the bottom line and hell even knows what a bottom line is. If we don’t get our fiscal house in order, nothing else will really matter, and I want Romney to be laser focused on regulatory, entitlement, and tax code reform, and unleashing the private sector to globally compete, expand and employ.

      In regards to VP – I pray it is Rubio.

  7. Cluster

    Obama has improved Brazil’s economy at the expense of Americans. This needs to be front and center in the GOP campaign. Remember when Obama went to Brazil and encouraged them to expand their energy exploration and extraction? And told them that we would be their best customer? Well –

    After suffering decades of hyperinflation, Brazil has ridden high commodity prices along with some of the world’s biggest offshore oil discoveries to expand its economy, lift millions out of poverty and multiply the ranks of the country’s deep-pocketed elite.

    Obama doesn’t want prosperity for Americans, he would rather divide them along economic lines, and berate them for being selfish and uncaring, and the Brazilians couldn’t be happier.

    GTFO 2012!!!

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120311/D9TEHKBO0.html

  8. Jason Gillman

    It ain’t over til he is fully selected. But somehow I am not surprised to see you roll so quickly Ali. I recall one conversation 2 years ago where I had you pegged as a Romney kinda guy anyhow.

    If Mitt is the guy when it is all said and done, I will feel obligated because of the Marxist alternative. Yet another McLame style candidate that will not excite anyone unless he picks a Tea guy for VP slot.

    Frankly, someone got to you, and that’s all well and fine. Someone got to the credentials committee here in Michigan as well. The committee, except for two honorable men, they followed Anuzis’ suggestion to modify the rules in favor of Mitt Romney. No Waiver means it will be overturned later but what the heck, it won the next contest for the favored son right?

    That is how it works folks.

    1. Green Mountain Boy

      “Yet another McLame style candidate that will not excite anyone unless he picks a Tea guy for VP slot.”

      Who votes for the president because of the vp selection? Where are all the bidenbots out there? Putting Sarah Palin on the ticket in 08, as much as I admire her, still was not enough to make me vote for Darth Rino.

      Putting Rubio as vp? How many votes will that get Romney?

      Again I will caution all. If your whole world depends on barky not getting reelected. You best have all your survival gear in order.

      While I stille belive that even a liberal repub like Romney can win the Oval Office, it is no sure thing.

      Prepare accordingly

  9. Cluster

    Again I will caution all. If your whole world depends on barky not getting reelected. You best have all your survival gear in order. – GMB

    Again I will caution some. If your whole world depends on electing the perfect conservative, you should plan on always being disappointed.

    By the way GMB – does your initials stand for Good Muslim Bitches? LOL

    On a side note, can someone please tell Santorum to quit whining?

    1. Cluster

      Wow, sensitivities kicked in or what????

      It’s a play off of the ABC show GCB – Good Christian Bitches. When I heard that I thought what would happen if this were about Muslims, which led me to think of your initials – that’s all.

      Get a grip

      1. Green Mountain Boy

        Maybe you should practice what you preach and leave the childish name calling to liberals.

        I know, I am asking to much.

        Get a grip? Not where you are concerned. You have fired on me a few times without a response from me. From now on, I give when I am given too.

        Got it?

        You want to know why the repub party is in such sorry shape? All you have to do is look at cluster. Him and his kind have done more damage to the party than any social conservative could ever hope to.

        Keep crossing that isle. Keep compromising. Don’t fight any battles. There is not a hill worth dieing on.

      2. Cluster

        GMB,

        Again, it was a joke. A play off of the ABC show GCB – that’s all. And your response is that I am what’s wrong with conservatives? Good grief.

      3. Count d'Haricots

        Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t really out to get you.

  10. Russ

    Well, here we are, all the good little Republicans falling into line. Accepted what the makers and breakers in the party, the ones who know supposedly better than we do, who has the only chance of being elected in the general election. Here you are like Santorum, who in the liberal state of Pennsylvania, supported the most liberal candidate, Arlen Specter, because he was the chosen one. Santorum took one for the team.
    With Romney, you get a candidate that when running for governor of the State of Massachusetts, distanced himself as far away from Republicans in Washington and the Contract with America, as he could. Gave Barrack Obama the blueprint to Obamacare. With greater ambitions, walked away from defending his record for a second term, because he couldn’t win. The individual in the last election, that lost to McCain, who lost to Obama. The individual who has not energized but has polarized the Republican base, has tremendously outspent his opposition trashing them (let‘s see how well that works in the general election), leaving a bad taste in the mouth of anyone outside the Republican party considering anyone else but Obama. Is that the standard bearer of the conservative moment? Despite his record in politics, because of what he says now, what his surrogates say, what the makers and breakers in Washington say, he’s conservative. Despite what he’s done is opposite to what he says now, we all accept he’ll govern as we want, why, because he owes us, really? As a CEO of corporations will he manage the decay in Washington, as Gingrich warns, or will he dramatically change Washington as needed? Does his 80 point or whatever economic plan, he’s proposed, shown that? What does he propose with the EPA and the Federal Reserve? What does he propose to lower gas prices?
    All you wonderful conservatives falling into line, the makers and breakers of the Republican Party, thank you. For regardless who wins the election, they win, for they, once again exerted their power which is what this is all about for them in the first place. For them, conservatives are acceptable in November but as far as being taken seriously, forget about it. For you, at least you didn’t vote for Obama, that’s satisfying for your conscience.

    1. Cluster

      All you wonderful conservatives falling into line, the makers and breakers of the Republican Party, thank you. For regardless who wins the election, they win, for they, once again exerted their power which is what this is all about for them in the first place.

      What a bunch of crap. You know if all of “you” pure conservatives would stop whining and get up off of your ass and recruit the next messiah conservative and put him/her up for nomination, I might have a little sympathy for you. But when you whine and bitch from the cheap seats, and play the victim, I have zero sympathy. Do something about it if you care that much.

      1. RetiredSpook

        But when you whine and bitch from the cheap seats, and play the victim, I have zero sympathy. Do something about it if you care that much.

        Aaaaaaaaamen!

      2. Russ

        Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are two conservatives, I have no problem with. Being human, as Romney, you or I, nobody is perfect but politically those two have shown a history of standing for conservative positions through their careers. But these two have been rung through the ringer by the makers and breakers, the establishment, whatever you want to call them. And there are conservatives who have followed like sheep to the notion that Santorum and Gingrich are unelectable in the general election. The individuals pushing this are the same individuals who backed Dole and McCain and we know what happened.
        You said for me to do something and I am. I’m not one of the sheep, if a another left-wing moderate RINO, Romney, is the Republican nominee, I’m staying home. After the election I’ll seek other conservatives like me seeking an alternative to the Republican Party.
        You said, “I don’t look to the POTUS as my ticket to a free society, or as the be all and end all of what America is – I look towards the first and second amendments to protect my freedoms.” As much damage a Obama second term would be, I too believe America is much more resilient than many give it credit for. One man in the White House is’nt going to be the end of the world.
        Our two party system is entrenched, as such, you can’t change a party from within when you constantly bend from your ideology, thinking you can win the battle next time or the next time, etc. I’ve been through this since G.H.W. Bush. While G.W. was a conservative, I had to deal with his interpretation of compassion. Then Dole, next McCain, it’s become obvious with Romney, enough is enough.
        Decades ago, Republicans enjoyed smoking there cigars in the back rooms in Congress and didn’t mind being the minority. Just get a few bills of appropriations passed to justify their presence. Today, don’t get me wrong, there are some individuals who think and are making a difference, Rep. Ryan being one of them but in today’s group there are many less concerned about any candidate winning the White House and more concerned about candidates affecting congressional and senate races. Concerns for committee chairmanships, control of what bills make the chamber floor. Who has the power, power means influence, influence means contributions. This is a far cry from what the Founders intended.

  11. Green Mountain Boy

    There isn’t much point in “doing something yourself” in clusters republican party. clusters republican party has very little to do with conservatism. It’s all about having that (R) after your name.

    It does not matter how liberal that (R) is.

    cluster and his kind will help the libbies destroy whats left of our freedoms in the name “compromise” or whatever excuse is the flavor of the day.

    Progressiveism is ok as long as it meets the 10th amendment reqirement, right?

    The will of the people? LOL now there is funny one.

    Can’t wait for “President Romney” to decide what the will of the people is.

      1. Green Mountain Boy

        Nice folks like that were in charge in May of 1775. A buch of guys got together and decided living with it was not worth it. They left thier comfort and security behind in hopes of winning thier freedoms.

        They won. For awhile. We as a people have pissed those freedoms away because we are happy to lose our freedoms bit by bit to retain what comfort and security we still have.

        I would say its almost time, we as people, will have to decide again. cluster and his ilk have chosen comfort and security. He is no fighter for freedoms but will enjoy whatever freedoms he can leach from those who provide them.

        Mitt Romney is no fighter. His history shows this. His history also shows us he will do and say anything for political gain. You can have him. He is yours. Folks can delude themselves that this man is a conservative all they want. Again his history shows otherwise.

      2. Cluster

        GMB,

        I have no illusions of what Romney is, or isn’t. Unlike you, I don’t look to the POTUS as my ticket to a free society, or as the be all and end all of what America is – I look towards the first and second amendments to protect my freedoms. I get a sense from you that unless the GOP candidate is some pure, squeaky clean conservative mainly on social issues, then we are all headed toward doom, and I just don’t buy into that. I am definitely less of a social conservative than you are, but that’s ok. I am purely a fiscal conservative and believe that Romney is the best candidate to put our fiscal house back in order.

  12. Count d'Haricots

    Mitt Romney was my choice in 2008, and I’ve supported his candidacy since. I don’t care about the social conservatism at this point since I see almost all of the issues as state issues not federal. Our candidate needs to defer to the states’ and I believe Romney will be more than happy to do so. Now the fight moves back to Congress.

    The issues of paramount importance are all fiscal and international; on those points there is no doubt that Romney represents the conservative viewpoint.

    Romney is not the establishment candidate; simply look at whom in the Republican establishment opposes him. He is and always has been a fiscal conservative who was able to govern in a liberal state. Like Reagan in 1981 Romney is capable of governing a system hostile to conservative principles. There will be compromises, of that I am certain, and as long as we continually move in the correct direction we’ll take whatever compromise is offered.

    I find it amusing that libiots are the ones bringing up “Romneycare.” I won’t even get into State vs. Federal and the Constitutional differences but will mention only that Romney has pledged to repeal Obamacare, and I couldn’t care less what form of socialized medicine Massachusetts as long as there is no Federal version.

    Those that stubbornly refuse to accept the reality of the candidates and the reality of governing in a free society need only look at California as an example of the pig-headedness of inflexible conservatives; once there was a large rightward movement in California, conservatives held support for any Republican not idealistically pure. The left managed to portray every center-right candidate as too liberal and the state lurched to the left as purity ideologues stayed home and groused about the lack of candidates that would “fight the system”. We now have no system to fight, just hang on while the once-great economy of California circles the drain.

    Lead, follow or get out of the parade.

    1. Green Mountain Boy

      “Lead, follow or get out of the parade.”

      Again the point has been missed. The progressives are leading the parade and there are far to many “republicans” willing to get in the parade.

      Mitt Romney is the Grand Marshall of that parade. You all are more than welcome to join that parade.

      So, does anyone think a repealing of robamney care will happen if Mitt is elected? LOL

      I doubt the three stooges would even allow the legislation to come to floor.

      “I am not going to involve the TEA Party people and seek compromise with the democrats” J Boehner.

      1. Count d'Haricots

        I won’t bother to enumerate Romney’s fiscal conservative bona fides since GMB has bought into the MSM caricature, but I will ask him for about the thousandth time; where is this mysterious conservative candidate that will fight the entire country day after day to take us sailing back to those halcyon days of yesteryear? Who is the candidate that has his support? The one that never sat on a sofa with Nancy Pelosi and cooed over Global Warming, the one that never voted to raise the debt limit or government mandated forced inoculations?

        The one with no skeletons in his closet, no women on the sly, back alley abortions or flirtations with leftism.

        Who is the candidate that supports the legalization of all manner of drugs for the purpose of taxation? Who has the proven record of using the US military in any action deemed to be in the interest of the US? Who is the one perfect soul that has already led a crusade and defeated gay marriage, abortion on demand and public assistance only by virtue of a drug test? Not someone that claims he/she will do it, someone with a record of having actually done it.

        Tell us, GMB who is the candidate to whom you gave your time-effort-and fiscal support? Tell us, please to whom should we give our support that will pass the ideology test of a true conservative?

        Since I don’t believe you know what a “true conservative” is since I don’t think one exists with all the fundamentals of all types and manner of conservatism. You scoffed at Goldwater, wouldn’t support Wm. F. Buckley and think Reagan was a compromiser Where is this candidate you’ve supported, I’ve listed many times why I support Romney. Let’s hear what you want, not what you don’t want. Just for once. Please.

      2. dbschmidt

        Here is where I have to agree with GMB, as well as others, but I do understand where GMB is coming from which I recently learned is known as “Hegelian dialectic” where the progressives (of all stripes–not just Dem & Repub) keep shifting the view to a new “normal.”

        I left the Dems when I started engaging my brain and have since left the Repubs because I realized they are just (for the most part) Democrat-lite.

        We need true Constitutional Conservatives to retake over the Republican party in the style of the Whigs. Our Representative Republic is a two-party system even though I enjoy watching the British Parliament fight issues out–so until we elect enough true Conservatives to once again run country–I will vote for the lite version of elites rather than the full-blown Marxists we now have in power.

        Mittens, come on, he isn’t garnering the same number of votes he did back in 08 against McLame but still he is a great deal better than Obama. Hell, I would vote for my roommates cat (“Tripping Hazard” ~ as I call her) over Obama. If he gets a lame duck 4-years then we are all up the sh*t creek without a paddle.

    2. Cluster

      Those that stubbornly refuse to accept the reality of the candidates and the reality of governing in a free society need only look at California as an example of the pig-headedness of inflexible conservatives; once there was a large rightward movement in California, conservatives held support for any Republican not idealistically pure. The left managed to portray every center-right candidate as too liberal and the state lurched to the left as purity ideologues stayed home and groused about the lack of candidates that would “fight the system”.

      That could not have been said any better. Let’s quit letting the left define who is, and who isn’t conservative

  13. Cluster

    Well once again the federal government throws their weight around. Evidently voter ID is just fine when electing union bosses, but it’s not ok when electing the leader of the free world. Strange days indeed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

    http://news.yahoo.com/justice-dept-opposes-texas-voter-id-law-144238429.html

    1. neocon1

      we need to stop the circular firing squad debacle once and for all.
      I WILL hold my nose and vote for mittens, 90% of the donks and libs I have talked to would vote for mittens over Ubomba though I agree with GMB in principle I know this time around it aint going to happen.
      so lets get either Rubio or West on board as VP.
      the fad loud moutg from NJ? forgetaboutit

    1. neocon1

      baldork

      I posted a statement that I do not believe you to be a racist and I still dont…maybe you were drunk :) LOL

      I post things sometimes to get the blood flowing and people thinking and I get reprimanded for it. Again to the mods I do not believe ole baldork to be a racist….an AH sure. (just kidding)

      1. neocon1

        baldork

        heck i cant even use the term gh***o here with out the threat of getting bounced which is not in my opinion racist at all. the young kids 30 & under use it all the time meaning something is cheap and shoddy.

        Neoconehead brushes the edge with the same spirit as seen in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Turismo. I do???

      2. neocon1

        baldork

        Why Does Race Still Matter?
        By Albin Sadar

        I have a confession to make. Unlike the way liberals tell us we’re supposed to feel, I have never felt guilty for being white. Never. Sorry.

        I have been told that, based on the fact that I am white in America, I have a natural advantage over people who are not. A statement like that is not only, to quote the adorable Janeane Garofalo, “racist, straight up,” but it is also patently untrue. White people have a natural advantage? Tell that to kids who are white who can’t get into the college of their choice because of affirmative action quotas. Better still, tell that to the white schoolkid in Kansas City who got doused with gasoline and set on fire while being told, “You get what you deserve, white boy.”

        Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/why_does_race_still_matter.html#ixzz1owUuEo3p

  14. Green Mountain Boy

    You folks are more than welcome to delude yourself that Mitt is a conservative. His record as a politician shows otherwise. You are more than welcome to make excuses for his 100+ flip flops. You are more than welcome to throw whatever accusations my way you want.

    Mitt Romney has no core beliefs. Nothing at all he will stand for. As long as he can gain politically from the flip flop. That is to me the most unacceptable trait that he could possess.

    How long into “President Romney” term in office do you all think it will take for him to throw his “conservatism” into the waste bin and start governing to the left?

    My opinion is less than two weeks, and that is giving him Mitt a very big benefit of the doubt.

      1. Count d'Haricots

        I didn’t think he had the capacity to state what he supports, only what the MSM has told him what he’s not supposed to support in Romney.

        If he ever finds the stones to take a stand, he should be sure to shout out; of course we won’t be listening because he’s disqualified himself from opinion having been so easily led by the Obama-mania news.

      2. Green Mountain Boy

        I have came out many times and stated who I support. It is not my fault that you have a bad memory. What I expect from a pencil pushing tax farmer though.

        Maybe you should go through what archives are available and see for yourself.

        Obama mania news? LOL Is everyone that you disagree with a obamabot too?

        Why don’t you go get a job that doesn’t require the tax payer to support you? Or if you just have to have a tax payer funded job, maybe you should sign one of those long pink contracts that gives POTUS the power to send you to somewhere you can get shot at.

        Count of Nothing. Another freaking coward heard from. Don’t you have a parade to attend or some heavy lifting to do?

      3. neocon1

        How long into “President Romney” term in office do you all think it will take for him to throw his “conservatism” into the waste bin and start governing to the left?

        My opinion is less than two weeks, and that is giving him Mitt a very big benefit of the doubt.

        that is a fine fix we are in ollie……

      4. neocon1

        OT

        I went to see Act of Valor yesterday at the movie theater AWESOME is all I can say.
        I will go see it again. even the Princess liked it and that says a lot for a shoot em up.

      5. Cluster

        Act of Valor was AWESOME!! I will definitely go see that movie again.

        GMB,

        Who are you FOR? We know you don’t like Romney, and we know you don’t like conservatives who are not as socially pure – so….. who do you like and why?

      6. Count d'Haricots

        I said it before; he can’t say who he’s for because his entire identity is who he’s against. It’s just easier for GMB and his allies in the world of Liberalism to criticize without offering anything positive.

        Just like his allies in the progressive reality, he resorts to personal attacks when he can’t defend a position.

        Still waiting to see who this “perfect Conservative” is. Methinks GMB knows less about conservatism than the resident lobbies do.

      7. Count d'Haricots

        “Is everyone that you disagree with a obamabot too?”

        You’re the one using the Union Leader, Knight-Ridder and Scripps-Howard as your sources.

        I’m afraid if you ever had an independent thought it would fall asleep waiting for you to recognize it.

    1. RetiredSpook

      You are more than welcome to throw whatever accusations my way you want.

      What would that accomplish, GMB? You’re free to criticize anyone you want and vote (or not vote) for anyone you want. Now if Obama gets another 4 years, I’m not sure either of those statements will remain true.

      That said, after leveling a number of criticisms of Romney, Conservapeida says this:

      Record as Governor

      Romney served as governor of Massachusetts (2003-2007), with a generally conservative record that included economic expansion. He balanced the budget every year of his administration with out increasing taxes or increasing state dept. Romney turned a $3 billion budget deficit into a $500 million surplus by reducing government spending and added 80,000 new jobs by the end of his term. In 2004, 2005, and 2006 Governor Romney proposed cutting the state income tax from 5.3% to 5.0% [4]. Although the Democratic super majority in the state legislator refused to budge. Romney vetoed 844 pieces of legislation, with over 700 overridden. [5] He vetoed an increase in the minimum wage, saying “there’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” [6] Under Governor Romney the state abolished a retroactive capital gains tax that would have forced nearly 50,000 taxpayers to pay additional taxes and fees. [7] Massachusetts Citizens For Limited Taxation Executive Director Barbara Anderson praised Romney, saying “There was no one else out on the horizon and with the legislature almost entirely Democratic, we felt it was necessary to have a grown-up in the corner office. … And we were right to back him. He’s been a really good friend to the taxpayers.”

      However, some of the actions Governor Romney took received criticisms from conservatives, such as supporting moderate fee increases and creating and the nation’s first universal health care program. During his 2002 gubernatorial campaign Romney supported abortion, his views evolved and would later take pro-life positions such as vetoing emergency contraception and vetoing stem-cell research that would allow cloning of human embryos. In 2006, Governor Romney testified before the United States Senate to support the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would limit marriage to one man and one woman. Additionally, Romney filed legislation to reinstate capital punishment, but was defeated in the Massachusetts House of Representatives on a 99-53 vote.

      Mitt Romney made no pardons as governor, “My conclusion was, if somebody has been convicted by a jury of their peers, and they’ve been prosecuted and the police were able to get the evidence necessary to put them behind bars, why in the world would I step in and reverse that sentence?” [8]

      On Education Romney called for the privatization of the University of Massachusetts medical school[9]. In 2004, he established the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program, which rewarded the top 25 percent of Massachusetts high school students with tuition-free scholarship to any Massachusetts public university or college. In August 2006, Governor Romney refused to allow former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, an outspoken opponent of the United States and Israel, state police escorts during his speech at Harvard University. [10]

      In December 2006, Romney signed a memorandum of agreement with the federal government that would allow state troopers to enforce federal immigration laws [11], however was revoked when Democrat Deval Patrict took office as Governor in January 2007.

      1. Cluster

        Thanks for that Spook – that is good information and confirms my belief that Romney is enough of a fiscal conservative to earn my vote.

      2. J. R. Babcock

        Now if Obama gets another 4 years, I’m not sure either of those statements will remain true.

        You know, that’s a good point, and one I’d love to see one of our lefties comment on. What happens if Obama is re-elected and moves the country even more toward the European democratic socialist model? Let’s say ObamaCare is upheld in the SC, and the floodgate is open for the government to mandate other things as well. Let’s say Obama takes a page out of Woodrow Wilson’s playbook and jails anyone who speaks out against the government. Let’s say that the EPA issues regulations that shut down all of the older coal-fired power plants in the U.S (oh, wait, that’s already in the works), and mandates that they be replaced by wind and solar. Do you lefties fight back? Do you cheer? Do you move to repeal the 22nd Amendment so Obama can rule in perpetuity? What do you do?

      3. Jonathan Swift

        ” Now if Obama gets another 4 years, I’m not sure either of those statements will remain true.”

        “Let’s say Obama takes a page out of Woodrow Wilson’s playbook and jails anyone who speaks out against the government.”

        I’ve got a better question. What makes you guys think he is any more likely to curtail voting rights than any of the Republican candidates?

      4. J. R. Babcock

        I’ve got a better question. What makes you guys think he is any more likely to curtail voting rights than any of the Republican candidates?

        I’ve got an ever BETTER question: what makes you think ANY of the GOP candidates will do anything to curtail voting rights?

        And, while we’re at it, Jonathan, is there anything that Obama could do that you would find disconcerting?

      5. Jonathan Swift

        “I’ve got an ever BETTER question: what makes you think ANY of the GOP candidates will do anything to curtail voting rights?”

        Nothing in particular, but that’s exactly what I have for Obama, too. You’re the ones making the extraordinary claims, though, so you’re going to have to provide the extraordinary evidence.

        “And, while we’re at it, Jonathan, is there anything that Obama could do that you would find disconcerting?”

        Yes. Also, he’s already done plenty of things I find disconcerting. I doubt I’ll even be voting for the guy, as I don’t live in a swing state.

  15. Green Mountain Boy

    And the record shows that Mr. Romney raised over 800 million dollars in fees and new buisness taxes during his term. A tax is not a tax as long as it is called a fee? The record also shows that Mass had a lower buisness friendly rating after Mr. Romneys term that before. Mostly by Mr. Romneys own doing.

    http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/mitt-romney-raised-taxes-by-740-million-while-he-was-governor-of-massachusetts-2/

    Make no mistake about it. Under bams this country is directly to a full blown communistic police state. Men like Mr. Romney have helped them along.

    I am done dealing with progressives and thier apologists. Take a look at who the repubs have leading the house and senate and tell me those jokers will hold Mitts feet to fire.

    LOLzer.

      1. Count d'Haricots

        neo,

        Depressed?

        Don’t be, that’s just what Obama and his allies want from you. Avoid those that feed your pessimism, rebuke the defeatists and naysayers and focus on what we can accomplish.

        My advice is to campaign at the local level for the most conservative candidate at every level. I know you’ve served your country, and I thank you, it’s time for us to stand for something again. Let the dhimmycrats worry themselves into a coma; we’re going to move the country’s government back in line with the country’s citizens. That’s reason enough to be positive.

      2. Count d'Haricots

        From GMB’s Obama-approved media Press meme; “In fact, Romney increased taxes by $309 million, mainly on corporations. These tax hikes, described by Romney apologists as “loophole closures,” totaled $128 million in 2003, $95.5 in 2004, and $85 million in 2005. “

        Then there’s “(Ronald) Reagan undertook a comprehensive tax reform effort that actually raised the corporate taxes and closed numerous loopholes that allowed big firms to dodge their tax responsibilities.

        Lousy RINO that Reagan! I’m never voting for him again!

      3. neocon1

        Count

        Thanks,

        I still want Allan West as VP no matter who finally wins the nomination.
        He would fracture the “black vote” be a strong TEA party conservative and the press wont be able to “Hermanate” him.
        He is a smart tough talking guy but unlike christie he is the real.deal.

      4. neocon1

        Impeachment bill introduced in Congress…

        Declares use of military without approval ‘high crime, misdemeanor’…

      5. neocon1

        a good one………

        “Who am I part 1-
        I was born in one country, and raised in another. My father was born in still another country. I was not his only child. He fathered several children with several women. I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me.
        Although my father deserted me and my mother partly raised me, I later wrote a book idolizing my father . . . not my mother.
        Later in life, questions arose over my real name. My birth records were very sketchy. No one was able to produce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.
        I grew up practicing one faith, but eventually converted to Christianity, as it was widely accepted in my new country. I practiced non-traditional beliefs and didn’t follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.
        I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them.
        That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and embarked on a new career.
        I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who read my memoirs, that I had
        difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.
        I became active in local politics in my 30′s, and with help behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as acandidate for national office in my 40′s.
        They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything. I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization.

        “pleased to meet you…hope you guess my name.”

      6. J. R. Babcock

        “pleased to meet you…hope you guess my name.”

        Neo, there are a couple discrepancies, but I believe the person you’re describing is Adolph Hitler. The similarities with Obama are uncanny, though.

      7. Green Mountain Boy

        Depressed why? Because of what I have said or by what you believe to be the truth? A very big difference there my friend.

        All this sophistry, all this excuse making means nothing. The truth is out there. Wheather it is something you want to belive or not, it is there.

        The bottom line is this. If you believe Mitt has your back act accordingly. His history and actions seem to show that the only back Mitt is willing to protect is his own.

        I will act accordingly.

        30 pieces of silver anyone?

      8. neocon1

        GMB

        Depressed why? Because of what I have said or by what you believe to be the truth?

        by what I believe to be the truth……Im for Santorum and West or Rubio for back seat.

      9. Count d'Haricots

        Santorum is a good man, and he’ll make a fine President someday. I believe we need a Romney right now, and as Obama has proven, the Whitehouse isn’t a place to try out another former Senator with no executive experience.

        Agree to disagree neo?

  16. Shecky d'Haricots

    I’m sure most of us have read the comparison of Lincoln and Kennedy, but
    did you ever consider the relationship between Obama and Lincoln ?

    You might be surprised…

    Parallels of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Hussein Obama:

    1. Lincoln placed his hand on the Bible for his inauguration.
    Obama used the same Bible.

    2. Lincoln came from Illinois .
    Obama comes from Illinois .

    3. Lincoln served in the Illinois Legislature.
    Obama served in the Illinois Legislature.

    4. Lincoln had very little experience before becoming President. Obama had very little experience before becoming President.

    5. Lincoln rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration. Obama rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration.

    6. Lincoln was a skinny lawyer.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    7. Lincoln was a Republican.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    8. Lincoln was in the United States military.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    9. Lincoln believed in everyone carrying their own weight.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    10. Lincoln did not waste taxpayers’ money on personal enjoyments.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    11. Lincoln was highly respected.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    12. Lincoln was born in the United States .
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    13. Lincoln was honest, so honest he was called Honest Abe.
    Obama is a skinny lawyer

    14. Lincoln saved the United States .
    Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    1. Jonathan Swift

      Your troll would work better if you left out the “Hussein” that the top so people didn’t immediately know you were about to bash Obama.

      1. neocon1

        johnny notsoswift

        so using the mans name means you are going to bash him?
        maybe he should change it to….say barry soetoro…..OH WAIT!!

      2. Jonathan Swift

        There is a substantial correlation between using his middle name and not liking him, yes.

  17. Jeremiah

    I believe Mr. Romney will lose the general election by very large margins to Obama.
    The reason for this is very simple, he is too much like Obama as concern to all sections of policy making. And to prove this, one only need look at his winnings over the past couple of months, he has just barely won a majority of the vote.

    I would say, however, that a lot of Democrats have voted for Mr. Romney to keep Santorum and others from getting a majority of the vote. It is their worst fear for a good man like Santorum to get the nomination.

    And irrespective to others qualms about “whining” that’s just the straight up facts.

    1. Cluster

      Santorum is hardly a conservatives conservative, unless of course you think voting to raise the debt ceiling 5 times is being conservative. Santorum is an inexperienced Senator, and we already elected one of those.

      1. Jeremiah

        Mr. Romney is in it for the money, just as Obama was and is in it for the money. He and Obama both care diddly about the people of America. Mr. Mitt doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hades against the more liberal Obama. If he were smart, he would pack his bags and go home.

        Hate to say it, but that’s just the way it is. America has been brainwashed for far too long, and is why they have picked people like Obama and Romney.

      2. Cluster

        Well now you’re just looking into that liberal crystal ball and determining what is in Romney’s heart. Quit being so jaded and negative – real conservatives don’t whine, they work with what they have in front of them and do everything possible to bring about a positive outcome.

        If you want to just whine and bitch – become a liberal.

      3. Jeremiah

        become a liberal.

        Nah, I’ll let you handle that. You seem to be doing a fine job of it defending your buddy Romney.

        I don’t vote for liberals, Cluster, that’s why I’m not voting for Romney…I’ll write in someone else before I’d vote for that snake.

        At any rate, I wish you luck on the road you’ve chosen.

      4. Amazona

        IN IT FOR THE MONEY ?????????????

        Compare the salary of the president with the income of Romney and explain to us how he would make more money by moving into the White House.

        Yes, some Dems who were failures in the private sector have cleaned up as President, but when someone who is financially successful and quite well off is willing to put control of his finances into a blind trust and devote his time and energy to government, I think it foolish beyond belief to claim he is IN IT FOR THE MONEY

      5. doug

        Then what other thing could he be in it for? If he is a businessman he is in it for the money. If he is a politician then he is in it to force his views upon us. If that is what he is in it for, then he is in it to provide us with cap and trade, higher fees for gun ownership, and Romneycare.

        Yeppers, that would be a liberal.

  18. Green Mountain Boy

    $232 billion federal budget deficit in Feb. Nice record there.

    A little more heavy lifting and parading around and the repubs will have those donkys just where they want them.

    Oh wait the repubs control the purse strings. They agreed to this record setting deficit.

    Mitt Romney please oh please come and save us!! You are our only hope.!!

    1. Cluster

      Hey genius,

      Paul Ryan and the GOP house have done a fair amount to bring some semblance of fiscal sanity by passing Cut, Cap and Balance which to this day languishes on Harry Reid’s desk without even one debate. When the Dems are reluctant to even submit and vote on a budget it’s difficult to control the spending that has already been put in place. But honestly, I don’t think you care much at all and I don’t buy into your incessant whining.

      I have seldom come across someone that is as negative and whiny as you are. You actually have a lot more in common with liberals than you do conservatives.

      1. James

        Conservative on conservative violence is such a horrible thing.

        I actually believe that Romney, before his flip flops would have been a good middle of the road candidate.

        The current romney however is completely unelectable just based on his social and immigration issues alone.

        I do have to admire GMB for his 14th century style conservative mantra. truly something that you don’t see these days.

        In the end, this President will win. Once a nominee is selected (either via a brokered convention, or in the primaries) The people will see the radical conservatism of this field and flock toward the moderate Presidency of Obama.

      2. Cluster

        Have you seen the recent NYT poll? And that’s without Obama’s eventual opponent exposing even more of his incompetence.

        The numbers are not good for Obama, and they will only get worse. Everyone is realizing just how much of an extremist he is.

      3. James

        Cluster,

        I’ve seen the poll numbers. They are bouncing all over the place. What policies of this President have been radical? and radical according to whom?

        He is running AHEAD of Romney and Santorum even with his declining poll numbers, a point which you conveniently forget to mention.

        Don’t worry, once the radical nominee on the GOP side is chosen, the President will win.

      4. Green Mountain Boy

        “I do have to admire GMB for his 14th century style conservative mantra. truly something that you don’t see these days. ”

        Why James, that is the nicest insult you have ever given me. :P

        It’s original and has some zing to it. Kudos.

        “I have seldom come across someone that is as negative and whiny as you are. You actually have a lot more in common with liberals than you do conservatives.”

        Right back at ya cluster. Your incessant whining that Romney is a conservative is also getting tiresome and boring. The truth speaks otherwise.

        Quick question for you there rinoboy. Who has banned more guns in thier political carreer? Barky or romney?

      5. Cluster

        What policies have been radical?? How about the energy policy from Mr Chu where he wants us to transition to algae for our energy base? Or how about Obamacare, which the majority of Americans oppose, and have resulted in higher health care premiums and costs and is still not 100% known what else is in there. In fact I learned yesterday that Obamacare has three levels of plans, and private insurer policies need to match up with these plans, or they will be deemed not to be valid policies which will force people into the federal program. Remember when Obama said that if you like your currently policy you could stay with it? He lied.

        How about appeasing tyrants and dictators across the globe and apologizing for America? Hasn’t worked out too well. How about the plethora of regulations that has brought the private sector to it’s knees and resulted in the longest stretch of high unemployment this country has ever seen? How about killing the keystone pipeline and thousands of good paying jobs? How about encouraging and supporting Brazil and their off shore drilling program that has resulted in an economic boom – IN BRAZIL??

        I could go on and on, but I am afraid I have already gone over your head. Keep the knee pads snug, you will need them.

      6. James

        Cluster, you’re completely ignorant, and a plain misinformed citizen. Educate yourself. Point by point.

        What policies have been radical?? How about the energy policy from Mr Chu where he wants us to transition to algae for our energy base?

        That’s called researching and developing other sources. That doesn’t mean he wants to outlaw oil you doofus. Good try through.

        Or how about Obamacare, which the majority of Americans oppose, and have resulted in higher health care premiums and costs and is still not 100% known what else is in there.

        Talking points. Majority of Americans oppose it…FALSE. there are numerous polls out there, majority (more than 50%) don’t oppose it. They want it tweaked and altered in some ways that makes it still better. Big difference.

        In fact I learned yesterday that Obamacare has three levels of plans, and private insurer policies need to match up with these plans, or they will be deemed not to be valid policies which will force people into the federal program. Remember when Obama said that if you like your currently policy you could stay with it? He lied.

        so setting a basic standard, or a basic ground level of coverage that private plans must cover is a bad thing. If your private insurer meets the standards, they get to remain valid.

        Just like any other industry, there are standards to be met. you must be the only conservative who gets their panties in a twist and spouts off “lied” every chance you get….wait, you’re not.

        How about appeasing tyrants and dictators across the globe and apologizing for America? Hasn’t worked out too well.

        Really? Gaddafi…gone. Mubarak…gone. Bin Laden…dead. Saleh (yemen)…gone. What tyrants has he appeased? The truth is the complete opposite of what you write. The truth is, even if he turned water into wine and healed the sick himself, you’d say it’s not good enough and he didn’t create the wine you like to drink. Step out of the BUBBLE.

        How about the plethora of regulations that has brought the private sector to it’s knees and resulted in the longest stretch of high unemployment this country has ever seen?

        Really? 16 odd months of continued job growth, unemployment on the way DOWN after the recession officially ended. What regulations did he impose specifically that brought business to its knees? Maybe that’s why business is hiring for 16 straight months? because they are being hamstrung?

        How about killing the keystone pipeline and thousands of good paying jobs?

        again, keystone was not oil meant for domestic use. It wasn’t even OUR oil. The Canadians wanted to transport it to the Gulf for SALE into the international market. The 9000 or so jobs it created TOTAL over 2 years wasn’t worth the potential danger to the environment. Period.

        How about encouraging and supporting Brazil and their off shore drilling program that has resulted in an economic boom – IN BRAZIL??

        Really? the same Brazil that has a tepid growth of 2.5% this past year? in 2010, they grew 7%….they have SLOWED down. Do try and look up facts Cluster, don’t be so emotional.

        I could go on and on, but I am afraid I have already gone over your head. Keep the knee pads snug, you will need them.

        No you can’t, you live in a fantasy world where you belong. Keep your kneepads for Romney, like GMB says, I am sure he will dissapoint you one more time. Nice try old timer, come back with more substantive arguments.

        Ill wait for you to cherry pick your response, and not do a point by point.

      7. Cluster

        There’s no need to respond James – the numbers, ie; unemployment, gas prices, turmoil in the ME, rising health care premiums, Obama’s poll numbers, market watch reports, etc, etc, all back my assertion. Your response was simply from someone who blindly supports Obama no matter what he does. Although I have to give you props – you will support him to the end, which will come a lot sooner than you think it will.

        The numbers don’t lie James.

      8. Cluster

        Oh and James, I even failed to mention the rampant crony capitalism with Solyndra and the unions. And here’s another one:

        George Soros, T. Boone Pickens, Kevin G. Douglas and companies under their control stand to reap the rewards of billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies contained in a Democratic-sponsored measure set for a vote this week………….The act would subsidize three different enterprises controlled by Soros, Pickens and Douglas, who consistently rank among the most generous political donors, according to Federal Election Commission Records.

        Wait until the voting public gets wind of this.

        http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=50163

      9. James

        what a ruse!

        There’s no need to respond James – the numbers, ie; unemployment, gas prices, turmoil in the ME, rising health care premiums, Obama’s poll numbers, market watch reports, etc, etc, all back my assertion.

        NONE of those things back your assertion. Unemployment is down, and going lower. Gas prices will go back down after the summer season. Health care costs have been going up forever, this is no different now. Poll numbers fluctuate, last I checked, elections are in November. Market watch? the bastion of conservative business news…yes, those are fair.

        Your assertion is asinine and wrong. you know it, i know it.

        Your response was simply from someone who blindly supports Obama no matter what he does.

        Wrong, I support him when I agree with him. I don’t agree with the Gitmo deal and the expansion of the Afghan war. There are many things I don’t support the President on. You’re the partisan hack who lives in a bubble and doesn’t acknowledge the facts.

        Although I have to give you props – you will support him to the end, which will come a lot sooner than you think it will.

        Big talk, from a little man. Classic conservatism.

      10. Amazona

        “…14th century style conservative mantra. ..

        Wow, a new spin on PL troll political ignorance! We know they are clueless about the meaning of “conservative” in 21st Century American politics, but gee, you would think there would be at least an inkling of comprehension that it has to do, somehow, with the United States Constitution.

        You would think.

        Maybe James can ‘splain how a commitment to a form of government invented in the 18th Century can be spun as “…14th century style conservative ..” ANYTHING.

        You guys are so funny, you make it OK to laugh at the kids on the short bus as long as you are posturing as political commenters.

    1. James

      Romney will be the nominee, and he will do the same thing McCain did. Pick a conservative to appease the base…and lose the election to Obama.

      I can already see it coming…summer is over, gas prices drop, economy keeps producing 200k plus jobs a month, unemployment down to about 7.8%, more people in the job market…

      Obama wins reelection quite comfortably, and the dems take back the house, and maintain the senate majority.

      It’s a great time to be an American!

      1. Green Mountain Boy

        Hmmm, barkys disapproval amoung the independents squishes is at a all time high of 59%.

        People want barky out so bad that most of them are will to replace a big government progressive (D) with a big government progressive (R)

        barky is wet, burnt toast come November but keep your dreams there James.

  19. Green Mountain Boy

    Again with the mantra. Anyone that disagrees with the lordh high poohbah cluster is a, or should become a liberal?

    Don’t you have some heavy lifting to do at some parade there fella? Or maybe a round of cocktails at the country club? I hear the hot topic at the lounge is how crude and borish those neanderthal socons are.

    Enjoy the canapes fella. With all that heavy lifting you repubs have been doing, you have earned it.

    1. Count d'Haricots

      Personal attacks? Class warfare? tsk tsk tsk

      Just what distinguishes GMB from a libiot?

      1. Green Mountain Boy

        Tsk tsk tsk..

        Right back at ya. What distinguishes you from a liberal idiot? Anything. Still sucking down taxpayer money? Go get a job leech.

        Or are you too much of a blue bood to do work thats not paid for by the taxpayer?

        You better get to the country club too, your martini is drying out.

      2. Count d'Haricots

        Really insulting, guess you told me huh?

        I’m just sucking off the public teat like the rest of the “leeches”; teachers, police, judges, city maintenance workers, doctors, nurses, fireman, military, lawyers, mechanics, landscapers and lawn mowers, the guy that sweeps the street and the one that cleans public toilets. How superior you are to all of us that make a living serving the public trust.

        You don’t know a thing about me, yet you cannot refrain from personal attacks when you cannot defend a position. That puts you squarely in the Sasan category. A sad, angry little man.

      3. James

        GMB knows enough about you to not like you! That’s good enough apparently. I’d suggest you get over it and support Romney’s losing campaign.

        Good day.

    2. Cluster

      the lord high poohbah cluster

      Well at least you got one thing right!

      What strikes me as odd GMB is that I know everything that you are against, but have yet to learn what you are for, or who you are for. Being negative is easy, and juvenile. Proposing solutions and being positive is what adults do.

      1. Green Mountain Boy

        Again, I have stated many times what I am for and who I am for. You have a bad memory. Go look through the archives and see for yourself.

        I am done playing with idiods like you and count. You give and you are going to be given back back too.

        Plain enough for you there?

      2. Cluster

        You give and you are going to be given back back too…….Plain enough for you there?

        um…..no. I don’t even know what in the hell that means.

      3. Amazona

        I am on this blog a lot and I have absolutely no idea what GMB is for, unless it is some undefined absolute purity of political thought that he not only has secret knowledge of, but that he refuses to share.

        But he is sure agin a lot, ain’t he? Mostly agin anyone who ain’t as pure and speshul as he is, which is to say damned near everyone.

        Oh, and I know that he defines rigid insistence on his own special brand of moral purity as being “principled”, glossing over that Cardinal Sin of Pride and all. It’s quite convenient—if you find him to be a stiff-necked pompous self-righteous prig, by the GMB Dictionary you are really just less “principled”.

  20. Green Mountain Boy

    I didn’t figure you would. You are the king of the snide little personel attack and count is running a close second.

    Your memory is very poor isn’t it. You seem to have a problem with that.

    There are ways you can improve your memory. I would suggest you look into one.

    You throw insults and attacks my way, you are going to get same right back.

    Is that plain enough for you now? Do you need more explanation?

    1. Cluster

      Those were insults and attacks? And here I thought they were just the musings of an adolescent mind.

      My bad.

      1. Green Mountain Boy

        You are right about one thing. You do have the musings of a adolescent mind.

        Maybe someday you will get over it?

  21. Cluster

    This is just too funny for words:

    Vice President Joe Biden addressed 87 wealthy Democrats last night attending a fundraiser at the home of Sen. John Kerry in Georgetown. As they dined on grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatos underneath a outdoor tent, Biden criticized Republicans for being out of touch.

    “These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” Biden said according to the pool report, “They don’t know what it means to be middle class.”

    87 guests paid a minimum of $10,000-per-couple to attend the dinner.

    1. James

      nice talking point. as if the GOP has no fundraisers.

      what’s the GOP’s percentage of minority votes in this country again? or how about women voters?

      Hmm…..

      1. James

        nope, that’s your job.

        If I remember correctly, knowing the demographics of a country, and knowing which part of society votes for whom is called statistics and facts.

        Maybe in your book, its called division, but then again, you aren’t really that educated.

      2. neocon1

        james/sasan

        so with all your “education” you cant see the blatant insanity of jumpin joe’s statements?

        figures most libtards cant,

      3. neocon1

        Dividing Americans again??

        That is ALL they have, commie-alinsky-marx 101
        dedicated to lucifer of course.

      4. neocon1

        james-sasoon

        what’s the GOP’s percentage of minority votes in this country again?

        WHY would that matter?
        If it does answer this….

        what is the Donks percentage of WHITE non minority middle class votes in this country again?

      5. Amazona

        It’s all Identity Politics with no interest at all in determining the best political model for governing the country.

        The Left has finally dumbed down enough to make James comfortable.

      6. neocon1

        jamestooge

        the same 43% who pay NO federal income tax….so what? the plantation for looters, drones and useful idiots, and you fit in well.

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