Reuters Knocks Romney’s Influence at Salt Lake Olympics

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Let the opposition research begin! Reuters goes after Romney’s pinnacle accomplishment of turning around the 2002 Games and enlists the help of an advisor of GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman (and others) to spin a new narrative.

No one disputes that, in the end, the 2002 Winter Games were a brilliant success. But some argue that Utah’s deep tradition of volunteerism, widespread support for the Olympic bid in the state and in the Mormon Church, and the global outpouring of goodwill — and cash — that followed the tragedy of the 9/11 terror attacks deserve much of the credit.

“Any well trained chimpanzee could have come in and had a successful Olympics,” said Doug Foxley, a Salt Lake City lobbyist and former adviser to Romney’s presidential rival Jon Huntsman, Jr.

A trained chimpanzee?

Entire article here.

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The Left’s “Evolving” Obsession of Romney

The Washington Post wants you to know that Romney’s “Evolution” on issues knows no bounds–including his time as a lay pastor for his church…get ready for it…30 years ago! Yes, they are dragging out an 80-year old woman to share her outrage on advice he gave her 30 years ago!

Does the Washington Post understand how lame this story is? Apparently, desperation knows no bounds. Here’s a short excerpt:

As the local bishop, Romney conducted annual interviews with all the members of his flock, and he used his time with the newcomer to express both his disapproval of divorce and to remind the middle-aged woman, who had begun dating again, about the church’s opposition to premarital sex.

“I got awfully mad,” said Caci, now 80. “I told him it was none of his business and he said it was.” Romney persisted, she said, and also warned her to avoid consorting with a group of devout but independent Mormon women who had eased her transition into the church. Caci said she reported her “run-in” with Romney to those women, who published a Mormon feminist journal titled Exponent II.

They were “appalled at the fact that he was harassing me, which is basically what he was doing,” she said.

Caci left the church soon after.

Nothing like a feminist scored…

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Newt is Anti-Establishment? What?

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Great piece from David French from The Corner at National Review. To say Newt Gingrich is the anti-Romney is both laughable and utterly false.

Newt’s unmistakeable rise in the polls makes me chuckle. Not because I don’t take him seriously. I do. He’s a formidable opponent — a great debater (as we’ve seen), a big-picture thinker, and a person who’s literally seen everything his opponents can throw at him. If I had a dollar, however, for every time I’ve been told that the conservative movement won’t ever support Mitt because he’s “establishment” and because he’s a “flip-flopper,” I’d be part of the 1 percent. Yet is there a conservative in this race more “establishment” than Newt? The former speaker of the House has collected vast sums of money from from quasi-lobbying activities and has been a fixture in conservative Washington for decades. Newt as an outsider? No way.

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Romney The Conservative

I have stuggled to find–or come up with myself–an article that I could send to my non-Romney friends that explains Romney’s conservative credentials.

Until now.  Courtesy of the great Article IV blog:

The entire article is great, but here’s my favorite part:

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On Mitt Romney

Even a glance at Romney shows a deeply conservative man. He is his father and mother’s son. At great cost, he has held to the religious faith of his fathers. He chose to be a Republican when many of his background (see Reid, Harry) would have joined the Democrats.

Why?

He is a conservative man, but not a reactionary. Most of his “flip-flops” are due to different responses over changing times or conditions.

Health care in Massachusetts is a prime example. The voters of Massachusetts are to the left of the American center. They wanted more coverage for the citizens. Options on the table all would increase state power.

In this case, it was not a choice between doing nothing or something. It was a question of what would be done. Romney gave Massachusetts a plan that honored the free market far more than “single payer” or other more strongly socialist plans would have done.

As a result, voters in Massachusetts got what they wanted, for good and bad, but at less cost and harm to liberty than if Romney’s political opponents had defeated him.

Romney got the best deal he could get and did good for uninsured people as well. He should be proud of his plan.

The US is not Massachusetts. By the time of Obama Care, the electorate had also changed. Obama Care is similar to the Massachusetts plan, but imposes it on Utah and Texas and other states where it is far inferior to other possibilities. Passing Romney’s plan also allowed Romney and other politicians to see the strengths and weaknesses of the plan.

Romney learned from this, but Obama did not.

In short, Romney got the best plan he could in Massachusetts. Obama crammed down the worst plan that could pass. Single payer might have happened in Massachusetts, but it had no change at the Federal level.

Romney-care was conservative in Massachusetts. Obama-care was liberal for the entire United States.

On abortion, Romney changed his mind. Unless he is lying, he had horrible family experiences that had made him pro-choice. The experience of dealing with the abortion extremists in Massachusetts began to change his mind. Finally, he came to a position more mainstream to his deeply held LDS faith.

That seems a natural evolution for a deeply conservative man.

Finally, Romney is a human being and one that is ambitious. He has made mistakes and been inconsistent. I don’t think he is more inconsistent than any other politician.

Romney is no ideologue. He will preserve what he can while allowing change the people or times demand to happen. He respects the past and the Constitution.

Mitt Romney has lived out the ideals where compromise is impossible: liberty under law with God given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Romney is not a libertarian, but he favors a smaller government than President Obama.

Romney is likely to respond to the demands of the American people in as conservative a manner as possible. As Americans become more libertine, Romney will not follow in his personal life and he will protect traditionalist from the government.

Romney the businessman, is well equipped to save the free markets from the reaction to the abuses of some robber barons.

A critic might respond that I have missed a change in circumstance. GOP voters have grown more conservative. I think the loud voters are more conservative, but one quarter of the voters have stuck with Romney all this time in a broad field. Sadly to me as a conservative, programs like Social Security and Medicare are still popular. Most GOP voters  want them improved not cut.

If GOP voters have really moved so far right that Romney cannot win, then the GOP cannot win. Romney is center-right . . . and the majority of the nation is center-right . . . not hard right.

But I am not worried really. I think voters know Romney. He is not a fresh face. They are looking for someone more exciting, but will settle, as GOP primary voters always do, on the sensible candidate.

The Republican Party is lucky that Romney betrayed what is expected of a man of his background, wealth, and education and stayed in the GOP. If he wins, America will be lucky this wealthy and happy man was willing to serve.

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Mitt Romney: Raw & Unleashed

Saturday Night Live opened their show with this skit of Romney. And although not that funny, it says something more important: Don’t expect any skeletons in the general election the from Mitt, because there aren’t any friends.

Although they are lampooning him as someone that is boring and untinteresting, it’s a bit more refreshing than the “idiot” narrative the left has painted Republicans with for decades.

 

 

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John Kerry: a Flip-Flopper Out of Principle

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John Kerry is finally getting to avenge his defeat to George Bush by hammering Mitt Romney on his flip flopping on the issues. You see when Democrats flip flop, it’s out of principle. When Republicans do it it shows how unprincipled they are.

From Politico:

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) launched a broadside against his fellow Massachusetts politician Mitt Romney on Sunday, calling him a flip-flopper.

“There are few people I’ve met in public life who have changed on as many issues as he has,” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

“Every major touchstone of American politics — from abortion to guns to war to God to gays, you name it,” Kerry told David Gregory. “People will make their own judgments about that.”

Kerry was famously accused of flip-flopping during his 2004 presidential campaign by President Bush. Kerry contrasted his flip-flop on the Iraq war with Mitt Romney’s evolution on the issues.

“I did it as a matter of principle,” Kerry said. “I’ll defend that until the day I die. He’s going to have to defend his positions throughout this race if he’s the nominee.”

If you want to see for yourself, here is a link to the video. The magic starts at 12:08

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Romney to Super Committee: “No new taxes”

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From Fox News:

In an increasingly rare occurrence, Mitt Romney took questions Saturday from the press after holding a town hall in Peterborough, New Hampshire, saying he would not support any plan negotiated by the congressional Super Committee that raised taxes.

“I believe the right answer is cutting taxes, so I will not endorse any plan that raises revenues, raises taxes.”

Full article here

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Weekend Reading

HotAir: Does Romney have a ceiling? …”The lack of a true consensus NotRomney shows more potential upside for Romney

Wash Times: Mitt Romney: An inside look at the man and his politics–A preview of one of many unauthorized biographies that is surely to be written in the upcoming months.

WaPo: Mitt Romney faces familiar hurdle in Iowa: Skeptical evangelical Christian leaders

Politico: Mitt Romney: “I exhale carbon dioxide” — makes  a great point about the overreaching EPA

NYTimes: Romney Pessimistic on Debt Committee Recommendations

Video: Interview with Neil Cavuto last week

“Drive-By” Reporting on the Right

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Rush Limbaugh’s moniker, the “Drive by Media,” is a term he attaches to those media outlets who casually and half heartedly report the news. Instead of digging in and doing real reporting, they simply give a  “drive by”  account of what they saw and most of the time they get it wrong.

I’m sorry to say that many in the conservative media  are doing the same thing when it comes to their favorite punching bag Mitt Romney. Instead of digging in and looking into what Romney faced as governor regarding the health care bill:

  • the things he couldn’t change in the legislation because of state law
  • the parts he vetoed but was overridden
  • how he consulted the Heritage Foundation and other conservative approval (including Newt Gingrich

…they take the easy way out and simply declare that RomneyCare is the same as ObamaCare. End of story. They also call him “unprincipled” who will “say and do anything to get elected.” And my personal favorite “he lacks a core.” Yet we are to believe them when they say they will vote for him should he get the nomination. Would you vote for someone you think is “unprincipled”? I don’t think so.

That’s why the ascendancy of Newt Gingrich is so baffling. Here is a man who has baggage for his baggage. The conservative media  and tea party factions apparently are willing to forgive his personal failings (divorce and adultery) and his not-so-conservative positions (global warming ad with Princess Nancy, support for prescription drug entitlement), yet they cannot–and will not–give Mitt  a pass on RomneyCare.

But now that Newt is tied or ahead in the polls,  and is the latest in a long line of candidates to wear the “Not-Romney” crown , I hope the conservative media will attempt more than a “drive by” account of his less than stellar record.

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the “Romney of Spain” Coasting to Victory

Could Mariano Rajoy’s victory in Spain is just the start of many death nails heading straight toward “hope and change” style of global governance? Let’s hope so.  Article here: