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Romney Consistently Blasting Through 25% Ceiling

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A favorite attack line of the left and non-Romneyites has been his inability to get above 25% of the vote in any poll.  They say “75 percent of the conservative base doesn’t want Mitt Romney.” I’ve always hated this argument because the same can be said about their candidate. Now that votes have been cast in Iowa and New Hampshire, Romney is consistently about 30 percent and has hit the 40s in New Hampshire and now in Florida says Rasmussen Reports:

Coming off his decisive win in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary, Romney earns 41% support with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a distant second at 19%. A new telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters finds former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum running third with 15% of the vote.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman are next with nine percent (9%) and five percent (5%) support respectively. The two men finished second and third in New Hampshire where independents are allowed to vote in the primary. The Florida primary is open to Republican voters only. Texas Governor Rick Perry runs dead last among primary voters in the Sunshine State with two percent (2%) support. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

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Romney’s A Leader, Not a Manager

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Newt Gingrich has said on multiple occasions that “Romney is a capable manager” when referring to what kind of leader he would be as President. But when you study Mitt’s business background, the “manager” term is quite laughable.

It may sound like the national budget today, but the crisis was Bain & Company in the late 1990s. The Boston consulting firm was in deep trouble. Workers and clients were starting to jump ship. Mitt Romney was called in to save the day.

“There’s nobody that I can conceive of who could have come into that fractious situation, and pull that together,” said Clay Christensen, a former Romney colleague who’s now a professor at Harvard Business School.

As interim CEO of Bain & Company, Romney negotiated with banks to buy time. He convinced employees and clients to stay on. And most spectacularly, he won $130 million in concessions from the founding partners, including Bill Bain, the very man who brought in Romney to fix the mess. Christensen says it was Romney’s crowning business achievement.

“I know Nancy Pelosi very well and I know a number of the Republican leaders,” Christensen said. “Pulling those guys together is a lot easier than pulling Bain together.”

It was a remarkable political feat, considering that Romney built his career not on bringing people together, but rather on bringing companies in line. In 1984, Romney was chosen to run a spinoff venture of Bain’s consulting business — not because he was a consensus builder, but because he was a tireless pragmatic.

No “Manager” could ever pull off what Romney did. This is leadership that is desperately needed given the desperate times that lay ahead.

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Michael Barone: “Romney Corny Because He Missed the 60s”

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When I saw the headline “Untouched by 60s, Romney Reflects Corny 50s” I at first thought it some left wing hack from Salon.com, The Nation or Daily Beast desperately looking to start a new brand attack strategy for to attack Romney. But when I clicked on it and it led me to the Washington Examiner with Michael Barone as the byline, I was surprised to say the least.

But this is what passes as journalism these days in the GOP 2012 presidential race.

Barone’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece centers around what everyone is wanting to know about Mitt Romney: Why does he sound so corny? I’ll let the culture expert explain:

But as I look back on his biography, it seems to me that Romney missed one experience which changed the outlook and even the vocabulary of most of his schoolmates. This is a man who never experienced the ’60s. You know what I mean: peace demonstrations, dope smoking, ironic detachment, all that.

But though smooth and articulate in debate, he is awkward in chitchat and often sounds corny, as if he is still living in the ’50s. That’s natural for someone who missed the ’60s.

So there you have it. If you didn’t experience peace demonstrations, attend Woodstock or smoke pot in the 60’s then you are most likely to experience awkwardness when chit chatting with others, and may come off corny like Mitt Romney.

I’ve seen Michael Barone on Fox News a few times and I find him rather dull and uninteresting. Maybe it’s because he never left the 70’s.  But that is up for debate.

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Bill Kristol Wrong on Romney’s Immigration Stance

Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday

Bill Kristol was on Fox News Sunday this morning as part of the panel and when host Chris Wallace brought up Newt Gingrich’s much publicized comments on immigration from last Tuesday’s debate. And I was surprised to hear him regurgitate the same false statement that Mitt Romney held the same view as Gingrich four years ago.

I’m sure he’s referring to the 14 seconds of selectively edited video of Romney talking with Russert on Meet the Press in 2007 that Gingrich and many of the conservative media reported about last week. Surprised that Kristol, who usually does his homework on all topics, doesn’t know Romney’s true stance on immigration.

Here is the excerpt from Fox News Sunday

WALLACE: Let me ask you about that, Bill, because Gingrich’s opponents are clearly treating this as a major blunder. Mitt Romney said that this idea of giving legal status to long-time, law-abiding immigrants, illegal immigrants is amnesty and it is a magnet that encourages more people to come across the border. And Michele Bachmann, who’s got everything riding in Iowa, said that this shows that Gingrich is the most liberal Republican candidate when it comes to that issue. They clearly think it is a weakness.

BILL KRISTOL, WEEKLY STANDARD: Yes, Mitt Romney does — I believe he had the exact same position four years ago, so he can explain why Newt Gingrich is now wrong to take a position that he himself took four years ago.

Newt Gingrich knew what he was doing. I was at the debate Tuesday night. He said I am going to get attacked for this. He went out of his way, I would almost say, to propose this, I think showing, because he doesn’t want to run as a presidential nominee of a party that looks ridiculous, honestly, on the immigration issue.

Is the Republican — is Michele Bachmann’s and Mitt Romney’s position — let’s put aside Michele Bachmann, she’s trying to stay alive in Iowa — is Mitt Romney’s position really that we are going to send back 11 or 12 million people who are in this country illegally, including the one million or two million or however many there might be who have been here for 20, 25 years, whose kids are citizens, et cetera? I don’t really believe Mitt Romney believes that. I don’t believe Romney believes that for a minute. And I think Gingrich is willing to run the risk–

 

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Laura Ingraham Show, Rush and Newt Attempt to Paint Romney as Immigration Flip Flopper

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If you watched the CNN debate last night, you obviously know Newt Gingrich’s comment on immigration was the soundbite that dominated the spin room afterwards.

Listening to the Laura Ingraham Show this morning, fill in host Jaime Allman was trying to paint Romney as a flip flopper on immigration by playing a 2007 clip of Romney talking to Tim Russert on this contentious issue.  When I heard the soundbite they played it sounded like it was cut off, and I was right. Why wouldn’t they play the whole thing? Because it would tell you the truth and destroy their narrative.

Rush Limbaugh, and Newt Gingrich even tweeted the  same clip (owner of Your Tube clip is affiliated  with the Tea Party).

First off, lets start with what Romney said last night on immigration:

“To say that we’re going to say to the people who have come here illegally that now you’re all going to get to stay or some large number are going to get to stay and become permanent residents of the United States, that will only encourage more people to do the same thing,” Romney declared.

Here is a excerpt of a transcript from the Romney/Russert exchange from the 2007 Meet the Press interview. The clip they played on the Laura Ingraham Show, Rush Limbaugh Show, and the link Newt Gingrich tweeted is in bold. Look what they left out of the selectively edited clip. And when you read further it goes into even more detail about what Romney would do—and it’s not Amnesty as they suggest.  Why then does the conservative media not point this out or do their own homework? It’s another case of “Drive by” reporting on the right–a topic I have written about recently.

RUSSERT: The Lowell Sun, your home–one of your hometown, state home papers, said this. “Governor Mitt Romney expressed support for an immigration program that places large numbers of illegal residents on the path toward citizenship.

“‘I don’t believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country. With these 11 million people, let’s have them registered, know who they are. Those who’ve been arrested or convicted of crimes shouldn’t be here; those that are paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship, as they would from their home country.'”

This is George Bush and John McCain.

ROMNEY: Now let’s, now let’s look at those very carefully, OK, and you’re, you’re a careful reader. In the interview with The Boston Globe, I described all three programs that were out there, described what they were, acknowledged that they were not technically an amnesty program, but I indicated in that same interview that I had not formulated my own proposal and that I was endorsing none of those three programs. I did not support any of them. I called them reasonable. They are reasonable efforts to, to look at the problem. But I said I did not support–and I said specifically in that interview I have not formulated my own policy and have not determined which I would support. And, of course, the Cornyn proposal required all of the immigrants to go home. The McCain proposal required most of them to go home, but let some stay. And the Bush proposal I, frankly, don’t recall in that much detail. But they had very different proposals. My own view is consistent with what you saw in the Lowell Sun, that those people who had come here illegally and are in this country–the 12 million or so that are here illegally–should be able to stay sign up for permanent residency or citizenship, but they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to say here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally. And that, I think, is the great flaw in the final bill that came forward from the Senate.

RUSSERT: But they shouldn’t have to go home?

ROMNEY: Well, whether they go home–they should go home eventually. There’s a set per–in my view they should be–they should have a set period during which period they, they sign up for application for permanent residency or, or for citizenship. But there’s a set period where upon they should return home. And if they’ve been approved for citizenship or for a permanent residency, well, thy would be a different matter. But for the great majority, they’ll be going home.

RUSSERT: The children they had born here are U.S. citizens, so do the children stay here and the parents go home?

ROMNEY: Well, that’s a choice, of course, the parents would, would make. But my view is that those 12 million who’ve come here illegally should be given the opportunity to sign up to stay here, but they should not be given any advantage in becoming a permanent resident or citizen by virtue of simply coming here illegally. And likewise, if they’ve brought a child to this country or they’ve had a child in this country, that’s, that’s wonderful that they’re growing their families, but that doesn’t mean that they all get to stay here indefinitely. We’re fundamentally a nation of laws. And let me underscore something here that I think’s awfully important, because this immigration debate can sound anti-immigrant to a lot of people. It’s not intended to be that by myself or, I believe, by the vast majority of others that talk about it. We value legal immigration. We welcome people coming here with different cultures and skill and education, but we are a nation of laws. And our freedoms and our liberty are associated with following the law. We have to secure our border, we have to make sure there’s an employment verification system to identify who’s here legally and who’s not. And then for the 12 million who’ve come here, welcome them to get in line with everybody else, but no special pathway.

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Jennifer Rubin: Conservatives, Who is Your Credible Alternative to Romney?

Washington Post Right Turn blogger Jennifer Rubin, who is loathed by many on the hard right, questions why conservatives are rallying to Newt Gingrich:

Conservatives who can’t bring themselves to support Romney are entirely entitled to their view. But they should be honest that they have not yet identified a credible conservative alternative.

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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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