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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney walks off stage at the conclusion of a campaign rally at the airport in Columbus, Ohio November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
The sign that convinced Karl Rove that Mitt would win
This article is sort of hilarious, not so much for the content of the article itself...
After retreating from public view following his crushing loss to President Obama in the 2012 election, [Mitt] Romney has returned to the political stage, emerging as one of the Republican Party’s most coveted stars, especially on the fundraising circuit, in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.
...but because the first comment pretty much sums things up:
A commentary on the current state of the Republican Party that a guy who has lost every election he's ever been in, except one, is considered a star and elder statesman. He served as a one-term governor and didn't run again because he was so unpopular. This is who is revered in the GOP? Sad.
Sad for the GOP, I guess. Comedy for the rest of us. I'm sure it feels good for Romney to be wanted by certain segments of his party (for example, fellow Massachusetts politician Scott Brown has asked him to campaign on his behalf), but at the end of the day, he's still a guy who doesn't appeal to his party's base and doesn't appeal outside his party's base.

That being said, what other options do the GOP have when it comes to party elders? John McCain? George W. Bush? Dick Cheney? Sarah Palin? Hell, Romney is probably the best they've got. And even though he says he's not running in 2016—and would surely lose if he did—he'd certainly be one of the GOP's best candidates and arguably even the best. And that really is a pathetic commentary on the current state of the GOP.

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  •  He should refuse to recognize the Federal Gov't (14+ / 0-)

    like Cliven Bundy, and take five or six wives and model "traditional Mormon morals" for us.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:54:02 AM PDT

  •  Perfectly sums up how detached they are (7+ / 0-)

    They're pretty fucked

    •  I'd agree if they didn't have a stranglehold.... (8+ / 0-)

      ... on the house and are predicted to take back the senate. And if our Democratic politicians were not constantly adopting their polices and positions, rejecting our president's nominees and refusing to embrace liberal ideas.

      •  You can't make blanket statements like that (1+ / 0-)
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        False Equivalence is what THEY do.

        Yes, Obama makes unpopular moves. You may call it bipartisanship or selling out...but I suspect you are inferring the line that there's no difference between the two parties which is patently untrue.

        And maybe they will take the Senate. If we can't get people out, then, in a sense, they deserve it. But 2016 will be much better.

        Remember, we survived almost six years of near total GOP dominance in the WH, Congress and the SCOTUS.

        Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

        by Jank2112 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:26:47 AM PDT

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        •  Nope, he's suggesting that Democrats adopt (0+ / 0-)

          Republican positions.

          ACA? Based on a draft from the Heritage Foundation, used as a counterplan to Clinton's health insurance reform attempts in the early 90's, and the basis of Romneycare in Massachusetts.

          "Ending Welfare As We Know It": Bill Clinton, total GOP move.

          Expanding the surveillance state: Barack Obama, totally in the spirit of paranoid Nixonianism.

          The Democratic Party has moved to the right consistently since Reagan. Clinton had to move to the right to get elected, and we've been moving ever rightward ever since.

          Our current President has even suggested that he's amenable to weakening Social Security.

          It IS selling out. Selling US out.

          Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

          by commonmass on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:33:06 AM PDT

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          •  "Weakening Social Security" is false. (1+ / 0-)
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            That's propaganda, not a reflection of the facts.

            Also, a minor drop to cost of living factor was offered for a substantial correction to tax loop holes. That's the reality.

            "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Ryan Paul von Koch

            by waterstreet2013 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:30:53 AM PDT

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            •  No other President suggested cutting SS like Obama (0+ / 0-)

              ...except George W. Bush--right before his 50% approval numbers went downhill and never came back. No one else was stupid enough to touch the Third Rail of Politics.

              I had a bet with a friend. He had to eat his hat if Obama actually cut SS, as he proposed many, many times, as a way of reaching across to Republicans.

              To my utter disgust each and every time it was reported.

              Even if he never ended up cutting SS, he should never have offered it up. Never. Never.

              That was what finally convinced me that he is not progressive, not liberal, not even a moderate when it comes down to it. He is incredibly conservative, on many subjects, from deportation to refusing to pardon or commute except for token cases, to adopting a REPUBLICAN idea of 'health care reform' to making the Bush Tax Cuts the Obama Tax Cuts for two years, mouthing the usual FOX News horseshit about how those tax cuts will help working Americans and create jobs, to failing to protect and allow gay men and women to serve in the military by Executive Order, instead letting Harry and Nancy do the job, taking four long years to do it, refusing to Do The Right Thing, etc, etc, etc.

              Because he didn't want to LOOK LIBERAL. So they wouldn't attack him for being liberal. Because they lie as easily as they breathe, because President Obama is NO LIBERAL.

              If he were, he'd have approval ratings in the 70s, and we'd be back to 4% unemployment. He's an empty suit, for all of his 'accomplishments'.

              "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

              by DaddyO on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:50:21 PM PDT

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          •  I guess you're right... (1+ / 0-)
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            We should have just stayed where we were in the 80s and 90s and ignored political realities, and continued to take drubbings in elections.

            And yeah, things would be no different with President Romney or McCain in charge.

            Either one of them would have repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell; they would both make a case for raising the minimum wage.  McCain would have certainly signed the Lily Ledbetter Act. Of COURSE, Romney would have helped the US Auto Industry turnaround.

            McCain would not have hesistated one minute in enacting drawdowns in Iraq. And no way would he have joined the conflict in Syria.

            His VP Sarah Palin would have, naturally, encouraged him to sign the DREAM Act, as well as having him sign the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 expanding health coverage to 4 million.

            And OF COURSE a Republican Senate would have voted to end funding for the F-22, and voted in favor of the Fair Sentencing Act, the Food Safety Monitoring Act, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act and the Matthew Shepard / James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

            And President Romney would have signed all of those bills, just as soon as he got done nominating Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

             Yep. You're right. There's absolutely no difference between the two parties at all. Why even bother anymore?

            Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

            by Jank2112 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:17:18 PM PDT

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      •  There's no "stranglehold" on the House. (2+ / 0-)
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        TKO333, Shawn87

        We beat a +30% in the polls Red Stater up in North Dakota in 2012.

        We can beat any one of them, anywhere, any election where a smart, LOUD, competent Democrat goes to the mat for the victory.

        "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Ryan Paul von Koch

        by waterstreet2013 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:28:31 AM PDT

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    •  Republicanism is a religion and racist one at that (4+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, JeffW, VPofKarma, Shawn87

      I've really come to that conclusion... These people (the GOP base) have been so indoctrinated (brainwashed) to believe Liberalism is Evil, they go to great lengths to vote against anything that seems remotely liberal even if it means voting against their own best interests, in other words… They cut off their nose to spite their face.

      EXCERPT:GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges
      Posted by
      CNN's Dana Davidsen
      (CNN) - Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric Holder and events marking the anniversary of the law’s passage renewed the dialogue over race relations in the 21st century.

      Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "not all" of his GOP colleagues are racist but "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

      "Cutting off the nose to spite the face" is an expression used to describe a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem: "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face" is a warning against acting out of pique, or against pursuing revenge in a way that would damage oneself more than the object of one's anger.

      A search for truth will find injustice!

      by thinkingblue on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:16:38 AM PDT

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  •  they're all party elders if Raul Ryan= "young gun" (19+ / 0-)

    Paul Ryan's love for Rage Against The Machine is funny, band frontman states that Ryan is "the machine"... #p2

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:54:43 AM PDT

  •  Follow The Money (8+ / 0-)

    It's all about the fundraising. Not because it helps candidates, but because a cadre of moneygrubbers can fill their pockets.

    And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home with needles, needles and pins.

    by The Lone Apple on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:55:27 AM PDT

    •  Exactly right. (4+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40, JeffW, TKO333, The Lone Apple

      The reason he's in such demand by the Republicans is no doubt because of his money and connections to others who have money to spend on Republican candidates' races.  There's no surprise that money, in the end, calls - and plays -  the tune in the Republican party.

      "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

      by SueDe on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:11:21 AM PDT

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  •  Adlai Stevenson, Romney is not (10+ / 0-)

    that's for damn sure.

  •  Romney Version 30.401.z.11_jkl.Kinder.And.Gentler. (4+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, IB JOHN, MadGeorgiaDem, JeffW
  •  "Especially on the fund raising circuit" (10+ / 0-)

    A bunch of rich guys kissing up to an even richer guy.

    Pretty well sums up the Republican campaign theme.

  •  Actually the GOP's best 2016 candidate (5+ / 0-)

    is Rand Paul because he brings new thinking to a certain degree.  But the most likely nominee is still Jeb Bush.

    The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

    by amyzex on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:57:52 AM PDT

    •  Will Paul actually run? (5+ / 0-)
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      amyzex, JeffW, Ellid, carrps, Shawn87

      Last night Maddow had an interesting segment: if Paul runs for president, he can't run for Senator.  Kentucky does not permit it; you can only run for one office at a time.

      by chloris creator on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:26:32 AM PDT

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      •  I think Paul would rather be remembered (0+ / 0-)

        as a one-term Senator and Presidential nominee (whether he wins or not) than stick around long enough to become Senate Majority Leader.

        The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

        by amyzex on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:34:23 AM PDT

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    •  no one can control Rand Paul (1+ / 0-)
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      who has a tendency to spout outrageous truisms (outrageous even by Establishment GOP standards). The Establishment needs a candidate who will look maverick-y, but reliably do their bidding -- like Bush II, who as far as I can tell, took the deal that he could strut around in the costume as long as he did what he was told and didn't interfere with the actual governing.

    •  america has not had "the conversation" yet (0+ / 0-)

      you know, the one about that curly, store-bought pelt on top of rand's head

      no toupee wearer will EVER be president of this great land

  •  The GOP is example of what happens to those (6+ / 0-)

    who'd rather run on fear and hatred, rather than a positive agenda for the future. It serves them right to be stuck with these assholes who are a bunch of grumpy old men.

    Guns are never the principal in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:58:20 AM PDT

  •  Turns out it's easier to buy fame and clout (5+ / 0-)

    than it is to buy elections.

    "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

    by McWaffle on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:58:29 AM PDT

  •  Sheesh, Sarah Palin IS an elder statesman in (10+ / 0-)

    today's GzeroP. That party stopped being grand a long time ago.

  •  When did he "retreat from public view" (20+ / 0-)

    The 2012 election was only 17 months ago.  He was gone for what, 3-4 months?  Some colleges have longer summer breaks than that.  The NFL goes on hiatus for 7 months.

    Romney just cannot figure out what to do with his life.  He has run for public office 4 times and won once.  He did not run in 2006 for re-election because his poll numbers were in the low 30s (which would be incredibly popular by today's Republican standards).  People just do not like the guy, but that hasn't stopped him for running for office 4 times in the last 18 years.  

    He is probably preparing for another Presidential run.  On the one hand, I can't say I blame him.  He makes about $30 million in passive income, so working is a hobby for him.  He pays less than 15% in taxes, so he has about $2 million in disposable income every month without lifting a finger to earn it.  He can also see that his party is even more of a joke than it was in 2012, so he probably thinks of himself as the only viable candidate for the GOP.  Christie's pending impeachment makes Romney seem even more electable.

    The problem is that the voters did not buy his schtick in 2008 or 2012.  What makes him think they will like him better in 2016?  He has the same problems that doomed him before, like his hidden tax returns and his patrician attitudes.  Now he is also viewed as damaged goods for losing badly to what Republicans thought was a vulnerable incumbent.

    Don't be surprised to see Romney's Presidential Campaign 3.0.  He may even win the nomination again, especially if he runs against Paul, Cruz and Huckabee.

  •  Shallow bench, (9+ / 0-)

    and low.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:00:45 AM PDT

  •  He is a sad figure (17+ / 0-)

    I watched "Mitt" last week and was completely taken aback. His whole existence is a contrivance, down to his family. He's a caricature of the stoic conservative patriarch, and everybody around him labors mightily to avoid any display of emotion, especially empathy. Anything of meaning must be delivered in subtext. His life comes off as a teetering falsehood. We are very lucky he was not elected.

  •  He may not appeal to the base or outside the party (10+ / 0-)

    But the party's real owners know he's one of them.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:03:13 AM PDT

  •  A guy stupid enough to pick Paul Ryan (11+ / 0-)

    for his running mate is just bright enough to represent the Republican Party perfectly.

    “When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” —Abraham Lincoln

    by Pragmatus on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:03:18 AM PDT

  •  Zombie Reagan (6+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:04:07 AM PDT

  •  It never gets tiring (7+ / 0-)

    Being reminded of the Epic Fail that was Mitt Romney--or John McCain and Sarah Palin, for that matter. Good times.

    Anyone who claims to be 'worried' that Rand Paul or Ted Cruz might win the White House only needs to remember the utter ludicrous notion that is the present-day GOP. It would save them SO much grief if they only could, and give them time to worry about some OTHER damn thing.

    Like a far-too-conservative DEMOCRAT taking the White House. Hm. Hmmm. Hmmmmm!

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:04:26 AM PDT

    •  Well, I wouldn't call the current President (2+ / 0-)
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      MadGeorgiaDem, annieli

      a "liberal Democrat".

      Social liberalism and neo-liberal economics does not a progressive make. It makes a Rockefeller Republican just to the right of Rockefeller.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:07:08 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure I made myself clear (0+ / 0-)

        Under no circumstances would I describe President Obama as a liberal or progressive or even a moderate.

        HE'S the one that worries me--and most certainly not ANY Republican President who will never be elected to take the Oath of Office.

        And I routinely run into LOTS of Kossacks whose worries are President Paul or Ryan or Palin. Talk about a red herring. Forget those idiots and focus your ire, voices, votes and pressure on OBAMA. NOW. Before another day goes by. You're kissing his ass too much and not putting a lick of pressure on the guy. He even told you, to your faces, just like FDR said:

        MAKE me do it!

        It's hard to make a guy prosecute the banksters or the Bush administration or stimulate the economy with a New New Deal or...umpteen other important issues...when you're LIONIZING the man.

        "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

        by DaddyO on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:00:51 PM PDT

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  •  nixon ran again after loosing, Mitt will run again (1+ / 0-)
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    nixon was beat by kenedy

    ran again and won etc

  •  This is the perfect job for Romney. (4+ / 0-)

    He doesn't have to worry about those pesky voters. All he has to do is rub elbows with the 1%, which is something he clearly loves to do. He is the very definition of a Republican party elder and statesman.

    Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

    by shoeless on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:07:38 AM PDT

  •  I really think that Mittens will be the nominee (7+ / 0-)

    in 2016. Christie won't get through the primaries (that Jersey boy act doesn't play well in Iowa and South Carolina, plus he's not nearly Jesusy enough), Jeb will be weighed down by the fact that everyone else named Bush who was president was a disaster, and Cruz and Paul will be the gingham dog and the calico cat.

    The shorter version (h/t to Charlie Pierce): "I'm Mitt Romney, bitchez, and I'm all you've got left."

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:08:57 AM PDT

  •  Not comedy--tragedy (7+ / 0-)

    That the man who won only one election; that a man who, as a HS student, needed several of his mates to publicly humiliate the gay kid; that a man whose statements while visiting England were so poorly considered that people created #Romneyshambles; that a man who explained a terrorist attack would be used against his political opponent; that such a man could become the elder statesman of the powerful Republican party is not comedy for the rest of us.  It is tragedy for all of us.

    “Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.” ― Will Rogers (Of course this also applies to me.)

    by MugWumpBlues on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:10:26 AM PDT

  •  I keep (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Aquarius40, JeffW

    hearing buyers remorse, if the election were held today Romney would have won. My question remains how and where will the votes come from?, the dynamics have not changed much for them. Obama maybe down in the polls  I have not seen or heard of any republican on the national stage today that could beat him if the election were held today.  

  •  Delusions of Whatever . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, JeffW

    I watched (most of) the documentary about Mitt's 2012 campaign.  One set of scenes that were interesting were the ones where the Romney family would pull up to a campaign rally in a bus or airplane, and there would be thousands of (white) people there standing and cheering.
    The family was always just blown away by this, which is understandable.  And I think this is what had them so convinced that Mitt was going to win the election.
    Mitt himself seemed to be, not a lot, but at least a bit more skeptical about his chances.  Early on election night, his sons were trying to keep the optimism going, saying, "Don't give up, Dad!  Let's wait until this state's returns or that state's returns to come in."  But Mitt could see the writing on the wall.  For once in his life, anyway.

    "Soylent Green is people too, my friend!" Guess Who

    by oldmaestro on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:12:55 AM PDT

    •  If he was that perceptive (4+ / 0-)
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      vcmvo2, JeffW, mmacdDE, carrps

      why didn't he draft up a concession speech, just in case?

      He looked just as shell-shocked as his family, IMO.

      I took that as evidence that everyone around him -- family especially, but also key staff -- saw it as their job to NEVER convey bad news. That alone disqualifies a person from being President.

  •  misery loves .... (3+ / 0-)
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    JaceInVA, Aquarius40, JeffW

    pick a loser he will lead you to himself.

  •  Good,we can keep bringing him up in debates (1+ / 0-)
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    For a while, whenever someone brought up Romney when attacking his party, I'd see right wingers say something like "I can't believe you're bringing up Romney, that was so long ago!"  

    But as long as he's out there, we get to hang Romney around their collective neck.

  •  I'm a Democrat who votes almost exclusively for (1+ / 0-)
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    Democrats, but I have on rare occasions cast a vote for a Republican whom I like, i.e. Marge Roukema in N.J.

    A previous incarnation of Mitt Romney, with a good track record of running the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, implementing universal health insurance in Massachusetts, and being pro-choice, might have earned my own vote and enough crossover voters to get elected President of the United States.

    The Mitt Romney he transformed himself into is too repugnant to get my vote, and he deservedly lost.  Fuck him.

    This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty. -- Mitch Hedberg

    by Greasy Grant on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:16:35 AM PDT

    •  He "succeeded" with the Olympics (6+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, JeffW, Dvalkure, Dretutz, vcmvo2, TKO333

      by getting the US taxpayers to fork over gazillions of dollars in subsidies. That's not "success;" that's grifting, and then campaigning on "we need to shrink the Federal government" -- the same game as Paul Ryan whose family made its money building the interstate highway system, and was raised on Social Security survivor payments.

    •  No Republican can win today--Romney included (1+ / 0-)
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      Any Republican who survives the nomination process has to say shit that's so insane in order to win the base that it kills them in the general election.

      It really is that simple. Look at the last two elections. That's exactly what happened. The most 'sane' candidate made it to the finals, but they STILL had to make fools out of themselves along the way. And their debates wrote the Democratic political ads all by themselves.

      The Republicans will have to change to win the White House. One of the few things I have to be thankful for in today's politics is the fact that America is so far from going Teabagger. They are still a fringe, and as long as their numbers are the minority they are, including SHRINKING as the older Teabaggers die off, we have a chance. And we need fear no Republican President for that time.

      Nah gah happen.

      "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

      by DaddyO on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:11:40 PM PDT

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  •  new faces like change (1+ / 0-)
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    don't sit well with the republicans they wold rather bring back the crazy uncle who has been hiding in the closet for a few years.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  I liked what he said about trees (1+ / 0-)
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    having grown up in the Midwest, I understood what he meant when he said they were the right height.

    I honestly think Romney really does not understand how bad his policies are.  He is totally lacking in empathy and so does not understand that it is a bad idea to put a dog on the roof and then to take a car on the highway.  It is more cluelessness than viciousness, unlike, say, Sarah Palin.

    by chloris creator on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:21:20 AM PDT

  •  Of course he's revered (3+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, commonmass, JeffW

    He's a CEO-American, they fail upwards.

  •  All GOP elders are required to attend (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, JeffW

    at least one Sunday Mourning Talk Show, to the exclusions of someone who may actually know something, or say something original and thought provoking.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:31:24 AM PDT

  •  Seriously though... (1+ / 0-)
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    Why DON'T the windows open???

    Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

    by Jank2112 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:34:01 AM PDT

  •  Can you imagine..... (1+ / 0-)
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    I almost feel sorry for the bastards.

    That being said, what other options do the GOP have when it comes to party elders? John McCain? George W. Bush? Dick Cheney? Sarah Palin?

    I am Joe's Steven......

    by Joes Steven on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:35:06 AM PDT

  •  I like it when our enemies are pathetic. eot (0+ / 0-)
  •  In a backhanded way, I am grateful for Romney (2+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2, carrps

    who is in the top three of the most radically overrated and overestimated pols in the last three or four decades of American politics. If Romney were a dragon, he would breathe soap foam and be surrounded by idiots in dragon costumes telling you to run from the hot hot fire lest it burn you all up! Boo! Fire! Grrr! Dragon!!!

    Since 1990, the faux moderate Weldies had a great running con going on the state of Massachusetts. William Weld being "a decent bipartisan" Governor and "all-around great human being who only a partisan extremist could dislike" was a truly obnoxious local Village media invention gone mad. The same local media folks not at the wingnutty Herald but at the so-called "liberal" Boston Globe who couldn't bring the Swiftboaters back fast enough everytime that John Kerry had a big moment in his Senatorial career, and who foreshadowed how the national "liberal" media would help them sandbag Kerry in 2004, always had their Tom Friedman meets David Broder on for the Weld mythos.

    I used to talk to friends in California and New Mexico about the People's Republic of Massachusetts and its beloved new breed Republican Governor. They who would ask me about the magical red-headed leprechaun who farted unity and common sense because that's what they had been told. This nation could use a President like that.

    God help us, no.  

    If you didn't like William Weld, well, golly, you were suspect right there. Disagreeing with the notion that William Weld was not a blueprint for how all non-Conservative states should be governed by country club faux moderate Republicans who dropped the act behind closed doors at the drop of a hat? That was so... partisan.

    And then, to my horror, his bootlicking little red wagon of country club minions were handed the great baystate bullshit baton and handed it successfully. Paul Cellucci. Jane Swift. It was a franchise. God help us. Every single Weldie would have passed the craziest ass Heritage Action or Americans for Prosperity bit of wingnutty public policy bullshit in the batshit book.... if. If Massachusetts could have magically been Alabama or Texas in the state Legislature for a three day window to get it done.

    William Weld was as pro-choice as it took... to usurp wingnutty Steven Pierce in 1990 from the fringe freakshow that was the Massachusetts GOP in the late 80's and early 1990's. He was as socially moderate as it took... for the local media to mug a string of Democratic challengers hung out to dry by their own state party hacks and lifers in the legislatures with their own agendas. Weld? He wanted tax cuts. He would have loved to bring back the death penalty, but tax cuts were his God. He had to make reasonable mouth sounds on abortion and social issues to get them. He practiced bamboozlement in the crib by playing pirate with the state GOP's establishment. It was such a crippled dysfunctional mess that official baystate GOP meetings were like Focus on the Family get-togethers because they were the only group that had their shit together. They were lazy and didn't see the bullshit rainmaker coming.

    Until the "I'm a Republican, but I will tell you exactly what you want/need to hear to get you to vote for me" Weldies. The Steve Pierces never knew what hit them.

    And then it never stopped coming.


    Whatever I have to tell you to get more tax cuts, I shall make the mouth sounds. As will my merry band of minions. And scores of Massachusetts voters bought it. Even if it came out of another vapid soul-less ventriloquist's dummy without a hand up its backside.

    When I left Massachusetts for Nevada, I didn't know what drove me the most crazy: The Weldies or the selfish Beacon Hill Democrats who helped enable the Weld mythology because he proved to be a great foil in helping them keep their little fiefdoms humming. I watched a number of decent Democratic candidates stand up only to be hung out to dry by by baystate political lifers who liked the status quo for what it did for them more than they liked the idea of a Massachusetts that lived up to even flirting with its national zombie mythology.

    I will remember election night with Mark Roosevelt supporters on the South Shore as one of my most painful memories in politics. He didn't stand a chance. I don't think I have ever seen a doomed person keep his shit together more than Mark Roosevelt did. I was never more disgusted by establishment Democrats who had other agendas running more. I didn't cry. I watched people cry. That was a thousand times worse. Watching people who were a lot less cynical than me as their hearts broke as the balloons dropped for the other guy on tv. I went home hating idiots in politics that night. My loathing of what happened to Babara Buono in New Jersey is fueled by watching Mark Roosevelt being gleefully fucked-with by a gleeful enabled bullyboy in William Weld while a lot of establishment Democrats laughed with the Weldies as Big Red twisted the knife because he had a personal hatred of Roosevelt.

    And Mitt Romney helped end that era. On fire.

    Mitt Romney sucked so badly, so damned badly, he was like the vampire squid that ate the golden lie and helped break the Weld bamboozlement spell. Where Weld was slick with his feverish desire to return the death penalty, he walked away when it threatened the mythos. Gotta keep the tax cuts coming. Mittens was so hamfisted about chasing the death penalty he let the mask slip.

    Then left his clueless Lt. Governor Kerry Healey to take his loss. Like a true hero of the American Right, he maximized his wingnut welfare appeal and Presidential cache by walking away from a sure loss that was all about rejecting him personally as well as politically. I never liked her, but I hope that Jane Swift enjoyed watching the pretty petty people who humiliated her and then shoved her aside get theirs.  

    I don't know what was more personally satisfying, a Democrat being Governor after so many years of Weldies, or William Weld shitting the bed in New York where he tried to export his amazing technicolor bullshit patent medicine wagon show.


    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” — Auric Goldfinger

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:00:06 AM PDT

  •  What a joke, GOP losers will have less time at the (0+ / 0-)

    next convention than Bush had at the last one.  He won't be an elder statesman for the GOP until he does his first Viagra commercial. They are a tradition bound bunch of morons anyway.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:07:00 AM PDT

  •  Yeah, that sums it up (0+ / 0-)

    Not to mention that the only way he won the race for governor was because the Democrats ran a weak candidate (Shannon O'Brien).  If they'd had someone decent, he wouldn't have had a chance.

    This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

    by Ellid on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:10:06 AM PDT

  •  the GOP is headless since GW Bush (1+ / 0-)
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    he decapitated the party.

    they don't have a bench of elder statesmen,
    they don't have a bench of former presidents.

    This is where the Dems were in 82.

    Carter/Mondale  and not much else and Carter wasn't
    popular at that time.

  •  If we (1+ / 0-)
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    "If we allow same-sex marriages it will inevitably lead to polyg…

    …oh never mind."

    --Mitt Romney

  •  April 16, 2012 (2+ / 0-)
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    Ann Romney, who told Diane Sawyer she also had a message for Obama.

    "I believe it’s Mitt’s time It’s our turn now," she said.

  •  Mitt says.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mitt Romney sent a curt message to President Obama today:

    “Start packing.”

  •  The only thing I can say... (1+ / 0-)
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    is "we should be celebrating if this is the best the GOP can do."

  •  i thought he self-deported to la jolla (2+ / 0-)
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    atana, JeffW
  •  This is a fight between the big boys. (0+ / 0-)

    Idaho's 2nd district is a battleground between the big GOP extremist funding groups  vs. the mainstream groups. Party purity vs. pragmatism.

    Simpson is serving his 8th term, and has always voted for funding the many federal jobs and institutions in Idaho. Smith, his first-time opponent, is a lawyer.

    The far right movement has grown in the 2nd district, and Smith wants to cut federal spending, even though it would cause a lot of good paying jobs to disappear.

    The district is heavily Mormon, and Simpson was both a Romney supporter and a minor member of his campaign. Romney still swings a lot of weight here, so his endorsement counts.

    I live in the heart of the battle. There are daily mailers from both sides filling my mailbox daily, the local TV stations are running almost continuous ads for both, and everyone is getting polled often.

    So far, Simpson has out-spent Smith, and he's calling Smith a money-grubbing ambulance chaser. Smith is calling Simpson a liberal  who loves to spend federal money. I've never seen a race where so much was spent on a primary, but the primary winner is almost guaranteed to win the seat.

    Who wins will be a clear signal of which way the western conservatives are swinging now.

    Romney, I believe, is being very careful about his endorsements, and won't pull a Palin. He owes some debts to Simpson and to Frank Vandersloot, his campaign treasurer, who lives here.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:27:38 PM PDT

  •  For the certain death of the GOP...I don't think.. (0+ / 0-)

    RIP is appropriate; it more along the line of TIT..."toil in turmoil".

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:54:05 PM PDT

  •  He's running (0+ / 0-)

    He can't help it, people are just too stupid to see how good a president he would be, and they deserve another chance to vote for him, at least in his mind...

  •  Scott Brown (0+ / 0-)

    after announcing his parachute candidacy for New Hampshire senator said the main blank of his platform will be his opposition to Obamacare.

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