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Mitt Romney’s Victory Lap

THE GOP’S “ESTABLISHMENT MAN” IS BACK … Mitt Romney is the crown prince of establishment “Republicanism.” The sultan of status quo. The great Mormon middler. Yet as we meticulously documented and repeatedly proclaimed during the last presidential election, he is everything the GOP should be eschewing … not embracing. “Republicans”…

THE GOP’S “ESTABLISHMENT MAN” IS BACK …

Mitt Romney is the crown prince of establishment “Republicanism.” The sultan of status quo. The great Mormon middler. Yet as we meticulously documented and repeatedly proclaimed during the last presidential election, he is everything the GOP should be eschewing … not embracing.

“Republicans” told us Mitt Romney was electable … but we didn’t fall for that. And it turned out we were right.

Seriously … how was a guy who was “for Obamacare before Obama was” ever going to provide a compelling alternative to the Democratic ticket?

Oh right, he didn’t … 

Anyway, Romney is back … trumpeting the success of a trio of establishment U.S. Congressional candidates who sought and received his endorsement en route to victories over “Tea Party candidates.” We’re referring to incumbent U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson (Idaho) and Bill Shuster (Pennsylvania) and congressional candidate Monica Wehby in Oregon.

Those victories come on the heels of another establishment GOP win in North Carolina’s contested primary for the U.S. Senate.

“In all these cases … [the candidates] each very much wanted Gov. Romney’s support and endorsement,” a Romney communications advisor told BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins. “He continues to be a very powerful voice for the party. He is one of the few individuals who can help Republicans define their message and unite behind candidates that can win general elections.”

Another Romney confidante told Coppins that Romney’s candidates were winning because “Republicans are sick of losing.”

Ah yes, there’s that “electability” argument again … (twice, in fact).

Here’s the thing, though: By nominating candidates who have no allegiance (or limited allegiance) to the pro-freedom, pro-free market ideologies the GOP is supposed to stand for, “Republicans” alienate voters who place a premium on those ideologies.

Take early-voting South Carolina, for example … incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham could very will win the GOP nomination on the first ballot, but he faces an uncertain future in the general election because of his repeated betrayals of voters’ liberties and their bank accounts.

And even if he does manage to win, what’s the point?  In the vast majority of cases, Graham and most of his “Republican” colleagues in Washington are different from Democrats only insofar as their rhetoric during campaign season …

Neither party is serious about your bottom line … or your most basic freedoms.

Don’t believe us? Elect a bunch of “Romney Republicans” in 2014 and see what you get … because our bet is it will be more of the same.

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55 comments

Native Ink May 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Does the GOP have an electable presidential candidate? Honestly, they are all hopelessly tainted by their concessions to an extreme agenda. I do like that Tea Partiers aren’t completely in the pockets of big business though. If they leave the scene, we’ll just have Masters of the Universe like Romney.

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euwe max May 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Republicans brought this on themselves through AM radio leadership.

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GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

You brought Obama on us…so you look like a Big F*#king idiot w/ your claim…

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euwe max May 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be able to stand out quite so much.

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Smirks May 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

You brought Obama on us

No, a majority of the voting populous did that. :)

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GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

If you count one vote one person ….you’re in trouble… remember Obama got the law to allow cheating extended til after 2012…like he’s trying to postpone Obama care…

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

You brought Obama on us…so you look like a Big F*#king idiot w/ your claim…

*Whistles softly*
Day-um…that’s POWER.

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euwe max May 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

I may be the most powerful person on the planet, but I try not to act like it.

GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I bet you told us AlGore would obliterate Bush, in 1998, too…

You people really underestimate the Damage Obama has done to your Brand…

Bush looks like one of the best presidents EVER right now, compared to the Obama failure…

I tried to tell you that…and I was right…you have to admit that…

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Native Ink May 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

LOL. Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000. I don’t what presidential election happened in 1998, except in your own head. So since Bush the First, the Republicans have lost the popular vote 5 out of 6 times.

If the Republicans could find a winning candidate, they might have a shot in 2016, just because political parties usually don’t win 3 presidential elections in a row. But there are no winning candidates to appear yet on the Republican side.

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GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

We’re 2 years out, just like 1998, you IGNORANT F*#k…

PS: Bush was president 8 years. People would give half of what little paycheck they have left, to get those prosperity years back.
So that 5 of 6 crap does not mean much., Especially since Clinton was forced to follow a lot of Republican policies, to stay in office (which he did)…

Obama is too stupid to go center..so he is Destroying you.

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Smirks May 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

People would give half of what little paycheck they have left, to get those prosperity years back.

I wouldn’t. Such prosperity was due to one giant bubble that popped towards the end of his presidency. Plus, unfunded wars and spending while cutting revenue? Yeahhh, fuck that. If Obama didn’t let that shit continue we might have seen the deficits dry up.

GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Always got an excuse…for Bush’s success..and your failure…

Rocky May 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I’m making about 35% more than I did in the Bush years, wife is making about 45% more and I don’t have the IRS dogging my ass – I really don’t want him back. Not in the least. In fact, I don’t want his brother either.

GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

There ain’t but so many Solyndra employees…that stole our $ and made out like crooks…

Rocky May 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Like Bush’s Treasury guys – passed a huge bailout for the banks, then retired and went and purchased some banks. Makes pretty good sense to me.

GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Like Frank Raines and Barney Frank????…You are one Myth-laden Dumb@$$….

If your fables were true, the GOP would be killed…instead of finta’ take the Senate, and BUST your lord-gods @$$…

Rockin' Rocky May 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I wouldn’t count them chicks before they done hatch. Lookin’ like Pryor stays in AR, and the Dems hold on to NC and AK as well, plus pick up in Kentucky were old Mitchie is in trouble.

GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Looks like the DNC is sending its Dumb@$$#$$ fundraising fables….LMAO….

Do you use cyanide or arsenic in you Kool-Aid???…LMAO…

Hasn’t Landrieu and Pryor all but conceded…???…And McConnell will win big..

euwe max May 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm
Tom May 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

And lets not forget the hundreds of billions of dollars paid to Dick Cheney’s company, Halliburton, on a no bid contract. Then Halliburton moved its headquarters to Dubai, so they would not have to pay taxes on their war profits, or tell the American people what they did with their war profits.

Now if you want a lesson on how to screw the US taxpayer, take a course from Halliburton. Go big and leave the country with the money.

scrapingby May 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

What do you and your wife do for a living? I am in the wrong business…

GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

FITS, your problem in trying to rip the GOP apart, from the inside…is that you are more left than the Eastbalishment…so no one buys your occasional Bull$#* of bashing the mainstream Republican Party. They are moderate, a lot like you…

You only hate the moderate Republicans because they are Republicans…

Another problem for you: Democrats are seen as negatively right now…anybody who gives a $#!t about their country, and digging out of this gigantic mess that Obama (w/ the democrats, all by themselves) made…is not taking a chance on a non-incumbent…

We may end up w/ some non-right wingers…but at least they are NOT democrats…and we can deal w/ them once we get them all to Washington…

We just need to beat the Senate democrats in states where Obama has so weakened them, they are dead meat…

And we can add to our Conservative numbers in the House…

Even the middle-Rs…HATE Obamacare. We can bring them along on immigration…and if we can get majorities, we can beat Obama and cut spending…and maybe some very public prosecution of all the corruption…

But we won’t REALLY see the mess begin to get completely cleaned up until Obama is GONE…and a Right-leaning President Is in the White House…

Until then: We’ll win as much as we can…w/ an Eye on the Prize in 2016…

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Rocky May 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

That’s too long to work on it. I think I’d rather look at hot chicks on King Street.

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Gregory Geddings May 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I was walking down King Street today and, indeed, saw a bevy of beauties.

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euwe max May 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

post pics!

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gregorybgeddings May 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

Wish I could but, alas, Will don’t allow that no more…

euwe max May 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

you could post links – I’m tech savvy enough to click a link!

Gregory Geddings May 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

Sorry, but I don’t usually walk down crowded streets taking pics of random beautiful women. Inevitably one of them is going to raise a ruckus.
I have enough trouble walking on Charleston’s uneven sidewalks and cobblestones as it is. Twice in the last few years I stumbled and sprained an old ankle injury.

euwe max May 25, 2014 at 9:22 am

it’s incredible to me that the Leviathan finally ends with alzheimers and the Kraken becomes crippled with arthritis… it just doesn’t seem fair somehow.

When I go out to take pictures of random beautiful women, they smile back at me – well, there was that one time that I laid down on the sidewalk to take pictures from a different perspective.. you know, the sidewalk crouching at their feet like a dog that begs for something sweet? … that didn’t turn out well.

GrandTango May 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I prefer to check out the hot men on Two Notch or maybe on Senate Street.

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Tater Britches May 24, 2014 at 1:33 am

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the Demonrats will win big this year, surprising everyone. By 2016 there won’t be an america left to worry about.

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Gregory Geddings May 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

You need to put the taters in the front, not the back.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I’m so sick of the Republican status-quo as it has been for the last couple of decades. If the party “leadership” wants another Democrat in 2016 and again in 2020, they need to keep feeding us shit like Romney, any member of the Bush family, Rubio, Christie, or any of the other traitors they seem to think are electable. I am sick of voting for “lessers of evils” and will continue to vote for third-party candidates when given no choice but that between a piece of shit and a turd.

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A Democrat May 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Our sincere thanks!

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CNSYD May 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

“”Republicans” told us Mitt Romney was electable … but we didn’t fall for that”

So who did you “fall” for? Ron Paul? How did that work out for you?

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CorruptionInColumbia May 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

A vote cast thoughtfully is more honorable, even if on the losing side, than one cast for hype’s sake.

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CNSYD May 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

The Democrats thank all you teanuts for your “thoughtful” votes that you diverted from Republican candidates and wasted on third party fringe ones.

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Smirks May 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham could very will win the GOP nomination on the first ballot, but he faces an uncertain future in the general election because of his repeated betrayals of voters’ liberties and their bank accounts.

If he wins the GOP nomination, he’s in. How would he even remotely be at risk in the general election? This is a red state filled with party-line voters. The only thing that’s “uncertain” is how big his lead would be.

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CNSYD May 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Don’t you realize that a Graham victory in the primary means that TRav will unleash the full force of his mighty candidacy?

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Name of the Game May 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Hahahahaha!

In Folks wet dreams of course!

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aikencounty May 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

And how many kilos will that be?

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Mike at the Beach May 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Zackly. Graham’s future is about as uncertain as me writing a check on 15 APR every year (but only until I die)…

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euwe max May 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

…and he eats only out of the smartest paper bags at the nicest folding tables!

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Rocky May 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

And he’s a damned nice dresser.

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Rocky May 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Wow, he went from getting slammed in the 2012 General Election to picking three winners in a GOP House Primary. Sort of like he retired and started to play slot machines in Atlantic City. You go Mitt.

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Rob May 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

He lost, sure, and the US doesn’t want him, but why demonise him for trying to influence what he believes. Typical US reaction to a decent guy and family man. The biggest problem in America is the unbridgeable partisan divide between Republicans & Democrats

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euwe max May 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm

The Republicans keep pushing him onto our televisions so that whoever they *really* choose to run won’t seem so bad.

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euwe max May 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

The tea party is a worm, living inside the Republican Party..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E5vUUtSWT4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcj0Srt8i6k#t=101

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

“…the crown prince of establishment “Republicanism.” The sultan of status quo. The great Mormon middler…”

PRO TIP:
Use your inner Michael Buffer voice when reading this. Or your inner Howard Cosell voice, if you’re old school.

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Tater Britches May 24, 2014 at 1:30 am

Nailed it!

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Don May 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

The reason Republicans keep pushing Romney is he’s a class A act. Perfection breeds perfection.

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Don May 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Republicanism means getting everyone to work whether you are rich or poor. I remember the Bush years and Reagan years. Everyone felt rich and had a job. As a Republican I think minimum wage should be $25 an hour and everyone has a full time job to support their loved ones in this Country. Lets elect good Republicans that can make that happen.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

As a Republican I think minimum wage should be $25 an hour and everyone has a full time job to support their loved ones in this Country.

Scew that, Smalltime.

Make the minimum wage $250.00 an hour so we can all be rich!!!

Go big or go home!!!!

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