First They Attack Him for Opposing Tax Increases. Now They Attack Him For This?
Yesterday the Romney camp sent John Sununu out to attack Newt Gingrich for opposing the George H. W. Bush tax deal. Today, the Romney Super PAC is attacking Newt Gingrich for supporting the individual mandate. Yes, the same mandate Mitt Romney supports. So is the Romney team admitting the individual mandate is bad? And if so, why is Romney still supporting it? We want these | Read More »
Romney Camp Attacks Newt Gingrich For Opposing George H. W. Bush’s Tax Increase
Let’s step into the Way Back Machine and go all the way back to 1990. That year, George H. W. Bush decided to break his “no new taxes” pledge. You remember, “Read my lips,” don’t you? Well, at the time Newt Gingrich was the Minority Whip of the United States House of Representatives. He was not the leader of the Republicans. He was the number | Read More »
The problem with Mitt Romney is the inconsistencies in his record. The problem with Newt Gingrich is the consistency of his record. I will support either of these men against Barack Obama. Either would be better. (Quick: My new favorite website) I support Gingrich over Romney because Gingrich fights and I don’t ever have to doubt where he stands on an issue. I trust Gingrich | Read More »
Nancy Pelosi and David Axelrod Open Their Mouths and We Make It Too Complex
I don’t want to offend any of my friends or colleagues, all of whom I have a great deal of respect for, who are positing various theories on why Nancy Pelosi or David Axelrod are saying things about Romney or Newt. Everyone seems intend on making it a conspiracy or about reverse psychology or something. I don’t see it that way. I am perfectly happy | Read More »
Will Iowa Be the GOP’s Version of Gephardt vs. Dean?
Mitt Romney has to win New Hampshire. His own campaign has set those expectations. If he does not win New Hampshire it is game over for Mitt. Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, expectations have been set so high for him in New Hampshire, a win might not be enough if the win is close. And right now Newt Gingrich is surging in New Hampshire. He has | Read More »
The Danger Newt Gingrich Poses . . . to Mitt Romney
Ramesh Ponnuru is out with his endorsement of Mitt Romney. It’s a reasonable endorsement that doesn’t really try to do what so many others are doing — claiming Romney is something he is not. But one line up front made me chuckle just a bit. It happens to be the first sentence. Even though nobody has yet cast a vote in the primaries, Republicans are | Read More »
Is Mitt Romney as Whiny as Barack Obama? Or Just Not Really Vetted?
If you haven’t seen the Bret Baier interview with Mitt Romney it is now abundantly apparent why Mitt Romney will not sit in the middle chair and take tough questions from the roundtable — his skin is as thin as Barack Obama’s. (To Bret’s credit, he had the roundtable panel submit questions and Steve Hayes asked an awesome one. You’ll have to watch the interview | Read More »
Are Conservatives Ready to Forgive Newt Gingrich His Sins?
I am now officially a self-declared member of the “Not Romney” camp. I will absolutely, positively support Mitt Romney should he win the GOP nomination, but I believe the GOP would meet certain doom if he is the nominee. Therefore, should Gingrich be the only other choice, I’d side with Gingrich over Romney. But I think in the next few weeks conservatives must ask themselves | Read More »
Why Mitt Romney Will Be A Terrible Nominee
The Democratic Party decided a while back that Romney is going to be the nominee so they aren’t waiting to define him as John Kerry. What is it about guys from Massachusetts? An enterprising campaign should do a bumper sticker with a pair of flip-flops and “Not Romney” on it. Oh, that might be the Obama campaign’s next fundraiser. By the way, my interpretation of | Read More »
Michael Medved Rejects Conservatives and Embraces Romney
I wrote that if Mitt Romney wins conservatism would lose. Michael Medved has taken to the Wall Street Journal to prove my point, as well as call out both Rush Limbaugh and me. Through his various straw men, Michael Medved does two things. First, he claims that the GOP will win by being centrist, not conservative. Second, he claims “electability” cannot be an argument against | Read More »
Why Harriet Miers . . . er . . . Mitt Romney Cannot Be the GOP Nominee
Mitt Romney is the Harriet Miers of the 2012 election cycle. He is only a conservative because certain Washington conservatives tell us he is conservative. These same Washington conservatives said the same about Harriet Miers back in 2005. What’s more, it is starting to show. Have you seen the latest CNN poll? Newt Gingrich has surged into the lead. That was rather expected. But Mitt | Read More »
Mitt Romney as the Nominee: Conservatism Dies and Barack Obama Wins
Mit Romney will not go on Special Report with Brett Baier to answer the tough questions as the other candidates have done. No worries. Conservatives will bitch and moan for a few days and Romney will claim it was a scheduling issue, he’d always meant to go on, and he will go on. Should Mitt Romney win the Presidency, conservatives will find this pattern play | Read More »
Mitt Romney: The Magically Malleable Man of Mystery
Mitt Romney is probably thanking his lucky stars the Politico decided to drop a Sunday night hit piece on Herman Cain alleging Cain sexually harassed at least two women. Had it not happened last night, this morning the political world would be talking about George Will’s stinging take down of Mitt Romney and conservatives who support him coupled with Chris Wallace’s observation that Mitt Romney | Read More »
Mitt Romney Leads George Will to Write in All Caps
George Will’s column is not out yet, but it is making waves. The Politico has a snippet of it. It is not good for Romney. Will goes all caps on Romney writing, in part, “Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from ‘data’ … Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a | Read More »
The Washington Post Puts a Romney Blogger on the Payroll to Attack Romney’s Opponents
The Washington Post has been subsidizing the left’s bloggers for a while now. Greg Sargent is a veritable mouthpiece of the Democratic National Committee. Ezra Klein repackages left-wing talking points as an “economics” blogger or some such despite the fact that his only credential as an economist is a college degree in political science. Now the Washington Post has put a Mitt Romney blogger on | Read More »
“An Incredible Moment in Politics.” Mitt Romney Won’t Go There.
Hey Rick Perry, if you weren’t trying to have fun with birtherism, this would probably be a much bigger media story today. Peter Hamby over at CNN referred to it as “an incredible moment in politics.” Mitt Romney refused to endorse John Kasich’s reforms in Ohio. This is a huge freaking deal. Playing it too safe is finally biting Romney in the rear end. He’s | Read More »
Americans For Cain Fires Up in Iowa
Capitalizing on the discord and acrimony at the last debate between Perry and Romney, Americans for Cain is kicking off a new ad with a heavy online push geotargetted to Iowa. Herman Cain is running a novel campaign without a lot of internal campaign organized ground game operations in the early states. But Americans for Cain intends to supplement the efforts of the Cain camp | Read More »
It finally hit me tonight why I think Mitt Romney would have a real problem in the general election. He is Barack Obama. No, not really. But yeah, there is something there. They are both robotically good on the campaign trail. But throw them off guard, get them off balance, and they turn a bit nasty. We are all intimately familiar with Barack Obama lashing | Read More »
Mitt Romney Bleeds. I Star in the Film
Mitt Romney has a new web ad out about Rick Perry. I star in it. This is a necessary attack from Mitt Romney. Had he not pushed something out like this, the story would be that Mitt Romney got wounded last night. In several unscripted, unguarded moments he mentioned he failed to keep costs down in Massachusetts and was worried about illegals working for him | Read More »
Even Mitt Romney’s advisors will admit that they see what the rest of us see. In the Real Clear Politics polling average going back all the way to November of 2010, Mitt Romney has never gotten above 25.0% in the polling average. It is a real ceiling for him. The campaign had hoped that by encouraging states to escalate the time table and getting endorsements | Read More »