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Romney: Beware the ďtemptations of populismĒ (Willard protecting his "boys")
Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2010 | Allahpundit

Posted on 03/02/2010 1:41:53 PM PST by C19fan

In a vacuum there’s nothing newsy about this, but 2012 isn’t a vacuum. We’ve talked before about the developing narrative: Palin vs. anti-Palin, “true conservatives” vs. centrists, blue-collar vs. white-collar, and … populists vs. “elitists.” With Beck having brought down the house at CPAC and the GOP in the grip of tea party fee-vah, why oh why would a potential nominee spritz cold water on populism? Branding, dear boy, branding: As Mitt Romney sets out this week to promote his new book, “No Apology,’’ he is also auditioning for a rapidly disappearing role in American politics: a politician who is speaking out against the “temptations of populism.’’ “The populism I’m referring to is, if you will, demonizing certain members of society: going after businesspeople, going after Wall Street, going after people who are highly educated, people who are CEOs,’’ Romney said in an interview. “That kind of ‘All of our problems are due to that group’ is something that is unproductive.’’…

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More crony capitalism if Romney gets elected.
1 posted on 03/02/2010 1:41:53 PM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Willard doesn’t like populists.


2 posted on 03/02/2010 1:43:02 PM PST by Nonstatist
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To: C19fan

Grunthor: Beware the “temptations of RINOism”


3 posted on 03/02/2010 1:43:47 PM PST by Grunthor (Does The Name "Obama" Appear In any Hawaii Birth Database?)
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To: C19fan

If Willard reads this: We have nothing against CEOs and the like. What we do not like is having us tax payers bail out their butts when they make poor decisions.


4 posted on 03/02/2010 1:45:52 PM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Deep within the Willard headquarters...

Romney: “Darn that Caribou Barbie! She’s written a book and gotten billions of dollars of publicity!!!! AAaaarggghhh!!!!

“Wait. I know. I’ll write a book. I’ll go on tour. I’ll learn to hunt. I’ll show people I write on my hand too! I’ll buy some designer glasses.

“OK, team! Here’s what we need.

1. Hire a consultant to tell us what kind of book conservatives will buy.

2. Hire a ghost writer.

3. Set up a book tour! Do it quick people!!!

4. Get the dirty tricks squad in action fast!
I’ll need police badges made! I need to spin my
Massachusetts Socialist Health Plan somehow. Ideas?

“Quick people!


5 posted on 03/02/2010 1:50:48 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: C19fan
-" What we do not like is having us tax payers bail out their butts when they make poor decisions."

The whole situation is utterly disgusting. Main Street America has millions and milllions unemployed while BUSH and ZERO bailout (i.e. GIVE MONEY DIRECTLY TO FAILED FINANCE COMPANIES), and HOW MANY of these CEOs still have their jobs???

6 posted on 03/02/2010 1:53:01 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only blind and destructive.)
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To: C19fan

Does Romney know the difference between “populist” and “popular”. Does Romney categorize Bammy as a populist? One wonders.


7 posted on 03/02/2010 1:53:12 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: C19fan

Fidelity to the constitution isn’t populism. Demands that your elected leaders adhere to the constitution isn’t populism, either.

Classic liberal conservatism, which is limited government, individual liberty, individual responsibility, rule of law, respect for property, that isn’t populism either.

If Romney is going to disparage conservatives as populists, the onus is on him to define his terms. “Populist” is exactly what they are not.


8 posted on 03/02/2010 1:55:31 PM PST by marron
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To: C19fan
I have trouble with Romney's definition of populism. It is a straw man:

"“The populism I’m referring to is, if you will, demonizing certain members of society: going after businesspeople, going after Wall Street, going after people who are highly educated, people who are CEOs,’’ Romney "

The only people the Tea Party is demonizing are politicians who spend without restraint, and show arrogance in ignoring the will of the people. The people going after Wall Street and CEO's are in the current administration.

The official definition of "populist" is:

Main Entry: 1pop·u·list

Pronunciation: \ˈpä-pyə-list\

Function: noun

Etymology: Latin populus the people

Date: 1892

1 : a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people; especially often capitalized : a member of a United States political party formed in 1891 primarily to represent agrarian interests and to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies

2 : a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people

I think I normally think of definition #2. I always picture Andrew Jackson as the original populist, who got over 70% of the vote in his election. Of course, Washington was also a populist, in that he became President by unanimous acclamation.

9 posted on 03/02/2010 1:55:43 PM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (If you meet people with no brain, no heart and no courage, you are not in KS-You are in the Congress)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Good one!

Now how does he get Americans to come out early, wait on lines for his book? He couldn’t even get them to preorder his book.

If Mitt can’t ‘buy’ it, he’s not going to have it.


10 posted on 03/02/2010 1:57:31 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: C19fan

Might be time to start up the ABM Treaty

Anybody But Mitt.


11 posted on 03/02/2010 1:59:50 PM PST by NeoCaveman ("workers of the world unite, it's not just a slogan anymore" SEIU's Andy Stern)
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To: Nonstatist

It’s not even “populism”,

it’s anti-elitism.

If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “for the common/greater good”, you’re what we’re “anti”.


12 posted on 03/02/2010 2:01:23 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: C19fan

Yep. Specifically the Ivy League grifters who rotate between the Fed, the Treasury Dept. and the Wall Street megabanks (Goldman Sachs, Citi), and make sure they always come out on top while the taxpayers get screwed, regardless of which party is in power.


13 posted on 03/02/2010 2:05:51 PM PST by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: C19fan
Mitt Romney is proving so out-of-touch right now that it's no wonder he's the insider, establishment favorite for 2012.

As I posted in an earlier thread:

GOP Begins “Romney 2012” Campaign (with a little help from glad-to-help Liberals; take a read)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2455215/posts

The full-court press is already on, and the establishment is going to do everything in their power to promote Mitt Romney.

They also know they can succeed through the usual formula of delegate count “tweaking” and primary “tweaking,” and by promoting 1%-ers to bleed votes from a Palin-type candidate.

You watch, even here at FR, we'll have people casting suicide votes with the full knowledge that Romney might win their primary by 1% because of it. (”Mitt Romney 38.0002%, Sarah Palin 38.0001%, Allen West 0.0002%. Thanks to the winner-take-all nature of the primary, Mitt Romney gets all 62 delegates......”)

Then there’ll be results like this:

1.) Mitt Romney 36%
2.) Sarah Palin 34%
3.) Haley Barbour 9%
4.) Jim DeMint 7%
5.) Mitch Daniels 5%
6.) Tim Pawlenty 4%
7.) Newt Gingrich 4%
8.) Duncan Hunter (write-in) 1%

You mark my words: as sure as I am posting here, it will happen. Just like it did with McCain, it will happen again. You watch.

14 posted on 03/02/2010 2:06:28 PM PST by TitansAFC (The Left does not devote so much effort into attacking Sarah Palin because she's a weak candidate.)
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To: Hugin

The greedy taking away from the needy.


15 posted on 03/02/2010 2:07:18 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Is the “Romney” book out yet? It will be funny to see his sales compared to Palin’s.


16 posted on 03/02/2010 2:08:27 PM PST by C19fan
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To: Nonstatist

There is a good chance will be the nominee in 2012 in the “next-in-line” mode of the Republican Party. Republican primary voters are so uninformed that all they know to do is vote for the man who lost last time.


17 posted on 03/02/2010 2:10:00 PM PST by Theodore R. (...)
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To: TitansAFC

Hey, you are on to something with those totals. The American people just know how to rubberstamp the man on top.


18 posted on 03/02/2010 2:11:31 PM PST by Theodore R. (...)
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To: C19fan

Better people - like him - know what is best for the peasants.

Mitt is such an elitist loser.


19 posted on 03/02/2010 2:12:43 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, Guts and Guns made America great.)
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To: TitansAFC
“Winner take all” doesn't bother me nearly as much as allowing same day conversions to the Republican party so that dems are allowed to pick the Republican candidate (such as Clinton democrats voting for McCain)
20 posted on 03/02/2010 2:13:12 PM PST by Cowman (I'd like to eliminate stupidity in the world but this %$#@ conscience thing is in the way)
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To: C19fan

Romney cannot be trusted. He’s a two face.


21 posted on 03/02/2010 2:15:35 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Theodore R.

Mitt Willard Romney-care deserves exactly
the loyalty he gave Gov. Palin -- NONE


22 posted on 03/02/2010 2:15:57 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Hugin

You’re not allowed to say that!

The Fiscal Libertarians at the Chamber (and via the GOP press) will call you anti-business!

Damn, you, populist!


23 posted on 03/02/2010 2:21:14 PM PST by TitansAFC (The Left does not devote so much effort into attacking Sarah Palin because she's a weak candidate.)
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To: C19fan

Here is what amazon said about willard’s book sales

Mitt Romney’s book sales are any indication of how he will do against Sarah Plain in the GOP primaries, things are not looking too good for our former governor from Massachusetts, at the moment.
While Sarah Palin’s book shot to # 1 at Amazon on pre-orders alone, on the same day that it was available for pre-orders (a good 2 months before it was released), Mitt Romney’s book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness”, is still stuck at # 245 in the Amazon sales rankings, with only one day to go before release tomorrow.


24 posted on 03/02/2010 2:23:45 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: C19fan

#245 in presales on the day it actually becomes available.
Pretty bad, Palin was #1 2 months before it was available and the 1st day of presales...


25 posted on 03/02/2010 2:25:30 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: Robbin

Yes. What a lame title of a book like I need Willard to know why this country is great. Willard will not be gettig one cent from me.


26 posted on 03/02/2010 2:27:46 PM PST by C19fan
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To: Robbin
Did Mitt RomneyCARE take a break from helping AIG
to become a "populist"?

"Top 20 Recipients of AIG Contributions in 2008"

27 posted on 03/02/2010 2:34:32 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: C19fan
Maybe Willard can team up with Cindy Sheehan on the book tour to make it appear anyone gives a hoot.

The SRM is going to be pushing Willard to be our man in 2012, and we need to say no Fn way.

28 posted on 03/02/2010 2:50:40 PM PST by mickey finn
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To: TitansAFC

“They also know they can succeed through the usual formula of ... and by promoting 1%-ers to bleed votes from a Palin-type candidate.”

And who are “they”? You sound like a populist.

People can vote any way they want in the primaries. If they make bad choices it’s weak to blame wall street and the “establishment” when things go wrong. I agree with you though that the next primary is starting to look a lot like the last one.


29 posted on 03/02/2010 2:58:28 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion
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To: C19fan
Mitt's book is currently #22 in Books and today is the official release date.

“Going Rogue” moved into #1 at amazon.com and maintained that position for three months. She sold nearly one million copies in pre-release.

30 posted on 03/02/2010 3:01:24 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: C19fan

Mitt’s book is currently #22 in Books and today is the official release date.

“Going Rogue” moved into #1 at amazon.com and maintained that position for three months. She sold nearly one million copies in pre-release.


31 posted on 03/02/2010 3:02:19 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: C19fan

These Romney threads aren’t much fun any more, with the Romneybots hiding in the wood work.


32 posted on 03/02/2010 3:10:02 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("0bama's not just stupid; He¬ís Jimmy Carter stupid¬Ē. - Don Imus)
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To: C19fan
More crony capitalism if Romney gets elected.

Every time one of these RINO twinkie globalist commies mentions "populists" in a condescending tone, another hundred thousand Tea Party Patriots join the ranks.

These RINO twirps are not a majority, and they cannot win if the voters ignore their lies, and vote for the conservatives in the primaries.

33 posted on 03/02/2010 3:59:03 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Graybeard58

Are there any Romneybots left?


34 posted on 03/02/2010 4:07:56 PM PST by C19fan
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Yes, there are still some here but most of them are in hiding. Tired of getting blasted, I suppose.


35 posted on 03/02/2010 4:54:49 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("0bama's not just stupid; He¬ís Jimmy Carter stupid¬Ē. - Don Imus)
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To: C19fan

The Mittens left FR to go to Hot Air with the number Romneybot, Allah Pundit.

Tonight, Rick Perry won the TX Governor primary with no need for a run off. What’s interesting about the TX Governor primary race were the number of political celebrities getting involved. Debra Medina had Ron Paul’s endorsement. Kay Bailey Hutchinson had George HW Bush, Dick Cheney, and Dick Armey. Rick Perry had Sarah Palin in his corner. Power of a Palin endorsement in a GOP primary.

The 2008 retreads are 2nd tier candidates. I think it would best if Palin just skipped running in 2012 and endorse a dark horse candidate like My Man Mitch, Hale Barbour, or T-Paw. A Palin endorsement would give these guys the media buzz and momentum needed to fight the Inside the Beltway favored Romney.


36 posted on 03/02/2010 8:00:56 PM PST by yongin
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