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Romney the Centrist Peeks Out (Romney Moves to Left)
NYT ^ | Apr 8 | THOMAS B. EDSALL

Posted on 04/09/2012 2:18:46 PM PDT by xzins

It was just one line slipped into the middle of a paragraph of Mitt Romney’s speech on April 3 celebrating his primary victories in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia: “And the most vulnerable have been hurt the most — over 30 percent of single moms are struggling in poverty.”

Seemingly unremarkable, these 19 words represent one of the many steps Romney will be taking as he treks back to the center in the aftermath of a primary campaign dominated by the hard right. It was only two months ago, after all, that Romney told CNN: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.”

Without drawing attention to his rhetorical shift, Romney, in a speech on March 30 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., abandoned his attack on President Obama’s “entitlement society,” faulting Obama’s “government-centered society” instead.

There is a powerful rationale behind this shift.

In the primaries, Romney’s target audience was well to the right of the mainstream and deeply hostile to the notion of entitlement programs. In the minds of many conservatives, such programs are direct transfer payments from “hard-working” better-off citizens to the “undeserving poor.” Denouncing Obama’s “entitlement society” played well to angry Republican primary voters.

In the general election, however, voters are less inclined to adopt hostile views of redistributive government programs.

(Excerpt) Read more at campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com ...


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1 posted on 04/09/2012 2:18:56 PM PDT by xzins
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To: betty boop; Alamo-Girl; P-Marlowe; wmfights; Jim Robinson

Ping to the article.

Romney will wage this campaign from the middle to the left. He KNOWS that conservatives will not vote for Obama. With only 20% of the nation being left-wing, the squishy left (otherwise known as middle) are available to the liberal governor of Massachusetts.


2 posted on 04/09/2012 2:23:10 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: xzins

Romney is no conservative, never has been, never will be. What he is is a lying, Massachusetts LIBERAL two-bit political whore. FUMR!!


3 posted on 04/09/2012 2:24:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: xzins

More ‘compassionate’ conservatism. Welcome to mob rule and the pol’s who enable it.


4 posted on 04/09/2012 2:26:59 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: xzins

I sure would like to get more input here about the six candidates running under the Constitution party.


5 posted on 04/09/2012 2:29:29 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Jim Robinson

With Romney target center to left, this is the right God-given time to found or strengthen a real alternative to the one-party RepubliCrat system.

Don’t be overwhelmed, Jim. You will be attacked as an Obama Enabler, as a traitor to conservatism.

We know reality, though. The author of the $50 abortion, of the same-sex marriage licence, and of big government forced healthcare is NOT a conservative and never will be.


6 posted on 04/09/2012 2:30:55 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: xzins
Under this President's watch, more Americans have lost their jobs than during any other period since the Depression. Millions have lost their homes, and a record number of Americans are living in poverty. And the most vulnerable have been hurt the most - over 30% of single moms are struggling in poverty. New business startups are at the lowest level in 30 years, and our national debt is at a record high. And when you drive home tonight and stop at a gas station, just take a look at the prices and ask yourself, "Four more years?"

Leave it to the NYT to cherry pick a quote.

He is right though...the people that Obama has pandered to the most have been hurt the worst. Just look at black unemployment. I hope he pounds Obama every day on this.

7 posted on 04/09/2012 2:31:11 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: xzins

Stalin would be called a “Centrist” these days


8 posted on 04/09/2012 2:32:42 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: xzins
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9 posted on 04/09/2012 2:34:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: A.Hun

We know reality, though. The author of the $50 abortion, of the same-sex marriage licence, and of big government forced healthcare is NOT a conservative and never will be.


10 posted on 04/09/2012 2:34:57 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: xzins
is NOT a conservative and never will be.

I agree.

I've never claimed he was a conservative, and never will.

11 posted on 04/09/2012 2:39:00 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: xzins

DANGER! DANGER! YOUNG WILL ROBINSON!


12 posted on 04/09/2012 2:39:50 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: xzins

While Romney is certainly not a conservative, this article is from the New York Times. The idea is to cause trouble.

Romney is not as bad as Obama, but I would not trust him to be a conservative.

People here should know the left will use sites like this to get voters to stay home.

It is a win win for Obama and they know it.


13 posted on 04/09/2012 2:42:58 PM PDT by dforest
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To: xzins

If Romney is the nominee I don’t think I have any more interest in the campaign. I know that is messed up, but I cannot see any reason to be enthusiastic or even a reason to care mildly if its Obama vs Romney.


14 posted on 04/09/2012 2:43:33 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: All



Can't you all hear Jim saying those very words?

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15 posted on 04/09/2012 2:49:21 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: dforest

Obama will beat Romney like an unfaithful muslim wife anyway.

Nobody to blame for that but moderately liberal Mitt and the Grand Old Plantation.


16 posted on 04/09/2012 2:54:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: xzins

What’s the point?

Romney is gonna get the nomination.

All this defeatist crap will get us nowhere.

We need to concentrate now on supporting Romney and on electing conservatives to the House and Senate.


17 posted on 04/09/2012 2:58:31 PM PDT by altura
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To: altura
We need to concentrate now on supporting Romney

No. Go to hell and die. In that order.

"In Obamneyland, hell come to you!"

18 posted on 04/09/2012 3:01:16 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: xzins

If Romney had any interest at all in Conservative points of view he’d drop out of the campaign NOW!


19 posted on 04/09/2012 3:03:47 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: xzins

Whereas, the Obama life raft has a dozen holes in it. The Romney life raft only has a couple holes.


20 posted on 04/09/2012 3:05:15 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: xzins

He is right, conservatives will not vote for Obama. Problem is, many of us aren’t voting for him either.


21 posted on 04/09/2012 3:05:53 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: xzins
It's Mitt-hog day. Mitt sticks his head out and if he sees the primaries are still contested it means six more weeks of "conservatism".
22 posted on 04/09/2012 3:06:48 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: GeronL

Folks in Virginia lost interest in the campaign when shenanigans at the highest levels left us with no one but a madman and an idiot to vote for.


23 posted on 04/09/2012 3:07:54 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: xzins

He’ll find out conservatives will not vote for Romney and it will become clearer as it become harder to defend him and hes stuff to PISS OFF The Tea Party.


24 posted on 04/09/2012 3:18:15 PM PDT by Mozilla (Rush: Romney is winning like a liberal...that is cause he is a liberal)
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To: xzins

He’ll find out conservatives will not vote for Romney and it will become clearer as it becomes harder to defend him and as he does stuff to PISS OFF The Tea Party.


25 posted on 04/09/2012 3:19:47 PM PDT by Mozilla (Rush: Romney is winning like a liberal...that is cause he is a liberal)
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To: xzins
"And the most vulnerable have been hurt the most — over 30 percent of single moms are struggling in poverty.”

And that's proof he's tacking to the center? I mean, I'm sure he will, but that's a pretty uncontroversial statement. Over 30% of single moms are struggling in poverty.

It's what he would propose to do about it that might or might not indicate a shift to the left. The Romney-hatred is so great here that it will be interesting to see if FR turns into an anti-Republican hotbed when [probably] he wins the nomination.

26 posted on 04/09/2012 3:21:42 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy

There are republicans and there are conservatives. The two are becoming closer and closer to being mutually exclusive. I am a conservative, but have not been a republican in almost 4 years. TARP was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Iraq was tough to defend, but I tried, but once TARP was shoved up our rears, I could no longer defend Bush or the GOP. BTW, Romney supported TARP... as did Obama. Supporting Romney does nothing for our cause. I’d rather support a conservative 3rd party candidate and lose.


27 posted on 04/09/2012 3:30:05 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: altura

“All this defeatist crap will get us nowhere.”

The real “defeatist crap” is lapping up whatever country club liberal the establishment tosses us year after year. We buy in to the Republican talking points, close our eyes, hold our noses, and pull the lever like good little lemmings. It defeats conservatism.

The real “defeatist crap” is listening to the GOP talking heads proclaim that we need to change the Republican party from within...and believing it. How many times have we heard this? How well has it paid off? How well will it EVER pay off when the Rockefeller wing holds all the power? It defeats us from doing what we should have done a long time ago and telling them to get bent.

It’s time for a third party. We obviously aren’t going to change the Republican party from within, and the establishment hacks are getting worse and worse. Romney is worse than McCain. The PA GOP is trying to push Steve Welch, who donated to Pat Toomey’s Democrat opponent and voted for Barack Obama.


28 posted on 04/09/2012 3:30:24 PM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: BfloGuy

turns into???


29 posted on 04/09/2012 3:32:21 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: cripplecreek

Look, we all knew when Romney backed out for McLame, he was promised the nomination. Who didn’t know this would happen a year ago? Really, who didn’t know? We would have had to have one charasmatic guy who could gain the support of everyone. That person did not happen.

All this other stuff, like primaries, are for the people down ticket.

Nothing ever changes, it is always the same. The GOP picks their person and that is who we will get. Thinking otherwise is amusement.


30 posted on 04/09/2012 3:32:47 PM PDT by dforest
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To: KarlInOhio

LOL. Sadly, though, Karl, it’s true.


31 posted on 04/09/2012 3:34:03 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: dforest

I will not stay home. I’ll not vote for Romney and I’ll not vote for Obama. I expect another choice to be available to us conservatives.


32 posted on 04/09/2012 3:38:04 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: dforest

Romney will lose and he’ll lose big. Simple as that.


33 posted on 04/09/2012 3:43:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dforest
Nothing ever changes, it is always the same. The GOP picks their person and that is who we will get.

Sadly, I think you are 100% correct. The only time the GOP didn't get their man was in 1980 when Reagan was able to surprise everybody and beat out Bush. But that only delayed it for eight years. Ever since, the GOP has been extra careful to ensure only their hand-picked moderate prevails in the nomination process.

34 posted on 04/09/2012 3:44:08 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 33 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: dforest

“Romney is not as bad as Obama...”

Traitors are worse than garden variety enemies


35 posted on 04/09/2012 3:45:56 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: xzins

New York Times mischief? It was Romney’s own senior advisor who mentioned the Etch-a-Sketch. Those who are straining to portray Romney as a conservative refuse to accept the reality of Romney’s record and his current campaign. Those Romney supporters who are not already in his pocket are engaged in the most blinkered form of wishful thinking.


36 posted on 04/09/2012 3:46:36 PM PDT by littleharbour
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To: xzins
How is it a move left to point out how Obama's failed demographics he targets politically?

You're grasping at straws against Romney and using the NYT to do it.

37 posted on 04/09/2012 3:47:08 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: xzins

I don’t get how this is Romney “lurching to the left” to talk about single moms in poverty. It is smart politics - divide the Obama coalition.


38 posted on 04/09/2012 3:47:25 PM PDT by montag813
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To: altura

“We need to concentrate now on supporting RINOmney....”

Ha!!!!


39 posted on 04/09/2012 3:48:10 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: xzins

Zelig lives. Woody Allen celebrates.


40 posted on 04/09/2012 3:54:33 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Jim Robinson

+1000


41 posted on 04/09/2012 3:59:09 PM PDT by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: altura

NFW.

I will never vote for ORomney. He is a socialist turd that is actively trying to tarnish the conservative movement by claiming to be one.

I’ll vote 3rd party for Pres. Don’t blame me if Zero gets re-elected...blame the GOP idiots that crammed this liberal loser down the throat of the base.


42 posted on 04/09/2012 4:03:40 PM PDT by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Romney is no conservative, never has been, never will be. What he is is a lying, Massachusetts LIBERAL two-bit political whore. FUMR!!

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Mitt will change his policies at any given moment depending on who is listening. Just too fake, plastic and untrustworthy.

The GOP is now giving the election to Obama and the Entertainer, Rush Limbaugh, helped. The Republican party is dead if he's the best Republicans could hope to get.

Romney's the Dems' dream come true.

Rom-wv
Weather Vane Romney


43 posted on 04/09/2012 4:04:49 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Cato in PA

Fine, all you people should meet somewhere and pat each other on the back for your excellence and purity.

There is no imaginery third party candidate you could find who would satisfy you.

I don’t have the words to express my contempt for you and your ilk and, yes, I will blame you all if Obama is elected again.


44 posted on 04/09/2012 4:14:29 PM PDT by altura
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To: xzins
With Romney target center to left, this is the right God-given time to found or strengthen a real alternative to the one-party RepubliCrat system.

It's vitally important to keep this degenerate fraud and military service avoiding coward out of the WH.

It's not too late to get an independent conservative candidate into the race, Perot announced on February 20 and set up his first phone bank on March 12.

We can get a candidate on the ballot in all 50 states by 5/30.

Somebody needs to step forward, I don't care who the hell it is as long as its not the Coward from Kolob.

45 posted on 04/09/2012 4:16:46 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Sirius Lee

Very classy.

But don’t you have to die first.

Before the hell, I mean.

You people have passed idiocy and gone to insanity.

Sorry I know you.


46 posted on 04/09/2012 4:17:39 PM PDT by altura
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To: xzins

Fire up the Etch-A-Sketch!


47 posted on 04/09/2012 4:24:09 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Romney is no conservative, never has been, never will be. What he is is a lying, Massachusetts LIBERAL two-bit political whore. FUMR!!

Willard has never been a Republican either.

48 posted on 04/09/2012 4:26:43 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Rome2000

Excuse me, but talking about Ross Perot only reminds me that we got 8 years of Clinton, in part because he split the vote.


49 posted on 04/09/2012 4:38:18 PM PDT by BruceS (If you refuse to support the lesser of two evils, then you are supporting the greater of two evils.)
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To: xzins
turns into???

Good point.

50 posted on 04/09/2012 4:40:54 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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