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Conservatives lambast Romney, vow to take over Republican Party
The Hill ^ | 11/07/12 | Erik Wasson

Posted on 11/07/2012 5:56:55 PM PST by Libloather

Conservatives lambast Romney, vow to take over Republican Party
By Erik Wasson - 11/07/12 02:43 PM ET

Conservative leaders on Wednesday lashed out at Mitt Romney, saying his attempts to paint himself as a centrist and hide his principles cost him the presidency.

They vowed to wage a war to put the Tea Party in charge of the Republican Party by the time it nominates its next presidential candidate.

“The battle to take over the Republican Party begins today and the failed Republican leadership should resign,” said Richard Viguerie, a top activist and chairman of ConservativeHQ.com.

He said the lesson on Romney’s loss to President Obama on Tuesday is that the GOP must “never again” nominate a “a big government established conservative for president.”

Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots said Romney failed to make the kind of strong case for conservatism that would have won the election.

She described Romney as a “weak, moderate candidate hand-picked by the country club elite Republican establishment.”

“They didn’t see a clear distinction so they went with what they know,” she said of voters.

“It should have been a landslide if Romney had run as a true conservative,” said Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center.

“Romney took all the right stances, no question. The problem was not communicating them on the national stage with President Obama,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List.

Martin argued that there was no repudiation of the Tea Party by the electorate because Tea Party values were not firmly articulated.

“This is not the death of the Tea Party,” Martin said.

“Tea Partiers will take over the Republican party in the next four years,” Viguerie said.

In the meantime, conservatives will work to ensure that congressional Republicans do not compromise their principles in fiscal talks with Obama, he said.

“Conservatives and Tea Partiers are just sick and tired of Republican leaders compromising on the state and national level with Democrats that grow the size of government,” Viguerie said. “We are going to hold their feet to the fire.”

Bozell said conservative groups need to up their financial pressure on GOP lawmakers unless they agree to a series of demands, including again vowing to approve of no tax increases for anyone.


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1 posted on 11/07/2012 5:56:57 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Hoorah!!! Akin/Mourdock-2016


2 posted on 11/07/2012 5:58:22 PM PST by RC one (Akin/Mourdock-2016)
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To: Libloather

I’m concerned that only some sort of national tragedy in grand scale can shake masses of Dem voters away from their Dem umbilical cord. I don’t blame Romney all that much—he did good enough for normal Americans to support him.


3 posted on 11/07/2012 6:02:02 PM PST by tflabo
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To: Libloather

Are you freakin kidding me? Romney did a great job. It’s the lazy pouting dumbass conservatives fault we lost. They sat around on their fat stinky patootiees at home pouting because he was a “rino”, so instead a die hard commie is continuing in office

I despise them and their purity. FU conservative nincompoops You did this


4 posted on 11/07/2012 6:02:54 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

You may be right.
Here in Indiana we traded an 80% Republican senator for a 97% Baraqqi senator.


5 posted on 11/07/2012 6:04:23 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: RC one

I say we nominate a black/hispanic woman who is evangelical mormon tea party RINO.

But some conservatives still won’t vote for her because she wouldn’t raise the birther issue.


6 posted on 11/07/2012 6:04:46 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: Libloather

Our goodies will never match their goodies.


7 posted on 11/07/2012 6:04:57 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Beware the worst Halloween nightmare, the "Comeback Kid".......)
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To: RC one

The Legitimate Rape Campaign!


8 posted on 11/07/2012 6:04:57 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: tflabo
I agree. I seriously doubt we will ever get another repub or conservative elected until after a major catastrophe strikes the U.S. Third party is most likely the result of trying to take over the repubs; won't happen. The leadership of both parties is barely indistinguishable from the other.
9 posted on 11/07/2012 6:05:51 PM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: yldstrk

“Are you freakin kidding me? Romney did a great job. It’s the lazy pouting dumbass conservatives fault we lost. They sat around on their fat stinky patootiees at home pouting because he was a “rino”, so instead a die hard commie is continuing in office”

Then you had the moderate Republicans who wouldn’t vote for Romney because he was too ‘extreme’ on gays and abortion.


10 posted on 11/07/2012 6:06:05 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: yldstrk

You Romney lovers kill me. I see you were successful with the liberal you forced on us. Conservatives are for principles. I did vote for Romney but I refuse to lie and say he did a good job. He did not bring up anything negative about Obama and not enough for sure. He goes down the history books as a loser along with McCain, Dole and now Romney. What do all three have in common? They were NOT conservative! Good job liberal Republicans.


11 posted on 11/07/2012 6:06:58 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Libloather

“paint himself as a centrist”?

You mean he tried to pretend to be a conservative


12 posted on 11/07/2012 6:07:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather; a fool in paradise

Romney did an excellent job. None of the 9 primary Pubbies could have won. Can’t beat Obamaphone Trojan women!


13 posted on 11/07/2012 6:07:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: yldstrk

I also think Mitt did a good job. Sure, he wasn’t as conservative as some of us wanted, but he sure was head and shoulders above zero. I think Congress could have worked with him, not with the marxist we now have in office.

I’ve seen the puritanicals on this forum, and it makes me sick that they sat home on their purity and allowed this country to go further down the crapper.

Mitt is a good, decent man. Was he perfect? No, but, compared to zero, he was.


14 posted on 11/07/2012 6:08:34 PM PST by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: napscoordinator

That’s why Col Allen West won in a landslide. Oh wait... Maybe he just wasn’t conservative enough.


15 posted on 11/07/2012 6:08:59 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: yldstrk

blaming conservatives when a liberal-moderate RINO loses, is retarded


16 posted on 11/07/2012 6:08:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather

“Romney took all the right stances,no question. The problem was not communicating them on the national stage with President Obama,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser,the head of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List.

I wonder which candidate Marjorie thinks would have communicated the positions better in the debates?

Christine O’Donnell ‘16


17 posted on 11/07/2012 6:09:43 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Revolting cat!

Yes, the RINO’s will do so much better without conservatives

lol

I think we have arrived at a parting of the ways


18 posted on 11/07/2012 6:10:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: wolfman23601

O’Donnell/Angle ‘16!


19 posted on 11/07/2012 6:11:02 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: Libloather

Everyone is an expert.


20 posted on 11/07/2012 6:11:13 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Revolting cat!

Next time around, they should tell voters that they don’t think a woman should be able to have an abortion even if she was raped and even if it’s to save her life because it’s God’s will that she die giving birth. That ought to win us some votes.


21 posted on 11/07/2012 6:11:20 PM PST by RC one (Akin/Mourdock-2016)
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To: Catsrus

You guys are right, we need to split into 2 or 3 parties

I am sure the RINO’s can beat the leftists then.

Please do.

Please just go. Go away.


22 posted on 11/07/2012 6:11:46 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: yldstrk

Go over to DU. You belong there. Not here.

How do you explain the loss of McMahon, a RINO senate candidate from CT? She lost. How do u explain Scott Brown,
a RINO from MA? As well as other RINO’s that lost, as well?


23 posted on 11/07/2012 6:11:53 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: ari-freedom

Apples and oranges. Never mind redistricting games in FL that brought Alan Grayson back to the House.


24 posted on 11/07/2012 6:12:23 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Libloather

I am in!

Enough with the America-last compromises of the sell-out America right.

America first.


25 posted on 11/07/2012 6:13:00 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: napscoordinator

With all that “moderation”, he couldn’t even carry Massachusetts!


26 posted on 11/07/2012 6:13:26 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: tflabo
I think your instincts are correct about what it'll take to turn things around.

Although I do believe Romney employed the wrong strategy I know why he did what he did. I'm not mad at him.

I'm not angry at the parasites who've taken the government up on their offer for stuff others have paid for with their hard work. I'm not even angry at the brainstems who in their ignorance voted for Obama even though they will suffer themselves as a consequence.

My unreserved disgust is reserved for the media - the whole gang of pampered morons who abuse their privileged positions to peddle their sh*t to the American people. Especially the news media, because they are the motive force that has caused all of the other dominoes to fall. I live for the day they get what they so richly deserve. I hope I'm around to see it, 'cause payback they will recieve.

27 posted on 11/07/2012 6:13:38 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Libloather

Romney was like a General who makes a breakthrough, but fails to consolidate and press the advantage. After the first debate, Romney had the 0bama campaign reeling, but then he pulled back and started to play it safe. He was the victim of faulty intell in that the pollsters told him he was ahead in areas where he really wasn’t. I wish he’d hit Hussein hard on Benghazi - the end results might have been the same, but 0bama would be in a corner and the public would know.


28 posted on 11/07/2012 6:13:38 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil or Evil Doers)
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To: Libloather

Romney was like a General who makes a breakthrough, but fails to consolidate and press the advantage. After the first debate, Romney had the 0bama campaign reeling, but then he pulled back and started to play it safe. He was the victim of faulty intell in that the pollsters told him he was ahead in areas where he really wasn’t. I wish he’d hit Hussein hard on Benghazi - the end results might have been the same, but 0bama would be in a corner and the public would know.


29 posted on 11/07/2012 6:13:38 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil or Evil Doers)
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To: RC one

>Akin/Mourdock-2016

Now that’s funny!


30 posted on 11/07/2012 6:13:52 PM PST by soycd
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To: tennmountainman

Republicans aren’t expected to win blue states but we expect them to win Senate races in states that voted for Romney.


31 posted on 11/07/2012 6:14:25 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: napscoordinator

I am no Romney lover. I opposed him until late in the game, but the fact is he worked hard and ran a great campaign. Almost a perfect campaign. One single off camera gaffe (47%). I


32 posted on 11/07/2012 6:14:35 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: tennmountainman

Right.

This election did one thing. Cleared the field.

Cleared it wide, and cleared it deep.

Time to start over.

For real.


33 posted on 11/07/2012 6:15:00 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Libloather
She described Romney as a “weak, moderate candidate hand-picked by the country club elite Republican establishment.”

I thought it was kind of screwy that RINOS thought Romney could beat Obama. Not inviting Sarah Palin to speak at the RNC was a big screw up also, she could have rallied everyone together. Then when I heard Romney say he was going to "reach across the aisle" to the libtards.......

34 posted on 11/07/2012 6:15:05 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Olog-hai

“Apples and oranges. Never mind redistricting games in FL that brought Alan Grayson back to the House.”

but you think someone like that could win the entire country?


35 posted on 11/07/2012 6:15:52 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: yldstrk

Hey, I got a wake up call for you:

This is a Conservative site.

If you wanna peddle Mitt Romney RINOism get stuffed and do it somewhere else.

A lot of us held our nose and voted for Romney to avoid the alternative. The Republican Party should look deep inside itself and decide what it wants to be. It can’t be both a Conservative Party and a RINO Party. You can join the RINO Party and create your own site called “Moderately-Free Republic.”


36 posted on 11/07/2012 6:16:24 PM PST by NYCslicker
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To: Libloather

“They didn’t see a clear distinction so they went with what they know,” she said of voters. “

This is precisely what happened. I had a lot of friends who were of the opinion that “both sucked anyways” so they just voted for the incumbent. Its disgusting. If my choice was a guaranteed “4 years of hell” or “4 years of not sure”...I’d chose “not sure” every time. Atleast there is the hope of success.


37 posted on 11/07/2012 6:16:32 PM PST by YoungBlackRepublican
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To: ari-freedom

This is true. If Romney ran such a poor campaign, why did he outperform the republican senate candidates in every single state?


38 posted on 11/07/2012 6:16:45 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: BerryDingle

Yup.

I supported Romney because he’s who we had. But it sucked.

Big time it sucked.

Enough of letting people decide for us. Enough. No more.

Republicans for the GOP.

And just in case ANYONE wonders, that means American products and American made.

No more buying “international”.

Buy American.


39 posted on 11/07/2012 6:18:03 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: yldstrk

had the republicans nominated Romney the first time around, he would be serving his second term right now. Its hard to beat an incumbant


40 posted on 11/07/2012 6:18:16 PM PST by ac-rep
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To: GeronL
I think we have arrived at a parting of the ways

Sounds good to me. I'm with the Tea Party. Goodbye RINOs.

41 posted on 11/07/2012 6:19:09 PM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Bullshit.


42 posted on 11/07/2012 6:19:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ari-freedom

We certainly know who did not win. And acting like Florida is the whole of the USA is presumptuous.


43 posted on 11/07/2012 6:20:24 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: soycd

Hey, they would have won if the left wing media didn’t use their own words against them.


44 posted on 11/07/2012 6:20:37 PM PST by RC one (Akin/Mourdock-2016)
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To: GeronL; yldstrk
blaming conservatives when a liberal-moderate RINO loses, is retarded

I was really hoping we wouldn't have to listen to the usual screeching post-moderate-candidate-loss recriminations this time.

45 posted on 11/07/2012 6:20:50 PM PST by skeeter
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To: yldstrk
It’s the lazy pouting dumbass conservatives fault we lost.

Ah - So the folks that told you what would happen if he was nominated, before he was nominated, are to blame because what they said came to be.

And many of us still held our nose and voted for him.

Bite me, FRiend. You are blind because you will not see.

46 posted on 11/07/2012 6:21:40 PM PST by MortMan (RINOs are blind because the refuse to see.)
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To: BerryDingle

“I thought it was kind of screwy that RINOS thought Romney could beat Obama.”

No, they were begging for Christie. Even Ann Coulter was concerned if they didn’t pick Christie, they’d lose.


47 posted on 11/07/2012 6:22:01 PM PST by ari-freedom (Election Day should be after Thanksgiving, not right after Halloween)
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To: Libloather

Now I note that the self-appointed True Blue Defenders of Conservative Principles on this forums are declaring war on anyone daring to assert that Romney ran a half-decent campaign.


48 posted on 11/07/2012 6:22:28 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ac-rep
Its hard to beat an incumbant

Except if it's Ford, Carter or George H.W. Bush. Oops that three in pretty short time. BOOM goes your theory.

49 posted on 11/07/2012 6:22:28 PM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: soycd
Personally I don't think it's funny at all.....

Those two weren't/aren't representative of the Tea Party. You know that..and the poster knows that.

Two questions.

Are you a GOP-e supporter? OR are you a Conservative supporter?

50 posted on 11/07/2012 6:22:47 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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