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Return of the Culture Wars: Can Mitt Romney Win Conservative Backing?
ABC News ^ | February 9, 2012 | Huma Khan

Posted on 02/09/2012 4:57:10 AM PST by Zakeet

The resurgence of social and cultural issues in voters' minds poses new challenges for GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney as he reels from surprising losses Tuesday to conservative favorite Rick Santorum.

The economy remains the No. 1 issue of concern for a majority of Americans. But recent hoopla ... has created a perfect storm that has pushed these seemingly dormant issues to the surface.

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Even the general public has increasingly leaned to the right. In a Gallup poll last month, 40 percent of Americans identified themselves as conservative, 35 percent as moderate and 21 percent as liberal. The numbers marked the third straight year that conservatives outnumbered moderates, which have declined steadily since the early 1990s.

An overwhelming number of Republicans – 51 percent – dubbed themselves as "conservatives" while 20 percent classified themselves as "very conservative," far outweighing moderates. The poll also found that independents, who make up the largest political group in the country, were mostly conservative-leaning, with 41 percent putting themselves in that category.

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The former senator from Pennsylvania supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, as well as banning abortion even in the case of rape and not allowing homosexual couples to adopt children.

Romney, meanwhile, has struggled to convince the Republican base of his conservative credentials.

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"Romney has to go back to mollifying that base, which is not something he wanted to do," political analyst Norm Ornstein said. "What it means for Romney is he's going to have to make more and more sharply conservative pledges and try to trigger even more of that conservative antipathy [against President Obama]."

But that could be a challenging task for the former governor who faces a more difficult road to the nomination than many expected. "The more he does this, he looks phony," Ornstein said.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; conservatism; romney; santorum

This MSM puff piece is right ... I have struggled to convince the right wing nuts of my credentials ... and now I have to go back to mollifying those cretins ... and that's something I didn't want to have to do ... because that requires me to make more and more sharply conservative pledges .. and the more I pander, the phonier I look!

1 posted on 02/09/2012 4:57:20 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
"Can Mitt Romney Win Conservative Backing?"

NO!

2 posted on 02/09/2012 4:58:26 AM PST by traditional1 (Stay thirsty, my friends.)
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To: Zakeet
Can Mitt Romney Win Conservative Backing?

Hell, NO!

FUMR!!!

3 posted on 02/09/2012 4:59:57 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: traditional1

“Can Mitt Romney Win Conservative Backing?”

Nope... not this Conservative.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 5:00:41 AM PST by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Zakeet
Message to the GOP Elite and Tokyo Rove:

NUTS...

5 posted on 02/09/2012 5:00:41 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Zakeet

Of course not. Why even ask such a stupid question.


6 posted on 02/09/2012 5:01:49 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Caipirabob

He won’t be getting this conservative’s backing and whether he gets my vote is still up in the air. If he does get the nomination I want to see who he picks as his running mate. Right now I’m 80-20 against voting for him.


7 posted on 02/09/2012 5:04:06 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Zakeet
Could Zell Miller win liberal backing?
8 posted on 02/09/2012 5:07:21 AM PST by Happy Rain ("If you're shiftless and in doubt-find a liberal whine and pout-pretty soon you're making out.")
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To: Zakeet

Not if there is an alternitive.


9 posted on 02/09/2012 5:13:03 AM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for ALL VOTING. Let our dead rest in peace.)
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To: Happy Rain

Could the Bic Mac and cheese with a large french fry and a shake be confused as healthfood?Can Obama be mistaken for Ghandi?-—Baby Doc maybe but Ghandi?


10 posted on 02/09/2012 5:14:11 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Zakeet

Scientific research on US Presidents indicates that only fathers of daughters are elected.

Obama - 2 daughters
Romney - 0 daughters
Bush - 2 daughers
Clinton - 1 daughter
Bush - 1 daughter
Reagan - 2 daughters
Carter - 1 daughter
Ford - 1 daughter
Nixon - 2 daughters
Johnson - 2 daughters
Kennedy - 1 daughter
Eisenhower 0 daughters EXCEPTION TO RULE
Truman - 1 daughter
Roosevelt - 1 daughter
Hoover - 0 daughters

This is irrefutable evidence;)


11 posted on 02/09/2012 5:15:14 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: Zakeet

I heard him say the words “fundamental change” yesterday. Does that answer the question? :)


12 posted on 02/09/2012 5:18:08 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Zakeet
No it's too late, he has to *be* a conservative, not just *act* like one when it suits him.
However, it's still not too late for the media to take down Santorum, Gingrich and Paul and leave Romney as the only one left.
That's what I fear will happen.

13 posted on 02/09/2012 5:28:29 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Zakeet

Nope! Ain’t gonna happen. 4 years of Mitt would destroy what’s left of the Republican party. 4 more years of the kenyan destroys everything. What’s the dif?


14 posted on 02/09/2012 5:31:07 AM PST by albie
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To: Zakeet

NO!

H*LL NO!!

NO FRACKING WAY!!!

WHEN PIGS...ER...OBAMA FLIES!!!!

SHOVE IT, RINOMNEY!!!!!


15 posted on 02/09/2012 5:32:49 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Zakeet

Is this a trick question?


16 posted on 02/09/2012 5:33:58 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Too many lawmakers, too many laws, too many lawyers.)
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To: Zakeet

not just NO

HELL NO!


17 posted on 02/09/2012 5:34:21 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: BitWielder1

If her message gets out. One little lady, Trisha Erickson will bring Mitt down. Her credential are top drawer. Her father served as Bishop when Romney did. She exposes him for what he is. It’s available at Amazon in paperback. She has been on several local radio stations across the country promoting the book. Some freepers have bought multiple copies and distributed them in their communities. The book is titled: CAN MITT ROMNEY SERVE TWO MASTERS?


18 posted on 02/09/2012 5:41:19 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: sodpoodle

Gingrich has 2 daughters! President Ginrich!


19 posted on 02/09/2012 5:51:30 AM PST by chrisnj
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To: Zakeet
Can Mitt Romney Win Conservative Backing?

Can I look like Angelina Jolie?

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Oh! Sorry. I thought this was a thread about wishes.

20 posted on 02/09/2012 6:04:09 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am a ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Zakeet

If say you are a conservative and vote for Romney, sorry you are not a conservative you are however a liar.


21 posted on 02/09/2012 6:04:40 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: traditional1

No....however, we must support him vs. Obama. For those of you who say there is no difference between the two...think again. I am supporting Newt...but, I am ready to support who ever is our nominee. Simply sitting the election out will give obama 4 more.


22 posted on 02/09/2012 6:08:53 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: maineman

Convince me that a man who says “I will compromise with democrats”, who supports abortion, who supports the homosexual agenda, who supports gun grabs, who supports man made global warming, who never governed in any fashion other than liberal, who’s core is liberal, who doesn’t value conservative ideals, .........will be different than BHO.
The only difference between Romney and BHO is one of them thinks he will be god the other thinks he already is.
So MM, why again would you support BHO’s clone?
Just wondering.


23 posted on 02/09/2012 6:15:23 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: chrisnj

LOL!!!

I’m working on the number of syllables in the last names.

i.e. Two seems to be more common than one and/or three or more.

1s = Bush.
2s = Reagan, Clinton, Johnson, Nixon, Truman, Carter
3s = Obama, Kennedy,Roosevelt
4s = Eisenhower

Gingrich has TWO;)


24 posted on 02/09/2012 6:23:37 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: Zakeet

Willard Mitt Romney has the phony gene...


25 posted on 02/09/2012 6:27:04 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: albie
“4 years of Mitt would destroy what’s left of the Republican party. 4 more years of the kenyan destroys everything. What’s the dif?”

Well, if it's a choice between destroying the Republican Party and destroying “everything,” I guess I'd vote for Mitt ...

26 posted on 02/09/2012 6:40:40 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: Zakeet

Eff No! and FUMR


27 posted on 02/09/2012 7:01:26 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Zakeet

Eff No! and FUMR


28 posted on 02/09/2012 7:02:02 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Zakeet

Obama’s Catholic dustup and the ruling on Prop 8 could not have come at a worse time for Romney. He is singularly ill-equipped to deal with Culture War issues.


29 posted on 02/09/2012 7:26:31 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

-—Obama’s Catholic dustup and the ruling on Prop 8 could not have come at a worse time for Romney. He is singularly ill-equipped to deal with Culture War issues.-—

Seriesly, I think we’re seeing divine providence at work.


30 posted on 02/09/2012 7:37:36 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: svcw

I support Newt. Just saying if Mitt gets the nomination I wonder how many conservatives will sit out...giving obama a 2nd term. 3%? Yea, no difference. I’ll sit out too. Pass the word! Make sure all conservatives sit out the next election..DO IT!


31 posted on 02/09/2012 10:09:06 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: maineman

I will not sit out, I am not voting for president if Romney is the nominee. He is no different politically than BHO. I don’t do liberals - period.


32 posted on 02/09/2012 10:31:33 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: svcw

Awesome! We should get started on 2016 now.


33 posted on 02/09/2012 10:53:46 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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