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Rubio endorses Romney, saying he's 'earned' it
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Posted on 03/28/2012 8:43:56 PM PDT by TJA

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., endorsed Mitt Romney for president Wednesday night on Fox News' "Hannity," saying Romney offers "a very clear alternative" to President Obama's vision for the future of the country.

Rubio, a young, first-termer who has been discussed as a possible vice presidential candidate, criticized talk of a fight for the Republican nomination on the convention floor, a possibility that is keeping alive the campaigns of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

"I think that's a recipe for delivering four more years of Barack Obama," Rubio told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

Romney has "earned this nomination," Rubio said, though he again shot down questions about whether he would accept any offers of a spot on the ticket.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: florida; kenyanbornmuzzie; marcorubio; massachusetts; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; rubio
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To: TJA

Rubio Rhino Sittin’ in a Tree
Hey look, here come Rom-n-knee
Rubio Rubio looked down from the tower
Said, I’ll trade my morals for some political power ...


151 posted on 03/29/2012 10:36:59 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

The rhetoric from the media and ads from candidates before the polls taken effect and the polls see how their propaganda worked!!

There were some voters who said they wanted Newt but didn’t vote for him because they weren’t sure if he would be electable. A speaker of the House who brought down the budget 4 times isn’t electable??

Where did they get that thinking from - propaganda! People are voting against what they believe!!! Because of propaganda and LIES from RICK and MITT - they are doing their part to bring this country down.

I want NO PART OF THEM or their evilness. May their own families suffer the evil they are bringing on this country.


152 posted on 03/29/2012 10:40:41 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: true believer forever; All; napscoordinator; Antoninus; Lazlo in PA; cripplecreek; writer33; ...
35 posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:53:33 PM by true believer forever: “What is funny, though, even romney endorsers take their cues from Newt. A few days ago, Newt said very straightforwardly, he was taking it to the convention, he would support Romney as soon as he had the delegates needed for the nomination, but romney had to ‘earn it’. that's what rubio said tonight, romney has “earned” the nomination. These people are pathetic. On to Tampa!! Stay strong - We can do this!!”

You have a valid point here, TrueBelieverForever, and it's something those of us on Free Republic need to remember. What we say about backing Romney can come back to bite.

Newt Gingrich's statement that he'd be voting for Mitt Romney if he's the nominee gave political cover to Tea Party conservatives like Rubio to make his Romney endorsement, and in a cascade effect, that will lead to more and more people climbing on the Romney bandwagon publicly when until recently they've been afraid to say publicly what they believed privately.

In Gingrich's case I can't blame him. He had no choice; if he said he'd vote against Romney in the fall if Romney wins the Republican nomination, he'd destroy his chances of winning the nomination himself and headlines would be telegraphed all over the world saying, “Former Republican speaker threatens to work against likely Republican nominee.”

The rest of us don't need to be publicly saying such things about future backing for Romney, except in those cases where some of us hold public political office and what we say on the internet could hurt us in our local, state or national positions. I realize that over at RedState, they're saying to get the most conservative Republican possible in the primary and vote Republican in the general election. That's not Free Republic's position, and I don't think it needs to be, or even should be.

Romney is not stupid. My guess is that the timing of the Rubio endorsement was planned to precede the upcoming GHW Bush endorsement to reduce the credibility of the inevitable conservative attacks on Romney for being a RINO. Even if that wasn't planned, it's what the effect will be.

Romney knows that he needs to get prominent right-wing conservatives to publicly endorse him now to take the wind out of both Santorum’s sails and those of Gingrich, and build up the aura of inevitability so a brokered convention not only doesn't happen but doesn't come close to happening. Even if Romney wins at a brokered convention, he would be badly damaged by the fight in ways that a conservative insurgent who went into the convention and won the battle would not be.

What's the narrative if Romney wins a brokered convention? People will say “he's not only the weakest Republican frontrunner since Leonard Wood in 1920 but now also a weak nominee because he doesn't have the enthusiastic backing of his own party's base,” which is more or less what Gingrich has been trying to point out.

What's the narrative if a conservative insurgent wins? “Candidate X (Gingrich, Santorum, or fill in the blank with some third name) managed to take on all of Mitt Romney's money and he still won! Maybe he can do that to Barack Obama this fall.”

Bottom line: At least for now, let's try to avoid making pro-Romney comments or statements about backing him in the general election unless forced to do so. I don't blame Gingrich for what he said, and I probably don't blame Rubio since the alternatives for them would be worse. For most of us, we can stay neutral about what we'll do if Romney wins the nomination for at least a little while longer.

153 posted on 03/29/2012 10:42:16 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina
I don't blame Gingrich for what he said,

HE WAS ASKED!!! If he thought he should be president, Newt would be home in his easy chair! He doesn't need this $*!! and being LIED about from RICK and Mitt.

and I probably don't blame Rubio since the alternatives for them would be worse.

FOR THEM? What about our country?!?!? WEST had NO problem standing up for THE BEST CANDIDATE for OUR COUNTRY!!

154 posted on 03/29/2012 10:48:23 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: MichaelCorleone
Constitution Party

Nah.

America's Party

155 posted on 03/29/2012 10:57:03 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (In self-evident truth, in timeless principle, in the people themselves, lie our republic's only hope)
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To: TJA

Didn’t take long for him to become a member of the RINO group.


156 posted on 03/29/2012 11:01:00 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: TJA; All

“Romney has “earned this nomination,” Rubio said”

Shouldn’t it read, Romney has paid for this nominatin?”


157 posted on 03/29/2012 11:01:32 AM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: TJA

“Rubio endorses Romney, saying he’s ‘earned’ it”

Wasn’t the same thing said about Dole and McCain? Nevermind they were awful RINO candidates — it was their turn — they deserved it — blah, blah, blah.........
MEGA BARF!!!


158 posted on 03/29/2012 11:07:18 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Josh Painter

That’s a LOVELY Idea! I would Love to see Col. West a SENATOR!


159 posted on 03/29/2012 11:16:21 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: TJA

Oh, please, everyone — settle down, already. Rubio is NOT a RINO. I’d vote for that man in a heartbeat, if he had more experience under his belt. OK, so he endorsed Romney, but I think it’s mainly because HE has heard the fat lady singing, and he thinks it’s time for Republicans to get behind the person who is apparently going to be the nominee. I have not come out in support of Romney yet. Like I’ve said before, he was not my first, second, third, fourth, or even fifth choice. But if he is the Republican nominee, I *WILL* — yes, *WILL* — vote for him over Barack Hussein Obama (mmmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmmm), because I am not going to be even partially responsible for sending Obama back to the White House. If you think the last 3-1/2 years have been a disaster, you ain’t seen nothing yet, once he doesn’t have to worry about being reelected.


160 posted on 03/29/2012 11:37:13 AM PDT by Purrcival (Herman Cain 2012 (*sigh*))
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To: unixfox; All
It is absolutely breaking my heart to see Rubio called a rino.

This will not be a popular statement, but I am long past caring what others think. I am watching a good group of conservatives here tearing apart any candidate not their “own” Some of you are going to vote “third party”....which party is that, communist??? Who exactly is running in these third parties to warrant your vote?

John mccain was and remains attacked here. He would have implemented obama care,,,no wait he voted no.

I just hope the temper tantrum so many are having wont result in another four years of obama, but at least you wont be voting for a dreaded rino like rubio. Yeah, biden is so much better.

161 posted on 03/29/2012 11:43:07 AM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: MichaelCorleone; All; crghill; Dr. Eckleburg; Campion; napscoordinator; Antoninus; Lazlo in PA; ...
112 posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:53:15 AM by MichaelCorleone: “I say all true conservatives - both politicans and rank and file - move in unison to the Constitution Party. They will soon become a force to be rekoned with.”

Some things need to be said here, now that this specific political party name has come up.

Yes, there are a lot of good things which could be said about the Constitution Party's platform and core philosophy. I don't dispute that.

Furthermore, anyone on Free Republic who has been listening to the discussion I've been having about Christian politics over on the Orthodox Presbyterian and United Reformed listserves knows what I think about Christian politics, and specifically, why I believe the so-called “Radical Two Kingdoms” theology is dangerous. (I've been surprised to find how many FReepers are members of Calvinist churches and are paying attention to what I write in church-related forums, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering the influence of the PCA in Southern politics.) If I could somehow redesign the American political landscape from the ground up, we could do a lot worse than having a political party based on adherence to strict construction of the Constitution and drawing both secular and Christian support based on shared political concepts with which both secular and Christian conservatives agree.

Furthermore, as I've said repeatedly, I believe Abraham Kuyper’s role in the Anti-Revolutionary Party in the Netherlands is probably the best example in modern politics of an explicitly Christian political party gaining control of the political, cultural and ecclesiastical life of a modern nation and turning it around. The Netherlands was headed into the same cesspool as the rest of Europe at the beginning of the 1800s, and several related Dutch Christian movements, of which the Anti-Revolutionary Party was one major manifestation, managed to not only turn the country around but for a good period of time in the late 1800s and early 1900s made the Netherlands known as the “Bible Belt” of Europe.

For those who don't know that history, the short version is that Kuyper led the second of two major secessions from the Dutch state church and before the fight was over, he'd not only become Prime Minister of the Netherlands as head of a Christian political party but also had created a Christian daily newspaper, a Christian university, a Christian school movement, and a whole host of other Christian organizations that radically transformed the culture of the country.

Here's the main problem with applying that precedent to the Constitution Party: single-member winner-take-all voting districts.

Not only do we have the oldest written constitution still in use in the world, the United States political system predates that of virtually every other system in the industrialized world except for that of Britain. The American system dates back to when American political divisions were largely regional rather than ideological, and even the ideological disputes were largely framed regionally.

Today we have liberals and conservatives living together in most neighborhoods and only the most radically conservative and radically liberal states have overwhelming ideological majorities. That's led to a situation in which the division between our two political parties are so close that in many races a 60 percent majority is considered a landslide.

That's quite different from the assumption of the Founding Fathers, namely, that the regional interests of relatively internally unified Southern and Northern states needed to be balanced off against each other. Even within states for most of the 1700s and 1800s, most political disputes were geographically-based disputes between counties and regions of a state settled by different immigrant ethnic groups, or urban neighborhoods inhabited by different ethnic or socioeconimic groups, or urban-rural disputes, or socioeconomic disputes such as mercantile, industrial and agricultural interests which were also based on regionalism.

In that context, single-member districts make a lot of sense. Balancing regional interests off against each other at the federal, state, and local level is the best way to have people's views be represented effectively so long as the primary political divisions are based on (or at least reflected in) geography.

That simply is not the case today in most of modern America, and much of the industrialized world has taken into account sociological changes in modifying their political systems. Many nations have proportional representation based on ideology; sometimes people even vote for a political party rather than a candidate; the party posts a list of candidates and the top people on that list get elected, with the number depending on how many votes that slate receives in the national, provincial or regional elections.

(Yes, there are close parallels to how the Republican Party elects its delegates in some state primaries. Proportional representation is something we use to a very limited extent in our own political system, but not for the general election.)

The result is even today in the Netherlsnds, for example, despite the country's radical liberalism, the nation still has a number of conservative Christians elected to national, provincial and local government as representatives of several different secular and Christian conservative political parties, generally in rough proportion to their percentage in the population. The same could be said with regard to socially and politically conservative Jews in Israel, and religious and political minorities in other European nations.

The problem in the United States is that in most state and local elections (West Virginia's multimember districts being an important exception) the only thing that counts is having enough votes to get to 50 percent of the voters, or in some cases not even an absolute majority is needed and all a candidate needs is to get the largest number of votes.

That's what's happening now with Mitt Romney, who can't get close to a 50 percent majority in most states but is “winning” primaries and caucuses because he's able to get more votes than more conservative candidates who are divided among themselves.

Anyone who wants to advocate for the Constitution Party has to do one of two things: first, look at and learn from the history of the collapse of the Whig Party and its replacement by the Republican Party in a pre-existing two-party system, or second, actively and aggressively work to change the American electoral system from single-member districts to either multimember districts or proportional representation.

Either of those endeavors would be a massive process.

The second would require formal amendments to state constitutions, a process which takes years in most cases, and quite likely would require amending the federal constitution since I suspect the Supreme Court would end up hearing a challenge if some state somewhere decided to try to have statewise proportional representation elections for its congressmen.

The first is technically easier but practically almost as difficult. It could theoretically happen if well-known Republicans were to follow Sen. Joe Lieberman's lead by getting elected as independents or members of the Constitution Party and becoming a major third-party force at the state as well as federal levels, but that is almost as difficult as amending state constitutions.

If we as conservatives are going to talk third-party, recognize that we need to count the cost. That cost is very steep, and while some argue it could be a good idea long-term, for the short- and medium-term, it could easily get President Obama re-elected, turn the House of Representatives back over to the control of the Democratic Party, and cost numerous Republican senators their seats.

Given how bad the short-term consequences would be, I still believe the solution is what conservatives have been working to do for a generation, namely, taking over the Republican Party at the local and state levels. I do not believe that is impossible, and a good case can be made that the Republican Party of 2012 is much better than it was two, three or four decades ago.

Conservatives have a tendency to demand all the loaf or nothing. The liberals are wrong about many things, but a long-term strategy of slowly taking over the Democratic Party certainly has worked. Some of their methods cannot be used by conservatives, but others are entirely appropriate, and among them is the virtue of thinking long-term and making short-term compromises for long-term victories.

162 posted on 03/29/2012 12:23:14 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Sola Veritas

“Romney has “earned this nomination,” Rubio said”

Shouldn’t it read, Romney has paid for this nominatin?”

NAILED IT!


163 posted on 03/29/2012 12:41:07 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: TJA

Yay. Now everyone is throwing Rubio under the bus. Earlier this week it was Allen West.

Who’s next?

Are we going to throw everyone under the bus? It seems like the Obama Admin around here.


164 posted on 03/29/2012 1:31:13 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

I forgot that we threw Danica Patrick and Jeff Foxworthy under the bus also last week.


165 posted on 03/29/2012 1:33:14 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Huskrrrr

BINGO!!

I was never a Rubio for VP cheerleader, for the simple reason that due to the fact that his parents were not US citizens at the time of his birth, he’s NOT ELIGIBLE.


166 posted on 03/29/2012 1:36:30 PM PDT by Segovia
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To: GraceG

RUCK Fubio.

I will never vote for mitt no matter who his running mate is.


167 posted on 03/29/2012 1:40:27 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: AlmaKing

Who’s next?
______________________
Sarah Palin... IF Romney ends up the nominee, Sarah will get behind he and his VP choice and she will say Hussein has to go. Then she will be another enemy here on FR. I swear, I think FR is turning into a pro-obama site because they hate mittens more than the Kenyan. Hell, more than anybody. Seriously, wth is going on. I think a great percentage of them are trolls trying to get people to stay home and not vote so their pinko prez can win again and drive the final nail into America’s coffin.


168 posted on 03/29/2012 1:41:59 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: proudpapa

Total speculation.


169 posted on 03/29/2012 1:57:51 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: Artcore

Friggin Rubio is a FRAUD. Not qualified for VP, he’s not born of Citizen parents plus he is a big Hispander’r, see this: http://www.vdare.com/posts/hispandering-alert-rubio-designated-flip-flop-leader


170 posted on 03/29/2012 2:04:36 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: mojitojoe

If you want to know what happens when a RINO is elected ask the good folks of Illinois what the end result was, for both the state and the party, after they elected George Ryan to be governor.

Case closed.


171 posted on 03/29/2012 2:12:57 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: MestaMachine
As much as I hate to admit it, I think I gave Conservatives too much credit for having more common sense.

People.. even good ones.. are cursed with boneheadedness.

It is the way of things.

172 posted on 03/29/2012 2:27:56 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: proudpapa

Case isn’t closed for me. Whoever has an R beside their name is getting my vote, the votes of my children, extended family, and friends. We all want Hussein OUT and refuse to vote for him or give him a vote. NOTHING can change my mind. NOTHING!


173 posted on 03/29/2012 2:44:51 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: proudpapa

Problem is, the choice will be between a RINO, and a Raving Radical Narcissist Sociopath Lunatic. Easy choice for me to make and I’m still not convinced Romney has this in the bag. But even if Newt ended up getting it, plenty will say he’s not good enough either. I’m sorry that Jesus Christ or the ghost of Ronald Reagan decided not to run, but there you have it.


174 posted on 03/29/2012 2:47:35 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: P-Marlowe

And democrat crossover voters in the primaries.

The GOP needs to abolish open primaries.


175 posted on 03/29/2012 3:24:58 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: mojitojoe

So...how far to the left (R) you willing to go?

Would you support Arlen Specter or Lincoln Chaffee?


176 posted on 03/29/2012 4:27:06 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: proudpapa

Stupid comparison. Specter is a Dem now. Like Specter, Chaffee deserted the republican party AND he supported the Marxist Kenyan in 2008, so not sure how you think you can compare the 2.

I’m going to say it one more time, ANYONE WITH AN R BESIDE THEIR NAME IN NOVEMBER UNLESS.... by some bizarre twist of fate some Van Jones, Che or Hugo Chavez type should win at the convention. If I had a choice to vote for a Dem Marxist or a Republican Marxist, I would bow out. That is not the case. None of the GOP candidates are Marxists.

I’m done with this discussion, FR is making me nauseous today, the obama love is nauseating. Time to head over to other places and hit the pavement to make sure O is defeated. You all enjoy your Soetoro love fest.


177 posted on 03/29/2012 5:55:19 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: TJA

RINOmney???

No sale.


178 posted on 03/29/2012 5:56:08 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldnÂ’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: smokingfrog

I knew Rubio was too good to be true.


179 posted on 03/29/2012 6:05:13 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: caww
caww, I am in Newt's corner until the end. I am resentful that Romney and Santorum backed out of the debate in Portland. There is so much more to be discussed...BUT...I sincerely feel that the voters are not as informed as they should be and listen to the super pacs and media sound bites without doing their own homework.

In the meantime..will see what happens between now and the convention and prayers UP

180 posted on 03/29/2012 6:24:19 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: SoConPubbie
Romney won't get my vote, that's for sure. I am decided, and even hardened in this position by those who say things like, "I'll walk over broken glass to vote for this guy" or "a second Obama term will destroy America."

Folks, I've got news for you: America has already been destroyed. We're not going to take it back through peaceable, comfortable means. We're well beyond that. God is going to kick our asses and drive us to our knees before we will again taste of any semblance of the America we once knew and loved.

It's going to be a tough road, and we need to be ready both physically and spiritually.

181 posted on 03/29/2012 6:40:29 PM PDT by Lexinom (Mitt < 1,144)
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To: swpa_mom

Good post.


182 posted on 03/29/2012 9:19:55 PM PDT by Jones511
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To: TJA

I honestly don’t care. It doesn’t make a different in the real fight to come who becomes president.

We are talking about a fight for the distribution of power. Having a president willingly give up that power does not secure the position of that power where we need it to be.

The president & congress must be forced to relinquishment that power practically so they can not simply retake it a whim.

People who worry too much about the presidency are thinking too short term and loosing sight of the real prise.

The truth is the presidency is a greatly overvalued target. That in itself is the weakness we need to exploit. We can more easily take the rest of the Government namely the States and change the world under their feet than we can change anything with the presidency.


183 posted on 03/29/2012 11:45:01 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: mojitojoe

Rubio was hyped as a “Tea Party” candidate by the GOP Establishment and many drank the Kool Aid presented through the media.

Were the Jeb Bush’s of the world crying because Rubio replaced Crist? Hardly, because Rubio is a GOP-E man packaged as a conservative.


184 posted on 03/30/2012 12:25:59 AM PDT by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: darrellmaurina
You have a valid point here, TrueBelieverForever, and it's something those of us on Free Republic need to remember. What we say about backing Romney can come back to bite.

Newt Gingrich's statement that he'd be voting for Mitt Romney if he's the nominee gave political cover to Tea Party conservatives like Rubio to make his Romney endorsement, and in a cascade effect, that will lead to more and more people climbing on the Romney bandwagon publicly when until recently they've been afraid to say publicly what they believed privately.

In Gingrich's case I can't blame him. He had no choice; if he said he'd vote against Romney in the fall if Romney wins the Republican nomination, he'd destroy his chances of winning the nomination himself and headlines would be telegraphed all over the world saying, “Former Republican speaker threatens to work against likely Republican nominee.”

The rest of us don't need to be publicly saying such things about future backing for Romney, except in those cases where some of us hold public political office and what we say on the internet could hurt us in our local, state or national positions. I realize that over at RedState, they're saying to get the most conservative Republican possible in the primary and vote Republican in the general election. That's not Free Republic's position, and I don't think it needs to be, or even should be.

Romney is not stupid. My guess is that the timing of the Rubio endorsement was planned to precede the upcoming GHW Bush endorsement to reduce the credibility of the inevitable conservative attacks on Romney for being a RINO. Even if that wasn't planned, it's what the effect will be.

Romney knows that he needs to get prominent right-wing conservatives to publicly endorse him now to take the wind out of both Santorum’s sails and those of Gingrich, and build up the aura of inevitability so a brokered convention not only doesn't happen but doesn't come close to happening. Even if Romney wins at a brokered convention, he would be badly damaged by the fight in ways that a conservative insurgent who went into the convention and won the battle would not be.

What's the narrative if Romney wins a brokered convention? People will say “he's not only the weakest Republican frontrunner since Leonard Wood in 1920 but now also a weak nominee because he doesn't have the enthusiastic backing of his own party's base,” which is more or less what Gingrich has been trying to point out.

What's the narrative if a conservative insurgent wins? “Candidate X (Gingrich, Santorum, or fill in the blank with some third name) managed to take on all of Mitt Romney's money and he still won! Maybe he can do that to Barack Obama this fall.” Bottom line: At least for now, let's try to avoid making pro-Romney comments or statements about backing him in the general election unless forced to do so. I don't blame Gingrich for what he said, and I probably don't blame Rubio since the alternatives for them would be worse. For most of us, we can stay neutral about what we'll do if Romney wins the nomination for at least a little while longer.

I agree with everything you said, and actually read it twice through - there were a lot of good thinking points there.

I would say, though, the 'I will support the nominee' statement is something everyone, even Paul, has said. and I think most people consider it that way - at least I hope so.

but I disagree with you about Rubio. He telegraphed a long time ago that he would be supporting romney in the Fla primary, when he came out with a very negative statement about Newt. He fell into line with Jeb bush's state machinery bigtime.

I think what is going now, is what I have read a few places variously, that there is going to be a major push now by the gop establishment to establish romney's inevitability, after his recent losses, through endorsements by major gop players... and rubio was just on that list.

romney was one of the first people to give to rubio's fledgling campaign, most likely because he understood the necessity of have many friends in florida, and sadly Rubio fell for it...

I am sure you are familiar with the verified information that 35 or 36 of romney's endorsements received various amounts of money from him prior to their endorsements.

I think one of the saddest things about all of this is the fact the freshman tea party class is proving just as corruptible and co-opted as all the other classes. A lot of them have already lost their way...

185 posted on 03/30/2012 4:57:59 AM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: angcat
I hope Romney picks Rubio for VP.

I would bet my next paycheck that this is the ticket we'll see coming out of Tampa.

186 posted on 03/30/2012 5:28:31 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Shelayne

Very true, Milt is BUYING the nomination. We don’t need a liberal coward too fearful to appear on Mark Levin or Glen Beck. Unfortunately, I heard on a Chicago news prort last night that Newt and Milt have been meeting regularly. It’s no wonder that Newt’s tongue has been swallowed lately re Romney. It’s a freakin’ sad spectacle. Bob


187 posted on 03/30/2012 8:33:12 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Do you know of any substantial differences between the Constitution Party and America’s Party?

Right now, I’d pick whichever one of these 2 parties that rise in prominence.


188 posted on 03/30/2012 8:39:18 AM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: AlmaKing

I don’t care WHO endorses the socialist lite, they can’t defend the guy other than saying that he’s a buisnessman. George Soros is also a businessman. I understand the need to coalesce to defeat the Punk, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a little bit of principle behind the endorsements.
As for me, it ain’t over until the convention nominates someone. Newt is meeting with Milt, and Paul has been in the tank for Romney since day one. That leaves, Rick, and my family and I will be proud to vote for him in Pa. on April 24th. GO RICK!!!


189 posted on 03/30/2012 8:42:47 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: alstewartfan

Sorry, that’s news *REPORT*.


190 posted on 03/30/2012 8:44:26 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: Turtlepower

There are quite a few differences.

One of the most important concerns foreign policy.

They are primarily Ron Paul isolationists, and we stand with Ronald Reagan in support of a firm policy of Peace Through Strength.


191 posted on 03/30/2012 8:44:55 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (In self-evident truth, in timeless principle, in the people themselves, lie our republic's only hope)
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To: samtheman

Yes. That and more.


192 posted on 03/30/2012 11:53:17 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: TJA

I am ready for President Mitt..I don’t want that MARXIST in for life... and I have a feeling he might cancell the 2014 mid terms...


193 posted on 03/30/2012 2:52:41 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: TJA
Since the Supreme Court is going to strike down Obama Care, Romney Care might not be an issue. It looks like Romney is the guy and I am trying to see a bright spot (it is hard).

I think that you're 180 degrees off on this. If the USSC strikes down ObamaCare, then health-care reform is now back on the table as a major issue. What has the GOP-E done to us? They are so obsessed with winning this election that they have abandoned their principles to push forward the Grandfather of ObamaCare. Is there anyone less qualified to talk about a viable, conservative approach to health care than Mitt Romney?

The USSC is likely to give us a winning issue and we are about to surrender the nomination to the one candidate who can't take advantage of the issue.

194 posted on 03/30/2012 3:23:28 PM PDT by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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To: iopscusa

I can’t stand him, he’s always been just another open border loser, whining about our legal system being broken, the usual lies and evasions, all to allow more criminals in.

In fact, at least I attended the SLC Olympics and know that Romney did a good job with those. With Rubio, I would trust him even less than I trust Romney. As far as I’m concerned, Rubio is just another shadow Communist sympathizer.


195 posted on 03/30/2012 3:52:51 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: TJA
Mitt has earned it how?...

... by smearing his opponents and lying about their records endlessly, buying endorsements by throwing boat loads of cash. Having fox news and Smudge report continually and shamelessly propagandizing for him.

I have no respect for how he's "earned" it.

196 posted on 03/31/2012 5:20:35 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: true believer forever
Thanks for your note, true believer forever. I'm not an expert on Rubio and I'm listening and learning.

Many of us, including Free Republic itself, will have to make difficult decisions if Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee. Those are decisions I do not want to have to make, and the best way to avoid such problems is for Romney not to be the nominee. That's the best thing to work for in the short term.

197 posted on 03/31/2012 6:08:10 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: TJA

Since the Supreme Court is going to strike down Obama Care, Romney Care might not be an issue.

That’s not guaranteed. If they uphold it, healthcare will be a huge issue.


198 posted on 03/31/2012 10:41:39 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: darrellmaurina

Furthermore, anyone on Free Republic who has been listening to the discussion I’ve been having about Christian politics over on the Orthodox Presbyterian and United Reformed listserves knows what I think about Christian politics,

ould I have a link for these?


199 posted on 03/31/2012 10:53:11 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: TJA; All

“We are now at the stage, the 4th quarter, where many conservatives become weary and start to give up. That is what they want; it is what they EXPECT, just like in 2008.

They have these trivial “endorsements” lined up throughout the campaign like today’s Rubio endorsement. They are sequenced. They are choreographed. They are scheduled long in advance. The Rubio, Ryan and Bush endorsements have likely been on the calender from day one. They are designed to cause disillusionment, to make you think it is time to get in line and drink the poison from their trough with the rest of them.”

Romney Rents Supporters - Many who may be as Legal as his Lawn Maintenance. http://www.TableOfWisdom.com


200 posted on 03/31/2012 11:47:42 AM PDT by publius321
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