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Wall Street Journal editorial says Mitt Romney ‘squandering’ chance against President Obama
Boston Globe ^ | 7/5/12 | Matt Viser

Posted on 07/05/2012 8:37:42 PM PDT by jimbo123

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“Met Romney last week,” Murdoch tweeted last week. “Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.”

The next day, Murdoch tweeted, “Romney people upset at me! Of course I want him to win, save us from socialism, etc but should listen to good advice and get stuck in!”

Jack Welch, the former chief executive of General Electric, added his voice of criticism. He tweeted, “Hope Mitt Romney is listening to Murdoch advice ont campaign staff ... playing in league with Chicago pols. ... No room for amateurs.”

Earlier this year, Welch had called Romney “the most qualified leader I’ve ever seen run for the presidency of the United States.”

Romney’s campaign did not immediately comment on the Wall Street Journal editorial.

By late Thursday morning, another prominent conservative commentator joined in the criticism, comparing Romney’s campaign to other losing bids from Massachusetts (Michael Dukakis in 1988 and John Kerry in 2004) and saying he was being too timid.

“Adopting a prevent defense when it’s only the second quarter and you’re not even ahead is dubious enough as a strategy,” William Kristol wrote on the website of the Weekly Standard.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: etchasketch; fail; rino
Looks like Matt Rhoades, Eric Fehrnstrom and the rest of the Ken Mehlman mafia running the Romney campaign are about the get the hook. It's about damn time.
1 posted on 07/05/2012 8:37:50 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Things sure turned quickly. Mitt’s team was bring lauded by many just a couple short weeks ago for their good messaging and rapid response team.


2 posted on 07/05/2012 8:40:48 PM PDT by ilgipper ( November cannot come soon enough)
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To: All

3 posted on 07/05/2012 8:41:28 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Romney is doing fine just standing back and letting people get angrier and angrier at Obama.

The less he says now, the more that will listen when he has something to say.


4 posted on 07/05/2012 8:47:24 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: jimbo123

Of course he is. he is a buffoon.


5 posted on 07/05/2012 8:47:28 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: ilgipper

It’s chaos. Matt Rhoades married a girl 2 weeks ago so Matt Drudge is mad. Eric Fehrnstrom is taking advantage of the discord. Beth Myers is pushing Chris Christie as VP and now Ann Romney is saying they’re going to pick a woman. Amateur hour like you wouldn’t believe.


6 posted on 07/05/2012 8:48:07 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
   That guy should be the first to go. Or at least put a muzzle on him.
7 posted on 07/05/2012 8:51:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

And does anyone know if Matt Rhoades, Drudge’s former BFF and Romney’s campaign manager is even back from his Hawaiian honeymoon?


8 posted on 07/05/2012 8:55:32 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Like everything Obama has done has been flawless:Saying Romney wouldn’t have killed Obama, other Dems saying the Bain ads are wrong, and asking people to give up their weeding gifts in leiu of donations


9 posted on 07/05/2012 8:56:15 PM PDT by aheckle
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To: jimbo123

Like everything Obama has done has been flawless:Saying Romney wouldn’t have killed Obama, other Dems saying the Bain ads are wrong, and asking people to give up their wedding gifts in leiu of donations


10 posted on 07/05/2012 8:56:40 PM PDT by aheckle
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To: aheckle

Typical RINO rationalization.


11 posted on 07/05/2012 8:58:16 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Yep, it’s chaos alright. Fehrnstrom says it’s a penalty not a tax. Then Romney says the penalty is a tax because the Supreme Court says so. But Romney also says in Massachusetts RomneyCare Law the same penalty is not a tax.


12 posted on 07/05/2012 8:58:37 PM PDT by ngat
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To: ilgipper

A couple of months ago I was ripped for a statement that Romney was a lousy campaigner.
I believe the last month has shown how weak a candidate Romney is. We can all call Obama names and hate his policies but the one thing you can’t say is he is a bad politician. The democrats have been ready for two years to run against mittens. Before the conventions it is imparitive to define yourself as a candidate. What has happened? In every case the democrats are defining Romney and he is playing defense. Is it a tax or a penalty? Who cares? The Policy is what matters.

There has not been a national poll ( discounting tracking polls) that shows Romney is leading. The electorate is pretty stable. You have to articulate your positions. I want a leader and all he does is sit back say Obama sucks. Ok but if you do not come out and say what you are for it shows weakness. The off shore crap is going to kill him in Midwest . Outsourcing? Yeah way to come out fighting on that. He lets the Dems beat him up and does not swing.

I am not optimistic he can turn it around. We have 5 jobs reports left. Tomorrow’s looks better than expected. Without a surprise I believe this will be the high water mark for mittens in the polls.

I am not sure I can hold my nose and vote for him.


13 posted on 07/05/2012 9:01:32 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: jimbo123

Maybe they should tell Mitt Dole, Obama is a Republican?


14 posted on 07/05/2012 9:02:10 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: bray

The fish rots from the head. Fehrnstrom and Rhoades are only symptoms and not the cause.


15 posted on 07/05/2012 9:08:44 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

The picture you posted was the first time I’d seen Mr. Fehrnstrom. Now I know what the problem is.


16 posted on 07/05/2012 9:11:44 PM PDT by TexasKamaAina
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To: TexasKamaAina

Etch-A-Sketch Eric is a smug Boston liberal pretending to be a senior Republican advisor to Mittens. Good thing is that he’s toast now.


17 posted on 07/05/2012 9:14:35 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Romney has let Obama pretty much define him this summer with hardly a response at all.

I have always thought he was a long shot to win, but before June, he looked like he actually had a decent chance. What a terrible month Romney has had though, and it has come during a time he should have been cleaning Obama’s clock.

Obama has the 45% moocher class locked up tighter than a drum. All he needs from there is another 4-5% and he is re-elected.

I think he’ll get it. God help us all.


18 posted on 07/05/2012 9:19:30 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: comebacknewt

Re: Romney has let Obama pretty much define him this summer with hardly a response at all.

We are in real trouble. Romney is as bad as McCain. God Help the USA


19 posted on 07/05/2012 9:36:17 PM PDT by jesseam (eliev)
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To: jesseam

I don’t understand why Romney is raising so much money if he isn’t going to spend it.

Elections are won and lost in the summer just as much as they are the fall.

Obama, by all rights, should have been finished off this summer. Instead, it is Romney who is struggling to stay in the race.


20 posted on 07/05/2012 9:42:02 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: jesseam

Than why is Obama the one having money trouble?


21 posted on 07/05/2012 9:44:29 PM PDT by aheckle
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To: comebacknewt
Romney has let Obama pretty much define him this summer with hardly a response at all.

Well, the truth is that Romney isn't even the official nominee yet.

22 posted on 07/05/2012 9:49:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

“...the truth is that Romney isn’t even the official nominee yet.”

THANK YOU!

Everybody on this thread should read that. Why?

Becasue he isn’t yet the Republican candidate. We will have a candidate at the end of the convention in Tampa this coming August.

And it ain’t over until the balloons drop.


23 posted on 07/05/2012 10:00:18 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: SatinDoll

Anything could happen!
One thing is certain.
Obama is taking on water.


24 posted on 07/05/2012 10:06:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I want to see BHO2 out of the USA! No way do I want him to stay here.

Romney wants to be President because his daddy couldn’t, having been born in Mexico.

Just having the desire to be President isn’t enough. Mitt Romney has to sell voters on why he would be a good president, what he believes and how that would work well for the USA.

So far, he isn’t doing that and time is flying by, with the convention day getting closer and closer.

There are delegates to the convention, thoroughly angered at having to sign allegience pledges to Romney, who are threatening to abstain from voting during the first round.

Frankly, I hope they do abstain. An open free-for-all at the convention would be cathartic for the Republican Party.


25 posted on 07/05/2012 10:16:07 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: jimbo123; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; LMAO; ..

I don’t like nor trust Romney but it seems obvious that he is screwing up his election chances and thereby handing the WH to Obama, even more than McCain did.

Romney thinks he can sale into the WH running as an empty suit just because the economy is bad. Meanwhile Obama is nuking him in negative ads.

The irony is that the RINOs here in my state told me we have to nominate Romney because he is the MOST electable, 4 years earlier they said the same about McCain.

Now the Romney primary pushers are having second thoughts, too late.


26 posted on 07/05/2012 10:31:34 PM PDT by sickoflibs (ABBBO chant: "We must support Romney because he doesn't matter." (Obam-ney Care is bad now ))
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To: jimbo123

Newt... Newt... Newt...


27 posted on 07/05/2012 10:32:44 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: SatinDoll

Well I voted in Tx to deny him the delegates.


28 posted on 07/05/2012 10:36:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SatinDoll

Ok I will bite. How is Romney NOT going to be the nominee? I do not think he will withdraw and that is the only way.


29 posted on 07/05/2012 10:43:26 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: aheckle

Trouble? I would not say Obama is having trouble. Just not as much as Romney. Not including super PAC it is pretty close.


30 posted on 07/05/2012 10:43:53 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: mylife

Obama taking on water? What does that mean? Please explain.


31 posted on 07/05/2012 10:44:04 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: aheckle

Yep perfect example. Some Dems say do not go
After Bain. The campaign did not listen and kept attacking. Polling shows it is working and Mitt is silent!


32 posted on 07/05/2012 10:44:11 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: chopperjc

He’s sinking despite his best damage control.


33 posted on 07/05/2012 10:51:17 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: chopperjc

He doesn’t have the delegates yet.
He is the “Presumptive Nominee”


34 posted on 07/05/2012 10:54:10 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: chopperjc
A couple of months ago I was ripped for a statement that Romney was a lousy campaigner.

Hmm... a shame you didn't reply with the video of Romney debating Kennedy.

35 posted on 07/05/2012 10:55:49 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: chopperjc

“I believe the last month has shown how weak a candidate Romney is.”

Agreed.... Romney’s strength as a candidate has been in running primary campaigns that utilize third parties to conduct a smear campaign against his opponets. I remember a couple of months ago of a comment by Romney concerning this in effect saying cynically about the electorate... “they’ll get over it when I’m the nominee, There’s no where else to go.”

All I can say is that Romney seems to be relying on the disgust people feel for Obama to carry him to the top. He’s positioning himself as the anti-Obama candidate.

Don’t believe that that’ll be enough....Then again I don’t have much faith in Romney’s ability to lesd the nation.

Any hope for a National turnaround lies in a Conservative majority in Congress. Holy bat poop!..... now I’m really scared!


36 posted on 07/05/2012 11:19:43 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: SatinDoll

“Frankly, I hope they do abstain. An open free-for-all at the convention would be cathartic for the Republican Party.”

I agree. What a fine sight that would be! Even so it may just be another recipe for disaster....Never underestimate the Republican Moderate’s ability to blow it right out of the sure thing bag.


37 posted on 07/05/2012 11:25:46 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: mylife

You sound like Romney. Sinking, taking on water. Please get specific my post above shows exactly what I think Romneys mistakes are. How is Obama sinking? He is blasting Mittens and it is having an effect.

I am a poll geek. I read them all not just the ones we like. I look at samples and weighting. It is easy to see Mitt is in trouble. Unfavorables have moved significantly since Bain. I do not see Obama taking on water at this time. We had a bad jobs report in June and Obama has gained. Tomorrows looks better than expected. If rate drops and 175k or more jobs added hard to see any water over the side without Mittens getting off his duff and start hitting back. He is flailing and off message right now


38 posted on 07/05/2012 11:33:18 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: mylife

Good.


39 posted on 07/06/2012 12:03:12 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: chopperjc

If Romney doesn’t clinch the nomination on the first vote, then voting continues until a candidate receives the required number. Doesn’t matter whether he pulls out, concedes, or whatever.

In the 1920 Republican Convention, it took 16 votes for a candidate to be chosen - Warren Gamaliel Harding. His running mate was Calvin Coolidge. Neither was the man thought to be the candidate before the convention. They both went on to make history.

It happened before, it can happen again!

I suspect that Romney will be a really nasty loser.


40 posted on 07/06/2012 12:11:00 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: SatinDoll

In 1920 delegates were not bound to a single candidate. Apples and oranges. Full country primaries have changed the way we nominate. I admire your enthusiasm but you will have better luck playing powerball.


41 posted on 07/06/2012 1:30:34 AM PDT by chopperjc
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To: jimbo123

‘Lemon.Wet.Good.’
—Mitt Romney


42 posted on 07/06/2012 1:51:58 AM PDT by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: jimbo123

Seems to me at this stage of the campaign Romney is being aggressive despite what these folks are claiming. I certainly don’t search for campaign commercials but have seen plenty of Romney out there criticizing Obamacare and the bad economy.

Despite what some are saying this election is just about 100% about the economy and the warnings to Romney he should not concentrate on this aspect are completely wrong imo.

The big push will come immediately following the conventions and up until election day. At this point the majority of people are not rally engaged and resources should be conserved now to be utilized when they will have maximum impact.


43 posted on 07/06/2012 2:16:05 AM PDT by scram2
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To: jimbo123
Eric Fehrnstrom is the dope behind RomneyCare and he's going to critize ObamaCare? Duh.

Mittens is a knuckle dragging moron to employ this guy (and Steve Schmidt, McCain's toady).

These idiots don't know how to fight a Chicago thug with a soulless, core less, suit like Mittens.

44 posted on 07/06/2012 11:13:56 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: chopperjc

There is no law requiring “bound” delegates. It is all purely political.

Anyone finding themselves “bound” to a politician without scruples, particularly one who does not espouse the values either of the Republican Party or that delagate, must abstain.

Mitt Romney only plays by rules when it is advantageous to himself.


45 posted on 07/06/2012 11:24:51 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: sickoflibs; jimbo123; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ..

” The irony is that the RINOs here in my state told me we have to nominate Romney because he is the MOST electable, 4 years earlier they said the same about McCain.”

Your state RINOS are dumber than my state RINOS : )


46 posted on 07/09/2012 9:10:56 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: MasterGunner01; chopperjc
Mittens is a knuckle dragging moron to employ this guy (and Steve Schmidt, McCain's toady).

Romney has Steve Schmidt on his current team? OMG... not good.

47 posted on 07/09/2012 9:17:06 AM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin: Anybody But Obama 2012)
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To: scram2
The problem with this reasoning. Romney has been irrevocably defined by Obama and his media as an out of touch, uncaring billionaire. Romney's style of campaigning which unfortunately reminds me of GWB’s unresponsive defense of self and conservative principles are dooming the conservative movement along with the republican campaign. I believe it would be best to let Obama have his way for the time being and let the economy collapse. That is probably the only way to get change. Romney's campaign will have no effect on countering Obama’s populism wherein he blames Bush and the wealthy for his own manifest failures.
48 posted on 07/09/2012 9:41:06 AM PDT by brydic1
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To: brydic1
"The problem with this reasoning. Romney has been irrevocably defined by Obama and his media as an out of touch, uncaring billionaire."

I really don't think any large number of people are buying this. Even though we here feel this campaign is in high gear the majority of Americans are barely paying attention at this point. Even though he is not even close to being the favorite here, there is real support behind Romney and passion to get out and vote in Nov is equally high amongst the Republicans and he is raising a lot of money which will be used when the time is right. This is generally following the convention and right through election day.

49 posted on 07/09/2012 10:43:29 AM PDT by scram2
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To: nutmeg
I had heard that Steve Schmidt had joined Team Romney. Perhaps another Freeper can verify this. If true, this IS very bad news.
50 posted on 07/10/2012 8:38:28 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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