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  • Prominent GOP neoconservative to fundraise for Hillary Clinton

    06/25/2016 3:28:52 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 67 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 23 2016 | John Hudson
    A prominent neoconservative intellectual and early promoter of the Iraq War is headlining an official campaign fundraiser for Hillary Clinton next month, Foreign Policy has learned. The move signals a shift in the Clinton campaign’s willingness to associate with prominent Republicans and is the latest sign of how far some GOP defectors are willing to go to block a Donald Trump presidency.Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, will speak at a Hillary for America fundraiser ...
  • Pro-Romney forces given reins to GOP convention rules, positioned to launch anti-Trump coup

    06/21/2016 1:07:59 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 102 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 20, 2016 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    The specter of Donald Trump’s presidential nomination being ripped from under him in a nastily contested Republican National Convention next month is alive — again. Anti-Trump forces appeared to have been defeated after he ousted his remaining opponents from the race in early May and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus all signaled that Mr. Trump had sewn things up. But weeks of bad press stemming from Mr. Trump’s criticism of a federal judge and uneven handling in the aftermath of the Orlando, Florida, terrorist shooting have kick-started efforts...
  • Priebus chooses Romney ally to chair convention rules committee

    06/18/2016 7:43:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 125 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 18, 2016 | Rick Moran
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tapped former congressman Enid Mickelsen to chair the all-important rules committee during the convention. Just two weeks ago, Enid had this to say about the presidential race: Ryan Struyk @ryanstruyk Enid Mickelsen just named chair of GOP convention rules panel. Here's what she told Salt Lake Tribune two weeks ago. She has also spoken approvingly of the idea that the rules could be changed to allow delegates to vote for someone other than a candidate they are bound to by result of primary or caucus. It's unkown if Trump was consulted about the choice.
  • Paul Ryan On Stopping Trump's Muslim Ban: We'll Sue Him!

    06/17/2016 9:03:03 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 341 replies
    TalkingPointsMemo ^ | 6/17/2016 | Tierney Sneed
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has made clear he doesn't agree with a proposal put forward by Donald Trump -- whom Ryan has endorsed -- to ban Muslim immigration into the United States, but in an interview with the Huffington Post Thursday, Ryan floated taking a President Trump to court if he tried to implement such a ban or some of his other controversial proposals unilaterally. “I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said in a back-and-forth about Trump's claims that he could implement a Muslim ban or build a Mexican border wall without congressional...
  • Trump Should Widen — Not Heal — Breech Within GOP

    06/16/2016 12:23:38 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 27 replies
    Dick Morris.com ^ | June 15, 2016 | Dick Morris
    But the fact is that the attacks by Romney and others not only do not harm Trump’s chances of winning. They enhance them. Rather than seek to heal the split, he should try to widen it. A political leader is particularly credible when he speaks ill of members of his own party, particularly after the primary season has ended. While we treat as boiler plate criticism of Democrats by Republicans and vice versa, we take seriously derogatory comments about members of one’s own party (hence the media’s interest in intraparty criticism of Trump). If Trump can criticize the Romney wing...
  • Conservative Donor’s Group Presses Ballot Access for a Third-Party Candidate

    06/14/2016 6:59:38 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    A conservative donor who has been scouring Republican ranks for a third-party candidate is pressing ahead with a group to get on the ballot in dozens of states. The candidate will come once the group sees that the ballot access is possible. The donor, John Kingston, a bundler and ally of Mitt Romney, said he will bankroll a ballot-access project to create a path for someone to run as another option. The effort is being called Better for America. The idea is “to do a proof of concept for everybody,” Mr. Kingston said. “It exists, there is a pathway, there...
  • Mitt Romney says Donald Trump will change America with 'trickle-down racism'

    06/13/2016 7:12:18 AM PDT · by Pelham · 60 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 11 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Mitt Romney suggested Friday that Donald Trump's election could legitimize racism and misogyny, ushering in a change in the moral fabric of American society. The 2012 Republican nominee, who has openly opposed Trump's candidacy, went further than he has before in outlining to CNN's Wolf Blitzer how the country's character would suffer in a Trump White House. Trump's rhetoric has caused even some other Republicans to label him a racist, and Romney said he would not be able to paper over his incendiary remarks. "I don't want to see trickle-down racism," Romney said in an interview here in a suite...
  • Top Trump Adviser Calls Mitt Romney a ‘Coward’ for Not Entering GOP Primary

    06/12/2016 12:09:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 12, 2016 | Nick Rossoll and Blair Guild
    Donald Trump’s top adviser Paul Manafort said Sunday that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a “coward” for not throwing his hat into this year’s GOP primary race. "He's now attacking this past weekend all the other Republicans who ran for president as well saying they should have done a better job,” Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair and chief strategist, said on ABC's "This Week." Well, if he feels that way he should have run. He was a coward.” Speaking to a crowd at his annual summit in Utah yesterday, Romney appeared emotional when he explained why he could not...
  • Romney Almost Brought To Tears By Clinton And Trump - It's 'Breaking My Heart'

    06/12/2016 8:55:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can't bring himself to bear with the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump saying Saturday that the choices are breaking his heart. "Either choice is destructive," Romney said ... [Snip] The former Massachusetts governor has come out strongly against Trump. In an interview Friday, Romney said: "I don't want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily...
  • Romney loyalists ponder a future with Trump

    06/12/2016 7:55:11 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 12, 2016 | JULIE BYKOWICZ
    Donald Trump can be an effective president, and he's going to win with you or without you, Republican Chairman Reince Priebus told several hundred of the party's top donors and strategists Saturday. Trump is setting a dangerous example for Americans by promoting "trickle-down racism," and the party must look beyond this presidential election to find its future, the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney told the same group later that morning. Delivered within moments of each other at Romney's annual business and politics summit at a five-star ski resort, those opposite messages were enough to cause whiplash. That's a hazard of being...
  • Romney: A namby-pamby putz who would rather see your throat slit than get his hands dirty (blog)

    06/11/2016 9:22:50 PM PDT · by Silly · 60 replies
    Trump To Win ^ | June 12, 2016 | Silly
    Mitt Romney, the anti-Trump: No balls, no fire, no guts, no fight What a revelation it was to hear Mitt Romney, in his own words, betray his true nature as a pious coward and a privileged guardian of the status quo (Friday, June 10, CNN). It is now nauseatingly obvious why he failed to defeat Barack Obama after his trifling first term, and why the wealthy GOPe selected him in 2012 as one of our pre-approved candidates. Mitt is so desperate to “go along to get along” that he will stand and watch his country get hollowed out, then sold...
  • Romney: Future of GOP is 'breaking my heart'

    06/11/2016 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Mitt Romney blasted the Republican Party on Saturday for not doing more to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that the prospects for the party are bleak. During a discussion in Park City, Utah, where Romney is hosting his annual conservative summit, the 2012 presidential nominee singled out Trump’s former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), the last two candidates to drop out of the race against Trump. "Ted Cruz was basically praising Donald Trump through the whole process," Romney told discussion host and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. And Kasich “was in well after the time...
  • Mitt Romney says Donald Trump will change America with 'trickle-down racism'

    06/11/2016 2:20:33 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 85 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 6/11/16 | By Theodore Schleifer
    Mitt Romney says Donald Trump will change America with 'trickle-down racism' Park City, Utah (CNN)Mitt Romney suggested Friday that Donald Trump's election could legitimize racism and misogyny, ushering in a change in the moral fabric of American society. The 2012 Republican nominee, who has openly opposed Trump's candidacy, went further than he has before in outlining to CNN's Wolf Blitzer how the country's character would suffer in a Trump White House. Trump's rhetoric has caused even some other Republicans to label him a racist, and Romney said he would not be able to paper over his incendiary remarks. "I don't...
  • Donald Trump Responds to Mitt Romney: ‘Had His Chance,’ ‘Choked Like a Dog’

    06/11/2016 12:22:36 PM PDT · by orchestra · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/11/2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump responded to the most recent attack from 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Saturday morning on Twitter, saying Romney calling Trump racist is untrue.
  • Paul Ryan Reveals Who He Really Is

    06/11/2016 7:48:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 39 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Sally Zelikovsky
    Extra, Extra! Republican Paul Ryan is an advocate for political correctness! That’s right. In commenting about Trump’s remarks concerning Judge Curiel, Ryan told George Stephanopoulos: “That comment is beyond the pale. That’s not political correctness. Suggesting that a person can’t do their job because of their race or ethnicity… that’s not a politically incorrect thing to do; that’s just a wrong thing to say.” For decades, conservatives and other decent, law-abiding Americans, have labored under the yoke of political correctness. They have been publicly shunned, lost jobs, had careers ruined, and been kicked out of universities. Why? Simply for exercising...
  • The GOP's Meg Whitman Is Considering Supporting Clinton Over Trump

    06/11/2016 8:08:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 77 replies
    thedenverchannel.com ^ | 6/11/16 | Ben Lawson , Cliff Judy
    Reports are circulating that Meg Whitman, a high-profile Republican donor, is considering supporting Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. Whitman reportedly attended an exclusive Republican summit hosted by Mitt Romney on Friday. A source told ABC that Whitman asked, "'Is it not reasonable to support Hillary Clinton?' given all the awful things Trump has said." Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has a long history with the Republican Party. She was the finance co-chair for Romney's and Chris Christie's presidential campaigns,and she launched an unsuccessful bid for California governor in 2010.
  • Romney says Trump will change America with 'trickle-down racism'

    06/10/2016 3:51:27 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 159 replies
    CNN ^ | June 10, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Park City, Utah (CNN) — Mitt Romney suggested Friday that Donald Trump's election could legitimize racism and misogyny, ushering in a change in the moral fabric of American society. The 2012 Republican nominee, who has openly opposed Trump's candidacy, went further than he has before in outlining to CNN's Wolf Blitzer how the country's character would suffer in a Trump White House. Trump's rhetoric has caused even some other Republicans to label him a racist, and Romney said he would not be able to paper over his incendiary remarks. "I don't want to see trickle-down racism" Romney said in an...
  • Romney gathers 'NeverTrump' crowd for Utah retreat

    06/10/2016 4:08:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 97 replies
    WND ^ | Cheryl Chumley
    Mitt Romney, the twice-failed Republican candidate for president, has kicked off a weekend convention of fellow-minded “NeverTrump-ers,” hosting a retreat at a secluded Utah spot so they can gather and talk without worry of media coverage and condemnation about how they should proceed politically, if the billionaire businessman wins the White House. It’s called the “Experts and Enthusiasts Summit,” or “E2” summit, and it’s set at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, the Washington Post reported. Reportedly, those in attendance will talk about their plans to take down Trump with a third-party candidate. Such talk was going...
  • Rat Fink Ryan Pushes Passage of Puerto Rico (Bain Capital Bond Seller) “Rescue” Through House…

    06/10/2016 6:34:14 AM PDT · by GilGil · 15 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6/10/2016 | Sundance
    Meanwhile the insufferable MSM will avoid all mention that the construct of the Rescue Authorization itself puts Bain Capital (Mitt Romney) bond holders at the top of the repayment and bailout benefactor list…. I digress. This crony capitalistic schtick is blood boiling. You can read the details of the “Rescue Bill’s” passage here. However, let me put a little depth behind the motivations therein. Remember, Ryan is working specifically on a Wall Street Legislative agenda package. Ryan ONLY works on Wall Street legislative agenda items. It is not coincidental that Ryan’s Rescue Plan just happens to fall on the same...
  • Talk grows of replacing Trump at GOP convention

    06/08/2016 9:48:06 PM PDT · by detective · 111 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 8, 2016 | Jon Ward
    There is growing talk on the right of replacing Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president, and even chatter about a possible alternative. As Trump has floundered over the past week after questioning a federal judge’s impartiality because of his Mexican ancestry, Trump’s critics within the GOP have stepped up their efforts to thwart him. Some anti-Trump conservatives, who have tried for months to recruit an independent candidate, have begun looking more closely at attempting to persuade delegates at next month’s GOP convention to nominate someone other than Trump. “There is a rapidly moving train toward the convention...
  • Republican elites retreat to a Trump-safe space: Mitt Romney's place

    06/08/2016 4:03:37 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 114 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    (CNN)One year ago the question hovering over Park City, Utah, was which presidential candidate could capture the hearts of Mitt Romney's friends. Less than a week later, Donald Trump said he was running for president and made them his enemy. And he beat them. Now, with Trump as the GOP nominee, those same Republican fundraisers, business titans and longtime friends of Romney are back to huddle far from Trump Tower. Attendees caution that Romney's annual summit -- The Experts and Enthusiasts, or E2, retreat -- is not an exclusive conclave for the #NeverTrump movement. Yet it is the closest thing...
  • Conservative magazine begs Romney to run for president

    06/08/2016 11:57:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | June 8, 2016 | Caitlin Yilek
    The Weekly Standard published “An Open Letter to Mitt Romney” on Tuesday night, begging the former Republican presidential nominee to launch a third-party bid. “[T]hese are extraordinary times, and your nation still has need of your service. I respectfully implore you to run for president as an independent candidate in 2016,” Jay Cost wrote. Cost slams presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s “Nixonian paranoia” of “enemies” and calls her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, “a sympathizer with the nativist ‘alt-right.’ ” “They do not see Americans as Americans,” the letter continues. “They see each of us as potential allies or foes,...
  • Rubin: If only a few Republicans had led, and not followed Trump

    06/06/2016 11:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | June 6, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
    The most disturbing part of the Donald Trump phenomenon is the abysmal reaction of others on the right and across our political-media landscape. It is not merely left-wing protesters who turn violent or Trumpkin racists and anti-Semites on social media who should alarm us. Rather, it should concern us when so many wake up to say, "Let's do the wrong, cowardly thing." Imagine if: • Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus never went on bended knee to Trump with his worthless pledge but instead routinely denounced his utterances. • Republican candidates with no real chance to win chose not to...
  • Former ‘Stop Trump’ Strategist Now Working for Trump Super PAC

    06/06/2016 8:58:59 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-6-2016 | Breitbart
    Rebuilding America Now, a new Super PAC that backs presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, hired Alex Castellanos. He previously worked for Mitt Romney and was quietly supporting a Stop Trump effort last fall.
  • Hillary May Secure Mitt Romney's Endorsement

    06/03/2016 1:11:26 PM PDT · by HoratioNelson · 62 replies
    www.downstreampolitics.com ^ | 06/03/2016 | Chris Buskirk
    There is no NeverTrump Republican with a higher profile than Mitt Romney. Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard seems to be leading the movement, such as it is, but Romney was the party's nominee for President just 4 years ago and has made clear that he is implacably opposed to this year's nominee, Donald Trump. Even his running mate, Paul Ryan, has made his peace with Trump and given him his endorsement if not his love. Now comes news that Hillary Clinton is seeking Romney's endorsement...
  • Wow! Crooked Hillary Is Wooing Romney for Endorsement

    06/03/2016 8:49:25 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/2/2016 | Jim Hoft
    WOW! Crooked Hillary Clinton is wooing Mitt Romney who said he could never vote for Trump. (Explanatory tweets follow the original link)
  • Is Trump Immune to the Attack Ad?

    06/02/2016 4:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 31, 2016 | David Catanese, Senior political writer
    Democrats hope to Romneyize The Donald, but doing so may be harder than they think. Four years ago this month, Priorities USA Action, the Democratic super PAC created by former staffers of President Barack Obama, dropped the first in a series of television commercials created to brand Mitt Romney as a heartless corporatist whose business deals enriched him at the expense of struggling Americans. The initial negative advertising blitz, in tandem with Obama's presidential campaign, is now widely credited with decisively defining Romney to the electorate early on and damaging his reputation to a point of no return Fast-forward a...
  • REVEALED: David French And Wife Are Longtime Paid Romney Servants; Mrs. French Wrote Mrs....

    06/01/2016 6:17:07 PM PDT · by blueyon · 22 replies
    Pat Dollar ^ | 6/01/16 | Infidel Ali
    "REVEALED: David French And Wife Are Longtime Paid Romney Servants; Mrs. French Wrote Mrs. Romney’s Memoirs" This guy is a vile fraud. He’s not running for office, he’s running strictly to make sure Hillary beats Trump. Related – FLASHBACK — David French: It’s ‘Important To Say’ White Working Class Communities ‘Deserve To Die’ Excerpted from Breitbart: Nancy French, the wife of prospective independent presidential candidate David French, served as a paid consultant to Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and ghostwrote the memoirs of Romney’s wife, Ann. David French himself has a long history of activism on behalf of Mitt Romney....
  • Clinton retweets Mitt Romney blasting Trump

    06/01/2016 5:07:09 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 20 replies
    KENS 5 News ^ | 6/1/2016 | Eliza Collins
    Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney might not have much in common, but their dislike of Donald Trump bonds them. On Wednesday, Clinton retweeted a nearly three-month-old tweet from the former Massachusetts governor, 2012 GOP presidential nominee and outspoken Trump critic. The tweet was part of a series of posts and retweets of missives from prominent Republicans — including Trump's former 2016 rivals — by Clinton and her campaign staff on Wednesday, hitting Trump for his record with Trump University. Communications director Brian Fallon used comments from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
  • French Revolution: Kristol’s Candidate Longtime Romney Supporter; Wife Worked on Campaign

    06/01/2016 3:39:13 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Jun 2016 | Aaron Klein
    Truncated title. Full title:French Revolution: Kristol’s Candidate Longtime Romney Supporter; Wife Worked on Campaign, Wrote Ann’s Memoirs Nancy French, the wife of prospective independent presidential candidate David French, served as a paid consultant to Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and ghostwrote the memoirs of Romney’s wife, Ann. David French himself has a long history of activism on behalf of Mitt Romney. According to reports, Bill Kristol is aiming to get National Review staff writer and Iraq war veteran David French to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as an independent candidate. On Tuesday, Romney praised the reports of a possible...
  • It is Time for Trump to Unify the Party

    05/31/2016 8:30:35 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2016 | C. Edmund Wright
    Donald Trump might have written The Art of the Deal, but the title he should peruse today is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. His more vocal supporters, and by that I mean those who act out on the internet precisely as Donald does on the stump, should pick up a copy as well. Both the candidate and his hard-core supporters have missed the idea that it is the job of the winner to unite a party. Oddly the Trumpists defend their offensive and insulting demeanor by saying that neither John McCain nor Mitt Romney reached out...
  • It’s time to just say it. I’m getting about sick of Mitt Romney.

    05/28/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 28, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Yikes. I’m probably as surprised as anyone else to hear myself saying it, but the producers might want to start cranking up the music and offer a subtle hint to Mitt Romney that it’s time to get off the stage. We’re busy getting ready for the convention in Cleveland and the pieces are pretty much set up on the board, yet it seems that the winner of the 2012 GOP primary can’t bring himself to step back and let somebody else get on message. This pattern of behavior was on display yet again this week when Mitt let everyone know...
  • Behind Mitt Romney’s Increasingly Lonely Challenge to Donald Trump

    05/28/2016 2:55:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 87 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Monica Langley
    Mitt Romney’s advisers begged him not to go to war with...Trump. After he decided to go ahead, Mr. Trump dismissed him as “lightweight” and “failed candidate.” This week, Newt Gingrich called him “pathetic.” Mr. Romney, sticking to his guns, has become a rare figure in American history—a former presidential nominee openly defying the man succeeding him as his party’s standard-bearer. Sitting at his home on the Pacific Ocean last week, Mr. Romney reflected on the waves he created by attacking Mr. Trump, how his family helped persuade him it was the right thing to do, and how he increasingly finds...
  • Gingrich: Romney’s anti-Trump efforts ‘pathetic’

    05/23/2016 3:39:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mark Hensch
    Newt Gingrich on Monday panned Mitt Romney’s campaign against Donald Trump as a weak effort that had not hurt the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee. “It’s pathetic,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre. Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are." Romney has emerged as one of the biggest critics of Trump, and earier this year gave a speech that excorciated him. “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” he said on March 3 at...
  • Mitt Romney’s DEVASTATING Announcement Spells TROUBLE For #NeverTrump Crowd

    05/20/2016 2:02:56 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 41 replies
    politi culture ^ | May 19, 2016 | Sean Brown
    Mitt Romney has been one of the de-facto leaders of the entire #NeverTrump movement, which sought to ensure that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump never made it into the White House at all costs. However, the movement is likely all but over after Romney released a devastating announcement on Wednesday. While the rest of us knew that the never Trump movement was pretty much a lost cause, those who were a part of it truly believed they could win the White House on a third-party run, even though Trump had received more votes than any candidate in GOP primary history....
  • Mitt Romney ends recruiting efforts for an independent candidate

    05/18/2016 12:51:18 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 125 replies
    cnn.com ^ | Updated 3:01 PM ET, Wed May 18, 2016 | Eric Bradner and Jim Acosta, CNN
    Mitt Romney ends recruiting efforts for an independent candidate By Eric Bradner and Jim Acosta, CNN Updated 3:01 PM ET, Wed May 18, 2016 Washington (CNN)Mitt Romney won't launch a third-party presidential campaign of his own and has stopped trying to recruit somebody else to do it. The 2012 Republican nominee had attempted to recruit a challenger to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But prospects like Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said no, and Romney is now dropping his efforts, a source familiar with Romney's thinking told CNN. The news was first reported by Yahoo News.
  • NBC Poll: Trump Outperforming Romney With Hispanics

    05/18/2016 8:39:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 17, 2016 | Alex Pfeifer
    Donald Trump is outperforming Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance with Hispanic voters, according to a poll released Tuesday. Hillary Clinton leads Trump 48 percent to 45 percent nationally in the NBC poll. Among Hispanics she leads Trump 65 percent to 28 percent. Romney received 27 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012. Last week, a poll showed Trump leading Clinton 55 percent to 45 percent among Hispanic registered voters.
  • The roots of Mitt Romney's anti-Trump fervor

    05/18/2016 5:46:12 AM PDT · by detective · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2016 | Jon Ward
    Mitt Romney has ruled out an independent bid for president, and is not actively recruiting any more potential candidates to do so at the moment, though he remains hopeful someone will emerge, allies told Yahoo News Tuesday. Romney “feels like America hangs in the balance. He’s very distraught about [Trump],” said one Romney adviser. “He thinks Trump is this vulgar, dangerous, principle-less, value-less opportunist — putting it mildly.” The 2012 Republican nominee for president has been the most outspoken GOP figure continuing to steadfastly oppose Trump. Romney has been asked to consider running for president himself, but did not seriously...
  • Is Mitt on a Suicide Mission?

    05/17/2016 4:07:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 44 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Pat Buchanan
    Among others sounded out for the mission are ex-Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. All have begged off. Apparently, Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 nominee, personally sounded out both Sasse and Gov. John Kasich, who will be hosting the Cleveland Convention where the coronation of the Donald is to be held. How Kasich could expect to beat Trump in November, when he lost every state primary to Trump, save his own, is unexplained. And, indeed, Romney's recruitment of Kasich raises a question....
  • Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden

    05/16/2016 6:07:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 57 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 5/15/2016 | John T. Bennett
    Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden The Daily Briefing By John T. Bennett CQ-Roll Call • Sunday May 15, 2016 8:53 PM Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner share a moment as they take the stage for the University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony. Both were on hand Sunday to receive the Laetare Medal. Out with Hillary Clinton. In with Vice President Joe Biden. At least that’s what former House Speaker John A. Boehner thinks could happen should federal prosecutors opt to slap criminal charges on the former secretary of state over...
  • Hogan Gidley to Mitt Romney, ‘Never Trumpers’: ‘What Have They Given us as Republicans?’

    05/16/2016 4:34:53 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 May 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Former spokesperson for Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Hogan Gidley joined Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM with guest host Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News’ Washington political editor, and slammed 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney for claiming the presumptive 2016 GOP nominee Donald Trump isn’t conservative. “He claimed to be severely conservative, whatever in the world that is,” Gidley said of Romney. This is the guy who created Romneycare, who was the template for Obamacare. Mitt Romney marched in gay pride parades. He did the first same sex wedding in America, put homosexuals in the Supreme Court in Massachusetts. He boasted, remember in...
  • Mark Zuckerberg to meet with conservative media figureheads

    05/15/2016 6:32:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 122 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-15-16 | Brian Stelter
    Mark Zuckerberg invited prominent conservative media figures, including Glenn Beck and Dana Perino, to a meeting at Facebook's headquarters this week. The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, is aimed at addressing the alleged suppression of conservative news stories in Facebook's "trending" stories section. Along with Perino and Beck, other confirmed attendees include Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN conservative commentator SE Cupp, and Zac Moffatt, co-founder of tech firm Targeted Victory. Moffatt was previously Mitt Romney's digital director.
  • Romney encouraged senator to launch independent bid against Trump, Clinton

    05/15/2016 12:49:08 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2016 | Eric Bradner and Kevin Bohn
    Mitt Romney made an unsuccessful effort to recruit Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse as a third-party presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a source with knowledge of the efforts confirmed to CNN Sunday. Sasse, the freshman Republican, has emerged as one of Trump's foremost critics from the right. Romney and Sasse have talked, the source said, and Romney encouraged Sasse to seriously consider a run... But Sasse is refusing to enter the race... At the Nebraska GOP convention, Sasse was rebuked through a resolution that was overwhelmingly approved by Republicans there who argued that his position would only...
  • Feldman: Never Say Never and Obama’s Waterloo

    05/15/2016 11:23:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 15, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    Hillary Clinton (pending the conclusion of the criminal investigations about her emails and the Clinton Foundation which linger on) may well be the Democratic nominee. As it is perfectly clear that Trump will win the Republican nomination the #NeverTrump bleats are beginning to fade. Many have realized that their arguments are ridiculous, and are more related to the diminution of their power to affect opinion than they are to substance. This week, as well, the administration gets its failures in foreign and domestic policy off the front pages as the loony press attempts to justify his public school unisex bathroom...
  • Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump

    05/14/2016 7:23:46 PM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/14/2016 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    A band of exasperated Republicans — including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a handful of veteran consultants and members of the conservative intelligentsia — is actively plotting to draft an independent presidential candidate who could keep Donald Trump from the White House. These GOP figures are commissioning private polling, lining up major funding sources­ and courting potential contenders, according to interviews with more than a dozen Republicans involved in the discussions. The effort has been sporadic all spring but has intensified significantly in the 10 days since Trump effectively locked up the Republican nomination. Those involved concede that an independent...
  • Mitt Romney Identified As Primary Agent Attempting To Construct Third Party Bid…

    05/14/2016 9:43:20 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 51 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | May 14, 2016 | sundance
    Most people who understand the UniParty are the same people who railed against the Mitt Romney candidacy in 2012. Mitt Romney, George Bush, Jeb, same-same-same. So it should come as no surprise the enemy of Mitt Romney’s GOPe/UniParty effort, is actually us. The reality is, if it wasn’t due to the Romney election machinations in 2012, we would never have been motivated to discover the origin of the networks which created the scheme. Both 2011/2012 and 2015/2016 schemes were essentially the same. In my own personal estimation, I believe Donald Trump knew this exact same construct. Trump knew the ruse,...
  • BREAKING UPDATE: Nebraska Republicans PASS RESOLUTION to Reprimand #NeverTrump Senator Ben Sasse

    05/14/2016 5:13:59 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 82 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    UPDATE——– #NEVERTRUMPER GOT THUMPED— NEBRASKA REPUBLICANS PASS RESOLUTION TO REPRIMAND #NEVERTRUMPER BEN SASSE.. The Nebraska Republican State Convention is underway today in Omaha, Nebraska. Republican Sam Fischer introduced a resolution to reprimand Senator Ben Sasse for his outspoken attacks on Republican nominee Donald Trump and for leading the anti-Trump movement. Sasse, a Republican, is the top Republican office holder pushing for a third party run this fall against Donald Trump...
  • Report: Romney recruiting Kasich, Sasse for third-party option

    05/14/2016 11:33:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 173 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jesse Hellmann
    Greg Nash Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, is among those courting prospects for a possible third-party bid to keep Donald Trump from the White House, according to a Washington Post report . Among those prospects are Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who suspended his presidential campaign in early May. Kasich’s chief strategist John Weaver said the governor isn’t interested in running an an independent. A Sasse spokesman declined to comment. But it’s not looking to good for a late in the game third-party bid, according to the...
  • Huckabee: Romney trying to 'sink' Trump over taxes

    05/12/2016 1:48:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Mike Huckabee on Thursday ripped Mitt Romney for calling on Donald Trump to release his taxes, accusing the 2012 GOP nominee of trying to "sink" the party's current presumptive presidential nominee. "I supported Romney, just as I will Trump, despite having serious differences with both," Huckabee wrote on his website, adding that he was "especially disappointed" in Romney over the issue. "He’s not only trying to sink his own party’s presumptive nominee, but he’s factually incorrect and he’s making the same unfair attack on Trump that was launched against him in 2012," he wrote. Romney has been calling on Trump...
  • Willard 'Mitt' Romney: Trump Is Hiding a 'Bombshell' In His Tax Returns

    05/11/2016 5:41:21 PM PDT · by drewh · 112 replies
    Fortune & Associated Press ^ | MAY 11, 2016, 5:35 PM EDT
    <p>Mitt Romney is keeping up the pressure on Donald Trump to release his tax returns.</p> <p>The 2012 GOP presidential nominee is suggesting the real reason Trump is not releasing his tax returns is that the billionaire is hiding “a bombshell of unusual size” in the documents.</p>