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  • Paul Ryan: Now the Ugly Face of the GOP Establishment

    10/09/2015 7:23:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 6/12/2015 | George Rasley
    How Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan went from budget-balancing conservative wunderkind, to GOP vice presidential nominee, to channeling Nancy Pelosi when he snarled, “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” as he tried to sell Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority and Trans-Pacific Partnership treaties to skeptical conservatives during Rules Committee testimony on Wednesday is one of Washington’s saddest tales of how DC’s inside elite capture talent and bend it to their will. -- Snip -- Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan were visualized as a new generation of Republican leader who would challenge the older establishment-types. In the foreword...
  • Ted Cruz Is the Bizarro Romney: In the Republican primary, that’s a very good thing.

    10/08/2015 6:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    When Ted Cruz announced his campaign for president, I said he didn’t have a chance. The Texas senator isn’t just extreme—an ideological outlier with hard-right positions on virtually everything under the sun—but he’s unpopular with other Republican lawmakers. He stepped on the stage as a critic of national GOP leadership and has used his influence with grassroots conservatives to force confrontations like the 2013 government shutdown. Cruz has burned his bridges with powerful party figures like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—on one occasion, Cruz called McConnell a “liar” on the Senate floor—and is toxic to many of his Senate Republican colleagues....
  • Will Conservative Hardliners Break the 'RINO' Spell in 2016?

    10/06/2015 11:50:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | October 6, 2015 | Sahil Kapur
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  • [ Salon ]Jeb is cooked: Why megadonors’ millions (probably) aren’t going to save Bush’s disastrous c

    10/05/2015 7:47:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Salon ^ | October 5, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Team Bush argues they're built to go the distance in the primary, but that won't matter if Jeb has nothing to offer.The Jeb Bush “Don’t Panic, Everything Is Fine” campaign is up and running. With his poll numbers in decline, Jeb is rolling out endorsements and assuring reporters that he’s meeting fundraising targets and will have plenty of money to take the Jeb 2016 machine all the way through the primary season. The arc of Jeb’s campaign is following a very Bush-like trajectory – he started the nominating contest with a “shock and awe” strategy of winning the primary early...

    10/05/2015 6:58:07 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    twitter comments via The Right Scoop ^ | 10-5-2015 | twitter comments copied by soopermexican
    El Trumpo was not too pleased with Romney advisor Stuart Stevens over his prediction about when the Donald’s campaign going down. So he did what he does – started a Twitter war: Political strategist Stuart Stevens,who led Romney down the tubes in what should have been an easy victory,has terrible political instincts! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2015
  • Milbank: Trump will lose, or I will eat this column

    10/04/2015 9:42:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 4, 2015 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    I never expected to write these words, but I miss Mitt Romney. Last Wednesday, the day the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was in New Hampshire alleging that Syrian refugees fleeing for their lives may actually be clandestine terrorists, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was in Washington, talking sense. "Donald Trump will not be the nominee," Romney told a group of business-school students at Georgetown University. And why won't Trump, who when he isn't besmirching Syrian refugees as terrorists is maligning Mexican immigrants as rapists, get the nod? Because, Romney said, "when all is said and done, the...
  • Mitt's Top Adviser Stu Stevens: I’ve Discussed Possibility Of Brokered Convention With Romney

    10/02/2015 10:03:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/02/2015 | James Wenstein
    Mitt Romney’s top political adviser says he has talked about the possibility of a brokered convention with the 2012 presidential contender — but not in the way one might think. Stuart Stevens explained the context of his brokered convention conversation with Romney during an interview on Hugh Hewitt show Wednesday, guest-hosted by this writer. “We have talked about that, but not about some scenario where he would pop out of a hat,” Stevens said when asked whether he has heard the words “brokered convention” cross Romney’s lips. Some on the right have speculated about the possibility of Romney re-emerging as...
  • Mitt Romney weighs in on 2016

    09/30/2015 5:12:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | September 30, 2015 | The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney long ago ruled out a presidential run in 2016, but he is hardly retired from politics. As he answered questions from college students for an hour on Wednesday, it became clear that Romney is a keen if not obsessive observer of the campaign’s twists and turns and has strong ideas on what the Republican Party and its eventual nominee must do to win back the White House. “The Democrats have done a great job characterizing my party as the party of the rich,” Romney said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” He added: “Rich people have gotten...
  • Romney: Trump won't be GOP nominee

    09/30/2015 10:21:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 118 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/30/15 | ELIZA COLLINS
    Mitt Romney says he’ll support whoever the Republican candidate is, but he’s not going to go out and order a Make America Great Again hat anytime soon. “I will support the Republican nominee. I don’t think that’s going to be Donald Trump,” the GOP's 2012 candidate said. “My party has historically nominated someone who's a mainstream conservative.”
  • 2016 and the Romney Factor

    09/29/2015 7:11:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Observer ^ | September 29, 2015 | Bernie Quigley
    After two debates, five Republican candidates jump directly to mind when I think of who would make an effective president in 2016 by temperament and abilities. None of them will be on the stage in the next debate. They are my New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has also been suggested by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, whose singular leadership has effectively brought the Palmetto State through the greatest positive changes in business and culture since integration; Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada, a sterling, contemporary representative of Western conservatism’s infectious business spirit; General David Petraeus;...
  • Carly Fiorina Getting Attention in Iowa’s Romney Counties (Designated Loser Alert)

    09/27/2015 11:24:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/27/15 | DANTE CHINNI
    Carly Fiorina’s support in the polls has climbed since the latest GOP debate. Another measure—Google search traffic data— puts a finer point on her gains. It shows that Mrs. Fiorina is seeing a spike in attention from a particularly important group of places: Iowa counties that voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 GOP Caucus. Iowa’s conservatives, among them tea party supporters and evangelical Christians, are spread across Iowa. By contrast, the party’s establishment bloc is mostly concentrated in counties based around large population centers. Win them and you likely will do well in the state. In 2012, Mr. Romney...
  • How 'Caddyshack' Explains the Presidential Race

    09/24/2015 10:06:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 16, 2015 | Christopher Orr
    A brash, rich lout crashes the party—and becomes an instant crowd favorite.During the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney was repeatedly dogged by negative stories about his personal wealth. There was the car elevator. There was Cookiegate. Four years earlier, John McCain—hardly anyone’s idea of a typical plutocrat—got hammered for not being able to remember how many houses he owned. It was an issue for Steve Forbes before him and for George H. W. Bush before him. Republicans are already trying to use the many millions accumulated during Bill Clinton’s post-presidency as a cudgel against Hillary. Although it’s true that great wealth...
  • Carly Fiorina Is the New Mitt Romney

    09/22/2015 5:37:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 9/22/15
    A former CEO gets taken to the woodshed for job cuts—and loses an election. Sound familiar? Carly Fiorina has a Mitt Romney problem. Fiorina, like Romney, is a wealthy former CEO from an affluent Republican family. Like Romney, she entered the Republican presidential contest assuming that her record running a large company would be one of her greatest assets. But she may be about to learn that her opponents have little trouble turning that record into her greatest liability. Like Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, the private equity firm at which he oversaw the dismantling of numerous companies purchased by...
  • Trump panic: GOP establishment floats Romney 3rd-party candidacy

    09/18/2015 1:57:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 139 replies ^ | 9/18/15 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The Empire strikes back? First, the Republican Party made Donald Trump sign an oath of loyalty by pledging to support its eventual presidential nominee and not run as a third-party candidate. Now, the establishment GOP may be planning to do the very thing it made Trump promise not to do: bolt from the Republican party and run a third-party campaign. Mark McKinnon, former President George W. Bush’s chief media strategist, suggested a scenario to NPR the GOP elite might follow if it looks like Trump will win the party’s presidential nomination. “The Republican establishment completely freaks out. They...
  • Rand Paul strategist claims Rubio aide punched him in the face

    09/18/2015 8:07:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 18, 2015 | Nick Gass and Kyle Cheney
    A Michigan political consultant working for Rand Paul says he was punched in the face by Marco Rubio's deputy campaign manager during an alleged incident at a bar in Mackinac Island, where the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference is set to begin Friday. John Yob, who is national political director and chief strategist of Paul's Michigan campaign, wrote that Rubio deputy campaign manager Rich Beeson "literally physically assaulted me by punching me in the face." "Last night I went to a bar on Mackinac Island for the GOP Mackinac Conference. I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I...
  • Mitt Romney, your party needs you!

    09/11/2015 9:38:17 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 163 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept 11 2015 | Michael Cohen
    THERE IS one man who can save the Republican Party, and his name is Mitt Romney. Seriously. Seven years after Romney crashed and burned in the 2008 Republican primary and three years after he beat a weak GOP presidential field before losing to President Obama, he is still the party’s best hope of winning back the White House.
  • New mission for Team Romney: Stop Trump

    09/11/2015 12:15:23 PM PDT · by TBP · 44 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 | Jim O’Sullivan
    Some of them go back to 2002, the win. Others slogged through Iowa, twice, and rode aboard the Mitt Mobile. In 2012, they were so close to the White House they could taste it. Now, the Mitt Romney diaspora — an army of former aides and advisers from Romney’s long political career — are arrayed among a host of Republican presidential campaigns. But, through no concerted effort, they are curiously aligned once again in common cause, a stem-to-stern effort that has united old comrades even as they nominally play for different teams: stopping Donald Trump.
  • Romney Is Horrified by Trump — and That’s Restarting ‘Mitt 2016’ Talk

    09/02/2015 7:26:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 09/02/2015 | Gabriel Sherman
    As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race, frustration and panic have become high enough to make some inside the party Establishment pine for a candidate they roundly rejected as recently as January: Mitt Romney. Romney himself has become one of Trump’s most vocal detractors inside the party. “He’s someone to whom civility means a lot. The whole Trump thing really bothers him,” a close Romney adviser told me — and some Romney-ites are only too happy to talk up the prospect of their man jumping into the race if the Establishment fails to stop Trump, whose support...
  • Oh yes: Some Romney donors still holding out hope he’ll jump in and rescue the GOP

    09/01/2015 12:27:18 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 1, 2015 | BY ALLAHPUNDIT
    The more you hate Romney the more you should want him in the race, not just for strategic reasons, because it’ll split the center further, but for sheer comic value. If you think it’s funny watching Trump invent new insults daily to question Bush’s masculinity — we can’t be more than a week away from him calling Jeb “low T” — then you’ll have the time of your life watching him hassle Mitt as a choke artist whose piddling $300 million fortune would relegate him to carrying people’s clubs at Mar-a-Lago. **************************** One Romney bundler puts the odds of him...
  • Will Mitt Romney Jump In?

    08/31/2015 3:46:54 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 93 replies
    Observer ^ | 08/31/15
    As Jeb Bush struggles to carry the establishment mantle, some wonder whether the time is right for Mitt There is on the edge of the spectrum a thought awakening that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who ran for President in 2008 and 2012, might get back in the race. It comes naturally to think so. Before the race got seriously underway Mr. Romney met with Jeb Bush to consider their fates. Mr. Romney’s wife Ann went so far back then as to suggest on Cavuto that If Jeb ran, Mitt would stay out, as they both represented a similar center...
  • Former Trump adviser: Romney thinking about getting in

    08/25/2015 7:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2015 | Curt Mills
    Colorful former Trump adviser Roger Stone thinks 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney is thinking about getting back in the presidential race. Stone tweeted his suspicion, and told CNN he had heard that Romney was considering a run from his sources. The move could indicate Romney sees an opportunity to better confront and challenge front-runner Donald Trump. Some see current establishment standard bearer former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as flailing. Trump has mocked Bush for being "just flat" on the campaign trail and Sunday called him a "low energy" candidate. Romney publicly considered a third run as recently as January, but...
  • Former Trump advisor: Romney thinking about getting in

    08/23/2015 3:02:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 122 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/23/2015 | Curt Mills
    Colorful former Trump advisor Roger Stone thinks 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney is thinking about getting back in the presidential race. Stone tweeted his suspicion, and told CNN he had heard that Romney was considering a run from his sources. The move could indicate Romney sees an opportunity to better confront and challenge front-runner Donald Trump. Some see current establishment standard bearer former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as flailing. Trump has mocked Bush for being "just flat" on the campaign trail and Sunday called him a "low energy" candidate. Romney publicly considered a third run as recently as January, but...
  • Romney and Self-Deportation

    08/22/2015 7:34:23 AM PDT · by BobL · 37 replies
    (self) | Aug 22, 2015 | (self)
    I have a question for you FReepers. In a Primary debate in late January, 2012, Romney tried to get to the right on illegal immigration by proposing that we make conditions so difficult for the illegals that they pack it up and go home on their own (i.e., self-deportation), rather than rounding them up and deporting them. A Google search finds many columns on this topic, but only immediately after that debate. Then Obama brought it up in an October debate, just before the election and blasted Romney on it. After the election, the Republican 'advisers' (most of them...
  • Trump and the Charisma Premium

    08/19/2015 4:47:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 19, 2015 | Ross Douthat
    Having used my Sunday column to double down on one 2016 prediction — that Hillary’s still a mortal lock to be the Democratic nominee — let me use this post to quickly hedge a more recent bet: Namely, that the rise of Donald Trump might be a much-needed gift to Jeb Bush’s struggling “frontrunner” campaign. I offered various arguments three weeks ago for why this might be so, and most of them might yet be vindicated once we leave the preliminary phase of the campaign, Jeb starts spending ad dollars in earnest, the establishment field gets winnowed and voters get...
  • Trump Leads GOP Field, Fiorina Rises as Walker Fades (New Market Consult poll)

    08/17/2015 11:24:27 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 87 replies
    MorningConsult.Com ^ | 8/17/2015 | Reid Wilson
    ... A new Morning Consult survey of self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents shows Trump maintaining his standing at 32 percent, far ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who earns 12 percent of the vote. ...
  • Ohio judges advised that they can’t refuse to perform same sex weddings

    08/11/2015 10:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/11/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I think we all knew there would be more than a few of these cases reverberating around the country following the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, and this time it’s popping up in Ohio. Some municipal judges are either refusing to perform the ceremonies for gay couples or stopping performing marriages entirely, citing religious freedom objections. This prompted an inquiry at the state supreme court and their advisory Board of Professional Conduct has come back with an answer. Now if only somebody can figure out exactly what they meant. Amid scattered instances of balking, Ohio judges who perform...
  • For some Republicans, a Trump victory looks increasingly possible

    08/05/2015 10:37:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters-UK ^ | August 6, 2015 | James Oliphant, Emily Flitter and Steve Holland
    Four years ago, only one Republican candidate was consistently hitting the same kind of polling heights among the presidential field that real estate mogul Donald Trump is reaching now. His name was Mitt Romney. The fact that Romney went on to capture his party’s nomination should be, at the very least, one basic reason why Trump’s recent surge can’t be dismissed as the aberration that so many pundits and party strategists claim it is. That doesn’t mean, of course, that Trump, who will command center stage at the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday, is going to wind up the...
  • A 25-Year-Old Documentary Donald Trump Tried To Ban Was Finally Released

    08/02/2015 11:53:36 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 113 replies
    Celeb Cafe ^ | 8/2/2015 | Jonatan Hoffman
    However, 25 years later the themes of this film still resonate with Trump's character. A quarter of a century later, here it is. In 1988, Leonard Stern commissioned the film as part of a celebrity businessman series. Here's a Huffington Post piece about the documentary by its original writer, and here's the press release announcing the online debut-it appears that the film covers some allegations... Trump grew wealthy during the 80's, the start of the "me generation" of moneymakers, and the "decade of greed". In it, he was revealed to be "the opposite of a small-government conservative" and someone who'd...
  • Ted Cruz Fires Back at Mitt Romney

    07/31/2015 6:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mitt Romney is out there ripping into Ted Cruz, and I made the observation that I can't recall a presidential candidate -- losing presidential candidate -- ripping presidential candidates in his own party in the next election cycle. I was trying to think, in the modern era, if there was an example of it. I couldn't think of one. It wasn't so much trying to think of Reagan's 11th commandment as I was thinking more about establishment Republican versus upstart Tea Party conservative. By the way, here's another thing: I've been doing... In the course of show...
  • Ted Cruz’s long war on Mitt Romney: Newly uncovered audio captures Texan unloading on 2012 nominee

    07/31/2015 11:08:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Salon ^ | July 31, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    The Tea Partyer was secretly recorded bashing Romney as the worst GOP presidential candidate on Earth.When Tea Party firebrand and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz lashed out Mitt Romney yesterday for daring to condemn his over-the-top charge that the Obama administration had become the worldÂ’s leading state sponsor of terror by negotiating a nuclear nonproliferation deal with Iran, it was hardly the first time the Texas senator has attacked his partyÂ’s 2012 presidential nominee. According to a new report in the National Journal, during a private speech back in May to the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of...
  • Ted Cruz’s Blunt Response to Mitt Romney Saying It Was ‘Way Over the Line’ to Say Iran Deal Would...

    07/31/2015 10:21:21 AM PDT · by Isara · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 31, 2015 | Jon Street
    Ted Cruz’s Blunt Response to Mitt Romney Saying It Was ‘Way Over the Line’ to Say Iran Deal Would Make Obama ‘Financier’ of Terror Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fought back Thursday after Mitt Romney criticized him for saying the Obama administration would become the “leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism” if Congress approves the Iran nuclear deal. Romney had taken to Twitter to say that Cruz’s comment was “over the line.” I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney)...
  • “Way over the line”: Mitt Romney slams Ted Cruz for unhinged “terrorism” charge against Obama

    07/30/2015 4:40:52 PM PDT · by Isara · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    After Mitt Romney rips Ted Cruz on Twitter, the Tea Partyer goes for a full-throated attack “If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said this week of the multinational nuclear agreement with Iran. “Billions of dollars under control of this administration will flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans,” Cruz explained to a group of supporters. Cruz, apparently competing for the title of Republican presidential candidate who...
  • Ted Cruz fires back at Mitt Romney: You got 'clobbered' by Obama for a reason

    07/30/2015 3:33:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    MSN / The Business Insider ^ | July 30, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn't backing off the tough rhetoric he's used to describe the Iran nuclear deal, despite criticism leveled by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday. Cruz has steadfastly maintained that President Barack Obama's administration would become a leading state-sponsor of terror if the agreement it struck with Iran makes it past Congress. He and others have argued that Iran would use a windfall from sanctions relief to finance terror abroad. Both Obama and Romney have called Cruz's remarks inappropriate. Romney wrote on Twitter early Thursday that he also opposes the Iran deal, but said Cruz's...
  • Mitt Romney slams Ted Cruz on Iran rhetoric (Milt "Emerging party elder")

    07/30/2015 3:26:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Thursday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's rhetoric on Iran "hurts the cause." "I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause," Romney, acting in his emerging role as party elder, tweeted Thursday. Mitt Romney ✔ ‎@MittRomney I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause. 6:40 AM - 30 Jul 2015 Cruz, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said Monday that President Barack Obama's administration will become "the...
  • Cruz Slams Romney, Bush Over Iran: GOP Too ‘Scared’ To Speak Truth

    07/30/2015 10:29:38 AM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/30/15 | Matt Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz , appearing on Chad Hasty’s radio program...hammered Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush over their weakness when it comes to standing up to Iran. “First of all let me say that this Iranian nuclear deal is catastrophic,” Cruz said (snip) From there, Cruz specifically pointed out the flaws in Romney and Bush’s comments. “It’s interesting in the past couple of weeks we’ve seen both Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush—both of them—talking about ‘now take it easy guys, you don’t really need to oppose this Iranian nuclear deal quite so forcefully,” Cruz said. (snip) "When you send billions of...
  • Mitt Romney Attacks Ted Cruz for Calling Obama ‘Leading Financier of Terrorism’ over Iran Deal

    07/30/2015 6:20:18 AM PDT · by Amntn · 102 replies
    The GatewayPundit ^ | 7/30/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Failed Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to Twitter early Thursday to attack Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, for his comments accusing President Barack Obama of becoming the leading financier of terrorism with his nuclear deal with Iran.
  • The GOP's real pickle: If/when Trump bows out (Naturally they talked to Romney's aides)

    07/29/2015 2:44:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 29, 2015 | Daniel Libit
    For Republicans eager to cast The Donald out of the GOP presidential primary, a warning: The only thing more difficult than a Trump in the race, may be a Trump who's no longer in the race. The apoplexy over how much damage Trump is doing to the party brand—and its eventual non-Trump nominee—in his present role as a recalcitrant, incendiary, front-running candidate, may well be trumped (if you will) by the fulminations and machinations of an ex-candidate. It would be one thing if Trump went graciously and serenely into surrogacy, whenever that moment came, giving a no-strings-attached endorsement to the...
  • Media Matters Smears Ann Romney About Her MS, Says She’s ‘Got It Great’

    07/20/2015 10:52:48 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/20/2015 | Derek Hunter
    Media Matters, the allegedly non-partisan progressive “watchdog” group that has been caught coordinating with the Obama administration and whose founder has pledged his group’s loyalty to Hillary Clinton, sure doesn’t like Ann Romney. And why? Because she’s written too many books. Oliver Willis, a “research fellow” at the activist group, was disturbed that the former first lady of Massachusetts had written another book. He was so bothered that he felt the need to tell the world of his disgust...
  • Mitt Romney Piles On Trump For Savaging McCain, Trump Fires Back

    07/18/2015 2:37:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 213 replies
    TPM ^ | 7/18/15 | DAVID KURTZ
    As a wave of Republican scorn washed over Donald Trump Saturday for questioning John McCain's status as a war hero, Mitt Romney joined in with praise for McCain and derision for Trump. -snip- Both men lost to Barack Obama, a fact Trump was quick to tout in returning fire toward Romney: Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 49 minutes ago Why would anybody listen to @MittRomney? He lost an election that should have easily been won against Obama. By the way,so did John McCain!
  • Flashback 2012: Trump Criticized GOP for Being ‘Mean-Spirited’ on Immigration

    07/17/2015 10:45:05 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 33 replies ^ | 7/9/15 | Josh Feldman
    There’s been an old Donald Trump interview getting some attention on Twitter today for what Trump had to say in 2012 about the GOP’s approach to immigration:That time Donald Trump blamed Mitt Romney's loss on alienating Latinos
  • Conservatives Starting to Think Obscene Campaign Spending Might Be a Bad Thing

    07/17/2015 1:29:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Vanity Fair | July 15, 2015 | Tina Nguyen
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  • Donald Trump campaigns in New Hampshire (Trump Says Romney Nice Guy who Choked)

    07/16/2015 8:12:43 PM PDT · by theoldmarine · 51 replies
    WMUR ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Stephanie Woods
    I think we're going to win,” Trump said. “We're beating him in everything. We will win the Hispanic voters. They love Trump. I love them, and the fact is no one can create jobs like me. I have so many Hispanics, and they love me. I employ, they're tremendous people. They work hard. Mexicans, all over. I have thousands. I have thousands." Trump took time to talk about Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. "Hillary breaks the law, and nothing happens. Nothing happens. Do they even talk about the emails anymore?" Trump asked. "We wanted Mitt to win, and unfortunately, Mitt...
  • Mitt Romney aides joining Jeb Bush’s 2016 campaign

    07/14/2015 3:19:05 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Jul 14, 2015 | Jim O'Sullivan
    Two longtime top advisers to 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Beth Myers and Peter Flaherty, are joining former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, people familiar with the move said.
  • Eugene Robinson: Jeb Bush's foot in Mitt disease

    07/13/2015 10:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | July 14, 2015 | Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post
    Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque. Bush is supposed to be the safe, establishment-approved choice, which is where the Republican Party usually turns. He and his allied super PAC have raised a phenomenal $114 million thus far. The hot mess that is Donald Trump ought to be sending GOP primary voters toward Bush's column in droves. But the scion-in-waiting hasn't yet consolidated the establishment's support. Instead, Bush made news for announcing an economic strategy that sounded...
  • Brit Hume: Trump Will Fade When Voters Realize He Is More a Dem

    07/12/2015 6:57:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 160 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | July 12, 2015 | Pam Key
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” network senior political analyst Brit Hume said once Donald Trump’s recent Republican conversion is brought more to light he will fade in the polls. Hume said, “There’s a segment of the Republican electorate that’s been present for some time that’s angry with GOP leadership in congress and on the campaign trail than it is with Democrats at least in terms of what you hear these people saying. Donald Trump is captivated them for the moment. And by doing so, he’s basically eclipsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the previous horse. He will...
  • The Romney half-century?

    07/07/2015 6:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 6, 2015 | Bernie Quigley, contributor
    Not a very good Fourth for The Donald. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), a candidate for president in 2016, stated it plainly: "He's running to be president of all of us. It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." But this episode might be seen in hindsight as a definitive and serendipitous moment in the American chronicles. Because Donald Trump angered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. And Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, has become a commanding voice of moral leadership in the Republican Party. "I think he made a severe error in...
  • Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker?

    07/07/2015 12:36:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 7, 2015 | By Kevin Truong
    Mitt Romney's backing helped several candidates emerge from a crowded primary field and be successful in the 2014 midterm elections. He's aiming to do the same for presidential candidates in 2016. Many observers expected Mitt Romney to slink away from politics after his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, but the former Massachusetts governor has instead embraced a new role as an elder statesman and kingmaker within the Republican Party. While he has shied away from open campaigning, Mr. Romney has taken to tacitly supporting the more moderate, establishment-friendly candidates in a packed and ideologically tangled field. “Romney, who flirted...
  • How gay marriage paves the way for legal polygamy

    07/06/2015 6:15:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | July 6, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The Supreme Court's landmark decision that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right brought out an avalanche of commentary about the possibility of polygamy. Indeed, a Montana threesome is already suing for the right to marry. This shouldn't be surprising. But what is surprising is just how weak the arguments against legal polygamy are. They rely on class and religious prejudices, as well as on rationales that were deemed illegitimate when launched at same-sex couples. Jonathan Rauch, who did more than almost anyone else to mainstream the cause of same-sex marriage, finds the argument for polygamy an unfortunate distraction. Rauch's main...
  • Party in New Hampshire: Romney Hosts Rubio and Christie

    07/06/2015 7:38:32 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 32 replies ^ | 7/6/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    GOP presidential candidates Florida Senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had some fun over the weekend at Mitt Romney's Lake Winnipesaukee home in New Hampshire. On Friday night, though, Romney had the Christies as overnight guests. But they weren't the only non-family members in the house. Fellow GOP hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and his wife, Jeanette, also joined the Romneys for Friday night's slumber party. "Governor Romney heard that his friends, Governor Christie and Senator Rubio, along with their families, would be in Wolfeboro over the July 4th holiday weekend. He and Mrs. Romney opened...
  • Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney Join Marco Rubio In Attacking Donald Trump Over Immigration

    07/04/2015 11:00:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 119 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/04/15 | Matthew Boyle
    As if right on cue after Romney and Rubio, Bush on Saturday afternoon joined the coordinated parade of establishment Republicans attacking Trump. “I don’t think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think,” Bush said Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire. “No one suggests that we shouldn’t control our borders – everybody has a belief that we should control our borders. But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.” Trump has been harsh on Bush, Rubio and Romney....