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Bachmann to Endorse Romney
National Review ^ | Wednesday May 2, 2012 | Robert Costa

Posted on 05/02/2012 2:24:25 PM PDT by Bigtigermike

National Review Online has confirmed that Michele Bachmann will endorse Mitt Romney tomorrow at a campaign event in Virginia.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2012election; 2012endorsements; 2012swingstates; 58fosterkids; bachmann; bachmann4romney; backstabbing; election2012; endorsements; imataxattorney; kenyanbornmuzzie; michelebachmann; minnesota; mittromney; romney; stalkinghorse; va2012
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To: editor-surveyor; ConservativeMind; Bigtigermike; Al B.; sarah fan UK; Sarah Barracuda
It's amazing how short many people's memories are concerning the context and circumstances of Bachmann's decision to run for president in January 2011.

To refresh those memories, let me recount what happened (once again):

After the 2010 TEA Party sweep of the House of Representatives and State legislatures, with Palin leading the charge, the GOP-E panicked and launched a strategy to undermine and ultimately stop her from running for president. They admitted it openly.

And since Bachmann was a pain in Boehner's butt too at the time (particularly with her TEA Party rally on the steps of Capitol Hill), the GOP-E/RNC hatched a plan to try and kill two birds with one stone by convincing Bachmann to run (via her congressional staff) and dilute Palin's TEA Party support. They approached her over the Christmas adjournment (again via her staff) and she agreed in exchange for whatever promise they made to her. Within days, members of her staff appeared in both Iowa and South Carolina and began bad mouthing Palin to state and local Republican chairmen and potential delegates.

Very soon afterward, Bachmann announced her candidacy, but word leaked about what was going on and was documented and discussed ad nauseum both here at FR and elsewhere in the Conservative blogosphere. Bachmann then hired Ed Rollins as her manager and literally within twenty-four hours he attacked, not Romney, but Palin. Bachmann's subsequent silence spoke volumes. Again, this was all discussed and debated on this forum and elsewhere.

In the meantime, Tucson happened, and Palin was crucified by Obama's minions online and in the MSM. The GOP-E saw another big chance to help bury her, and did not lift a finger to either defend or help her, leaving her to dangle in the wind against the vicious Rat onslaught. Palin released her own video statement about Tucson and was again attacked mercilessly for defending herself. She went on to do the Madison rally and then her One Nation bus tour, but something (bad?) happened behind the scenes in late August or early September (when she was primed to announce her candidacy) that compelled her to stay out, and she told mark Levin on October 5 that she was not running.

Bachmann, for her part, ran a fitful campaign and not once attacked Romney during the "debates" (if you can call them that) before suspending it on January 4th of this year, her job done.

It's sad that I have to walk people through this all over again, but apparently I do.

241 posted on 05/03/2012 5:48:57 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Thanks for the concise recap.

Bookmarked for reference.

242 posted on 05/03/2012 5:52:44 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: sam_paine

I have lived long and expected it..I am a realist..My guys did not make it through the primary..It hurt..
I painfully accept that there’s only one way to get Zero out of the White House..and that’s to vote for the man left standing. I want Obama OUT!

243 posted on 05/03/2012 6:06:53 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: cripplecreek
Cripplecreek wrote: "I’ve said all along that they will all endorse Romney at some point. Its just the way things are done."

Yep, we agree.

To bash politicians because they endorse the nominee of their party doesn't make sense.

Those of us who are not elected officials or major national political figures have more options.

244 posted on 05/03/2012 6:08:34 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina

I’ve talked to my congressman extensively about his endorsement of Romney. All he says is “I’m a second time freshman and if I’m reelected I’ll have more freedom”

245 posted on 05/03/2012 6:14:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Timber Rattler

I agree with everything that you are saying and its accurate as well

246 posted on 05/03/2012 6:17:58 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: MARKUSPRIME; presently no screen name; greyfoxx39

You and others like you are pathetic little turds for your infantile attacks against good people.

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Oh that IS ironic. Attacking good freepers with infantile attacks.

And where were you when Jeff Head was calling other, conservative Freepers Nazis.


247 posted on 05/03/2012 6:30:11 AM PDT by reaganaut (I am a Christian first, a Conservative second and am out of the GOP if Romney gets in.)
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To: presently no screen name

Don’t forget the co-religionist factor. It is strong with that group.

248 posted on 05/03/2012 6:31:05 AM PDT by reaganaut (I am a Christian first, a Conservative second and am out of the GOP if Romney gets in.)
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To: Bigtigermike

And so Aaron, where is Moses and his God? Come let us make ourselves a golden calf and worship at the feet of Ba’al.

And with that request, the Israelites stripped themselves of their gold and ripped the earrings from their daughters ears.

249 posted on 05/03/2012 6:35:12 AM PDT by EBH (The redistribution of another man's money, does not create wealth for the "greater good.")
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Friend, you are right on target. I actually discount all the blabber, hate, dislike, bad mouthing on this site by Freepers, etc. against Mitt Romney. I always thought this wonderful site was the vioce of conservatism, freedom, liberty and individual effort. To me, there is no difference between the hate and venom of the left or the right, period.

The good news is, these folks that spew hate on this site are in reality, a distinct and tiny minority and mean absolutely nothing in the upcoming election. This real issue in my mind is not Mitt Romney. It is Barack Hussein Obama. Simple, Obama must be defeated for many clearly obvious reasons. End of story. ABO!!!

250 posted on 05/03/2012 6:39:07 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Bigtigermike

She’s scheduled to be in VA with him and Gov. McDonnell. I suppose she’ll endorse him then.

251 posted on 05/03/2012 6:44:52 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: sam_paine
I do not respect a decision to vote for Obama, nor can I respect a person who enables him. I also do not respect a person who believes in Islam. I do not respect a single Occupy Wall Street person. I do not respect Bill Ayers, Eric Holder, Elizabeth Warren or Ahmadinejad or Barack Obama.

252 posted on 05/03/2012 6:47:29 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Bigtigermike; Lazlo in PA
I don't believe she was a stalking horse. At the beginning of her run I wondered what she was up to but as her campaign went on I came to believe that she really wanted to win. She was ferocious.

Ask yourself what else you would expect her to do. She KNOWS that obama is a huge threat to this country. By regulation and executive order he is eroding what's left of our liberty daily. He's dividing and polarizing this country as never before. Black vs. white, male vs female, homo vs normal, poor vs middle class and rich, middle class vs rich, unions vs free men, etc. etc etc.

As poor a choice as many of us feel Romney to be...he's infinitely better than another 4 years of obama. Michelle is being a patriot here and I support her for that. I've never known her ever do anything that wasn't in the best interest of AMerica and that's what she's doing now.

253 posted on 05/03/2012 6:51:29 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: inkfarmer

Love it! LOL

254 posted on 05/03/2012 6:53:30 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: nutmeg

I think there are a lot of DU kooks hanging around here who have been brainwashed by Obama, who don’t have their grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s futures to worry about. They also don’t give a hoot about anyone else’s grandchildren either, they’re too busy promoting abortion for everyone. Of course their mothers didn’t practice abortion, very convenient for them.

255 posted on 05/03/2012 6:53:57 AM PDT by GoldwaterChick
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To: vmivol00
It's not 'melodrama.' It's information.

If you don't yet know who Obama is and what his administration is doing to dismantle everything this country stands for, then you'd better start reading and get informed before you vote in November.

Every Conservative, Republican and Independent with a brain is going to get out and vote against Obama and he is going to LOSE.

In spite of people like you. It is I who have more faith in the country than you do, not the other way around.

256 posted on 05/03/2012 6:55:27 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: presently no screen name
As a Tea Party activist from its beginnings, I was at the "Kill the Bill" rally in DC where Michelle rallied the troops and paid close attention to her actions and her words.

As I said in my first post here....who's she supposed to endorse....OBAMA??

In spite of your desire that she do that, she's not about to, now or ever.

And neither will I.

257 posted on 05/03/2012 6:58:55 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Pinkbell

I wonder how many of those same purists ridiculed her during her run and called her too conservative, crazy, a nut, etc.

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I supported her on her run. This is a real disappointment.

258 posted on 05/03/2012 7:03:36 AM PDT by reaganaut (I am a Christian first, a Conservative second and am out of the GOP if Romney gets in.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX; cripplecreek; Antoninus; Lazlo in PA; AmericanInTokyo; writer33; napscoordinator; ...
JLAGRAYFOX: "The good news is, these folks that spew hate on this site are in reality, a distinct and tiny minority and mean absolutely nothing in the upcoming election."

I don't hate Romney. I oppose him. There is a difference.

You're right that the anti-Romney-under-any-circumstances people are a small minority of the electorate. However, I strongly disagree that they "mean absolutely nothing in the upcoming election."

When combined with the people who won't publicly attack Romney but won't work aggressively for him, the anti-Romney and the don't-like-Romney groups are a significant part of the Republican base. You don't need to take my word for it. Even Chuck Norris warned in a recent column that he doesn't think Mitt Romney understands the depth of the problem he has among conservatives.

Will this affect the fall election? The problem is that while Obama has successfully motivated his grassroots Democrats, Romney has been mowing down his Republican grassroots. Dole did the same thing in 1996. It wasn't a winning strategy then, and it's even worse now.

Here's a big part of why Romney's method to win the primary doesn't translate into a November victory.

Romney used his personal money and that of close friends and business colleagues to defeat fellow Republicans, but he won't have anywhere near enough to do that against Obama.

Getting grassroots support was important for Dole and Clinton in 1996, but it's far more important today due to campaign financing and the de facto end of the public presidential campaign financing system. To win a national presidential campaign today takes hundreds of millions of dollars, not the tens of millions that Romney has at his disposal, and raising that kind of money requires grassroots support that Romney simply does not have and has actually been alienating. His current goal seems to be to say, "Okay, I know you don't like me, but I'm better than the other guy." Fine, maybe that will get people to vote for him rather than Obama, but it won't get them to pull out checkbooks and write numbers with lots of zeros after them, or to aggressively campaign.

I do believe that the anti-Romney wing of the Republican Party is going to be a significant contributing factor to Romney's defeat this fall, in an election that Republicans should have won by a blowout with any reasonably good candidate.

Obama is so bad that Romney may win anyway, but I don't see it with current polling data, either nationally or in key states. Obama hasn't even begun to use his war chest of finances, and he's still polling well compared to Romney. Yes, I know it's early, and yes, I know it's true that anything can happen between now and November, but I am not happy at all with what I see.

I think conservatives have to come up with a plan for what to do after November, whether Romney wins or loses, since either outcome will be a loss for conservative principles. We can debate which is worse, and that's a legitimate debate, but what's not debatable is that we have two bad candidates, and either of them will do bad things if they're in the White House.

259 posted on 05/03/2012 7:10:03 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Lazlo in PA

how about ‘its over and we need to make sure Obama does not get a second term’

even Newt said it well yesterday....

Romney is so much more conservative than Marxist zer0bama...more of a difference between the 2 than between Carter and Reagan.

it is time to defeat the Marxist...

I will use the special ‘springy kind’ of clothes pin to hold my nose as I vote....

260 posted on 05/03/2012 7:13:46 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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