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RINOs in Wonderland

August 7th, 2013 - 8:31 am
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I’ve got mine, Jack — yours, too

As the record shows, I was no big fan of Mitt Romney. On the 2011 National Review cruise, I predicted that if Romney was the Republican candidate against Barack Obama he would lose, and on the 2012 cruise I had to say: told you so. I took, and take, no pleasure in that; in fact, I even succumbed to an election-eve bout of irrational optimism (along with most of my PJ colleagues) that somehow the American electorate would see through the fraud that is Barack Obama and do the right thing. Oops.

But now that we’re well into the fifth year of the very slow slog known as the Obama administration, maybe Romney’s loss wasn’t so bad. Like John McCain, who’s all but gone over to the other side, Mitt would have driven us conservatives crazy. Deep down, we all knew his “severe conservatism” was just an act, delivered with Mitt’s trademark sincerity. And in any case, the thing that should have instantly disqualified Romney as the GOP nominee — Romneycare in Massachusetts — would have been the gift that kept on giving. Does anybody really think that Romney would have started dismantling Obamacare on Day One?

Of course not. And that’s why it’s not surprising to see Mitt pop out of his La Jolla mansion to warn against the campaign by Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and other radical conservatives in Congress to defund Obamacare. After all, that might mean (gasp!) shutting down the government should the Democrats call the Republicans’ bluff, and we can’t have that — because what would the United States of America do without the federal government? From the Washington Times:

“We need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government,” Mr. Romney said at a fundraiser in New Hampshire for the state’s Republican Party, according to prepared remarks. “What would come next when soldiers aren’t paid, when seniors fear for their Medicare and Social Security, and when the FBI is off duty?”

The former Massachusetts governor said that the GOP has better options for removing Mr. Obama’s health care law.

“I’m afraid that in the final analysis, Obamacare would get its funding, our party would suffer in the next elections, and the people of the nation would not be happy,” he said. “I think there are better ways to remove Obamacare.”

I can think of one right off the top of my head: running better candidates than the two RINOs who cost us the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, candidates who would have excited the party’s conservative base instead of taking it for granted. There are a lot of reasons Romney lost — narrowly but still decisively — to Obama last year, among them the customary Democrat willingness to bend or even break election rules in order to win; for them, as for Vince Lombardi, winning isn’t everything — it’s the only thing. The thought was that conservatives would have nowhere else to go once they got to the ballot box, but the flaw in that thinking was exposed when not enough conservatives bothered to show up at the polls in the first place. Contrast that with the Left’s relentless bush-beating; the Democrats managed the amazing feat of actually increasing black and minority turnout for the second Obama election, which proved to be their margin of victory. That’s how you play the game: to win.

From the mouths of babes

From the mouths of babes

Yes, yes: the Benghazi cover-up, the IRS’s war on the Tea Party, the intimidation of the media — all these things helped. But the Democrats (a criminal organization masquerading as a political party) leave nothing to chance. When they happen upon a stick lying in the road they use it as a club, not a cane, and don’t much care whom they beat with it as long as he’s on the other side.

The other side of the aisle, by contrast, never met a hand it didn’t want to shake or a deal it didn’t want to cut. It’s as if the parties inhabit two different worlds, one that rewards a ruthless will to power and the other that prizes civility and good manners when dealing with an adversary. All of the fight went out of Mitt once he’d secured the nomination; after that his campaign essentially went below the radar, invisible and unmemorable except for his surprise one-punch knockout of a listless, bored — i.e., the real — Obama in their first debate. Needless to say, that uncharacteristic act of aggression was quickly rectified in the next two debates, with a little help from Candy Crowley.

The parade of bad GOP candidates since Reagan has one thing in common: they were all rich men with no skin in the game, for whom victory was optional. The Bushes of Connecticut and Texas, the McCains of Arizona and the Romneys of all over the place had no downside to an electoral loss; they were all just as well-off as they were before the start of their campaigns, and could return to their multiple homes with no sense of personal loss, just a little chagrin at letting the team down. By contrast, the Democrats have fielded a succession of hungry pols on the make, looking to do well by doing “good,” and amassing their fortunes the new-fangled way, via government “service.” Bill Clinton entered the White House with a smile and a shoeshine, and look at him today; meanwhile his wife is once again muscling up for her own re-run at the brass ring. And, literally, almost nobody had ever heard of Barack Hussein Obama before his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention.

Which is why there’s hope for the new crop of Republican radicals, such as Cruz and Rand Paul. Their open contempt for the likes of McCain and his sidekick, Lindsey Graham, is refreshing; they couldn’t care less what he and the other losers who have brought the GOP to its current estate think about anything. It’s only the media that keeps McCain’s star shining, as if he’s the Spokesman Emeritus for that nice, docile party of losers that knows its place. Which of course he is.

Losers never quit and quitters never lose, or whatever

Losers never quit and quitters never lose, or whatever

Conservatives understand they have two separate fights on their hands: against their ancient enemies, the Progressives, but (more urgently) also the old bulls of the GOP who are content with their role of the Washington Generals, perpetually losing to the Harlem Globetrotters. To win in 2016 ought to be easy — the country is heartily sick of Barack Obama and his “fundamental transformation” of a country that didn’t need transforming in the first place, and to say that either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden is eminently beatable is an understatement. Then again, we thought that about Obama, too.

But in order to win the GOP first has to find somebody who wants to fight. Who’s it going to be?

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There is a huge difference between Reagan and Romney. Reagan was born poor and made his own way in life. Romney was born to wealth and political power, as were both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. McCain was the son and grandson of top Navy admirals, and then went and married his money. Reagan spent his entire adult life after his movie career ended in politics, felt the sting of defeat and soldiered on until he finally won.
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The GOP in it's quest for the Hispanic vote, has totally forgotten why they lost the last presidential election. They forgot their base, which is tired of voting for RINOs that are not different ideologically then the Democrats. Over three million did not show up to vote. The GOP keeps putting more lipstick on the same old pig and telling everybody that this is a winner, while not solidifying the conservatives in the party. We do not want another eight years of progressivism.
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RINOs are economic Fascists - rich fat cats who achieve great wealth via government power - through self-serving laws and government regulation. Fascist government elevates a superior economic class by the force of law - the RINOs.

Democrats, on the other hand, are economic Marxists - rich politicians who achieve great wealth via government power - through laws and government regulation which robs the laboring middle class - the so-called bourgeoisie - on behalf of a lazy class of government-dependent bums - the so-called proletariat - after feathering their own nests of course.

The funny thing is this - the Marxist Democrats do not go after the Fascist RINOs - that might be a little dangerous to their health - so they only target the middle class for excessive taxation. In the end the American middle class is squeezed into serfdom by both the RINO Fascists and the Marxist Democrats - a pox on both of their houses - and a prayer to God for restoration of the principles in our Declaration of Independence which is anathema to both Fascism and Marxism - each a violation of the equal natural rights of the individual.
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I myself would be willing to run, but alas, I am no millionaire, and don't have any rich,powerful friends, either,though I have been in contact a number of times with Elaine Donnelly at the CMR, and some of the guys at National Review have replied to my emails. Not much scandal, either, not for about 30 years,anyway. AND, I speak a little Spanish.
1 year ago
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Now is the time to start purging the RINOs. Many states allow the voters to recall their Senators and Congressmen. This includes Arizona so we can replace McCain and Flake among others.
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Oh, no, FLAKE is a RINO??!!! That's TERRIBLE. I lived in northern Arizona for two years and personally knew a lot of Flakes, and all of them that I knew were solidly conservative, many were businessmen,ranchers or farmers. Darn KIDS, can't live with them,can't shoot em.
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Romney and McCain didn't fight for the Presidency. I didn't hear them talking about Obama's lying. About his violations of the Constitution. Or Obama's destruction of the country. How Obama chose to keep the economy in recession because a crisis allows his "fundamental charge" or the destruction of our country. I could go on, but you get the idea.
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The Left's masterstroke was to get Obamao as a candidate in the first place. Then, ANY attack on him at ALL, even on the FACTS about him, could be characterized as RAAAAAAACCCCIIIIIIIIISSSSSTTTTTTT, which would also be a broad black brush to paint ALL white conservatives with who opposed Our Beloved Leader to be. And I think that that idea was also a factor in the cringingly slobbering press, all of THEM wanted to LOOK like they were very open minded about race, the facts about a black candidate be d***ed. THAT is why NO GOP candidate led a charge against him,though if enough GOP leaders AND the press had dug even shallowly into his background , associates, friends and views,and REPORTED HONESTLY on them, his candidacy would have been DOOMED. And they worked on his getting re elected because to do otherwise would have drawn attention to the fact that they had actually BEEN grossly dishonest and misleading, "government watchdogs" that had been defanged, neutered and de-barked.
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During the Republican primary fight, when Romney was viscerally attacking other Republicans, Rush predicted that he would never attack Obama with anything near that level of ferocity. Turned out he barely even criticized Obama. Before the primary began Ann Coulter predicted that Romney would be the nominee and that he would lose. [sometime later she made a sea change].

Walsh has it exactly right when he says that once Romney had the nomination sewed up he quit the fight and decided to coast. Coasting to victory is rare, coasting to defeat happens all the time.

Throughout the primaries I kept waiting to hear the words “liberty” or “freedom” to pass across Romney’s lips, and it seemed they never would. I decided those were values he just didn’t care about. Finally, close to the end he did make reference to liberty a couple of times, but half-heartedly at that. Like winning the election, liberty and freedom weren’t that important to him.
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The Amash Amendment failed by just twelve votes -- so if these fourteen “Republicans” had voted the right way, the NSA's massive and unconstitutional spying program would have ended.

Sam Johnson, District 3, Plano
Jeb Hensarling, District 5, Dallas
John Culberson, District 7, Houston
Kevin Brady, District 8, Conroe
Michael McCaul, District 10, Austin
Michael Conaway, District 11, Llano
Kay Granger, District 12, Fort Worth
Mac Thornberry, District 13, Amarillo
Bill Flores, District 17, Waco / College Station
Randy Neugebauer, District 19, Abilene
Lamar Smith, District 21, San Antonio
Pete Olson, District 22, Sugar Land
John Carter, District 31, Round Rock
Pete Sessions, District 32, Dallas

The main switchboard for the house is 202-224-3121. If your Representative is on this list, please call right away and demand he or she defend your rights on any future votes against the NSA's unconstitutional spying on innocent Americans.

In Liberty, 76!
1 year ago
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I don't like all this Romney bashing. Myself I thought to have a man of faith in the white house happened to be a very important thing. I do believe he would have repealed and replaced this nightmare. I do believe he would have gotten the economy working again. There certainly would NOT be a war on faith, a war on the dollar, a war on our culture, spying, targeting, lying, Benghazi, the treatment of Israel and the total assault on America. So to all you Republicans who didn't vote I hold you dopes responsible. You acted like children taking your toys and going home. I blame the Independents who live in some other world as long as everyone gets along. I hope your all happy with what YOU have caused. So I think it's time to stop bashing Romney for your STUPIDITY. As the country goes to hell you morons are still blaming Romney. SHUT THE HELL UP.
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Romney deserves some bashing, he was too nice. But the real bashing should be saved for the professional GOP consultants making millions every election with their lousy "pull the punches" advice. Look how they muzzled Palin in 2008.

And I disagree that conservatives didn't turn out - they did! Romney rallies, and especially Romney-RYAN rallies were huge, especially in Ohio and PA.

It's the moderates who didn't turn out, and that's because Dems keep ramping up the nasty. Ohioans and Pennsylvanians who vote GOP (McCain in 2008) from family connection and habit didn't show, because who needs the abuse? "Me? Didn't vote - can't stand politics."
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Conservatives enter every election with one hand tied behind their backs. Why?...the mainstream media. It wasn't because of the conservative voters who failed to turn out, or the low Latino vote. If the media were objective, Romney would have won. Not many "experts" or consultants put the blame on the media, where it belongs.
1 year ago
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I, too, think Mitt would have made a much better president than Barry, but the fact remains a) he didn't fight and b) he lost. Maybe, just maybe, those two things have something to do with each other.
1 year ago
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Handwringing on lost elections misses the point. All the "safe" advice is to not let this foundering administration off the hook by volunteering to get blamed for a government shutdown. My view is that the US House should fund Obamacare on the condition that it is fully enforced as enacted -- NOT as the President wishes to cherry pick components of the law. The ensuing government shutdown then presents the real issue, is the President above the law? If Congress will not hold him accountable for his serious disregard for of enacted law and constitutional limitations, who will?
1 year ago
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A honestly conservative candidate who loves a good fight would be unbeatable. Who else is tired of these wishy washy RINOs? Raise your hands.
1 year ago
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From the Get Go I knew Mitt (That's The House, I'm Running for the Senate) Romney was not a good choice for the GOP.
I think the Most Telling moment, however, was when Candy Crowley had him cowed over what Obama Said in a Speech.
The Look in Romney's eyes showed clearly that he wasn't speaking about what he knew, he was saying what 'they' told him to say.
Not one iota of pushback, not one iota of umbrage that a so called Moderator became an Advocate.
He clearly had that "But they Told me he didn't say terrorist in his speech, now you're saying he did - who screwed up?" look in his eyes.
You Screwed Up Romney - for saying what you thought people wanted to hear instead of speaking from the Heart and backing it up with determination. You know, like you did with Newt.
1 year ago
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Romney wasn't supposed to win. The RNC picked him, not us.
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The RNC and the media. Two presidential elections in a row, the RNC let the media pick their candidate.
Worked out well didn't it?
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