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August 6, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Mitt Romney sees a storm cloud on the horizon. It’s probably not the one that you’re thinking about, involving Johnny Football, a case of tequila, a jungle bon fire and a reggae band in Honduras. It’s the possibility that some Republicans might fight hard enough to defund Obamacare, even if it means a so-called government shutdown.

Romney, 66, warned congressional Republicans against letting emotions drive their decisions.

“I badly want Obamacare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal. But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government,” Romney said in the first speech of its kind since his November election loss to Obama. “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?”

He continued: “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. I think there are better ways to remove Obamacare.”

I don’t know. There are moments to think, and there are moments to fight. If the GOP doesn’t kill off Obamacare now by defunding it, when will the GOP kill it off? People will start getting their addictive freebies next year. Once those start rolling out, who’s strong enough to step up and stop it?

Mitt Romney is a good man, he should be president now and we would be in better shape as a nation if he was, but “fighter” is not a word I’d use to describe him.

Also, he’s not exactly in a position to command much authority, having lost when history says he should have won, and having passed Obamacare’s predecessor in Massachusetts. It would be nice to see the Republican Party nominate a successful red state leader, for a change.

This may be the last moment we have to kill Obama’s job-killing law. Obamacare delenda est. Get. It. Done. As Sammy says, it means everything.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Hmmm.

Mitt Romney.

I actually voted for him twice with HUGE reservations. Or more accurately, against his opponents.

First in 1994, extending my residence in Massachussets for one extra day to vote against Senator Ted Kennedy.

Then again in 2012, against Barack Obama.

Spare us your vast political insight, sir. You're a wish sandwich. Two slices of bread and you wish you had some meat.----Blues Brothers

You had a chance to take it to this miserable failure of a president. But you didn't because you were playing it safe. You could have pinned this man's failures on him time after time but you played patty cake, prevent defense....call it what you will.

Shut.

Up.
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Mitt Romney: the perfect inversion of inspiration. A glass of ashes to a parched traveler. A bowl of gravel to a starving beggar. Probably the most inadequate and inappropriate candidate for his time in American history.

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When in doubt, imagine what the Democrats would do if the roles were reversed. Imagine the finesse and statesmanship that a Chuck Schumer or Dick Durbin or Pat Leahy would bring to the process, all the while mainly concerned about being bipartisan and not hurting the Republicans feelings (do I really need to add the sarc tag here?).
Anyways, in my pea brain, when I perform this mental exercise my answer to this dilemma becomes, "Burn the f**ker down. Use a wrecking ball to tear down what's left. Then salt the earth where it stood. Twice."
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Echoing Obama's threats about Medicare and paying for the soldies, huh? Whose team is he on? Medicare is a pay-go system funded, or could be temporarily fundee by current receipts from the Medicare tax. Same with Social Security. Defense budgets are multi-year items. Borrow bullets from the domestic agencies. They have a box to spare. If push came to shove, contractors could be withheld while active duty service pay eas met.
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Had to hold my nose to vote for the man in the last election - this just proves that I was right to do so.

Sadly, he was the lesser of two evils.

If republicans/conservatives/libertarians/constitutionalists would band together and actually nominate someone who would take the political battle to the democrats/liberals/socialists, it would be a tidal wave type election to the betterment of the country.

Instead, we're stuck with politicians whose idea of leadership is driving over the cliff at a sedate and law abiding 55 mph rather than the sizzling 60 mph the left wants to drive over the cliff at.
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"...we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government."

Indeed. In fact, the first rule of shutting down the government -- successfully -- would be Don't talk about shutting down the government. That Nike slogan has the right idea.
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So Conservatives are sniping at Mitt Romney again because he does not capture the right way to fight.

This from Conservatives who have never held power, never will against a man who held power and might well again.

This bellicose and foolish article misses the point that the thing you hate - Romney Care - was the only sustained political attack on progressivism offered against socialized medicine.

Granted one may argue that the only acceptable attack on it was repeal - another of Romney's plans. But you will not discuss if Romney's political sense - that we cannot walk away from progressive assaults on America - and that we do not have the political wiggle room not to engage with our own solutions.

That is a discussion I would like to see. This school boy raid on the panty shed isn't going to get us anywhere. Indeed if bellicose Conservatives were correct they would be in power already. And they aren't.
49 weeks ago
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"...the thing you hate - Romney Care - was the only sustained political attack on progressivism offered against socialized medicine."

So the way to defeat progressivism is to give up ground to it? That's why Romney lost, and it's why the GOP is losing.
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The way you defeat progressives is to attack them and throw them and their party out of power.

Conservatives do not attack progressives. They attack the programs progressives have hijacked.

Social Security, for example, is not an entitlement. Its actually private property. Progressives want it an entitlement and are opposed to its being private property.

Conservatives are identifying as their enemies the people who collect their property - when their enemy should be the progressive capture and management of Social Security.

An investment plan invested for all the years SS subscribers have, should be seeing returns from triple at the low end to double and then some at the high end, compared to the actual Social Security payouts.

You take this to mean you can't trust government. You mean you can't trust progressives and our government is way overblown.

49 weeks ago
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There is an upswell of discontent in America today that would prove the mightiest electoral weapon ever seen in American politics IF ONLY a true conservative leader would step forward with the courage to unite us...it is just sitting on the table like a sword waiting for someone to pick it up and wield it for freedom and liberty. The enemies of America sense it and are terrified of it and will do ANYTHING to keep us divided, because they know, they know if we were to unite, their days of "transforming" our nation into another failed socialist/marxist despotic slave state are over....forever. History is waiting to tell the tale of America's fate.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Take out the word Conservative and replace it with American and this statement of yours is correct. "There is an upswell of discontent in America today that would prove the mightiest electoral weapon ever seen in American politics IF ONLY a true conservative leader would step forward with the courage to unite us.."

You should be more skeptical in that since no Conservative leader has stepped forward that, actually, thy don;t want to - they have other fish to fry. Remember, under Conservative leadership the Tea Party never achieved again what they were born to do - return 100 of them to the House and Senate and replace the dead weight.

You heard in here.
49 weeks ago
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I equate conservative with American - one in the same - as the modern democratic party is radicalized and openly anti-American...and to be fair, the IRS evidently had a lot to do with the TEA Party's shortcomings.
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Hmmm.

Mitt Romney.

I actually voted for him twice with HUGE reservations. Or more accurately, against his opponents.

First in 1994, extending my residence in Massachussets for one extra day to vote against Senator Ted Kennedy.

Then again in 2012, against Barack Obama.

Spare us your vast political insight, sir. You're a wish sandwich. Two slices of bread and you wish you had some meat.----Blues Brothers

You had a chance to take it to this miserable failure of a president. But you didn't because you were playing it safe. You could have pinned this man's failures on him time after time but you played patty cake, prevent defense....call it what you will.

Shut.

Up.
49 weeks ago
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Mr. Romneycare is worried about Obamacare, ... do the math.
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"Mitt Romney is a good man, he should be president now and we would be in better shape as a nation if he was, but “fighter” is not a word I’d use to describe him."

Oh, he's a fighter.

He's a very effective fighter when it comes to destroying Republican rivals for the nomination.

He's a very effective fighter when it comes to single-handedly creating homosexual "marriage" in a state he governed.

He's a very effective fighter when it comes to socializing medicine at the state level.

He's a very effective fighter for a lot of things.


Just not the right things.

A good man?

Not even close.



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You know, really, that you are wrong.

Point by point

What Republican rivals did he destroy?

At the state level Romney Care was a massive attack on progressive and socialized medicine and I am frankly surprised you don't see it. Maybe you are stupid.

His advocacy of homosexual marriage is somewhere between a myth and a lie. Romney does believe that homosexual couples could and should have civil rights. In this regard he is absolutely right because so many of our property rights issues are based on relationships, not gender. His position is a fight for property rights which irony of irony Conservatives pundits ignore.

I think the American people and the Tea Party don;t need fools like you.
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His advocacy of homosexual marriage is somewhere between a myth and a lie.

Actually, it is you who doesn't seem to know what you are talking about. Romney was pro same-sex marriage until he decided to run for POTUS, AFTER he had already left the Governors office.

If you are strongly PRO traditional marriage, as Governor, you don't do this:

"Willard “Mitt” Romney (R., Mass.) issued at least 189 special-issue, one-day marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2005 alone."

Delroy Murdock, The National Review

Don't believe me? Check it out. Governors who only support traditional marriage don't use a ancient state law giving them the ability to issue marriage licenses to grant them to same-sex couples.

Romneycare has been a disaster as will Obamacare will be. How deep in debt is the State of Taxachussetts?

I think the American people and the Tea Party should be grateful not to have fools like you.

49 weeks ago
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Mitt Romney: the perfect inversion of inspiration. A glass of ashes to a parched traveler. A bowl of gravel to a starving beggar. Probably the most inadequate and inappropriate candidate for his time in American history.

50 weeks ago
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"There are moments to think, and there are moments to fight."

Might this be the time to do both? If we thing and fight, perhaps we can fight more effectively and maybe, just maybe, even win.
50 weeks ago
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Sorry, "thing" should be "think."
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Ya think?


;-)
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