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May 9, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Why Mitt Romney was a terrible nominee for the GOP:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it.

“I, for instance, as you know, part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage. I think we ought to raise it,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said. “Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.”

Since when does a conservative advocate government intervention in the economy, between workers and employers? Oh, right, this is the man who declared “I love mandates!” At least he’s consistent.

The politics of the minimum wage, as to the current debate, is whether Obama and the Democrats can find something to distract the country from Obamacare, Benghazi, the weak economy, America’s deteriorating place in the world, Iran’s nukes, Russia’s drive to swallow up the old Soviet empire, and on and on. The minimum wage is one of those poll tested issues that Democrats reach to when they find themselves in trouble and have no real ideas to help anyone but themselves. Raising the minimum wage sounds good, it even sounds benevolent and generous. But it costs jobs. Supporting it is a glib way for a politician to say “See, I’m a good guy” while never having to answer for the minimum wage workers who lose their jobs because the cost of labor has just gone up thanks to a government fiat.

The economics of raising the minimum wage are not good. One could argue that Republicans ought to raise it just to get that issue off the table, but as anyone with a bit of political horse sense knows, Democrats will just invent some new demand to cause distraction. So any political win you get from it is temporary. Obama will crow about his victory and then move on to make some other demand.

Mitt Romney is a good family man and good businessman. He would have been a sensible choice for president during the 2007-08 economic collapse.

But he’s a terrible political leader and no “severe conservative,” whatever he has said to the contrary.

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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Liberals cause low wages with unbridled immigration disconnected from the ability to actually create jobs. Now they want to double down on the other end of that disaster. They unsealed the wrong end of the pipe and now they're sealing the wrong end.

Dem motto: Not Broke? We'll Fix It."

They certainly fixed Detroit, now a showcase indistinguishable in some places from Berlin in 1945. If they remake "The Third Man" they have a ready-made bombed out Vienna. Or they can make "Blade Runner" with minimal dressing.
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Mitt Romney is a political oaf.

Allahpundit has a piece up over at HotAir on Rand Paul tanking on voter fraud, and AP also analogizes how this could play out...giving the example of Rick Perry's "you have no heart" blunder...where Romney pounded Perry in the primaries and then got pounded by the Woodstock Weaponized Machine and Media in the general.

Giving in to lawlessness as a bunch of Kung Fu Panderers is why an 82% chance of Republicans winning the Senate is less than an even bet. There is NO end to their ability to destroy any and every advantage handed to them on a silver platter.
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I like Mr. Walsh's formulation better: The democratic party is a criminal operation disguised as a political party.
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Minium wages make labor more expensive, but not more valuble.

The prices people with low skills out of the labor market.
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now you know why he lost
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Let's not forget to dump a truckload of blame on Ann Coulter (for Mitt's nomination), who hopped on the Mitt bandwagon early and began bashing all the other candidates every chance she got.
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I'm glad Obama won. If we'd had Mitt all this time, he'd be doing the same old RINO song and dance, and pushing the slow march toward Socialism. Then we'd have another RINO, Mitt again, or a liberal to push the slow march ever further...and we'd NEVER be shocked into the drastic action needed to reclaim the Constitution and this country for individual liberty.

Thanks to Mitt's incompetence, we've been saddled with Emperor Barry -- the single worst Marxist lunatic egomaniacal sociopath in Presidential history, who has piloted the locomotive of State right off the cliff, running full-speed off the end of the rails, wild-eyed and cackling madly all the way.

He's all but won the next election for a real Conservative statesman. If the Republican party can't use this travesty to our advantage, the Republican party no longer deserves to exist.
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Time to dump ol Mitt..he is too comitted to making a deal and getting along, and doesn;t understand the Dems play a scorched earth game, and are determined to win, and take no prisoners.
Mitt doesn;t have the balls to fight and win.

SHUT UP MITT AND GO AWAY
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"Since when does a conservative advocate government intervention in the economy, "

Since there's been conservatives! Read some history outside your normal circles. Murray Rothbard would be a good start.
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I can understand why Romney wants the GOP to hand one over to Obama- after all, isn't that exactly what Romney did in November '12?
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EXACTLY

tell Mitt to stfu
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Republicans in the House should pass a bill with a minimum wage at $20/hour taking effect immediately without exception. Let democrats be the ones fighting against raising the minimum wage. If it passes, wait for the end of the month and the job report to come out. When it comes out seven digit in the red, the house simply needs to pass a bill repealing the minimum wage. All or nothing. Then a leading republican should come out and say that democrats have tried their way that people are suffering the consequences of their policies. Can you imagine Obama being forced to sign the law repealing the minimum wage?
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why would anyone trust rino surrender monkey Romney. He refused to fight for the oval office because he told us he believed the dictator was a decent person, rather then admit the messiah of failed hope, remains the greatest threat America has ever faced
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The don't call it the Stupid party for nothing. The Republican Establishment seems bound and determined to demoralize its base before November.
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