Or "Viagra Bob" Dole, John McLame, Matt Drudge, Elliot Abrams, Rich Lowry and National Review, Karl "Tokyo" Rove, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington ComPost and the rest of the GOP establishment whose object was to take out Newt Gingrich and silence the Tea Party.
Romney learned from his liberal buddies like "Chappaquiddick Ted" well. Run dirty and use the liberal playbook known as "The Politics of Personal Destruction."
You know how many positive ads Mittens ran? One (1).
That’s right. Mitt Romney and his allies spent more than $15 million on TV ads — only one was positive and it was in a foreign language. It ran a total of 15 times statewide.
...That is the statistic of the campaign. Mitt Romney and his allies ran a purely negative television campaign and it worked.
Ads attacking Newt Gingrich made up 68 percent of the ads in Florida; anti-Romney ads were 23 percent and pro-Gingrich ads were 9 percent.
I'm sure, after tonight, the establishment losers like McLame, who channels his nitwit daughter, will be telling us to shut up, get in line like good little sheep. Well, go to Hell jerk, cause we don't act like Democrats.
Here's the $64,000 question. Who does the GOP establishment want to run against? Obama or conservatives/Tea Party? Based on the way Mitt has campaigned, I'd almost think Newt Gingrich was a Democrat if I didn't know better. He wasn't shy in using Nancy Pelosi talking points, but refuses to call Obama a socialist.
Right! That was a winning strategy for McLame in 2008. The only thing that saved him from a landslide defeat against a certain Illinois senator was a governor from Alaska. Despite all of McLame's baggage in 2008, he doesn't have the problem Romney faces...building bridges he's burned in the last week.
Richard Miniter writes the following at Forbes...Is Mitt Romney Actually Electable?
Meanwhile, Romney’s heavily negative advertising only drives Tea Party activists and other conservatives from one non-Romney candidate to another. Divide and conquer is a storied strategy; it may well work in Florida. But it doesn’t build votes for Romney. The non-Romney vote–despite millions of dollars, months of media coverage and dozens of debates—remains stubbornly north of 60% among Republican voters. If Romney is going to defeat Obama, he will have to unite the Grand Old Party behind him. So far, there is no evidence is any state that he can do just that.
"Electability" is all we hear about when Romney's name is mentioned? Really? Show me, don't tell me.
Romney is not an election winner. He lost in his U.S. Senate race to unseat Ted Kennedy and decided not to seek re-election as governor, largely because he would have almost certainly lost. And he lost to John McCain in 2008, which is not exactly playing the varsity. Could he win in 2012? Arguably, but not definitely.
Miniter also notes Mittens is not a tax cutter, a good debater, not a Reaganite reformer, the GOP establishment support is a minus, and he has a racial problem, as the LDS did not see blacks as eligible members until 1978. All those cast doubt on the unproven claim he is the "most electable."
The establishment support and liberalism of Romney is also affecting Tea Party voters negatively (Ricochet).
I spoke with one such Tea Partier, Rebecca from Florida, over the weekend. She's a retired detective turned young stay-at-home mom, who labels herself a "generic Tea Partier." What she had to say was fascinating and illuminating, and it should concern just about every smart Republican. She was gracious enough to let me publicize her thoughts here at Ricochet.
Here's what she had to share:
"I became politically engaged after the 2008 election," Rebecca told me. "I used to only vote in Presidential elections and local elections that were of interest to me. In January of 2008 I saw Barack Obama give a speech and I was really wowed. He is quite a gifted speaker." She admits that she "liked what he was saying, but some things were just a little off."
She started listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck again, wanting to hear what this Obama fellow was really about. But beyond that, she didn't engage in activism - she just showed up to vote for McCain, despite what she considered his "progressivism."
"Obama got elected. Then Obamacare was rammed through. I was appalled. I couldn't believe the shady way such important legislation was passed," Rebecca said. "I have some like-minded mommy friends and I got together with them. I joined our local 9/12 Project, and As A Mom and the TEA Party of Tampa Bay."
..."2010 was a real turning point for me. I watched the midterm election results as we won the House with some good, solid conservatives and I felt so proud and accomplished. I felt like we - the TEA Party, my mommy friends, ME - we had made a difference," Rebecca said. "We were helping to put our country back on the right path, and return to the ideals of our founders."
"Then came 2011," Rebecca says, and her mood clouds. "It felt like every time I turned around, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell were selling us out, hanging our Tea Party freshmen out to dry, and doing it for no apparent reason."
...So, Rebecca, about Mitt: why not Romney this time?
"I don't trust him, and I don't think he can win. He is utterly unaware of how offensive his disconnect with the average American is. He drops $10K bets like it's nothing. He thinks $342,000 isn't very much to make in a year," Rebecca
"Oh, and he invented Obamacare."
"I see a Romney nomination causing Tea Partiers like me to tune out. We are already disheartened by the congressional leadership. Romney will be the final nail in the coffin. He is completely uninspiring, and is everything we have been working so hard to defeat within the GOP," Rebecca said. "Don't even get me started on that Bain Capital picture. Ugh. There is no way he can win. And I don't want to have to defend him while he tries."
"What is the point in becoming educated on candidates and politics, arguing with my friends, taking the time away from my family - to end up with the guy McCain can't even look in the eye. Why bother?" Rebecca says. "Obviously the "establishment" has already decided it's Romney's turn, and to hell with what we want. I feel like I'm being patted on the head and told "Now go vote for Romney like a good little girl. We know what's best."... I don't even do that to my 3-year-old. It's insulting. It doesn't make me want to campaign for him."
This is what we face this year. Judging from what I've seen at various other forums, I haven't seen the intense level of negativity toward Romney as a GOP candidate. McLame didn't even come close to generating it in 2008. Sure, Mitt could try the "pick a conservative" for VP trick, but I don't think people will settle for a consellation prize this year, especially after Mitt's shenanigans.
RELATED: Jeffrey Lord writes another great piece: Newt Battles Mush from the Wimps.
To borrow a famous Reagan phrase: "Well, there they go again."
Somewhere an exasperated Gipper is doubtless shaking his head.
The war between conservatives and the Republican Establishment -- and make no mistake, this is a war -- is on once more.
The people who brought the GOP losing candidates from Dewey to Dole are at it again.
Last week's assault on Newt Gingrich -- with various Romney supporters seriously and deceptively trying to tell unwitting voters that Gingrich was never really a real Reagan ally -- in reality has nothing to do with Newt Gingrich at all.
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