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    Conservatives coalescing around … Mitt?

    Conservatives coalescing around … Mitt?

    Via HotAir, Mitt Romney has scored two significant conservative endorsements recently, Jeff Flake and Darrel Issa.  While that may not constitute a coalescing around Romney, it does help insulate him from RINO charges.  Whatever he once was, is he now the conservative who can win?

    What’s up with this?

    I think it may be dissatisfaction, or maybe disappointment, with Rick Perry’s roll-out.  His first debate performance was disappointing, and his second while better, still was less than stellar.  Frankly, he seemed unprepared for the debates.

    I think Perry can recover, but I also think there may have been expectations which were built too high.  And nothing disappoints like unfulfilled expectations, which accounts for his not great recent polling.

    The primaries are a marathon, not a sprint.  Romney’s strategy has been to go slow, a strategy I criticized as creating a vacuum, but one which may prevail in the long run.

    Has Romney survived the Perry push?  Does this tweet I sent after the first Perry debate apply?

     

    I’ll answer my own question.  It’s not too late for Perry to regain momentum or at least stabilize his frontrunner status, but he needs to do it soon.

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    workingclass artist | September 22, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This is interesting. Gov. Perry has the single best argument to beat Obama and that is an economic record in Texas and Perry has the ability to split the Latino vote. The GOP cannot win the general election without spitting that voting block. Latinos will want a secure border and reduction in crime. The GOP is promoting Rubio,Sandoval,and Martinez and we would alienate a voting block with Romney’s hard right rhetoric while Perry is saying the borders have to be secured first before there is immigration reform which is cart after horse common sense.

    All of these other issues are distractions & Romney cannot match Perry’s record of jobs in Texas. Romney doesn’t know more then Perry about border issues either.

    That Romney would not credit Perry as the executive for overseeing Texas economic growth is a fallacy since it means Romney & the GOP can’t blame Obama as the executive for a failure of the national economy. It’s a cheap pretzel logic tactic and tries to absolve Romney’s single term as Gov. Of Mass. where he enacted Romneycare the blueprint for Obamacare and Mass. ranked low in job growth and since Romney care lost investment & 18,000 jobs. Romneycare relies on Federal Taxpayer dollars so we all pay for that plan.

    Why would I as a voter think someone like Romney would engage in any repeal of Obamacare or any budget reforms like the Ryan Plan? Why would I even think Romney capable of leading a conservative sweep or being re-elected because based on his record he’s lost more elections then he’s won.

    Why would I think Romney who has bought into the AGW scam do anything to role back the EPA and drill & mine? The EPA has all but crippled the Gulf & Energy states. The EPA has tried to shut down the Texas Grid.
    Gov. Perry may not be the eloquent debater that seems to be called for today but in Texas actions speak louder then words and Perry has a long record of conservatism that works. Perry is plain spoken and in Texas we see this as an asset.

    On Hannity last night Perry called Romney “Obamalite” and I think he nailed it. Perry is driving the narrative in terms of job growth and consistent leadership. The GOP has to nominate a candidate who is a clear contrast to Obama. Obama is still blaming the Bush Administration for his failed policies and Perry who inherited the economy of Texas after Bush went to DC oversaw the legislation and enacted policies for Texas to weather the downturn in the national economy. 5000 people move here a month from other states looking for jobs because they don’t come here to live on the dole but Texans will work hard to help others get back to wok and on their feet. We do this for each other and we did this for Katrina refugees & we are doing this for victims of the wildfires who will rebuild.

    personally I am less likely to be highly motivated to engage in the necessary drudge work of getting out the vote for candiates who only run on ‘job creation’.

    There is more to ‘Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness’ than government-stuffed,fatted wallets.

    I have no interest in pledging my life, my wealth and my sacred honor for those Americans who cannot get off their barcaloungers, unglue their eyeballs from Hollywood Jon Stewart’s comedy canal and fight for something greater than a pitiful job created by crony capitalists palm-greasing corrupt politicans.


     
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    MaggotAtBroadAndWall | September 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I noted after the last debate that Romney was saying the right things that would allow me to vote for him with a clear conscious.

    I just hope he’s not pulling a Nixon on us. Nixon campaigned like a conservative, but after he was elected he was arguably the most liberal Republican ever elected.

    Hmmmmmm…..

    Via Jim Hoft at TheGatewayPundit:

    Romney Says Perry Is Unelectable — He’s Not Moderate Enough


     
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    PrincetonAl | September 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Couple things.

    Perry, as with all candidates, is not without blemishes and his debate execution was not perfect. However, while he may have his faults, I believe he genuinely wants to push government back to the states and rollback regulation, and that he would help do that. Its up to us to keep the states clean – and its a lot easier than trying to manage unelected federal bureaucrats that Obama is setting up. So I see him as a victory.

    But when you look at the polling numbers, it hasn’t hurt his standings that much with conservatives in the polling, so the loss is in the moderate camp. (The usual weak-kneed media influenced sellouts).

    For that, the explanation I think is that the media is, as is expected, everything it can to destroy every conservative candidate. Watch how every news issue is framed – from executions to other things unrelated to the campaign – in ways to tarnish Perry. We have to realize that the media is working hard to pick our candidates for us. If you haven’t spent a year reading HillBuzz, the best blog by a bunch of ex-democratic on-the-ground strategists that you can read, you should go back and do it to understand how our enemies work us.

    They will do the same to Romney (or Huntsman, if he had a shot), but first they need to shoot down every single other conservative candidate to get the “soggy cucumber mayo” (h/t HillBuzz) nominated, then they will destroy him. Then the unflattering pictures, stories, etc. will come out.

    Its been their strategy from the start. And the “moderate” wing and the weak-kneed in the party will fall for it everytime.

    I think it is good to vet our folks hard, and Perry deserves to be vetted.

    But I am disgusted by Romeny’s attacks on him around Social Security, and anyone who is buying the sweet-nothings he is whispering doesn’t see him for what I perceive to be the spineless wimp that he is.

    We had better primary some more Republican Congressman and get some real conservative senators in there, because if we take the White House with Romney, we will not get any real fight or leadership.

    6 months ago, I was not excited about a Palin run or a huge Palin fan, and thought her best shot was an outside troublemaker for the party.

    But now, frankly, I am so disgusted by the prospect of Romney running that if he starts to comfortably reclaim the frontrunner status, I’ll be hoping she jumps in.

    Yes, I want to beat Obama. Romney does not excite me as someone who will necessarily be up for the challenge, or if he wins, while he undoubtedly will be better, will create 4 more years of Bush-like “not quite as big as the Democrats” growth of the federal government.

    He will not fight for us. He does not stand for us. He will care too much about his image to die on the sword for what is right, in my opinion.

    Electability matters, but the “unelectable” mantra is being pushed hardest by the left, and we have to keep a very close eye on how they are tring to pick our candidate for us.

    Because its not because they are trying to help our cause.


       
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      retire05 in reply to PrincetonAl. | September 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      PrincetonAl, I was thinking the other day how the media acted during the 2008 campaign season. McCain was far off my radar, simply because I had taken the time to read the Shamnesty Bill that McCain co-authored with Ted Kennedy. And Romney seemed too slick by half for me.

      But the media played McCain up, saying what a boon he was to the GOP crowd of candidates. He was, according to them, the best thing since sliced bread for the GOP. Well, McCain won the primaries, and immediately the press came out with accusations against McCain claiming he had had an affair and had cheated on his wife, Cindy. I remember the presser McCain gave, with wife Cindy standing behind him, to disavow those accusations. McCain had made the mistake of thinking that the press was really in his corner. They weren’t. They wanted the GOP candidate that a young, inexperience senator from Illinois, that the press was unwilling to vet, could defeat.

      And the McCain/Obama race is history. Mission accomplished for the media who finally got their really first, true, socialist president.

      I don’t put much stock into the debates. Yes, Romney seems better at the debate system, but he had had lots of practice. And it drives me nuts to have lengthy, wordy responses that really don’t say a damn thing.

      In 2008, there were a lot of article written about Romney’s flip-flopping on the issues. Now it is Perry’s turn to be vicerated, while Romney seems to be off their radar. For me, it is familiar. The press doing their best to destroy a person who can actually relate to Americans in fly-over country while they shove the East Coast Brahmin down our throats, who will not win against Obama.

      Palin should get in if that is what she wants to do (the clock is ticking on that window of opportunity) but if she does, she will take votes away from Bachmann, who seems hell bent in destroying her own campaign with the latest smears against Anita Perry put out by her PAC, and Perry. The east and west coasts will never pull the lever for Palin, so that will give us McCain Deux.

      The internet is a wonderful thing. I has allowed me to go back and see what conservatives were saying about Romney in 2008. Not much of it is complimentary.


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