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Even conservatives desperate to beat Obama may now be concluding that Romney is no more “electable” than his primary opponents or a brokered convention nominee.

Mitt’s thickheaded comment on the “very poor” appalled right wing pundits like Andrew C. McCarthy:

While arming the Left with a luscious sound bite with which to caricature him as a callous vulture capitalist, Romney simultaneously stokes the Right’s fear that he is really a man of the Left – or, at least, a man without a core, who doesn’t get that the welfare state is not the solution but the problem.

And Stephen F. Hayes:

[Romney] seemed to consign the poor to a station in life. He suggested that society has done its duty because of the fact that “we have a safety net.”  In so doing, Romney seemed utterly unaware of a long strain of conservative thought on the morality of capitalism…. oblivious to the argument – central to the conservative movement – that free markets allow the poor to transcend their position, that poverty is not destiny.

Disaffected conservatives could still throw their support to a candidate with big ideas (Newt), a Christian heart (Santorum), a cult following (Paul) or a convention-picked nominee with no primary baggage.

Unwilling to concede, some republicans may be hoping to deprive Mitt of a first-ballot victory, enabling conservative “insiders” to draft a candidate such as Mitch Daniels, Sarah Palin or Chris Christie.

Maybe republicans are getting ready to throw the idea of “electability” out the window.

Opting instead for a “1964 moment:”  (That’s when Barry Goldwater is said to have given birth to the modern republican party, while losing 44 states to Lyndon Johnson.)

Take it from me republicans, electability is over-rated (both Dukakis in ’88 and Kerry in ’04 turned out to be real duds after the convention).

Democrat, meanwhile, should enjoy the spectacle of an inept republican front-runner.

As we eagerly await Mitt’s next gaffe.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Lou Siegel is a Labor educator and consultant, working with Los Angeles unions in communications, public policy and fundraising

    by laborlou on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 03:49:21 PM PST

  •  But there's all that money. We know that (4+ / 0-)

    money speaks louder than Romney, especially when Romney says "my friend" and somehow makes it sound like "jackass".

    •  But he would have to have 65 * what Obama raises (0+ / 0-)

      to continue buying the election.  And there is the luscious sound bite that many voters hate. A candidate backed by HUGE funds from rich guys trying to get more subsidies, tax breaks and passes to commit crimes without punishment.

      I call it BAINing the 99%. Closer to the election the ones who aren't really paying attention now will be and they will see the money pouring over his head and wonder why they are spending so much... Could it be to cut thier taxes and allow them to deregulate and steal us blind as well as privatizing everything to reap profits for crap service.

      Fear is the Mind Killer

      by boophus on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 04:32:52 PM PST

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    •  That's what I fear (0+ / 0-)

      The Pac money.  They have millions and millions to give to their fight to defeat Obama and they will be spending it.  We have millions but they have more and they will do everything in their power to win.  

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

      by Rosalie907 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 08:17:59 PM PST

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  •  The proof of Mitts electability trouble (7+ / 0-)

    is the fact that he is having the fight of his life getting the Republican nomination running against a field of right wing freakazoid zombie people... and Ron Paul.   Any self respecting candidate with a national following should be able to trounce this field!

    I am the neo-con nightmare, I am a liberal with the facts.

    by bhfrik on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 03:59:23 PM PST

  •  243,000 (6+ / 0-)

    If the economy continues to create 243,000 (and 200,000 will be more than sufficient) per month, then no Republican will be electable. They can bring back Ronald Reagan, and they still won't win.

    Unfortunately, because the Koch brothers can write a billion dollar check to the Republicans, they will probably have complete controll of congress in 2013.

  •  Contemporary election politics (2+ / 0-)
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    is no longer "set up" to produced brokered conventions or "convention-picked" nominees.  By the time the convention rolls around too much money has already been invested in candidates.

    While those kinds of outcomes are technically still possibilities, the practical realities of contemporary politics make them highly unlikely.  

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 04:17:17 PM PST

  •  he is banking on the Supreme Court (1+ / 0-)
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    once they conclude corporations are people... the next logical step is to give them one vote for every million in Stockholder's Equity..

    then he will get eleventy-billion votes!!

  •  You Can See It In Romney's Eyes...... (6+ / 0-)

    He knows he's a giant dud, too.

    He can wear his little every man blue jeans to his campaign events, but he's got a closet full of cashmere suits at each of his homes.  He's much more comfortable in those.

    I look at both Anne Romney & Callista Gingrich in their plain little suits for the campaign.  Not a diamond in sight, but it's all for show.

    The whole thing is a scam.  They're can't even fool Republicans, & they have a vested interest in believing this BS.

  •  Callista as FLOTUS is an oxymoron. Such (1+ / 0-)
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    an outcome starts us down the drain of the British monarchy with Henry VIII.  The Romneys also want to continue the Romney dynasty that humble George and Lenore Romney never suspected they'd begun even though both of them had political ambitions.

  •  I don't doubt Romney's electability (1+ / 0-)
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    Not because he's a good candidate (he's awful), but because of the millions and millions of anonymous right wing Citizens United money that he's going to have supporting him.

    The way Romney bought his victory on Tuesday was alarming. His Super PAC spent 15 million plus on TV ads in Florida, about five times as much as Gingrich. He was able to do the same thing when Gingrich was surging shortly before the Iowa caucuses.

    I mean, I knew Citizens United was the devil's wang and everything, but really seeing it as it happens is depressing.

    Watching this, I can only imagine the big money onslaught Pres Obama and Democrats are going to face in the general election

    "He's the one, who likes all our pretty songs. And he likes to sing along. And he likes to shoot his gun. But he knows not what it means" - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 04:56:32 PM PST

  •  Romney made another HUGE gaff yesterday (2+ / 0-)
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    in Las Vegas on the "Face to Face" show. Perhaps it didn't make such a splash because it wasn't 'legitimized' by network TeeVee, but Maddow caught it and used it on her show.

    "If they feel the economy is going in the right direction, they ought to vote for Barak Obama."

    Maybe the interview was delayed and actually taped on Feb. 2, but on Friday the unemployment rate had fallen to 8.3% and the Dow closed the highest since May, 2008.

    Here's the link for his whole interview, and his stoopit statement is about 4:35 in.

    •  I think the economy is now better (0+ / 0-)

      Than when Obama first took office.  It's not great but at least with some normalization, we can start to address the deeper structural problems.  

      Check out my new blog:

      by SoCalLiberal on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 07:07:14 AM PST

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  •  Been predicting... (0+ / 0-)

    for months. The GOP WILL have a brokered convention.

    Who knows who will come out of that?  I sure don"t .

  •  Maybe Rudy will offer (0+ / 0-)

    his cranky self as a gift to the Nation. I don't think they'd hazard the remaining Bush. Christie might be out because he wouldn't even necessarily bring New Jersey with him. Isn't he sinking there? Rubio doesn't have name rec outside of political circles.

    The position of nominee, by then, might look even less attractive then it does now.

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