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Meh Romney
I'm all you got, conservatives. (Darren Hauck/Reuters)
I love this Politico article. How can you not? It's so diplomatic:
Mitt Romney has done the unthinkable: silenced the legions of conservatives who saw him as too starched, too ideologically wobbly and too Richie Rich to win a few months ago.
Translation: They wanted to see him act like a dick towards Barack Obama. Now that they see he can act like a dick towards Barack Obama, the rest of that stuff doesn't matter (because you and I both know none of that other stuff has changed even one little bit.) Really, though, acting like a dick has been Mitt Romney's core competency during this campaign. It's how he squished each not-Mitt competitor who came along. Why did they have doubts about this?
Now comes the hard part: getting those same conservatives not to pop off as he moves to confront a half-dozen very Mitt-specific political dangers — the ones top Republican officials say he must navigate to unite the party and attract skeptical conservatives and independents this summer.
Translation: Will the base stick with Mitt as he "moves" to Etch-a-Sketch appear more moderate during the general election, so as to convince the rest of the country that he is not, in fact, a nominee for frothing lunatics? Or will they melt down and abandon him, as they have done to every other national Republican who dared to moderate their positions?
Their calculus: President Barack Obama’s campaign is threatened most by events he can’t control: a European financial catastrophe, an Israeli attack on Iran that could goose gas prices, economic stagnation.

Mitt Romney’s campaign is threatened most by the man himself.

Translation: I don't have one. I'm just laughing.
And that’s pretty scary to GOP insiders, right at a moment when they’re sensing they could win this thing.
Translation: Oh crap! We just nominated Mitt Freaking Romney? What do we do now?

The rest of the article contains Republican advice for Mitt, ranging from "for the love of God, just shut up already" (loosely paraphrased) to suggestions that he "go big" when talking about the economy, the deficit, and other things Republicans pretend to give a damn about. I think that amounts to what we've already been seeing from Mitt. His handlers are already very sensitive to his gaffes, he already barely says squat of substance, the campaign already prefers to mainly attack opponents via ads and allied SuperPACs rather than engaging them in actual arguments, and when he does talk about the economy or the deficit the man himself is as abstract as humanly (or robotically) possible. Nobody's giving Romney any advice here that his campaign isn't already painfully aware of.

Still, in the cosmic sense it's pretty funny watching Republicans try to reconcile the Mitt they have with the candidate they want. Or it would be, if the repercussions weren't quite so dire. Watching the base cringe may have its moments, but if the primaries were any indication the Romney game plan is going to be a bleak, miserable one, coupling nasty smear ads with impressively vacuous non-substantive non-arguments from the man himself. Whether that will keep the base happy isn't clear—keep in mind, they don't have to be all that "happy", they just have to keep reminding themselves of the scary secret Kenyan Muslim Communist currently in the White House—but I expect the rest of us are going to be sick of it in short order.

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  •  Politico has as much credibility as TMZ (17+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:02:05 AM PDT

  •  You know what scares the hell out of me? (18+ / 0-)

    Since the stories of his cutting the kid's hair, and laughing at the blind old teacher have come out, his standing with women and independents has gone UP. What the hell?? Who are we?? I am truly terrified that this man has a chance, when he should be 20 points behind Obama nationally, not just in electoral polls.

    My dog is a member of Dogs Against Romney: He rides inside.

    by adigal on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:07:02 AM PDT

    •  He's fresh.....but getting staler. (6+ / 0-)
    •  Agreed 100%. I shudder to (10+ / 0-)

      think that what the Rush Limbaughs and Ann Coulters and Sarah Palins have encouraged is the kind of mass brutality and coarse, hateful mob viciousness we are seeing on the right.  Mitt himself, without any core moral center, has embraced this, and the ordinary GOP voters have allowed their inner beast to overcome their instinct for humanity.

      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

      by SottoVoce on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:16:00 AM PDT

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    •  It boggles my mind too (6+ / 0-)

      that Romney has any credibility.  It's probably a combo of "low information voters" and the "Kenyan Muslim Communist" factor.  That said, there's part of me that's cautiously hopeful that Romney isn't ready for prime time and has feet of clay.  Obama's campaign needs to run more of the Bain Capital ads.

    •  As usual, the problem is that people don't know (5+ / 0-)

      about these stories. The MSM won't go near them. He is only up in the polls because he just clinched the nomination.

      Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

      by shoeless on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:43:58 AM PDT

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    •  I have to agree. Be afraid, very afraid. (2+ / 0-)
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      adigal, Matt Z

      It's a long time till November, and there is a lot that could go wrong in the meantime. Europe, no matter what any economist says, is a disaster waiting to happen. With what is going on in Syria, the whole mideast could blow up in our faces. Forget Russia and China, Iraq is supporting the Syrians! Next it will be the Afghans!

      We certainly like getting ourselves slapped in the face. Repeatedly.

      Time to crawl under a rock, or start throwing them.

    •  This "man" has a chance because that's the way (5+ / 0-)
      this man has a chance, when he should be 20 points behind Obama nationally, not just in electoral polls.
      that's the way the overlords, and their vassals the reichwing media and GOP pols want it to be.

      This race is going to be way, way, way too close because of the extreme media manipulation and machinations that have always been strong but will be positive Herculean as we move into summer then the fall.

      Remember that this is the first presidential election since Citizens United went into effect.

      Is anybody listenin' ? - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:51:06 AM PDT

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      •  I know...and I do feel helpless this time (5+ / 0-)

        I didn't feel helpless last time. I just am hoping that Obama is going to punch and keep punching, and not be Mr. Nice Guy. I think he has the fire, I just want to see him use it.

        My dog is a member of Dogs Against Romney: He rides inside.

        by adigal on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:17:53 AM PDT

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        •  I hear what you're saying. It's his last election (1+ / 0-)
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          adigal

          for all the marbles and for history's sake.  I think our POTUS could still be a puncher AND nice to boot.  And I think he'll bring it but I'm not sure about the timing.  He'll have to fight the media's near zero coverage of him and their mostly fucked up spin to the last second before the polls close in November AND beyond.

          All he and his team really need to do is continue to play offense, keep the Mittster & Co responding.  Keep telling the truth about Romney.  It's ludicrous that an asshole like Romney is nearly neck and neck with Obama.  Ugh.

          Is anybody listenin' ? - by Tori del Allen

          by Dumas EagerSeton on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 03:25:15 PM PDT

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  •  leave it to politico (17+ / 0-)

    to frame an attack on iran by israel as politically dangerous because it might goose gas prices, and not as a potential trigger of a wider war and a staggering humanitarian catastrophe.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:10:03 AM PDT

  •  Romney....the Great Peacemaker shall bind the GOP (2+ / 0-)
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    shoeless, MidwestTreeHugger

    together........LOL

  •  This writer gives the R's too much credit (7+ / 0-)

    Republicans are kind of like Stalin-era communists, they put party above all. They'll vote for Romney no matter how distasteful they find him, because he has an R by his name.

  •  I've said it before. . . (6+ / 0-)

    Mitt's coronation as the establishment GOP nominee was a foregone conclusion. As is the conclusion that 40 percent of the electorate - at least - would vote for the GOP nominee if he/she/it were a turnip.

    That, lamentably, is likely true of the Democrats as well, although I think we are far less likely to select a turnip. Or a soulless, corporatist empty suit.

    •  That is a big difference. (0+ / 0-)

      Republicans didn't like John McCain, and they don't like Mitt Romney. At least Democrats usually nominate people that we don't despise.

      Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

      by shoeless on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:52:06 AM PDT

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      •  National offices, sure (0+ / 0-)

        But I believe we can all come with a local Democratic politician or two that we loathe. To the point where either one votes for the Republican candidate (sometimes there is a sane one), or writes in someone like Sacha Baron Cohen.

        For example, the Daily machine in Chicago was the only thing keeping the Republican party in existence for a very long time.

  •  You nailed it in this one sentence (6+ / 0-)
    Really, though, acting like a dick has been Mitt Romney's core competency during this campaign.
    You finally found a compentency in rMoneys campaign!

    LOL sadly: sad in the fact that apparently people LIKE this guy because he IS a dick!

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:18:54 AM PDT

  •  Hopefully our side will understand something (0+ / 0-)

    similar:

    they don't have to be all that "happy", they just have to keep reminding themselves of the scary secret Kenyan Muslim Communist currently in the White House
    I'm happy with Obama's work over the last 3.5 years, but if you aren't, just realize that we have to keep Dog on Car out of the White House, and get Pelosi back in charge of the House.

    Occupy the voting Booth!

    by anonevent on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:25:59 AM PDT

  •  Which Is Why There Won't Be a Romney Campaign (8+ / 0-)

    or a Republican campaign this year. It's an anti-Obama/Dems campaign.

    That's not really a problem in the age of C.U. What C.U. unleashed is almost purely negative campaigning, and negative campaigning works.

    I'm not saying they will win the WH but they will win in many downticket races around the country, and the WH will be a cliffhanger.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:26:47 AM PDT

    •  Yet the serious people keep telling me that (2+ / 0-)
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      Proud Liberal Dem, Supavash

      Obama should never, ever, under any circumstances, run a negative ad because it makes him look mean. Meanwhile...

      Forgive me for noting that conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less. E.J. Dionne

      by blueyescryinintherain on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:32:24 AM PDT

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    •  As they have been since 2000. (2+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, drpmeade

      GWB didn't "win"--anti-Gore won in 2000.
      GWB didn't win--anti-Kerry won in 2004.
      I think it may be safe to say that
      Obama didn't win--anti-Republicans won in 2008.
      (Although to be fair, to overcome the racist anti-Obama votes, a lot of actual pro-Obama youth votes helped. A purer anti-Republican election was held in 2006.)
      Ymmv . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:33:37 AM PDT

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      •  That's to wish for n/t (0+ / 0-)
        •  ? n/t (0+ / 0-)

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:46:11 AM PDT

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          •  n/t = "No text" (0+ / 0-)

            For when the comment is entirely in the subject line, & nothing in the text body.

            •  No, that I know. What was your comment (0+ / 0-)

              about?

              "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

              by bryduck on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 03:37:36 PM PDT

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              •  Oops, not yours. drpmeade's . . . n/t (0+ / 0-)

                "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                by bryduck on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 03:38:02 PM PDT

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                •  My bad. (0+ / 0-)

                  I meant my comment to be interpreted as anti-republicans should win in 2012.

                  I hope that  last night in Wisconsin was not a bad omen.

                  •  I'm sure it was. (0+ / 0-)

                    Republicans don't need anything to be motivated to vote, apparently, and they have no conscience whatsoever. (Think "Terminator 1.") We have to move heaven and earth to win a single election, and then even when we do, we do nothing with it that appears to help anyone, making it that much harder to win the next time.
                    (Please don't send me the laundry list of accomplishments, if you are of a mind to. It doesn't convince anyone, clearly, since every national poll has this election a tossup. A freaking tossup between the weakest, most venal and obvious panderer in recent history and a sitting President not mired in scandal.)
                    I'm sick and tired, literally, of this country's predilection for voting itself into destruction. We are, for whatever reasons you wish to list, too stupid/ignorant nowadays for self-governance, so when our democracy finally does collapse, we will have earned every bit of the scorn we get from the world.

                    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

                    by bryduck on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 08:06:08 AM PDT

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  •  Well the win didn't last long (4+ / 0-)
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    salmo, Supavash, Matt Z, vcmvo2

    http://www.redstate.com/...

    There are many, many Republicans who have come to terms with supporting Mitt Romney because, despite their reservations, we can all agree he is far better than Barack Obama.

    One issue, above all others, still gives many of the base qualms about supporting Romney. He never distanced himself from Romneycare and over the past several years and gone back and forth between definitive statements on full repeal of Obamacare and partial repeal of Obamacare.

    Conservatives should therefore consider it unacceptable that Mike Leavitt has any role on the Romney campaign. Having pushed states to start implementing Obamacare, potentially to his profit, we must ask who is doing the vetting at Team Romney.

    Mike Leavitt does not sound like the type of guy who will look Mitch McConnell in the eye in 2013 and demand, on behalf of President Romney, full and unconditional repeal of Obamacare.

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:28:50 AM PDT

    •  Eric Erickson.. ha! (3+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, salmo, Matt Z

      He's still pissed Romney is the guy.. yes, there will always be some outspoken far right speakers calling Romney unacceptable.. but his first sentence says it all..  many have come to terms it is Romney or Obam.

      •  despite (0+ / 0-)

        the fact that Eric is a complete joke, he definitely holds sway in the conservative. In the end, your probably right. As much people who won't vote for romney, the same can be said for Obama. There's a few people on this site. Romney does have a couple factors to worry about. Mormonism does freak out some people, and not only conservatives. Second is Ron Paul. The things they are doing in Nevada shoes they can't be taken lightly.

        •  Not anymore. He's a joke to most conservatives (0+ / 0-)

          as well, these days.  RedState has become the laughing stock of conservative websites because of their fascist policies against posting anything at variance with their party line.

          But you are correct about Romney's other problems.. Mormonism..  Ron Paul, most definitely.  But what happens if he picks Rand Paul as his running mate?  Highly speculative, yes.. but it's about the only way to solve the Ron Paul problem..

  •  Just because their base is reluctantly resigned (4+ / 0-)
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    bryduck, salmo, llywrch, Matt Z

    to voting for Mitt, doesn't mean they won't.  Abandon him?  For what?  To stay home and watch President Obama get re-elected?

    Any pundit who thinks that is even a remote possibility is dreaming.. maybe it is just wishful thinking.  It ain't gonna happen.  Watch the Repub turnout in Wisconsin today for a preview of how they are fired up for November.

    They've been showing a Breitbart video around the conservative blogs.. I think it was CPAC or whatever they call it..  it has him calling "shame on you" to any GOP voter who doesn't support whoever the candidate is 100%.  (here it is)

    Don't underestimate their hatred of President Obama.. it is much stronger than their dislike of Romney... much stronger.

  •  What were the teabaggers worried about? (0+ / 0-)

    If Mittens can act like a dick to Rick Perry, he certainly has no problem acting like a dick to Barack Obama.

    Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

    by shoeless on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:32:43 AM PDT

  •  Simpler version: authoritarians fall in line (4+ / 0-)

    (see also "sky is blue")

    NOW SHOWING
    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:34:59 AM PDT

  •  If I were Mitt Romney's campaign advisor, (1+ / 0-)
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    Supavash

    I would tell him to strap the dog to the car,and take a nice long vacation in Canada until, say, Nov. 2. Perferably, in an isolated cabin in northern Saskatchewan.

    Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

    by shoeless on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:40:02 AM PDT

  •  November will be another election (6+ / 0-)

    the outcome of which will depend on GOTV efforts.  If the Democrats don't work it, they'll lose it, both on the congressional and presidential level.

    Republican women will gravitate back to Romney as the furor over the GOP "War on Women" takes a back seat to the deluge of presidential ads we will all be subjected to.

    I'm lucky to live in Texas where neither party will spend all that much money on advertising.  Texas is expected, as always, to vote for the turnip.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:40:21 AM PDT

  •  The republican stoopids (0+ / 0-)

    The gooper stoopids would vote for John Wayne Gacey if his name had a (R) after it.

  •  I am not as sanguine as the diarist (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think the electorate has changed a whole heck of a lot since it re-elected Bush in 2004 in the face of a huge war, growing deficits, anemic job growth, and clear evidence of managerial incompetence on a massive scale. So, yeah, the electorate is entirely capable of electing Romney. If they nearly elected Bush in 2000 and actually did so in 2004, and then elected a Republican majority in the House in 2010, heck yeah.

    I often wonder why no Dem super-Pac has thought to start an astro-turf "dump Romney" movement in the GOP base. Is that so impossible? Just in the purple States?

    The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

    by Anne Elk on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:36:14 AM PDT

  •  the implications are extremely serious (1+ / 0-)
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    Friend of the court

    imagine what life would be like during a (god forbid) Romney term in office...

    Trying to hitch a ride to the nearest food bank...carry enough to feed your kids (almost no food stamps) and your elderly relatives who had to come and live with you.    

    Willing to do anything to earn just the tiniest bit.  Worried sick everytime anyone even sneezes as the county hospital is so far away.

    Hyperbole?... this is how some people live now...

    Think the bush years were a nightmere...welcome to hell..

  •   As a rube (not really) (0+ / 0-)

    I fully support the first box of rocks that comes along as long as I'm told to.

  •  Mitt's Big Problem (3+ / 0-)
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    Supavash, investorb, llywrch

    Mitt and his gang need to beat Obama to a pulp politically and personally in order to "energize" the Con base to vote for him.  Hating Obama is their only rationale to turn out.

    BUT Obama is a nice guy with very high favorables so Mitt's bullying him, like he did so successfully to Newt and Rick, is going to make Mitt look like, well, a bully.  

    Do Americans really want to elect a bully to be president?  Mitt's unfavorables are already very high.  

    Beating up on Newt and Rick is perfectly acceptable, but beating up on Barack is very problematic.

  •  This is why Trump is pushing the Birther issue (1+ / 0-)
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    Supavash

    and why Romney wont condemn it.

    It rallies the base on a non issue and allows Romney then to move to the center.

    Hopefully the right will go along since Romney didn't condemn Trump for bashing Obama.

  •  Anne Romney in The Onion (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    The Onion, again, is too close to the truth to be satire:

    http://www.theonion.com/...

    I want my government to be big enough to drown Grover Norquist in a bathtub.

    by sercanet on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:05:30 AM PDT

  •  The Rise You See Is Just Republicans.... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Supavash

    coming home to roost.  Republican women & former Republican now Independents are getting behind Romney.

    Have to admit, it is going to be enjoyable watching Mitt try to twist his gangly body into a pretzel to win the General.

    Erick Erickson & Red State are furious at Romney because he appointed an adviser who blatantly supports "Obamacare".

    Oh.....the horrors!

  •  Would I Have A Beer With Romney? (0+ / 0-)

    Would I have a beer with the guy?  

    When the country used this acid test when comparing Al Gore to George Bush, I really figured we couldn't sink much lower.  What twisted mind came up with that anyway?  What metric will someone invent to measure the two candidates as if they were in a bar fight?  

    It's going to be a long election season.

  •  Just keep showing Republicans that picture of... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Mitt signing the RomneyCare bill, with a happy Ted Kennedy standing behind him.

    That should about do it for Mitt's base. LOL

  •  And he's stuck with them, but they vote; we don't (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 01:25:52 PM PDT

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