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If I were Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Tim Pawlenty, etc., I think I would be pretty angry right now.

Information is now pouring out about Romney, his questionble use of foreign shell companies to hide assets, his history with Bain and when he exactly left, whether he lied on corporate filings, alleged blind trusts placing investment funds with his children, the use of a loophole to fund a $100 million IRA, etc.

Where was this information 12 months ago?  

Debate after debate and Romney basically said "Trust me.  I am perfect.  My financial dealings are legal and ethical.  Give me the baton so I can cross the finish line against Obama and win the presidency."

Thousands of voters (GOP primary voters) made decisions based upon a lie.  While some might argue well, the GOP competitors or the press dropped the ball and it isn't anyone's fault that Mr. Perfect now has some sizeable flaws.

I do not think so.  When you run for office in a contested primary; you are entering a social contract with those voters --- here is why I am the best candidates: I share your values/views/my agenda is your agenda and I WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER.  If you are for US Senate from say, Idaho or Utah and you're a Republican, the primary becomes very important because you are a strong favorite in November.  Switch to New Jersey or California and the strong favorite goes away.  Now you tell primary voters, my stands are in line with all voters and I support a  lot of issues that we (the candidate and the voter) care about.  

Neither low voter turnout nor the lack of will on the part of the GOP field to question how someone got rich is an explanation of the failure of Mitt Romney to fulfill the Social Contract with voters.

Say Rick Perry approached me and asked for my vote in Iowa.  I ask him some questions and listen to his views.  I look towards November and say "will this guy beat Obama?  Does he have a record that might damage him with more moderate voters (preventing him from prevailing because conservatives aren't a majority in any but maybe 2 or 3 states)?  Any skeletons?  Can he withstand a media outcry if something is found out?

Once Rick answers yes to the second part ---- he enters a social contract with me.  In Iowa he get my vote.  But my continued support after the primaries are over, after the GOP convention and on Election day comes down to I know Rick, Rick has my trust, I am going to back Rick as President and support him in that office.  Rick Perry agrees to be the same guy I voted for in January in November.  Voting is not a static in primary voting but a social contract ---- if he is on the ballot in November, I will vote for him?

What gets me out of my end ---- An Etch a Sketch comment from a campaign official, questions about your finances that you bragged about to me (private sector experience is a key to running a country never mind that the two of decidedly dissimilar) suddenly becomes a negative, or allegations of illegal conduct (or unethical or immoral or in Mr. Romney's case "I am so far up in the 1% that we have our own tax rules that let us enrich ourselves to a degree that you 'nail salon ladies' cannot understand"

Romney is not making Social Contract with anyone but a few people we have never seen or never heard of and would never have met because in the uber rich world of Romney --- social contracts are never made with the poor and the middle class.  The danger is we may be goiverned by a guy who said give me your vote when he is beholden to the people who tapped petty cvashed to yield him $100 million plus two months in a row.

And Newt and Ron and Michelle and Rick (both) and John etc should be angry.

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  •  I wonder if Rick Perry even remembers that (0+ / 0-)

    he was in a Republican primary this year.

    This was an extraordinarily weak field of GOP candidates.  Romney stood out because there was no one better and he had the bucks to buy his way thru.

    There may have been some awareness by the others that he had financial conflicts of one kind or another, but while they'd like to have been chosen as the presidential nominee, they may have held back in hopes of being picked as Romney's veep.

  •  There are no cries from (3+ / 0-)
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    kerflooey, dougymi, Matt Z

    the "GOP field" because, except for Huntsman and maybe Pawlenty they were a bunch of mixed filberts more interested in raising their profiles or selling future speaking engagements then really being President.

    Note to Republicans:

    If you want adults who are ready to be President to run, don't ask them to jump through hoops held up by your clown-posse base.

    "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

    by durrati on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 07:57:00 AM PDT

  •  They are not angry. (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    They are laughing.

    I can just see Rick and Newt, sitting next to each other and saying, "Now you know how it feels, don't you, Willard? Welcome to the party, pal."

  •  This is... (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    what they've claimed is capitalism at its most can they say anything?

    When Santorum said Romney was the worse candidate they could run, it's because of RomneyCare, not this.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 08:39:47 AM PDT

  •  If I were Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry... (2+ / 0-)
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    kmwray, durrati

    Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Tim Pawlenty, etc., I think I would be pretty embarrassed right now. They all had months to dig up dirt on Mitt and they utterly failed.

    What a bunch of losers.

    Wait. Actually, if I were Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Tim Pawlenty, etc., I think I would hang myself. Who the hell could live with being Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Tim Pawlenty, etc.?


    -7.88 -8,77 Just a wine sipping, brie eating, $6 coffee drinking, Prius driving, over educated, liberal, white, activist, male New Englander for Barack Obama.

    by EquationDoc on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 09:00:36 AM PDT

  •  The issue is that they listened to Rmoney... (0+ / 0-)

    ... during the primaries and backed off when he starting complaining about their attacks on his brand of "capitalism".  Rmoney used their attacks to claim that they weren't good rethugs and then spent millions of dollars attacking them to make the charges stick.  Remember when Newt and Rick Perry attacked Rmoney on Bain?

    The problem for them is that it is now too late for them to jump back into the game.  They lost, any complaining will make them look like sore losers AND risk alienating themselves from the mainstream GOP money teat.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 09:52:43 AM PDT

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