"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Follow-up to the Debate last night in Mesa, Arizona

Have to admit that I watched the University of Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team beat the OSU Cowboys instead of the debate.  We won so it was definitely worth it to watch the Sooners win last night versus watching a debate and getting irritated.

Sounds like the debate had plenty to get irritated about as the crowd was on the side of Romney because the biased RNC chose Mesa, AZ, to hold the debate:
The crowd leaned to Mitt Romney. It was probably inevitable. Mesa, AZ is the second largest concentration of Mormons in America and the State Republican Party handled getting the seats filled. It threw Rick Santorum off his game. The crowd booed Santorum taking on Romneycare’s individual mandate.
Imagine that -- RNC favoring Romney!  (sarcasm) Must admit that Romney refusing to answer a question was a shocker should show American just how arrogant of a candidate Romney is today.  Here is the tough question he refused to answer:
"What is the biggest misconception the public has about you?" 
Yesterday during Piers Morgan Tonight, Governor Chris Christie said that one of the biggest misconceptions about Mitt Romney is that he is frigid, and that he instead possesses “enormous compassion.” He gave an articulate and straightforward response to his candidate’s shortcomings. Tonight, Romney had to answer that question about himself, and began to talk about the budget and other such things for so long that John King had to hop in and remind him that he was asked what the biggest misconception of him was. For this insolence, Romney struck him down: “You ask the questions you want; I give the answers I want.”

What kind of an answer is that to a simple question of the biggest misconception people have about Romney. With his refusal to answer, maybe there are no misconceptions and our being highly suspicious of him as a conservative and where he stands on issues are right on the mark -- he is a moderate to liberal.   Total arrogance on the part of Romney who thinks he is above the rest of the candidates except for Ron Paul who he needs to help win the nomination, and then he will throw him under the bus.

Romney also said last night he supported school vouchers but the truth:
Romney claimed to be a long time proponent of school choice, but he opposed school vouchers as Governor of Massachusetts and the Boston Hereald noted Romney refused to ever meet with the head of the Massachusetts Charter School Association while in the Governor’s Mansion.
Romney cannot get through a debate without lying and being arrogant and obnoxious.

Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com weighed in on last night's debate:
Perhaps it’s fitting that the last debate of the season — we all hope and pray — ended up in the hands of the one candidate who mastered the format during the entire cycle. Newt Gingrich learned his lesson in Florida that his formula for debates was what worked, and that means staying positive, remaining “cheerful” rather than angry, and attacking only Barack Obama and the media. That formula allowed Gingrich to mostly steer clear of the internecine arguments that cropped up between Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul, while speaking at length to the little in substance that actually came up at the depressingly repetitive debate.
We couldn't agree with Morrissey more that the debates are repetitive.  Why watch them?  RNC blew the debates like they are blowing this campaign.  That happens when you do everything for one candidate -- Mitt Romney.

The reason I am posting a portion of the email I received from the Santorum campaign this morning is the description of what the Romney campaign has been doing and how Romney takes credit for what he was required to do as Governor which is a follow-up to the debate from the Santorum campaign.
This campaign has a pattern. You rise up in the polls and Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and their campaign of negative attacks try to beat you down. It happened to Newt after South Carolina and now it's happening to me. Let me tell you what I really think about the attacks: I'm not backing down. 
Incredibly, the New York Times said it best last night: 
"But Mr. Santorum, unlike other Republican opponents whom Mr. Romney has targeted during this unwieldy primary battle, did not recoil. He returned the attacks as forcefully as they were delivered, arguing that the health care plan Mr. Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts would complicate the party's effort to criticize President Obama's health care plan. He also dismissed Mr. Romney's argument that he balanced the Massachusetts budget." 
"Don't go around bragging about something you have to do," Mr. Santorum said. "Michael Dukakis balanced the budget for 10 years. Does that make him qualified to be president of the United States? I don't think so." 
Since our wins in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri and Iowa, Mitt's campaign and Super PAC are spending millions of dollars attacking me with negative ads distorting my conservative record in Congress. But these attacks don't change the fact, that I am a principled conservative and Mitt Romney is not. Ultimately the truth is not complicated.
Note:  If you would like a copy of the email, please send me a request at truesoft.474@gmail.com as I will be most happy to forward.

Bottom line is that these debates have showcased a Republican Party that is getting more split by the day.  The establishment types have tried to force the moderate to liberal Romney dressed up as a conservative on the conservative base who has no trouble spotting an impostor like Romney.  We would have thought they would have learned in 1996 but then 2008 happened and now 2012.  If the Republican Party establishment doesn't change its ways, it might have a much smaller number of people to deal with in the future so they can name their candidate and everyone falls in line.  Not happening with Romney and now some are starting to panic.  They should have thought about that when they did 'scorched earth' against fellow Republicans whose supporters are not forgetting how underhanded the Romney camp was against any candidate that close to Romney.

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