"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)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mitt Romney Platform 'Like An Etch A Sketch,' Top Spokesman Says

Even in liberal Illinois where the spin has started that Romney now has Tea Party support, he could only get 47% of the vote with a lot of votes coming out of Obama areas.  Do Romney advisers and the RNC actually think that Romney is going to win Illinois over Obama or Chicago in particular?  That's not happening.  To only get 47% in IL after all the negative ads makes you wonder what is going to happen in the fall.  Will the Romney wealthy donors continue to bankroll his negative Super PAC against Obama or are they going to say to Romney you have the nomination and now it is up to you in the general election.

There are times that a campaign at the beginning comes out with some really dumb comments but this far into the race -- no way should this happen.  To compare Romney's Platform "like an etch a sketch" as stated by his top spokesman, confirms what many of us have been saying that his core values are much more left than most Republicans.  This idea of Romney being conservative flies in face of the facts is another problem his campaign is facing.  Tell it like it is and let voters decide instead of spinning on almost every issue and flip flopping all over the place to the point some of his comments have become outright lies especially about RomneyCare.

Would have had much more respect for Romney if he had said up front I am more moderate than most of the Republican base, but I am willing to work with conservatives to find common ground and do what is best for all of America.  Romney didn't have the courage to stand up and be honest instead he hid behind his 'severely' conservative mantra which was as phony as $3 bill.

Have to admit when I logged on to the computer this morning and this article popped up from my AOL account, I just shook my head at the people surrounding Romney who from all accounts are all moderates. That would explain why they don't have a clue about conservatives but want to stereotype all of us as being the Tea Party when a lot of us are part of the Grassroots not the Tea Party.  One size does not fit all in the conservative base as there are a lot of us who will not be fooled by someone pretending to be a conservative. This gaffe by Romney's spokesman says it all.  The words "I Told You So!" come to mind.

Finally someone honest in the Romney campaign:
Mitt Romney Platform 'Like An Etch A Sketch,' Top Spokesman Says
Posted: 03/21/2012 11:10 am Updated: 03/21/2012 11:19 am 
WASHINGTON -- It's hardly a secret that presidential candidates tack toward their base over the course of a primary and shift toward moderation once that primary is over. What's rare is when a campaign admits as much publicly. 
In an appearance on CNN Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney's top adviser Eric Fehrnstrom made this Kinsley gaffe, saying that the positions taken by the former Massachusetts governor during the GOP primary campaign were as erasable as a drawing on an Etch a Sketch. 

From the transcript: 
JOHN FUGELSANG, POLITICAL COMEDIAN: Good morning, sir. It's fair to say that John McCain was considerably a more moderate candidate than the ones that Governor Romney faces now. Is there a concern that the pressure from Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to attach so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?
FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.
But I will say, if you look at the exit polling data in Illinois, you'll see that Mitt Romney is broadly acceptable to most of the factions in the party. You have to do that in order to become a major party nominee. He's winning conservatives. He's winning Tea Party voters. He's winning men, women, winning Catholics and Protestants. 
There is a growing recognition within the Republican Party that Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee. And there’s two reasons for that. The first is, people see in him the capacity of someone who can lead on the economy. Secondly, they see someone who can defeat Barack Obama. 
The analogy here is unfortunate, conjuring up the image of a candidate shaking and re-drawing until he creates a picture that appeals to voters, rather than deftly evolving towards new positions and rhetoric. And for Romney -- who has already shifted his positions during the course of his career to accommodate the different audiences he is wooing -- the comment is even more problematic. The Republican primary isn't over. And if former Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign has its wits about it, it will help make sure that this comment reverberates in the days to come. 
But it's also worth acknowledging that almost all presidential candidates try and perform this evolutionary act during the switch from a primary to a general election. As then-Sen. Barack Obama was railing against NAFTA while running against Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2008, his top economic adviser Austan Goolsbee was assuring Canadians that his bluster was just that. 
Source:  Huffington Post
When the end of the day comes, remember how important it is to elect conservatives to the House and Senate because they are responsible for the budget.  The lack of a budget out of the Democrats in the Senate for three years is one of the best reasons to send the Democrats running for Senate to the unemployment line and oust the Democrat leadership of the Senate.  Republican House members have come out with a budget plan that will work but most likely the obstructionist Senate will not even hear it in Committee.  Reid and his leadership team need to be in the minority come January 2013.

Figured out why the postal service likes Romney so well since on the bottom scroll of the video it says Postal Service:  "We need more junk mail" which is really fitting for this article.  During one month I received 9 snail mail letters asking for dollars for Romney.  If you add in five from the RNC, we are up to 14 and then the other request from organizations and candidates which was 38 for a grand total of  52 pieces of junk mail.  Post office is making out like a bandit with their 'junk mail' while our landfill is getting the junk mail.  With so much junk mail, guess it is time to start shredding it to use for mulch in the garden.

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