"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)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Romney Stop in Troy, Ohio, Cut Short Due to Shouts of "Romney Go Home"

Romney was heckled off the stage in Troy, Ohio, yesterday afternoon after 5 minutes with anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 people there depending who gives the figures. Shouts of "Romney Go Home" drowned out his speech so he got mad, left the stage ducking into a diner before getting back on the bus and leaving Troy, Ohio behind.  Troy, Ohio, is not liberal so this speaks volumes.

Want to share a video with you from Troy, Ohio, in 2004 when President George W. Bush visited. Contrast this with the picture above from the Troy Daily News of the Romney visit.  Notice the lack of people and Romney signs compared to Bush along with lack of hecklers for Bush.  The people of Troy loved the visit of George W. Bush and were one of the places giving him the votes to win Ohio.

Know people who were at the Bush Rally and they said the 20,000 figure was an underestimate of how many people were actually there.  These were people out to support Bush/Cheney and welcome the President to Troy, Ohio, county seat of one of the most Republican counties in Ohio.  I grew up seven miles from Troy and where I first learned about politics becoming a Charter Member of the Teenage Republican Club of Ohio thanks to my Uncle who was heavily involved in Republican politics.  That is how I met Barry Goldwater in Lima as a teenager.  I know this area well and what it shows me is that Romney has NO enthusiasm in this area at all to get so few people to turn out and a lot of hecklers telling him to GO HOME!  

Troy is not Obama territory but frankly with what I have read about and pictures I have seen in Troy with the Romney visit, I don't see how Romney wins Ohio.  In fact Speaker of the House Boehner and Senator Portman do not look happy in some of the pictures.  

Romney like Obama is flying to pick up his bus not driving across Country on the bus.  Where are all the people going after Romney like they did Obama?  I stand by my original comments on Obama that now apply to Romney as well -- if you are going on a bus tour, then do a bus tour -- don't fly in and make it seem like you have been on the bus the whole time.

Then we have Romney's bus circling the Obama speech area in Cleveland honking the horn like some high school kid.  I found it disgusting and not something a major campaign would do because the bus is part of the Romney campaign not just a supporter.   That is absolutely tacky and classless. 

My favorite is Romney in the Philadelphia area stopping at a 'convenience store' bragging about eating a hoagie which was actually a meatball sub.  How many people do you know would brag about eating a hoagie from a convenience store?  A hoagie to me is a freshly baked roll with the famous Philly Cheesesteak ingredients that are the best in the Country that you find at a real deli not a convenience store.  Does Romney think this is how he is supposed to talk so the the middle class will like him?  Whoever are his advisers are making a huge mistake with trying to morph him into someone from Middle America because it is not working as we know what a donut is (unlike Romney) and definitely know what a hoagie is (unlike Romney).  Good for laughs and reminds me of Kerry and especially his wife when confronted with fast food.  

It all shows how out of touch Romney is with a lot of people and why the Republican Party apparatus should never have forced him down our throats.  If he gets this reaction in Troy, I don't see a path to win Ohio and that is being said by someone who grew up there.  If Romney loses, then the Republican Establishment needs to apologize to all of us long time grassroots people who have had our voices silenced with Romney as the GOP does every trick in the book including cheating to get him the nomination and then step aisde.  My guess is that they are going to blame conservatives for his loss and keep right on going like nothing is wrong in the Republican Party.  

Until the GOP kicks out these huge donors out to buy elections like the Koch Brothers, Rove, and others, then it is doomed as they have become Democrat lite and in some areas worse like with the Super PACs.  The other problem is that a lot of Republicans in the Congress are 'big' government types not 'small' and their economic philosophy is more along the lines of  Ayn Rand then Ronald Reagan.

The big question is whether the Republican Party can be saved from the bureaucrats and big money people or whether it is doomed like the Whigs and a new party will rise from the ashes?  The jury is out on that one!

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