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Habitual Palin-Basher to Get "Bigger Role" In Romney Campaign

From the New York Times (emphasis):

Kevin Madden, a Republican communications expert with long ties to Mitt Romney, will become a more frequent and visible spokesman for the presidential campaign, a source close to the decision said on Friday.

The increased responsibilities for Mr. Madden came in the wake of criticism from nervous Republicans about Mr. Romney’s campaign team. The Wall Street Journal said in an editorial that the campaign “looks confused in addition to being politically dumb.”


Mr. Madden was Mr. Romney’s press secretary during the 2008 campaign, appearing frequently on television and serving as the primary foil for the cadre of national political reporters following the candidate.

You will recall that Kevin Madden complained about Governor Palin during an interview with CNN, before the 2008 election had even taken place, in October of that year, saying:

“Look, that is why people who have done this before, people who have run national campaigns, always tend to look at prospective V.P. candidates, and they’re the ones that are nationally vetted, the ones that have been governors on the scene for a long time, the ones that have been — gone through the scrutiny of the national press corps in Washington.”

Amanda Carpenter noted at the time:

Former Romney Spokesman Kevin Madden was particularly harsh on Palin in an interview on CNN. His criticism of Palin is especially noteworthy because we’re only days from the election.

In a spot with Campbell Brown Madden said Palin’s wardrobe flap showed how "unseasoned" Palin is.

Also, according to Erick Erickson (pre anti-Palin era), from October 2008:

When I was in St. Paul for the Republican Convention, I heard more than a dozen people say acolytes of Mitt Romney were feeding all the stories to the media portraying Palin in a negative light.

In fact, I heard that one of the biggest pushers of anti-Palin stories, including encouraging reporters to pursue the “Trooper-gate” story was Romney spokeshack Kevin Madden.

I did not blog on it at the time because I perceived it to be people trying to finish off Romney. It likewise seemed clear to me that if this was going on, it was people loyal to Romney who were still hoping for his come back and not Romney himself.

In 2011, Madden took a shot at Governor Palin, telling CBS News:

 [Y]ou’re using a presidential campaign as a vehicle to build a little bit more of a profile as a celebrity, or somebody who’s going to be on TV- somebody’s who’s going to be selling books and giving speeches.

Keep in mind that this was FIVE months before Governor Palin made her final decision not to seek the presidency. Governor Palin was still in the process of contemplating a run at that point. To suggest that she was using the presidential election to boost her profile, is to not understand how large her profile is. Madden was obviously trying to "poison the well" by suggesting to Republican voters that her motives for mulling a White House bid were insincere. It was an underhanded thing to do.

So, what are the odds that many of the "anonymous" attacks against Governor Palin from team Romney, actually came directly from Kevin Madden? If you look at his history of on-air statements, and his reputation, it’s not a very far-fetched notion.

The Romney campaign is trying to give off the appearance that they are getting their camp in order to settle the stomachs of GOP donors. Perhaps elevating an individual, who is known to many base Conservatives an an under-handed, trash-talking opportunist,  isn’t the best way to go about that. In fact, you might consider that a "politically dumb" move.

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  • RebinTexas

    Thanks for the info Stacy……… I surprised…nope…….I’ve said I trust Romney barely more than I distrust bho…I am working on local, Texas elections – and also supporting some strong conservatives in other states…….yet I do not believe I will be able to bend myself near as much as Roberts did in his recent decision……and will not be able to vote for President.

    I know this kind of statement will anger many……but I am not losing the race for Romney – he and his cronies are doing much more than I ever could.

    • smbren

       I am thinking long term, for the grandchildren. I do not care about right now, I care about later on. I will vote for anybody but Obama, including the loathed Mitt. He is on his own though, no greenback or volunteering from me whatsoever. I live in Michigan and the polling here is neck and neck, with Obama a tad higher in the numbers. I will wait till election day to make my decision. If Obama is up by 6 or more I may sit home. The polling in this state is pretty accurate. If Mitt has a closer showing I will go out to vote. Of course who am I kidding? I always vote, and I want Debbie Stabenow out of the senate. I hear you though, and I completely understand.

      • RebinTexas

         Understood smbren……..we are basically of the same mind.

      • patnatasha

        how can the dufus be neck and neck with dufus lite in Michigan.

      • Phil Arnold

        I’m also thinking long term and thinking about the grandchildren. However, I am afraid that a Romney win will insure that the RINO GOPe remain in control of the GOP for the next 40 years, and they will do more harm to my grandchildren in those 40 years than Obama can in a second term.

        • Budvarakbar

           You could be right

        • Kalena

          I disagree.  We can primary him in 2016 with Sarah.  We can put more tea party types in Congress in 2012 and 2014.  Obama will destroy this country with his lawlessness if he has 4 more years in office. 

          • Phil Arnold

            I hope you are correct if Romney does win, but I am afraid if Romney wins that will empower the GOPe to push true conservatives down even farther. For years they have been treating us the way the Democrats treat Blacks. When it comes to elections, they want our money, support and votes, then after they win they tell us that they can’t do what they promised us when they wanted our votes.

            • Craig Phillips


        • opditch

          I’m sorry Phil, This is DO OR DIE in my book.  We have to dump Obama now.  I’m conservative and do not want to let the "e" continue control either, but I love my country too much to allow my internal Republican partisanship trump my country.  This election is no longer about Sarah or anything else, I say Romney all the way to the White House and that is final in my book, nothing else matters – Except to elect more conservative Sentators and Congressmen. 

      • Kalena

        Yeah, you have to show up to vote against Stabenow at the very least.  We have a shot at ousting her this year.  All of the GOP primary candidates are pretty good.  Hoekstra is running a very compelling anti Obamatax commercial right now.  There is a good tea party type on the primary ballot and I think someone from the east side of the state, too.  In the right circumstances I think any of them can beat Stabenow if we can hang her Reid butt kissing votes around her neck.

    • Joseph Grødahl

      I hear you, Reb.  I have been torn on this for months now.  Both 4 more years of Obama and 4 to 8 years of Romney at the helm of the GOP pose long-term dangers.  Ultimately, though, I consider three things in concluding that we need to hold our noses and support Mittens:
      #1: The Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court.  Over the next 4 years, it is very possible to get 2-3 vacancies on the Court.  Can we trust Romney to appoint justices in the mold of Justice Thomas?  No.  But imagine if Justice Scalia retires or dies, and Obama replaces him with a Justice Ginsburg type.  That would be a complete disaster.  I am also encouraged by the fact that his judicial advisor is Robert Bork (google "Mitt Romney Robert Bork" to see the Left go nuts over this), and by the memory of how conservatives successfully pressured Bush to drop the Harriet Myers nomination in favor of Justice Alito.
      #2: We cannot afford four more years of an Obama presidency.
      #3: Sarah’s effective leadership on electing better congressional candidates and advocating for solid principles means Romney will not be able to inflict as much damage on the party as Bush did.

  • 4rcane

    Madden argument against Palin for the wardrobe thing is equivalent of, hey I tripped over today, it show Madden is not seasoned. Its a non-sequitur. Palin don’t buy her clothing, John Mccain staff does that. If anything, it show the staff as incompetent 

  • Lemuel Vargas

    It is still fresh from my mind when a lot of Romney staffers watched "The Game Change", the anti Palin trope starring Jullian Moore. That goes to show what kind of staff Mitt has.


      Yep, I remember distinctly, parts of the "Romney team" showing up at the "red carpet".

      • Richard Dunnell

        It was a big mistake for McCain to accept Romney staffers to help in his campaign. They turned out to be stealth Trojan Horses with the mission to destroy Palin and McCain.

  • ZH100

    Great article. Thanks Stacy.

    "In a spot with Campbell Brown Madden said Palin’s wardrobe flap showed how “unseasoned” Palin is."

    In reality the "wardrobe flap" showed how "unseasoned"  Steve Schmidt and his team was. Anyway , Madden   was lying about "wardrobe" in order to vilify Gov.Palin.

    Debunking the wardrobe myth

    ‘Only Palin’s Stylist Knows for Sure ‘ 

    "It was a “trumped up controversy,” she writes. “I never asked the New York stylists to purchase clothes, many of the items were never worn, many others were intended for the use of other people, and in the end the wardrobe items were all returned. It certainly wasn’t true that I or my family had been on any kind of ‘big-time shopping trips.’ ”

    All true, Ms. Kline said this week. Her reticence so far, she said, was out of respect to a client. "

    The Wardrobe Saga

    "When I was in St. Paul for the Republican Convention, I heard more
    than a dozen people say acolytes of Mitt Romney were feeding all the
    stories to the media portraying Palin in a negative light.
    In fact, I heard that one of the biggest pushers of anti-Palin
    stories, including encouraging reporters to pursue the “Trooper-gate”
    story was Romney spokes hack Kevin Madden."

    About Trooper-gate.

    The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation

  • wpmwindsong

    I’ve been uncomfortable with Kevin Madden since 2008, maybe even more so than with Eric Fehrnstrom, whom I had not heard of before the Etch-A-Sketch interview. 

    Eric seems to be just not aware of the political impact of what he says honestly while Kevin seems to be more calculating and disingenuous for political advantage.

    In a primary season where the potential of a Palin entrance seemed hopeful, Eric seems just benignly incompetent and maybe even encouraging for a late Palin entrance, while Kevin was more not so subtly dangerous to Palin’s interests from the get go.  

    While I do not like Kevin for the above reasons, he may be a more effective adviser/spokesmen going after Obama than Eric.  In the general, devious calculating should trump benign honesty.        

    • Escaped_Teleprompter

      Effective spokesman for going after Obama?  Please re-read what Amanda Carpenter wrote — that Kevin Madden was harshly critical of Palin just days before the 2008 elections.  That should be enough to tell Palin Patriots that Madden considers Palin a bigger threat than Obama, since Madden was willing to undermine Palin and the Republican ticket, even if such criticism just before the 2008 election would help Obama.  
      Kevin Madden’s disdain for Palin and all that she represents is stronger than his aversion, if any, to Obama.  .

      • wpmwindsong

        My point was comparing Madden to Ferhnstrom going forward in the general election against Obama.   Kevin apparently has the instincts to undercut Romney’s opponent, no matter who it is, while Fehrnstrom was actually helping Mitt’s opponents by his comments.
        So are you suggesting, now going into the general election, that Kevin Madden would prefer Obama to win over Romney because he has "disdain for Palin"?   In order to go after Romney’s opponent in the general election, it makes more sense to have someone who is better at doing so.  Going forward, the enemy is Obama, not the GOP. We can start that up again after the general election.

        Sarah has moved on beyond the 2008 campaign and the 2012 primaries.  We need to be doing the same and preparing for the task of removing Obama from office, not re-litigating the 2008 campaign.  That is Sarah’s goal.  

        The theater of action has changed, and we need to be fighting the battle that is before us, not the one in the past.  It’s the same thing for the Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare. We need to work to repeal it, not re-litigate it.  It is what it is, and we need to move on to the battle at hand.

        • Escaped_Teleprompter

          Many Palin Patriots who stand with Palin and the principles she represents, consider those that treat Palin as the enemy the same as those who treat us as the enemy.  That is what "standing with Palin" means, although that is a concept that is hard to comprehend for some.
          Whether Kevin Madden considers Obama the enemy, he obviously considers Palin more of one (enemy) than he does of Obama, which is why Madden is willing to undermine her even if it helps Obama.  
          It is curious that people would come to Conservatives4Palin, not to defend her, but to defend those that attack her.  I am not talking about any particular person; I really am curious.  .

          • TheresaAK

            You aren’t the only one who is "really curious"…believe me.

        • CBDenver

          RE:  "Kevin apparently has the instincts to undercut Romney’s opponent, no matter who it is"  The comments by Madden were made shortly before the 2008 election.  Since Madden is described as a Republican strategist then his (and Romney’s) opponent was the Democrat Obama, not the Republican Sarah Palin. 

          If Madden did in fact criticize Palin because she was seen as an opponent to Romney that means (1) Madden is not a team player, unable to get behind the chosen VP candidate and (2) Madden was most likely expecting McCain to lose and was already positioning himself and his candidate Romney for 2012

      • irishcoins

        Exactly.  Romney has surrounded himself with folks similar to himself, lacking of a moral compass, lacking in character, lacking in any ability to lead the nation for any greater good, bunch of back stabbers the lot of them. Romney is incapable of inspiring greatness in any of his followers.

        Ted Cruz – "If this election is about personality, Obama will win; if it is about issues, Obama will lose. I hope he loses, but there are those around Romney that want this to be an election about personality."

        Rush Limbaugh – "Romney needs to make this about Obama."

      • PatCashman

        Does anybody have the internal MEMO from 2008 where the campaign set out to protect Schmidt and Wallace in October, before the election?  I am searching….

        • PatCashman
          • PatCashman
          • socon

            Oh geez.  That’s beyond disgusting.  No wonder our country is in such a mess.  What a bunch of loathsome snakes.

            I try not to hate anybody, but it’s a real challenge not to hate these vile characters.

            It’s amazing to me how well Sarah did during that campaign, despite all of the back-stabbing and deceit; just imagine what could have been if she’d been given some support.  The people loved her–remember the huge crowds she attracted?

            McCain’s campaign = stupid incompetence and vicious betrayal.  A pox on all of them.

      • patnatasha

        this is who romney chooses to align himself with tells you about who romney is.

        • socon

           I knew who Romney was a long time ago.  The pro-life movement outed him years ago.

          The guy’s a real stinker–so is his wife.

  • generictrainee

    Team romney is working hard on closing the gap over who’s less evil .

    I’m not pleased.

  • wodiej

    So he said Palin was "unseasoned".  On the Erickson story, it’s all hearsay on his part.  He heard? And this is the exchange between CBS Erica Hill and Madden-you left out quite a bit:

    HILL: Joining us now from Washington, Republican strategist Kevin
    Madden, a former Mitt Romney campaign aide, and Democratic strategist
    Joe Lockhart, who was White House press secretary under President
    Clinton. Good to have both of you with us this morning.

    Kevin, I’m going to start with you on the Sarah Palin question because
    we have to ask it. It’s this extended flirtation, you might almost call
    it, with running. The only media, too, she wants to speak to is her
    employer, Fox News. Does any of this risk though rubbing voters the
    wrong way?

    KEVIN MADDEN: Well, it doesn’t fit the ‘seems like you’re not running’
    because you want to be president and you’re not running because you’re-
    you want to be a serious candidate. Instead, you’re using a presidential
    campaign as a vehicle to build a little bit more of a profile as a
    celebrity, or somebody who’s going to be on TV- somebody’s who’s going
    to be selling books and giving speeches. That tends to rub voters the
    wrong way, because, right now, they feel like there are very big
    challenges, and they think that the candidates that they want to see on
    the campaign trail are the ones who are really dealing and very acutely
    focused on the substance of problems or substance of challenges that we
    face as Americans. So it could turn off a lot of voters who are really
    looking at this race that’s framed around the big issues.

    So CBS asked him a question and he answered.  Many people, some who were big Palin supporters also thought she was dragging it out too long. 

    • ZH100

      The "tease meme" was created by Rove and promoted by many of the GOP establishment and the media in order to vilify Gov.Palin.

      Also Madden forget to mention in the interview the central role Gov.Palin played during the 2010 victory and the many articles Gov.Palin wrote about the issues. 

      Gov.Palin wrote much more ( and did much more interviews) about the issues than Romney.

      Romney was almost invisible the first 3 years after the 2008 election ; it was Gov.Palin who was number one in the fight against Obama’s policies. (and who was/is attacked fiercely by the media)

      So, the "celebrity meme" is just not true.

      Sarah Palin, Leader of the Opposition

      From the article:

      "It’s also important to acknowledge the role Palin has played over the past two years. She rallied the opposition to President Barack Obama during a time when opposition seemed impossible, when even conservatives wondered if Obama’s election marked “the end of a conservative era” and the beginning of a “revived liberalism.

      She did more than support candidates, provide new ideas, and comment on TV. She led a revival.”–Leader-of-the-Opposition

    • TheresaAK

      He is asked a question,  disparages her as a media attention seeking celebrity, looking to make money, ignoring the challenges America faces, basically saying she has no substance, and it’s okay because he was simply answering a question. 

      You also add that "many people, some who were big Palin supporters also thought she was dragging it out too long".

      Hmmm…so it was okay for him to kick Sarah’s reputation in the face because he only answered a question and supposed Palin supporters we of the same mind set?

  • PetePetretich

    Thanks for bringing this all together, Stacy.

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    Soothing the "nervous GOPe" by promoting a Palin basher actually fits their number one objective. Disenfranchise the Tea Party and that rouge leader who refuses to be purchased. Beating Obama has always been secondary to keeping the establishment in tact. 

    • Patriot41

      Right on the money!

    • socon

       I agree.  One party rule.  They knew if they damaged Sarah they damaged us–the great unwashed masses.  Nice.

  • Christopher H Fromme

    SinceTeam Roomney is doing such a great job (sic) It begs the question that we all ask would his carpet bombing negative ads bought him the nomination if Sarah had been in the race ?  He won because he had the most money and the rest of the cadidates were weak. 

  • njinfl

    I will vote for Romney, but I certainly understand anyone’s decision not to.

    It seems like everyone around him is some kind repellant, Chip Diller type reptile.  And the man at the top sets the tone.

    I defend Sarah on pro-Romney blogs.  To this day she is bashed gratuitously and out of the blue.
    Very lizard brained, Freudian stuff.

    Its not hard to see, amazingly, why Romney is consistently rated as less likeable than Purple Lips.

    And none of Mitt’s Chips really argue he’s going to win on ideas or appeal;  they almost all believe religiously in the deus ex machina of SuperPac money.

    They think Mitt is going to money nuke Obama out the Oval Office the same way he blew out Newt in FL last January.

    I’m not so sure but I’d have to agree that’s his best strategy.

    • PetePetretich

      It’s certainly not a heroic strategy either.

  • PetePetretich

    Looks like just another middle-aged gossip girl from the GOPe to me…

  • hrandym

    Fear of Sarah is still alive, and for sound reasons.  Her record speaks of the things needed to right this Nation, "Rominy’s" doesn’t.  I am still a supporter for a Palin candidacy.  I only hope and pray, for the sake of my children and grandchildren, that such a miracle comes about.  I understand the obstacles are formidable, and much effort has been expended to destroy Sarah.  But she is strong: I consider her a potential American Margaret Thatcher.  Now someone can tell me again how life isn’t always fair, and perhaps I don’t understand reality.  I say dedicated people make reality.  Let’s get on with it.  I will have a very hard time holding my nose to vote for "Rominy".  He’s just another big government, next-in-line RINO team player.

    • Phil Arnold

      I may not be able to hold my nose long enough to vote for Romney.

      • Kalena

        Show up and vote down ticket.  We have to reinforce the tea party in congress.

  • palin45potus

    Romney is starting to remind of Richard Nixon more and more each day.

    • hrh40

      Except Richard Nixon actually had some great accomplishments – before becoming president.

      He was a big help to Whittaker Chambers, for example.

      Romney’s got nothing.


  • Patriot41

    I am not surprised that after three tries for the presidency, Romney supporters would try to poison the well for Sarah.  All of the establishment candidates did the same thing.  During and after the 2008 presidential race, the word went out within the establishment, that Sarah was not a player.  Because of that very fact, she has become a detriment to the GOPe and will remain so, until their is a change in the party leadership.  McCain had a similar problem with his maverick status within the party ranks, but because of his longevity in the Senate and his ability to play both sides of the aisle, he was given a reprieve.  Not so for Sarah, because she has never been a part of the establishment.

  • misterlogic0013

    It is what it is / Romney has wanted to be the President for many years, not be a President. He doesn’t know how, he doesn’t have it in him. He is what he is / a money man. A man from money = money man.
     OB is a radical who has fundamentally changed America in his first term. He isn’t hiding anything he knows who he is, he said what he was going to do and did it. Romney (etch a sketch) doesn’t have a plan, he wants to make everyone happy. Not going to happen. Not today not tomorrow.
     The GOP is headless, have been for many years. The DNC has been taken over from the far left. The Tea Party (everyday Americans) Sarah Plain, we are doing everything we can to stop the train wreck. Despite our voices being shut down.
     America is not going to be force fed Romney, its not going to happen. We want our candidate, a candidate of the people, instead we will get OB. (2010 election) If this happens who knows ? What we know is, America is divided.  We started united, then divided, then united, then divided. What are we going to do now ? Walk the walk, or talk the talk ??
     I’m certain its going one way or another. The fact will support a winner of some kind. Problem being America isn’t in a winner kind of mood, we are in a win kind of mood, sooner or later America will win united., Freedom will stand when the dust clears, Sarah Palin will be there, with the look in her face that only Sarah Palin has, a determined look of strength.  Are you ready ?
     There is beauty in it, the Tea Party wins the race in the long run. No one said it was going to be easy. I’m in America’s corner all day long. Sarah Palin is America, America is Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin is the Tea Party, the Tea Party is Sarah Palin. We are winning.  Have Patience, keep you powder dry.
     Thanks for allowing me to write my stupid post. It is what it is.  working around the yard again today, getting the boat started, need some parts ( what else is knew) its a boat. YES I have a pole, the fish taste better when I catch them. Its personal. Stay united for our great America .. thanks ..

    • Gelston

      It was Gov Romney’s father who first wanted to be POTUS. The good son is simply meeting his father’s expectations.

      • Agent99SP
      • misterlogic0013

         So its about the good son Romney the same way its about the good son OB.  America wants servants men or woman, all children of America / freedom. Its the United States of America / not the good old boy states of America.  not buying it ..    we can agree to disagree (correct)  ??

      • hrh40

        And Obama’s being a good son to his Marxist father.

        Reason # 1 million how Romney’s like Obama.

        "Dreams of my Father "- who went up against Reagan at the 1968 convention and has since despised all things Reagan for almost 50 years – indeed.

  • bigsun24

    scumbag romney has now frozen out Sarah and the Tea Party…..

    • John_Frank

      FYI – You are aware that blogger is a holocaust denier?

      Yes, the repercussions of Romney elevating Madden are negative, but I would be very careful in relying on anything the referenced blogger has to say.

  • smbren

    I just don’t think Romney is going to be able to pull this off. He is the wrong candidate to go up against the anointed one. There is no way Obama should win re-election, not in today’s climate. I lived through Carter and things are much worse now. (with the exception of the hostages). Mitt might just be the man to hand Obama a second term. It is disgusting to watch. It is a shame he chose Madden, but you know what they say, you hang around with people that you have things in common with.

    I listened to the interview with Mitt and Ann, and I hate to say it, but Ann does not seem too bright. I heard quite a few " umms" and "uhhs". Perhaps Ann is "unseasoned" for the role of first lady. Madden better get on that.

    • Gelston

      you have you remember that Ms Romney has MS which is a disease that effects the brain. The problem you describe is one that she may have no control over. it will also effect the personality which means that she may be inappropriate at times.

      • smbren

         Oh I know that, too well. My sister has MS and is 100% wheel chair bound. Her mind is great, so far. I can tell you one thing for sure, my brother in law would not be running for the presidency, he is my sister’s caregiver 100% of the time 24/7. He lets us visit daily and fill in on occasion, but he loves my sister and is fully committed to her. He does not understand how Mitt finds the time. Money can buy you anything, and it is a good thing Mitt earned it. Ann will have many benefits available to her, and for that, Mitt has provided quite well. She will be in good hands.

  • OldGuyAZ

    The Romney camp needs to make an evaluation very soon.  Are there more people who admire and love Sarah Palin and who are in the Republican party (and are dedicated voters) than those that dismiss her.  The Tea Party is Sarah Palin and Sarah Palin is the Tea Party.  Romney needs the votes from of us who are Palinistas, far more the few that the GOP elites will give him by ignoring Sarah’s value and our support.

     Sarah is working hard to pack the Senate and the House with Reagan disciples…… and hers. Don’t believe the press, the Tea Party spirit is not dead or even dormant.  Watch the GOP primaries and see who Sarah is supporting and who is winning the battles.  

    The decision Romney needs to make very soon is who will be allies and who can immediately be turn into enemies. Romney does not need to make Sarah Palin and her Palanistas the enemy.

    • stevethird

       True enough, but Etch has yet to demonstrate that he has any awareness of that.

    • hrh40

      He has already made that decision.

      He made it four years ago when he stood on that stage with McCain and Palin.

      I showed "The Undefeated" to friends last night and it showed the footage of the two old white guys and Palin on the stage.

      Make no mistake, Romney made his decision, and his move, four years ago.

      The Elite Oligarchy it is, for Romney, through and through.

  • RedDaveR

      After watching the antics of Madden, and of people like Schmidt and Wallace, I would have to conclude that the entire collection of GOP "consultants"  and "strategists" is full of this kind of vermin.

       Sudden and relentless reform needs to occur at this level, in addition to all the other areas.

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