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Republican Recriminating

On National Review Online, Michael Walsh goes on a tear in Where’s Mitt? (Cont’d).  He points out the oddity of Romney’s disappearance from the public debate, and uses this as a springboard for some observations about the state of the Republican Party:

The more I ponder the chimerical presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, the more I’ve become convinced it was all a practical joke played on gullible suckers by the GOP’s krack kadre of kampaign konsultants, a phantom “run” designed to hoover as much money out of the fat cats’ wallets as possible and deliver almost nothing in return aside from a few swing-state ad buys.

He rolls on from there, and really hits stride in the last few paragraphs:

[E]xtending the olive branch toward an opponent who’s not prepared to extend to you the slightest shred of moral or political legitimacy is suicidal. Unless, of course, you think it’s all a big game, a racket in which both sides have pretended to fight in order to divvy up the near-boundless swag of the federal treasury and keep the suckers back home happy come election time with a little kabuki and pantomime.
. . . .
You can’t win a fight unless you’re prepared to credit your enemy with the will and the capacity to achieve his stated objectives, and as long as the Republicans continue to treat the Democrats as just a slightly more extreme version of themselves, they’ll continue to lose. On November 6, conservatives received a valuable object lesson in living inside their own bubble, slurping up what Fox News told them and believing that the ghost of Ronald Reagan’s 1980 electorate would once again show up at the polls, like the phantom army in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. Meanwhile, in the 40 years since they seized control of the Democratic party, leftist radicals have honed their divisive message and perfected their blunt-force tactics — all in the service of a strategy, as the actions of President Obama make abundantly clear.

The reason no one speaks for the GOP is that there’s nothing to speak for — no principles other than accommodation, and thus no message. And until it gets one, something at once fundamentally American and electrifyingly appealing, it’s not going to find its voice.

Nor can Walsh be accused of Monday-morning quarterbacking, because in his initial Where’s Mitt? post, back in September, he fretted:

If the “strategists” would pull their heads away from Rove’s chalkboard for a moment, they might see the larger picture, turn the tables on President Hopenchange, and reveal what his “change” was really about all along — the fundamental transformation of the United States of America, with the results we now see all around us. Indeed, that should be the salient issue of the campaign. But Romney doesn’t appear to be the guy who can explain that.

Walsh criticized Palin in 2011 for "teasing and then not running," but this seems to me unfair. Sometimes politicians simply must let situations ripen, even at the price of continuing deterioration, until enough people see harsh reality. The precise reason that many of us are Palin fans is that she has both strategic sense and an awareness of the stakes. As Walsh realizes, that cannot be said about many of the Republican grandees, who think they are playing cricket and we can all go out afterward and join our opponents in a Pimm’s No. 1.



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  • indemind

    Thanks Jim…. Good Job!

  • Betsey_Ross

    Not asking about Benghazi was probably the biggest mistake of all.  Not being forceful in the second and third debates while he had the nation’s attention was deadly for all of us.  Nice guys finish last and it does seem that this is true.  If they are not willing to fight for us then what good are they?  We need fighters.  The Dems do fight for what they believe in.  They are degenerates, but apparently the voters are willing to forget that. 

    • $8196935

      Romney was on Benghazi hours after calling it Terroist attackr and the Deomcrats and the MSM spent weeks bashing Romney calling it a Terrorist attack.

      Romney brought it up several times including the debates and when the CNN Democrat tool broke in and said romney was wrong.

      • Freempg

        That was the first spark of hope for Romney, that he was out front on Benghazi on day one (note that I did not say "from" day one). He cut and ran when the media attacked him for speaking up too soon, before the facts were known and any of the other nonsensical "reasons" they spewed. He did not have the guts or the courage of his convictions to stand tough from that first day. It was indicative of who and what he is. A man without a core or conviction. It cost him the election.

        • $8196935

          He did speak out on the issue along in the debates, go back to Candy C at CNN and look at the video of her butting into the debate callling down Romney regarding the word Terrorist attack

          • Freempg

            I know, too bad he didn’t ask her to read the transcript.

            • socon

              Mitt was weak.


       Nope…..The convention was his downfall.
      Not letting the Tea Party be recognized, not recognizing our military, the new "delegate rules" that was passed illegally……and not giving Palin a speaking spot…..those were his downfalls.

      • socon

         I agree.  The fool cut Palin and the Tea Party out.

      • rdman_VietVet

        The only speaker needed to win in 2012, regardless of the RINO consultants who gagged Romney and gagged Palin in 2008, would have been Sarah Palin with the Tea Party at her side. That would have lit a voting fire across the entire USA. Those 3-4 un-enthused, apathetic million that did not vote would have been first in line!!!

        Instead… Christie-Kreme, a demo’rat in disguise and RINO consultants snatching defeat from the jaws of victory… AGAIN!!!

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    We need to change the leadership of the GOP.

    Biden seems to be more in control of the GOP than anyone…

  • Jon Kelly

    Finally, someone has said the obvious. What we have become is a party led by secular consultants and pundits who believe in nothing but the next election. Jesse Unruh famously said "Money is the Mothers Milk of Politics" but these cynical consultants BELIEVE only that "Big Money" taken from believers is a living. The author’s harsh words for our Sarah prove only that she was right – sit this one out "it’s the Establishment’s last stand and NOW IT IS OUR TURN!!!!!

    • Freempg

      Jon, would that it were so … Let’s see if anyone challenges the Romney hack Prince Priebus for chairmanship of the RNC, which is Centcom to the GOPe. And let’s see how Bonehead Boehner fairs. If neither is challenged nothing will change. Look for Chris Christie in 2016 (you can’t miss him).

      • Leroy Whitby

        I had an assclown from FOX, Stephen Cruiser wig out on twitter when I said Preibus LOST his races and shunted Palin and the Tea Party aside. I pointed out that for all our criticism of him, Michael Steele WON his races and said positive things about the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

        • socon

          LOL.  I’ve only seen Cruiser on Red Eye.  He’s dweeby.

          Everything you said was true.  Tough tittos if they don’t want to hear it.

  • socon

    Mitt’s campaign was a farce, the GOP are greedy circus clowns and the joke’s on us.

    Pretty much sums it up for me.

  • Freempg

    Mitt Romney’s disappearance from the public debate? Good riddance.

    • Exgunman

      Perhaps now he ( Mitt) can go join the Demoncrats, where he belongs and fits right in…………………..Hell,they may run him ……………………

      • $8196935

        Actually where the Ron Paul anti war, anti Israel Nutters belong, the Democrat Party

        • socon

           Actually, the nutty thing to do was nominate the father of ObamaCare.

          • $8196935

            Hillary was not nominated
            HillaryCare of the early mid 1990s was the basis of ObamaCare

            • socon

               You lie just like a liberal.  Figured as much.

  • paul

    Walsh go easy Yankee will get upset.

    • $8196935

      Romney was not my original candidate but the bottom line, Romney vs Obama.  I don’t vote for Democrats especially ones who are Radical Leeft and support Radical Islam as does Obama

      Those who sat at home, voted third party, you got your Obama

      • socon

         No, YOU got your Obama.

        • $8196935

          You are the one who posted in support of those who
          supported Obama for 2012.
          Obama is yours

          • socon

             You pushed Romney and we got Obama.  Don’t try to weasel out of it now.

      • Carolyn Dixon

         those who stayed home did not vote third party.  they stayed home because they were tired of holding their noses to vote for a moderate/liberal candidate who did not represent their principles.  get real yankee, stop blaming others for romney’s defeat.  at least those who stayed home stuck to their principles and didn’t cave as it appears boehner is getting ready to do.  typical rinos.

        • $8196935

          You proved my point, stay at homes rather than voting for Obama’s opposition, sat at home and enabled Obama’s win.
          You got your Obama, enjoy his Executive Orders.

          Your consider yourself more pure than Sarah who voted for Romney and gave his campaign $5,000

          • socon

             Man, someone needs a life.  lol

  • $8196935

    Why should Romney comment.  the Left , the Pures, the sit at home and Third Party
    wanted Obama, they enabled his win  so why do they whine now.
    They had their chance to vote out Obama.

    As far as where is Romney, he is here  living in San Diego

    • c4pfan

      No, idiots that don’t listen that always blame someone else and not see that Romney was a flip flopping moderate were the problem.  Lying pieces of crap like Rove, Coulter, and the toe sucker were convincing idiots like you that Mitt was going to do BLOW out Obama. 

      • $8196935

        I not only Did Not think Romney was going to blow out Obama but knew who ever the Republicans would put up
        was Not going to win.

        The general public who are Majority registered Democrats, along with much of the general public who suck up the Democrat MSM and the Pures would make it possible for an Obama win and they did

        • socon

          RINOs lose because they don’t stand for anything.   Maybe you don’t care, but I do.

          • $8196935

            Your Democrats stand for Socialism and enable Radical Islam

            • socon

               You’re the democrat-lite just like your hero, Myth Romney.

        • GetWhatYouPayFor

           You knew he would lose yet demanded that everyone support, vote for him, and speak no malice against him. Sounds subversive to me, or maybe justifiably neurotic?

          • $8196935

            Romney had a chance to win but it was obvious from this site and other sources, Pures would rather have Neo Marxist Obama another 4 years and bashed away at Romney. Wanted to remind those they could vote out Obama but some find their views are closer to the Neo Marxist, supporter of Radical Islam Obama so enjoy his take down of our form of government , that is what the sit at hom and third party wanted

            • socon

              Romney never had a chance and you know it.  You’re just in CYA mode.  lol

              • rdman_VietVet

                Romney never had a chance because of people like you and others who were ripping Romney from day one and throughout his campaign, even after he won the nomination and casting doubts in the 3-4 million weak-minded who sat at home and watched Obama win.

                You and others on this site gave us Obama with the help of RINO consultants who gagged Palin in 2008 and are paid millions $$$ to lose elections, and Obama’s dirty, filthy campaign tactics.

                You are right… Romney never had a chance!! Thanks a lot!! Enjoy what you and others wrought… OBAMA!!!

                • socon

                  You’re really pathetic.  We lost because there are so many weak RINO whiners like you who make excuses for losers like Romney.

                  Romney is a shallow, vacuous man who doesn’t have a Conservative bone in his body, and you are an unprincipled fool who pushed him on us.

                  You’re no different than the greedy clowns who fleeced the rich old RINO.

                  We told you he couldn’t beat Obama–you should have listened.   Obama is YOUR fault.

                  • rdman_VietVet

                    Typical reply… you get rational facts and logic, and all you got is denigration, name calling and finger pointing.

                    You obviously have no idea what it takes to turn around a sick, failing company into a healthy, profitable, growing organization creating jobs and more jobs. That’s the essence of capitalism and precisely how Sarah Palin governed in Alaska as opposed to Obama Marxism.

                    Look in the mirror and know that people like you helped foist Obama on We the People for the next 4 years… people like you who eat their own, whining and complaining and disparaging yourselves and becoming an emotional drain on everyone around you. Your despondency has the uncanny ability to induce your anxieties and negativity into others, virtually forcing others to make other choices in their voting booths or not voting at all.

                    Bottom line… we had two choices in 2012. By ripping and denigrating Romney, you and your ilk joined Axelrod’s dirty campaign to re-elect a Marxist instead of a Capitalist.

                    • socon

                      You are a pitiable joke.  Too bad you can’t see it. 

                      It’s pretty simple:  You pushed a clueless loser, a fancy boy down our throats and he got smoked by a Chicago street thug.  Unprincipled Republicans like you have destroyed our party and our nation.  Mitt lost the election because of his petty viciousness–the same character faults found in Romney supporters just like you.

                      You want to see the face of arrogance and pride?  Look in the mirror.  Thanks for Obama, thanks for nothing.

                      Now, please have the decency to admit you were wrong and crawl back under the rock you call home.  It probably has an elevator in its garage, too.  lol

                    • rdman_VietVet

                      More typical replies… denigration and character assassination, which reveals who and what you are.

                      Seems like you resent the success, accomplishments, and the honestly and honorably earned wealth of a "Fancy Boy" (which includes me by your ignorant definition).

                      Your total lack of critical thought fails to understand that the DC Inside-The-Beltway Establishment Cabal was not going to tolerate an outsider like Romney who would have exposed their corruption, and you and your ilk bought into the Establishment’s propaganda.

                      Aside from the absence of critical thought, your posts and replies reveal a person attempting desperately to impress others by obfuscating and name-calling which, in reality, is little more than contempt for others and acting out so your mistakes and wrongdoings will not be exposed.

                      Your replies to Yankee4Palin (who is spot on ) clearly reveals a mean-spirited person who maliciously attempts to sabotage and is obsessive about destroying whatever reminds you of your own shortcomings and failures.

                      Don’t bother to reply… it will be deleted unread. No more time for your drivel…

                    • socon

                      Funny, you started flinging the drivel then you tell me you’re no longer interested in it.  Typical Mittbot–blame everyone else for your screw-ups.

                      Trust me; I have no desire to talk about Romney anymore–he was a  disaster for our party from day one.

                      Good riddance. No one is more vicious than Romney and his braindead bots.

                    • socon

                      Critically think this:  Romney lost.  We warned you but you were too prideful to see the truth, and now we all have to live with the consequences of your blind arrogance.

                    • rdman_VietVet

                      Every time I read the first sentence of one of your shallow-think posts, I hear the banjos playing from the movie Deliverance.

                      Romney lost is not critical think, low info genius…

                    • socon

                      Tell me why it doesn’t surprise me you’re a big fan of Deliverance.  lol

                      You’re just mad because Romney and you Romney bots will have to wear failed Presidential candidate stink for the rest of your lives.  I’m sure the Mighty Mittster doesn’t wear his defeat well; insufferably arrogant people never do.

                    • rdman_VietVet

                       Another low-info circle argument reply… typical, taking points and arguments from others and attempting to turn those points against them because you got nothing else except hate and vitriol. That’s a cowardice tactic used by low-info leftist useful tool/fool drones. Its also pure Alinsky.

                      Get Lost, funny lol person…

                    • socon

                      You engaged me first and now you just can’t let it go, can you?  Obsessive much?

                      The ego is strong in you–just like your hero, Myth Romney.

                      Is that banjo music starting to blast in your head again, Deliverance boy?? 

                      Low information? You mean like Mitt Romney when he was "shell-shocked" he lost the election at 11 PM on 11/6?

                      Losers and clowns.

                    • rdman_VietVet

                      Nahh… turned you, your hate, vitriol and your Alinsky tactics off as irrelevant and the banjos are gone, funny lol boy.

                      Reading some of Sarah Palin’s writings and listening quietly to one of Mozart’s piano concertos.

                    • socon

                      No way.  You’re a dueling Deliverance banjo kind of guy and you know it.

                      No hate here; you’re just projecting.

    • section9

      You never learn anything: that is why you GOP Regulars are always losers.

      It’s always somebody else’s fault. It’s never Mittens. It’s NEVER the Establishment’s fault.

      Go sit in the corner. The Dems can’t kick your ass hard enough.

      • $8196935

        Romney was not my original Candidate. So some here
        are glad Obama was reelected rather than Romney being elected, so not we have more of Obama’s Neo Marxism and Radical Islam agenda

        Sarah did not run.

        • socon

          Who is happy Obama beat Romney?  Only a coward won’t name names.

    • socon

       There are none so blind as those who will not see.  This isn’t about Romney, it’s about you.

      • $8196935

        You got your Neo Marxist and Pro Radical Islam Obama
        and you supported Obama with open eyes.

        • socon

          Liar.  Unprincipled people like you are responsible for Obama’s victory and the subsequent destruction of our country. 

          You have no shame.

        • Carolyn Dixon

           and you voted for romney when many of us kept saying he needed to take it to obama and he didn’t.  he turned off many conservative voters because they saw through him like many of us did. yeah, i voted for him and look what we got. four more years of the socialist, big spender, tax increaser, marxist.

          • socon

            It’s not enough that you voted for RINO Romney against your better judgment:  You have to admit Obama’s re-election was YOUR fault because you weren’t enough of a Myth Romney TRUE BELIEVER!!

            Sounds like there’s no way to win in this sickening RINO equation.  We told them Mitt wouldn’t win, yet we are blamed for his weak performance and predictable loss.  Nonsensical.

            Why vote for democrat-lite Romney when you can vote for the real thing?

            I will keep my Conservative principles, thank you.

  • Leroy Whitby

    Loved that piece.

  • Gelston

    Romney has announced that he is starting his campaign.
    His endorsements will follow thereafter

  • Lennart Bilén

    The powerful delusion must run its course before Sarah can enter the race.
    (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12New International Version (NIV)
    9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.)

  • John_Frank

    Jim thanks for bringing this analysis to people’s attention.

    One observation, it is very unwise to call supporters of Sarah Palin "fans." Many of us consider that to be an insult, implying that we are mindless cultists. Best not to do it again.

    • Kathleen

      True.  I prefer the term, "Sarah Palin supporter."  I don’t like to use the term "fan" because "fans" follow "celebrities", not statesmen/women.

      • John_Frank


    • JVDeLong

       Correction taken — I certainly did not mean it as an insult. In my mind, "fan" is a word that means "very strong supporter," not "mindless supporter." 

      • John_Frank

        Understood and thanks.

  • Polarbearpapa

    "The more I ponder the chimerical presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, the more I’ve become convinced it was all a practical joke played on gullible suckers "
    ..and to think…..

    ..many of us here faced constant criticism due to our not being "gullible" for the GOPe kabuki theater starring the Father of OCARE……..

    • korn8131

      Polar; You got that right! You, in particular, got the back hand of monitors that were protecting some of our Romney partisans. Would it have been nice if just one of them had posted that they were wrong in doing so?

      • Polarbearpapa

        I never felt that I was harassed as much as many here…others took far more abuse than me….but I appreciate your support…

      • socon

         I think so.  Good form and all, right?


       Yep….and some of that "criticism" still stings and is still going on.

  • MarkRNY

    Wonder how Straightjacket Annie’s taking this??

    The GOPe ran a corpse in 12 and, like a skull, all he did was grin. Obama was eminently landslidable–but you can’t even beat a Zombie (and O looks like a Zombie…on a good day) with a corpse. At least Zombies MOVE! Now Death sits in the White House. 

    And why was this site saying what this guy is saying for years?! We (most of us) knew he’d do what he did before he did it! It’s because of who this site’s about. We’ll always be ahead of the curve–Copyright Infringement!! (NRO can shove it too).

    Walking Dead-1/Dead-0.

    • MaMcGriz

       "Death sits in the White House."

      You speak truth.

      • MarkRNY

        And Boehner and crew stand between us and him/it. Ain’t we in good shape.

        This is why only the grassroots can take care of business McMa. It’s gone far beyond any professional buerocrat’s ability to handle, even if they wanted to. We have to save us.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks, Sir Marcus!!

          • MarkRNY

            De nada Sir Brianus!

  • SteveBayrd

    If there is one thing, beyond pure honor and force of character, that Sarah Palin has, it is a sense of timing. She now has a war-bag full of examples to use against the corrupt GOP establishment. This can be used to unite the non-elitist base and Independents in 2014 and 2016. Add to this a full on exposure of Benghazi, Fast and Furious and other Obama admin follies, by a fearless Alaska warrior, the bills will come due in the Marxist traitor camp at last. May it be so.

  • mymati

    Is it just me, or does Mr Walsh call for Sarah Palin in this line?
    "And until it gets one, something at once fundamentally American and electrifyingly appealing, it’s not going to find its voice." 

    • Reynolds88

      Here in PA, the GOP now has 13 of 18 Congressional seats, and splits 1-1 in the US senate. Why can’t we find a republican to win the presidential race here in 2016?

      The same demoralization happened in 2008, then in 2010 republicans won
      the largest changeover in the US house in 70 years.  Tomorrow, I am
      going to a little holiday party for my US (Republican) congressman.  Lets change the
      outlook?  It was done before, we still have a chance!

      I saw Sarah Palin glue 6000 people to their seats at CPAC 2012.  She can do it in any venue.  We could sure use a leader now.

      • Christopher H Fromme

        Philly is where most of the Democrat notes are lost.  From 2010 we had a 12-R 7 D congessional delegation  in my district we lost the 2 dem’s  one in the primary and then Keith Rothfus beat Congressman Mark Critz  D-12 by 3%            In  D-12 Mitt 58% Barry 41%
        Toomey will be up for re-election in 2016 and needs a conservative at the top of the ticket to make sure that he is re-elected  find me on Facebook
        PALIN 2016

        • Reynolds88

          Say hi to Diana Irey-Vaughan in western PA for me!  Although she lost for PA treasurer she was the first realistic challenger to J. Murtha (PA12) back in 2006.  PA has some good things you know!  Not to mention the former home state of the GREAT MARK LEVIN (hehe).

  • 4rcane

    Better yet, wheres Georege Bush? This is why he and Mitt are not trustworthy. They disappear from the political scenes completely when they no longer need your vote

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