Norm Coleman has said that Romney won't repeal it? Romney has repeatedly said he would. Romney knows better what he will do than any third-party does. In any case, I'll take Romney over Obama every day of the week. Romney does NOT equal Obama, regardless of how loudly the alleged purists here and elsewhere kick and scream and claim he does.
This entire discussion may be moot since SCOTUS will be reviewing the ObamaCare case before the election. My fear is that they will find it unconstitutional and it will be scrapped, businesses will relax a bit with that pending burden removed, the economy will make a little upswing and Obama will get re-elected and the Dems hold the Senate because things appear to be on the mend. Then we will get four years of Obama as a lame duck with Reid as majority leader and spending continues to increase off-budget.
Regardless of who the nominee is, he has to be prepared for the possibility that some intangible not yet in the mix will pop up and totally change the game, like the financial crisis of Aug-Sept '08. If the right's biggest bludgeon against Obama is taken away, the nominee will need to be ready to take him to task on multiple other fronts. At this point, none of them has shown that have the correct focus since they've all been so focused on bashing each other.
The three true candidates (I don't include Paul) are far more similar to each other than they pretend to be, or than most conservatives pretend they are. None has a legislative or governing history that would pass a conservative purity test, so I have no trust that any of them will make it a whole term without "reaching across the aisle" and coming up with some terrible new piece of spending legislation. Santorum appears to be the most conservative of the bunch, but he offered unflinching support to the unions when he was in office. Gingrich has shown support for Cap & Trade. Both of those positions are job/economy killers on equal par with nationalized health care. Why are those issues not game changers on the scale or RomneyCare?
The power of the conservative grass roots will be in Congress. The only way we can be assured Obama's replacement will govern as a conservative will be elect a conservative Congress and constantly hold their feet to the fire to make sure they NEVER send him one single piece of crappy legislation.
I just cannot understand how Conservatives can vote this way. No more principles, no more character. No more voting record. It will end up just as it always has with the one with the best ads winning. Fickle idiots. So much for the greatest country on Earth.
Thank you so much. I went, I saw, I liked. (ML's show). Mark isn't perfect, but at least he is our side.
OH YAY my gentleman!! Rant on- this is the best comment I've seen all night. Well said my dear sir. Well said.
Thank you for making me laugh- I so needed them! Good golly I haven't heard Gephardt's name in a long time.... now it's going to take me another 9 or so years to forget it again. ;-)
I just had to clarify. The Great wall of China was breached, by bribing an offical to open the gates. We still have that problem in Texas.
Welcome, says the DNC. You have been fooled 100%. They fed us the same lies, in Texas, in 1940. It only took 40 years to restore the 2 party system. Enjoy.
True, but it's enough to get partial credit which is better than nothing.
I can give Romney a pass on RomneyCare the same way I can give Santorum a pass on all of his votes against Right to Work. He was representing what his state wanted. It would have passed even if he'd had the stones to veto it.
If I was a Romney supporter, I would have preferred that he'd stood on principle at the time the legislation was being crafted and told the legislature they would have to pass it over his veto. He didn't see it that way and tried to get the best bill he thought he could.
I don't see him as an ideologue as much as he's an opportunist. He wants to be elected and, therefore, will do what the people he represents want him to do. Polls show that Americans don't want ObamaCare. I trust him to repeal it, as I do any of the other candidates. The only way it remains in place is is Obama remains in office.
If that one step to the right repeals ObamaCare and manages to cut $1T out of the annual budget, obviously with the help of Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, I would say we're turning back toward the right course with a long way to go.
Regardless of who gets the win and what he accomplishes in his first term, we'll still have a very long way to go.
Sorry, but that attitude is suicide. If Obama is re-elected, ObamaCare is permanent. You can take your ball and go home. Nobody can stop you. I'm going to put on a cup, eat my Wheaties and go take one for the team.
I am pledged to vote against the Marxist Big-Spender in Chief and begin the process of returning our country to the constitutional republic our founders intended. Romney isn't the guy who will get us all the way there, but he's a step in the right direction. Maybe his VP will be the guy.
I wish I could have heard his whole show, but my local radio fox channel took over the spot to air the local runs and the primary results.
The fact that he was barely campaigning here, yet took 3rd place and that many votes- which may not seem like much in a 3 way race, still says something. There are still enough people who want to see Santorum go all the way. I am one of them.
You think Obama's dumb enough to even let his surrogates go after Romney's religion, let alone open the issue himself, when he's got a whole closet full of Black Liberation Theology skeletons? Nobody's bothered to peek in there yet and I think he likes it that way.
That's what all of them should be doing - clearly laying out their plans and drawing a sharp distinction between the conservative vision and Obama's socialist dystopia. Let the voters choose the one whose plan we like best.
The terrorist learned to be moles, digging tunnels. The same technique the cartels are using on our southern border. So much for the fortified wall.
We can also stop the tunnels, using buried sound detectors. But, you have to have men, men, men, and money money, money. Why not just give Perry the means to defend it? I will tell you. Too many USA people want an open border.
That's a lot of seismic lines. I agree something has to be done, but I don't think a modern version of the Great Wall is really feasible. Although a strategic placement of walls in areas where it would funnel them to choke points would likely be effective. Then when you have a batch ready to deport, you pick the southernmost airfield in Mexico and that's where you drop them off at. At least that way it takes them longer to walk back north again.
Even if 100% of the hardcore Santorum supporters voted for Gingrich, he still wouldn't have won. But that is a fantasy. Nobody can get every last supporter to change his mind. Evidence? Nearly 20k votes went to Cain, Perry, Bachmann and Huntsman.
The one who needs to drop out, permanently, is Paul.
I was raised on the Texas coast. I did not like Florida. The people seemed okay. Now, I wonder? At least ABC lives there, it cannot be all bad.
Michelle would make a great Madame Speaker! She wouldn't cry as much as Boehner, and doesn't have permanant botox brain like princess P does.
We need to do that anyway. I wouldn't trust any of these guys to govern as a conservative. The only way to guarantee it happens is to install a Senate and House that refuses to send any more irresponsible and nonsensical bills for the President to sign. There will not be Tea Party candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We need to work hard in through our primaries to make sure there is a Tea Party option for every single house and senate seat.
"make sure that no person serving as President of these United States would have to suffer conflicting loyalties to more than one country"
That's something glaring which separates me from dear leader (other than the marxist part) is that while he seems to have confilicting loyalties to every other nation which is either marxist, muslim or both than he does for the US and the Constitution, I, though being from Canada and proud of my heritage, have yet to become a citizen and am absolutely loyal to this nation, it's laws, it's history and it's people. Yet I would never presume to run for President because of that "Natural born" part of the Constitution. Dang, my morals! ;-)
Someone elses SS number (which I'd be deported pronto if I had a false one) no proof of birth certificate (which I'd be deported without one) and I still have to wonder about his trip to Pakistan at a time when it was illegal for US citizens to travel there.
To me, it says they aren't very politically savvy. If they would stay home or vote for a third party, effectively casting their votes for a second term for the secular humanist who is racing to change the US into a socialist dystopian toilet, all because Romney either doesn't pass their conservative purity test or they don't like the way a Mormon worships Jesus... what can I say? They aren't just punishing themselves. We will all get the terrible government the south chose for us. God help us all.
Romney wouldn't be my first choice. None of these guys would, but this is the field we have. However, if he gets the nomination, I will happily go vote for him. Even if all he does is "manage the decline," as Newt likes to say over and over and over again, at least it will be managed vs. the freefall we are currently experiencing. Anything is better than a second Obama term.
Maybe a Plan B wouldn't hurt, either? I don't want to wait until we are stuck with Mitt or 0 for another 4 years. It could get a LOT worse and we can't afford it. Does anyone really think that the same thing won't happen to conservatives running for the House or the Senate?
This needs to be stopped ASAP. Not only do we need to WORK at getting Gingrich and conservatives elected, we need to make sure that the elections in November are on the up and up.
I'm with Dr. Francis Schaefer who argues that politics is downstream of the culture.
The government we get is only a reflection of who we are as a society, and right now I don't like looking in that mirror.
How bad is Mitt Romney this bad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9v0Yf9wHlQ
I know your dogs will be howling if they hear this!! I think they need to install an audio-tuner into robot mitt.
The media has distorted what Dr. Paul has said, that's why. He isn't against war as long as it is a Constitutional war (Congress must declare it).
I recently heard that we've been in "war" two of 3 years since the fall of communism. We have 35,000 in Japan, 40,000 in Germany. We have soldiers on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan but we can't have soldiers on our own borders? We don't have money for that but have money for the Feds to sue AZ and have money for the TSA to grope its own citizens.
This is a good point. The infrastructure- housing, retail, etc that would grow up around those bases would be a huge boost to the economy and the tax base. And how much would we save on law enforcement, drug rehab, and caring for those flooding into the US. And then, there's the threat of terrorism- which is huge.
Perhaps a bad trend for Team Mittens: When Romney wins a state turn out is down.
DanRiehl: @chucktodd: Not official but it appears total FL GOP turnout will B slightly lower than 08... 1.8Mish compared 2 1.9M+ in '08