Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Most Unbiased Evaluation Of Romney
Those who have read my blog recently might get the impression that I am somehow biased against Mitt Romney, and biased in favor of Obama. Okay, I'll freely admit to being in love with Our Trophy President. Hell, I'd give him a bigger bear-hug than the one that pizza-guy gave him recently. But when it comes to disapproval of Romney, my opinion is anything but biased. It is based solidly on the most non-partisan of criteria, so unquestionably balanced that no one can challenge it. Because of this, I thought it would be nice of me to share it with you.
The non-partisan criteria I am referring to is other Republicans. Oh, they're polarized, to be sure, but their evaluation of Mitt Romney is guaranteed to be free of any liberal distortion. If nothing else, what they have had to say about Mitt has no left-wing tint to it whatsoever. Some of the names you see below might even be ones you recognize and admire as your favorite right-wing talking heads. Here's what they have said about Mitt Romney rather recently. And again, keep in mind that my negative opinion of the man comes more from their comments than from any liberal lenses I might be wearing.
"If we don't run Chris Christie, Mitt Romney will be the nominee, and we will lose."
- Ann Coulter, speaking at CPAC, February 2011.
"We don't have the ideal nominee. There wasn't the ideal nominee this time around."
- Rush Limbaugh, broadcast 9/4/2012.
"They [the voters] want to know what's the truth. They're not interested in a chameleon."
- Michelle Bachmann, speaking of Mitt Romney during a speech in Florida, December, 2011.
"Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama."
- Rick Santorum, speaking in Racine, WI, March 2012.
"He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy. You've got to release six, eight, ten years back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two. He has to give a big speech in defense of capitalism, and that will elevate, I think, this race above this tactical back and forth, which I do think he's on the margin of losing."
- Bill Kristol, Fox News, July 15, 2012.
"Governor Romney supported the bailout of Wall Street and decided not to support the bailout of Detroit."
- Rick Santorum, Detroit, MI, February 2012.
"At some point he has to show that he has a vision of a better way. He can't just say 'The future is bleak, follow me,' because no one will."
- Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, Politico.
"He changed his position on virtually everything. I'm a moderate Republican, that's what I am, so I'd be inclined to support someone like Mitt Romney. But all those changes give me pause."
- Rudy Giuliani, February 2012.
"If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me? I don't think Romney is realizing the doubts that this begins to raise about his leadership."
- American Family Association spokesman, Bryan Fischer, during his radio show, May 2012.
"I've never seen a guy change his position so many times, so fast, on a dime."
- Rudy Giuliani, MSNBC, December 2011.
"We're not going to beat Barack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns shares of Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on Florida and is himself a stockholder in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae while he tries to think the rest of us are too stupid to put the dots together to understand what this is all about."
- Newt Gingrich, Mt. Dora, FL, January 26, 2012.
"Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney? The fact is, you ran in '94 [vs. Ted Kennedy] and lost. That's why you weren't serving in the Senate with Rick Santorum. The fact is, you had a very bad re-election rating [in Massachusetts], you dropped out of office, you had been out of state for something like 200 days preparing to run for president. You didn't have this interlude of citezenship while you thought about what you would do. You were running for president while you were governor."
- Newt Gingrich, speaking to Mitt Romney, NBC News/Facebook debate, January 8, 2012.
"Now you have to ask a question - is that really, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and walk off with the money? Or is that in fact somehow a little bit of a flawed system? And so I do draw a distinction between looting a company, leaving behind broken families and broken neighborhoods and then leaving a factory that should be there."
- Newt Gingrich, Manchester, NH, January 9, 2012.
"Maybe Governor Romney, in the spirit of openness, should tell us how much money he's made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments."
- Newt Gingrich, CNN debate, January 26, 2012.
"Now I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips - whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital, with all the jobs that they killed, I'm sure he was worried that he'd run out of pink slips. There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I hapen to think that's indefensible. If you're a victim of Bain Capital's downsizing, it's the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain. Because he caused it."
- Former TX Governor Rick Perry, South Carolina, January 9, 2012.
"I know the difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism. Venture capitalism is a good thing, comes in, gives that gap funding to help these companies get off and get started creating jobs and work. But Mitt Romney and Bain Capital were involved with what I call vulture capitalism. And they walked into Gaffney and took over that photo album company for no other reason than to basically pick the bones clean. And these people lost their jobs."
- Rick Perry, January 10, 2012, referring to photo-album manufacturere in Gaffney, SC, where 150 jobs were lost when Bain assumed control.
"I believe most Americans want their next president to remind them of the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off."
- Mike Huckabee, describing Mitt Romney during his 2008 campaign bid.
"Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate... Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis..."
- George Will, Washington Post, October 2011.
So, there you have it. Romney's a complete skunk. Don't take my word for it. Take it from your fellow conservatives.