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34 Responses to Rick and Newt, Please Meet “The Fat Lady”

  1. RC says:

    Great article by David.

    The fat lady is singing…….I hear her, loud and clear. I think we should have a gentlemen’s bet here to see exactly what time frame both Rick and Newt surrender. I will put in my two bits.

    Rick: May 15
    Newt: April 26

    Mitt Romney – 2012

    • Mike (Green Eyeshades) says:

      RC, as much as I would like to see your prediction come to fruition, I’m betting neither will bow out until after Tampa, their egos won’t permit it.

    • Mike (Green Eyeshades) says:

      RC, as much as I would like to see your prediction come to fruition, I’m betting neither will bow out until after Tampa, their egos won’t permit it.

      • Brandon from NJ says:

        That’s the one thing that disappoints me about them. At least Romney admitted that he couldn’t win back in 2008, and campaigned for his team (i.e. the Republican Party), that’s one of the positives about him: he plays for the team.

      • Brandon from NJ says:

        Well, Terry, how do you get a profile picture on this site, I figure it’s about time I finally put mine up, and I’ve been trying to figure that one out.

        • Terry says:

          Brandon…it’s been so long since I did it, I don’t remember how. Sorry. There was some site I went to that displayed all the posts I had created on various sites. Don’t remember how to get to that one, either.

          • Brandon from NJ says:

            Thanks either way, I guess I regret not being able to have my face up yet, bt hopefully Brandon has had some optimistic, candid, and somewhat inspirational words to add to the forums.

  2. Jordan says:

    Gingrich and Santorum are driven by such massive egos that they won’t bow out until they absolutely have to.

    • Hannah Rebekah says:

      Maybe that will be when they go in debt and have second thoughts…but then again not…weren’t they part of those Republicans who helped run up the national debt that is so massive now??? And they predict that Romney will go back to his old ways…I doubt Rick & Newt ever left their old ways and we’ll see how far they go in the hole before the yell ‘uncle.’

      • Brandon from NJ says:

        Newt Gingrich has been in personal debt from Tiffany’s (A jewelry store) from where he argued that Romney was out of touch with the average American. He owed a credit card bill of half a million dollars. FWIW, Romney is financially okay, which speaks plenty well for his situation. As for the rest, he’s the most realistic in his promises as to what he can do as President of the United States, unlike Santorum with his moral promises, or Gingrich with the failure to admit that yes, even I want to go to the moon, but it’s best to put that on hold for now.

    • Lance in TX says:

      Newt is already running in the red. He owes more than he has in on-hand-cash. But his ego is so large, he needs double doors to get into rooms now :)

  3. Dave says:

    I’ve always supported Mitt in this race. He’s been the only one of this bunch that had everything needed to be a great president. However, he and his campaign have once again let a gaffe spoil the party. The moron who made the etch-a-sketch comment this morning needs to be fired ASAP. I’ve never been thoroughly convinced that Mitt is managing, or being served by, his campaign staff as well as he could be, and this just strengthens that perception for me.

    We should be celebrating this morning and looking forward to the end of the primary campaign. Instead, we just had Mitt’s own campaign through gasoline on the flipp-flopper fire.

  4. Terry says:

    The Totally Stupid, Utterly Inane, Desperate, Etch-a-Sketch Offensive

    Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s communication director, was asked if Romney had been “pushed too far to the right for the general election by his primary rivals”. His reply was that “I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-a-Sketch; You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

    My question is this: what parts of “general election”, “fall campaign”, “everything changes”, and “start all over again” were Rickster and the Newt not able to connect together? I sure understood what Fehrnstrom was talking about! And naturally, the MSM was all over it also, debating as to how much this supposed gaff was going to hurt Mitt. Were they not able to connect the dots either? I have to believe that they were able–but it’s a news story, so let’s play dumb and pretend that we didn’t understand the point Fehrnstrom was making.

    Now we have Santorum and Gingrich running around waving Etch-a-Sketches for everyone to see, and Rick is telling voters that “you’re not looking for someone who’s the Etch-a-Sketch candidate. You’re looking for someone who writes what they believe in, in stone, and stays true to what they say.”

    If I was Romney, I’d turn the tables on them, pointing out how desperate Santorum and Gingrich have become when they have to resort to using Etch-a-Sketches to prove that they are more qualified as presidential candidates than Romney is.

    Who would ever have thought that a kid’s toy would take center stage in a political contest? I do believe this qualifies as a genuine OMG moment (Mormon-speak for “Oh My Goodness” moment).

    I think my head hurts.

    • Mike (Green Eyeshades) says:

      You’re total right, Terry, and they accuse Mitt of saying anything to get elected, jeeze! Their school yard antics are only further proof of just how desperate they’ve become.

    • tiafala says:

      This is the first time I’ve heard the root of the story which has been causing commotion among the Rick and Newt camps.
      Thank you for sharing it and I would like to repost this for more people to see the truth.

    • RJPeck says:

      So is Rick’s endorsement of Mitt in 08 written in stone or his ladies in combat comment or his other off the wall statements?

  5. Kay says:

    Who has the most conservative record? The facts are blurred for sure if you use only media for your information. I found one blog that has met my criteria for sharing information and documentation without all the spin. It is a breath of fresh air. Honest conservative seekers….take a good long look and see what you discover that just might really surprise you.

    I hope this helps.

    • Brandon from NJ says:

      Thanks Kay, nice blog, are you part of the staff on it? It does a good in-depth job with Romney, not to say that this one isn’t a good round table, but pretty informative, nonetheless. The writer goes into a good bit of detail, and I would add to the recommendation to read it.

  6. Liz says:

    Whoever came up with the opera viking image deserves to be promoted IMMEDIATELY. No words need accompany that visual.

    • Brandon from NJ says:

      That’s a Valkyrie. Yes, you need a woman who can sing both high and with great volume to deliver, and yes, in that opera by Richard Wagner, Flight of the Valkyries she does sing incredibly loud for a human voice.

  7. Terry says:

    Santorum Steps In It
    Here is a summary of what Santorum said (speaking at a rally):
    “If you don’t elect me as the GOP presidential candidate, you may as well elect Obama for another term, because there’s not much difference between him and Romney.”

    Santorum “clarifies” his statement:
    (Paraphrasing) “I never said that I wouldn’t support whoever becomes the GOP nominee.”

    The Problem:
    Being as the Rickster claims there is not much difference between Romney and Obama, would he officially endorse Mitt (if Mitt gets the nod as nominee), or would he make some generic statement like: “I support the GOP party in the general election”? Or would he not even go that far?

    Worst Case Scenario (if Romney wins the GOP race):
    I can picture Rick telling voters in the general election: “Choose whoever you want to. There’s not much difference anyway.” (Keep in mind that, as far as Rick is concerned, Romney will have literally robbed him of his chance to become President of the United States, a position that God wanted him to occupy.)

    It will be a long time before Santorum can get over it and forgive Mitt, if he ever does. And he’ll always think that he could have done it better.

    That’s my prediction, anyway.

    - Ode to a Crystal Ball -
    Oh, crystal ball that tellest all.
    Kindly reveal the voter appeal
    of Mitt and Newt and Rick and Paul.
    Who will win, and who will fall?
    Do not hold back, I must insist!
    There’s lots of money riding on this!

    • RC says:

      Terry, you have very keen insight to political issues, campaigns and candidates. I hate to acknowledge this, but, you are precisely right on the money. I can’t ever remember anyone so removed from humanity in a political setting than Santorum and Gingrich. What they say is down right evil, against the GOP Party, against a GOP candidate and against the Amercian People. No other word to describe it, but TREASON.

      • Terry says:

        RC…Thank you for your kind comment. But treason? At first, I thought that might be a bit harsh, but as my wife explains it, Rick and Newt seem to have more interest in stopping Romney than they do in preventing Obama from getting elected for another term. When put that way, I had to agree with her, and you. Essentially, they’re saying (by their actions) that “we would sooner live in a socialist country governed by Obama than in a free country governed by Mitt Romney.

        Pathetic–and selfish to the extreme.

  8. RC says:

    Terry, the reason why I used the term TREASON, is because in essence they are totally undermining the United States of America as a whole, collectively. Their words, their actions and their deeds all represent betrayal, not to some imaginary dream, but in true reality. But more saddening that that is the fact that the American people can’t or don’t want to see it.

    In our Nation’s history, several people have been put to death for treason and countless others prosecuted, for “selling” out the country. In a literal sense, are not Rick and Newt doing the same thing? Willing to sell out our Party and our country only to try and lift themselves up? Sefishness and greed, before country, are the first ingredients to treason. Yes, I am using a very harsh word, however, I believe if you took this same scenario and thrust it into the time of our Founding Fathers, there would be a very good chance that they would be put to death.

    • Brandon from NJ says:

      Well, RC, I have to admit, Santorum and Gingrich have done a great job of regurgitating Obama’s very own dialogue, which is disappointing to say the least. Even with Santorum’s win in Louisiana, I doubt he could win the last few states. the neighboring state of Delaware is not a bible belt state, neither is New York, New Jersey where I live, nor California. Rick Santorum has pretty much hit the end of his lead.

  9. leslie johnson says:

    Say what?

    Romney in ‘02: ‘Only Connection’ to the Republican Party Is My Party Registration

    Romney: “The Gay Community Needs More Support from the Republican Party’

    Romney believes that strapping a dog to the roof of a car is just fine. Even more bizarre but revealing is that Romney is unwilling to admit wrong or apologize. How we treat animals reflects the core of our characters.

    • Brandon from NJ says:

      Strapping a dog kennel container to the top of your car isn’t all that unusual. It’s great for holding all the stuff, save the extremely tiny tihngs that would fall through the slots in the kennel. Seriously, are you going to consider Romney messed up for not simply leaving his dog behind as he moved from one house to another?

      As for the gay rights point, even plenty of people affiliated with the Republican Party aren’t interested in preventing wedding receptions, or preventing some same-sex couple from writing anyone they please, including their partner, in various legal documents. There’s just going to be a point where plenty of Republicans like me just say, “Enough”. When the issue of separating legal obligations from religious obligations is there, I definitely agree, but I don’t see a need to go out of my way to try and get into people’s business. If someone writes out legal arrangements to someone else, that’s there business, and I don’t have all that much time to worry about it. Romney isn’t demonstrating himself as being extreme, and that’s important because he can appeal to the great block of Republican Voters as myself some like to call “The Establishment” but I like to call “sensible” because they know how to act in office, which I can’t demonstrate all that much for Santorum of Gingrich.

  10. DrewH says:

    I have been so curious about this “anyone but Mitt” thing. I realize that no one is perfect but when there is someone that is as well prepared as Romney it makes you muse at the resistance. I think that he has been prepared for this his whole life. What triggers this deep bias. I of coarse have my own thoughts on that. We are such an entertainment and amusement society. Mitt might not be exciting to some but he is even-tempered and stable. He might not be a revolutionary but he is reassuring and knows the basics to our countries greatness. He might not be colorful but he is competent. He is a work horse! I pray for this process everyday.

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