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Is that the phone I hear ringing?

Is that the phone I hear ringing?

Mitt Romney is waking up to the fact that his highly negative, in some cases vicious, campaign against Newt and Rick will create problems down the road, should Mitt win the nomination.

So Romney’s senior advisors are putting together an outreach strategy:

Mitt Romney, mired in a frustrating slog toward the presidential nomination, has directed his top advisers to launch a multi-pronged effort to unite the Republican Party as the primaries draw to a close.

While Romney’s public activities are geared almost entirely toward winning the nomination, his campaign is on a private mission aimed beyond spring. Senior aides and surrogates — hoping to seize a moment when even some unfriendly Republicans are beginning to see Romney as inevitable — have spent the past several weeks making calls and visits to conservative leaders and activists who have resisted Romney’s candidacy.

In case you’re wondering.  No, I have not received a call.  I never do.

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“Mitt … has directed his top advisers to launch a multi-pronged effort to unite the Republican Party as the primaries draw to a close”

Doesn’t that pretty much sum up what is wrong with Romney? He can just “direct” a few folks to address a leadership weakness of his own making?

If Mitt wants to unit the Party, he needs to do the uniting. Leadership can’t be delegated in a memo of bullet points.

“No, I have not received a call. I never do.”

I feel you, Prof.

Always watching the prom through the windows of the dance hall.

(sniffle…)

    LukeHandCool in reply to Ragspierre. | March 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Ummm … Rags …

    Wearing that dress … maybe it’s better you didn’t go inside.

    gabilange in reply to Ragspierre. | March 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    For me Willies is that frat rat who snickers at the girl who is just not as polished as she might be. The girl who is not asked to dance. Ignored. Not rich enough. Not proper enough. I’ve yet to be called. It’s too late.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Ragspierre. | March 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Oddly enough, the phone here at “Casa de WarEagle” is quiet too. Romney is going to find his vicious assault against conservatives has turned off a more than a few actual conservatives. A couple of talking points probably isn’t going to mend fences at this point.

    I don’t see Newt or Santorum really campaigning hard for Romney. And I don’t see Paul-bots doing so either. You can’t build an winning team by skewering your opponents. An actual leader would know that…

      Ragspierre in reply to WarEagle82. | March 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Yeah, well… Funny, I’ve never really heard anybody accuse him of that. Lots of other things…some pretty nice. Not that though…

LukeHandCool | March 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Wow.

Rush Limbaugh’s second tweet:

@MittRomney Make @LegInsurrection Jacobson’s phone ring right now!

LukeHandCool (who is just kidding … but who would not be surprised by anything at this point).

… Romney’s senior advisors are putting together an outreach strategy …

Save it, Mittins … I’m still operating on enmity overload from your antics in the Florida primary.

Juba Doobai! | March 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Wow! Romney’s a real slow learner! And they call Sarah Palin stupid?!

Romney’s been running for election since 2000 or so, and he’s only now figured out its a bad idea to trash other GOPers?! If he’d not been so busy disdaining Conservatives, he might’ve heard of Ronald Reagan and heard about Reagan’s 11th commandment.

I am anxiously awaiting the day when Romney discovers he should be trashing Obama. In twelve years time, perhaps.

“Romney could win over recalcitrant conservatives by picking Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) as his vice presidential running mate and previewing a few Cabinet selections: Santorum as attorney general, Gingrich as ambassador to the United Nations and John Bolton as secretary of state.”

The GOP establishment does not “get it.” It simply makes no sense to put a supposedly-moral crusader with an agenda into Attorney General seat and insulting Newt and his supporters by even considering assigning him duties in the UN building is preposterous at best.

Rather than refer to Romney’s campaign as a “frustrating slog”, I think we should call it “Sloughing Toward Gehenna” because, as sure as we can be, a primary win for the Governor will likely result in a trip to Hell in the November elections.

    SoCA Conservative Mom in reply to gad-fly. | March 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Disclaimer: I still don’t have any real loyalty to any of the Rep. candidates, so don’t get in a tizzy with what I’m about to post.

    I’d love to see Gingrich as Ambassador to the UN. Can you imagine? Popcorn for everyone!

    Uncle Samuel in reply to gad-fly. | March 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm
      Scorpio51 in reply to Uncle Samuel. | March 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Wow I felt like I needed a shower after reading all that.

      Thanks for the link Uncle Samuel.

      RickCaird in reply to Uncle Samuel. | March 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Wow, Unc, your source it ThinkProgress and we are supposed tbe impressed with that? Well, you have left us with an impression, but I doubt it is the one you wanted.

    JRD in reply to gad-fly. | March 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

    He couldn’t win me over. He’s the father of socialized medicine in this country and he will reward his Wall Street cronies with Cap and Trade. He could place Mother Theresa on the bottom of the ticket and I won’t vote for him.

    I’m not voting for big government any longer whether they have a D or an R makes no difference to me. He already bought off Pam Bondi and Marco Rubio before the Florida primary. I despise the GOPe more than the Democrats. The Obama’s, Pelosi’s, and Reid’s of the world have only succeeded because the GOPe refuses to fight them. The GOPe wants big government as much as the Democrats do. They just allow the Democrats to do their dirty work for them.

Say coach*, would that be a “3 AM phone call” that you are expecting? Is Wonderboy going to just wave his hands, and presto, there is party unity?

There we go: the 2012 Election: Wonderboy v. The One! (Do note that the Wonderboy is really White, like Wonder Bread!)

Once again: Romney doesn’t get the nomination in a brokered Republican convention, defects to the Dems and runs as 0bama’s Vice-President. Imagine: The One and Wonderboy on the same ticket! Enough to make one’s head explode!

*”coach” is a diminutive term of affection for a group leader. Has the good professor ever been so honored with such a fine title?

Just out of curiosity, if the phone did ring, if the Romney campaign made an effort to hear you out, what would you say?

    Milwaukee in reply to WoodnWorld. | March 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    “Piss-off” seems vulgar enough without being too crass.
    “Your momma” might be a bit over the top and beyond their understanding.
    “Eat S— and die” might be just too pointed.
    “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request” might be outside of their range of cultural references.
    “When pigs fly” might require more abstraction than they could handle.
    “Are you shitting me” seems more of a Southern colloquialism, and so inappropriate for a Yankee Law Professor.

    Naturally, if they call it will either be during dinner, or while you are watching a romantic movie with the mrs., or some otherwise inopportune time. Think they will call when you need an excuse to get out of an odious chore? No Way!

In case you’re wondering. No, I have not received a call. I never do.

Dear Romney Campaign:

I write a conservative political blog (link) in my spare time from teaching law at Cornell. My large, growing, politically active readership (links to alexa, compete.com, etc) shares my concern about apparent inconsistencies in Governor Romney’s positions throughout his political career, and we are dismayed that some of his attacks on Republican opponents could damage the party.

It is my understanding that Governor Romney believes his efforts are sometimes misconstrued and is reaching out to address possibly inaccurate impressions in the GOP community.

If so, please feel free to contact me at etc. I will carefully consider any information you suggest for my readers’ attention.

Sincerely,

William A. Jacobson
Assoc Clin Prof etc

That’s not so hard, IMHO.

    WoodnWorld in reply to gs. | March 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I think that is perfectly reasonable. I also think Professor Jacobson’s voice is one I would want to listen to even if he told me things I did not want to hear.

    gs in reply to gs. | March 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I forgot to mention the CPAC award. And to append the J.D. And to cite the HLS pedigree, if doing so is not considered gauche.

    Confutus in reply to gs. | March 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Romney has been a bit old-school in his campaign, reaching out to donors, Republican party leaders, and voters in the retail politics tradition, and he has gained some significant endorsements in traditional media, but he hasn’t reached out much to new media.

    He also hasn’t had much support there. All of the leading conservative bloggers I follow and respect have given their support elsewhere, mostly to Santorum, and have displayed some bias toward the candidate they support in their articles and commentary, and this has influenced mainstream commentary a little.

    Such an inquiry as gs proposes might be well received by the Romney campaign.

If Romney is the nominee, and it looks like this is going to be the case, I am not going to vote for him in the general election SPECIFICALLY because he has done nothing but put forth vicious, negative ads against his fellow Republicans. Now, let me note, just because I am not going to vote for Romney in the general doesn’t mean I am going to cast a vote against him — I am just not going to SUPPORT him. I have this luxury since I live in the state of Georgia which is solidly in the Republican camp for presidential candidates and where Obama will be lucky to receive 44% of the vote in November.

And to all you who want to harangue me with dislikes and comments — I welcome your attacks. I do not believe Romney is a team player and he is all about Mitt all the time and his, god knows how many years run for the presidency, is all for his ego. Bottom line: I just do not like him.

    tsrblke in reply to Liberty. | March 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Yeah with all due respect, it’s fairly easy to sit in solidly conservative states and claim “Well it’s not my fault!”
    Those of us in swing states however to be saddled with the fact that a vote in any other direction than [Republican Nominee here] is a vote for the reelection of Obama.

      Liberty in reply to tsrblke. | March 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I have had similar reactions from 30+ year friends and “with all due respect” I am not even close to claiming it is not my fault. How could it be, I didn’t vote for Obama in ’08. 😉 I know my position makes people like you livid with me. Que sara…….

      Look tsrblke our country is going over a cliff financially, politically, socially, culturally, and foreign policy wise, just to mention a few of the big things that make countries successful and strong, and it is my contention that the political class and, by extension the electorate, who voted these charlatans into office, are not going to solve the problems. Why? Because the politicians only want to get re-elected and their supporters will keep them there to get their goodies. (Remember — half or more of American households receive some kind of government check EVERY MONTH and approx. 49% don’t even PAY INCOME TAXES) And the politician will NEVER make the decisions and changes needed to change course.

      Our country is currently on a fatalistic road to its demise and the Dems want to take us over the cliff at 100 mph while the Republicans just want to take in the scenery and go 50 mph over the cliff. We are still going over the cliff and I am slowly coming to believe that a catastrophic collapse with tremendous national pain is going to be the only way the country will become focused to put forth the solutions necessary. I believe this because I do not think we have the national character any longer to make the necessary adjustments needed without being forced to.

      tsrblke Do you think this country has the will to pay back the current 16 trillion in debt and increasing by over 1 trillion per year? Do you truly believe that the younger taxpayers are going to be taxed at a level to pay for the UNFUNDED mandates (some say upwards of 160 trillion, with others saying 100 trillion at least)staring this country in the face? Do you think businesses will grow and prosper with the tremendous tax burden that is going to be imposed upon them and investors to pay for these mandates? I don’t think so and I think a majority of the voting public will agree with me on this.

      tsrblke, I am a cynic as defined by Ambrose Bierce — a black vanguard whose faulty vision allows them to see things as they are, not as they ought to be. I see a lot of trouble ahead and if the last 45 plus years is prologue, I see a lot of ‘continuing to kick the can down the road’ and our mis-leaders using band-aids on the problems instead of the radical surgery that is necessary. Politicians, as a general rule, are cowards and the electorate has trained them to be cowards because they know if they propose big changes they will be crucified — remember the demagoguery when George W. wanted to allow younger workers to put a small portion of their social security ‘contributions’ into other investments?

      In closing tsrblke, I really do understand your position and if I lived in your state I would hold my nose and vote for Romney, but I don’t. And believe me when I say this — come the first Wednesday nite in November after the election I will sleep soundly with no regrets.

        tsrblke in reply to Liberty. | March 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        You constructed a series of strawmen, attached them to my position and then tried to attack we with them. No of course I don’t like the insane deficit spending. Yes I think the “Bread and Circuses” has gotten out of control. Etc, etc, etc.
        But allow me to tell you what part of you position really got my goat: you hold up your luxury not to vote for Romney (or whoever the nominee ends up being because Santorum ain’t much better and Newt is increasingly unlikely to gain traction) as some sort of badge of honerable protest. After all you have 3 options: Support Romney, Support Obama, Support neither. I have 2 Solitary options: Support Romney, Support Obama (either by proxy or directly.) But it really doesn’t matter because I’ll sleep soundly as well having chosen the lesser of two evils.
        Frankly, I’ve started to wonder if the strong support in the south is part of the reason the Republican’s don’t change. Those votes are almost assured at this point, no matter how close to the center you get (because they won’t vote Dem at this point.) Throw in a smattering of social issues (that are still important in the south) and it becomes a lock. In an ideal world we’d start changing the party.
        In either case, I’m not entirely sure the catatonic apathy is as entirely undamaging as you think. After all, come what may, I’m going to go making the case to people “anybody but Obama.” Not sitting at home merely glad I didn’t have to compromise my high principles about voting for a less than perfect canidate.

        Hope Change in reply to Liberty. | March 19, 2012 at 1:11 am

        Liberty – I think your assessment of how badly things are going in our country, financially is accurate.

        “[O]ur country is going over a cliff financially, politically, socially, culturally, and foreign policy wise, just to mention a few of the big things that make countries successful and strong, and it is my contention that the political class and, by extension the electorate, who voted these charlatans into office, are not going to solve the problems.”
        […]
        the Dems want to take us over the cliff at 100 mph while the Republicans just want to take in the scenery and go 50 mph over the cliff. We are still going over the cliff […]

        Liberty here is where I think we may have more of a chance than you think.

        The TEA Party energy is very strong. Many people are willing to work hard to make the needed reforms. How to coalesce is the issue. How do we team up.

        If we distinguish between the Republican Establishment (most Republicans) and the TEA Party Constitutionalist Republicans, I believe we have a chance. The Reagan energy is still here.

        [… Do you think this country has the will to pay back the current 16 trillion in debt and increasing by over 1 trillion per year? […]

        Liberty, your point is absolutely on point. Absolutely.

        However, with the new technologies and the new discoveries of the billions of barrels of oil in our own country, the game has changed almost beyond recognition. I left a post above that touches on some of these points.

        We are actually in a terrific position to become prosperous again and to pay off our debt and to have our young people get private Social Security accounts and to solve a lot of our problems.

        [ … ] Politicians, as a general rule, are cowards and the electorate has trained them to be cowards because they know if they propose big changes they will be crucified [ … ]

        Politicians are unbelievable cowards. But again. I think Newt is showing courage. The MSM and the Establishment are hoping and praying the American People won’t notice what we can do if we adopt an American Energy Now policy.

        Because abundant energy destroys the arguments of the Left for scarcity and government control.

        I want to defeat Obama in the fall. In addition, I want to restore our Constitutional government.

        You are entirely correct, IMO: Establishment Republicans are driving us over the cliff but a little slower.

        Newt is offering us a way to unleash to power of the AMerican People The ROSEMONT speech, March 14, 2012, gives you the whole energy plan. Check it out. http://electad.com/topics/newt-gingrich-speeches/

        There IS a way. It’s actually pretty simple. Not easy,maybe, but SIMPLE. If we decide to find out, and if we decide that we win, they lose.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to tsrblke. | March 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Sad, but true.

    Valerie in reply to Liberty. | March 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Just add “untrue and” before “negative” and you have my full agreement.

    I have no problem with ads that are critical of a candidate: it’s the lying I despise.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Liberty. | March 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Now that we’ve moved to the northeastern recesses of the great state of Tennessee, I have the same luxury. I will not vote for this punchbowl turd. I’ve detested him and spotted him for a true coward ever since he dissed the Boy Scouts at the Olympics in favor of the sodomites.

    Of course, I would have had the same luxury had we stayed in CA, which of course being a state made up primarily of libtard millionaires, Hollyweirdos and poverty-braying parasites, will be all in for the punchbowl turd anyway.

    If Commey gets the nomination, I am going to write in either Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry. I haven’t decided which yet.

Did you know that choosing a VP that was more flambouyant than yourself shouldn’t be done. Rubio is a rock star and would be wasted in the VP position.

Mitt is too used to ordering people around and expecting a good result. He may have to fire his consultants if he doesn’t get the rally around him as the nominee. I’d love to have one of those phone calls.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Scorpio51. | March 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Commey will never pick Rubio, even if it means losing. Rubio is too much of a rockstar for Commey. He will not be upstaged, especially by a conservative. Ain’t gonna happen. he will follow in the punchbowl turd’s footsteps and pick a buffoon like Biden. Commey is stupid enough to pick some milquetoast southern senator. I can picture him dragging Trent Lott or some other foot-shooting idiot out of mothballs.

Why would you want a call?

If Romney gets the nomination, put me in the GOP Congress/Obama Presidency camp. That’s less worse than having an unprincipled political huckster representing “our side”. Mitt would undoubtedly do more damage than a handcuffed Obama ever could.

    quiznilo in reply to SeanInLI. | March 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I hear where you’re coming from but that is a terrifying thought, at this time. This idea of people withholding their votes for whatever candidate we get in the general election because our candidate is flawed.

    It was this very ‘principled stand’ that led to Obama winning in 2008.

    We’re one supreme court justice away from losing our nation forever.

    Us conservatives are about to stand on our principles all the way into oblivion.

    This stuff actually keeps me awake at night, I have never before witnessed such an attack on my values, on my way of life. I pray that Romney is not our candidate, but if he does win the nomination, I will do everything in my power to see that he is elected.

    We’ll pick up the pieces of what’s left of the Republican Party after the General Election, with Romney as our president if it comes to that. One calamity at a time. It’s all moot though if Obama wins re-election.

      “This idea of people withholding their votes for whatever candidate we get in the general election because our candidate is flawed.”

      Flawed. Interesting choice of word. If Romney gets the nomination, I wouldn’t say he’s “flawed.” I’d be more likely to say he’s a Manchurian candidate, a sleeper agent, a psychopathic danger to the republic. But hey! You say potatoe, I say spud. No biggie.

      “It was this very ‘principled stand’ that led to Obama winning in 2008.”

      BS! Obama won because McCain made himself look like a complete idiot when he ran back to Washington so Harry Reid could sandbag him over the financial crisis. Obama ran commercials claiming McCain was “erratic.” They worked because they were 100% accurate. IOW, McCain lost because he was a terrible candidate.

      “We’re one supreme court justice away from losing our nation forever.”

      Ridiculous! We’ve been fighting against the idiots on the Supreme Court for a couple hundred years now and they haven’t won yet. They get a few battles here and there (Dred Scott, Roe v Wade) but eventually the people are heard.

      Stop looking to politicians to solve this country’s problems. That never works. The strength of this country is in the people and there are still plenty of people willing to stand up for what’s right, regardless of what a bunch of lawyers in black dresses have to say.

      raven in reply to quiznilo. | March 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      “It was this very ‘principled stand’ that led to Obama winning in 2008”

      This is so wrong it’s painful. In the first place, what “principled stand”? I didn’t meet a single conservative who didn’t suck it up and support McCain (and I would’ve certainly sympathized if they hadn’t). What “led to Obama” were eight years of George Bush’s (and two generations of GOP’s) pathological pacifism in the face of the Left’s villainy and then John (“fight, fight, fight”) McCain’s masochistic incompetence, that and his aides’ belief it was more important to sabotage Sarah Palin (who demonstrated an actual fighting spirit) than to dunk Barack Obama in the hard-Left witch’s brew of his past.

        quiznilo in reply to raven. | March 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        Person A says they’re not going to vote for Romney if Romney is our nominee because Person A has principles. I say giving up the presidency to Obama is not smart. You ask how I came to conclusion that Person A would not vote for Romney in the general election. I can say so because *he* said he wouldn’t.

        Self-described conservatives outnumber self-described liberals in this country. What is my evidence that conservatives failed to turn out in 2008? Obama won. That’s my evidence.

        I am terrified that will happen again. That is all.

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to quiznilo. | March 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

          It is terrifying, but probably not realistic. Things are so bad with scaricy of jobs, greater scarcity of good jobs, gas and groceries so high, that even some really dumb people who aren’t political may actually wake up and figure out just enough things to vote the punchbowl turd out of office.

        Hope Change in reply to raven. | March 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

        raven – your insight is so bright and rare. Yes, a thousand times, yes. Maybe a million.

        raven | March 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm
        “It was this very ‘principled stand’ that led to Obama winning in 2008″

        This is so wrong it’s painful. In the first place, what “principled stand”? I didn’t meet a single conservative who didn’t suck it up and support McCain (and I would’ve certainly sympathized if they hadn’t).

        What “led to Obama” were eight years of George Bush’s (and two generations of GOP’s) pathological pacifism in the face of the Left’s villainy and then John (“fight, fight, fight”) McCain’s masochistic incompetence, that and his aides’ belief it was more important to sabotage Sarah Palin (who demonstrated an actual fighting spirit) than to dunk Barack Obama in the hard-Left witch’s brew of his past.

        A million. That ‘s exactly the way it looks to me. Including pathological, villainy masochistic and incompetent. Exactly.

      Then pat yourself on the back for voting for socialized medicine and Cap and Trade. Also you voted for more quantitative easing. Romney never did anything except for break up companies and lay people off. Romney equals Obama. There is no difference. Romney won’t fix anything.

      Besides. If Romney wins the nomination Obama gets a second term. The American people are still angry with Wall Street and the idiots in the GOPe run a Wall Streeter, duh. The stupid party does it again. Axelrod is just salivating and ready to tee off on Mittwit.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to JRD. | March 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        Yep. Commey vs. Commie is the race the media wants because it’s the race the punchbowl turd’s campaign wants. That’s why they’ve all supported the Occupy idiots – to get people hating Wall Street: “Oh? Romney is a Wall Street guy? Well, poop on him. He’s not getting my vote!” “Oh? You say he started Obamacare first when he was governor of Taxachusetts and that’s what Obamacare is modeled after? He’s not getting my vote! I’ll show him!! Hmpff!”

        Hope Change in reply to JRD. | March 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

        Hi JRD, sorry, I accidentally voted dislike, but I meant to vote Like.

      Hope Change in reply to quiznilo. | March 19, 2012 at 1:41 am

      Hi quiznilo — yeah, the keeping you awake at night thing, I fully get. Me, too.

      Here’s my 2 cents, though. Romney is too much like Obama. I think the Obama machine will sink him.

      Plus, any crazy unconstitutional stunt Obama might pull would baffle & confuse Romney, just as McCain was baffled & confused.

      And on the off-chance that Obama managed to lose to Romney, the institutionalized Left will eat Romney for lunch. Or a snack.

      Romney can’t do the essential thing, which is to take on the Left and unite the American People and RESTORE our Constitutional government.

      The Left would be all over him. He doesn’t know how Congress works well enough to fight back. His efforts, if any (have you reviewed his economic record as governor?) to improve the economy will be met with socialist modifications. AND ROMNEY DOESN’T MIND SOCIALIST MODIFICATIONS. So the economy will not recover.

      But the point is, even thought the media want you to believe this is over, it is just about half-way. WE have a very good chance that Newt will be the nominee.

      The MSM do NOT want you to look at this. They don’t want youto understand that this is in play RIGHT NOW.

      Every single person who loves this country and is afraid for our future, we have a duty as a citizen to find out if there is a way out of this. Find Out For Yourself. No one can do this for another.

      Exercise your rights as a free citizen. Find out for your self. Join with us to restore our rights fully under the Constitution.

      Are you new to Newt? Then start with “2012: VICTORY OR DEATH.” http://newtgingrich360.com/profiles/blogs/2012-victory-or-death-newt-s-speeches-links-to-17-speeches

      If you already know the basics, the March 14, 2012, ROSEMONT speech gives you the plan: http://electad.com/topics/newt-gingrich-speeches/ – scroll down

      For a brilliant glimpse into American History, all the things we have to be proud of, grateful for, and to live up to watch the Citadel lecture. And fall in love with America.
      “AMERICAN FREEDOM & THE CONSERVATIVE INTELLECTUAL TRADITION IN AMERICA” http://conservatives4newt.blogspot.com/2012/02/speaker-gingrich-on-conservative.html

    Juba Doobai! in reply to SeanInLI. | March 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    A second Obama term would be a disaster even with a GOP Congress. He and the Dem governors are already working on more ways to bypass Congress. Plus, his czars, his regulatory structure, and the GOP Congress won’t have the balls to impeach him or put him out of our misery.

“Mitt Romney, mired in a frustrating slog toward the presidential nomination …”

Yes. I can see where it would be frustrating to have to actually work for something you want. Isn’t this stuff supposed to be taken care of with a couple phone calls to the right people? Why do the rubes insist on not getting that?

As time goes on, Romney earns less and less respect.

Being in Florida where we saw $17 million worth of negative ads against Gingrich, I am not in much of a forgiving mood. In fact, I detest Romney for that.

I could give the professor a call and pretend like I am someone important and offer him encouragement… and offer him beer and pizza.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2010/10/me-at-the-field-guide-to-bloggers/

Newt on Romney today:
“With both Santorum and me, he’s now confused as to who he is attacking. It’s his only technique. I tell people he’s like a 4-foot-8 guy who wants to play center and his only technique is to shrink the others, which I think bodes very badly for a general election,” Gingrich said.

http://shepherdspiehole.typepad.com/

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | March 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Just a report on my raucous county caucus experience today in Missouri.

Before the meeting was called to order, the chairman asked the supporters to cheer when their preferred candidate’s name was mentioned. Just based on the cheers, I’d say Paul, Romney, and Santorum supporters were out in about equal force. Newt had only a small handful of supporters. At the time the meeting was called to order, there was a total of 618 caucus members present. It was all downhill from there.

The first order of business is to vote on the caucus chair and secretary. Typically, somebody moves to nominate the person holding the postion on an interim basis to continue to hold it during the caucus meeting, somebody else seconds it, then he asks all in favor say “aye and all opposed “nay”. Then we move on to substantive business.

But the Ron Paul supporters had a different idea. They had their own idea of who should be running the meeting and who the secretary should be. So we conducted a voice vote for the guy nominated by the Paulites and another voice vote for the interim guy. The interim guy clearly won on a voice vote basis but the Paul people called a point of order and demanded a manual re-count. So every vote from that point on was conducted with caucus members having to stand until two proctors came by to manually count the vote of each of the 618 people present. The Paulites raised multiple points of order and points of inquiry to prolong the process. At one point when the chair refused to acknowledge them, they kept screaming over him even though the parliamentarian ruled against them. One guy, who I’m sure will make the news tonight, was so unhinged I thought he’d blow a gasket. Non-Paulite people started getting fed up and left. After two and a half hours of this nonsense, the only thing of substance that had been accomplished was voting on the delegate slates.

After the slate vote we were set to vote on the platform. Not surprisingly, one of the Paulites raised a point of order and said he’d seen at least 50 people leave the caucus since the meeting was called to order and he demanded a recount of those present. Which was granted. That’s when I got fed up and left – this thing was going to go on forever.

I had been looking forward to breaking up into the small group of Newt supporters to make my case for him, and then offer to make the case for Newt when the entire full caucus reconvened. But the Paulites obnoxious behavior ran me out before we got to that point. I literally had a headache from all the screaming they were doing (plus there was a small baby directly behind me that was crying much of the time, and my nerves were shot). It was not a very pleasant experience.

The Paulites were loud, obnoxious and rude. It reminded me of what Media Matters did to Rush. They think whoever screams the loudest and the longest gets their way. During one of the Paulite outbursts the guy sitting next to me hollered, “you’re in the wrong meeting, this isn’t the Occupy Movement”.

I hope these people are not the future of the Republican Party. They are embarrassing. And I say that as someone who is to the left of many Republicans on civil liberty issues so I tend to me more sympathetic to libertarianism than I believe the average Republican is.

    I have been reading these same complaints from others across the midwest.The consensus is that RP plans to steal the election at the convention,if it is brokered.or at the electoral college leval.If he has enough state delegates this would be possible.(scarry isn’t it)I’m not sure if this is what he has in mind as it would end any chance of Rand Paul ever winning any election in the future.The man,RP,is dangerous and not just the crazy uncle in the attic!

      MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to spike. | March 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      I see a similar story is currently at the top of Memeorandum. However, I’m in Clay county, part of the greater Kansas City area, which is on the extreme western border of the state. My caucus was nowhere near where St. Louis or St. Charles, which is the subject of this story.

      Yet the same antics by the Paul supporters were employed at both places. There can be no doubt that the Paulites executed a statewide strategy to disrupt the caucuses and attempt to introduce chao into the caucuses.

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/police-intervene-arrest-ron-paul-backers-at-missouri-caucus/

      I did not mention in my earlier comment that the chairman of the caucus I participated in threatened to remove the Paulites who were disrupting the caucus at least three times. He never acted on the threat, at least while I was there. But after his second threat, I did notice that a few uniformed officers made their presence known at the end of the rows where we were seated.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | March 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Here’s a report about the caucus at St.Charles county, MO caucus.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gop-caucus-in-st-peters-is-shut-down/article_a8eb35ec-7050-11e1-acac-0019bb30f31a.html

    Paul supporters were rude, loud, demanding caused all manner of disturbance and insisted on manual not voice vote counds, and two Paul supporters were arrested.

    There were reports of collusion between Paul and Romney supporters.

    The caucus finally had to be shut down.

    Hope Change in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | March 19, 2012 at 1:18 am

    This is exactly what Obama’s supporters did in 2008. Here is one source of eye-witness testimony.
    WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED
    http://floridarattletale.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/how-obama-stole-the-2008-caucuses/

    Hope Change in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | March 19, 2012 at 1:58 am

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall — thank you for this information. I am very interested in the efforts by the Paul supporters to apparently take over or destroy the Republican caucuses. I would be very interested in updates.

    Reagan describes similar tactics when the Communist Party started to take over the motion picture unions when Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild.
    Ronald Reagan, An American Life

    And Obama’s people did this to the Hillary supporters in 2008. Hillbuzz blogger Kevin DuJan was an eyewitness and it turned him PUMA.

    Also other eyewitnesses: WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED
    http://floridarattletale.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/how-obama-stole-the-2008-caucuses/

    Their destructive intent cannot be believed. This attitude matches OWS.

Subotai Bahadur | March 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Ok, we know how those calls will go. At least I do based on what we got in the lead up to the Colorado Caucuses.

They will be pre-recorded robo-calls.

They will accuse anyone who does not fall in line with Romney of treason, being a Liberal and/or an Evangelical bigot who hates Mormons, and Barratry on the High Seas [do the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers count?]

They will come every 5 and 10 minutes all through dinner hour.

And if that does not cause a huge bump for him in the polls nationwide, he will issue a statement that it does not matter, he did all that could reasonably be expected of him in reaching out to Conservatives since he already is a severe Conservative, and that they will vote for him anyway in November because they have no choice.

Anyone have anything else they think his outreach will do?

Subotai Bahadur

Let me save the Governor some effort and money; don’t bother calling.

Mittens, I’ve said it many times before and one more time won’t kill me. No to you, no to your prototype healthcare system, and your used car salesman smile. I just don’t like or trust you enough to hold my nose and pull a lever for you.

The hatchet job you (and the Super Pac you “don’t” conrol)did on Newt showed me that you’re just as bad as the jug earred doofus in the White House. He calls it the Chicago way, and I wonder if you call it the Utah, Michigan or Massachusetts way.

I have to trust the SCOTUS will repeal the program that you helped design, and therefore, a Republican Congress with or without a Republican Senate will be an acceptable counterbalance to another four years of Zero.

If you get it, I hope you win, but you’re doing it without me, Mittens.

Henry Hawkins | March 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I would have thought the first call would have gone to Sir William The Underrated.

I know exactly how Romney can unite the Republican party: Quit, or suspend his campaign and endorse a new candidate, preferably of the “next” generation of Conservative movement’s leaders, rather than also-rans.
See:
Sarah Palin
Allen West
Marco Rubio
Scott Walker
Paul Ryan
Rand Paul
Nikki Haley
Brian Sandoval (hint, this guy could be, and is probably already, on Romney’s short list for V.P.)
Susana Martinez

I’m sure there at a few others that escape me at the moment.

Romney & Co. spent months waterboarding the conservatives, it’s going to be real hard for conservatives to trust his friendly outreach, let alone show any enthusiasm for his candidacy if he should get the nod.

If the campaign did call you, Professor, what would you say to them? What would the condition of your support be, if any?

    Hope Change in reply to Ryan. | March 19, 2012 at 2:02 am

    “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your LITTLE DOG, TOO!”

      Hope Change in reply to Hope Change. | March 19, 2012 at 2:12 am

      Hi Professor — What if Romney offered to endorse Newt and then do everything he can to help the American People restore our government to its Constitutional basis?

      That’s about the only thing Romney could do to begin to redeem himself in my eyes. And even then, I’d have to watch for a long, long time to see if he meant it.

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