“There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare,” Romney said in his 60 Minutes interview alongside his running mate Paul Ryan.
This Republican group on Facebook was less gentle in making the same point when they posted this image:
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave keynote speeches at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference. Other speakers included Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Faith and Freedom Coalition founder and chair Ralph Reed. Among the topics they addressed were religious liberty, government regulation, and the Obama administration record.
“President Romney immediately approves the Keystone pipeline, creating thousands of jobs that Obama blocked.”
“President Romney introduces tax cuts and reforms that will reward job creators, not punish them.”
“President Romney issues order to begin replacing Obamacare with commonsense health care reform.”
Gingrich never recovered from Romney’s thrashing in Florida, although he later won his home state of Georgia by a huge margin. With that exception, the Gingrich campaign faltered step by step. First Gingrich was going to win the nomination. Then he was going to keep Romney from winning the nomination. Then he was going to fight for conservative positions in the Republican platform. Then he withdrew.
In an organizational sense, Gingrich never really had much of a campaign. But he is a serious man who has accomplished big things in his life, and his presence made the race a more substantial affair. And it’s fair to say Romney became a better candidate after facing the Gingrich challenge. Even those Republicans who never wanted Gingrich to win should be glad he ran.
Romney might even consider offloading his entire opposition research and instant response operation to the Republican National Committee. Let the RNC and the super-PACs put out the statements denigrating the Democratic candidate. Romney should treat his opponent with respect not contempt, sobriety not snark, and good humor not sarcasm. Romney should run for president rather than run against Obama. Others can take care of making the anti-Obama case, focused on the past. He needs to make the case for his future presidency.
Part of making that case is winning over some citizens who voted for Obama in 2008. People don’t like being told they are, or were, stupid. If some previous Obama supporters are now disappointed—and they are—Romney should empathize with them, not condescend to them. In 2004 John Kerry unfailingly gave the impression that he thought if you had voted for Bush, or approved of anything he’d done, or found him in certain ways likable or admirable, then you were an idiot. That’s no way to beat an incumbent. His former supporters need to be won over rather than bludgeoned into submission. Reagan provided a strong contrast on the issues to Jimmy Carter in 1980. But his tone wasn’t snide or contemptuous. Romney—and especially his campaign, which has had a taste for the snide and the contemptuous—might profitably study Reagan’s 1980 effort.
A STAR IS BORN: Mia Love won the Utah GOP state convention vote tonight with 70%. That means there will be no primary and she is now the official nominee to oppose Rep. Jim Matheson (D).
Because of redistricting, Matheson only represents 30% of the new 4th district. She is already defeating the incumbent in the polls, and this race is one of the top five national pickup opportunities for the GOP.
Love is the Mayor of Saratoga Springs and she soundly defeated former State Rep. Carl Wimmer who had an impressive campaign.
Wimmer had considerable support from libertarians, Sen. Mike Lee, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and numerous legislators. He was campaigning on a states’ rights theme.
Love has already won support from national GOP leaders. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the leading budget hawk all gave money to Love early in her campaign.
She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and would be the only black Republican woman in Congress.
I am so honored to be the Republican nominee for Utah’s 4th Congressional District. There are too many people to thank, but I will first mention my husband and kids. They’ve sacrificed a lot these recent weeks, and I could not do this without them. And much thanks to my team who’ve been prepping for this day for a long time. This is the beginning, and we are ready! Please, everyone, jump on board!