At last night’s GOP debate, a number of candidates got into a pissing contest about…well…pissing appendages. Not to be outdone, 2012 GOP Candidate Mitt Romney, during his lambasting of Donald Trump’s candidacy had this to say about his own attributes:
Looks like 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not be running for president in 2016 after all.
Mitt Romney will not run a third time for president, he will announce Friday on a conference call with donors, sources familiar with his plans told POLITICO.
“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney will say on the call.
Top GOP sources said that Romney flinched at Jeb Bush’s strength in fundraising and early polling. Just Thursday, the former Florida governor poached a close Romney adviser who had run his 2012 Iowa campaign.
On Friday night, Mitt Romney appeared at the RNC Convention and made a self-deprecating remark about not running as the next Senator from Massachusetts (like he could even beat Elizabeth Warren—she’s way more popular than Obama). He then laid out the three basic principles that would convince Americans to “be with us” for the next Presidential election. First, make the world safe. Second, provide opportunity for all. Third, lift people out of poverty (you know, that pesky 47% of Americans who would rather collect government handouts than work). Unfortunately for him, he has no real plan outside of repealing Obamacare and cutting taxes. It didn’t work last time and it is not going to work this time.
The man is clueless. And too wealthy. He can’t even sell Americans on his supposed strengths. Worst of all, he doesn’t understand why he’s not President right now. He lost because America sees right through him.
He finished up his appearance with another cute story about his wife believing that people get better with experience and he’s sure had enough of that running for President.
If this is Scott Walker’s competition, we may actually see our nightmare come true.
After Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama in 2012 (47-51%), the head of the RNC, Wisconsin’s own Reince Priebus, ordered an “autopsy” to determine what the hell happened. The 2013 report concluded that while their ideology was sound, their messaging and outreach needed some work. The GOP needed to “open the tent” and appeal more to women, gays, Hispanics and young people. Suggestions included spending gobs of money hiring “outreach staffers”, backing immigration reform, and shortening the primary process. Fast forward to 2014 and a mid-term election giving the GOP complete control of both houses of Congress (due to voter apathy and gerrymandered districts) and the RNC has developed amnesia. So much so, that the current GOP Presidential front-runner for 2016 is MITT ROMNEY, followed closely by Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Chris Christie.
Believe it or not.
Just a few days ago, our Governor was claiming that he might, sometime in the future, take a look at whether it made sense for “us” to run for President in 2016. As quoted in The Hill yesterday, when Governor Walker was asked about the possibility on “The Hugh Hewitt Show”, he said:
“I think with what I’ve had to go through in the last four years, both politically, but also in terms of the policies, certainly I feel that there’s a reason God put me in a spot to do the things that we’ve done and take on the kind of challenges we’ve done,” Walker said.
“And it’s certainly something I’m going to take seriously and really look at it closely over the next month or two,” he added.
Well, as it turns out, he had already hired a consultant by the name of Rick Wiley. Name doesn’t ring a bell with you? Yeah, me neither. Wiley was the RNC contact for Walker’s last campaign and he was the RNC’s Political Director for the 2012 election cycle. Yes, that means he worked the not so successful Romney/Ryan campaign. Prior to that, he was involved with Rudy Giuliani’s run for President (he ran for President?) and was the director of the state party here in Wisconsin in the early 2000’s. Wiley ran the WI GOTV game for Bush in 2004. In case you don’t recall, Bush lost Wisconsin that year.
During the 2012 campaign, Wiley was quoted as saying that “Our No. 1 goal at the RNC this cycle is to lead Barack Obama back to a life of surfing in Hawaii and retire him.”
Here’s hoping he’s just as successful with this venture.
This is ironic, coming from two men who’ve demonstrated they know nothing about how to win a presidential race.
“Looking at her record, seeing how ineffective she was in securing more security, is going to be a great handicap for her in the general election,” said Romney. “I don’t think it’ll hurt her in the primary, but it will in the general.
“That picture of her with the foreign minister of Russia, smiling ear to ear with that red reset button, I presume that’s going to be an ad. Of all the miscalculations in foreign-policy history, that stands out as an unfortunate one.”
His former running mate also downplayed Clinton’s fall odds. “She’s beatable,” said Ryan. “Her assets are her name identification, her ability to fundraise, and her campaign experience. Her liabilities are policies and track record. She was one of the architects of the Obama foreign policy.
Granted, Hillary Clinton (and each and every other presidential candidate considering a run in 2016) is certainly beatable, but I find it hard to take electoral analysis from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, given neither has a sterling record when it comes to winning national elections.
I can’t believe anyone thought this would be a good idea…
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry concluded the “What’s So Funny About 2013?” segment of her Sunday show with a chorus of laughter at the black grandson pictured in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s family Christmas photo. The chuckles were directed at baby Kieran – who was adopted by Romney’s son Ben and his wife Andelynne in September.
“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” panelist Pia Glenn offered as a caption for the photo, which the Romneys tweeted on Christmas Eve. (Lyrics of the original Sesame Street song are, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.”)
“And that little baby, front and center, would be the one,” Glenn said.
Comedian Dean Obeidallah joked that the baby is a token.
“It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.”
I’m not sure how anyone at MSNBC thought poking fun at the fact that Mitt Romney has an African-American grandson would be funny, but it’s not – it’s just idiotic and unfunny.
So much for Mitt Romney calling electric car company Tesla Motors a “loser.”
Tesla Motors, famously called a “loser” by Mitt Romney, is on quite the winning streak these days. It seems like there’s good news about the company every week.
After raising about a billion dollars in a new stock and debt offering, Tesla has decided to use about half of its new mountain of cash to repay the $465 million Department of Energy loan all at once, 9 years ahead of schedule, rather than do it in half the required time like it had previously said. The immediate benefit to taxpayers will be $12 million, but the long-term benefit could be massive.
Repaying a nearly half billion dollar loan 9 years early? Sounds like Tesla Motors is far from being a “loser” after all.
Once again failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shows his true colors on a call with his failed presidential campaign’s donors.
President Obama today heaped praise on his defeated rival, GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying the former governor’s record and ideas “could be very helpful” in shaping policy over the next four years
“My hope is, before the end of the year… that we have a chance to sit down and talk,” Obama told reporters in his first post-election press conference.
But even as Obama extended something of an olive branch – which some skeptics saw as disingenuous – Romney was reportedly accusing the president of doling out “gifts” to minority voters to curry their support for a second term.
“The President’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift-so he made a big effort on small things,” Romney told donors on a conference call, first reported by Maeve Reston of the L.A. Times. “Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”
Romney claimed Obama had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and younger voters, according to the Times, insisting that the policy decisions had been a decisive factor in high turnout that tipped the scale against him.
The fact is, Mitt Romney has no one to blame for the electoral ass-kicking President Obama handed him except himself. Time and time again Mitt Romney showed on the campaign trail that he was a callow, dishonest, untrustworthy, and aloof candidate who was uninterested in the plight of the poor and the middle class, and voters saw him for what he really is: a man consumed with becoming president at all costs.
Ouch bro, that’s gonna leave a mark.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.
Christie’s decision will only add to questions among Republicans about what the governor — who is up for reelection a year from now — is thinking, and why he went out of his way to heap praise on the president, and then refused to appear with Romney.
The Romney rally was held at a farm in Morrisville, Pa., not more than 20 minutes from Trenton, the New Jersey capital. The physical proximity of the event to New Jersey only added to questions in the Romney campaign about why Christie chose not to come.
“You can’t tell me he couldn’t have gone over there for a night rally,” a Romney campaign source told HuffPost.
Keep in mind Chris Christie was chosen by Mitt Romney to give the keynote speech at the 2012 GOP convention, so this is no small snub.