As Donald Rumsfeld kind of said a couple years ago: "You go to Election Day with the candidate you have — not the candidate you might want or wish to have at a later time."
For the most part, conservatives have made their piece with Mitt Romney. Some of them have even learned to say not-awful things about him about without violently retching on camera. But — in that same way that four years ago, there was still a contingent of Democrats who thought somehow Hillary Clinton might get the nomination despite rules and math and logic — some Republicans just cannot, or will not, get on board with Romney.
A group called "Jews and Christians Together," which backed Rick Santorum in the Republican primary, is sending a memo to Republican National Convention delegates urging them not to vote for Mitt Romney at the convention, even if they're bound to him.
The nine-page memo casts Romney's nomination in the direst terms. A press release from the group reads: " 'DUMP ROMNEY' contends that no delegates are actually 'bound' by law or GOP rules to vote for Romney and that, to win the White House and toss-up Senate seats, delegates must exercise their right to 'conscientiously abstain' from Romney on the crucial first ballot, aiming for a stronger ticket leader in subsequent convention voting rounds."
Okay, this stuff is kind of to be expected in national politics. But still, there's something in that name "Jews and Christians Together" that sends up a red flag for me. I wonder if there's anything more to unpack here, besides the normal fretting over a weak candidate…
[I]t's a brainchild of Steve Baldwin, the former chief of the Council for National Policy, a low-profile, well-connected conservative group. Baldwin said the memo was sent out to 20,000 people in politics in media, as well as RNC delegates.
"We’re just saying that Romney has so many liabilities that will be exploited by Obama," Baldwin said in a phone interview. "I don’t have a problems with Mormons personally, but it is a liability issue" among evangelical voters," Baldwin said.
Argh! That Obama! Making Romney's religion an exploitable issue eventually maybe. How could he maybe possibly do that potentially at some point down the road?! It just makes me so angry.
You know, I wouldn't put it past Obama to write a memo about this and send it out to tens of thousands of conservative voters in an effort to exploit this "liability." Ugh!
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Tags: Mitt Romney, Mormon, Primaries, Religion, Republican National Convention, Republicans
* Mitt Romney uses misrepresented footage of Hillary Clinton to shame Barack Obama for using misrepresented information to shame Mitt Romney. This, I believe, is call a "Möbius video clip."
* Slate counts down The Eight Stages of Conservative Grief. "Apoplectic," oddly, didn't make the list.
* A new poll shows that nearly half of all Americans currently believe that congressional Republicans are putting politics over economic recovery, which is really weird when you think about it. Half of America is never right about anything.
* Fred Karger — the first openly gay Republican presidential candidate — is officially ending his campaign. Which is kind of a bummer. I feel like he was so close.
Tags: 2008, Barack Obama, Fred Karger, Hillary Clinton, LGBT, Mitt Romney, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Republicans
Everybody relax! Just calm down! It's all going to be alright. Lest you worried that Newt Gingrich might be forced into some actual self-realization, that has all been averted. He has successfully managed to rationalize away his not currently being the Republican nominee…
"It is very difficult in America today," he told MSNBC's Al Sharpton. "If you look at New York where Mayor Bloomberg spent an extraordinary amount of personal money to buy the mayor's office for the third time. It is fairly hard to compete with a billionaire if — if they get to spend all the money they want and the middle-class candidate's raising money in $2,500 units. So I think the current system is rigged, frankly, in favor of the wealthy."
Oh, it's because he's so "middle-class." That makes so much sense! You know, "middle-class" people nation-wide are suffering, and it just makes sense that a "middle-class" guy like Gingrich would be hurting in the same way. Just look at the huge his his speaking fees have taken of late. I'll bet most "middle-class" people have experience the same problems.
Well, my heart goes out to him. I hope that he's able to find something at Tiffany's that will take away some of the sting.
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Tags: Money, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans
Last night, Ron Paul dropped a 300 megaton bomb of harsh acceptance on his supporters…
In an email sent to supporters late last night, the Texas congressman said by the time the Republican National Convention comes around, he won't have sufficient delegates to secure the nomination.
"When it is all said and done, we will likely have as many as 500 supporters as delegates on the Convention floor," Paul wrote, according to CNN. "That is just over 20 percent! And while this total is not enough to win the nomination, it puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP!"
An announcement like this obviously comes as a huge shock and a crushing disappointment to any of us who lack even the most slender of tethers to reality.
So, any Ron Paul-supporting friends of yours can probably use some cheering up today.
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Tags: Primaries, Ron Paul