Conservatives: Don’t be Too Quick to Discredit RomneyCare (3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t)

An Innovative Leader

I expect we’ll be seeing more and more conservative writers come out of the woodwork in support of Romney’s health care efforts as Governor of Massachusetts — such as this mighty fine piece, released today from the editorial opinion section at (which, might I add, perfectly accompanies the little RomneyCare write-up I did just the other day).

In the op-ed, Nick Tzitzon (a government accountability consultant and former Romney aide) put together three reasons “why conservatives should embrace Mitt Romney’s health-care legacy”:

1) Conservatives like the concept of states, not the federal government, experimenting with public policies to determine their relative merits. Have you ever seen the phrase, “states as laboratories of democracy?” Do you agree with the concept? If so, credit Mitt Romney with the leadership and skill to negotiate a thoughtful compromise with the Massachusetts state legislature to get uninsured citizens health care coverage.

2) Conservatives like the concept of tailoring solutions to the unique circumstances in states and localities. Has Romney ever endorsed every element of the Massachusetts legislation as a viable, nationwide solution? Of course he hasn’t. To the contrary, credit Romney with having the guts to step up and admit that certain elements of the plan didn’t work the way his team had anticipated, particularly in light of last minute changes by the state legislature.

3) Conservatives like the concept of utilizing input from private enterprise in building public solutions. During Mitt Romney’s planning and legislative negotiations in Massachusetts, he brought the Heritage Foundation into the process and gave their free-market geniuses a seat at the table. Let me repeat that: Romney gave the deep red Heritage Foundation a seat at the table in blue state Massachusetts to help craft the state’s health care reform.

RomneyCare Respects State's Rights

A few weeks ago, I heard RomneyCare being discussed on the radio. Several callers, over the period of one hour or so, rang in to give their two cents on why or why not this issue would sink Romney’s candidacy. I was surprised when an overwhelming majority of callers voiced their support, not necessarily for Romney’s plan, but for the idea of his plan — a bill that was created on a state level, catered directly to the needs of that state, with very high popularity among the residents of that state at the time of its inception (a la Arizona Immigration Bill). THAT is what I want for my state, and for every state in this great country: the opportunity to opt-out of ObamaCare’s federal takeover and allow local leaders to decide what works best for their constituents.

I really do not see a problem with RomneyCare; in fact, I believe it positions Mitt Romney as the most capable person to effectively dismantle ObamaCare.

And now, the closing argument from Nick Tzitzon:

Far from being an albatross around Romney’s neck, the former Governor’s health-care legacy proves that he is by far the strongest, most innovative, credible, and conservative GOP hopeful who could take on President Obama.

-Aaron Gundy-

Is Mitt Romney responsible for Obamacare and the current state of the Massachusetts Health Care system?

Dr. X

Here is an analogy for those who continue to blame Obamacare and the current status of the Massachusetts Health Care system on Mitt Romney:

There was a woman named Massa Chu Setts. She had complained of chronic pain to several doctors over the years. No one seemed able to help her until Dr. X came along. After several meetings with Massa, Dr X took her medical history and specific symptoms and consulted with several specialists. Tests were recommended and performed. A plan to remedy this woman’s suffering was developed and put into place specific to here particular needs and situation. With all this information in hand, Dr X proceeded with his treatment and the woman was finally relieved of her pain.

Dr. Y

Well, hearing this news, Dr. Y who had a patient that he felt had a similar problem, decided that he would treat his patient the same way. Why bother with the unnecessary tests and consultations Dr. Y thought. It was obvious to him that his patient suffered from the same ailment and required the same treatment as Massa. He proceeded and his patient died.

If he had only just consulted with Dr X, before he proceeded, he would have learned that Dr. X’s patient Massa Chu Setts, had mixed results. The pain she was having was lessened, but she would require ongoing treatments and close supervision, for the rest of her life.

Dr. Z

Dr. X, finally retired and left his patient in the hands of Dr Z with the recommendation to continue with his treatment of Massa under close supervision. Well Dr Z decided to put the woman on additional drugs because he felt they would help her. They didn’t and Massa continues a downward spiral losing many of the gains she made under Dr. X..

I have 2 questions for you:

1. Is Dr X (Mitt Romney) in anyway responsible for Dr. Y’s (Barack Obama) patient dying?

2. Is Dr. X responsible for his former patient’s new health issues under Dr. Z (Governor Deval Patrick)?

If you have determined that Dr. X is not responsible for Dr. Y’s patient’s treatment and death or the current health of his former patient Massa, how then is Mitt Romney responsible for Obamacare and the current state of the Massachusetts Health Care system?

Note from Nate: be sure to also read Aaron’s op-ed RomneyCare positions Mitt Romney as Most Qualified to Dismantle ObamaCare

RomneyCare Positions Mitt Romney as Most Qualified to Dismantle ObamaCare

Some have said that RomneyCare will be the blow that sinks Mitt Romney’s 2012 ship. I have a different prediction: First off, I don’t think that Health Care will be the defining issue of the next presidential race; of course it will remain a main topic, but if jobless rates continue to grow as they have, our country will be thirsty for a job-creating genius — and Mitt is the perfect candidate to quench it.

A Competent Leader

JFK said: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Should Health Care come to the forefront two years from now, as it very well might, Mitt will be the only candidate well-versed enough to explain what is wrong with ObamaCare, and more importantly how he would lead the effort to fix it. Having dealt with the issue directly as Governor, Mitt Romney knows the complexities of Health Care reform. While other Governors sat and watched from the sidelines as the cost of their own state programs skyrocketed, or even abandoned the office long before having to deal with the crisis, Romney stepped up to the plate and did all in his power to put forth a plan that would work for his state, all the while respecting the will of his constituents.

I see it like this: If I am looking to hire an employee to fill a position in my marketing department, I would much rather hire he who has LEAD several innovative marketing campaigns prior to applying, rather than he who has never dabbled in marketing at all. Taking into account Mitt’s resume, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be considered to fill Obama’s vacancy.

Some have suggested that Mitt should run away from his plan; however, the author of ‘Stand by your plan‘, a piece that is due to be released tomorrow from the Boston Globe, disagrees:

Renouncing his signature achievement would be crazy — and Romney’s not crazy. That may be his best calling card in the GOP’s 2012 field of would-be presidents.

The article goes on to highlight the positive aspects of RomneyCare:

the Massachusetts health reform law has been a success, providing access to insurance for up to 98 percent of residents. The fact that so many low-income people now have insurance has provided intriguing new possibilities for the delivery of services, such as through public schools, at no extra cost to the school systems. Though costs continue to rise, the bill provides a forum and mechanisms for officials to grapple intelligently with cost-cutting, examining ways to promote efficiency, create new forms of competition, and explore alternatives to traditional fee-for-service payments.

Can any other state claim 98% resident coverage? -Nope.

Only Mitt Can Dismantle It.

Continuing, Mitt Romney is a very effective communicator. There are vast differences between ObamaCare and RomneyCare and I highly doubt the former Governor will have problems pinpointing them. Surely, he’ll concentrate on a key difference between both plans: constitutionality. One was passed on the state level with the overwhelming approval of the citizens and legislature, the other was crammed down America’s throat; indeed, an “unconscionable abuse of power“.

Final thought: People elect officials to represent them. Romney’s duty as Governor of the most liberal state in the nation was to be respectful of the will of the people. Although I do not agree with all the details of the Health Care plan in Massachusetts, I understand that it was Romney’s intention to give his constituents what they had long-desired, and I admire him as a leader in that respect. I do not doubt that he would have put together an entirely different plan to suit the will and needs of a mostly conservative state, such as Utah. As a conservative, I understand state’s rights and am respectful of the plan that the people of Massachusetts advocated; I wish them the best.

I think it goes without saying that as President, Romney would continue to be mindful of the course America wants to take, which does NOT include a federal takeover of Health Care.


See also BOSMAN’s op-ed Is Mitt Romney responsible for Obamacare and the current state of the Massachusetts Health Care system?

Mitt Romney to Appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

UPDATE – Videos from last night’s episode of The Tonight Show are found here

Set your DVR’s… Mitt Romney will be a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — this Wednesday, December 1st! We’ll be sure to post the video here at MRC as soon as it becomes available.

If I recall correctly, the last time Mitt met with Leno was just after several grueling primaries, early in 2008 — Mitt had finished with a ‘Silver’ in both Iowa and New Hampshire and a ‘Gold’ in Michigan and Wyoming. Leno asked Mitt how he was holding up after some pretty nasty competition in those early states, to which Mitt replied jokingly:

“I do fine. You know, I start off the day with a ‑‑ actually with a bowl of granola. My wife makes granola. Before I go on a trip, she gets out the oats and honey and sesame seeds and chops up the almonds. So I take a bowl and have granola in the morning, and then I jog every other day three miles, and then at the end of the day, just to really relax, I take off a dark suit like this and put on a light one.”

Expect similar humor from Mitt this time around (and keep your fingers crossed for some talk about his eventual announcement to run for President). Here’s to hoping Mitt can take some of those ‘Silvers’ from last time around and trade them in for ‘Golds’! Go Mitt!


Finally, if you just want to watch the entire episode of Jay Leno, click here.

NEW POLL: Mitt Romney Leads Among Tea Party, Independents, College Graduates, and Women

Marist 2012 GOP Poll Gingrich Huck Palin T-Paw Romney Christie
All GOP and GOP leaners 10% 16% 13% 2% 20% 9%
Independents 10% 17% 11% 1% 26% 10%
Republicans 10% 16% 14% 2% 17% 8%
Tea Party Supporters 13% 17% 16% 2% 19% 10%
Income < $50k 6% 13% 20% 1% 20% 7%
Income > $50k 11% 20% 10% 3% 22% 9%
No college degree 10% 15% 18% 1% 17% 6%
College graduate 10% 19% 7% 3% 24% 12%
Under 45 5% 19% 13% 2% 19% 7%
45 or older 12% 15% 13% 2% 21% 10%
Men 8% 18% 12% 2% 18% 10%
Women 11% 14% 14% 2% 23% 7%
Obama Approval 6% 15% 5% 2% 1% 6%
Obama Disapproval 10% 16% 14% 2% 23% 9%
Landline 10% 16% 13% 1% 22% 8%
Cell Phone 8% 17% 13% 5% 8% 11%
November 23, 2010 – Marist Poll N=337 MOE +/- 5.5%

*Note: the original poll included 11 potential candidates and an undecided column. Due to the large table size I reduced the number of candidates showing to fit on our page. ~Nate G.

1. The most interesting statistic here is that Romney is up among Tea Party supporters — especially after recent comments from TP ‘leaders’ saying that Tea Party supporters won’t give Romney a pass. This isn’t the first time he’s lead among this group, infact there’s been several polls now showing Romney the preferred candidate among Tea Party supporters …So what’s with the recent media reports saying the Tea Party will hurt Mitt’s chances?!

2. No surprise that Republican-leaning Independents are flocking towards Romney; he’s appealed to that demographic all along (which, might I mention, is huge for electability in a general election).

3. Notice Romney’s appeal among people approve of Obama: 1% — Romney also leading among those who disapprove of Obama.

4. While tying among men voters, Romney dominates the women category. Is it the hair?

5. Fascinating how Chris Christie (who has said many times that he has no intention of running), is walloping Tim Pawlenty (who has made no secret of his presidential intentions).

6. Not sure if Gingrich really plans to throw his name into the race; but, should he choose not to run, I see Romney as the major beneficiary as polls often show he and Romney share a similar voting base. He takes a good chunk of the electorate in this poll, and past polls have shown that that chunk comes, primarily, from what would normally be Romney support (if Gingrich was not on the ballot).

Please feel free to share your thoughts below!


George HW Bush on Romney: “I Think He Would be a Good President, a Very Good President”

The former President had kind words for Mitt Romney during an interview with Larry King:

George HW Bush on Romney:

“He’s a reasonable guy,” George Bush said of Romney. “He’s a conservative fellow, that’s good. But no, I think he’d be a good president, a very good president.”

It looks Romney can count on the Bush family’s support next time around.

Former MA Governor Romney & Former President Bush

Also worth noting — Barbara Bush’s remarks on Sarah Palin:

“I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful,” Barbara Bush said of Palin. “And she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there.”

H/t Crystal


Thanksgiving Wishes from Mitt Romney Central

It’s that wonderful, abundant time of year…

221 years ago, before Sarah Hale’s efforts to institute a national Thanksgiving Union Festival and before President Abraham Lincoln issued his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation, our first President, George Washington, invited a new nation to observe a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. The year was 1789:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

Thanksgiving Proclamation - George Washington, Oct 3, 1789, Library of Congress

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

(Paragraphs inserted for reading ease; click on image to enlarge.)

America was founded on the principles of gratitude and humility. Acknowledging the hand of the Almighty has steadied and sustained us through times of tribulation and times of tranquility. As we gather with family and friends to enjoy turkey and pumpkin pie, let us give thanks to God for our rich heritage, our Republic, our freedoms, and those who defend us near and far. May we humbly reflect upon our multiplicity of personal blessings and commit more fully to deserve favor from Him from whom all blessings flow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

from Mitt Romney Central

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney vs Obama: Mitt on Top in Latest Zogby Poll


Romney vs Obama

Obama’s Job approval is freefalling:

“President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his Presidency at 39%, and in potential match-ups with Republicans in 2012, he trails Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich and is just one point ahead of Sarah Palin.”

How well does Mitt Romney do among Independents in a hypothetical match up against Obama?

“Among independents, match-ups between Obama and Republicans Romney, Gingrich, Palin and Bush are very close. Versus all of these hypothetical opponents except Bloomberg, Obama draws between 36% and 39% of independents. He beats Bloomberg among independents, 26%-12%, but 49% of independents would choose neither. Obama beats Trump with independents, 36%-29%.”

Mitt Romney also performs well among Republicans in a hypothetical match against Obama.

“Among Republicans, Gingrich leads with 79%, followed by Romney 77% and Palin 72%.  One-half of Republicans would choose Trump over Obama, but 43% want neither. Bloomberg would get only 19% of Republicans, with 74% not wanting either the New York City mayor or Obama.”

The reason why Mitt Romney is will be a formidable opponent for Republicans in the primaries and for Obama in the general election in 2012 is that he appeals to more than just his base.  Not only do Republicans like Romney but Independents do too.

Go Mitt 2012!!

~ Jared A.

Romney was a Tea-partier Before Tea Party was Cool

A point that I’ve long wanted to touch upon, just haven’t had the chance to write it up: Mitt Romney is the embodiment of the conservative principles that the Tea Party so passionately advocates.

A few months ago I expressed the estrangement I felt as a ground-level activist in the Tea Party. Supposed leaders of the Tea Party were coming out against a former Governor I had long admired: Mitt Romney. I was befuddled by this because, knowing his record, I had always considered Mitt Romney a perfect example of what I would want in my leaders — a problem solver who has respect for taxpayer dinero and looks out for the interests of businesses, large and small; an advocate for free-market enterprise and capitalism.

At the rallies I attend, Mitt Romney’s name is often floated as the man with competence enough to take down the Obama machine. Why, then, are ‘leaders’ of this group disparaging a good man’s efforts to make this country great again? I say to them as a fellow Tea-partier: “you do not represent me, nor are you my leaders.” I joined the movement with the understanding that there was no single voice for the Tea Party — that as individuals, we had our own voices, which were to be heard loud and clear through the corridors of Capitol Hill.

The best write-up I’ve seen on this matter comes hot-off-the-press today from Braden at Dear Tea Party, Mitt Romney is Your Friend

Braden dissects Mitt Romney’s record and explains why, in fact, Mitt Romney was a Tea-partier before the Tea Party was cool.

Based on issues alone, it would be logical to conclude that Mitt Romney is in agreement with the vast majority of Tea Party principles. He balanced the budget for four consecutive years in a blue state without raising taxes. Isn’t that what the TEA in Tea Party stands for, Taxed Enough Already? The very premise of the Tea Party movement is in accordance with Romney’s record.

On Massachusetts Health Care:

RomneyCare, signed into law by Romney in 2006, is a state-based healthcare plan with striking similarities to ObamaCare. However, unlike ObamaCare, RomneyCare did not raise taxes. But the bigger and more important difference is that RomneyCare was a state program and not a federal one. If states’ rights and federalism are truly important to the Tea Party, they would readily recognize this distinction. And on top of all this, Romney has consistently voiced his support for the repeal of ObamaCare.

On Abortion “Flip-Flop”:

Well, considering that he flipped (not flopped) his position to pro-life, wouldn’t that mean that the majority of the Tea Party should agree with him now? Changing positions on the issue of life isn’t uncommon in either party. Both Jesse Jackson and Al Gore became pro-choice after previously being pro-life. Republicans like George H.W. Bush, Henry Hyde, and some would even say Ronald Reagan each had somewhat pro-choice pasts before becoming pro-life. And besides, it would be difficult for the Tea Party to claim success with a pro-choice candidate like Scott Brown while pointing the finger at Romney.

On Mitt Romney’s Mormon Religion:

True, Romney’s Mormon faith may be outside of the mainstream and considered unusual at best by some evangelicals. But by and large, basic Mormon values and morality are essentially identical to those of evangelical voters. Aside from doctrinal differences, what legitimate political problem would they have with a Mormon president?

Summary: Mitt Romney’s Recent Efforts for the Conservative Movement

He has also written op-eds expressing dissatisfaction with Obama’s policies. These articles should naturally curry favor among conservatives of all stripes who would like to unseat Obama in 2012.

Furthermore, Romney consistently polls ahead of or in a dead heat with Obama. He also garners more support among independents than other Republicans; and in some cases, he fares better than Obama does among that demographic.

If the Tea Party is interested in winning against Obama in 2012, perhaps they should give Romney another look. A united coalition of conservatives behind a candidate like him would be devastating to Obama.

Frankly, there’s little reason for the Tea Party to find dissatisfaction with Romney. I suppose a fondness for candidates outside of the so-called “establishment” would cause the Tea Party to lean against Romney. But until a candidate of his stature rises outside of the establishment with comparable credentials, Romney deserves a chance among those in the Tea Party movement. So to those who are afraid of the big bad Romney, remember that he is an ally and not an enemy.

I recommend heading over and reading the article in it’s entirety and spreading this out to your networks… Rapido!

h/t to Doug from MRC Chat.


Romney News: Among Top in Quinnipiac Poll, Palin Tweet, NH Support, Gov Bob McDonnell Praise

It’s a ‘ROMnewsy‘ Monday-before-Thanksgiving, so we’ll jump right in. Here’s a look at a poll, a tweet, the future primary in New Hampshire, and a Romney word-association .

The Poll

Quinnipiac University has released their latest on who is favored for the GOP 2012 presidential contest. Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee are the top three picks:

Palin, the party’s 2008 nominee for vice president, receives 19% of the vote in the national survey of Republican voters. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who finished second to John McCain in primaries and caucuses won in 2008, is backed by 18%.

Another 2008 candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, gets 17% of the vote, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finishes with 15%. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is a distant fifth at 6%…

Given the high media exposure of Palin and Huckabee on FOX News, radio programs, and a reality TV show, Governor Romney’s position is impressive. More impressive, Romney polls best against Obama and beats him by one point. Palin falls significantly behind:

Electability often emerges as a lead consideration among primary voters, and two of the four Republicans that Quinnipiac tests in hypothetical matchups with President Obama are competitive. Romney actually leads Obama, 45% to 44%, while Obama leads Huckabee 46% to 44%. But Obama has an 8-point advantage over Palin, 48% to 40% overall and 44% to 37% among independent voters.

Read more here.

The Tweet

Sarah Palin has written a new book which will be released tomorrow. Included is a section on religion and public life in which she criticizes JFK for distancing himself from his Catholic faith. She also praises Romney for embracing his faith during the 2008 presidential primaries. She specifically cites Mitt’s Faith in America speech. Governor Romney connected with her via Twitter today:

“Thanks @SarahPalinUSA for the kind words in your new book about the role of faith in public life,” he said. “Hope it’s a bestseller.”

The future New Hampshire primary

Yahoo! Network Contributor, Shauna Zamarripa, explains why – when it comes to 2012 – Mitt Romney has her vote:

Mitt Romney’s name is once again in the forefront of the eyes of the country as he reaches to secure the 2012 GOP nomination for the most powerful office in the free world: president of the United States.

Historically, New Hampshire has always been a high-profile state when it comes to voters, and taking hold of New Hampshire voters can be the first step in taking the pulse of voters throughout the country. In the 2012 primaries, Romney has already secured 40 percent of the votes, decimating Huckabee, Palin and Gingrich by over 27 points. It looks promising for Romney to make another run for president in 2012.

What do I think of all this? Well, voting as a whole for me has always been about selecting the lesser of two evils for a better candidate. In 2008, I felt that John McCain was the lesser of two evils, and he received my vote as a result. With President Obama’s approval ratings continuing to nose dive, I think I made the right choice.

Romney is conservative, and I like that about him. He holds many of the ideals that the Republican Party finds endearing, such as an opposing stance on same-sex marriages, abortion and prayer in school. While these particular policies don’t light my personal voting fire (as I oppose these stances rather vehemently), I look at Romney as a potential saving grace to our current economic chaos. Thus, for me, Romney is the lesser of two evils when comparing him to his front-running Democratic competition.

Romney exhibits proven success in business, and applies a levelheaded approach to fixing big government spending. He proved this with his rehabilitation of the Michigan welfare programs as governor, and I believe he proved it well. With Romney at the helm, I see less spending and more jobs. Frankly, these two things are the building blocks that the country needs in order to recover from the housing fallout and recession staring us plainly in the face.

Yes, it could be argued that Romney leans so far to the right that he is walking in circles. However, we have had nearly four years of left-leaning policy, and we have found no change, worsened economic conditions and broken promises. It is time to go back to basics, or to Reaganomics (which Romney is a proponent of).

The Word Association

At the recent Republican Governors Association meeting, Mark Halperin asked a few Governors to play the word association game. He would mention a political name and the participants were to respond with two adjectives to describe the individual.

Gov Bobby Jindal responses (Should we forgive him?):

Governor Bob McDonnell responses:

Mitt Romney: Adept and hard-working.”
adept – adj, Very skilled. noun, A highly skilled person; an expert.

Halperin’s summary:

Asked for reaction to Palin in the form of two adjectives, most Republican governors or governors-elect committed long pauses before coming up with politically safe (and/but telling) replies. However, Palin’s name was not heard very often in the hallways of the RGA meeting in San Diego, except out of the mouths of reporters.

H/t Crystal re Palin praise for Romney

► Jayde Wyatt