Happy Halloween! from Mitt Romney Central


Double, double toil and trouble,

Snowflakes fall

while caldrons bubble…

Ahhh… Halloween haunting shrouds the land!

As ghostly snowstorms in the northeast leave 2 million trick-or-treaters without electricity (MA and NH got over 30 inches of the white stuff) and goblins in the Rockies will wear overcoats tonight, Rick Perry’s jobs plan goes bump-in-the-night, ghosts have invaded the Cain train but he’ll still talk to the eye of Newt, Jon Huntsman’s daughters don disguises, taxpayers will pay to lay another cadaver in the coffin, and something wicked this way comes from Dracula Obama…

We think it’s time to Boogie, man. Here’s a 2006 version of Blue Moon from Adcetera:



Before we get further into the spirit of things, we want to wish a very happy birthday to Nate Gunderson (he’s the leader of the RomZombies here and owner of this site!) We hope you’re having a great day, Nate, and may many more come your way!

A thought or two and a few cartoons:


Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.
~ Fernando Pessoa

Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.
~Author Unknown

Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night
!
~Elizabeth Akers Allen













Some of you will have more than frost on the pumpkin tonight… Here’s a look at Mitt and some of his family enjoying a Halloween snowball fight yesterday at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH:

Click on image to enlarge.



Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,

Voices whisper in the trees,

“Happy Halloween!”

Have fun!

From all of us at MRC



► Jayde Wyatt

Obama Ghoulishly Grim, Romney Believes in America


Recently, President Obama has been ghoulishly grim regarding the capabilities of Americans while deflecting blame for our current condition from himself. While campaigning in San Francisco last week he declared “We’ve lost our ambition, our imagination…

Yesterday, on NBC’s Meet The Press, David Gregory asked Obama’s top White House adviser David Plouffe this question: “The president on the campaign trail, at a fundraiser out west this week sounded pretty downcast. … Is the president in a funk? Or is this meant to send a message to the base?”

PLOUFFE: “He’s not in a funk at all. I was on that trip with him, David, out west, and he was highly energized.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 10/30/11)

Regardless of his personal mood, President Obama sounds discouraged about America. Here’s his full quote at his Oct 25th fundraiser in San Francisco:

‘We’ve lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam and unleashed all the potential in this country.’” (Kate Andersen Brower, “Obama Says Most Millionaires Willing to Pay Higher Taxes, Urges Jobs Plan, Bloomberg, 10/29/11)

In September Obama said America “had gotten a little soft” and lost its “competitive edge.” Here’s the quote:

“‘There are a lot of things we can do,’ Obama then said. ‘The way I think about it is, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track.’” (David Jackson, “Obama: U.S. ‘Had Gotten A Little Soft’,” USA Today, 9/30/11)

More…

President Obama: Our faith in America has been “shaken … over the last couple of decades.”

OBAMA: “Most of the people in this room, many of our parents, our grandparents — we grew up with a faith in an America where hard work and responsibility paid off … Over the last decade — over the last couple of decades, that faith was shaken. Seemed as if the world’s changed. The deck kept getting stacked against middle-class Americans, and nobody in Washington seemed willing or able to do anything about it.” (President Barack Obama, remarks in New York, NY, 9/21/11)

President Obama’s rhetoric brings to mind the “malaise” of the Carter administration…

President Carter’s infamous “Malaise” speech:

“We are losing our confidence in the future.” “We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own. Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. … We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the search for freedom, and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose. But just as we are losing our confidence in the future, we are also beginning to close the door on our past.” (President Jimmy Carter, remarks in Washington, DC, 7/15/79)

Gail Gitcho, Romney Communications Director, has issued this statement:

President Obama continues to be down on America, saying we are ‘soft’ and have ‘lost our ambition.’ After three years of failed economic policies from this Administration, it is clear that the problem isn’t the American people – it’s President Obama. Mitt Romney believes in America and the strength of its people. After three years of high unemployment and economic stagnation, it is time to send a conservative businessman to the White House and get our economy moving again.”

(emphasis added)

America can’t take four more years of spookiness (the title of this video refers to Obama’s pals…):






► Jayde Wyatt


MUST SEE: Rick Perry's Weirdest/Giddiest Speech Ever

I hate to kick the man while he’s down, and really do I wish this video weren’t a joke like others we’ve seen, but I’m posting this because it must be seen by everyone going to the ballot box next year.

Behold, a highlight video of a speech that Rick Perry gave in New Hampshire on Friday:

Is he just tired?… Did he not take his meds?… Or is he just trying to be the candidate that has that beaming, guy-you’d-drink-beer-with personality? Watch and let us know your thoughts.

It’s worth noting that the democrats are going crazy with this video, accurately pointing out that if Rick Perry is the GOP nominee, Barack Obama is going to skate into another term on communicative competence alone.

Now, I understand that being president is about action and experience, not just speaking ability — but why not just elect a guy that shines in all the above?


-Luke G.

CA Billionaire Developer, Philanthropist Donald Bren Says Romney “Most Qualified”

Wealthy self-made Orange Co. California businessman and philanthropist, Donald Bren, has endorsed Mitt Romney. October 30, 2011

Donald Bren, a former marine who started a home building company in 1958 with a $10,000 loan and is now worth $12 billion, has endorsed Mitt Romney. Bren, who is chairman of the Irvine Co., hails from southern California and is widely known for his philanthropy.

Orange Co. Register
Updated Oct 30, 2011
By Jonathan Lansner

Orange County billionaire developer Donald Bren thinks Mitt Romney should be the next president.

Irvine Co. Chairman Bren, in a wide-ranging interview about the stats of the economy, said he thought the former Massachusetts governor would best handle both a difficult economy as well as broader national and global issues.

“He’s the most qualified,” Bren says.

Bren — a longtime Republican supporter listed by Forbes as America’s wealthiest real estate mogul with a $12 billion fortune — donated $2,500 to Romney’s campaign in September, according to federal donation records. …

Bren says he admires Romney’s “business acumen, good judgment and temperament” and his business success with the Bain Co. investment house.

Now, that’s a real Golden State endorsement!

Over the span of three decades, Mr. Bren has donated over 50,000 acres of oak-covered canyons and brushlands in southern CA to be used for public parks, greenspace, and recreational wilderness preserves. His most recent gift of land was completed last summer:

Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2010
By Scott Kraft

A rugged, 20,000-acre parcel of the original Irvine Ranch — a pristine landscape of steep canyons, native grassland and sycamore woodland that is home to golden eagles, mountain lions and dozens of rare and endangered species of plants and animals — became public property Tuesday in a historic deal with the developer who has sculpted the look of modern suburbia in Southern California.

The open-space land, a gift from Donald Bren and the Irvine Co., was unanimously accepted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, which also approved a long-term plan to manage the natural habitat, designated a National Natural Landmark four years ago. In one swoop, the size of parkland owned by the county grew by more than half.
[...]

(emphasis added )


Of the 50,000 acres permanently preserved in So. California’s Irvine Ranch (which includes Fremont Canyon, pictured above) nearly 40,000 have been designated as the first-ever CA Natural Landmark (CNL). “This designation validates the conservation efforts that will keep this land special for generations to come.” – Donald Bren, Chairman, Irvine Co.


A wonderful endorsement from a very generous man…

Thank you, Mr. Bren!

► Jayde Wyatt

Let Your Support for Romney Glow with Halloween Pumpkin Stencils

I had hoped to post these several days ago, but you know how life can keep you real busy… I hope you enjoy these. Click on the pictures to download the full-size printable PDF file.

Upload your photos of your Romney pumpkins to our Facebook Page and we’ll share them with our 30,000 ‘fans’!

Romney Stencil

Click the image to download the full-size printable PDF.

Mitt Stencil

Click the image to download the full-size printable PDF.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Red State and Free Republic Declare War on Mitt Romney Supporters for Some Reason

Any grassroots site has the right to moderate itself any way it chooses. The main purpose of this piece is to present a few examples of Free Republic and Red State’s apparent disdain for Gov. Romney and spur discussion that will hopefully lead to discovery of what motivates those feelings because it seems very illogical considering our shared goals of nominating a conservative (which both sites seemed to think Mitt was in 2008) and making President Obama a 1-term President.

Embarassed of Free Republic and Red StateThe editors at Red State and Free Republic (among others) have had the wool pulled over their eyes. They seem to actually believe the lies originally propagated by supporters of President Obama and, in some cases, even by President Obama himself. Now, for some reason, these editors/moderators are so insecure in their prejudice against Gov. Romney that they ban people who openly support Gov. Romney. Free Republic (mostly because of it’s owner Jim Robinson) has purged all of the Romney supporters they could from the site in two waves of purges over the last few years. The anti-Romney and anti-Mormon bigotry evident at Free Republic now is absolutely sickening.

I haven’t been to Free Republic quite as much as I used to partly because I have been banned from posting. During the 2008 election, Mitt was accepted and lauded by many at Free Republic like he was by most conservatives. One of the best summaries of Gov. Romney’s accomplishments was actually from Free Republic. However, Jim Robinson seemingly fell in love with Sarah Palin and initiated purges of anyone who wouldn’t pledge allegiance to her. A few months back, I tried to make a new account and see if I could post about Gov. Romney’s jobs plan and I was promptly banned and called a few derogatory names implying that I was a Mormon. Besides the fact that I am not Mormon, I can’t for the life of me figure out how a site like that, filled with such hate, can find enough donors to keep it going. When I think of Free Republic, I’m reminded of the scene from Star Wars Episode IV where Luke is warned that he is entering “A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villany”.

Red State has been fairly hostile to Gov. Romney for awhile, but they have crossed into new lows now as well. The guys from WhyRomney.com have been working very hard and diligently to refute some of the many misconceptions about Gov. Romney, and I hope this unfortunate episode won’t dissuade them or anyone else from trying to correct the people endlessly smearing Gov. Romney. What so many of these people who don’t like Gov. Romney don’t seem to realize is that they have been fed reasons to not like Gov. Romney by highly-funded democratic think tanks. It’s abundantly clear now, no matter what Rush Limbaugh says, that President Obama is scared to death of facing Mitt Romney in the general election.

If you want to check out the three open letters posted to Red State, you can read the one on mandates and health care here, the one about abortion here, and the final one on miscellaneous issues here unless Red State removes the posts now that they have cowardly banned the authors of the letters. Also, I’ve saved a screen shot of the admin belittling the efforts of our friends from WhyRomney and giving his/her bogus reason for banning them which you can read here just in case the admin tries to cover his/her tracks in shame. If you want to see how rude Free Republic is without actually subjecting yourself to the hate, just click here for a screen shot of the reason they banned the author of a similar open letter.

I know there are bastions of bigotry against Mormons on other sites besides Free Republic and that Free Republic and Red State aren’t the only sites that have ever banned people they disagreed with, but I’ve concluded that they are the grandparents of this anti-Romney crusade that fortunately seems destined to fail. Some other sites seem predisposed against supporting Mitt, but not at the dangerous level of these two.

The motives of people like Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh to not want Gov. Mitt Romney to be the GOP nominee are easier to understand (hint: they make more money with President Obama in the White House). However, some have suggested they have just been fed a lot of misinformation like George Will has, but the fact that they all were much more supportive of Mitt in 2008 makes me skeptical of that explanation. I believe many other sites and conservatives are simply following the lead of Limbaugh, Levin, and Will which is reinforced by the disingenuous moderators at Red State, the sheltered leader of Free Republic, and the lack of journalistic integrity at Fox News when it comes to telling both sides of the stories involving Mitt. It’s hard to blame the average voter for believing a lot of the lies about Gov. Romney when they have to dig around all of these voices they used to respect and rely on.

Most other conservative sites that support candidates other than Mitt at least vow to support Mitt if he is the nominee, but I worry about what is festering at Free Republic and now, Red State. Once our nominee is selected, we will need all hands on deck to defeat President Obama. The members of these two sites should realize how detrimental the actions of their leaders may end up being to the ultimate cause of making President Obama a one-term President. I hope they will ask for their leaders to act in a more responsible fashion.

What can Romney supporters do about this other than expose and confront the lies and hope the people we are talking about become ashamed of what they’ve done? At the very least, some of their followers might stop listening to them and give Gov. Romney a fair shake. Telling the truth and persisting in spreading that knowledge like the folks at WhyRomney did and so many of us already do is great. A new tool has just launched to help us as well. MittFitts.com has launched promising to provide us with numerous cartoons we can use to supplement our pro-Romney facts and arguments. You can learn more about the new site here, but before you do, check out their inaugural cartoon. This cartoon could very easily be used to point out the prejudice of someone like Free Republic’s Jim Robinson as well. I look forward to next week’s cartoon(s) now as well. Welcome to cause MittFitts!

UPDATE by Jayde Nov 10,2011

I was surprised to see this letter on Erickson’s site today. Maybe he is paying attention…

Click on letter to enlarge

UPDATE 2: Politico has discovered that George Will’s wife work for the Perry campaign, so that’s one less person we need to try to discover the motivations of their flip-flopping on Mitt.

Fmr NH State Rep Mooney Mulled Perry or Romney… Chooses ROMNEY

She was on a plane flying out of New Hampshire, heading to Texas… not too long ago.

She was going to twist Rick Perry’s arm to get in the presidential race.

She spoke with the Texas Governor.

She got her wish.

She’s been watching and waiting.

She’s been mulling.


She has endorsed Mitt Romney.



Former NH State Rep and prominent New Hampshire social conservative Maureen Mooney has added to Rick Perry’s terrible, horrible, no good day. (NH State Rep Norman Major flipped from Perry to Romney last night.)

Romney Snatches Major Social Conservative Endorsement From Perry

Prominent social conservative Maureen Mooney tells WMURPoliticalScoop.com she is endorsing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, even months after she was among a very small group who flew from New Hampshire to Texas to encourage Rick Perry to run for president.

This is Mitt’s time and this is his year,” she said. “He has been a friend of New Hampshire for years now and is very supportive of the New Hampshire Republican Party, candidates locally, the county and state. Furthermore, he demonstrates a sharpness in every debate we have seen him in that will match up well against Barack Obama. That is precisely what we need.”

Mooney’s endorsement comes ahead the Cornerstone Action fundraising dinner tonight with keynote speaker Rick Perry. And, yes, Mooney will be there.
[...]
Mooney, of Merrimack, is a former state representative, and state Republican Party treasurer.

(italics, emphasis added)

From the UnionLeader.com:

UPDATE: MOONEY WITH MITT.

Following our exclusive report early today that veteran state Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has “flipped” from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, conservative former state Rep. Maureen Mooney of Merrimack told us she is also backing Romney.
[...]
Mooney was among a small group of Granite Staters who traveled to Austin, Tex., in August to talk to Perry when he was considering running for President. But while others then backed Perry when he became a candidate, she said she went to Austin uncommitted, returned uncommitted and had been uncommitted until two weeks ago, when she decided on Romney.
[...]
Mooney cited the former Massachusetts governor’s “private business sector background and a proven record of being able to turn around corporations. That’s clearly what this country needs now.”

She said Romney’s “better experience in the private sector” than Perry “will draw a clear line of distinction between him and President Obama.”



Ms. Mooney, your endorsement is marvelous!

► Jayde Wyatt

Fmr Top Leaders of U.S. Dept. of Justice Support Romney



Further evidence of Governor Mitt Romney’s readiness to lead America…

Four former Attorneys General and one former Assistant Attorney General are backing Mitt Romney. He has asked them to serve as campaign advisers on law enforcement issues:

Boston, MA — Mitt Romney announced today the support of former Attorneys General William Barr and Michael Mukasey, former Deputy Attorneys General George Terwilliger and Mark Filip, and former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division Alice Fisher.

In addition to their deep leadership experience at the Department of Justice, these distinguished attorneys have extensive judicial, prosecutorial, and private practice experience. They will advise Governor Romney on all matters related to the rule of law and will co-chair the campaign’s Law Enforcement Advisory Group.

Bill Barr, Michael Mukasey, George Terwilliger, Mark Filip, and Alice Fisher have served this nation with distinction at the highest levels of federal law enforcement,” Governor Romney said. “I am honored to have their support and advice as we address the range of pressing legal issues facing the country.”

Barr, Mukasey, Terwilliger, Filip, and Fisher issued this joint statement: “Mitt Romney deeply understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of our laws and vigorously enforcing them. His record as Governor demonstrates his commitment to the security of the people he is charged to defend and to the rule of law as the basis of a free society. We look forward to advising Governor Romney and we are proud to support him.”

(emphasis added )

Background on Barr, Mukasey, Terwilliger, Filip, and Fisher:

William Barr Served As U.S. Attorney General From 1991 To 1993. Barr, a graduate of Columbia University and the George Washington University Law School, served as Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel under President George H.W. Bush. He also served on the White House staff of President Ronald Reagan.

Michael Mukasey Served As U.S. Attorney General From 2007 To 2009. Mukasey, a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, was Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and served on the district court for two decades. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and is a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

George Terwilliger Served As U.S. Deputy Attorney General From 1992 To 1993. Terwilliger, a graduate of Seton Hall University and Antioch School of Law, served as Acting U.S. Attorney General and as a U.S. Attorney. He is a partner at White & Case LLP.

Mark Filip Served As U.S. Deputy Attorney General From 2008 To 2009. Filip, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Harvard Law School, served as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Acting U.S. Attorney General, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Alice Fisher Served As Assistant Attorney General In Charge Of The Criminal Division From 2005 To 2008. Fisher, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division under President George W. Bush and as Deputy Special Counsel to a U.S. Senate Special Committee. She is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP.



► Jayde Wyatt

More Florida Sunshine for Romney: Congressman Jeff Miller Endorses Mitt

The latest news from The Sunshine State is making the sun shine a little brighter here at MRC as the work week comes to a close…

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of Florida Congressman Jeff Miller.

I am proud to have Congressman Miller’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “He is a committed public servant both to the state of Florida and our country’s veterans and I will work with leaders like him to revitalize the state.”

“After three years, it is clear to Florida voters that President Obama’s liberal policies are not working,” said Congressman Jeff Miller. “The differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney are stark. At home, President Obama had no experience in the real world and has failed to improve the economy; Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who has a lifetime of experience turning around troubled enterprises. Abroad, President Obama has weakened relations with allies; Mitt Romney has laid out a foreign policy that strengthens America’s relationships with our allies while providing for our military men and women overseas and at home. I am proud to support Mitt, and look forward to working with him to help create jobs in Florida and provide the care that our servicemen and veterans deserve.”

(emphasis added)

Background On Congressman Jeff Miller:

Congressman Miller

Jeff Miller Has Represented Florida’s 1st Congressional District In The U.S. House Of Representatives Since 2001. He is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs as well as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to entering Congress, Miller served in the Florida House of Representatives and as a deputy sheriff. He was also a real estate broker.

Let the sunshine in!

► Jayde Wyatt

Thumbs Up? Now, Thumbs Down! NH State Rep Drops Perry For Romney


A gritty, Granite State, howdy-do for Rick Perry…

On the eve of his visit to New Hampshire today, eight-term NH State Rep Norman Major, who has been supporting Rick Perry, switched his allegiance to Mitt Romney.

Perry’s inability to debate effectively and the way he handled himself while debating were the major factors in Major’s decision:

The New Hampshire Union Leader has learned that eight-term state Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, who backed Perry just more than a month ago, is now with Romney.

Major, who heads the Rockingham County delegation in the New Hampshire House and is vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in an interview he became less impressed with Perry during October.

When I met Perry, I listened to him and he represented all the things I wanted to see accomplished,” Major said. “He accomplished a lot in the state of Texas, but as I saw him in the debates and how he handles himself, I realized he isn’t going to beat Obama.”

Major said Perry “has a lot of good credentials, but I guess he needs to go through what Romney went through last time and get that experience of running for President. That way he will be more presidential and think more nationally.

All the answers don’t come from Texas,” said Major. …

Major said Romney “is more presidential and I think stands a better chance of beating Obama than Perry does.

Perry’s strategy:

Perry, after adding several nationally known GOP strategists to his campaign organizational chart this week, after getting much attention for his 20 percent flat-tax plan, and after being backed by magazine publisher Steve Forbes, has gone on the attack against Romney.

On the cable network CNBC earlier this week, Perry labeled Romney a “fat cat,” referring to his personal wealth.

Perry also continued criticizing the health care plan Romney signed into law in Massachusetts, calling it, through a spokesman, an “albatross” for the Bay State.

From PostBulletin.com (McClatchy newspaper):

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent precious little time in New Hampshire, and party activists are starting to notice.

As the governor whisks into the state Friday, just long enough to file the papers needed to appear on the ballot and speak to religious conservatives, questions are growing about how seriously he’s trying to compete.

“It’s very hard to do ‘New Hampshire-lite’ and win,” Steve Duprey, a former state GOP chairman who now serves on the national Republican committee, said Thursday.

Duprey said Perry might need to spend 25 or 30 days in New Hampshire between now and the January primary to do well. That may be impossible given the myriad demands on his time: Iowa, South Carolina, fundraising and, of course, tending to state business once in a while.

“New Hampshire may be small geographically, but it’s Texas-sized in the effort it takes to do well here,” Duprey said. “Coming here for a day, even if you did 10 events, isn’t enough.”
[...]
Dante Scala, chairman of the University of New Hampshire political science department, said Perry isn’t putting in the “sustained effort” needed to do well in the state’s primary, let alone to win. He said it doesn’t appear that the state is Perry’s first or even second priority.

(emphasis, italics added)

Perry may bump into Mitt Romney tonight; The Texan is speaking at a fundraiser for religious conservatives and Romney is speaking at a town hall meeting nearby (his 16th).

Welcome to the team, Representative Major!

► Jayde Wyatt

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