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Many of you leave comments in the published posts here at Mitt Romney Central referring to overt bigotry you have discovered in your research of those who support candidates opposing Governor Romney or you ask why Governor Romney does not seem “to connect” to many in the South. Keeping up on the work of Lowell, Reynolds, and Schroeder will help you understand that Governor Romney’s remarkable success to date is all the more impressive when you understand who opposes him out of ignorance, fear, or bigoted agenda.

The kind of resistance we are seeing right now against Governor Romney in the underground is nothing compared to what is brewing in the Obama camp.

Lowell, Reynolds, and Schroeder often refer to “The Question” — What is it? —-> CLICK

Who are these guys? What drives them? ——> CLICK

Two Recent Samples from Article 6 Blog:

HUMOR: Related to Obama Having No Flaws or Weaknesses

Or this recent post by John Schroeder about a Santorum surrogate, soon to become an Obama surrogate:

THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET REALLY INTERESTING

As a frequent visitor to MRC, you may have wondered why we generally do not write about or report on the obvious religious undertones that “reporters” touch on in their coded missives. Maybe you have considered us ignorant to the obvious — we are not. Maybe you have considered us shy on the subject — we are not.

An important guiding principle of the MRC contributors is to promote Governor Romney’s candidacy with fact, truth, the record, and light. In part, we feel confident in doing so because we know our candidate will overcome the unseemly no matter how passionate his opponents are in promoting the dark side. Additionally, we are confident that others more qualified than we will handle the subject — they are Article 6 Blog.

Fmr Atty Gen John Ashcroft, OK Leaders Back Romney: Cite Leadership Experience

Wave after wave, endorsements for Mitt Romney keep rolling in…

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft joins our Romney ranks and, following the example of Senator Tom Coburn yesterday, additional leaders in Oklahoma say Mitt is THE MAN. They also cite the endorsement theme we’re seeing over and over again – Romney’s proven leadership.

Romney Press Team:

Fmr U.S. Atty Gen John Ashcroft

“It is an honor to have the support of Attorney General Ashcroft,” said Mitt Romney. “After working with him on the 2002 Winter Olympics, I know that he is deeply committed to serving our country and protecting its citizens and I look forward to his counsel over the coming months.”

“The election in November is as important an election as I can remember,” said Attorney General Ashcroft. “At home, we face economic and fiscal peril and abroad, we face uncertainty in volatile regions of the world. Our country needs an iron-willed president of integrity to lead us through these troubled times. No other candidate stands out for his executive leadership experience or ability to accomplish difficult tasks as does Mitt Romney. As a conservative who served as Governor of Missouri during the Reagan revolution, I admire Mitt’s record of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and defense of traditional values in a politically difficult state for a Republican. I had the opportunity to work with Mitt Romney on issues of national security during the 2002 Winter Olympics and counted him as a trustworthy, effective ally in the fight against terror while he was Governor of Massachusetts. I know that the lives and liberties of the American people will be secure with him as President. I am grateful for the opportunity to support him and urge all voters who want to restore America to her preeminent place of leadership in values, strength and prosperity to support him now and in November.”

Background on Attorney General John Ashcroft:

John Ashcroft has had a long and distinguished history in public service. From 2001 to 2005, he served in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as Attorney General. Ashcroft served one term as a U.S. Senator from Missouri and two terms as Missouri’s Governor. From 1977 to 1985, Ashcroft served as Missouri’s Attorney General. From 1973 to 1974, Ashcroft was the Missouri State Auditor. He currently serves as the founder of The Ashcroft Group, LLC.


Romney Press Team:

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Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of additional Oklahoma leaders.

I am pleased to have so much support from so many in Oklahoma,” said Mitt Romney. “Their hard work will be necessary to defeat President Obama in November, put in place policies that work for the American people, and bring back economic prosperity to Oklahoma and the rest of the country.”

Announcing his support, former Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Steve Edwards said, “The top goals for conservatives in Oklahoma and across the country are to defeat President Obama and put in place a pro-growth agenda that will reverse the failed policies of the last three years. In Mitt Romney, we have a man with the leadership experience and bold economic plan to both defeat President Obama and put our country on the right track again. I am proud to announce my support and encourage all Oklahomans looking for a different direction in Washington to support Mitt Romney on Tuesday.”

Oklahoma leaders endorsing Mitt Romney:

Steve Edwards, Former Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman
Forrest Claunch, Former State Representative, Conservative Advocate
Carol Hefner, Oklahoma County Conservative activist

Previous Oklahoma endorsements:

Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Don Nickles
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett
Governor Frank Keating
State Treasure Ken Miller
State Auditor Gary Jones
Former Speaker of the House Todd Hiett
State Senator Brian Crain
State Representative Paul Wesselhoft
State Representative Guy Liebmann
State Representative Lee Denney
State Representative Dan Sullivan
State Representative Earl Sears
Harold Hamm, CEO, Continental Resources
Francis Rooney, US Ambassador
Jim Dunlap, Former House Majority Leader
Dan Keating
Former State Representative Thad Balkman
Lynn Windel, Former National Committeeman
Ryan Leonard, Former Candidate for Attorney General
Doug Gorman, Businessman/Activist
GOP Activist Virginia Chrisco

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#UnravelTheSweater: Big Government Rick Santorum is NOT the One

Alternate Title: Why I Love Vanilla: A Few Reasons Big Government Career Politician Rick Santorum is NOT the One

Rick Santorum - Unravel the Sweater

The GOP FroYo Sweepstakes

I liken the GOP race to a trip to one of those self-serve frozen yogurt shops where you can sample the flavors before you decide. I usually try all the flavors I can without embarrassing myself before I fill up with my final selection. It’s not infrequent it’s the flavor I kind of thought I wanted in the beginning, and frankly quite often that’s vanilla.

Of course I do like the toppings, too.

“Vetting” Santorum

It takes a candidate some time before they’re deemed important enough to be vetted. Perry, Cain, Bachman and Gingrich all had their turns rising in the polls, only to come crashing back down after the media focused the spotlight on them. Meanwhile Mitt Romney has been steady, and in fact improving as all the “not-Romneys” have been dismissed. Well, Santorum is the last possible “flavor of the month” the GOP can sample before it finally decides it really does like Mitt’s brand of vanilla. I love chocolate, peanut butter cup and the rest, but vanilla is, after all, the best-selling flavor of ice cream (and I’d guess frozen yogurt). And it’s no insult that people try other flavors, but in the end there’s just something particularly satisfying about vanilla!

I must admit I’ve not taken Rick Santorum terribly seriously to this point. Perhaps that’s “my bad.” To me he’s been a bit like the flavor Tutti Frutti. Tastes good, and maybe even a nice change of pace, but not my steady diet. As a result I, and it appears many others, have avoided “going negative” with him. Why point out a guy’s weaknesses if it doesn’t serve a purpose? I kind of had the impression he’s a nice guy, liked some of what he said on social issues and have a level of respect for a man with seven children. But if Rick really wants to be our nominee, I for one want a sample. And it appears there are a reasonable number of people lined up to try Rick’s flavor, so if he’s a serious candidate, it’s time to take a taste.
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Mitt Romney — (WSJ:6) Strong Conservative Strength / Gingrich Evaporating / Colorado Game-Changer? / Female Force! / Fathers & Sons / Appeasement / Humor

[ Political Cartoons and Great Audio Clip below the fold ]

Where to start?

Does Obama deserve a second term as President? I cannot believe that is a question to be answered by sitting President! To ask an affirmative question such as this one of a President places all the focus on the person — implying that if so deserving, he will receive a gift or that a second coronation will occur or something — because it is all about you Mr. President.

What is worse is that Obama did not even hesitate to answer the question in the affirmative! In effect, stating, “Yes, I deserve this gift.” After reading a few stories on this today, I tried to imagine what President Romney would say if asked the same question by a skilled reporter attempting to elicit the unexpected answer toward the end of a first term. What came to mind was this response:

Relaxing at Home

“Mr. Lauer, with complete respect to you, I think your question is wholly inappropriate. This Office is not about me; it is not about any individual. I have worked my heart out these last three plus years for the nation I love and for the people of America. They will decide who best will lead them for another four years. Of course, I hope they will select me, and if they do, I can promise them that I will work as hard as I can, giving all my strength of heart and will to improve upon the great things we have already accomplished.”

The presidency is all about Obama: in his mind. He is already whining like Gingrich. He has failed; he is a failed executive. Never mind that he had a Democrat House and Senate his first two years. He is still blaming President Bush. When that doesn’t go over well, he blames Congress. Nothing makes me angrier than Obama blaming Congress! President Reagan had an intransigent Congress at times too and he still passed and accomplished most of what he wanted! How? When Congress threw up the stop sign, he went to the bully pulpit and asked Americans to contact their elected officials to demand a change and they did! Obama has no clue how to do this — its called leadership — he has no idea how to lead. The lazy leader blames and then whines about failure. Obama deserves to go away to do some community organizing of his presidential library in Chicago (and why not take another golfing vacation or two before November?).

And Obama’s latest? He is now blaming our founding fathers for setting up a constitution that makes it difficult for the executive branch to act unilaterally! Nice Mr. President! A great way to make friends in America and secure votes. Keep complaining — very becoming of an officer and a gentleman!

* * * * * This clip is the BEST VIDEO CLIP of the day, in my opinion. It is of Ann Coulter touting Governor Romney’s conservative credentials while also ripping on Obama for his (and Justice Ginsberg’s) dismissive comments regarding the constitution: WATCH HERE

If you are wondering why I provide excerpts from The Wall Street Journal so often, it is because I think this newspaper provides the finest journalism of any source in the world — bar none. Just a fact (I have no stock in it). Yesterday’s Journal was chocked full of great pieces about Governor Romney, his campaign, and his rivals. Great insight! Much of it is fascinating, especially regarding strategies. Usually, I select one or two articles at most.

However, tonight I chose six. If you do not have the time to read all of these, just scroll down and pick the ones that interest you most. Each article I chose is in all caps and bold below.

1)
NEVADA AND FLORIDA SHOWING GROWING SUPPORT FROM STRONG CONSERVATIVES
(by Janet Hook & Patrick O’Connor)

Mitt Romney, buoyed by a fresh victory in Nevada, appears to be shoring up support among the conservative voters who once appeared tempted by his rivals, putting the former Massachusetts governor in the strongest position since Republicans began voting a month ago.
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But it is a perilous stretch for Mr. Romney’s rivals as they try to raise money and convince Republican voters they have a real shot at the nomination.
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Mr. Gingrich and the remaining Romney rivals are facing growing pressure to end their campaigns, especially from Republicans concerned about the negative tone of the battle between Mr. Romney and the former speaker.

Nevada Win / Photo: AP

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, in a CNN interview Sunday, called Mr. Gingrich’s recent campaign rhetoric vindictive. “I think he’s digressed into a state of taking a second-rate campaign and turning it into a first-rate vendetta,” said Mr. Armey, who has become a leading figure in the tea-party movement. “I think he’s putting himself out of the game.” Mr. Armey’s criticism was dismissed by the Gingrich team as carping of a longtime political rival.

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Gingrich’s Press Conference… Baffling and Batty

Did ya hear that piqued-press-conference-tirade from Newt Gingrich last night?!



By Gary McCoy - Feb 1, 2012




By Brian Farrington - Jan 31, 2012




By Brian Farrington - Jan 30, 2012







After hearing Gingrich speak…

CNN contributor Goldie Taylor stated: “This is like re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.”

FOX News contributor / The Weekly Standard columnist Stephen Hayes declared: “This is what flailing looks like.”

FOX News contributor E.B. Stoddard summed it up: “That was a very, very, strange event.”

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Mitt Romney: Why People of Great Faith are Voting for the Man

For the last four days, I have been meaning to publish a short video clip of an interview I saw on CNN, the night of the Florida primary, after the polls had closed (trust me, this is NOT stale). Ever since I first saw Ralph Reed on television many years ago, I have always admired his intelligent, insightful political analysis. Anderson Cooper interviews Ralph Reed, who is President of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, seeking his expert insight as to why so many voters of faith chose Governor Romney that day in Florida. In my opinion, this two minute video clip is the best piece of video explaining why Governor Romney is on his way to becoming our next President of the United States. If you do nothing else today, please take 2 minutes to see this video clip! (thank you to a good friend for directing me that night to watch this interview):

PLEASE — PLEASE — PLEASE — WATCH: ***** RALPH REED Interviewed *****

Ralph Reed

A few of his better quotes:

“An across the board sweep!” — “He split the evangelical vote with Gingrich” — “He won the Catholic vote by 26 points with two Catholics on the ballot!” — “He won women by a huge margin!” — “Very impressive”

[by the way, the FOX election coverage did not even compare with CNN's coverage, which was the most professional overall election night coverage that I have seen in many years]

Many of you may be visiting this site for the first time to learn more about what makes this guy Mitt Romney tick. You may have heard him refer to our “Creator” a few times in his speeches, especially when referring to the source of American rights. Many people do not know that as Governor, he worked closely with leaders of many different synagogues, churches, and faiths. You may be wondering why so many evangelicals and Catholics are lining up to support and promote the candidacy of Governor Romney for President of the United States. What makes this guy tick?

FIRST TIME VISITORS TO MITT ROMNEY CENTRAL:

***** Read the courageous speech by Mark DeMoss: CLICK

***** An evangelical’s words to Mitt Romney skeptics: CLICK

***** Deep South evangelical’s journey to Mitt: CLICK

***** Moral authority lost by Gingrich (by evangelical): CLICK

***** Letter by 5 ambassadors to the Vatican about Romney: CLICK

***** The Window to Mitt Romney’s Soul (a woman): CLICK

***** Open letter to Evangelicals — by an Evangelical: CLICK

***** POWERFUL CNN article — Why Evangelicals should dump Gingrich: CLICK

***** What does Mitt do with his free time (he has some) to serve others?: CLICK

***** Book on why Evangelicals should back Romney (by Evangelicals): CLICK

***** Major affirmation of Romney’s pro-life credentials: CLICK

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“When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty.” — Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924) Twenty-eighth President

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To see some GREAT political cartoons by Michael Ramirez …………….
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Mitt Romney and The Newt

With nothing better to do on a Friday night, I type….

Living in Orange County, CA (large Republican base), we have two major newspapers to choose from. The Orange County Register and The Los Angeles Times. The LA Times clearly has better overall journalism, though it definitely leans left.

This article in today’s Times, by David Horsey, came as a tip from one of MRC’s chatters whose call sign I missed. Thank you!

Some of the better quotes include,

Gingrich is not well-liked by many of the people he worked with in Congress. In fact, loathing may better characterize their feelings.

Now tell me, have you seen a better political cartoon than this one? SERIOUSLY!

By David Horsey / Los Angeles Times


Today, while at a business luncheon in Laguna Beach, I overheard four gentlemen involved in a lively political discussion while I too was so engaged. I heard one guy say, “You should have seen it last night! Romney was just pounding that snake Gingrich! It was beautiful!” My colleague and I smiled and continued our discussion of Gov. Romney while we enjoyed the ocean view on a spectacular day.

Horsey continues,

Ron Bonjean, a long-time aide to the Republican leadership, told CNN that folks on Capitol Hill are very nervous about Gingrich’s candidacy. “It sends a shiver down a lot of Republican spines,” Bonjean said. “You can actually feel the nervousness from Republicans around town that Gingrich could actually bring the craziness back of his speakership from the 1990s.”

The worry ranges from first-term members to veterans who served with Gingrich as he rose to power in the 1980s and ’90s. According to a report in Politico, freshman House Republicans could talk about little else on a bus ride back from their caucus retreat in Baltimore last week. They have seen the polling data indicating Gingrich is disliked by suburban women – even conservatives — and is broadly unpopular in the Northeast.
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Gingrich is proud to be a man of big ideas and bold rhetoric, and it was his intelligence and combativeness that was attractive to the 40% of Republican voters in South Carolina who cast their ballots for him. But Republican officials in Washington see his big ideas and bold talk as evidence of a boundless ego and unscrupulous character.
[...]
Now, those old colleagues are aiming the tough language at him – “erratic, abrasive, undisciplined, unreliable, unhinged, unethical, mired in scandal, consummate D.C. insider.”

[emphasis added]

“Frankly, Governor Romney in his career has created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about it.” — Newt Gingrich

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INTRADE (1/27/12, 10pm, PST):

To win the Florida Primary — Romney: 91.1% / Gingrich: 6.9%
To win the Nevada Caucus — Romney: 92.7% / Gingrich: 3.6%
To be Republican 2012 Nominee — Romney: 87.5%
President Obama to be re-elected — 54.9%,
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Romney to Gingrich: “Erratic as a Pinball Machine… Show Me The Records!”

“Show me the records!”



Governor Mitt Romney has turned the tables on Newt Gingrich:

TAMPA – A combative Mitt Romney on Monday broadened his call for Newt Gingrich to release records from his work as a consultant, speculating that those documents and records from the ethics investigation that led Gingrich to resign from the House of Representatives could show “potentially wrongful activity of some kind.”

“We could see an October surprise a day from Newt Gingrich,” Romney told reporters at a media availability here. “And so let’s see the records from the ethics investigation, let’s see what they show. Let’s see who his clients were at the time he was lobbying Republican congressmen for Medicare Part D.

“Was he working or were his entities working with any health-care companies that could’ve benefited from that? That could represent not just evidence of lobbying but potentially wrongful activity of some kind.”
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“He said in a debate, actually, that people who profited from the failed model of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ought to give back their money,” Romney said. “Well, the speaker made $1.7 million in his enterprises from providing services to Freddie Mac. He ought to give it back.”

Here’s what Gingrich claims:

Gingrich repeatedly has said that he never lobbied lawmakers on behalf of Freddie Mac and health-care companies, saying he was paid for his services as a consultant and historian.

“I was not a lobbyist, I was never a lobbyist, I never did any lobbying. Don’t try to mix these things up. That fact is I was an adviser strategically,” he said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”

Earlier today Governor Tim Pawlenty and Florida House of Reps Speaker Designate Will Weatherford held a press conference call on Gingrich’s work as a “historian” for Freddie Mac. Pawlenty sums it up: “The notion that he was paid $1.7 million as a historian for Freddie Mac is just B.S. Newt Gingrich has represented hundreds of clients and interest groups in Washington, D.C., since he left the speakership. To say that he wasn’t a lobbyist is incredible hair-splitting.”

Romney hit Gingrich on his “highly eratic” style of leading:

He noted that Gingrich voted in favor of establishing the Department of Education, yet now says the department should be eliminated and its authority sent to the states. And Romney said Gingrich is “opposed vehemently” to the Massachusetts health-care system “and yet just a couple of years ago wrote about what a superb system it was.”


He’s gone from pillar to post almost like a pinball machine, from item to item in a way which is highly erratic and does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course which is normally associated with leadership,” Romney said.

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Pinball Policy Newt…




Romney speaking to the press in FL:

“By the way, saying that Newt Gingrich is a lobbyist is just a matter of fact. He indicates that he doesn’t fall within the narrow definition of lobbyists that he might have in mind. But if you’re working for a company, getting paid for a company through one of your many entities and then you’re speaking with Congressmen in a way that would help that company, that’s lobbying. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.” ~ Mitt Romney



Romney’s new Florida radio ad features FL Atty Gen Pam Bondi:

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