New Hampshire Endorsements for Romney Keep Rollin’ In

Aug 24, 2011 - After listening to Mitt Romney speak at a town hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire, retiree Lucie Opwal was so inspired she felt a smooch was in order.
(Photo/AP/Jim Cole)

Seven days after Iowa, the New Hampshire primary rushes in. The latest and greatest from The Granite State is… 15 more endorsements for Governor Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of 15 additional New Hampshire State Representatives. With today’s endorsements, Governor Romney now has the support of 73 New Hampshire State Representatives, 9 State Senators, 4 out of 5 Executive Councilors and 8 out of 10 Sheriffs.

“These endorsements are another indication of the building excitement and momentum for our campaign in the final days before the primary,” said Mitt Romney. “I am honored to have earned the support of these fiscally responsible New Hampshire legislators and look forward to campaigning with them across New Hampshire.”

Governor Romney is clearly the strongest and most qualified person to lead our party in 2012. He understands that Washington needs to live within its means by reining in reckless government spending,” said State Representative Herb Richardson (R-Lancaster). “He is the only candidate running a traditional grassroots campaign and taking the time to visit voters in every part of the state – including my hometown of Lancaster. He is earning every vote and putting in the hard work and effort that Granite Staters expect from presidential candidates.”

(emphasis added)

New Hampshire State Representatives Endorsing Governor Romney:

State Representative Mike McCarthy (R-Nashua)
State Representative Jon Richardson (R-Allenstown)
State Representative Robert Luther (R-Laconia)
State Representative Bob Haefner (R-Hudson)
State Representative David Lundgren (R-Londonderry)
State Representative Patrick Abrami (R-Stratham)
State Representative Glenn Ritter (R-Kensington)
State Representative Karen Hutchinson (R-Londonderry)
State Representative Bill Belvin (R-Amherst)
State Representative David Palfrey (R-Franklin)
State Representative Amy Perkins (R-Seabrook)
State Representative Gail Barry (R-Manchester)
State Representative Dennis Fields (R-Sanbornton)
State Representative Herb Richardson (R-Lancaster)
State Representative Harry Merrow (R-Ossipee)

Last week, four of the five Romney sons campaigned in New Hampshire for their Dad. From left: Tagg, Craig, Josh, Matt



► Jayde Wyatt


Gingrich’s “Repentance” would be Dismissed by Obama Team in Favor of Hypocrisy Angle

Mr. Gingrich is absolutely beside himself these days. You can just see it in his face and eyes in every TV interview. I predicted a couple of days ago that he will fall back into character before the caucuses tomorrow and lose his temper. I think it is right at the surface.

Seething


One would think that his scoring the endorsement of the founder and chairman of The American Family Association, the Reverend Donald Wildmon, would find Gingrich ecstatic! Come on! Rick Santorum did not get that endorsement. And obviously Wildmon did not think of the obvious example of family values: Governor Romney (and we are to believe that?). Mr. Gingrich should be shouting this endorsement from the rooftops, right? Why is he not?

Following is a guest editorial by Greg Stapley, a business executive from Orange County, California. This piece is outstanding as he argues why Gingrich’s past should trouble all conservatives, not just Christians:

In an interview with Newsmax that was reported on Friday, the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon urged Christian voters in Iowa to vote for Newt Gingrich. His rationale for this urgent plea? Wildmon said that other candidates in the race, including Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann, are all “good people,” but a vote for any of them will “divide the conservative vote” and ensure Mitt Romney’s victory.

Wildmon, scion of the American Family Association and other conservative organizations, has been on the political scene since the early 1960’s, fighting for traditional values. He carries some well-earned weight with traditionalists. This time, however, he has tossed out a real head-scratcher.

In a surprising leap of both logic and faith, Wildmon asserted that Gingrich “is the only candidate who can wrest the White House back from President Barack Obama.” He said this while simultaneously dismissing Newt’s much-publicized personal and marital issues.

(more…)

Rick Perry & Newt Gingrich Battling at the Bottom

With two and a half days left until the caucus process in Iowa begins, the wheels on the Perry bus may be about to spin off. Four days ago, I made the predictions that Gingrich would finish “4th, maybe 3rd” and that Perry would finish 5th.

Governor Perry


After seeing a lot more news since the 27th, I believe Gingrich and Perry are wrangling for 5th place, with the loser to receive 6th place, both possibly being surpassed by the flailing Bachmann (my hope is Gingrich gets number 6 trophy, a tad above Huntsman who said “no” to Iowa). BTW, Romney is at 77.2% in Intrade to become the GOP nominee and at 50.0% to win the Iowa caucuses.

Today’s Martin & Haberman article in Politico seems to provide outstanding insight into the pre-game infighting within the Perry team. Getting ready for the Perry moonwalk:

But even as they hold out hope that Perry can find a way back into contention, some of his advisers have begun laying the groundwork to explain how the Texas governor bombed so dramatically in a race that he seemed to control for a brief period upon his entry in August.

Their explanations for the nosedive come against the backdrop of a campaign riven by an intense, behind-the-scenes power struggle . . .
[...]
“There has never been a more ineptly orchestrated, just unbelievably subpar campaign for president of the United States than this one,” said a senior Perry adviser.
[...]
The failure to get on the Virginia ballot earlier this month, a plight shared with Newt Gingrich, has been a fresh a source of embarrassment for some of the Perry strategists.
[...]
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said a strategist. “At least not at this level for this serious of a candidate. You see a campaign like this for Herman Cain, you say, ‘Well, that’s what you’d expect. But for a governor from one of the biggest states in the country and someone who can raise a ton of money? It’s mind-boggling. I’m more offended by that than losing.”

(emphasis added) — [the entire article is very insightful into presidential campaigning]

Remember all the hyperbole when Perry joined the race — about how he had never lost an election? The first thought I had when I heard that statement was that he might not know what he was getting into when running for President.

“Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.” — Richard Kline

Noonan Compares 2012 to 1980 Reagan v. Carter

Peggy Noonan


In yesterday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan, an Op/Ed contributor describes well the obvious comparisons of next year’s election to that of 1980 in which Reagan entered the White House with a mandate:

. . . There’s a lot of 1980 in the 2012 presidential election, which doesn’t mean it will end the same way, but still. The incumbent looks smaller than previous sitting presidents, as did Jimmy Carter. His efforts in the Oval Office have not been generally understood as successful. There’s a broad sense it hasn’t worked. And Democrats don’t like him, as they didn’t Jimmy Carter.

This continues as one of the most amazing and underappreciated facts of 2012—the sitting president’s own party doesn’t like him. The party’s constituent pieces will stick with him, having no choice, but with a feeling of dissatisfaction. It is not only the Republicans who have been unhappy this year. All this will have some bearing on the coming year.

I strongly disagree with Noonan’s opinion that somehow the presence of Gingrich onstage makes Romney better (article). Stating so makes for good copy, but I don’t buy it. Sure, Gingrich is a “serious political figure” as she describes him, but not much more in my opinion. As just another hand-on-deck in Lucy’s assembly line, he is obviously disorganized and was never serious about the run to become President. With complete respect, she is wrong. Gingrich doesn’t compare to Romney in any meaningful way as an executive leader — we certainly do not want to replace a non-leader with a zany one that tells America and the world every two weeks, “Well, that was a mistake; I was wrong.” That said, Noonan otherwise makes some interesting observations that I think are spot-on. An example is this one in reference to Romney’s off-the-cuff Lucy visual:

The put-down underscored Romney’s polite little zinger of a week before, that Mr. Gingrich was “zany.” And it was a multi-generationally effective: People who are 70-years-old remember “I Love Lucy,” but so do people who are 30 and grew up with its reruns. Mr. Romney’s known for being organized but not for being deft. This was deft. It’s an old commonplace in politics that if you’re explaining you’re losing, but it’s also true that if they’re laughing you’re losing. The campaign trail has been pretty much a wit-free zone. It’s odd that people who care so much about politics rarely use one of politics’ biggest tools, humor. Mr. Romney did and scored. More please, from everyone.

I disagree also with some of what she says below, but I do agree with her assessment of the impact of Gingrich’s feeble attempt at presidential campaigning — that it really scared Americans:

Newt Gingrich in the end will likely prove to be a gift to Mitt Romney. He was a heavyweight. This isn’t Herman Cain, this is a guy everyone on the ground in every primary state knows and has seen on TV and remembers from the past. But his emergence scared a lot of people—”Not him!’—and made some of them think, ‘OK, I guess I better get off the sidelines and make a decision. Compared to Newt, Romney looks pretty reasonable.”

For me, the two best words she used above are “heavyweight” (true and current) and “was” as in has-been.

THE ABSOLUTE BEST QUOTE OF 2011 by Mr. Gingrich (now that is a gift!)
(be sure to watch the condescending head fakes)

“Romney comes closer to Ronald Reagan in his speeches than any other candidate”

Reagan Speech, The Fall of the Berlin Wall


Roger Simon of Politico is the first writer I have seen to compare Governor Romney’s rhetoric to that of President Reagan, though I have always thought Romney’s optimistic, visionary style of speaking was Reaganesque. Simon describes Romney’s warm reception yesterday at an Iowa gathering to hear him speak, leading up to his comparison to President Reagan:

“I love this country,” Romney goes on. “If president, I will do everything to keep America strong and be the hope of the earth.”

He takes questions, and the first one comes from a man who says he has voted for Republicans for 40 years, but once they get to the White House, they always give in on conservative principles. He wants to know if Romney, too, will give in.

“This is not the next step on my political career,” Romney replies. “I don’t have a political career. The reason I am in this race is because of the lessons I have learned: I’ll use all my energy and passion to get America right again.”

Which does not exactly answer the question, but the crowd likes it anyway. Although some conservatives feel Romney is not conservative enough, Romney comes closer to Ronald Reagan in his speeches than any other candidate.

As Reagan did when running his 1980 campaign, Romney talks about American goodness and decency and exceptionalism and how it can all disappear if Republicans choose the wrong nominee or the country chooses the wrong president.
[...]
“Being president is about judgment, sobriety of character and the wisdom to make decisions we can’t even contemplate today,” Romney says.

[emphasis added]

Quotes by Ronald Reagan:

“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America


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REVEALING GLIMPSE AS TO HOW ROMNEY IS LIKELY TO GOVERN AS PRESIDENT
Work Ethic, Drive, Determination, Intelligence, Intensity, Problem Solver…..
The New York Times — December 24, 2011

Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America Your Favorite?

“For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.” — President John F. Kennedy

Mitt’s Momentum Rapidly Increasing

Intrade markets have shown increasing momentum in favor of Governor Romney the last 10 days, with much of the improvement in Iowa showing just today (12/29):


PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE IOWA CAUCUSES (as of 12/29/11, 11:30pm, PST):

Romney …………… 47.0% (was 34% early morning 12/29)
Paul …………………. 44.0% (was 52% early morning 12/29)
Santorum ………… 10.0%
Gingrich ……………. 2.7%
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PROBABILITY OF BECOMING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE:

Romney ………………… 74.5%
Paul …………………………. 6.5%
Gingrich ………………….. 5.8%
Santorum ……………….. 4.0%
Perry* …………………….. 1.5%
Bachmann ……………….. 0.9%
Huntsman ………………… —-

* Check This: Perry Says God Will Decide Fate…oooooops

AMAZING… Want a glimpse at how Romney will govern as President?: “Outstanding”…”Overprepared”…Kindly “Demanding”…”High Expectations” (what about Obama?)

And what about this: AN EARLY KNOCKOUT PUNCH BY ROMNEY?

Iowans Are Starting to Get it: TRUE LEADERSHIP (thanks to Joker4Mitt in chat box for this article)

Josh Romney on his dad: “He is also tremendously cheap.”

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” — Herbert B. Swope

Obama Shame — Results of a Novice Leader: Not Learning on the Job

To this day, I continue to be stunned that any significant number of Americans would choose a man as President of the United States that not only had no executive leadership experience but who had virtually no leadership training or skill-set.

Political Cartoonist, Michael Ramirez (Investors.com)

Then, to even consider reelecting such a person after his incredible failure of trial and error completely defies rational thinking.

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” — John Adams

Romney Chosen by 24 Economists as “Best” Above All Other Republican Candidates

36 economists rated Obama’s performance in handling the economy — 13 of them rated his performance “poor” and none rated him “excellent.” Surprise, surprise! (See graph to view the federal spending since Obama took office and projected spending).

Source: www.TheAtlantic.com

This Associated Press article goes on to say,

Asked which of the Republican presidential candidates would do the best job managing the economy, two thirds of the economists named Romney, one chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The rest didn’t pick anyone at all.

Allen Sinai, president of Decision Economics, says Romney, who ran a private equity firm before turning to politics, is the “hands down” choice among Republican presidential contenders squaring off in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

“Romney’s a technocrat,” Sinai says. “He’s not an ideologue. He has a history in the real world of business.”

[emphasis added]

As to Obama’s huge infusion of government stimulus funds, Sinai goes on to say,

. . . public works projects failed to pull Japan out of a long economic slump that began in the 1990s and continues today. After the money is spent, “you’re left with deficits and debt. And someday if you need new government stimulus, you can’t afford it. And that’s where we are now,” Sinai says.

The AP authors Wiseman and Kravitz state why economists so overwhelmingly chose Romney over all the other Republican candidates,

Many of those who chose Romney couldn’t cite any of the former Massachusetts governor’s economic proposals. Nevertheless, his background won over the economists. Romney graduated from Harvard Business School and served as CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting business in Boston, and Bain Capital, a spinoff investment firm, in the 1980s and 90s.”He has the experience that the other candidates lack,” says Harris of UBS Securities.

Some of his Republican rivals have taken unconventional positions. Texas Rep. Ron Paul advocates abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to the gold standard. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said it would be “almost treasonous” for Bernanke to try a third round of bond purchases to jolt the economy before November’s election.

Among Romney’s chief economic plans: repealing the Obama administration’s health-care law; cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent; and making permanent tax cuts on dividends, interest and capital gains from President George W. Bush’s administration.

“He thinks about the economy in a more global way” than his GOP rivals, Naroff says. “He’s not a rigid ideologue.”

No other candidate even compares to Governor Romney’s credentials when it comes to economic expertise!

If you have not already read this article as to why Evangelicals should support and promote Governor Romney, please read it.

“It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.” — Michael Eisner

Newt Gingrich’s Imitation of Michael Jackson

By now, everybody has seen the news yesterday about Gingrich stating he wholeheartedly supported major parts of the healthcare plan Governor Romney designed when he was Governor. Gingrich has been quoted as recently as May 2011 in support of key elements of the plan. Well, Gingrich is now starting to do the Michael Jackson moonwalk on us. Doesn’t this video remind you of Gingrich in the news lately?

To be completely candid, I think Newt is better at the Moonwalk than Michael Jackson was! What do you think?

Do you die hard Romney fans remember Kevin Madden? He was Governor Romney’s spokesman in the 2008 campaign. This Reuters article just about says it all:

“What has to worry voters most is that Newt and his campaign are failing even the most basic tests,” said Kevin Madden, a former spokesman for Romney and an informal adviser to the campaign.

“How can you argue that you’re equipped to take on Obama’s billion-dollar attack machine when you can’t even get on the ballot in your home state of Virginia,” Madden said.

Many conservative Christians in Iowa are wary of Gingrich because of his marital infidelities and two divorces.

I think Gingrich is getting desperate. Watch him closely these next few days before caucus Tuesday. I believe we will see the true Newt emerge. Aside from the whining of late, and his Michael Jackson imitations, we will see his temper flair. Mark my words. He is simply outgunned and his team doesn’t know how to handle it.

By the way, I predict we will observe Gingrich continue to fumble along and we will see him refer to those missteps as he always does by saying, “Well, that was a big mistake.”

Please, if you have not read this article by Dave, please read it and pass it along to voters in Iowa and South Carolina. Thank you!

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” — Albert Schweitzer