MRC’s Year in Review: A Look Back at the Top 10 Mitt Romney Articles of 2010

As Americans pause to review the past year and look ahead to 2011, I’d like to look back on what I feel were the top 10 articles here on MRC for 2010. The following articles demonstrate why this site has become a go-to source for Conservatives, TEA Partiers and Independents:

10. Nate Gunderson wrote a great article reviewing the first year of Mitt Romney Central and how successful our site has become. I think all of the team members here are grateful for the growth of MRC from a small site to becoming the ultimate destination for all Mitt Romney related news and articles.

9. MRC opened our Mitt Romney 2012 store this year which makes us a convenient source to purchase American-made products to proudly show support for Governor Romney!

8. Governor Romney released his highly anticipated new book in the March of this year. Luke Gunderson gave us sneak peak of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness - a tremendous must-have reference for anyone interested in getting America back on track.

7. Lots of work has been done behind the scenes here at MRC — and we have to give credit where credit is due. Our man Dave P. has researched and compiled tons of relevant info on all the major issues of our time. Dave has put in many hours of tedious work to create a library of recourses, where all Mitt Romney fans can go to get actual Mitt Romney quotes, videos, and links regarding his stance on issues such as Abortion, Immigration, and Health Care Reform.

6. A misconception about Mitt Romney s that he is a RINO. Aaron Gunderson wrote an great article addressing that very issue. It deserves to be read by every conservative as they ponder which 2012 candidate to support for the next presidential election. (I also recommend reading his follow up article explaining how a true conservative like Mitt Romney was a Tea Partier long before the Tea Party exploded onto national politics.)

5. We’ve seen many favorable polls here over the past year. Aaron Gundy’s post about the Marist 2012 GOP poll is a good reminder of why Mitt Romney will be a tough challenger for the 2012 as Mitt Romney as he receives support from diverse groups such as the Tea Party, Independents, college graduates, and women.

4. Bosman has written a series of excellent articles on RomneyCare but I like this article the most in which he clearly explains that we already have a health care mandate in the United States. He explains how Romney’s plan is different and emphasizes a crucial question: Should individuals pay for their own health care or pay for other people’s health care?

3. Rebel Ross’ article, So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause, is a powerful post lamenting loss of freedom that came with the passage of ObamaCare and strongly condemns political leaders in Congress who so foolishly patted themselves on the back for passing a law which undermines the freedoms that Americans enjoy. As one of my top three personal favorite posts on MRC, it is worth reading again.

2.  Vox Patriota’s article The Year of Our Obama is one the most compelling and impressive articles I’ve read on any site for why Barack Obama needs to be a one term president. Nate Gunderson listed this article as one of his favorite articles and its certainly another one of my top three favorite articles on MRC. It perfectly captures the collective frustration and anger that many conservatives, Independents, TEA Partiers, libertarians and growing wave of liberals feel towards him. As the 2012 elections comes closer, its worth reading again to remind ourselves why we need a man like Mitt Romney in office.

1. Jayde Wyatt’s post showing Mitt Romney’s Christmas card generated huge buzz on the internet as websites such as POLITICO, National Review, TIME, Hot Air, a prominent Canadian news site, Wonkette and Comedy Central’s Indecision Forever posted links to her article. It generated approximately 15,000 visitors to our site that day. Way to go, Jayde!!

All of us here look forward to 2011 — it will be an exciting year as the 2012 election starts to heat up and we continue to attract more fans of Mitt Romney. Thank you all for a fabulous 2010; here’s to another great year!

As we say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011, we wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s eve and day!

-Jared A.

Mitt Romney: Issues Around His Mormon Faith are so Passe

Bob Abernethy host of Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS discuses issues ahead in 2011 with Kevin Eckstrom (Editor of Religious News Service), Kim Lawton (Managing Editor of Program), and EJ Dionne (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution). Among the topics that were discussed were the upcoming race for the Republican nomination for President.

Here is the text from the Romney segment:

ABERNETHY: Now you were referring earlier to the fact that the beginning of 2011 may well seem like the beginning of the election campaign of 2012, E.J.

DIONNE: Right, and I think you’re going to see some sort of interesting positioning inside the Republican Party. I mean, we still don’t know if Sarah Palin is or is not going to run for president. Sarah Palin seems to be more representative of the Tea Party side of the right, although she has clearly some Christian conservative support. Mike Huckabee is going to be competing with her as the spokesperson for Christian conservatives, but every Republican running for president wants a piece of that vote, because it is such an important vote in the Republican primaries, and that’s going to start right now. It’s already started, before the show went on the air

: And I think something worth watching there is Mitt Romney, who is at the front of a lot of these polls, these straw polls, whether or not he tries to make the case about his Mormon faith again with the evangelical base. A lot of people say, you know, he did that; he doesn’t need to do it again. Other people say that he’s never going to win them over; there’s a certain amount of the base that’s just never going to accept a Mormon candidate. So I think it will be interesting to watch how he navigates the Mormon question.

Here is the video of the entire program. To view the 2012 race comments fast forward to the 15:00 minute mark:

As far as I’m concerned, the answer to the Mormon faith question for Mitt Romney in 2012 is, been there, done that. I believe it’s only an ongoing issue for those folks with a personal agenda or those who would prefer one of the other candidates instead.

Anyone who puts a high priority on family values, a strong work ethic, fiscal conservatism, and a vast and successful background and experience in business, the private and public sectors, and takes a hard look at Mitt Romney, will know immediately that he is equipped to help turn around the economy and to put America back on the right path towards better times.

Senator Jim DeMint Praises Sarah Palin - Does She Light Up a Room Like Mitt Romney?

In an interview with Politico, Demint had this to say about Sarah Palin:

“We’ve never spoken, but she left me a nice message, and I believe she’s done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan,” he said.

The article also pointed this out:

DeMint backed Romney in the 2008 presidential primary — but said he’s got “an open mind” about 2012.

“He’s obviously near the top of my list, he’s a good quality candidate and we’ve got others who are looking at it,” said DeMint, who also is getting encouragement from some conservative activists to run for president.

Senator DeMint, here’s a question for you:

Does Sarah Palin light up a room like Mitt Romney?

Did You Know Ann Romney Had an Official Facebook Fan Page?!

I thought I’d use this slow news cycle bring to your attention that the future First Lady, Ann Romney, now has an official fan page on facebook:

Ann Romney's Facebook

Please take a second to head over there and click ‘like’. You may notice there has been a minimal amount status updates thus far from Mrs. Romney, but surely the future FLOTUS will use facebook as a tool to keep us updated on all the Romney-related happenings as election season nears. Let’s let her know how much her husband is needed in the Oval Office!

~Luke G.

It’s Christmas 2010… May Yours be Very Merry! from Mitt Romney Central

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9: 6

Welcome Christmas 2010!

We relish a reprieve from life’s rush and unpredictability as Christmas reaches out to wrap its beribboned arms around us - cloaking us in time-honored traditions and faith. It’s a wondrous time to reflect on the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ and the glory of his life…

St. Luke, chapter 2 read by Claire Bloom:

When Love Was Born sung by Mark Schultz:

Sarah McLachlan sings Silent Night:

May you be refreshed and renewed during this holiday season. And, may the timeless message of Christmas fill your hearts and homes with joy and sustain you throughout the coming year.

Merry Christmas!

from Mitt Romney Central

► Jayde Wyatt

Exclusive Photo: Future FLOTUS, Ann Romney, Hints at Husband’s Presidential Run

Looks like Ann Romney is sending an early subliminal message to her hubby, Mitt:

Ann and Mitt Romney after a rigorous Hawaiian jog.

You might have already heard that the entire Romney family (all 5 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, and 15 grandkids) are vacationing in Hawaii over Christmas break. Coincidently enough, the Obama family will also be spending a few days in America’s 58th state. Those of you hoping for a pre-2012 Romney-Obama, presidential throwdown ought not be getting too pumped up; the Obama family is staying on a completely different island. Unless, of course, they happen to be on the same return flight and Obama leans his seat back too far into Ann’s space — then, there is sure to be a scuffle. And you can bet the scuffle will be followed up with ‘no apology‘.

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By the way, the above photo has been doctored up by our resident photoshopper, as you might have guessed. We thought it would be good for a laugh… :)

We hope the Romney family has a wonderful Christmas, as well as all our friends here at MRC!

- Aaron Gundy - Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

Governor Mitt Romney’s Family Christmas Card 2010

We thought you’d like to see Governor Romney’s wonderful family Christmas card…

The inscription on the bottom reads “Guess which grandchild heard that Papa might run again?”

Any guesses? Those are fourteen adorable grandchildren, for sure!

An inside look…

What a fantastic family!

Governor Romney, Ann, and all the Romney family, we wish you a very

Merry Christmas!

► Jayde Wyatt

Update: With Mitt hinting at a run, maybe it’s time to get one of our brand new Romney 2012 t-shirts!

Mitt Romney’s Supposed Health Care Straddle: Is He Trying to Have it Both Ways?

Debunking erroneous allegations from the media is becoming a full time job (one that doesn’t pay very well). I wish the press didn’t depend on fabricating nonsense in order to make a living — sure would allow me to trust them more.

Two Men, two very different health care plans

The latest accusation comes from The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby, and it is just as phony as it’s predecessors. Here’s Jacoby pretending he doesn’t know where Romney stands on the individual mandate, saying that Romney is ‘straddling the health care issue’:

Is it Romney’s position that coercive insurance directives are fine when they are imposed by states, and a “power grab’’ only when imposed by Congress? Does he oppose ObamaCare, with its maze of controls and penalties, as a matter of federalism — or as a matter of liberty?

I suggest Mr. Jacoby flip through the pages of Romney’s most recent book, where Romney discusses in-depth his stance on health care. Romney’s position on this issue has not wavered. There has been no “double speak”. He has not been “trying to have it both ways”.

Here are the hard facts on Romney’s health care stance:

  • State’s Rights: Romney believes that states have the right to structure their own plan according to the demands of that state, a belief guided by the principles of the constitution. He believes that the complexities of health care are so vastly different among each demographic in each state that there is no possible to way effectively manage a national, one-size-fits-all plan. He has stressed many times that the states were designed as laboratories of democracy, and as such they should learn from neighboring states and adopt whatever policy they deem appropriate for their state.

  • The Mandate: Romney believes that if the alternative to a mandate is higher taxes on responsible citizens to cover the cost of free loaders, then a mandate may be a favorable option (again, its up to the state to decide). That said, Romney advocated an opt-out provision for people who wanted to forgo insurance and pay their own way; that provision, among others, was vetoed by the 85+ % democratic legislature. He has stressed that, at the time, Massachusetts felt that a mandate was the answer to their health care woes (and the notion was received very favorbly by his constituents), but that the same concept would never function nationally.

    Back to Jacoby’s piece where he makes the rehashed argument that Romney is to blame for ObamaCare by citing MIT economist Jonathan Gruber:

    “If any one person in the world deserves credit for where we are now [with passage of the new federal law], it’s Mitt Romney. He designed the structure of the federal bill.’’

    Oh really? Why, then, did Romney never get a phone call from Obama? As the supposed creator of ObamaCare, why was he never summoned to a health care summit? Why was he never given a white lab coat and told to pose in front of cameras at the white house? You would think that, as the expert on the matter, Romney would have been consulted at least over a text message or Skype. But no.

    Where is Romney's Lab Coat?

    Here’s why the white house didn’t bother contacting Romney: they knew that the basis and overall intent of their plan was so immensely different from Romney’s that, essentially, they would have been talking to Henry Ford about how to erect a flying saucer. Their plan, rooted in big government principles, was to force private providers out of the market and rely on a sole government provider. Their plan was not paid for. Their plan raises taxes and cuts Medicare. Their plan was not viewed favorably by the people it would have effect on (all Americans). Their plan was not introduced after previously balancing the budget. Their plan had was jammed through the house, unread. Indeed, their plan was an “‘Unconscionable Abuse of Power”.

    I suppose I’m not entirely sure what Romney would have told Obama if he had gone to him for advice, but Romney did have this to say the day ObamaCare passed:

    America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

    He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

    His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today

    Look folks, it’s easy to see where Mitt Romney stands on the issue. It doesn’t frustrate me that people are concerned with Mitt Romney’s past regarding health care, they have that right; what frustrates me is when certain people use their high profile press position to regurgitate false allegations, all the while knowing exactly where Mitt stands.

    I, for one, cannot wait till the campaigning begins. Romney, having sharpened his debate skills, will be given plenty of air time to reinforce his health care stance for those who choose to remain ignorant. Granted, people like Jeff Jacoby will always find a way to contort Romney’s words — after all, if they can’t succeed in creating buzz they will be yanked from their post and replaced by somebody who can.

  • ‘Tis the Season Sunday Part 3 from Mitt Romney Central

    ♫♥*We can hardly stand to wait ♥♪♫•*
    *•.¸♥Please Christmas don’t be late!♫•*•.¸♪…♥

    It’s the third and final offering of our ‘Tis the Season Sunday. With just six days left until December 25th, we hope your holiday preparations and festivities are being sweetened with a little sip of eggnog, a taste (or two!) of homemade fudge, and the joyful sounds of the season…

    Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire sung by Michael Buble

    Pat-a-Pan sung by David Archuleta

    Embarking on a road trip home to family or friends for Christmas this week? We wish you safe and happy travels! Here’s Driving Home for Christmas sung by Chris Rea…

    Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the memories of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

    Spreading the joy…

    from Mitt Romney Central

    ► Jayde Wyatt

    Mitt Romney: Ultimate Panderer or Sincere Leader?

    I get such pleasure out of watching pundit after pundit attempt to dissect every op-ed or statement that Mitt Romney releases. “Is he being sincere?” they ask. “Is this just a ploy to capture the attention of some obscure voting base?” they wonder.

    When Mitt Romney came out recently against the tax compromise, all sorts of critics pointed the finger at him with accusations of triangulation and pandering. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t a guy that has been dubbed “the best business man in North America” be more than qualified to speak his mind on any impending tax deal (especially one with such a direct effect on future business growth) with out being labeled as a panderer? Is he not merely speaking for business as somebody who has been in business his whole life? Obama and congress should receive his advice with open ear.

    Allow me to echo the tweet of this young man:

    Tweet from Todd Gunter, Dec. 13th 2010

    When Mitt Romney talks, listen. When Mitt Romney writes, read.

    The guys at Frum Forum have been passing the hot potato around the circle of contributors there, taking turns at mocking Romney’s sincerity and his managerial approach to policy (using all sorts of weird fettuccine analogies), even going as far as elaborating on “Why Romney’s CEO Presidency Won’t Fly“. Here’s Frum on Romney:

    “Sincerity is everything – once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” There’s Mitt Romney’s problem in 1 sentence. He cannot fake sincerity. His insincerity is blatant, inescapable, clumsy and off-putting.

    Now, I understand that the guys at FrumForum have worked for a million years under several former presidential administrations in the past and are respected in their sphere, but are they so far entrenched in their own over-analysis that they can no longer see it as the rest of do? The remnant of us saw Mitt Romney’s Op-ed as regular, every day Mitt Romney smartness — not pandering. Charles Krauthammer praised Romney’s opposition to the tax deal, saying “Smart… Romney is reflecting the spirit of November in opposing this.”

    Ross Douthat, an opinion writer for the NY times, also felt the need to comment on Romney’s sincerity:

    I believe that Mitt Romney is a more serious person, and would probably be a better president, than his campaign style suggests. But issue by issue, policy by policy, that same campaign style makes it awfully hard to figure out where he would actually stand when the pandering stops and the governing begins.

    But because everything he does feels like a pander, I don’t know where he really stands on any of them. And freak show or no freak show, base or no base, that’s no way to run for president.

    With all due respect to Mr. Douthat, he is utterly wrong on his assessment. Those of us who know Governor Romney, and follow him with much interest, are very conscious of where Mitt Romney stands — we stand there with him! To us, his words are a breath of fresh air amidst the smog of Washington politics; indeed, they are a clear indication that the man is knowledgeable and serious about his vision for America’s future. Because of his extensive, hands-on experience in the business world, we trust and value his opinion with regards to business. It makes sense doesn’t it? Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is on record saying, “Frankly, Governor Romney in his career has created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about [the economy]. I gotta agree with Newt, the guy (Romney) is entitled to speak his mind on this subject.

    A friend at MRC, Crystal F., sums up my point by posing questions worth answering:

    [Why are these guys] bending over backwards to come up with some ulterior motive for Mitt’s opinions? Did anyone seriously consider that his opinions might just be that …his honest opinions?

    Mitt Romney: A Proven Leader

    Our nation is in need of a leader that has, in fact, lead. I know it’s a bit much to ask for these days, considering our current POTUS, but America is ready for somebody that has successfully managed financial overhauls in business, volunteer work, and government; somebody that has weeded out inefficiencies and added to the integrity of every position he’s held.

    Say it with me, slowly: M-i-t-t R-o-m-n-e-y. Some may question his sincerity, but once you look at his background, you cannot refute that Romney knows what he is talking about and speaks honestly from past experience.

    John Gardner at Frum Forum, asked this about Mitt Romney: “Is this really what America needs at a time of economic stagnation, political gridlock, and serious crises abroad?” To him, we answer “HELL YES!”

    America needs jobs. Mitt means business!

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