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Friday, November 05, 2010

Mitt's back!

That didn't take long. Less than 72 hours after the polls closed on 2010 and up pops our special friend Willard Mitt Romney, with thoughts of 2012 in his head.

You see, Myth has a problem. The Tea Party is obviously suspicious of the man who changes positions as frequently as others change shirts. And they are concerned that Romney may be next in line for the GOP nomination based on the time-honored tradition in how the party chooses candidates.

It has the makings of a fun time.
“It is wide open,’’ former House majority leader Dick Armey, one of the leaders of the Tea Party movement, said of the potential field of candidates. In a twist of GOP tradition, the nominee could be someone Americans know little about, he said.
Wait a minute, let's back up a second. A former House majority leader is a leader of the "grassroots" Tea Party movement? How could that be? Oh, I forgot.

But back to our story. The idea that the man from Michigan-Massachusetts-Utah-New Hampshire-California-Massachusetts could be in line to claim the 2012 crown from the Red Queen of Alaska just doesn't sit right with some on the right. And they point to the latest "I was for it before I was against it" line on the Romney resume, health care reform.

Romney has been trying to live down the role he played in the Massachusetts debate, a slide he started even as he signed the bill that is the model for the federal law that is firmly in line as the No. 1 hate in the national GOP platform.

One more flip-flop could be problematic for the Mittser, except for the fact that GOP nomination fight that is already heating up should be a doozy.

Tea Partiers like the "grassroots" Armey adore the Red Queen, who is of course claiming victory in the GOP's retaking of the House. Never mind the fact that some of her prized Senate candidates, like Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle fell.

That fact is unlikely to be missed by the GOP braintrust -- and I don't mean Michael Steele. No I mean Karl Rove, good old Turd Blossom, who bought and paid for this year's results.

So my fellow liberals, sit back and watch as the right engages in what has been a time-honored Democratic tradition -- internecine warfare that softens up a nominee.

It's good to have Mitt to kick around again.

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Blogger Readwriteblue said...

It is accurate to say that very few Tea Party members will passionately endorse Mr. Romney. He is something of a poster boy for what is wrong with the Republican Party. I would probably vote for a third party over him for president.

I would caution you about repeated stating how Mr. Armey is the Tea Party Leader. I could list several persons who have more national influence or that have done more to promote our movement. The same goes for those claims that the Tea Party Movement is funded by the Koch family fortune. The Tea Party movement is an expression of a genuine grassroots sentiment. “Any success has many fathers while all failures are bastards”

IMHO it is in poor taste to talk about others buying elections when the Democrat Party needed to spend so heavily in Massachusetts to achieve their victories.

November 05, 2010 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blog writer is not the person who is naming Mr. Armey a tea party leader. It is the conservative Freedom Works and the Washington Post and middle of the road media. It is Armey in his book 'Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto.'
But I do agree with readwhiteblue on one thing, in that Mitt is good for no one. I may not agree with the tea party values, but at least they have them. Mitt is willing to change any of his values to win. His main accomplishment in 3 years as governor, universal health care, he seems to be trying to say didn't really happen.

November 05, 2010 9:49 AM  
Blogger Readwriteblue said...


It should have read:

I would caution you about repeating statements....

My apologies for any confusion my hasty typing has caused.

November 05, 2010 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can watch the Tea Party fights, but we get to watch Bella Pelosi try to keep her #1 Dem spot. You think any bluedogs will vote for her?

November 05, 2010 2:05 PM  

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