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Thanks, Mitt Romney, for
Campaigning on Big Ideas

Forbes, by Avik Roy

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/25/2012 2:08:00 PM

Mitt Romney isn’t going to be the next President of the United States. But the familiar spectacle of the post-election circular firing squad shouldn’t blind us to the many good things that Mitt Romney brought to the 2012 election. First and foremost, he had the courage to campaign on the most pressing domestic policy problem we face: the explosion of deficit spending caused by our health-care entitlements. No modern Republican presidential nominee—not even Ronald Reagan—has ever attempted anything like it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tonyl, 11/25/2012 2:13:43 PM     (No. 9033271)

The one hazard of living in a democracy is that stupid, uninformed, uninterested, self centered people can vote. The dems got them out.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 11/25/2012 2:17:04 PM     (No. 9033280)

One of the saddest things about this year´s election rout was to see this honorable, exemplary man lose the chance to save us.

We shall never see the likes of this man again in a presidential race.

More´s the pity.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 11/25/2012 2:53:05 PM     (No. 9033317)

A campaign of lies, deception and fear is what we got and the next four years we will see the single payer health care program become reality.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 11/25/2012 3:02:39 PM     (No. 9033325)

Nice article that makes excellent points.
As a former Perry supporter ,the more I learned about Romney´s actual positions and personal history ,
the more I liked the guy.
He was unfairly tarnished and demonized by the media and truth be told, by many supposedly on our side.
Like Limbaugh did for for months and months.
Limbaugh would often allow callers to say the most heinous and untrue things about Romney
as if they were facts.
FTA -" Romney could have shrunk from the Medicare debate, as even Ronald Reagan had, but instead Romney rose to it.
For this honorable effort, Mitt Romney deserves our gratitude."
Sadly ,what # 1 said is a reality and it´s only going to get worse.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/25/2012 3:25:02 PM     (No. 9033351)

#4 is right. Limbaugh enjoys his ability to manipulate, no matter the damage.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ruready?, 11/25/2012 3:34:52 PM     (No. 9033363)

Rush represents my feelings more than any politician. Maybe I am in the minority.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/25/2012 3:36:26 PM     (No. 9033368)

Romney had the resources and ability to POUND his message out..instead, he played it safe instead.
He was up against pure evil and needed to push back forcefully.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: AnnG, 11/25/2012 3:39:09 PM     (No. 9033370)

All the dumping on Romney reminds me of a T shirt I saw that read "Never kick me when I´m down, because when I get back up......you´re screwed!!"

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Reply 9 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 11/25/2012 3:43:58 PM     (No. 9033378)

Thank you, Governor Romney. You would have made an effective President of the United States.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: snowcloud, 11/25/2012 3:46:55 PM     (No. 9033387)

#4 and 5, how did Rush do damage to Romney? I listen to Rush every day and didn´t hear anything he said against Romney.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LWGII, 11/25/2012 3:59:20 PM     (No. 9033403)

For some time I have thought that the man who took the oath of office in January 2013 would turn out to be the most despised in American history. If anyone had the chance to keep us from the abyss, it was Mitt. But not even he could beat back the entrenched DemocRats in the Senate, and the Prog-unists throughout the judiciary. So, maybe it´s better this way. The DemocRats will well and truly own the crash.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: f64, 11/25/2012 4:13:27 PM     (No. 9033412)

Agree with #10. I also never heard Rush bad-mouth Romney and I also listen every day.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Former lurker, 11/25/2012 4:42:18 PM     (No. 9033437)

Thank you #2 for saying what I think. We had a chance to put the two people capable of saving us and we blew it. I will always honor them for their valiant effort to defeat the corrupt democrat party and the treasonous propaganda of the media.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: belwhatter, 11/25/2012 4:44:38 PM     (No. 9033439)

Romney was beaten by politics.The pity of itis that the politics were dirty. The republican establishment can thank itself for yet another failure - not so much for pushing Romney who has the financial cred. for the job, but they failed to do the suport work needed to defeat Democrats and their dirty tricks. When will the Rs ever learn that you must fight fire with fire. An upright man such as Romney made a good target because he simply didn´t have it in him to take Obama to the cleaners when opportunities to do so arose.
The republican party needs to be taken behind the woodshed and kept there till they learn a few home truths.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: wilko, 11/25/2012 5:06:31 PM     (No. 9033458)

Before he was the GOP candidate, Rush would snort in derision at Romney´s name. It was blatant and daily. He never said a bad word about him, but you knew where Rush stood - Against Mitt.

Mitt never articulated the oppressive regulations that were strangling small businesses, he just said he´d get rid of them. Not specific enough about alot of things he would fix was a problem.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/25/2012 5:39:42 PM     (No. 9033483)

Rush never hurt or attacked Mitt Romney personally. He stood up for conservatism. What a hypocrite he would have been called if he had lied and called Mitt a Reagan conservative when he wasn´t. Once Romney was our candidate, he made every effort to help beat Obama. Stupid, ignorant voters? Yes, so... isn´t it about time GOP figured out how to talk to them instead of using the same tired play book every four years? He was neither as bad a candidate as some are unfairly saying but neither was Romney anything like Ronald Reagan.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Malia2012, 11/25/2012 5:57:36 PM     (No. 9033498)

What #4 said. Also agree with #15. Anyone who didn´t understand what Rush Limbaugh thought about Mitt Romney wasn´t listening to him. I began to listen to Rush in 1988 and never heard such disdain toward a Republican candidate. Not even President George H.W. Bush, whom Rush didn´t like either. The same goes for for Levin, Ingraham and even Hannity during the most important primaries in the history of this Country. By the time they "came around" it was too late for them to pretend to respect, OR support him. BTW, President Ronald Reagan is gone, he can´t come back. If someone can name a better candidate out here than Mitt Romney was, I´d really be interested in getting on the band-wagon early......Thought so.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Kayworthy, 11/25/2012 6:09:45 PM     (No. 9033520)

The bottom line is that Romney and Ryan had all the tools to right the ship. Obama has zippity-zip.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Wendybird, 11/25/2012 7:23:24 PM     (No. 9033589)

Neither Limbaugh nor Levin damaged Romney. Both had some early reservations but were more than complimentary for the last several months of the campaign. I can’t for the life of me see how Romney lost, and also believe we have missed out on a potentially great leader. Instead, look at what we got, and weep.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: yorkiemom, 11/25/2012 7:41:05 PM     (No. 9033606)

I see Rush is still fooling people. If he didn´t actually badmouth Romney, he sure let callers do it. Thinking back these many years of listening to Rush, I have discovered he doesn´t really pick many winners. I am not fooled by him anymore, nor am I fooled by Laura Ingraham and the other "purists." Don´t listen to any of them any more. Another big reason is the thousands of commercials on their shows. Does Rush still sell his tea? I sure got tired of hearing about it when I did listen to him.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: smcchk, 11/25/2012 7:46:00 PM     (No. 9033616)

Agree, #2.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 11/25/2012 9:06:28 PM     (No. 9033676)

Romney was our last best hope to turn the country around. He was uniquely qualified to handle the economy. I´m still depressed.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: previouslyon24, 11/25/2012 9:53:39 PM     (No. 9033713)

George Romney would have been proud of his son´s effort. I certainly was and am also depressed that a man of his integrity and experience isn´t our president. I believe fraud played too big a part in this election, either in registration before the vote or in unfound or lost Romney precinct ballots in targeted states.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/25/2012 10:17:20 PM     (No. 9033733)

I thought this was going to be a thread giving thanks to Mitt Romney for campaigning on big ideas, as it should be. I´m sad to see that it is a Rush Limbaugh bashing thread for some, and done in a way that leaves a false impression.

Just my observation: Rush Limbaugh is going to have to go some to match some of the truly hateful personal attacks on Sarah Palin, and a number of other prominent conservatives including Rush, by posters here in this salon.

Some here still do not have a kind word to say about Palin or Rush, and other conservatives, under any circumstances.

Guess y´all must have missed the callers tearing into Rush because they thought he supported Mitt Romney over their chosen candidate before the nomination, and some who criticized him for supporting him after the nomination. That wasn´t because they thought Rush was badmouthing Mitt Romney.

Rush has said that he never endorses a candidate before the nomination. A number of callers criticized him for what they thought was harsh treatment of their favorite candidate.

Also, there are some pretty good "manipulators" among the moderates, and they have no equal when it comes to attacking Republicans with whom they disagree. I´d venture to say that Rush has been kinder to Mitt Romney than some of his "friends" who turned on him after the loss.








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Reply 25 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 11/25/2012 11:08:59 PM     (No. 9033755)

#17, how about Romney 2016.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lalo, 11/25/2012 11:16:58 PM     (No. 9033761)

Thank you, Roy, for thanking Romney. I thank him too, and as for his mistakes - everyone makes them.

I stopped listening to Rush a long time ago, plus wrong time slot for me. I listen to Hannity regularly & don´t remember his ever saying a word against Romney, or being less than supportive. Rush is obviously a great conservative intellect, but too polarizing for me. The left easily uses him to pound us with.

That was the beauty of Romney - he was someone even many Dems had been able to sort of admire, at least before he became such a threat.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Lalo, 11/25/2012 11:21:41 PM     (No. 9033765)

#25 - Sounds good to me. It would be better if we had someone who could go for 8 years, and he would be too old, I think. But I´m not seeing anyone else who is a good bet for even the first four.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/26/2012 3:19:47 AM     (No. 9033846)

I was pretty mad at Rush because he was very anti Romney. I almost cancelled my subscription to his newsletter. He did come around after Romney was nominated. But he had already done a lot of damage.

Rush is not always right, although he thinks he is and apparently so do some others. They listen "all the time" and never heard what they were listening to.

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