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The Pointlessness
of Anti-Romney Republicanism

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Posted By: tisHimself, 8/23/2020 3:11:07 AM

On the American right, we have Reagan Republicans, Trump Republicans, anti-Trump Republicans, and anti-anti-Trump Republicans; RINOs and True Conservatives™️, a Freedom Caucus and Tuesday Group; reformocons and first-, second-, and third-wave neocons; Kirkian traditionalists, Meyerian libertarians, and Buckleyite fusionists. Of all the varieties of American conservatism, though, one new contingent stands alone in its ridiculousness: anti-Romney Republicans.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 8/23/2020 3:18:05 AM (No. 518083)
NR is totally full of manure these days. I'm glad my subscription ran out long ago.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 8/23/2020 3:29:45 AM (No. 518085)
Shorr, what is wrong with you, pal?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Alfalfa 8/23/2020 3:55:38 AM (No. 518089)
I’m ashamed to this day that I voted for Mittens. We were long time NR subscribers until they went against candidate Trump.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley 8/23/2020 4:06:57 AM (No. 518093)
I couldn't get very far into that tripe. Maybe this guy hasn't been paying attention, but ignoring or embracing the enemy within doesn't seem to be working very well.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter 8/23/2020 5:10:32 AM (No. 518100)
Ah, OP, there are no other Romney fans. You may be the only one left.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: BillW. 8/23/2020 5:24:05 AM (No. 518102)
"anti-anti-Trump Republicans?" Sorry, I'm not computing that one.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: George R. 8/23/2020 6:35:12 AM (No. 518118)
Schorr is an idiot. I noticed he avoided the fact that the traitor Romney voted to impeach with a dearth of evidence. The NR should be toast, it is so far as I'm concerned.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: philsner 8/23/2020 7:08:50 AM (No. 518125)
Knowing that Romney has no real values does not "define my politics". It simply means I am paying attention.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: edgar 8/23/2020 7:13:35 AM (No. 518128)
What, Anti Romney Republicanism? Romney's Anti-Republicanism is the reason why many people, me included, have lost any and all respect for the guy. If he would support the President, rather than be part of the 'Resistance', he would earn some respect from rank and file Republicans.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: JayD 8/23/2020 7:40:32 AM (No. 518143)
A pretty weak attempt to defend Romney. First, people can easily be anti-Romney while holding many other political positions, and being pro- and anti- many other people and policies, so the entire article is just a strawman argument. Personally, I find myself disliking Romney and his contrarian opinions primarily because I voted for him in 2012, and now realize he was concealing that he was even more Uniparty than he let on during the campaign. I just wish he would go away.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Roy Davis 8/23/2020 7:46:43 AM (No. 518148)
IF I were to ever get the chance at going back in time, one thing I'd like to undo is my voting for romney in the primary. I'd STILL vote for him in the general against ANY dim-0, but I'd vote for ANY Republican against him. Even JEB!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: chance_232 8/23/2020 8:14:10 AM (No. 518183)
Nothing more hypocritical than bashing the Anti-Mittens crowd by a Never Trumper, in defense of one of the founders of the Never Trumper group. I said in 2012 that if Romney could be half as hard on Obama as he is on his fellow republicans, he might win the election. Romney is McCain V2.0 with a better haircut. I had hopes for Romney.......until he abandoned every conservative principle for fawning press coverage.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Newtsche 8/23/2020 8:37:56 AM (No. 518205)
Is it Shorr or Schorr and just who is that? I find some anarchist from a century back named Shorr but this guy, what is that some cutesy nom de plume? He's stinking things up lately with his scribblings.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: tisHimself 8/23/2020 8:43:28 AM (No. 518209)
Does that mean you and your posse are publicly denouncing Romney and all his empty promises, once and for all?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Sunhan65 8/23/2020 10:16:27 AM (No. 518292)
I hope I am not an overly prideful person. I am, however, proud of two things. One is my long-standing membership here at It's a distinction I share with notable others on this thread. As far as I can tell, there are only a few left who've been here longer than I, and the timeline on all of us is now so long it's a bit like asking which pyramid was built first. (Raise your hand if you remember applying for one of the limited log ins in the days when even implied profanity got you Taste Policed). I'm also proud of my early and vigilant opposition to Mitt Romney. As the Original ABR #14 can attest, it was not always a popular position around these parts. My initial concern was about political principles: I had some and Romney didn't. However, watching Mitt Romney over the past decade has been a bit like watching The Ascent of Man chart in reverse. He started off as a preening feathered biped -- noisy, erratic, and constantly struggling but failing to take flight. By 2012 he had become a feral political trash panda, burying himself in opposition research in a self-destructive primary campaign to besmirch better men. In the end, I supported him only because I knew the alternative was four more years of worse. Since 2016, he has devolved into something else. Always a political invertebrate, Romney has now shed whatever thin skin of decency he used to wear and revealed himself as an active and venomous enemy of everything he once claimed to support. Saddest of all, I'm not the least bit surprised. As for this article, I used to be proud of National Review. I subscribed to National Review in times and places where that could get you into real trouble. But those days are long gone now, as is my once-beloved conservative magazine.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Italiano 8/23/2020 10:31:13 AM (No. 518307)
This is the same dork that wrote that article about the Trump campaign being "outclassed" by Biden that was posted here yesterday. I don't know where NR dug him up, but he's delusional even by their declining standards.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: anniebc 8/23/2020 11:01:45 AM (No. 518341)
Shut up, Isaac? You've been left behind; the rest of US are hip to Romney. Get woke, dude!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Omen55 8/23/2020 12:19:19 PM (No. 518435)
NR is like Disney. Both WFB & Walt would be appalled at what their creation has become.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: JHHolliday 8/23/2020 12:28:16 PM (No. 518440)
Like many of you, I was once a subscriber to NR and even donated to them when I could. No more. The final straw came when they devoted an entire issue to bashing then candidate Trump. Considering the alternative choice of an extremely left wing Democrat, I thought they had lost their minds. I still get emails begging me to subscribe. I would be curious to know how much circulation they lost by trying to appear noble and pure. Maybe half? We are in a death struggle to keep the US a free country and it’s no time for posing or posturing. NR is dead to me forever.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 8/23/2020 12:39:44 PM (No. 518455)
"On the American right, we have Reagan Republicans, Trump Republicans, anti-Trump Republicans, and anti-anti-Trump Republicans; RINOs and True Conservatives™️, a Freedom Caucus and Tuesday Group; reformocons and first-, second-, and third-wave neocons; Kirkian traditionalists, Meyerian libertarians, and Buckleyite fusionists." Gee, some of those groups probably make up less than 1% of the Republican party. Really, some of these groups I have never heard of before. When a person of Romney's status (a US Senator) has to make a fake internet ID to go after the President, he isn't being honest, and he cannot be trusted, and he won't be well liked. There are many people that feel that way. What does Mitt Romney stand for? We don't know because he isn't being very honest. We cannot trust what he says. We do know what he does benefits the big government anti-America left, and not much anyone else. Can I support Mitt Romney? Sorry, I cannot. If Mitt Romney should ever get the Republican nomination, we will likely see an anti-American leftist Democrat as President.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Penny Spencer 8/23/2020 3:22:39 PM (No. 518599)
To echo #15, I've been here for a long time (under a different moniker) and well remember some of the abuse the Romney posters hurled at those of us who didn't initially support him. It wasn't hard to conclude that he was probably a ruthless hypocrite, but since he was OUR ruthless hypocrite, and since the opponent was BO, I had to vote for him in the general. (As a result of that experience, I took a hiatus of several years from my beloved before returning with my current name.)
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Reply 22 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 8/23/2020 3:32:18 PM (No. 518612)
"I’d kindly ask to be counted as a Romney Republican." Granted. Now take your Rummey and go away Isaac. Rummey is worthless and so is National Review and it's dopey columnists.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: NYbob 8/23/2020 4:16:15 PM (No. 518652)
You just have to laugh at stupidity like this. Isaac may want to stand his ground with the plastic fantastic Mittens, but sane people saw thru this paper thin politician in the middle of the 2nd debate with BHO. They voted for him because he was running against a walking crime, but they knew what Mittens was when he stepped back from the perfect pitch. Pretending that Mittens has anything to offer anyone who cares for this country is an act that only very ignorant, very superficial people will buy. If somehow Mittens does mount a national campaign again, the rats will shred him before the first week is done.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: billp 8/23/2020 11:21:08 PM (No. 518983)
Romney and his defenders are just as big a donkeys as the Democrats. NO use for Romney, NO use for NR. I mean, what is their purpose?
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