February 13, 2007

Romney announces candidacy

Let's say you're planning on running for president. Let's say you're Mormon and need to depend on American's spirit of religious tolerance to succeed. And let's say you then pick ... the Henry Ford Museum, a monument to a notorious anti-semite, to announce your candidacy. Would that be a good sign?

Well, we'll find out, as that's exactly what Mitt Romney did.

Roger Simon (my new "close personal friend" -cough-) has a good piece on it.

What's your take on Romney and his chances?

Incidentally, in a photo search for "Romney", 4 of the first 8 pictures were of Romney sheep. This evidently is a popular breed, and perhaps a new moniker for particularly avid Romney fans?


At 2/13/2007 4:43 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

I think anything that draws attention to Romney's being Mormon smacks of religious bigotry. It should be a sidenote and if anything, it should be viewed as a positive, just as being Jewish was for Joe Lieberman and just as JFK proved that he could be Roman Catholic and be a great president at the same time. This breaks new ground and shows that we are a country of religious tolerance.

I have not decided yet who I am backing, but I think Romney's chances are quite good, once the ball is rolling. He is #3 in the GOP's first tier and I don't see where else the mainstream establishment Republicans will go. McCain is "old hat", and they may find Rudy too liberal. The rest of the pack are not electable. (And I am so glad that phoney George Allen is out of commission) In Romney they have someone who is both electable and conservative enough to suit their tastes.

1. Romney will be able to raise the money. He's off to a good start! 2. Romney comes across very well on the stump and on tv. He is a very polished speaker. I will venture to say he comes across just as good, if not better, than Mr. Obama. 3. Romney has a terrific track record, in the private sector with the Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts. Obama looks like an amateur, if you compared his career and his record to that of Mitt Romney.

The Ford Motor Company is an American company that is seriously on the ropes. That is the point. When pundits try to make some connection with Henry Ford's anti-semitism, it is quite frankly... bizarre!

I'll bet that some of the very same whiney ass liberals who see a story in this, will go out and climb in their Volkswagen- a fine company that started out in Nazi Germany as "the people's car".

At 2/13/2007 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your suggestion that Romney is anti-semite?

At 2/13/2007 6:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

If you're addressing me, uh... no. Where the hell did you get that?

At 2/14/2007 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people think Lincoln was a racist. So what does that say about Obama and his choice of announcement.

At 2/14/2007 3:45 PM, Blogger Robbie C. said...

What happened to the links for the Hare discussion thread??? ALso, I saw that Hare will indeed go on the COlbert Report. I would do a post about it but I am lazy.

At 2/14/2007 5:58 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

I do not think Lincoln is racist. But I do know for a fact that he was a Republican. That being the case, Barack Obama has very little in common with Lincoln. Those who think otherwise are having delusions of grandeur.

At 2/14/2007 8:16 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The links to threads on individual local politicians turned out to be a waste.

Some attracted little or no comments whatsoever, and the others were nothing but a garbage heap.

People just don't get it and have a hard time sticking to the subject at hand and the candidate themselves or their staffs tend to leave all sorts of unhelpful blather and hype, as well as just plain incorrect or false junk.

For example, someone tried to write in mentioning what a great job Hare had done on The Colbert Report. Hare, with the exception of a half second shot of his head, hasn't even appeared on the show.

Other comments were simply dishonest attempts to evade questions, such as when someone continued to say that Jacobs was on some list of people to replace Obama. When I asked what list, they responded with some condescending explanation about how people pick their successors, which of course, no one had asked and everyone pretty much knows already.

Needless to say, they avoided letting us know just who's list this is that they said Jacbos is on and who made it. Not to mention they didn't mention a source, and so the information is dubious.

In short, the candidate threads weren't anything helpful or informative, it was boring and dull, and little serious discussion of the candidates or their work was accomplished.

As to Hare and Colbert... hey, that rhymes!... I notice that when Colbert does his "Better Know a District" segment, the 17th is marked as having already been covered.

Evidently, this came from the segment he did where he strolled through a meeting of freshman congresspeople and spoke to a few of them. Towards the end of the segment he stopped talking to the politicians and simply looked at them and said things like, "You've just been better known." and they cut the tape to have this happen rapidly. They went through about 5 congresspeople in a matter of seconds, Hare being one of them.

I assume this is how the 17th got marked as "better known" on Colbert's national map.

Given that, I'm not sure how Hare is going to appear on Colbert. But if anyone has any concrete information, please let us know.

At 2/14/2007 8:18 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anyone who thinks the Republican party of today bears any resemblance to the Republican party of Lincoln are the ones with delusions.

I think it's changed a little, as has the Democratic party. As a matter of fact, they've pretty much switched with each other on the matter of race since that era.

At 2/14/2007 9:07 PM, Blogger Robbie C. said...

dope, I was given an email link to a story that claims Hare will indeed be on the show. The email was forwarded but originated from Hare staff. It doesn't mention that it is the better know a district segment specifically. Because as you noted, olbert marked off all the districts represented by freshmen because of the segment he did at the freshmen dinner.

At 2/14/2007 9:09 PM, Blogger Scott said...

I always find it funny when someone tries to claim Lincoln as a Republican.

The Republican party of the the type was the "liberal" party, although both parties were not at all liberal by our defenition. The Republicans of Lincoln's day called for internal improvements, more governmental control over the economy (via a national bank), and federal control over the issue of slavery (instead of the states' rights "Popular Soveriegnty" movement).

Lincoln was a Republican, but I think he would be ashamed to see his party today.

At 2/14/2007 9:42 PM, Anonymous Jacobs08 said...

I was thrilled to read that Sen. Jacobs' name is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Barack Obama, should Obama win the Presidency.

From my point of view, Obama and Jacobs represent a new generation of leadership.

At 2/14/2007 11:29 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Look out Dope, they followed you to the main bored.

Don't get me wrong, I like Mike Jacobs. But I also know a little bit about Illinios politics. With that knowledge, I can tell you that Mike Jacobs will not replace Obama. He won't even be on the short list.

At 2/14/2007 11:41 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Oh yeah. The stalkers. Everyone should have a few I figure.

At 2/15/2007 12:30 AM, Blogger tiz said...

I think if there's any religious bigotry about Romney it'll be coming from the right. Namely the evangelicals who have carried water for the GOP. I don't think many democrats care one way or another that, for instance, Harry Reid is a mormon.

Google the words "Dobson Romney" if you're still convinced this won't be a problem.

I've also wondered how a social conservative managed to get elected governor of Mass. It's because he's done a 180 on social issues since he was elected. I'm sure that "change" will have conservatives looking at him the same way many of democrats (including myself) look at Hillary - as an opportunist.

At 2/15/2007 7:28 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Who's the opportunist here? Obama is the one who told Tim Russert a year ago on Meet the Press that he would serve out his full Senate term. If that isn't a 180, I don't know what is. I know one thing, I am going to work REAL hard to make sure that he does serve out his full Senate term.

At 2/16/2007 8:16 AM, Blogger Scott said...

If you want to ensure Obama stays in the Senate, I recommend you back someone other than Romney.

As for the 180, yes, he changed his mind. Gasp!

As you know, I support the immediate resignation of anyone who changes their mind in government. We have elected these people to blindly follow the paths they laid out years ago. That’s why we are a great country…

At 2/16/2007 6:48 PM, Blogger tiz said...

Romney has changed his stance on issues, Obama has changed his stance on which job he wants in absence of anyone else in his party who he thinks can do better. Big difference.

All the rocks that are coming from the right toward Obama - the BS stories about his "muslum" schooling, references to his drug use when he was younger (I won't even go into the hypocrisy here), pointing out his middle name is Hussein and crap like "Osama Obama" shows just how scared the right is of him. The "he said he would serve out his term and changed his mind so he can't possibly be a good president" thing is just as trivial.


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