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Another It Ain’t Right Update

1. The latest studies from Georgia (yes, more than one) put McCain, Romney, and Huck in a virtual three-way time, with John with an insignificant lead. The Republican elected officials in Georgia--with the most prominent exception of our mediocre, McCain-endorsing Senators--are rallying around Romney in a fairly impressive way. It’s hard to know what to advise to avoid the enraging outcome of McCain sneaking through with exactly 30% of the vote, with the other two just a point or two behind. Romney is surging some, but Huck is apprently not declining that much. I anticipate and hope for some movement from Huck to Romney in these last couple of days. At this point, it makes sense to vote Romney in Georgia, unless you’re one of those Huck guys who would choose McCain next (you stick with Huck).

2. In Tennessee and Alabama, Romney is not doing as well, as far as I can tell.

3. As a matter of honor--to avoid even the appearance of corrupt bargaining or simiilar impropriety--McCain should make it clear that he won’t pick either Huckabee or Thompson as his running mate.

4. McCain might think about selecting Romney, just to show that he’s not too "McVain" to really deliberate. His contempt for Romney seems to based in his "patriotism not profit" thing. Romney and his five strapping, species-perpetuating sons didn’t "serve." That view is based upon a too-spirited elevation of martial over marital virtue. From the point of view of the family guy, Romney is the most virtuous MAN in the race. And so the McCain-Romney ticket is the marrige of the warrior’s courage and the father’s responsibility and fidelity.

5. Obama is really surging in the polls. Gallup has him within the margin of error nationwide. He’s also just about caught up in states like CA and NJ. Time is on his side, and his time is approaching faster than I guessed.

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Romney has violated the twelve conservative commandments, not necessarily in order or directly related to the Biblical ten commandments, yes I know the real ten commandments are nothing like these:

1. I don't understand how anyone can support Romney after he "loaned" another 10-20 million to his campaign. The operative word being loaned. He expects his supporters to pay him back. "Thou shalt not steal" http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/06/25/romney-says-he-will-loan-his-campaign-more-money/


2. He certainly is not a fiscal conservative considering he left his state with fewer jobs and an amazing deficit. His campaign seems to be on the same road to bankruptcy. "Thou shalt not misrepresent your record" http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/12/30/state_could_face_1b_deficit_in_07/


3. His dishonest negative campaign ads set the tone for a divisive non-issue focused primary season: "Thou shalt not slander the name of other republicans for your own personal benefit" http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/31/romney.ads/


4. He left Huckabee and McCain no choice but to unite against him in opposition. If politicians join together to call someone dishonest he/she must really be dishonest. "Thou shalt not complain about what you forced to happen"


5. While Romney fans and Romney bought Fox News have filled the airways with dishonesty and name-calling we are left with no choice but McCain or Huckabee or McCain/Huckabee. "Thou shalt not lie"


6. Furthermore, McCain is not as bad as 50 million dollars of attack ads make him out to be. "Thou shalt not waste ridiculous amounts of money and go 35 million dollars in debt in the primaries" http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/index.asp


7. Huckabee is more conservative than Romney on fiscal issues based on "fiscal" facts: "Give honor to whom honor is actually due" http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/11/huckabee_is_a_fiscal_conservat.html


8. Romney chokes and almost cries on national CNN debate when someone questions his record on his constant flip-flopping on Iraq time-table. "Thou shalt not do Kerry like flip-flops"


9. Huckabee has been for a right-to-life ammendment from the get go... Romney not so sure. "Thou shalt not kill or support killing when you are governor and donate money to planned parenthood like Romney has"


10. The fact is when Romney calls himself a Regean conservative and has to buy 25 million dollars worth of ads to try and prove that, there is something wrong besides the obvious fact that he is clearly not from his record, a conservative.


11. He claims to be a life-long hunter when his record on gun rights is nothing to be shouting about. Furthermore, the right to bear arms has nothing to do with hunting and everything to do with freedom. "Thou shalt not threaten the right to bear arms" http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-04-05-romney-hunting_N.htm


12. He asks Huckabee to give up when he is in a statistical tie with Huckabee in national republican primary fox news poll: "Thou shalt not ask your opponent to give up when his beating you in several states and tied with you in national polls" http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/020108_election_release_web.pdf


The fact is Romney brought this situation on himself, the candidate that should of, could of and would of won the nomination had he not broken all twelve of the conservative commandments.
So please give me some facts, backed up by links to prove that Romney is the best... I am willing and ready to listen. Persuade me.

Black Conservatives Rally for Huckabee

"Black Conservatives Rally to Urge Mike Huckabee to Stay in Presidential Race PRESS CONFERENCE Monday, February 4, 2008 9:45 AM National Press Club 529 14th Street NW, DC


Washington , D.C. -- A broad coalition of black conservatives from across the country are holding a press conference to urge former Governor Mike Huckabee to stay in the presidential race for the Republican nomination until the Convention. "


http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=Blogs.Comment&Blog_id=1351#SubmitAComment

I don't understand how anyone can support Romney after he "loaned" another 10-20 million to his campaign.

You are insane.

So please give me some facts, backed up by links to prove that Romney is the best... I am willing and ready to listen. Persuade me.

You write that long demented hate-filled screed, and then claim to be open to reason?


Romney chokes and almost cries on national CNN debate when someone questions his record on his constant flip-flopping on Iraq time-table. "

What the hell are you, some sort of paid troll?

Romney has his faults, and he is not the most conservative guy in the world. But he is infinitly more conservative, not to mention smarter, than the other two RINO's in the race.

In fairness to McVain, it's a bit of a stretch to even call him a RINO. He's more liberal than many Democrats.

McCain is not as bad as 50 million dollars of attack ads make him out to be.

McVain is far, far worse than any ads make him out to be.

And why is a supposed Christian like yourself defending McCain, a man who built his fawning MSM coverage on his willingness to bash the religious right?

What the hell are you, some sort of paid troll?

You'd be shocked if you knew how much of that occurs, even here on NLT. You can usually spot it, though. This looks like an angry rant, as opposed to one that was bought and paid for.

John calm yourself down and stop insulting yourself.

Peter, Your post is interesting, but do you imply that the father and the warrior can't mix? I think conservatives should be a little worried that Romney is too much of a homemaker. He did dodge Vietnam by taking a Mormon Mission to France. I doubt he made as many believers as the U.S. Military did.

I second Paul's thoughts on Romney's self-loaning. This is a serious problem since he had loaned $35 million through 2007 to his campaign. If his campaign continues into the general, the risk is that he will use us to pay off his primary loans. It would in effect use our general election donations to pay off his primary spending. For those like Kate who are happy that Romney is self-funding, this should be a wake up call. It could set us back immensly in general election dollars. The only way to fix this is a promise from Romney that he won't replenish his " five strapping, species-perpetuating sons'" inheritance with our fundraising. Eat your losses.

For those like Kate who are happy that Romney is self-funding, this should be a wake up call.

It costs vast amounts of money to run in the general election. Romney is the only candidate able to raise those vast amounts.

With your usual economic illiteracy you managed not to notice that Romney has raised more money from donors than any other republican candidate. I notice that you never allow mere facts to get in the way of your emotional incontinence.

I bet you were one of the moobats demanding to know why the Bush daughters were not serving in Iraq. Is there any left-wing trope which you have not deployed here?

John, Romney will use the first $50 million he raises in the general to repay himself the loans from the primary. You may be dense, but I'd think you'd recognize the possibility of him using general election money to pay for the primary via his loans.

John,

Why all the name-calling? Why do you assume I am a Christian, because I talked about commandments?


With all the money Romney has spent per a delegate, almost ten times more than Huckabee and almost twice than McCain with little results... Romney just doesn't seem like a viable candidate. Do you really think he is going to win the nomination?


If so, why? These are honest questions. My parody to the commandments was meant to be humorous not hateful, so I am truly sorry that you perceived it as hate-filled... I thought I raised valid issues.


Please have patience with me and explain how I am wrong... A 30 second commercial is not going to persuade me. Please go point by point...


I will list my main concerns:


I doubt his(Romney) ability to deal with our deficit, given the deficit of his state.


I doubt his commitment to a pro-life amendment. No explanation needed.


I doubt his ability to serve as commander and chief given his time table flip flops on national television which when they replayed the clip of what he was saying it seemed quite evident he was talking about "secret" time-tables for withdrawal.


I doubt his ability to deal with the lobbyist in Washington and the IRS which favors big businesses due to their well-paid tax lobbyists...


I would prefer a fair-tax. Romney seems satisfied with the status quo...


Looking at my above comments, there are no labels, no name-calling, and no condescending remarks intended.


I challenge you John to commit to not using any more divisive name-calling. Hopefully we value the same principles and through a careful discussion we can help each other...

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