One of the most interesting aspects of the 2012 election is how the tea party movement has proven more politically mature than the center-right’s self-styled elites, and those who spent much of the Republican primary season chiding swathes of people for being insufficiently pragmatic have turned out to be far more childish than the conservative base. For the past several weeks, Mitt Romney has been surrounded by critics from the DC-Manhattan elite who’ve denounced him for a lackluster, unfocused campaign, teeing off on Team Romney in the wake of the 47 percent comments for a number of issues—but mostly, in
Comments: The GOP elite chided the Tea Party during the primaries to get behind Romney. Now that Romney is the candidate, the Tea Party has united behind him, but it's the GOP elite who are criticizing him left and right! I wonder what Sarah Palin would have to say about this article.
Yeah, Peggy Noonan is all upset with Romney. That's going to change my vote for sure.
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Donna M, 9/28/2012 1:15:22 AM (No. 8895199)
I have despised White Shoe Republicans since my 20s. Their apogee was Christie Whitman in NJ. Her governorship was all about her and playing footsie with various unions and the state legislature. She was a miserable EPA head (not that the EPA should even exist)with her incompetence clearly showing after 9/11 with her 'all clear' on the city air quality--while particles were still visible every time the wind shifted on the rivers. They are nothing but Eeyores and I hope the 'big tent' pole falls squarely on them!
Nobody foisted Romney on primary voters. He was one of many candidates running and the majority of voters overwhelmingly chose him. This type of conspiracy talk insults the intelligence and decision making capabilities of Republican primary voters. We are not idiots or robots like Obamaphone voters. There was a legitimate process and every candidate had the same opportunity to raise money and make their case to the voters. Peggy Noonan and Bill Kristol are not elites and they do not dictate my vote. Articles like this are a waste of precious time so close to the election. Barack Obama should be the topic of every negative article from the right.
Peggy Noonan is not the GOP establishment, she is a hack journalist and former? Obama supporter. Time for eating our own is after the election. For now we must try to reason with our misguided/ stupid liberal friends. It's all we can do
We go to War with the candidate we have, not the candidate we want. He's no Ronald Reagan- but he's the right man for right now. I was a lot like these unhappy elites when the GOP forced Bob Dole and McCain on us. Romney is different, he is a winner.
#4: I beg to differ. The right leaning elite pundits pushed Romney like crazy. Remember the NRO piece that ripped Gingrich? Remember the ridiculous attacks on Rick Perry with absolutely no defense from those elitists? Over and over Romney was positively portrayed while the others were ridiculed.
I didn't chose Romney, but the time the primaries made it to California he was the only choice left. But I know what's important and getting Obama out of office is crucial to the continued survival of this nation. He's not perfect, but I'm backing him all the way.
Those elitist pundits backed Obama and they're still backing him. They should be ridiculed and shamed.
When I think about the field of candidates we saw on stage during the debates, I would have to say that right now Romney is probably best suited of those to defeat Obama. I still like the way Newt battles, but would be be doing better in a face-off with Obama, given the demographics of this country today?
In any case, I can't even consider thinking about what 2016 would be like if Obama wins. If Obama wins, 2016 election will be the least of our worries. I somehow doubt we'll ever get to an election in 2016 and we'll never recover from an Obama victory in 2012.
We will only know if conservatives' fears about Romney are justified WHEN he sits in the Oval office. Until then, we just have to concentrate on pulling RR over that finish line. Thankfully, the Tea Party is only growing, maturing and will be supporting fine future leaders like West, Love, etc.
The premise is right on. There were many of us of the Tea Party philosophy who did not see Romney as our choice, but once chosen we are now probably his strongest supporters as we work to oust this very dangerous man from the White House, hopefully into permanent exile.
These Elites are about as Republican and Teddy Roosevelt, You know the guy who started the Progressive party and helped elect Woodrow Wilson who ruined free enterprise.
They are the ones that gave us Mitt 'the Progressive' Romney as the new left leaning candidate.
Just like Teddy Roosevelt;Peggy Noonan and the rest of those freaks think the American public is too stupid to run their own lives.
Mitt makes my hair curl when I listen to him talk, typical Northeastern liberal in Republican clothes. Not to mention Romney Care. You can tell he is struggling to sound conservative; it's just not him.
Karl Rove, and the other GOP snobs and weaklings have destroyed the party and if it weren't for ABO, I'd never vote for any of these liars and traitors again.
Long live Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, we scare the bejesus out of both the R and D weasels that seek to control us.
Before I sign off this rant, Real Clear Politics is a joke, the cartoon like articles suck just like their selection of polling data; they are now totally irrelevant and useless, just one more branch of the Communist News Media.
So, RCP declares that GOP Elites "Foisted" Mitt Romney on the "base" and everyone is supposed to just agree with them? Don't think so.. He wasn't "foisted" on anyone! More than 8+ million REPUBLICAN "Elites" in the GOP voted for Mitt Romney in the Primaries. THAT is why he is OUR nominee. Peggy Nooner and the rest of them NEVER supported Mitt Romney and anyone looking at her past meandering comments understands that. Wish they'd all go away and let the GOP get on with the business of winning this Election. Instead they keep giving propaganda to the 'msm' to use against Mitt Romney. Shame on them.
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god of irony, 9/28/2012 9:15:20 AM (No. 8895580)
Romney is the candidate because all of the others proved they were nothing more than the crazy uncle in attic.
The Republican establishment elite were fully behind Romney . . . it was one of the reasons I didn't want him as the candidate, his backers are just too suspect with me (too much like Democrats . . . get the power at all costs). Now that they've turned on him I do want him as the candidate. Frankly those elites got rope-a-doped by the media and the Democrats by selective polls and the media's 'Romney has already lost' mantra no matter that most national polls have it a tie and they had to skew the polls for the Democrats to achieve that.
Maybe it's time to leave the GOP in the dust and start over from scratch. Because of the GOP we have Romney, who can't seem to campaign his way out of a paper bag. And thanks to the GOP we will now have to suffer 4 more years of Obama - Romney doesn't stand a chance now. Or, perhaps change the GOP to COP -- cowardly old party!!
This is so tiresome. Who else - Newt? Sorry, but even fewer non-Republicans would go for him, let alone Sanctorum! I too am a little frustrated with the Romney campaign at this point (though I'm in a state where no ads are being run, so it's hard for me to really tell). I had never gone for Romney before - I was for Giuliani in 2008 - but he was certainly the best of this lot, to me.
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