Politically speaking, Mitt Romney is a dead man walking

Mitt Romney is doomed. Dead man walking. A political zombie. He has no chance whatsoever of becoming the 45th president of the United States.

Here’s why:

Yesterday, Romney told a CNBC reporter that the birther nonsense is just that, nonsense.

“I think the citizenship test has been passed,” he told Larry Kudlow. “I believe the president was born in the United States. There are real reasons to get this guy out of office. The man needs to be taken out of office but his citizenship isn’t the reason why.”

That’s an extraordinary statement, and not because Romney acknowledged that the president of the United States is a citizen of the United States. What makes the statement extraordinary is the fact that it even had to be uttered and reported on. When a wild-ass, hare-brained rumor with no foundation whatsoever can become that engrained in our national political debate, it tells you that things have really gotten crazy out there.

In fact, on the same day Romney made that statement, a CNN poll was released showing that Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee are now tied nationwide for the GOP nomination. Huckabee’s presence is no surprise, although I’m beginning to have serious doubts that he intends to run. Trump, however, has managed to almost double his support — from 10 percent to 19 percent — in a month’s time almost solely by banging on the birther drum.

There is, I’ll admit, a certain symmetry to his rise. The birther issue is to politics what Trump’s hair is to cosmetology: a tangled, bizarre and confusing mess, untraceable to its roots and intended to disguise the fact that there’s nothing beneath it.

If Trump’s popularity weren’t startling enough, look at the other potential candidates in the CNN poll. The preferred candidates, in descending order, were Trump and Huckabee, followed by Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Romney, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.

In ordinary times, a list of weak challengers like that would be cause for great optimism for Romney. But like the birther issue, they are actually a symptom of his larger, deeper problems. Those people are on the list not despite of their eccentricities, but because of them. Sane ain’t selling these days.

In part because of that weak field, it’s certainly possible for Romney to navigate a course to the nomination. Depending on who else gets in and how the cards fall, he may be able to rally those remaining Republicans who prefer a chance to win in November over a chance to make a statement, and thus become the nominee.

But once he’s standing at the podium in the GOP convention in Tampa, smiling and waving, what happens next?

The party faithful have already made it clear that they will not be happy with another John McCain, whom they perceived as a moderate masquerading as conservative. Logical or not, they blame their loss in 2008 on McCain’s refusal to go for the jugular, and they don’t want a repeat.

And the staid, mainstream Romney — the very picture of a modern major moderate — makes McCain look like the chairman of the local John Birch chapter.

Mike Pence, the Tea Party, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and those who support them are not going to be satisfied with Mitt Romney as their candidate. If he were to somehow snatch the nomination, they will not work for him and they may not even vote for him. The biggest advantage the Republicans have had is enthusiasm, and that will evaporate if Romney is the candidate.

In fact, if a Romney nomination begins to look inevitable, we will more than likely see the rise of a third-party, conservative alternative that would cement his defeat come November.

It wouldn’t really matter who that person is — a Trump, a Palin, even a Herman Cain — because his or her sole function would be to serve as an empty vessel for the anger and frustration simmering in a large portion of the GOP electorate. And unfortunately for him, that’s a role that Romney is spectacularly ill-equipped to play.

– Jay Bookman

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Normal

April 13th, 2011
9:07 am

Sane ain’t selling these days.

Can’t say it any better than that…

jm

April 13th, 2011
9:07 am

Look, it shows 19% of the Republican Party is just completely retarded, or just neanderthalish. Don’t forget about the other 81%.

Jay

April 13th, 2011
9:09 am

OK, jm, fair enough.

Now. Who are those other 81 percent supporting?

stands for decibels

April 13th, 2011
9:10 am

Interesting case you’ve made.

I disagree with you; I think the conservative base are a lot easier to manipulate, their memories more easily erased, than you imagine. We were always at war with Eastasia.

larry

April 13th, 2011
9:10 am

You forgot about the HCR bill that was patterned after the Romney bill in Massachusetts. If i was him, i would not even consider wasting my money on running. I would just sit on the sidelines and watch the POG kill itself from within.

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:10 am

Republican voters should really check out Ron Paul.

Another Democrat who was AGAINST it before he was FOR it:
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/155509-hoyer-joins-obama-in-calling-past-vote-on-debt-ceiling-a-mistake

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:10 am

Trump? Really? I mean…seriously?

Let’s hope Obama does what’s needed in this budget battle and lowers unemployment…b/c if unemployment is still 9% come next November and the spending is still out of control…we might be stuck with…Trump? Lord help us…

jm

April 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Jay, I think Romney has a good chance. And in a general election, R’s are so desperate to get Obama out, they’d probably vote for a Michael Bloomberg if he was up there.

The Republican leadership will get a grip on things eventually. They know a Rightish third party loses them the election…. and they don’t want to lose.

Daedalus

April 13th, 2011
9:11 am

When one considers the alternatives, I’d rather just go golfing.

DW

April 13th, 2011
9:11 am

jm

April 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Jay 9:09 – I know I know…..

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:12 am

“Look, it shows 19% of the Republican Party is just completely retarded”

You forgot the people who support Palin, Bachman, and Newt.

Jay

April 13th, 2011
9:14 am

sfd, I disagree. There are too many people within the conservative movement who have too much to gain — politically and financially — by endlessly reminding their colleagues that Mitt ain’t one of them.

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:15 am

MITTENS!!! (I was hoping Jay would do this story, just so I could say that)

Granny Godzilla

April 13th, 2011
9:15 am

Romney is kinda hot.

(After all the Palin and Bachmann hotness comments I thought it was only fair to point that out)

DW

April 13th, 2011
9:16 am

Romney seems like a good enough guy… but the rest of em? What a bunch of idiots!

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:16 am

“In fact, if a Romney nomination begins to look inevitable, we will more than likely see the rise of a third-party, conservative alternative that would cement his defeat come November.”

Bachmann/Palin or Bust!!!

jm

April 13th, 2011
9:17 am

Peadawg 9:12 – politics is one thing. I’m not a fan of P-B-N. But not only is Trump an idiot, he’s filed bankruptcy more times than I can count. He’s not a Ross Perot, a Michael Bloomberg, he’s nothing and has incredibly bad business practices. He’s a self promoter. To think a Republican would support a repeat offender (bankruptcy) when our country is in dire need of real fiscal leadership is mind boggling.

To fall for Palin or Bachmann is one thing. To fall for Trump is something entirely worse.

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:17 am

“(After all the Palin and Bachmann hotness comments I thought it was only fair to point that out)”

Palin – absolutely. BachMANn…not so much.

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:18 am

P’dawg – Bachmann has the crazy eyes..

jm

April 13th, 2011
9:18 am

“Bachmann/Palin or Bust!!!”

Was that a double entendre?

ty webb

April 13th, 2011
9:19 am

Romney may not win the election, or even the nomination. However, this will not be due to the so-called crazies of the GOP. It all comes down to handsomism, pure unadulterated handsomism. As one who has been held back due to handsomism, I can attest that it is real. I implore all of you(even the ugly) to stand with me against handsomism. Yes We Can!

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:19 am

“Trump? Really? I mean…seriously?”

Trump would run circles around Obama on ALL issues except “community organizing”.

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:19 am

jm – well, I started to say Bachmann/Palin or busts, but I didn’t want to be obvious ;-)

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:20 am

“Trump would run circles around Obama ”

that’s right – he could tell us ALL ABOUT filing for bankruptcy – MULTIPLE TIMES

stands for decibels

April 13th, 2011
9:20 am

Endlessly, Jay? They’ll keep their traps shut after the primaries are over. That’s plenty of time for

a) Mittens to make amends—he’ll have some far-right nutter as a VP, for sure

b) The mighty right-wing Wurlitzer to convince all the cynics to stop worrying and love the Mormon gay-marriage advocate who used to support abortion rights.

But again, I’d like to think you are right. I wish I weren’t as cynical as I am.

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:20 am

jm…I actually heard someone on Hannity the other day say that Trump would be good b/c of his strong economic and financial background…I started crying I was laughing so hard.

And before y’all get in a hissy, no I don’t listen to Hannity b/c I agree with him. It’s just for a good laugh on the way home from work/gym.

Jay

April 13th, 2011
9:22 am

Trump would run circles around Obama, like an excitable little yappy mutt runs circles around his master.

TaxPayer

April 13th, 2011
9:22 am

Well, I can see the problem. Republicans just have so many to choose from. Decisions, decisions. Do you pick Palin because she can see birthers from her back porch. Do you pick Gingrich for his connections with the printers of birther bumper stickers or Trump since he has enough money to actually buy a copy of a long form or Cain, the token birther… I don’t think I’d even rule out McCain at this point. After all, he did give us Palin.

ByteMe

April 13th, 2011
9:23 am

It’s not because of birtherism that Romney fails to excite the base. It’s Romney-care and then trying to distance himself from it. It’s Mormonism. It’s being for abortion before being against it.

Birtherism is a distraction, but it’s not why Romney fails.

larry

April 13th, 2011
9:23 am

It all comes down to handsomism, pure unadulterated handsomism. As one who has been held back due to handsomism, I can attest that it is real. I implore all of you(even the ugly) to stand with me against handsomism.

I know what you are going through ty. I mean i hate to admit it.

Of course , if you believe that , i have some beachfront property in Blairsville ill sell you.

Granny Godzilla

April 13th, 2011
9:24 am

If Trump runs….the financial disclosures should be fun to read…..

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:24 am

“The mighty right-wing Wurlitzer to convince all the cynics to stop worrying and love the Mormon gay-marriage advocate who used to support abortion rights”

talk about your “I was for it before I was against it” candidate!

it’d almost be worth him running just to see THAT series of ads

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:24 am

“….the financial disclosures should be fun to read…..”

screw the financial disclosures – his wimmen will be crawling out of the woodwork!

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:25 am

“Trump would run circles around Obama, like an excitable little yappy mutt runs circles around his master.”

That’s funny, Jay.

Yeah more like a HIGH priced POODLE:-)

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 13th, 2011
9:25 am

Well, I guess I do have to give Mitt credit for standing up to the birthers. Will he continue and stand up against the “Plan for Prosperity for the Rich”?

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:26 am

larry – your 9:23 made me laugh out loud … thanks for that

Chuck W

April 13th, 2011
9:26 am

I am a Liberatarian so I really do not care that much who runs for the Republicans but is Donald Trump running for President any more of joke than Jesse “Hymetown” Jackson or Rev. Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton. It seems that at least one of the parties is likely to run a clown for President everytime. Do I want Trump as my President, NO…, just like I wouldn’t want Rev. Jackson, Palin, or Sharpton. I kind hope that “The Donald” wins the nomination, because with Donald “Egomanic” Trump and Barack “No Leadership” as the Repub and Dem choices I believe that the Liberatarian will get some notice for a change.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 13th, 2011
9:27 am

Granny is soooooo superficial ;)

stands for decibels

April 13th, 2011
9:27 am

It just occurred to me—against Candidate Trump, pretty much all the DNC would have to do is run that video of Rudy in drag, again.

Did everyone forget who plays the supporting role?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IrE6FMpai8

larry

April 13th, 2011
9:27 am

the financial disclosures should be fun to read…..

His disclosures would put Deal’s to shame. Let’s not forget , people did not think Deal would win the election because of his financial problems. I would not rule out Trump.

Bosch

April 13th, 2011
9:28 am

USMC dawg,

Do you mean actually literally running circles around Obama? Because on any of the issues in a debate, um, no, he wouldn’t. He’s a fame whore just like Palin who has nothing to actually say on any of the issues at hand because, well, he doesn’t know what they are.

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:29 am

dB – polite golf clap for your 9:27

good recall!

larry

April 13th, 2011
9:29 am

your welcome USinUK.

ByteMe

April 13th, 2011
9:29 am

Bosch, I think dawg is just annoyed by Poodle haircuts.

TaxPayer

April 13th, 2011
9:29 am

Is Perot running again.

Mick

April 13th, 2011
9:30 am

Trump is too much of a cartoonish character to be taken serious. Romney has a better shot than you suggest. If unemployment is the same or worse and gas hits $5 a gallon, romney becomes the great white hope and this could be their last hurrah…obama is very vulnerable even at this point..

USinUK

April 13th, 2011
9:30 am

Bosch – “Do you mean actually literally running circles around Obama?”

yes – just like a high-priced poodle, evidently

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:30 am

“people did not think Deal would win the election because of his financial problems. I would not rule out Trump.”

Deal got elected b/c we’ve already had Govna Barnes. It’s usually not a good idea to marry your ex…

jt

April 13th, 2011
9:30 am

Warmists calling birthers crazy.

Never ceases to amaze.

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:30 am

“that’s right – he could tell us ALL ABOUT filing for bankruptcy – MULTIPLE TIMES”-USinUK

Many HIGHLY successful business people have filed for bankruptcy and come out the other side HUGELY successful.

That’s called REAL experience.

The kind of experience that will be needed to tackle this financial mess that WE have allowed BOTH sides of the aisle to create.

But run along back to the HATEFUL personal attacks that you seem to get off on…

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:32 am

“Bosch, I think dawg is just annoyed by Poodle haircuts.”

It’s not just the haircuts… miniature poodles are mean little fckers. Ankle and finger biters and everything.

RW-(the original)

April 13th, 2011
9:32 am

And just think, it’s only 19 months until this November Jay B keeps referencing rolls around.

So since we’re projecting deep into the future by using today’s trends let’s say that gas prices have hit ten bucks a gallon and there are another 50 million unemployed, although they have all quit being counted so the unemployment “rate” is 2.1%, and we’re now paying for 9 wars that we supposedly aren’t involved in. I’d say that under those conditions the 42nd name on the 50th page of any random phone book could beat Obama so Mitt shouldn’t have any trouble accomplishing the feat.

/drive by

stands for decibels

April 13th, 2011
9:32 am

Was that a double entendre?

Quadruple.

ByteMe

April 13th, 2011
9:33 am

Deal got elected b/c we’ve already had Govna Barnes. It’s usually not a good idea to marry your ex…

Not even the first time.

Bosch

April 13th, 2011
9:33 am

“That’s called REAL experience. ”

Good grief, the lengths they will go to defend.

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And, poodles are weird.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And, the thing about Trump, is that he is not afraid to say what he thinks, and will do it because he can and that’s what he’s used to. It will be his un-doing.

TnGelding

April 13th, 2011
9:33 am

Maybe Romney should go the 3rd party route? Or run as a Democrat?

Anything Obama proposes today should easily “trump” Ryan’s plan.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 13th, 2011
9:34 am

Trump has come out hugely successful? He has been a great self-promoter but on the “succcessful deals” those who “lease” his name generally keep him out of the real business end.

ByteMe

April 13th, 2011
9:34 am

Ankle and finger biters and everything.

It can be cured with a shock collar. Same as Trump, we can only hope.

Bosch

April 13th, 2011
9:34 am

And just so you all know, I will be using the term “good grief” instead of my usual “wow” because I don’t want a particular person to think I’m referencing them.

Carry on.

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:35 am

You guys and gals got me…
Trump has only been to 50 states while Obama has MORE experience by traveling to 57 states:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:36 am

“It can be cured with a shock collar. Same as Trump, we can only hope.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ftvtlnUqk – Doritos commercial

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:36 am

“Trump has come out hugely successful? He has been a great self-promoter but on the “succcessful deals” those who “lease” his name generally keep him out of the real business end.”

-spoken from the “cheap” seats

Bosch

April 13th, 2011
9:37 am

Yeah, USMC Dawg, we know that no one in the GOP has mis spoke before.

Oh wait.

TnGelding

April 13th, 2011
9:37 am

Obama’s sister is attractive and articulate. I didn’t know he had one.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110412/us_nm/us_obama_sister_1

Obama should make copies of his birth certificate and sell them to help reduce the national debt.

Yup

April 13th, 2011
9:38 am

Warmists calling birthers crazy.

“Warmists” worry about such trivial matters as a planet capable of sustaining life for billions of people while “birthers” concentrate on true life or death issues that really matter for almost a whole half of Republican fringe group. Those crazy “warmists”.

Peadawg

April 13th, 2011
9:38 am

“Trump has only been to 50 states while Obama has MORE experience by traveling to 57 states:”

If I posted all the dumbars things that Bush said, I’d go WAAAY over the 3 link limit on here. Here’s just one for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgPY1adc0A – Fool me once….

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 13th, 2011
9:39 am

getalife

April 13th, 2011
9:39 am

willard could not lower himself to be a birther. Yep, toast.

I think all birthers should line up and apologize to our President and the people live on gop state tv fox.

Embarrass the crap out of these birthers.

Chuck Doberman

April 13th, 2011
9:39 am

Sad for the GOP in that Romney appears to be the only truly viable candidate they have to offer. He’s definitely the only candidate in the race (so far) that has a chance to win my (and many other independents imho) vote in 2012. Why…? Because he appears to be sane and somewhat couched in reality, because he (so far) appears to be willing to at least listen to all concerned, because he speaks and acts with a semblance of tact and civility… all reasons he will be villified by the conservative base in the republican primary. Politics doesn’t work without at least some compromise, and those that do so ain’t selling in far-right wing circles these days. Romney is far too moderate to satisfy the seemingly hate-filled GOP these days… Sad for the country but obviously true any more.

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:39 am

“Yeah, USMC Dawg, we know that no one in the GOP has mis spoke before.”

That wasn’t the tone when Bush was in office now was it.
Funny how things change when your guy is office.(both sides)

Mick

April 13th, 2011
9:39 am

Romney, kind of reminds of clinton. Bush was considered unbeatable after the gulf war. Romney, with a confluence of events, timing is everything in life, could conceiveably take obama down. The base is getting fed up with obama’s cave ins…

Bosch

April 13th, 2011
9:40 am

ByteMe

April 13th, 2011
9:40 am

Warmists calling birthers crazy.

It’s also the difference between looking at facts and proposing a theory that fits the facts and having other scientists review your work and poke holes in it… vs. ignoring all facts and proposing wild ideas to match your preconceived notions. I’ll let you figure out which is which when you show us some facts, jt.

Chuck W

April 13th, 2011
9:41 am

People do realize that you can see Barack Obama’s Birth Cert. online. I am not a fan of President Obama but as soon as you use your “he is not from this country” argument, you lose any amount of validity to your point. It is sad that people can’t have respectful disagreements about political issues anymore. Although I would not vote for President Obama, I sincerly believe that he is trying to do his best for this country, I just do not agree with the way he wants to go about it. We can have different beliefs and not hate one another.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 13th, 2011
9:41 am

It’s gonna be tough for the Idiot Messiah to run on those $1.5 trillion (and growing) budget deficits.

Left wing management

April 13th, 2011
9:42 am

In fact, if a Romney nomination begins to look inevitable, we will more than likely see the rise of a third-party, conservative alternative that would cement his defeat come November.

How much of this do you think is due to the religion issue, Jay (i.e. Romney’s Mormonism)?

Bosch

April 13th, 2011
9:42 am

“That wasn’t the tone when Bush was in office now was it.
Funny how things change when your guy is office.”

So, USMC Dawg, you agree with the petty folks?

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 13th, 2011
9:42 am

The Idiot Messiah is from this country but he is not of this country.

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:42 am

Trump is no boyscout, but listen to the Obama lie:

Obama Lies 7 Times In Under 2 Minutes!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfu1_Scgyow

Normal

April 13th, 2011
9:43 am

USinUK,
“Bachmann/Palin or Bust!!!”

Who do you think would win in a photo finish? :)

TnGelding

April 13th, 2011
9:43 am

…that Bush left!

SoGaVet

April 13th, 2011
9:43 am

I like Obama’s chances against anyone Jay named. The R’s will implode because every candidate is deeply flawed and the recovering economy will be reason enough not to change horses.

Jay

April 13th, 2011
9:43 am

There’s certainly some of that, Management. It’s not one of his top three or four challenges, but it’s on the list.

President Hussein

April 13th, 2011
9:44 am

jr, it’s “warmers”, not “warmists”…or depending on the weather of the day, you can call them “coolers” or even “changers”

As for Trump, he serves the conservatives well. He can rail on Barry to produce his “longform” birth certificate….and no one will mind b/c no one takes him seriously. If nothing comes of it, no big deal, none of the serious candidates gets their hands dirty. If in Jay’s words from the other day “the evil, Marxist, Kenyan” is hiding something…..Jay will be pictured on the front page wearing his tutu….ingenious!!!

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 13th, 2011
9:44 am

Come on, Mick, you know that Obozo is giving that knowing wink to his base…”stick with me in 2012 and then we’ll stick it to the productive for four more years”.

@@

April 13th, 2011
9:44 am

jay, the only time I hear Trump mention the birth certificate is when the question is put to him by the media. The rest of the time, he’s talking about issues that resonate with Americans, i.e. “Why aren’t foreign countries paying us for the defense we provide? “Why do we allow China to manipulate it’s currency…slap a tariff on their exports.” “We defend their oil, we take their oil to pay for the cost of that defense.”

That being said, I don’t think Trump is gonna run. He’s enjoying the limelight. Besides…he’s socially liberal regardless of what he says.

It was independents that broke for Obama in 2008. Most Republicans held their noses and voted for McCain. Anne Coulter (a Mitt Romney supporter), in 2008, said she’d vote for Hillary over McCain. Plenty of left-wingers AND conservatives are now saying they’d vote for Hillary over Obama if given a second chance.

Obama won around 52 percent of the popular vote, defeating John McCain by between five and six points. Your guy’s not looking at a cake walk this go ’round. He entered the WH with his head just above water. He’s in way over his head…only thing people can see are the air bubbles bursting.

jconservative

April 13th, 2011
9:46 am

Let’s talk general elections.

Romney has an albatross around his neck, the national media handle as “The Liberal Republican Governor of Massachusetts”. There is no way he will escape that handle. The liberal press used it and the conservative press used it every hour for a decade. That is who he is.
And now Obama is claiming that Obamacare is modeled after Romneycare.
Romney might as well have his picture on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”.

About 45% of the electorate will support the Republican nominee. About 45% of the electorate will support the Democratic nominee. The 10% or so left, the independents, have yet to decide, but they will be the “deciders” in the general election. That is who will elect the next president.

Now throw into the mix the “independent” candidates. A wealthy independent candidate, like Ross Perot, could throw the election one way or the other. The 1992 election popular vote was Clinton 43%, a sitting President Bush 38% and Perot 19%.

Will Trump do a Ross Perot? Will a Liberal do a strong Green Party presence as in 2000?

USMC dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:46 am

Straight from the John Kerry playbook:

Obama “regrets” 2006 vote against raising debt ceiling:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPCeldpD99o

What a joke.

Bosch

April 13th, 2011
9:46 am

Left wing management,

I think that issue is like Obama’s race to many of his haters. They won’t come out and admit it, it’s subtle and probably to many subconscious.

TnGelding

April 13th, 2011
9:47 am

We could put a Bachmann Palin debate on pay-fot-view and use the proceeds to help pay down the debt as well. Cat fight! But Palin wouldn’t want to take the pay cut. Count Bachmann in.

Russ555

April 13th, 2011
9:48 am

Bosch – I agree with you on that. I know a lot of people who feel that way.

getalife

April 13th, 2011
9:49 am

We need to see trump’s bankruptcy r eport.

Normal

April 13th, 2011
9:49 am

Seriously folks,
In a lot of ways, Mitt reminds me Herbert Humphrey(both nice guys)…will always be in the race and always finishing out of the money.

kayaker 71

April 13th, 2011
9:51 am

I am sure that there are Democrats who question whether or not the President was really born in this country as well as Republicans. It all comes down to trust. If you trust someone, you are more likely to accept him/her at face value. If you don’t…….

Russ555

April 13th, 2011
9:51 am

Left wing management
How much of this do you think is due to the religion issue, Jay (i.e. Romney’s Mormonism)?

________

The conservative base is never going to go with a Mormon. Going to make it tough to win the South Carolina primary. And the nomination. Tough meaning not possible.

Dave R.

April 13th, 2011
9:51 am

“Trump, however, has managed to almost double his support — from 10 percent to 19 percent — in a month’s time almost solely by banging on the birther drum.”

Only if you ignore the other 95% of what he’s said in interviews.

Pretty bad when you change your modus operandi from writing about the front-runners and declare a middle-of-the-packer “dead man walking”. What’s the matter, did they cancel basket-weaving in the cafeteria today, so you have to find something to write about instead?

Paul

April 13th, 2011
9:51 am

Romney’s learned from the first time around. Ignore the political handlers and say what you think. Hopefully, there’ll be a reaction from many moderate Republicans of “finally… some sanity…”

Coincidence that last night that Fox pundit so many on the Right look to as credible opened his segment with “here’s all the nuttiness on the Web about Pres Obama. Let’s set the record straight.” Birther issue was there – with the flat-out assertion Pres Obama was, indeed, born in America.

http://billoreilly.com/video?chartID=556

Maybe with even Fox calling out the crazy rumors some sanity will return. Judging from some on this blog, that may take a long time. Even remembering the Rule of Thumb that 20-25 percent of people will believe anything.

Mick

April 13th, 2011
9:54 am

lbb

It’s going to come down to the independents as usual but in a so called battle between the mormon and the so called muslim, who wins?

Jonas

April 13th, 2011
9:55 am

12 years of lack of leadership and gross mismanagement of this great country. Obama was a reactionary vote to ping pong from the far right (to the far left). Someone mainstream will appear-