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Mitt Romney, the gutless Obot

Well, it’s official. Mitt Romney is an Obot, having told CNBC:

I think that there’s no question but that the President was born in the United States.

However, Romney declined to exercise leadership on the issue, saying regarding Donald Trump:

I don’t go around telling all my supporters what they should think or what they should say but he knows what I believe about this.

Hey Mitt, that’s what party leaders are supposed to do – lead. Sheesh.

21 Responses to Mitt Romney, the gutless Obot

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    Thinker June 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    I doubt that most birfers will support Romney. However, I can imagine a meme developing in the birfersphere that Romney is a secret birfer who’s holding out until the fall to drop the birfer bombshells when it will be too late for the Dems to recover with a new candidate. Birfers are great at strategery and denialism.

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    JPotter June 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Wel, he did say he needed to get to 50.1%, and didn’t rule anything out. When it comes to busking for votes, he’s quite the egalitarian. Make that ‘omnivore’!

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    brygenon June 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    There are many reasons not to elect Mitt Romney to the presidency. His recent statements on birtherism, quoted here, are not among them.

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    misha June 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    “I don’t go around telling all my supporters what they should think or what they should say… Hey Mitt, that’s what party leaders are supposed to do – lead. Sheesh.”

    Be Nice To Bigots – Republican leaders tiptoe around the smear campaign against Obama’s faith and citizenship.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2011/02/be_nice_to_bigots.html

    Boehner: “It’s not up to me to tell them what to think.”

    On Jan. 23, Gregory asked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: “There are elements of this country who question the president’s citizenship, who think that his birth certificate is inauthentic. Will you call that what it is, which is crazy talk?” Cantor replied, “I don’t think it’s nice to call anyone crazy.” Gregory asked: “Is it a legitimate or an illegitimate issue?” Cantor answered: “I don’t think it’s an issue that we need to address at all.”

    Boehner replied: “David, it’s not my job to tell the American people what to think. Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people. Having said that, the state of Hawaii has said that he was born there. That’s good enough for me. The president says he’s a Christian. I accept him at his word.”

    That’s four straight interviews in which the country’s three top Republicans—the speaker of the House and the GOP leaders in each chamber—have refused to condemn the spreading of lies about Obama’s faith and citizenship. These three men are confident enough in the personhood of fetuses to support banning abortion. They’re confident enough in the efficacy and justice of the U.S. health care system to block funding of the Affordable Care Act. They’re confident enough in Wall Street, despite the recklessness and bailouts of the last three years, to press for repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. But ask them whether Obama is a Muslim or was born in the United States, and suddenly they’re too humble to impose their beliefs on others. They can only describe “the facts as I understand them.” They can only speak “for me.” They can only “listen to the American people,” not “tell them what to think.”

    These men aren’t leaders. They’re followers.

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    Steve June 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    This is how a leader handles whackjobs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU-nMsyXP0s

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    AnotherBird June 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    What a weak response. When it comes to certain issues, such as this one, a leader must be clear and unambiguous. He response seems more that there is some form of debate on this issue, where there is none.

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    Graham Shevlin June 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is called pandering. I also tend to call it “being a spineless mendacious wanker”, which probably explains why I know I will never be elected to any political office.

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    Rickey June 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    This is further evidence that Romney has no convictions which he will not run away from in pursuit of the Presidency. For all of McCain’s faults, he at least would not pander to the birthers.

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    G June 3, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    Well said, all of you! I completely agree.

    misha: These men aren’t leaders. They’re followers.

    AnotherBird: What a weak response. When it comes to certain issues, such as this one, a leader must be clear and unambiguous. He response seems more that there is some form of debate on this issue, where there is none.

    Graham Shevlin: This, ladies and gentlemen, is called pandering. I also tend to call it “being a spineless mendacious wanker”,

    Rickey: This is further evidence that Romney has no convictions which he will not run away from in pursuit of the Presidency.

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    JPotter June 3, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    misha: These men aren’t leaders. They’re followers.

    Absolutely, Misha. A gaggle of followers sans leaders is a herd. Or a flock. That observation illuminates much of contemporary politics. The mindless, reactionary legislation and news cycles. All short-term. No principle, no vision, all pandering.

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    RetiredLawyer June 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Contrast if you will, Obama’s and the Democrats’ actions vis a vis McCain eligibility: they all co-sponsored and voted for a resolution stating that he was a natural born citizen and during the campaign did not allow anyone to raise the (non) issue.

    On the other hand, the Rs dog whistle to their (insane) base all the time.

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    donna June 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    meet the romney birthers

    my fave part

    “I am a student of history,” she said, declining to give her last name because she worries about “the nuts online.” “I do not think ‘natural born’ is about where, but who… it is about protecting the interests of America. If Putin came over here 20 years ago, got some woman pregnant and she had a kid here and we find out his dad is Putin, imagine the crap that would hit the fan. Now put this back in the 1948 timeline when we really distrusted the Russians.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/meet-the-romney-birthers

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    Sally Hill June 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    You group thinkers are too funny.

    While I agree that Romney’s response could have been more strongly worded, you whip him over THIS? Are you serious? And yet you let your own dear leader get off on what he says and what he fails to denounce? I mean, are you people for real?

    You think in these few words uttered from Romney it shows whether he is a leader or not? It shows that he is a follower? That he is weak? He has no convictions and is pandering? I can only imagine what you must TRULY think of Obama if you use such a a trivial issue to base such broad and overreaching conclusions about the man. You must either secretly (because you would never say an ill word about Obama) think he is a weak man with absolutely no hope of leading and is constantly pandering to every group of people that happen to cross his path – OR – you are blind as a bat and deaf as a post and in constant denial.

    There is very very little difference between these two men, yet you think Romney is gutless?!!?!? If he is, Obama is right there with him. I honestly can’t imagine that you can’t see the striking similarities between the two. I’d almost say they are twins. LOL

    I’m not sure if you people think I’m a birther or not. I don’t consider myself one, but who knows how group think works on this blog?!?! I’ll support Romney over Obama because of 2 things. I don’t think Romney wants to fundamentally change and ultimately destroy America and I do believe Romney believes in Jesus Christ. I’m not saying Obama doesn’t, but he sure gives the impression that he worships a different God than I do. His behaviors do not match his words when it comes to religion.

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    Scientist June 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Sally Hill: I do believe Romney believes in Jesus Christ. I’m not saying Obama doesn’t, but he sure gives the impression that he worships a different God than I do. His behaviors do not match his words when it comes to religion.

    “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” And you have the chutzpah (look up the meaning) to cite the Constitution?

    Sally Hill: You think in these few words uttered from Romney it shows whether he is a leader or not? It shows that he is a follower? That he is weak? He has no convictions and is pandering?

    No, most of his public life shows that. Does Etch-A-Sketch ring a bell? What about claiming health care reform as his proudest achievement and then running away from it. Sorry, Obama’s record contains nothing of the sort. Compromising to get bills through a hostile Congress is part of governing. Foreswearing everything you did as Governor is not.

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    JPotter June 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Sally Hill: While I agree that Romney’s response could have been more strongly worded,

    You, Sally Hill, are today’s contestant on You Are Romney!

    How would you impriove his response? You said it could have been stronger. What would you have had him say in that situation?

    Sally Hill: I don’t think Romney wants to fundamentally change and ultimately destroy America

    Do you believe Obama does?

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    Scientist June 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    JPotter: Do you believe Obama does?

    The clear implication is that Sally believes Obama wishes to destroy the US. Which begs the question, why? Certainly, it seems likely that he will live in the US after leaving office as will Michelle and their chilldren. The likelihood of them all decamping for Kenya (other than for a quick safari) after his time in office is zip. And even if they did, how exactly would Kenya benefit from the US being destroyed? The saying is “When the US sneezes, the rest of the world gets the flu”. Just look at how the entire world economy went into the crapper when Lehman went bust.

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    G June 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Agreed. Well said. That pretty much sums it all up in a nutshell.

    Scientist: No, most of his public life shows that. Does Etch-A-Sketch ring a bell? What about claiming health care reform as his proudest achievement and then running away from it. Sorry, Obama’s record contains nothing of the sort. Compromising to get bills through a hostile Congress is part of governing. Foreswearing everything you did as Governor is not.

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    JPotter June 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Scientist: The clear implication is that Sally believes Obama wishes to destroy the US.

    Yes, obviously, I was hoping Sally would own up to it. 😉

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    G June 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Sally Hill aka Fake Scott Brown –

    You have always been a Birther, as your long history of disingenuous posts here demonstrate.

    Every so often, you crawl out from under your rock and try to ply your weak attempt at Concern Trolling here, always hoping that others might not recognize you or have forgotten your long history of insincerity and being caught lying here.

    So your weak protestations and denials will still not help you wash away the long standing stink of Birtherism that has been emanating from you for years.

    Sally Hill: I’m not sure if you people think I’m a birther or not. I don’t consider myself one,

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    Arthur June 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    This blog is devoted to exploring “conspiracy theories and fringe views about Barack Obama.” If Obama has said something about those issues that you want to discuss, bring them up. If you want to talk about other aspects of his presidency, you should probably find another blog or new site.

    Sally Hill: And yet you let your own dear leader get off on what he says and what he fails to denounce? I mean, are you people for real?

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    Paper June 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Don’t need to be a birther to write foolish things, you know…

    Sally Hill: I’m not sure if you people think I’m a birther or not.