I suspect as with most Republicans its more about being against President Obama than being for Governor Romney. Actually the Republicans could have probably have run the village idiot and got similar poll results, which is the sad thing about this election…
Thomas Matula wrote: “Actually the Republicans could have probably have run the village idiot and got similar poll results,”
Well, the Democrats are already running the village idiot, so it would have been a wash.
That reminds me Woody Allen’s line in Love and Death: “He was from my village. He was the village idiot. ” “So, what did you do, place?”
Exactly. This shouldn’t be a close race.
It looks like one now because the people telling us how close it is have a vested interest in us thinking so.
In truth, it isn’t close.
I’m a libertarain (small l).
Now, let’s get one issue out of the way (sadly, thanks to a certain Texas crank, it always comes up when I mention my party of choice) my feelings about Ron Paul are that his foreign policy is an eclectic blend of suicidal and naive, and I despise the open-borders nonsense of people like Gary Johnson.
I’m a libertarain and have been since college. I’m registered as Republican so I can vote in the primaries, but I’m sure as heck no fan of social conservatives.
A few months ago, I was going to vote against Obama. Now though, to my surprise, I’m going to vote for Romney. My vote itself hasn’t changed (I’d have voted against Obama by voting for Romney) but I’ve actually grown to like the Republican candidate. Sure, I still have policy differences with him on some pretty big things, but the more I learn (from my own research, not his campaign. I’d never trust campaign info from anyone) the less I dislike him.
I now actually like Romney (not as much as I do Paul Ryan, but I do like Romney) and this is a surprise to me. It’s a vary rare thing for me to be able to go to the polls and actually vote for someone rather than vote against someone else. I was fully expecting to trudge into the polls in November and just vote for whoever happened to be the guy with the best chance of beating Obama, but now I’ll get to actually vote *for* somebody.
Does this have any practical benefit for Romney? Yeah, it does, it means I’ve been donating to his campaign, also a very rare thing for me. And one other thing; Arizona has early voting, if you send in for a ballot. I’ve never been enthused enough to bother before. his time I am, and I ordered mine yesterday.
Anyway, that’s how Romney is coming across to this libertarian.
I too have come around to being for Romney, although my passion against Obama remains strong.
For me, the stories from the RNC turned me to Romney more than anything else…hearing from the Olympic athletes about how he stepped in and resolved so many issues with the organization of the games gave me confidence in his ability to pick supporting leadership and to tackle problems; I have to say, though, that the story of his friendship with the kid with terminal cancer was very powerful. My wife and I both noted that we could NEVER imagine hearing a story like that from the life stories of Obama or his wife. It’s a shame that character is trumped by political skill in the media and in so many aspects of life in the US, it should not be that way.
I think a rather broad definition of “libertarian” is at work here, but, that said, I think a libertarian could vote for Romney simply because Obama is so godawful on economics, civil liberties, and foreign policy. Not that we expect Romney to be good, but he might give us more time to try to fight for actual limited government.
Stalling for time is an appropriate strategy when things are coming too fast to handle.
I don’t know if it’s libertarian or not, but the last few months I’ve gone from “He’s better than a syphilitic camel” to actually supporting him. Romney gets it! He actually gets it. This is what else he said on the 47% tape:
“Yeah, it’s interesting…the former head of Goldman Sachs, John Whitehead, was also the former head of the New York Federal Reserve. And I met with him, and he said as soon as the Fed stops buying all the debt that we’re issuing—which they’ve been doing, the Fed’s buying like three-quarters of the debt that America issues. He said, once that’s over, he said we’re going to have a failed Treasury auction, interest rates are going to have to go up. We’re living in this borrowed fantasy world, where the government keeps on borrowing money. You know, we borrow this extra trillion a year, we wonder who’s loaning us the trillion? The Chinese aren’t loaning us anymore. The Russians aren’t loaning it to us anymore. So who’s giving us the trillion? And the answer is we’re just making it up. The Federal Reserve is just taking it and saying, “Here, we’re giving it.’ It’s just made up money, and this does not augur well for our economic future.”
Somewhere along the line — maybe it was relatively recently — he seems to have figured out what’s being done to our country. I think that’s why he surprised everyone and picked Paul Ryan for VP.
But whatever the reason, whenever the time, he gets it now. Let’s support him.
One reason to like Romney: He likes to fire people. Once elected he’ll have lots of opportunity. This government needs a clean slate.
It’s amazing that people don’t understand that not being able to fire someone is one of the tragedies of modern society.
Hardly surprising. It is sad that this isn’t an actual three-way race. You certainly could use some other candidate.
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