Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Articulating Romney: A Ricochet Challenge

 

As I’ve pressed friends for reasons why they support Mitt Romney, I’ve noticed no explanation is forthcoming that does not mention the names Obama, Newt, Santorum or Ron Paul.

It occurs to me that Mitt may be as devoid of message as John McCain was in 2008. 

So this morning I ask Romney supporters to tell me why – in 200 words or less – why do you support Mitt Romney for President?

Since Ricochet is the pro series, the answer may not refer to another candidate.

Perhaps Mitt will read this to guide him on the effectiveness (or lack of it) of his message.

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  1. The Mugwump Inactive

    You might change this to “Articulating as well as Ricochet: The Romney Challenge.” How is it our leading candidate has such a hard time expressing conservative principles? I few of us have the unsettling feeling that it’s because Mr. Romney simply doesn’t believe them.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:11 AM PDT
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  2. Casey Inactive

    hummana hummana hummana…..

    Ralph.jpg

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:18 AM PDT
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  3. Gus Marvinson Inactive

    It’s a little early for a drinking game here in California, but a coffee version would be okay. How about a cup of French roast every time the phrase “business experience” is used? I might end up with a buzz that compels me to clean the house, do the lawn, and help the kids with their school work.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:19 AM PDT
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  4. Jeff Y Inactive

    Romney has made one thing clear: the Republican base does not favor limited government. Republicans who do want limited government are a large minority of the party. Romney’s success has made clear that fact. And that’s a good thing.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:30 AM PDT
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  5. Profile Photo Member

    Nice smile? Good hair? Uhhhhh….. no, don’t help me, I’ll get it. He’s left standing?

    Sorry, he’s not my first choice. But I’ll support him in the end.

    • #5
    • March 23, 2012, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  6. Michael Pate Inactive

    The first thing I look for in a Republican field is experience as a Governor and experience outside of Washington. Romney was the Governor of Massachusetts and therefore has executive experience. He has never been in Washington.

    Running the 2002 Winter Olympics and serving as Governor shows that he has ability in taking on complex problems at the state and local level. I think this bodes well for his abilities as President.

    Most of his experience comes from outside government and academia. He has actually made decisions about whether something was going to thrive or fail without the benefit of a government safety net.

    He supports Israel and the traditional foreign policy of goals of the United States. He recognizes that how we move forward with China is going to be on the fundamental issues of this century. His views on immigration (“self-deportation”) is the most practical solution I have heard.

    His healthcare plan in Massachusetts was clearly a mistake but he has articulated clearly that every state should have the opportunity to find what works and a single system imposed by Washington is never going to be the answer.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:34 AM PDT
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  7. iWe Reagan
    iWe Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    He is not Obama.

    • #7
    • March 23, 2012, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  8. Tommy De Seno Contributor
    Tommy De Seno
    iWc: He is not Obama. · 3 minutes ago

    Rule violation. 15 yard penalty and an automatic first down.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:43 AM PDT
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  9. kvh14 Member

    I think most will be like JohnBoy and support him from a voting standpoint in the end, but how many will support him from a financial standpoint? I am so dissatisfied with the Republican establishment I automatically delete email donation requests with Reince Priebus in the From field, and I’m having trouble considering giving any money to Romney. For now, I at least look at Romney’s requests before deleting them.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:46 AM PDT
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  10. Casey Inactive
    Tommy De Seno
    iWc: He is not Obama. · 3 minutes ago

    Rule violation. 15 yard penalty and an automatic first down. · 4 minutes ago

    How does that work? Does iWc move down to comment #22?

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:51 AM PDT
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  11. James Of England Moderator
    James Of England Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Cutting spending is necessary. The CBO projects the government to shut down in 2027, sooner if there is an additional crisis of some kind. If this happens as a sudden bankruptcy, people will die and America will be harmed in an unprecedented and irreparable way.

    Cutting spending is hard. Cutting foolishly, like inexpert tax hikes, can decrease the tax base by more than the gain; other forms of suboptimal cuts can produce unnecessary misery; cutting the fixed incomes of those unable to learn more, for instance, or exposing future crime victims to horror. There are a lot of details, and powerful interest groups to fight over all of them.

    Cutting spending requires willpower: Reagan, Bush 43, Gingrich, and Obama all regularly promised to do so, but never delivered.

    Romney has as much experience as anyone in the world at identifying cuts that would promote rather than destroy health, whether running businesses, the Olympics, or Massachusetts. He’s successfully cut even when facing veto proof majorities against him. It is his passion, and his genius, and his time is now.

    Amongst the most foolish of cuts, for instance, is defense. Romney, uniquely, would invest more, restoring America’s naval domination.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 8:51 AM PDT
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  12. James Of England Moderator
    James Of England Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’d like it to be noted that I didn’t mention that none of the other candidates, in any party but the Libertarian Party (and less good, even there), have any practical experience or even education in cutting.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:03 AM PDT
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  13. Tommy De Seno Contributor
    Tommy De Seno
    James Of England: I’d like it to be noted that I didn’t mention that none of the other candidates, in any party but the Libertarian Party (and less good, even there), have any practical experience or even education in cutting. · 4 minutes ago

    Edited 4 minutes ago

    Unfortunately, we now have to note that you did mention it :-]

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:09 AM PDT
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  14. tabula rasa Member
    tabula rasa Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    He has actually run businesses and served as Governor of a State. As a Utahn, I witnessed him turn the near-disaster of the 2002 Olympics into a big success: to do so, he was totally disciplined on budgeting.

    He has vowed to sign a repeal of Obamacare.

    He is highly supportive of Israel. He is committed to national defense.

    His tax proposal is strong (if Kudlow likes it, so do I), and has come out in support of Paul Ryan.

    He’ll be wise enough to pick a running mate who will help balance the ticket.

    A Romney adviser, not Romney himself, creates the etch-a-sketch gaffe. Romney disavows it personally. Another unnamed candidate, in an effort to take advantage of the gaffe, makes a far worse gaffe himself.

    He believes in business growth as the engine of economic prosperity.

    He’s not Obama.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:15 AM PDT
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  15. James Of England Moderator
    James Of England Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    Tommy De Seno
    James Of England: I’d like it to be noted that I didn’t mention that none of the other candidates, in any party but the Libertarian Party (and less good, even there), have any practical experience or even education in cutting. · 4 minutes ago

    Edited 4 minutes ago

    Unfortunately, we now have to note that you did mention it :-] · 6 minutes ago

    Not in the 200 words. If the words in excess of that counted, I’d have had to write up some stuff about how handing medicaid and other federal functions out to the states to run as they will, along with neutering the political power of unions, means that future Presidents will not have to be as talented at, or driven towards, cutting as Romney. It’ll be a little easier for them.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:18 AM PDT
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  16. James Of England Moderator
    James Of England Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    tabula rasa:

    He’ll be wise enough to pick a running mate who will help balance the ticket.

    Hate to disagree, but it’s my hope that he picks Portman, doubling down on the boring, disciplined, decent, cutting ticket, taking on even more mild mannered steeliness. I’m given to believe (not by Romney or his inner circle, admittedly) that this is not an unjustified hope.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:23 AM PDT
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  17. crizzyboo Inactive

    He probably doesn’t throw like a girl.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:25 AM PDT
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  18. Tommy De Seno Contributor
    Tommy De Seno
    crizzyboo: He probably doesn’t throw like a girl. · 13 minutes ago

    Winner.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:41 AM PDT
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  19. tabula rasa Member
    tabula rasa Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    James Of England
    tabula rasa:

    He’ll be wise enough to pick a running mate who will help balance the ticket.

    Hate to disagree, but it’s my hope that he picks Portman, doubling down on the boring, disciplined, decent, cutting ticket, taking on even more mild mannered steeliness. I’m given to believe (not by Romney or his inner circle, admittedly) that this is not an unjustified hope. · 22 minutes ago

    Actually, Portman would be OK–Ohio is important and Portman ain’t no Joe Biden.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:50 AM PDT
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  20. tabula rasa Member
    tabula rasa Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    Tommy De Seno
    crizzyboo: He probably doesn’t throw like a girl. · 13 minutes ago

    Winner. · 10 minutes ago

    I’ll bet Romney can bowl way above a 47.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:51 AM PDT
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  21. Tommy De Seno Contributor
    Tommy De Seno
    tabula rasa
    Tommy De Seno
    crizzyboo: He probably doesn’t throw like a girl. · 13 minutes ago

    Winner. · 10 minutes ago

    I’ll bet Romney can bowl way above a 47. · 6 minutes ago

    Edited 6 minutes ago

    Runner-up.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 9:58 AM PDT
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  22. Mel Foil Inactive

    Romney, Romney, he’s okay.

    Not Obama anyway.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 10:00 AM PDT
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  23. David Williamson Inactive

    Can we mention the syphilitic camel?

    Other than that, not much to say.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 10:02 AM PDT
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  24. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
    Ultron Will Inject You Now Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Romney’s net worth means nothing is above his pay grade.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 10:03 AM PDT
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  25. Discinque Member

    Mitt is the most likely candidate to be guided by a conservative congress – we need to flip the senate

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    • March 23, 2012, at 10:08 AM PDT
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  26. ParisParamus Member
    ParisParamus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I officially became a Republican in late December 2007 because I wanted to vote for Romney. He impressed me because I discovered he was incredibly accomplished, hard-working, an outsider (his faith and “culture”), articulate. I learned he did revolutionary things in business, and then that had succeeded phenomenally in multiple realms. He didn’t “feel” like, primarily, a politician. He was literate and smart when it came to foreign policy. I also thought it was cool, and powerful that he ran for Governor in the bluest of states. I felt he was running (then, as now) not, primarily out of ego, but mission and concern. I was excited, and am excited by the prospect of someone who knows how to deal with, and fix large organizations, and someone who gets accountability of all kinds. I found it very compelling that he was not one of those “Southern-y” Republicans.

    Now, the above isn’t ad copy. But what would your “essay” have consisted of for Reagan in 1979–that Reagan was “conservative and nice?” Was Reagan more conservative or experienced than Gov. Connally? In other words, I question the premise of the question posed.

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    • March 23, 2012, at 10:53 AM PDT
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  27. Emerson Member

    He won’t brag about not cheating in golf.

    -E

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    • March 23, 2012, at 11:57 AM PDT
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  28. Plato's Retweet Inactive

    Login to Amazon, search “No Apologies”, click to look inside, and search “mortgages originated.” That will takes you to pages 142-144, where Mitt explains the mistakes of the subprime crisis.

    Do you want a President who understands why improperly rated mortgage backed securities had a multiplier effect on bad mortgages? Do you want a President who gets that governmental compassion can infuse moral hazard into markets? Who understands how prolonged low interest rates encouraged speculation? Do you want a President who understands why the private sector became overleveraged? Who will reduce systemic risk by insisting that (right-sized) banks limit their exposure to high risk securties? If high-speed trading and international debt create some new crisis of global volatility, who will understand the forces at play fastest, and have the team best prepared to respond? 

    Which President will make supporting the free enterprise system his #1 priority?

    Who has experience tearing apart disfunctional organizations, as must be done now with the federal bureaucracy?

    Which candidate has the discipline and temperament to impart confidence to the markets?

    Who understands that the best way to make aging citizens productive is to empower them as investors?

    Mitt Romney, that’s who.

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    • March 24, 2012, at 1:35 AM PDT
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  29. Profile Photo Member
    crizzyboo: He probably doesn’t throw like a girl. · 5 hours ago

    Didn’t you see Barry’s explanation? It wasn’t his fault. It was the bulletproof vest.

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    • March 24, 2012, at 2:00 AM PDT
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  30. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    ParisParamus: ….. I found it very compelling that he was not one of those “Southern-y” Republicans.

     …..

    Good one, Paris. Who needs that kind anyway?

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    • March 24, 2012, at 3:33 AM PDT
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