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Bravo, Ann Romney!

 

I don’t know Ann Romney. I don’t know Lee Cary, from the American Thinker, either, but I should like to buy them both dinner to thank them for making an important point yesterday, and it needs to be emphasized. Asked about some of the more counterproductive criticisms made by Republicans, Mrs. Romney replied, “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring.” My thoughts exactly.

Constructive criticism is one thing, but handing ammunition to the opposition is uncalled for. Part of the problem is that I really like some of the people making these remarks, but I wonder if they understand the stratospheric stakes in this election. To observe that Governor’s Romney’s remarks about the 47 percent of people who pay no income taxes were inexact or haphazardly framed is one thing. But to say, as The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol (whom I admire tremendously) did, that the Governor’s comments were “stupid and arrogant,” helps the cause not one bit. Instead, Twitter lit up with one liberal after another using the quote against the Republican nominee. Peggy Noonan, whose work I positively adore, picked up a rhetorical tire iron and went to work on Romney: “It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment.” Well, isn’t that just ducky. If General Custer had been afflicted with support like this from his own side, the Indians could have taken the day off. With pay.

In his latest “G-File,” the always brilliant, funny and trenchant Jonah Goldberg reminds us that it was the Tea Party and activist base of the Republican party that were most resistant to Governor Romney during the primaries, while the Republican party establishment admonished us repeatedly to please shut up and get behind the man. Now that he’s the party nominee, we’ve rallied to him not because he’s morphed into the second coming of Ronald Reagan, but because we understand that this election is for the whole enchilada. Put very simply, if Obamacare isn’t repealed, if the debt isn’t addressed, if America keeps sitting on her thumbs while her embassies burn, if Iran gets the bomb,…. that’s all she wrote. And so the base is working its heart out to send Obama and his comrades packing,….and now the establishment types who told us to get behind Romney, are taking a tire iron to his kneecaps. “Unlike activists,” writes Jonah, “it really is my job to say what I think.” He immediately adds, however, that, “Still, I think the base might have the wiser take on all this. Win now, argue later.” I couldn’t agree more, Jonah.

Here’s the thing. No candidate is perfect. Romney has areas that he could shore up, certainly. And it is not our place to sacrifice principle in support of any candidate. Encouraging him to take it to Obama in a certain fashion, or offering information that could prove useful to the campaign makes perfect sense to this observer. And if stronger admonishments are in order, perhaps utilizing private channels would be an option. But for heaven’s sake, do we have to send gift-wrapped ammunition to Obama and his acolytes in the media?

Jonah is right in another respect. These people get paid to give their opinions. I get paid to move freight and operate outside the climate controlled comfort of media suites. However, I have been blessed beyond measure to offer my thoughts on Ricochet. So in the event that my opinions might coincide on some level with those of the professional punditry, here they are:

* It is my opinion that Barack Obama must be summarily thrown out of office, and that he should take every one of his little czars and minions with him. 

* It is my opinion that Democrats in the House and Senate must be shown the door as well.

It is my opinion that in all likelihood, this is our last chance to preserve America as it was intended by the Founders. 

It is my opinion that if Obamacare is not pulled up by the roots, it will sprout encroachments into the most personal aspects of our lives that will destroy every last vestige of meaningful individual liberty. 

* It is my opinion that Mitt Romney is the only realistic alternative we have to the wholesale destruction of our country by an elite who disdains us, disdains our Constitution, and holds in utter contempt the moral and philosophical foundation of our country. 

It is my opinion that if we fail to defeat Obama, our grandchildren and their grandchildren will curse us and utter our names in contempt, and rightly so, because we let their liberty slip through our fingers while we nitpicked and sniped at each other. 

* It is my opinion that we’re better than that. It is my opinion that we are as equal to the challenge now as our parents and grandparents were in another time. Our heritage is freedom, our gift to those who follow is more of it, not less.

* It is my opinion that it is time to focus our fire on those who seek to shred the Constitution and enslave a great nation to the whims and predilections of a ruling elite.

There, does that help give the pros something to write about? Happy to help, folks. Now, if you’ll kindly excuse me, I have to get back behind the wheel.

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  1. Profile photo of Gogol Inactive

    Kudos t Mrs. Romney. 

    • #1
    • September 23, 2012 at 1:13 am
  2. Profile photo of Robert Ham Member

    Mr. Carter –

    Your observations are well thought out, well communicated and have an air of authenticity. Common sense still counts. 

    I offer my encouragement to all on this site to ACTIVELY support Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan with calls, signs, money. It will take men of integrity to find and defuse the multiple traps that have already been set against our will in legislation such as Obamacare. I believe that these men can start this process. I pray that we will have learned a national lesson with this brush with socialism.

    • #2
    • September 23, 2012 at 2:12 am
  3. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    It’s a little much to suck all the oxygen out of the room and then complain that it’s stuffy inside. But now that it is Mitt or the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse and his sidekick Sancho Biden, focusing on what went on in the primary is counterproductive. I didn’t much like Mitt, but this election is for President, not Best Friend.

    Hopefully, Mitt’s vaunted staff is better at the long game than they are at small-ball, but with the umps in the pocket of Team Obama, it is getting into the later innings; time to step it up some.

    • #3
    • September 23, 2012 at 3:19 am
  4. Profile photo of MichaelC19fan Member

    Comparing criticism of a GOP candidate with “fratricide” is ridiculous. If you want “democratic centralism” then join a Marxist-Leninist party or better yet today’s Democratic party. I am glad I support a movement that does not drink “kool aid”, or engages in hero worship. I have no problem with supporting Romney just to prevent a 2nd Obama term but all this talk about being able to influence Romney is a pipe dream. Once he takes that oath of office as always he will give the middle finger to Tea Party types. The best I would hope for is a Bush the Elder type term.

    • #4
    • September 23, 2012 at 4:46 am
  5. Profile photo of Sisyphus Member

    Peggy Noonan and Bill Kristol are showing themselves to be what we’ve long known they were, attention prostitutes. I do not give Bill Kristol a pass for consistency just because his opinion of Romney is no higher than mine, because he frames his topics in such a way that they help Obama, who is by far a worse option, and while these prattling bumblers will soon exit this mortal coil, their incompetence shapes the world my children will be faced with.

    Noonan and Kristol are unworthy of their positions in their dotage, if they ever were. They are doing the work for the Parties of Washington and for the pleasure of seeing their names embraced by the Left.

    Read them out of the movement and let’s move on.

    The only way the Tea Party now has, having failed utterly at uniting behind a worthy candidate, of influencing a Romney presidency (unless he actually keeps his promises, which is not a certain proposition either way) is to pour our energy into the Congressional races in play. Allen West strikes me as a fine example, an excellent, stalwart candidate targeted heavily by the opposition.

    • #5
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:18 am
  6. Profile photo of Stan Hjerleid Thatcher

    Right on Dave. Nuff said.

    • #6
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:32 am
  7. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    What does it say about such supporters that they love they guy when he’s winning, and can’t stand the guy when he’s behind?

    The candidate and what he stands for come second. It’s the winning that they love. 

    • #7
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:36 am
  8. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    I’d hope that everytime a Republican was quoted in the NYT it would mark a shameful thing . And… it does !

    • #8
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:39 am
  9. Profile photo of Lucy Elwood Member

    Dave Carter, thank you thank you thank you.

    I sometimes wonder if pundits, even the one we adore, get too stuck in the ego-gratifying habit of public criticism and analysis, especially as they are rewarded in pay and affection for their wit and insight. They seem to lose sight of the big picture. Jonah’s day job is to say what he thinks, but his larger goal surely is the same as ours: Defeat Obama.

    Let’s all deploy some cunning strategery, as 43 would say, from here till election day. 

    And here’s a prediction from a non-pundit: If elected, Romney will be much stronger president than many naysayers predict.

    • #9
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:39 am
  10. Profile photo of Mel Foil Inactive

    I fear that even people on Romney’s side, forget, that when they’re hearing from the news media–most of the media–they might as well be listening to Obama’s campaign team. In fact, liberal mainstream reporters are more dangerous than Obama’s campaign team, because their writing and speaking is somewhat coherent. And if you don’t know any better, it’s almost convincing.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 5:43 am
  11. Profile photo of Brian Clendinen Member

    Sorry but Rommey will not save this country. He will put the the breaks on but not stop. We will still go off the cliff much slower and maybe that will be the breather we need to wake up and stop, but I doubt it. Going 5 miles per hour off the cliff with Rommey is better than 90 with Obama. The only thing political that will save this nation is when politicians start to grow a pare and become combative in playing the long game by destroying the publicly funded education system, welfare, the current tyrannical judaical system, and treating abortion as homicide. Making welfare payments solvent for another generation like I said is only holding off the end for a generation if we are lucky. Which is still a good thing but does not give me any hope.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 5:44 am
  12. Profile photo of Dean Masters Member

     God bless, Dave. From your Loooosiana lips to God’s ( and the Republican party’s) ear!

    • #12
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:44 am
  13. Profile photo of Tom in NOVA Member
    Dave, Peggy Noonan lost her conservative credibility when she backed Obama in 2008. I read and enjoyed her until then. In my view, she is the feminine David Frumm and should be ignored.

    We must support Romney. Our very way of life is in jeopardy with the current cadre in charge.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 5:44 am
  14. Profile photo of Dean Masters Member

     God bless, Dave. From your Loooosiana lips to God’s ( and the Republican party’s) ear!

    • #14
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:46 am
  15. Profile photo of Papa Ed. Thatcher

    Bravo Dave – well stated… and on point – this election is critical for preserving what little remains of the ideals for a great country the founders put into place.

    • #15
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:51 am
  16. Profile photo of Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    I don’t even like Mitt Romney and I’m appalled by the behavior of some of the pundit class. I don’t include Kristol in this, because he’s actually been consistent the whole time, but all these folks who mocked and attacked the primary voters for not being sufficiently brilliant to back Romney from the get go look like fools for attacking him now. Those same primary voters who could not have more consistently indicated that they weren’t pleased with their options understand that this isn’t about Romney, it’s about doing what needs to be done to get rid of Obama. They have all — all — lined up behind Romney. And those smartypants pundits? Jumping ship now? It’s ridiculous.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 5:52 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: … Those same primary voters who could not have more consistently indicated that they weren’t pleased with their options understand that this isn’t about Romney, it’s about doing what needs to be done to get rid of Obama. They have all — all — lined up behind Romney. And those smartypants pundits? Jumping ship now? It’s ridiculous. · 2 minutes ago

    It’s ridiculous and shameful. These pundits appear to be blinded to the point of not recognizing a moment of national peril. Blinded by,…by what, exactly? Care to hazard a guess?

    • #17
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:58 am
  18. Profile photo of DocJay Member

    Dave, I actually think you’re being optimistic :).

    • #18
    • September 23, 2012 at 5:59 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    Dean Masters: God bless, Dave. From your Loooosiana lips to God’s ( and the Republican party’s) ear! · 11 minutes ago

    And thank you for pronouncing the name of my home state correctly!

    • #19
    • September 23, 2012 at 6:01 am
  20. Profile photo of Michael Hornback Member

    Dave, thank you for those thoughtful words. 

    I definitely understand where you are coming from. However, I think there is something about this criticism that highlights a huge difference between the parties.

    Democrats are about constituencies… special interests to the core (offer this to Hispanics, that to teachers, etc.). Republicans are about ideas. When a party is tied together by a common set of ideas, it is more likely that there will be differences of opinions. 

    I think it is quite honorable for Kristol to speak his mind when he thinks Mr. Romney says something as ill-advised as he did. Romney is merely a politician, after all. NOT our Dear Leader. 

    These arguments, though in the “public sphere,” are merely heard by those most interested in the political process who are all decided voters. These arguments, in my humble opinion, effect the undecided voter not a wit. 

    The fact that people on our side have the courage of their convictions while those on the other team will stand quietly by and continue to support drunk drivers (that result in the death of an innocent), sexual harassers, and bald face liars is something for which we should be manifestly proud.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:01 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    DocJay: Dave, I actually think you’re being optimistic :). · 1 minute ago

    Um, bartender? I’ll have a shot of what my friend DocJay is having please.

    • #21
    • September 23, 2012 at 6:02 am
  22. Profile photo of At The Rubicon Inactive

    Bravo! Well Said! Mitt was not my first choice or even my second (Though I have become a big fan), Our nominee could be a sack of hammers and I would work just as hard. This election it is about defeating Obama and stopping the leftist agenda. 

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:03 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    Michael Hornback: … Democrats are about constituencies… special interests to the core (offer this to Hispanics, that to teachers, etc.). Republicans are about ideas. When a party is tied together by a common set of ideas, it is more likely that there will be differences of opinions. 

    I think it is quite honorable for Kristol to speak his mind when he thinks Mr. Romney says something as ill-advised as he did. Romney is merely a politician, after all. NOT our Dear Leader. 

    The fact that people on our side have the courage of their convictions while those on the other team will stand quietly by and continue to support drunk drivers (that result in the death of an innocent), sexual harassers, and bald face liars is something for which we should be manifestly proud. · 4 minutes ago

    Edited 1 minute ago

    I understand your basic point, and stipulated that we shouldn’t sacrifice our principles. Short of that, we have a country to save. I’ll be happy to offer constructive criticism,…but I personally prefer our side to reserve the finger pointing until after the election. Fratricide doesn’t win the war.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:08 am
  24. Profile photo of Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    For what it is worth, Dave, I would criticize Mitt Romney if I thought he or his campaign deserved it, and I do not object in principle to the criticism lodged by Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan, and Jonah Goldberg. I just think that they are dead wrong.

    Romney is playing the long game, and he is doing a pretty good job of it. Right now, with the post-convention bounce for Obama waning, the polls show the race to be a dead heat, and Obama’s campaign manager is already telling his troops to ignore the national polls (which means that he knows something already that we will soon find out).

    Moreover, as I argued in my post earlier today, today’s polls are nearly all skewed towards Obama because the pollsters are operating on the premise that the electorate will look like the electorate of 2008 (and not the electorate of 2004 or 2010). Adjust their polls to this possibility, and a new reality appears.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:23 am
  25. Profile photo of Paul Dougherty Member

    Well written Mr. Carter. I will step forward and say that Mitt Romney was my first choice for many reasons, electability the main one being. I think that as “bad” as the media portrayal of the headwinds are, he is still in better shape than any other candidate we would have nominated. Whether the criticism from our side is accurate, or not, is not the situation we need to be enlighten. All of the points stressed at the end of Mr. Carter’s post are the relevant facts. We are at the point of no return.

    If we lose this election in November, it may feel good to dump all blame on the candidate but the truth will be that the country was/is just too far gone.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:23 am
  26. Profile photo of Johnny Hammerstock Inactive

    Rubicon is right. Romney wasn’t my first choice. But step back and look. He’s a self made billionaire who gives more to charity in a year than Harry Reid can skim in a decade. BO voted to make sure that babies that survived an abortion died. What else do you need to know? This isn’t complicated.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:27 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    Paul A. Rahe: For what it is worth, Dave, I would criticize Mitt Romney if I thought he or his campaign deserved it, and I do not object in principle to the criticism lodged by Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan, and Jonah Goldberg. I just think that they are dead wrong.

    Romney is playing the long game, and he is doing a pretty good job of it. Right now, with the post-convention bounce for Obama waning, the polls show the race to be a dead heat, and Obama’s campaign manager is already telling his troops to ignore the national polls (which means that he knows something already that we will soon find out).

    Moreover, as I argued in my post earlier today, today’s polls are nearly all skewed towards Obama because the pollsters are operating on the premise that the electorate will look like the electorate of 2008 (and not the electorate of 2004 or 2010). Adjust their polls to this possibility, and a new reality appears. · 1 minute ago

    Professor, I think your reading of the election is prescient. But at this stage, is it too much to ask our side to stop sniping at our guy?

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:31 am
  28. Profile photo of Mothership_Greg Inactive

    All these pundits care about is words and appearances. They have no real interest in Mitt Romney’s record, or any of his plans. It’s all surface, which is precisely why David Brooks still fawns over Obama, because Obama presents himself as some kind of reasonable centrist (at least in the approved sources which David Brooks drinks from… he’s not up at night worrying about “punish your enemies”). The results are irrelevant.

    Mitt Romney isn’t the best at selling himself. He sometimes appears to be on multiple sides of an issue. But ultimately, if we get past the talk, and look at his record vs Obama’s, well, there’s no contest.

    It doesn’t bother me that there are lots of people who haven’t spent the time to look at Romney’s record or plans (well, maybe a little). It seriously bothers me that supposed intellectuals like Brooks only care about Romney’s ability to say nice things in speeches, and possibly the crease in Obama’s pants. Does anyone believe that David Brooks has any understanding of conservative critiques of Obamacare? He’s not interested; all he cares about is the politics of it.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:32 am
  29. Profile photo of Mothership_Greg Inactive

    I got all I needed of Brooks during the conventions. The man is completely insipid. The fact that large swathes of the pundit class take his political analysis seriously indicates that they, too, are insipid.

    But at least he’s not David Frum.

    Sorry, I know Brooks isn’t referenced above, but you can go read “Thurston Howell Romney” now, if you want to be enveloped in Nuance. Of course, Brooks was pushing Romney during the primaries as the only Reasonable Choice.

    Predictable as the sun rising.

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    • September 23, 2012 at 6:36 am
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