Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mitt Romney Sails To Victory In NH, And Has A Few Things To Say

FOX news has projected Mitt Romney the run away winner in the New Hampshire primary.

He is projected to receive 39% of the vote, with Ron Paul coming in second with 23%, Jon Huntsman third with 17% and Newt Gingrich with about 10% and Rick Santorum with 9%. Rick Perry is projected to come in last.

Governor Romney had a few remarks to make in the way of a victory speech, and I think they bear repeating:

Thank you, New Hampshire! Tonight, we made history!

This state has always been a special place for our family. Ann and I made a home here and we’ve filled it with great memories of our children and grandchildren. And this Granite State moment is one we will always remember.

Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.

We remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago.

He promised to bring people together.

He promised to change the broken system in Washington.

He promised to improve our nation.

Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed President. The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.

The middle class has been crushed. Nearly 24 million of our fellow Americans are still out of work, struggling to find work, or have just stopped looking. The median income has dropped 10% in four years. Soldiers returning from the front lines are waiting in unemployment lines. Our debt is too high and our opportunities too few.

And this President wakes up every morning, looks out across America and is proud to announce, “It could be worse.”

It could be worse? Is that what it means to be an American? It could be worse?

Of course not.

What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better.

That conviction guides our campaign. It has rallied millions of Americans in every corner of this country to our cause.

Over the last six months, I’ve listened to anxious voices in town meetings and visited with students and soldiers. In break rooms and living rooms, I’ve heard stories of families getting by on less, of carefully planned retirements now replaced by jobs at minimum wage. But even now, amidst the worst economy since the Great Depression, I’ve rarely heard a refrain of hopelessness.

Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times. We still believe in the hope, the promise, and the dream of America. We still believe in that shining city on a hill.

We know that the future of this country is better than 8 or 9% unemployment.

It is better than $15 trillion in debt.

It is better than the misguided policies and broken promises of the last three years – and the failed leadership of one man.

The President has run out of ideas. Now, he’s running out of excuses. And tonight, we are asking the good people of South Carolina to join the citizens of New Hampshire and make 2012 the year he runs out of time.

President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our Party and for our nation. This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We must offer an alternative vision. I stand ready to lead us down a different path, where we are lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success. In these difficult times, we cannot abandon the core values that define us as unique -- We are One Nation, Under God.

Make no mistake, in this campaign, I will offer the American ideals of economic freedom a clear and unapologetic defense.

Our campaign is about more than replacing a President; it is about saving the soul of America. This election is a choice between two very different destinies.

President Obama wants to “fundamentally transform” America. We want to restore America to the founding principles that made this country great.

He wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement society. We want to ensure that we remain a free and prosperous land of opportunity.

This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we look to the cities and small towns of America.

This President puts his faith in government. We put our faith in the American people.

He is making the federal government bigger, burdensome, and bloated. I will make it simpler, smaller, and smarter.

He raised the national debt. I will cut, cap, and balance the budget.

He enacted job-killing regulations; I’ll eliminate them.

He lost our AAA credit rating; I’ll restore it.

He passed Obamacare; I’ll repeal it.

When it comes to the economy, my highest priority as President will be worrying about your job, not saving my own.

Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America’s role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must – and will – lead the future.

He doesn’t see the need for overwhelming American military superiority. I will insist on a military so powerful no one would think of challenging it.

He chastises friends like Israel; I’ll stand with our friends.

He apologizes for America; I will never apologize for the greatest nation in the history of the Earth.

Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States.

The path I lay out is not one paved with ever increasing government checks and cradle-to-grave assurances that government will always be the solution. If this election is a bidding war for who can promise more benefits, then I’m not your President. You have that President today.

But if you want to make this election about restoring American greatness, then I hope you will join us.

If you believe the disappointments of the last few years are a detour, not our destiny, then I am asking for your vote.

I’m asking each of you to remember how special it is to be an American.

I want you to remember what it was like to be hopeful and excited about the future, not to dread each new headline.

I want you to remember when you spent more time dreaming about where to send your kids to college than wondering how to make it to the next paycheck.

I want you to remember when you weren’t afraid to look at your retirement savings or the price at the pump.

I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of who we are, not the worst of what Europe has become.

That America is still out there. We still believe in that America.

We still believe in the America that is a land of opportunity and a beacon of freedom. We believe in the America that challenges each of us to be better and bigger than ourselves.

This election, let’s fight for the America we love. We believe in America.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.


Scott Kirwin said...

Bain troubles me. I'll admit that at heart I'm a populist with a deep, almost instinctive distrust of large corporations. While I agree that he will be light-years ahead of our current president in talent and ideas, Bain continues to tarnish him.

Rob said...

Hi Scott.

As you know,my preferred candidate decided to sit things out in Wasilla.

But to me, a big part of what this election is going to be about ( and I said it a long time ago) is competence.

Bain doesn't particularly trouble me, because when you create economic activity,it can't help but be spread around since all you can do with money is invest it or buy goods and services with it. provided large corporations operate according to law,they create economic activity that ultimately gets spread around.

The story with Bain is not the people that got fired - those tweaks are inevitable - but how many businesses and jobs were crated, and the economic activity those businesses created that created other jobs.

Anyway, that's how I see it.


louielouie said...

yeah but .........

On his radio show Monday, Rush Limbaugh concurred with Palin 100%:

There is a story on the Drudge Report today from Sarah Palin in which Sarah Palin says that the White House wants Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee. Now, not only did I tell you that the Broncos were gonna beat the Steelers, for months I have been telling you that the Democrats want Romney — and you all know it. You’ve been listening here and you’ve heard people call me and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about, that I’m full of it, that they’re scared of Romney. “Romney is the only guy who can win.” And I have said, “No,” and I’ve stood tough, and I’ve said, “They can’t wait for him. What’s Occupy Wall Street all about but running against Romney? He’s the Wall Street guy on our roster — and then Romneycare,” and I’ve laid it all out. So here comes Palin, she says it, and makes news.

Moreover, Rush insightfully added the fact Democrats, who are rightly characterized by trying to destroy everybody they fear, have not tried to destroy Romney: ”You can start with Sarah Palin, you can move on to Santorum. Any — any conservative who showed any interest — the Democrats set out to destroy. [And that’s how we know] who they’re genuinely afraid of.” Note, however: “They are not hammering Mitt Romney at all.”

Rob said...

Hi Louie,
If Sarah Palin feels that way, maybe she should have run herself dammit instead of bitching and complaining.

Fine. I agree Romney isn't the perfect candidate. But are any of the others better?

Gingrich is a loose cannon who's a TR-style progressive (his words), Ron Paul is an isolationist anti-semitic lunatic, Santorum is a big government conservative who will alienate people with his socialCon views, lacks smarts on foreign policy and has shown he lacks the executive ability to put together an effective campaign staff as of yet.

Ditto with Rick Perry on all counts,plus Perry's stance on illegal aliens. Obama would decimate Perry or Santorum in a debate.

So tell me Louie, who do you like better? Weeekend Monkey? Should we draft him?

Another thing Rush said,BTW is that he was plenty ticked off at all the anti-Capitalist rhetoric coming out of the mouths of the various anti-Romneys. He's damned right about that.

That also explains why the Obama campaign isn't attacking Romney very much..or any of the others lately,if you notice. It's because the GOP candidates are doing the work for them, and because I'm convinced their ultimate strategy is to get Paul to go third party and siphon off enough votes for Obama to get in for term II.

This is the field - to paraphrase Don Rumsfeld,you wage an election with the candidates you have, not the candidates you wish you had.

Like it or not,Romney is the most accomplished candidate so far who has the qualifications and experience to do the job and a decent shot at winning.

If you feel it's someone else who's currently running , I'm all ears.


Scott Kirwin said...

Obama continues to surround himself with Wall St. predators. Jamie Dimon would offshore his mother if it would save him a few bucks on Christmas cards. GE's Jeff Immelt as the Jobs Czar. Turbo Tax Tim Geithner. It seems 1/2 his advisers have worked for Goldman Sachs. Now he's appointing Lew, a guy who made millions on the backs of Fannie and Freddie at a hedge fund, as his new chief of staff.

Yet Obama pays lip service to Occupy Wall Street and the "99%". With leftists facts are trumped by narratives, and nobody has proven that more than our current president. He is epitomizes crony capitalism more than any president since the Harding administration's involvement with TeaPot Dome.

Romney has to point this out while explaining Bain. And he will explain Bain because he fits the narrative of the Democrats for this election.

But we shouldn't kid ourselves. Anyone we Republicans would nominate would be called right wing extremist and a Wall St. tool by the Dems. That's politics, so it behooves us to find someone who can counter those attacks the best and go on the offensive. After 3 years of mismanagement in the White House and another 2 by a Dem controlled Congress, there's plenty of ammo for us to use.

Anonymous said...

High-level Republicans and probably the more rabid strand of Zionists are threatening Ron Paul not to run independent or they'll ruin Rand's fledgling career.

But that's the kind of dirty politics the Elite has played for many decades.

All the way back to FDR goading and twisting economic strings on Japan.

Like O is doing to Iran, hoping that another Pearl Harbor can be stirred on the Straits.

Rob said...

Ah yes, always the JOOOS with you,isn't it?

Ron Paul is getting money and logistical help from the Obama Campaign in the hopes he will go third party and pull in enough votes to throw the election to Obama.

No matter what you think you're voting for, you're merely a sheep being used to put Obama in for a second term.

Think about it.

B.Poster said...

For the most part, the Republican party has ignored Ron Paul. "High level-Republicans and the more rabid strand of Zionists" have their attention focused elsewhere. Dr. Paul is simply not as important as some of his supporters seem to think he is. Does the candidate have the same inflated opinion of himself that his supporters seem to have of him? It would not surprise me if this is so. With the possible exception of Mr. Obama Dr. Paul is the most arrogant person in politics today.

Dirty politics have been part of things for a long time. With the control of the news media, the public education system grades K-12, the proferssorships, management, and administration of the major universities, the labor unions, the entire government beuracracy on the federal and state levels which includes but is not limited to the EPA, OSHA, the National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, Dept of Energy, the IRS, the FBI, the State Dept, and the CIA the Democrats have bit more resources to play this "game" than the Republicans do and are consequently much better at it.

Since all of the aforementioned groups are in love with Dr. Paul's foreign policy, he has benefited more from so called "dirty politics" than any other Republican currently in the race. Also, he has received more assistance from Mr. Obama's supporters than any other Republican candidate running. This means even more access to the Democrat party machine.

Every school child above 9 is aware of the narative you present on Pearl Harbor. The truth is likel much more complicated. Also, the US had virtually no military capabilities of any significance prior to WWII. Had Japan followed up Pearl Harbor with any kind of competence in terms of military planning they'd have easily crushed the United States before its industrial capabilities could have even gotten started on building the kind of military needed to fight a global war. It seems rather dumb to pick a fight with an enemy who is far stronger than you. To assume that FDR and his advisors were that dumb seems rather extrodinary. Extrodinary claims require extrodinary truth. Of course a dumbed down American pulbic does not think throgh these things.

If Obama wants to get reelected the last thing he wants is another Pearl Harbor in the Straits. Such an event would lead to war with Iran and it would lead to a MASSIVE rise in gas prices. If this happened, Obama would be virtually handing the election to his Repubican challenger. What you really need to be worrying about is Iran trying to provoke things as an excuse to go to war with US. Essentially we need to be worrying about an Iranian attack on the US and not an American attack on Iran. The media and other talking head pundits have this all bassackwards.

Clearly since we haven't taken the necessary steps to become self sufficient in our oil supplies and even if we began right now it would take some time to either achieve this or to at the very least gain some leverage over our suppliers in negotiations we have to take steps to ensure the strait remains open. As such, this likely means maintaining some type of prescense there which gives the Iranians opportunities to provoke something giving them an excuse to attack America. Extreme good judgement will need to be used. Far from trying to provoke a Pearl Harbor type attack Mr. Obama and his team are tyring to prevent one as they want to be reelected. What we really need to be concerned about is an Iranian attack on America not vice versa.

As for trying to destroy Rand's political career, he's not significant enough to the RNC to warrant such focus right now. Even if they attempted to do so it would be pointless and cause more harm to them than good. If he is destroyed politically there would just be 10, 20, or more to replace him. The same goes for Dr. Paul.