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Romney on the stump in South Carolina. (AP).

By Peter Baker
For the past year, Republican presidential candidates have kept a distance from their politically hobbled leader, criticizing President Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina, his immigration overhaul, his spending habits, his democracy promotion agenda and, at times, his leadership in Iraq. They wrapped themselves instead in the mantle of Ronald Reagan, often going through debates without mentioning the name of their incumbent president.

Now comes former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney voicing something not heard before in the campaign -- a full-throated defense of the president. Ever since last weekend, when former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee published a scathing critique of what he called Bush's "arrogant bunker mentality" when it comes to foreign policy, Romney has jumped all over his chief rival in the Iowa caucuses by backing up the president.

The message culminated yesterday with comments in Iowa, where Romney accused Huckabee of "insulting the president," and a simultaneous commentary piece posted on the conservative townhall.com web site saying Bush deserves respect and an apology. "Today, it is easy to attack the President when he is down in the opinion polls," Romney wrote on townhall. But as the country heads into the holidays, he said, "we can be thankful that President Bush has kept us safe." Speaking in Iowa after touring an Army facility, Romney said, "The president is a person who is deeply devoted to this country. He is not a person who acts out of arrogance or a bunker mentality."

Romney's gambit reflects a couple of political realities -- first, the perception that Bush has begun to recover at least a bit in recent weeks after an exceptionally rocky couple of years, and second, the realization that most Republican voters still support the president even if the rest of the country has abandoned him. Bush's overall approval rating remains stuck at 33 percent, his all-time low, in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, but he has the backing of seven in 10 Republicans. And Bush has begun to reassert himself in Washington, controlling the debate more and blocking a number of spending and antiwar measures by the Democratic Congress -- to the delight of his conservative base.

As Romney struggles to win Iowa, where he has fallen behind Huckabee, the former state front-runner has evidently concluded that he has more to gain at this point by embracing Bush wholeheartedly. Some of the cross-tabs in last week's Post-ABC poll suggest why -- Romney appeals more to the Bush base than he does to other Republicans. According to Post polling director Jon Cohen, who has studied the numbers, Romney is doing twice as well nationally among Republicans who "strongly" approve of Bush's performance as he does among those who only "somewhat" approve. Among the strong Bush supporters, Romney had the support of 24 percent, roughly even with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, the longtime national frontrunner, but was back in the pack among the softer Bush supporters with just 12 percent.

Tying himself too closely to Bush in the primary could complicate matters for Romney in the general election, should he win the nomination. The Democratic National Committee gave him a taste of what he can expect with its own response yesterday: "A vote for Mitt Romney is clearly a vote for a third Bush term and an extended tour of duty in Iraq for our troops." But some Republican strategists are optimistic that the president will not be the dead weight on the party that many feared last spring, when he seemed on the ropes. With the improving security situation in Iraq, a more vigorous White House operation and the plunge in support for congressional Democrats, these GOP strategists hope that Bush may not look so bad come next fall.

Even if that is wishful thinking, as Democrats maintain, it represents change from just a few months ago, when Republican candidates made sure to emphasize their differences with Bush, even if less stridently than Huckabee did last weekend with his article in Foreign Affairs magazine. By last week, when they met for their last debate before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican field had stopped talking about Bush altogether, never once using his name through 90 minutes on stage, almost as if they were collectively ready to write off this presidency and move on.

Among those who had no interest in being seen as too close to Bush in the past was Romney. In May, when Bush struck a deal with senators to provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, Romney denounced the ultimately doomed agreement as an outrageous "amnesty." In June, Romney said the country was on the wrong track and needed new leadership. "It's on a course right now that's just not quite right," he told a crowd in Boston. "We've got a lot of problems around the world that need our leadership as a nation. We're going to have to get ourselves back on track again." In August, during a debate with his rivals on ABC's "This Week," he was more explicit. "I can tell you I'm not a carbon copy of President Bush," he said, adding that there are "things I would do that would be done differently."

Romney has always tried to temper such criticism with respectful words about Bush. In an interview with National Journal in September, for instance, Romney said the president "is to be lauded" for restoring dignity to the White House and protecting the nation, and he embraced Bush's No Child Left Behind education accountability program. At the same time, he made clear his opposition to Bush's expansion of Medicare to cover prescription drugs and blamed him for the early conduct of the war in Iraq. And during yesterday's appearance in Iowa, Romney agreed Bush had made mistakes but said Huckabee's language went over the top.

Still, nuance is often lost in the hurly-burly of a hard-fought campaign. Romney has now defined himself as the only candidate in the Republican field willing to come to Bush's defense. The initial test of whether that will work for him comes in 14 days.

Posted at 10:27 AM ET on Dec 20, 2007  | Category:  Morning Cheat Sheet
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Osama Bin Laden killed our democracy on 911, the real question is did he have help from the Bush administration? I think we all know the answer to that.

Posted by: keithlb28 | December 23, 2007 9:22 AM

What I'M shocked about is the lack of respect for the PRESIDENCY. Not the President, the presidency. Congress has allowed our current executive to vastly overstep the proper bounds of his office and not ONCE thought about impeaching and imprisoning him. In word and deed he has SOILED the Constitution, the document upon which this country was founded and changed us from the wonder of the free world into a bunch of fascist jackbooted bullies.

Posted by: lnardozi | December 22, 2007 11:59 AM

renn,
you are right! It is the whole COUNTRY'S fault that we allowed ourselves to be lead down a path of such visceral hatred for each other. This comes about though when the leaders, and yes this can be one person, is duplicitous in how he/she leads and governs the people.

When a leader fashions policies to destroy political adversaries and ignore the rule of law because it means sending their loyalists to jail for crimes committed will cause resentment among the people. When leaders partake in the debasement of veterans of foreign war because the veterans speak against the leaders war policy will cause deep seated resentment. When the leaders talk tough about war but he nor anyone of his five sons will even join the military during peace time will cause resentment.

I could go on but the point is this, the country has endured the Bush administration we do not want to relive it again with Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney epitomizes duplicitous leadership and governance. The man simple can't stick to any principle. I'm not talking about changes of mind on policy. Policy changes are necessary because the country is forever evolving. I'm talking about life governing principles which Mitt Romney has flip-flop on several times over the course of his political campaign. No one knows for sure what Mitt believes.

I think Mitt is a capable executive and his religion is none of my business nor anyone else's; however, it is my business and America's business to question whether or not Mitt will keep his word and the facts proves he will not. That is why every claim Mitt makes is met with such strong scrutiny because it sure to have huge inconsistencies that the MSM love to report on.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 21, 2007 10:23 AM

I saw George Romney march with MLK. In news articles of the time. videos, and the historical record.
Its clear perpetuating gossip lives. People formulating opinions, then parroting here without doing the homework.

n 1963, George Romney Gave The Keynote Address At The Conference That Sparked The Martin Luther King "Freedom Marches" In Detroit. "The establishment of these human relations groups came in the wake of several major events (besides the embarrassing racist practices of such suburbs as Dearborn), which took place in 1963 and helped galvanize interracial support and cooperation for integrated housing. The first event was the Metropolitan Conference on Open Occupancy held in Detroit in January 1963. The second event was the Martin Luther King 'Freedom' March in June of the same year, the spinoffs of which were several Detroit NAACP-sponsored interracial marches into Detroit suburbs to dramatize the need for black housing. ... Governor George Romney gave the keynote speech at this conference, in which he pledged to use the power of the state to achieve housing equality in Michigan." (Joe T. Darden, Detroit, Race And Uneven Development, 1987, p. 132)
Governor Romney Marched In July 1963 In An NAACP-Sponsored March Through Grosse Pointe. "The next couple of NAACP marches into the suburbs were more pleasant. Both Grosse Pointe and Royal Oak Township welcomed the interracial marchers. Close to 500 black and white marchers, including many Grosse Pointers, marched in 'the Pointes' that July. Governor George Romney made a surprise appearance in his shirt sleeves and joined the parade leaders." (Joe T. Darden, Detroit, Race And Uneven Development, 1987, p. 132)
· Detroit Free Press: "With Gov. Romney a surprise arrival and marching in the front row, more than 500 Negroes and whites staged a peaceful antidiscrimination parade up Grosse Pointe's Kercheval Avenue Saturday. ... 'the elimination of human inequalities and injustices is our urgent and critical domestic problem,' the governor said. ... [Detroit NAACP President Edward M.] Turner told reporters, 'I think it is very significant that Governor Romney is here. We are very surprised.' Romney said, 'If they want me to lead the parade, I'll be glad to.'" ("Romney Joins Protest March Of 500 In Grosse Pointe," Detroit Free Press, 6/29/63)
· In Their 1967 Book, Stephen Hess And David Broder Wrote That George Romney "Marched With Martin Luther King Through The Exclusive Grosse Point Suburb Of Detroit." "He has marched with Martin Luther King through the exclusive Grosse Pointe suburb of Detroit and he is on record in support of full-coverage Federal open-housing legislation." (Stephen Hess And David Broder, The Republican Establishment: The Present And Future Of The G.O.P., 1967, p. 107)
FACT: As Governor Of Michigan, George Romney Fought For Civil Rights And Marched In Support Of Martin Luther King Jr.
George Romney Was A Strong Proponent Of Civil Rights And Created Michigan's First Civil Rights Commission. "The governor's record was one of supporting civil rights. He helped create the state's first civil rights commission and marched at the head of a protest parade in Detroit days after violence against civil rights marchers in Selma, Ala., in 1965." (Todd Sprangler, "Romney Fields Questions On King," Detroit Free Press, 12/20/07)
In 1967, George Romney Was Praised At A National Civil Rights Rally For His Leadership. "Michigan Gov. George Romney walked into a Negro Civil Rights rally in the heart of Atlanta to the chants of 'We Want Romney' and to hear protests from Negroes about city schools. 'They had invited me to come and I was interested in hearing things that would give me an insight into Atlanta,' the Michigan Republican said. Led by Hosea Williams, a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the all-Negro rally broke into shouts and song when Romney arrived. 'We're tired of Lyndon Baines Johnson,' Williams said from a pulpit in the Flipper Temple AME Church as Romney sat in a front row pew. 'Johnson is sending black boys to Vietnam to die for a freedom that never existed,' Williams said. Pointing to Romney, Williams brought the crowd of 200 to its feet when he said, 'He may be the fella with a little backbone.' Williams said Romney could be 'the next President if he acts right.' The potential GOP presidential nominee left the rally before it ended." ("Romney Praised At Civil Rights Rally In Atlanta," The Chicago Defender, 9/30/67)
Photograph: "Dr. Martin Luther King speaking to graduate student Laura L. Leichliter (center) and Michigan's First Lady Mrs. Lenore Romney in February 1965." (Instructional Media Center Collection At Michigan State University Archives And Historical Collections)
George Romney Fought Discrimination In Housing. "President Nixon tapped then Governor of Michigan, George Romney, for the post of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. While serving as Governor, Secretary Romney had successfully campaigned for ratification of a state constitutional provision that prohibited discrimination in housing." (U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development Official Web Site, www.hud.gov, Accessed 12/19/07)
Photograph: "More than 100 angry white protesters balked at efforts by then-Housing Secretary George Romney, in car, to open their new neighborhoods to blacks." (Gordon Trowbridge and Oralandar Brand-Williams, "A Policy Of Exclusion," Detroit News, 1/14/02)
FACT: In 1965, George Romney Led A March In Michigan To Protest Selma.
In 1965, George Romney Led A Protest Parade Of Some 10,000 People In Detroit. "Rarely has public opinion reacted so spontaneously and with such fury. In Detroit, Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh and Michigan's Governor George Romney led a protest parade of 10,000 people." ("Civil Rights - The Central Point," Time Magazine, www.time.com, 10/5/83)
· The Days Of Martin Luther King, Jr.: "In Detroit, Governor George Romney and Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh called for a march to protest what had happened in Selma." (Jim Bishop, The Days Of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1971, p. 385)
FACT: Martin Luther King Jr. "Spoke Positively" About The Possible Presidential Candidacy Of George Romney.
In His Pulitzer-Prize Winning Biography Of Dr. King, David Garrow Notes That King "Spoke Positively" About The Possible Presidential Candidacy Of George Romney. "King spoke positively about the possible candidacies of republicans George Romney, Charles Percy, and Nelson Rockefeller. He also stressed the need for greater Afro-American unity, including reaching out to segments of the black community that were not committed to nonviolence." (David J. Garrow, Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 2006, p. 575)
FACT: George Romney Attended King's Funeral In 1968.
George Romney Attended King's Funeral In 1968. "Vice President Hubert Humphrey represented the White House. Senator and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy; Mrs. John F. Kennedy; Governor and Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller of New York; the mayor of New York City, John V Lindsay; and Michigan's governor, George Romney, were present." (Octavia Vivian, Coretta: The Story of Coretta Scott King, 2006, p. 99)
· George Romney Joined Other Prominent Americans In Attending King's Funeral. "Inside was the greatest galaxy of prominent national figures there had ever been in Atlanta at one time: Robert Kennedy, George Romney, Mayor Carl Stokes of Cleveland, Nixon, Rockefeller, Harry Belafonte, and an endless array of others equally as famous. Coretta Scott King, sitting with her family front and center in front of the casket, looked lovely and courageous and dignified in a black mourning veil." (Franklin Miller Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1987, p. 517)
· After King's Assassination, George Romney Declared An Official Period Of Mourning, Ordered All Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff And Said King's Death Was "A Great National Tragedy." "On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tenn., where he had gone to lead a civil rights march. The following day, Michigan Gov. George Romney declared an official period of mourning for King. The period extended through King's funeral. Romney ordered all flags on public buildings to be flown at half staff and asked that the same be done on private buildings. Gov. Romney, in an official statement, said: "The assassination of Martin Luther King is a great national tragedy. At a time when we need aggressive nonviolent leadership to peacefully achieve equal rights, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities for all, his leadership will be grievously missed." ("Rearview Mirror: Detroit Reacts To King's Assassination," The Detroit News, 4/4/07)

Posted by: amcmaster | December 21, 2007 12:41 AM

to SteelWheel1,

Has it really come down to this. Blaming and putting EVERYTHING wrong upon ONE man. It has been said, that once a nation approaches this stage, then that nation will collapse. We must ALL take blame for the condition of our COUNTRY.
How can you sit there and BLAME one man for all of the hatred in this country? All of the Corruption? A division comes to our nation because of the people, NOT one man. We allow ourselves to be willed by others.
I hope we all get a life and pick up our boot straps and get going. A leader can only lead those who are willing to follow. Mitt Romney has kept his character as a Leader and continues to do so after all the trials that are heaped upon ONE man.
Those of us that are full of anger and hate need to change. America needs change, mostly and especially from its citizens..............

Posted by: renn | December 20, 2007 8:20 PM

Romney is fighting in a primary where the voters and the caucus goers still support Bush, so I think this move will certainly be to his advantage. Another example of his strategic thinking.

On another matter: When Mitt and I were serving together in Nam, I will never forget the day he led our team in an attack on flanking pill boxes. He dragged five wounded all by himself for almost three miles, in spite of multiple wounds to his leg and stomach, that is, after he took out the pillboxes and "took care of" the prisoners--they were gooks so who cares. He deserved the Medal of Honor, but being a humble man, he would only recieve a purple heart and a bronze star. I am so proud to see his sons serving the nation, like Mitt, at this time of war. He must be so proud to see them saluting the Flag of this great Christian nation!

Jesus is our Savior! No New Taxes! Close Our Borders! Go Mitt!!!!!!

Posted by: northlite | December 20, 2007 7:30 PM

tom,
there are a lot of true conservative Republicans that are more than ready for the Bush/Cheney administration to end. Just listen to and observe the Republican Congressmen. They are exhausted by this Administration.

President Bush did not come close to uniting the country as he promised. And hasn't shown any compunction to do so in the last days of his presidency.

I don't hate President Bush but I do hate the division he has created among my American brothers and sisters. We can't even talk civil to one another. We are voting against our own interest just because that is the "party's" position and you can't be in the party if you don't agree 100%. We are hating people not because they are worthy of being hated but because we are told we must if we want to maintain our position within the party. Our identity is no longer that of Americans but rather "Hard Core Republicans" or "Die hard Democrat" or "I don't agree with either party Independent".

I hope we never have to fight a war on American soil because at the rate we're going the Red states will be lost to foreigners because the Blue Staters are happy to see the Red States inhabitants destroyed and vice versa.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 20, 2007 6:39 PM

Ever notice how the Bush haters NEVER have a valid argument and can ONLY name call? Talk about predictable. I guess that means what's good for the goose...so the party of the lobotomized (otherwise known as democrats) trash Romney for supporting President Bush? At the same time, they're ready to nominate America's real life West Wing soap opera couple for a 16 year term! HA! That's very funny!

President Bush may be hated by the Socialist Liberal Communists out there, but not nearly as much as the Clintons are. IF your fem-fatale is nominated, and Romney is on the Republican side, she will go down in a HUGE way.

Far too many Americans, including Independents, AND Democrats despise Hillary and her husband and will either NOT vote or vote AGAINST her/them.

GO MITT!

Posted by: mrunpc | December 20, 2007 6:04 PM

rat-the,
here is why I agree with this Washington Post story. Mitt as well as all the other Republican candidates did a masterful job of NOT defending President Bush throughout the entire campaign. Now, in the home stretch and losing, Mitt decides to defend President Bush AS IF The Decider needed it. It's classic pandering. And this Washington Post article is merely pointing this out.

Now I need to make this point to you. You lost creditability when you made disrespecting President Bush the thrust of your anger with Gov Huckabee but then proceeded to disrespecting Gov Huckabee and Senator Obama. You can't have it both ways. That is if you want to be taken seriously.

This is the kind of hypocritical MSM mud slinging, I believe, you and I are tired of. I agree with you that the volume of disrespect is palpable as the process of democracy is being worked out.

American's have lost sight that we only have each other and what ties us together is this great country.

My biggest fear is that America will be destroyed not by some other country taking her by force but rather by her own people hating each other. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

I've been doing these bloggs for about six years now and it grieves me to see and hear how Americans talk and treat each other. We are allowing politicians with selfish agendas polarize us! If we could just stop yelling at each other and together start yelling at the elected officials I believe we will all get the America we want.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 20, 2007 5:51 PM

Good luck if this guy gets the nomination.

Do you really think that America is going to vote for G.W. Bush part III via Mitt Romney?

You can count on his Bush-loving being brought up in the general election.

You can also count on his support of abortion rights, his appointing democrats and gay activists INSTEAD of republicans to district courts, and his funding of the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth for his 4 year term as Governor will come up as well.

This guy ran Massachusetts like it was San Francisco.

Good luck in the general election with this character.

Posted by: cpatter6 | December 20, 2007 4:39 PM

Stop Stassen!

Posted by: txpenguin | December 20, 2007 3:55 PM

I didn't know Chimpy's base liked silky, bulgy magic underpants. Maybe they are all closet cases like their Repuke legislators.

Posted by: TomIII | December 20, 2007 3:51 PM

SteelWheel-The MSM, including our Host, is creating more to these stories than exists.
To tell Huckleberry that attacking a Person doing the Job he is trying to get(Both of them) is in bad taste and unprofessional behavior, is not saying HE is ready to share all of Bushie's Legacy!

Then, I am aware that even the Mittster has a Law degree(An OUTSTANDING one at that!).

There are Lawyers, and then there are ACLU, Pencil Pushing, TORT Abusing, and flat out Macheavellian Lawyers.
Did someone say "Roadside Obama"? "Pretty Boy"?

LOL!

Execs know who they are, Legislators know who they are!

The MSM should not try to confuse US about which is which!

Posted by: rat-the | December 20, 2007 3:36 PM

rat-the,
before you go to far out on a tangent deploring lawyers in Congress, you might want to take notice that the majority of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence were lawyer. Yes, there were quite a few signers whose occupation would place them in the general category of "business owner" such as plantation owner, merchants, and landowner. I got my information from
http://www.usconstitution.net/declarsigndata.html

But, I want to make it clear that I share in your sentiments that Congress has become a bastion of professional politicians, which is not what our founding founders had intended. The Founding Father's vision of the Legislative Branch was that of men creating laws during their elected tenure then leave to go live under the laws they created.

Now, as for Mitt's new found respect for President Bush, I'm not buying it. This man is desperate! Mitt has no creditable position with the voters. In fact, the one resonating position that is clear is that Mitt will say and do whatever it takes to win; hence all the flip-flopping and incoherent message.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | December 20, 2007 3:22 PM

Romney is a fool. Most of Bush's flat earth base think Romney is the anti-Christ. Besides, as svreader said, the vast majority of Americans really do despise Bush and Cheney. Just because the repugs are too stupid, stubborn, or just plain dishonest to admit Bush is a criminal, it doesn't keep it from being the truth and the people have caught on to it.

Posted by: ElectricBill | December 20, 2007 3:17 PM

I think it's hilarious. I predicted this the moment Huckabee attacked Bush. I said "This is brilliant! It's going to force someone to run to Bush's defense, which will ultimately tank their campaign" and Romney took the bait. Now voters can spend all Christmas without their loved ones (their in Iraq, of course) thinking about how until 2012 their loved ones will still be overseas taking machine gun fire if Romney is elected.

Another brilliant strategy by the Huckabee campaign. This guy is dangerous!

Posted by: thecrisis | December 20, 2007 3:08 PM

Ah well...Romney showed a little promise there for a while, but now he recognizes that 25% of the voting public consists of energetic morons who demand to hear sweet platitudes and hollow jingoism. And like any shrewd pusher he's selling the drugs they want to buy. "Usfeul Idiots" is what the Soviets called them..."My Base" is what Bush calls them. They don't ask difficult questions. They'll let you pick their pockets and their kid's pockets. No wonder they're such a coveted bloc. Of course no candidate with any character would stoop to manipulating them. Mitt, careful what you wish for.

Posted by: dfc102 | December 20, 2007 2:41 PM

"Romney Appeals to Bush's Base" - the headline alone is enough to scare the hell out of someone. "Bush's base" - the neocon neochristo thirty-percent.

Romney thinks he has convinced these morons he of the same brand of intolerant, hateful neochristos as they are. Ask him if the Protestant Pastor at the Devil's side in his temple wedding rights was Mike Huckabee.

Posted by: coloradodog | December 20, 2007 2:16 PM

All of this will come back to haunt the Republican candidate in the general election. The vast majority of Americans hate Bush/Cheney, and an enormous number of people, mysdelf (a former life long registered Republican) included, with a ferocity unseen in American political history.

Bush/Cheney have done more harm to America than any politicians in our country's history.

Unless the tax code is put right, and those at the very top (oil execs, hedge fund managers, etc) are made to pay their taxes like the rest of us, we, our children, and our grand-children will be stuck with paying off the debt the Bush/Cheney gang has built up after being handed a surplus by President Clinton.

Bush/Cheney have ruled as dictators and turned the phrase "American Democracy" into a farce.

They should be Impeached, convicted, and thrown into prison.

Posted by: svreader | December 20, 2007 2:15 PM

Mitt's dad was in Vietnam being brainwashed by the generals(sound familiar)while MLK and his followers were in the streets. Sounds like the son could use a little "brainwashing" himself, but I digress. Mitt is placing himself in a no-win situation here -- the need to embrace the base now to win the nomination, only to keep them at arms length to have any chance in the general election. A fool's errand at best.

Posted by: slim2 | December 20, 2007 2:03 PM

Mitt Romney is a liar. The guy will say anything to get elected. Turns out his father never marched with MLK although he kept repeating it.

http://thephoenix.com/article_ektid53200.aspx

Posted by: ann0nymous | December 20, 2007 1:53 PM

Bush identified his "base" at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner: Roman Catholicism's "Haves and have-mores." He failed to point out, understandably, that his base additionally consists of those untroubled by his having dodged the draft during Vietnam, and being a closeted homosexual. That is a perfect fit for Mitt Romney who also dodged Vietnam and who clearly walks and talks "like a duck." Will we have to get wait for absolute proof from the "Romney" White House's social entrance Secret Service logbook, too? Maybe Larry Flynt has an informer in the wings.

Posted by: iamerican | December 20, 2007 1:52 PM

Er, WHY no mention of the insane suggestion that the "stop loss" and lack of proper body armor, and proper humvee armor was all Clinton's fault?

"This progress has come as America's heroes and their families have made unequalled (sic) sacrifices. They have done this in the face of extended and repeated tours with aging equipment as a result of military troop levels and funding that were cut far too deeply in the 1990s. [So it's Clinton's fault? Or Bush I's fault? Or Newt Gingrich's fault? I'm confused. But so is Mitt.] President Bush has taken an important first step by asking for an increase in military spending"

In ASKING for an increase in spending on our trillion dollar war?

Generally when someone says something that crazy, real reporters notice. In other news, Mitt's claim that his father "marched with Martin Luther King" has finally been questioned by a credulous press. (His campaign says it wasn't "literal.")

Will this be noticed?

After giving George W. Bush a complete PASS for seven years, you'd think that critical thinking might yet be roused from its coma. But the evidence here suggests: not yet.

And the mainstream press wonders why readers are deserting in droves.

Posted by: HartWms | December 20, 2007 11:24 AM

To condemn attacks on the Man holding the position for the Party, you are trying to obtain, is not necessarilly saying you are wanting to be like him! Or, that you do not disagree with some of his views.
It is simply an acknowledgement of proper etiquette, and respect for a Person in a position that fully deserves RESPECT!

WHAT, does Huckleberry, or even Romney REALLY know? Or for that matter, anyone who is outside the very secretive Loop of Information the President is Privy to?

I have found, by just asking all the Blow-Hard Libbies here in Austin, Texas(Zero Shortage there-of), that most of them First, do not even know who their Congressional Reps are, and Second, what the different Branches are able to do, or NOT do!

Even the MSM is culpable in the Misinformation. Hint: Bushie cannot spend a Dime! Bushie, cannot Write Legislation!

Ninny Peloser is NOT a Military Leader!

It is probably for exactly that level of distortion, that too many Americans think Congressional Lawyers have any business whatsoever, in the Exectutive Branch!

Folks, HOW do we maintain a seperation of Powers, when we put the equivalent of the Senate Majority Leader, in the White House?

As I have said before, and this time it goes out to Huckleberry. Got a complaint?

Do not make it a political play. Send it to:
comments@whitehouse.gov

I do!

Posted by: rat-the | December 20, 2007 11:09 AM

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