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Romney Cast as Foil for Easy Laughs

By Alec MacGillis
LOS ANGELES -- Both Democratic candidates seem eager to take on Mitt Romney in the general election. Asked about whether Romney would make a better president because of the business executive experience that the Democrats lack, Hillary Clinton said that she thought that being president was about more than just running a business.

Obama jumped in with his own rejoinder. Romney, he said with a big grin, " hasn't gotten a good return on his investment so far in this campaign."

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 31, 2008; 9:18 PM ET
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MCcain is the canidate of choice for the Dem's and the mainstream media. They know that they will have a field day with MCain. They know he is not up to the challenge. They know he will easily be branded the old, yester-year politician. When Hillary and Obama say Romney is their prefence, they are whistling in the dark.

They have been freightened of Romney since the beginning. They know Romney can stand on his feet and debate in a very articulate, effective matter. They know Romney knows the issues, can frame an argument. They know that Romney could expose the shallow concept of liberalism. The government having more power by taxation and regulation are not good for any segment of society except Washington power brokers. The government does not and cannot create wealth, or jobs, or even health care.

Romney knows that in the very near future, the government ( at present pace) will will come close to consumming half of the nations GDP. Will have no funds for anything beyond SSI and other entitelments. Would have no funds for defense (their main responsibilty.

The USA is history's biggest success story. The most powerful nation economically, militarily. We produce the most wealth among all people, no matter age, race or social status. People from around the entire world risk their lives to get here. We did not become this great of nation because of the efforts of people like Clinton or Obama. We became the nation we are because of people like Romney. People with ideas and stratergies that develope the economy, despite the drag the federal government continually puts on us.

This election is about that future. Will we remain that great nation? Or will we become like many of the old European nations that are choked by huge ineffective governments that have stolen choice and liberty. Will we take away a bright optimistic future from our children and grandchildren. Can we really be fooled and ruled by a couple of canidates that think they know what is best for all of us? Two people that have done nothing of note in their lives besides push flawed ideas and divide us by race, class, age, idealism.

I doubt that Obama or Hillary ever have known what it is like to do an honest days work. They can do almost nothing for the average American. They can never make you wealthy or succesful. They cannot make life fair. Taxes will further harm your chances no matter your status.

The arguments they present are old and out of date. They are not about change. They are about hoping you buy into transfering your power to them.

No...they do not want can bet on that.

Posted by: superd59 | February 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Government is business. Public relations is business. The economy is business. War is business. Peoples lives are Romney's business. What is business? Character, compassion, morals - Mitt Romney's are impeccable. The choice seems obivous. If Mr. Romney loses it will be because Huckabee, Guliani, and McCain are teaming together to keep votes away from him. Not one of the three could make it without each other.

Posted by: jfeik7147 | February 2, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Some 'straight talk' about Romney.

Mitt Romney is not a politician,(check the dictionary for the definition,)four years as Governor does not make him a politician.

Romney is a future leader of our country: the powerful people at the top sense this and fear him. The American people have been inculcated with vicious smears on Romney's character and record as Governor.

Romney's transparent life and virtues are self-evident for everyone to see.

Our free speech society is fatally flawed by vicious hate talk and bigotry.

The change Americans are looking for are in themselves, not to listen to others as robots, and filter it out by themselves.

Posted by: adamscar | February 1, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Romney is a joke??? Wait until McCain gets amnesty. You won't think it is funny.

Posted by: legs1600 | February 1, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

If you want to live in a third world country vote for McCain. His new hired amigo, Hernandez goes on TV bragging there will be open borders and amnesty. When asked about it McCain said he didn't know anything about Hernandez's past policies but he agrees with McCain policices now. Yes , he sure does. Open borders and amnesty. And McCain knew it when he hired him.
McCain says his compassion makes him want amnesty. He isn't so compassionate that he stopped them from being exploited for slaves wages all these years.
He is a liar. He thinks we are stupid and beneath him. He acts as if he is running for the Pres of Mexico

Posted by: legs1600 | February 1, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

To all the people out there who are bashing MBA credentials for a President. Romney has both an MBA and his J.D. in law from Harvard. I'm not saying that a degree qualifies a person to be president, but your MBAs = bad presidents rule is trumped by Romney's J.D.

Posted by: doups3 | February 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Also, as to Obama's quote, Romney was coming from way behind as far as name recognition as compared to every other candidate. He also didn't have the media falling over themselves to write puff pieces for him like McCain, Giuliani and Huckabee have had this entire campaign.

It is pretty obvious how every section of the MSM hates Romney and will refuse to even call the other candidates on their outright lies about him.

Posted by: DCWill | February 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is only staying in the election to suck votes from Romney and hand McCain the nomination. It is pretty obvious that Huckabee is looking for the VP nod from McCain. If you actually look at Huckabee's record he is barely a conservative at all. Also along with his hatred of Mormons, Huckabee can't stand the fact that Romney has made a lot of money by being successful at business.

I love how the idea that because Romney is incredibly competent in the business sector is something to make fun of.

Posted by: DCWill | February 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee = religious and McCain = politically correct religious?

Man, you are really twisted. Doesn't the bible say something in Matthew about not judging?

Posted by: labor2005 | February 1, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is splitting the conservative vote. McComplain is getting the vote of independents and liberals who have switched over to vote in the Republican primaries.

What I don't understand is this:

Huckabee = conservative. . . . . McCain = Liberal
Huckabee = against illegal immigration. . . . .McCain = Pro amnesty
Huckabee = Tax cutter. . . . .McCain = voted against Bush tax cuts
Huckabee = faithful husband. . . . .McCain = adulterer and totally unfaithful to wife and family
Huckabee = religious. . . . .McCain = politically correct religious
Huckabee = DC is corrupt and needs change. . . . . .McCain = embedded with DC good ole boys
Huckabee = Governor. . . . .McCain =Senator (Huck said at the debate that governors make better presidents.

Now take all of the Huckabee's above and substitute the name Romney. Huckabee and Romney are basically the same, as compared to McCain. Yet, Huckabee supports McCain the liberal. The only conclusion that anybody can arrive at is this: Huckabee, the former ordained Baptist Preacher, hates anything Mormon. Always has. He went to SLS with the Southern Baptist Convention and told the people there that they were going to burn in hell. This is pure, plain and simple bigotry.

Mike Huckabee is a decent man, all things said. He has no chance of winning the nomination. He should withdraw. But he won't. He would rather have Hillary as president than a Mormon as president. And he knows that as long as he continues to run, he will draw votes away from Romney. Such a shame for someone who claims to be Christian.

Posted by: scottdevelopment | February 1, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

For the Romney supporters, it looks like it is the Republican primary voters who are rejecting Romney for McCain despite what their gurus, Hannity and Limbaugh say.
Could it be because the fundamental Christians have a problem with Mormons. There is a long running fued between Mormons and Southern Baptists that could be hurting Romney.

Posted by: mcafla | February 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

How many cheap shots do these two people plan to take at Romney? He's not a joke, he is trying to do what we so desperatesly need, offering this country another chance to go back to a time when the Fed. Gov. really did give a rat what happened to the poor sheep who are being sheared constantly to supply Washington with more of the same old thing. Just for a change, can we please try to elect someone who has the interest of the American people some place in his plans? Do we really need more of the same old thing in Washington? After the past 8 years, we need to clean house and if we don't some other power will do it for us. Clinton and Obama are not the only ones running, and to use another canidate as "laugh material" is so grossly Washington, the same old thing, it's enough to make one sick. Please, let's give change a chance!

Posted by: ChuChuSing | February 1, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Billary and Obasama fail to consider that Mitt Romney made his own. HE, did not rob it in sleazy Courtrooms, or hidden Walmart/China dealings!

HE, also is used to spending HIS money, not the American Over-Taxed payer's or Special Interest's! And then, Hussein, he is usually quite good at getting decent returns!

Posted by: rat-the | February 1, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Hillary and Obama have no clue about the economy. Look what Romney did for Mass -- he balanced the budget and even left a rainy day fund of over $2Billion when he left office. And he did all of that without raising taxes. Plus he made health care available for 300,000 people who didn't have it before. Imagine if he could do that for the entire U.S.

Posted by: stillwater1 | February 1, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

hey LTCSTAN, better than spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, oh crap i forgot about the economy.

Posted by: schencks84 | February 1, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Clinton and Obama don't really need to know anything about business since their only policy seems to be to spend, then tax, then spend, then tax the etc......

Posted by: LTCSTAN | February 1, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

While the one-liners tonight from Hillary and Barack tonight were laugh-out-louders, they would be wise to be careful what the wish for.

Posted by: rbscott | January 31, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

What Hilary said was "look what we've gotten with a CEO MBA president"-- an awesome one liner! Leave it to "The Trail" writers to leave that out and focus only on Obama.
I love them both, want them both on the same ticket, and am continually amused at my beloved WaPo always bashing Hilary.

Posted by: ams40 | January 31, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I thought that George Bush has run that business experience line into the ground. The economy shows the value of his MBA.

Posted by: rollwood | January 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

lol, wow i wish I hadn't missed that zinger . . . Obama makes a good point.

Posted by: HokiePaul | January 31, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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