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Romney ‘Acceptable’ to Republican Conservatives, and Remainders from Iowa

**Book winner update below**

“I think there are at least 3 tickets out of New Hampshire.” – Jon Huntsman on CNN

…and Mr. Huntsman got that ticket by coming in third.

Romney Wins New Hampshire

Ron Paul Second

–original post below–

Mitt Romney is the now the only candidate that a majority of conservative and moderate/liberal Republicans nationwide see as an “acceptable” GOP nominee for president. Conservative Republicans are more likely to say Romney would be an acceptable nominee than either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. – Gallup

In honor of the Gallup poll above, I bring you the Democratic response to Mitt Romney’s possible nomination below.

An assist goes to Newt Gingrich, who is likely to be held accountable for lengthening the assault and drilling down to the organic Romney candidacy challenges in the age of Occupy. Rush Limbaugh has already started on him.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is unleashing an offensive “pro-abortion” Mitt Romney ad in South Carolina, where the gutter is high water territory.

There is also more bad news for Mitt Romney and his job creating bragging rights. Glenn Kessler gives him 3 Pinocchios on his claim of creating 100,000 jobs, calling it “untenable.”

What’s interesting is Newt’s Bain Capital attack seems to also be registering with Republicans who are developing a political patter and marketing strategy to preemptively prepare for a Romney nomination.

This from Bill Kristol:

Post 2008, capitalism needs its strong defenders–but its defenders need also to be its constructive critics. The Tea Party was right. What’s needed is a critique of Big Government above all, but also of Big Business and Big Finance and Big Labor (and Big Education and Big Media and all the rest)–and especially a critique of all those occasions when one or more of these institutions conspire against the common good. What’s needed is a willingness to put Main Street (at least slightly) ahead of Wall Street, and a reform agenda for capitalism that strengthens it, alongside an even more dramatic reform agenda for government that limits it.

Now for the fun stuff. Before the Iowa caucuses I ran a Call Iowa contest. It’s time to announce the winner. The person who came closest to calling Iowa is “newdealdem1.” Looks like your niece is going to get the book.

BUT… BUT… BUT… [update] “newdealdem1″ has decided to pass her win to the next closest person, who is… “guyski”! Congratulations! Her niece will still get the book, but she’s going to buy it for her. Here’s what she wrote to me:

I am truly stunned and so happy! First, I haven’t won anything since I was a kid and won a picnic basket in one of those Italian-American feasts in NY. LOL

Thank you, Taylor.

Now on to the win. I would like to “donate” my win to the next person who came closest to calling Iowa. I so love your book that I want more people to read it. I am going to purchase your book for my niece as I feel so strongly that young women like my niece need to be cognizant of the things you say in it.

So, Taylor, let the next closest person be the lucky recipient of your book. The more people read your book (even if that person is a guy – and this is crucial for men to read as well), the better.

I have the greatest readers around. Thanks so much “newdealdem1.”

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37 Responses to Romney ‘Acceptable’ to Republican Conservatives, and Remainders from Iowa

  1. fangio January 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Back in the 1980′s I had the pleasure of working for one of Mr. Romney’s success stories,  Staples.  It was store #3 in Providence,  R.I.  I ran the copy center at night and earned about 6.50 an hour.  Very few people in the store made much more than that , with the exception of the managers and even they made very little.  Staples is a good example of Mr. Romney’s America;  low wages,  no unions,  paltry benefits.  I would venture to say that this is  also an example of private equities America,  whether they admit it or not.

    • rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      Have you been in a Staples lately? It’s nearly as maddening as Best Buy.

  2. rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    My biggest pleasure of this Republican process so far is witnessing how poorly that dumb-fuck Rick Perry and his dumb-fuck supporters are doing.

  3. Taylor Marsh January 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Whoever told Rick Perry he was ready for the national stage should go to an undisclosed location. Why he thought Bachmann getting out would benefit him is laughable.

    Fangio – It’s the conservative model.

  4. rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Y’know, Ron Paul deserves more respect, especially if he pulls out second place tonight. Mainstream journalists can never just write his name without preceding it with an adjective. I appreciate Robert Scheer’s opinion of him.

    • Cujo359 January 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      Agreed. He’s the only person running for President this time who is even remotely honest. Of course, that honesty has helped us see how nutty some of his ideas are, but I’ll take that over everyone else (in both parties) agreeing that we should be doing batshit crazy things like pursuing a pointless war on drugs, endless war on the “Arab” villains of the week, etc.

  5. Taylor Marsh January 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Republicans are even worse re Paul.

    Interesting that he came to Romney’s aid today & has basically stayed kumbaya with him.

    • rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      I attribute that to his perpetual honesty. And that is why I trust him and would consider following him even if I rarely agree with him.

  6. jjamele January 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Very disappointed that NH decided to go along with the crowd and rubber stamp Romney.  I was really hoping they’d give Huntsman a boost.  Now he’s probably done.

    I don’t get the plaudits for Paul.  Yes, he’s pretty honest.  He’s also a racist, cold-blooded, To Hell With Regulation, The Free Market is God lunatic.  Yes, he’s anti-War.  He also thinks that if we just let factories go back to pouring sludge into the drinking water and hiring children for pennies an hour we’d be “competitive” again.  He also thinks that if restaurants, etc want to refuse service to blacks, Hispanics, or people with red hair, that should be no problem.   It’s sickening the praise he gets from normally level-headed, enlightened people.

  7. Art Pronin January 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    huntsman says he is goign to comepte onward in sc etc. uh ok. he is done i think. unless he goes indie

  8. rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Who else is fucking tired of millionaires winning everything!

    • Art Pronin January 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      I hear ya. I read the aggregate of all of congress’s assests in 2 billion!

      • rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

        As I decide whether to pay the internet bill, put flea medicine on the dogs, or feed something to me.

      • Cujo359 January 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

        Is that before or after Jane Harman left? IIRC, she’s worth a cool $0.25 billion all by herself…

    • Taylor Marsh January 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      BUYING everything in politics, for sure.

      • Art Pronin January 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

        well NH didnt live up to its 08 model of shoc with hillary pull the great upset. and neither did huntsman tonight. if mitt picks gov susanna martinez of nm the panic will be fierce

        • rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

          OMFG, that was the best night of my life!

    • Cujo359 January 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      Well, it does add some certainty to the process. Whoever wins, you know he’ll be rich.

  9. rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm # is not holding up under the pressure. Erick should buy more bandwidth, a better sysadmin, or better provider. The redmeaters are pissed!

    • Taylor Marsh January 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      You are so right!  It’s unbelievable over there.

      • rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

        He has been all over the map not knowing whom to support.

        • Taylor Marsh January 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

          Very tough year for the right, especially after 2010.  It’s like the revenge of the establishment.

          • rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

            Hmm, yes. Our side has a good dose of that too. We do not have an establishment.

  10. rickroberts January 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Where’s my gun? Solo? C’mere!

    • newdealdem1 January 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm #


  11. newdealdem1 January 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    My pleasure, Taylor and thank you for your kind words.  You, too, made MY day!

    Congrats to guysky.  I’ve been reading your posts and have enjoyed your contributions to this super blog.  So happy you won Taylor’s spot on book.  Enjoy! I know I have and I know my niece will as well.  ;)


    • Cujo359 January 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      Congratulations on your amazing powers of prognostication.

      • newdealdem1 January 11, 2012 at 12:08 am #

        Luck, cujo, doesn’t even begin to explain my win.  ;)  Thanks!

    • guyski January 11, 2012 at 6:44 am #

      Wow, thanks newdealdem1, your generosity is greatly appreciated. I look forward to reading The Hillary Effect. Can’t Wait.

  12. Art Pronin January 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    cool news newdealdem! just watched- gasp- on fox- a reporter at camp huntsman- read these tea leaves. huntsman’s billionaire dad made his 1st campaign appearance tonight. rumors of him funding son’s campaign and taking it to florida by hammering mitt on electability. not sure about that working. huntsman could be a very appealing 3rd party candidate

  13. Cujo359 January 11, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Al Jazeera reports the vote percentages as follows:

    Romney – 38%
    Paul – 24%
    Huntsman – 17%
    Gingrich – 11%
    Santorum – 10%

    What I thought was interesting was this quote by a GOP spokesperson:

    Brad Marston, a Republican operative in New Hampshire, however, said that with new rules regarding how the number of state delegates are allocated, the race for the nomination is far from over.

    “It’s about how much does [Romney] wins by . . . clearly he is the odds-on favourite. I think one of the things people are forgetting about is that the Republican party has changed the rules this time. In the past it’s always been ‘winner-take-all’: if you won New Hampshire with 35 per cent of the vote, you got 100 per cent of the delegates,” he told Al Jazeera.

    “That is not true this time. From now until April 1, we’re allocating our delegates on a proportional basis. That makes it that much harder to score an early knockout.

    I think this new rule is a good one. The delegates awarded will more accurately reflect the will of the voters. That seems unusually democratic of them.

  14. newdealdem1 January 11, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    Thanks, Art.

    I was rooting for Huntsman to win tonight because although I have enormous respect for him, I disagree with almost everything he believes especially re/domestic policy.

    I wanted him to win not only NH but to be the 2012 GOP nominee.  I wanted this country to be witness to debates between Obama and Huntsman about tax policy, health policy, social security, jobs, infrastructure investments, science, economics, social issues, etc.  And, I think Huntsman would have been the best and most honest competitor/contender for POTUS against Obama.   Like many others, I honestly don’t know what Obama’s political principles/policies are because he’s a moving target when it comes to these things.  But, for argument’s sake, let’s say that in a debate (irregardless of policy) Obama will have to take the con/pro position to Huntsman’s pro/con advocacy.

    So, I would like to have seen a debate about the flat tax (which Huntsman implemented in Utah and is an advocate for even though the flat  tax is as regressive as the sales tax )  social security and medicare/medicaid (Huntsmen is an advocate for the Paul Ryan budget plan). health policy, social issues (of which both men, Huntsman and Obama are fraternal twins), and foreign policy (Huntsman is the only one qualified in the GOP stable to discuss FP).

    I think with all of these men’s differences and likenesses, we could have had a decent debate about these issues even if Obama’s heart wasn’t in the pro-con column to Huntsman’s con-pro beliefs if you know what I mean.  I think both men would inspire the other to be at their best and most honest about their likenesses and differences and perhaps we could have had as close to an honest debate as possible since the 2008 Dem primaries.

    At the least, there would have been some sort of honest debate about these important issues for our country and we the people.  Now that it appears that Romney will be the GOP nom against Obama, I hold out no hope of any honesty between these two (mostly) identical twins.



  15. newdealdem1 January 11, 2012 at 1:23 am #


    Does anyone know what the Dem tally was in NH?  Obama had a liberal opponent in NH.

    See here:

    and, the  Obama Campaign apparently failed  to File Delegate Slate for New Hampshire Primary

    Does anyone know what the outcome in the Dem Primary in NH was?

  16. Art Pronin January 11, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    newdealdem- i hear ya. obama got 82pct of the NH vote- on par with other  incumbants past. clinton got 85pct etc.. as far as the delegate slate not sure- but obama will be the nom so such alotments can be made im sure at the nh dem conv or via dnc.

    yea too bad about huntsman. i dont get what he will do now really. he will get like 2pct of the SC vote etc.. i think he’d run 3rd party if he thought he could win-but u cant in this country as 3rd party w/out instant runoffs. then again maybe im wrong- maybe this yr is the open to try such as thing- the rage is so bad.

  17. guyski January 11, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    About Huntsman. I mentioned earlier that there is just something about him that is bothersome. Just a personal opinion, nothing more.

    Well anyway. Perhaps the Republicans should encourage him to run as an Independent. Looking at the exit polling, it seems that he would take more voters from Obama than the Republican.

    For example: Of the 4% Democrats that voted in the Republican primary 41% voted for Huntsman. 40% of those who voted for Huntsman were “satisfied” with Obama. Voters that opposed or strongly opposed the Tea Party, voted for Huntsman.

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