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One Progressive’s View- GOP Debates 01/08/2011-Why Does Romney Continue to Disappoint?

Updated on January 9, 2012

I read this in the paper this morning, with my usual cup of liquid ambition:

“Mr. Huntsman spent months in the state (NH)—he skipped the Iowa caucuses—attracting small crowds and minimal press. Now he is now attracting mammoth crowds as he surges in the polls and because of strong debate performances over the weekend. On Sunday, 200 people crammed into a small coffee shop, elbowing to hear him. Several said they were impressed by Huntsman’s response during the debates to Romney’s criticism that he had worked for Obama as ambassador to China. “I served my country,” he said.”

Courtesy of Associated Press

Yes, I was impressed as well by Huntsman’s reply. The prevalent lack of application of that simple four word reply is at the root of what is strangling us as a nation. It reveals Huntsman as presidential and a problem solver, compared with Romney who came off as a petty “panderbear”. Romney underestimates the sophistication of his audience during the debates. Does he assume that they are all there to castigate a candidate that just so happened to share a piece of paper with Barack Obama? I thought that we got past this ‘cooties” stuff in grade school.

It is not as if Huntsman’s conservative credentials are on the line accepting appointment as U.S. ambassador to China. It just seems that more attention was given to the fact that he accepted President Obama’s appointment over the significance of the appointment itself. He was not Obama’s economic advisor or some sinister mastermind of his political ideology and tactics, nor part of his brain trust. The fact that Romney made the statement was as it was intended to be, a designer virus, having a visceral effect upon the audience. It was designed to provoke the kind of reaction that did not stop to check in with rational thought processes.

When call upon to serve by the president, Huntsman did his duty. Sakes, this is not the first time that a president appointed someone from the other political party for such post is it? So, why the big deal? It was a cheap shot. Romney ought to know better.

What was Huntsman’s answer to Romney’s attempt at subterfuge? “I served my country”. Isn’t that what I should expect from everybody on the debate platform and in Washington generally? Such a statement rises above mere party politics and personal vendettas. He said more with that reply than all of his opponents managed to say during the duration of the debates.

I know that much of the political right is not pleased with Huntsman for any number of reasons, but this ‘cheap shot” is one that both sides should notice. Romney embarrassed himself here and it one of the reasons why he is still distrusted by so many, and if he gets the nomination, it will most certainly be a rocky road.

Conservatives should know by now that there is too many of us “left” to think that their idea of a pure ideological agenda is getting rammed down anyone’s throat. Without compromise, we are all going to fail. Huntsman is the only one that had courage and conjones to bring this out, rather than just throwing out red meat. He did not want to resort to the old trick of mentioning Obama’s name and watching the audience salivate like so many mad dogs. For just the reasons mentioned above, Huntsman is getting a second look. A well deserved second look.


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      Blessing 3 years ago

      I could not follow that too well since at a ceratin point it was like an alarm bell, "Scocca is expecting Romney to win and getting a head start on the blame epic" so whatever he wrote after that... I don't think that's the more likely outcome, though I was amused by Paul "Only Stupid People Think It's Close" Krugman--right before he praises the acumen of Intrade and Betfair. Thanks, media insiders!

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      Rose 3 years ago

      The MiFare classic crack has almsot nothing to complete with this particular particular use on the cards. That was employed to extract the A and B keys, which would permit you will get on the encrypted memory. I am not even touching that element from the card just examining the one of a kind ID from it and checking it towards the master listing.

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, John, thanks for reading and providing comment. I really think that maybe the general electorate would appreciate Mr. Paul as for the first time allowing a stark choice between political parties that really does not exist today. But first Paul has to win the GOP primary and that is a task of greater magnitude.

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      John D Wilson 6 years ago from Earth

      Hi Crede,

      Quite the mix the republicans have.

      Only guy I would vote for would be Ron Paul.

      He's saying the same stuff he's said for decades - no wavering, not much compromising.

      Look what compromising has gotten us - a pretty shameful looking leadership that has no morals or principles.

      Good Hub and valid points on Huntsman.

      Ya never know what NC will do - could be interesting!



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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, Borsia, thanks for weighing in. The problem with Ron Paul is that he has got to win the nomination within a party that does not seem ready for him yet. Then as you say, independents and non-aligned looking for a radical departure from business as usual will make Paul a competitive candidate in the general election

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hello, GA, I take that B+ in gratitude thanks reading and commenting. I have seen those opening quote only italisized before, I bolded them for emphasis.

      If I were among the conservatives, I would be far more concerned about Romney's 'born again' adherence to conservative principles and ideals than Huntsman's stance. Romney is all over the place shown in his policy initiative and previous fluxuating positions on issues of concern to conservative.

      He comes off as a phoney trying to appear genuine. This isn't fifth column stuff, I were sitting where they were, I would be concerned that they very well may not get much of a change from Obama and Romney may well only be distiguishable by the fact that he has a different name.

      "But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. After all I have been once before. It was back in 78' when I thought I was mistaken about something, but I was wrong :)"

      With a track record like that, how could I every doubt you?

      Thanks, Cred2

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, WD, you are the keen observer here. If this attitude goes on in 'God's" house can you imagine what must be going on others houses, commerce and the like? People are good at wearing labels and saying slogans, but when the rubber actually meets the road....

      There is a lot of pressure to conform even when it is contrary to doing the right thing. People will even get violent and it starts with the kids. And who is feeding the message to the kids?

      I would rather, even being democrat, be a traitor to the party over being a traitor to the country. Such seems to be brought in when one looks at the distinction between Romney and Huntsman. The give no quarter and stand my ground approaches are not working, it is time to bring it to an end before we ourselves find ourselves there, instead. Thanks for taking the time to read and provide insightful comment, Cred2

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Maxoxam, thank for reading and commenting. This incident along with others have to give many reasons to pause.

      Thanks Cred2

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      Borsia 6 years ago from Currently, Philippines

      Personally I think Romney, Gingrich and Santorum will lose against Obama. Huntsman might stand a chance and Paul would very likely win. I stopped taking Perry seriously a long time ago.

      Paul has the strongest support among independents and they usually decide the winner.

      If I were forced to choose between Romney or Obama I would choose Obama, but I would most likely vote for neither.

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      GA Anderson 6 years ago from USA

      @Credence2 - good commentary, and you are right - to me, Huntsman crushed Romney with that one 4-word sentence.

      And, (not sure if I'm mixing up the two debates), when he came out with that mouthful of actual Chinese - wouldn't it have been cool if the translation had amounted to calling Romney a pompous ass. For me, that would have been satisfying enough to lose the election for.

      Again, for me, there is little that is more satisfying than to be able to tell somebody to go to hell in such a way that they thank you for it.

      Great job on the paragraphs. It was a breeze to read through this article, and they were also well used to delineate your points. B+

      but, just one teeny tiny little thing. Your opening quote - should have been italics instead of bold. And to be really, really, nit-picky; as a blockquote.

      Readers instantly recognize that as a direct reference to something. Whereas, bold initially indicates an exclamatory intent, and when that is not its purpose you are forcing the reader to ignore an initial reaction.

      But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. After all I have been once before. It was back in 78' when I thought I was mistaken about something, but I was wrong :)


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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      I was thinking of you this morning when I was telling my wife why I don't like Alabama. I lived there in 1967-68. The minister of our church let a "negro" family join and lost half of the congregation. His response was the best sermon I ever heard. Kids on the bus jumped me for my conversing with the only "black" girl in our school. They only tried it once. I took a beating, but they all (four, that quickly got reduced to two) got one, too. They didn't know mixed martial arts in those days, but my dad did, "That new kid fights dirty!" Most 9th graders can't take a punch.

      Anyway, your observation is astute. Along the lines of what the guy above said, the Republicans don't have a viable candidate. You are talking about attitude, though. If we work together, we are traitors to the party. Being an Independent, they both need to go. If they aren't careful, they will be going along with America as we know it.

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      Deforest 6 years ago from USA

      He disappoints because he has nothing to offer to a changing population