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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:34 PM

Romney Attacked by His Father’s Longtime Aide (Mitt would say/do anything to close a deal/election)

Source: New York Times

Romney Is Attacked by His Father’s Longtime Aide
By MICHAEL BARBARO


A longtime aide to George W. Romney issued a harshly worded critique of Mitt Romney, accusing him of shifting political positions in “erratic and startling ways” and failing to live up to the distinguished record of his father, the former governor of Michigan.

Walter De Vries, who worked for the senior Mr. Romney throughout the 1960s, wrote that Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House was “a far cry from the kind of campaign and conduct, as a public servant, I saw during the seven years I worked in George Romney’s campaigns and served him as governor.”

“While it seems that Mitt would say and do anything to close a deal – or an election,” he wrote, “George Romney’s strength as a politician and public officeholder was his ability and determination to develop and hold consistent policy positions over his life.”

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Mr. De Vries continued, “George would never have been seen with the likes of Sheldon Adelson or Donald Trump.”

Read more: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/romney-is-attacked-by-his-fathers-longtime-aide/

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Reply Romney Attacked by His Father’s Longtime Aide (Mitt would say/do anything to close a deal/election) (Original post)
kpete Oct 2012 OP
AaronMayorga Oct 2012 #1
roguevalley Oct 2012 #11
underthematrix Oct 2012 #17
Kingofalldems Oct 2012 #2
Fridays Child Oct 2012 #3
barbtries Oct 2012 #4
99th_Monkey Oct 2012 #5
tk2kewl Oct 2012 #6
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #7
beac Oct 2012 #8
Bozita Oct 2012 #9
Auntie Bush Oct 2012 #20
Bozita Oct 2012 #10
LineNew Reply .
GeorgeGist Oct 2012 #12
bardahl Oct 2012 #13
Voice for Peace Oct 2012 #14
byoung6 Oct 2012 #15
CoffeeCat Oct 2012 #16
Uncle Joe Oct 2012 #18
lobodons Oct 2012 #19
Vogon_Glory Oct 2012 #21

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:36 PM

1. Ouch!

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Response to AaronMayorga (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:18 PM

11. Mitt learned from his half wit dad how to be who he is. check this link

out because there is a story about the "Myth of George Romney'. His dad was as big a dick as his soon is.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnrbohrer/making-mitt-the-myth-of-george-romney

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:49 PM

17. Excellent article. These are the types of articles

they used to write back in the day before 24 hour cable news and the Internet. So Romney is using the racebaiting, divisiveness, fear mongering of the conservative GOP of the sixties.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:42 PM

2. K and R for all the Cave visitors

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:47 PM

3. +1

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:48 PM

4. that ought to hurt.

and maybe it will give some people who are die-hard republicans pause. that would be really good for the country.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:55 PM

5. Now that should be some great ad material I'd think. ~nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:58 PM

6. In fairness to mittens, it was a lot harder to be SEEN with the likes those douche bags ...

before phones were untethered from the wall and came with video recorders

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:08 PM

7. Well, someone close to Willard has seen straight through him and is vocal about it.

Excellent! A very credible source and one with history with that family. He must be sick to his stomach over what has become of George's youngest. I know I would be.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:22 PM

8. I think this makes it official.

Mitt Romney isn't even half the man his father was.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:45 PM

9. Mitt's apple fell a long fucking way from the family tree!

George Romney was a good man. His wife Lenore was an even better person.

Their son, Mitt, is anything but!

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Response to Bozita (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:55 PM

20. That apple tree was probably growing on a steep hill!

I had a long way to roll!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:53 PM

10. The Detroit News has picked up this story - "Former George Romney aide criticizes Mitt"

Here's hoping this story grows some legs.


October 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Former George Romney aide criticizes Mitt
By David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau


Washington — A former aide to Michigan Gov. George Romney harshly criticized Romney's son, Mitt.

In an essay mailed to journalists, Walt De Vries — who was a campaign strategist to the late George Romney — says the younger Romney "would say and do anything to close a deal — or an election. George Romney's constant mantra to those in and around his campaigns and his gubernatorial staff: 'As you campaign, so shall you govern.'"

The New York Times posted a copy of the memo on its website.

De Vries contrasted Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, to his father. "George Romney was a political risk-taker. He fought for a new Michigan constitution that was narrowly approved, overhauled the administrative structure of the executive branch in Michigan and battled repeatedly for an income tax."

more...

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121015/POLITICS01/210150429#ixzz29PitJOXu

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:33 PM

12. .

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:44 PM

13. Pity Poor Daddy Romney Who Art in Heaven

 

I guess this means that Willard's daddy, George W, is spinning madly in his grave right now, gnashing his teeth for having begat such a mutant son, miscreant enough to be threatening America with even more tax cuts for himself and the Cock Brothers, even more unprovoked wars of aggression, and even more Justices Scalia. Poor ole daddy Romney is no doubt bemoaning how the virulent, high class, family genes he passed on in good faith got so hellishly mutated.
God only knows, George, God only knows.
For, not unlike the great Christian God of the Jews, the petty little Mormonic God of thy only begotten son works also in mysterious ways.. apparently.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:56 PM

14. big rec kick etc

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 09:30 PM

15. Oh this should be on the frontpage!

Of every newspaper in the country. When a longtime aid to his own father diss's him like this it should be a warning to all republicans just what they are buying so to speak.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:37 PM

16. Oh dear

This should wreck havoc on Romney's deep-seated daddy issues right before the debate.

<snicker>

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:16 AM

18. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, kpete.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 09:48 AM

19. To be honest

George Romney also ran/held office in the Pre-TPGOP era when you were able to be rational and compromise with others. This just underscores how deranged the current TPGOP is.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 07:58 PM

21. Another Relevant Article Likely To Be Ignored By The Lamestream Media

I am glad to see that articles like the one about Walter DeVries' jaundiced view of Mitt get printed somewhere in the corporate news media. All too often, such articles relevant to forming an accurate opinion about a political candidate's character get ignored, heavily edited, or back-paged by the jellyfish who purport to edit and report the news for the rest of us.

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A word to any passing Republican lurkers reading this. Please note it's not just us "libs" who are less than impressed by Mitt's character and honesty. It is guys like David Stockman, also former Republican senators and Congressmen, and now somebody who worked for Mitt's dad and has probably met with and dealt with Mitt himself who are less than thrilled about the idea of Mitt Romney as President. It is also the guys and gals who performed the opposition research concerning Mitt for Republican candidates like John McCain and Newt Gingrich who are also less than tickled about Mitt.

I can see why good Republicans might be tempted to discredit anything those rascally Democrats might say. But do you all plan to ignore what guys who served YOUR party for many years say about Mitt, too?

Ignoring so-called "liberals" is one thing. Putting your hands over your ears and saying "la, la, la, I can't hear you!" when confronted with unpleasant and inconvenient facts is symptomatic of an inability to deal with the world as it is.

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