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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:55 AM

Mitt Romney’s loss creates GOP leadership vacuum



BY STEVE PEOPLES, ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s shadow looms over a Republican Party in disarray.

The face of the GOP for much of the last year, the failed presidential candidate has been a virtual ghost since his defeat Nov. 6. He has quietly weathered the fallout of the campaign from the seclusion of his Southern California home, emerging only momentarily for a private lunch at the White House with President Barack Obama on Thursday.

His loss and immediate withdrawal from politics, while welcomed by most, has created a leadership vacuum within his party. It’s left the GOP rudderless, lacking an overarching agenda and mired in infighting, with competing visions for the way ahead, during what may be the most important policy debate in a generation.

In his final meeting with campaign staffers at his Boston headquarters, Romney promised to remain “a strong voice for the party,” according to those in attendance. But so far he has offered little to the Capitol Hill negotiations over potential tax increases and entitlement program changes that could affect virtually every American.

He declined to comment on the Treasury Department’s recent refusal to declare China a currency manipulator, which was one of his signature issues over the past 18 months. He made no public remarks after his meeting with Obama, quickly fading away, again.

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http://www.salon.com/2012/12/01/mitt_romneys_loss_creates_gop_leadership_vacuum/

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Reply Mitt Romney’s loss creates GOP leadership vacuum (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
corkhead Dec 2012 #1
Rosa Luxemburg Dec 2012 #2
randr Dec 2012 #3
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Dec 2012 #4
Cha Dec 2012 #12
Coyotl Dec 2012 #13
bemildred Dec 2012 #5
brush Dec 2012 #6
Third Doctor Dec 2012 #7
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #8
Coyotl Dec 2012 #14
lunatica Dec 2012 #9
CreekDog Dec 2012 #10
DavidDvorkin Dec 2012 #11
mzteaze Dec 2012 #15
LisaLynne Dec 2012 #16
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #17

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:59 AM

1. a vacuum that made the same sound a toilet makes when it is flushed

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:32 AM

2. leadership, LOL!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:33 AM

3. Republican leadership has always sucked

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:43 AM

4. A LEADERSHIP VACCUM????

LOL! Mittens was NEVER a leader of the Repug, bagger or any other party. He was the DEFAULT of a wacky group of miscreants who jumped into the GOP race and it's all John McCain's fault. Why McCain you say? Because McInSane put Palin on the ticket and then EVERY lunatic in their party thought THEY TOO could be President. So was Mittens their "leader?" Look at it this way, after looking at 22 years of MittWitts returns, Grandpa picked Palin.

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Response to NYtoBush-Drop Dead (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:42 PM

12. Right. The teabaggers made mitt hop.

"severely conservative", anyone? mittLies lived to follow whatever he thought they wanted to hear.



Greedy arse.. thought sarah palin was his ticket to the White House.

http://theobamadiary.com/

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Response to Cha (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:35 AM

13. Excellent toon. Give him credit for his keen foresight about Romney.

Thanks to McCain, we have "Palin is a better V-P pick than Romney."

But I suspect Romney said NO to McCain well up the list of other no replies before Old White Guy finally found someone to say yes to his V-P proposal.

Would you want to be McCain's number 2 for 4-8 years? If he even thought he had a long shot!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:14 AM

5. Losing Presidential candidates don't generally go on to lead the party.

Only winning ones do that, and neither of the Bushes will do the job either, so the Republicans are going to have to look around.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 AM

6. This vacuum is what McCain is trying to fill

He's always been an opportunist and now with Romney out of the picture he senses an opportunity with his Susan Rice attacks to not just remain in the spotlight (always his first instinct) but to regain the leadership of the GOP which he had when he was the party's presidential candidate. I should say alleged leadership because he, like Romney, is a loser, a notch on the President's belt. It's hard to lead when you're such a sore loser. Romney at least has so far had the decency to accept his defeat with class and without the still-searching-for-relevancy bluster of McCain.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:20 AM

7. There was a leadership vaccum when Romney was running.

He did not lead his campaign or his party in any real way.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:29 PM

8. Who was their leader before Romney became the nominee?

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:37 AM

14. Fox News

And no one asks, "Who is the script writer?"

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:52 PM

9. Cheer up. They still have Cheney and Limbaugh

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:05 PM

10. Surprisingly, his loss didn't create an intellectual vacuum

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:26 PM

11. That usually happens to the party

whose candidate loses the election. There's nothing surprising or unexpected about this.

I think it's usually worse when the losing candidate is the incumbent president, because his people control so much of the party machinery, and the push to oust them starts immediately.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:11 PM

15. I don't understand this mentality.

Romney wasn't a leader of the GOP. His ascension to the top of the ticket was mainly due to the band of bozos plus Huntsman that ran. The GOP so called A-Team TOLERATED him, but did so begrungenly. No matter how the media wants to cast this, there was a vacuum before the Myth. It got worst with his loss.

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Response to mzteaze (Reply #15)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:18 PM

16. I agree.

If there had been any actual leadership, Mitt wouldn't have gotten the nomination to begin with, imho.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:33 PM

17. Nonsense. Them GOPers is all busy now workin hard to make sure Obama ain't re-elected in 2016

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