A rougher road

Venomous GOP primary campaign darkens future for eventual nominee

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When former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu was asked about presidential candidate Jon Huntsman last summer, he sardonically replied, “Well, I only support Republicans.”

Ouch! Apparently a lot of other Republicans felt that way too. The former Utah governor and ambassador to China never got much traction outside of New Hampshire, where he poured most of his resources. Monday, he made his exit from the field.

Mr. Huntsman is a very attractive candidate – articulate, smart, more than presentable. But he seemed at times to scoff at the conservative base; came most recently from the Obama administration; and for some reason thought he’d seduce primary voters by speaking Mandarin.

Yet, Huntsman’s assessment of the race on the way out the door was spot-on: The personal attacks have been disgusting, and the bitter sniping at capitalism has been unprecedented for a Republican Party.

The “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney might have started it with effective broadsides against the surging Newt Gingrich in Iowa. But the political action committee supporting Gingrich has exaggerated both Romney’s sins and those of the free market.

We appreciate the big thinking and grand vision Newt Gingrich brings to the table. But his super PAC has done a great disservice to him, the party and to the country as a whole.

Bit player Rick Perry hasn’t helped, either – referring to Romney’s “vulture capitalism,” a play on the term “venture capitalism.”

One shouldn’t have to remind a Republican primary audience, much less Republican candidates, but the free market is the only system in the history of mankind that has both elevated man and set him free. Whoever the GOP nominee ends up being, the Republican primary campaign has made his road rougher. Imagine the attacks capitalism will now have to parry from the left, emboldened from these attacks from the supposed right.

As for the nomination, if conservatives unexcited by Romney are to keep the race going beyond South Carolina, they’d better get their ducks in a row – as in one or more ducks ducking out of the race. As in, today.

Otherwise, all they’ll end up doing is bloodying the eventual winner.

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wtinney 01/17/12 - 06:34 am
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First, let's be honest and

First, let's be honest and clear here. In a government that believes banks and companies are "too big to fail" and the developer of tax-payer slush fund (TARP) that is still being used to prop up several financial institutions, THERE IS NO FREE MARKET IN THE UNITED STATES. How can the ACES believe there is????????

Second, just because these scathing attacks on capitalism comes from Newt Gingrich's super pac and campaign DOES NOT MEAN THESE ATTACKS COME FROM THE "RIGHT" OR "SUPPOSED RIGHT", Gingrich is an opportunist that is needling the only chink in Romney's armor. With the tea party slamming TARP, banking and other financial institutions approval ratings in the tank, and with the OWS (and their friends in the media) putiing capitalism versus socialism on the front pages of every newspaper and focus of every tv news agancy on the planet (socialism in a very positive light form of bias, by the way), it is fodder that Romney should expect and be able to defend, period. Romney will have to man up and earn the Republican nomination - it will not be given to him.

The fact is this. During any given Republican primary process, truth is Romney should not even have a chance to win the South and, therefore, win the Republican nod primarily because he is Mormon. The evangelical and primary social conservative base of the Republican party WILL NOT VOTE FOR A MORMON. I am not saying I outright support such a view. I, myself, will vote for anyone but a socialist. But Romney faulters there, too, with his previous support of RomneyCare which that policy is centerpiece in how Obamacare was engineered.

Romney, as well, has been inconsidtent with a number of conservative mainstay platform points. Abortion rights, for instance, is one of those single issues that can turn huge swaths of voters either for or against you. Romney is shaky there as well.

For reasons Romney has no control of and for some he had an awful lot of control of, he will have GREAT DIFFICULTY in winning the nomination - no easy road there. Once the winner and at a time it should be a slam dunk for any republican when a democrat has governed over four years with 8+ percent unemployment in every single one of those years, it will still be a close battle because evangelicals (that make up over 25% of these republican voters), will not be energetic and enthused about Romney (same problem McCain had but his military credentials helped buffer some of that problem).

So, there you go and that is how it will be. We shall see how this will turn out.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/17/12 - 07:20 am
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Come on AC, this is the

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Come on AC, this is the process. When the Dems were slugging it out in 08, Obammy and Billary were slinging enough mud at each other to keep a cleaning crew busy for a month. Obammy's own VP, Einstein Biden, called Obammy "not qualified to be president." Obammy cannot run on his record, he can only promise what he'll do with the next term. Polls show there will be more "change" in November. Sorry liberals, just calls em as I sees em.

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omnomnom 01/17/12 - 09:59 am
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does the AC for some reason

does the AC for some reason not want voters to even have a primary anymore? Ya'll want the party to have total control? Madness. We are already running as a de facto Oligarchy. Time to stop by the liquor store!

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Chillen 01/17/12 - 10:15 am
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These attacks are good

These attacks are good practice for the lies and relentless attacks that the obama marxist machine has in store for the future Republican Candidate.

Thanks to millions of uneducated, misguided and uninformed voters, the communists & marxists have a foothold in the USA. They will stop at NOTHING to keep the train from derailing.

I predict this will be the most vicious and ugly election season in U.S. history. These people behind obama are absolutely pure evil.

The 2012 election boils down to this. Do you believe that big govt, less individual freedom & thousands of centralized regulations are the best way to run our nation or do you believe that the free market and free citizens are the best option?

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augusta citizen 01/17/12 - 11:01 am
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Chillen said, "Thanks to

Chillen said, "Thanks to millions of uneducated, misguided and uninformed voters, the communists and marxists have a foothold in the USA." That's a mouthful and right on target! Get away from the reality shows and get informed and educated folks. Our liberty depends on it!

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allhans 01/17/12 - 11:08 am
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The fact that Romney is

The fact that Romney is Mormon will have no bearing on his chances IMO. I recall the same remarks about JFK and his catholicism and see the results of that...
If only we had a 'perfect' candidate..(sigh)

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faithson 01/17/12 - 12:25 pm
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chillen... where have you

chillen... where have you been ? this IS ' the most vicious and ugly election season in U.S. history.' and will be for the next 10 months.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/17/12 - 12:58 pm
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@faithson. You ain't seen

@faithson. You ain't seen nothin' yet. Just wait until the community organizer ramps up to try & defend his disastrous record.

It will be much like the OJ Simpson trial. A circus of lies and character assassinations with very little fact.

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Jon Lester 01/17/12 - 01:27 pm
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It may take until November

It may take until November for you to believe it, but what we're witnessing may be evidence that "conservatism," as you define it, really isn't as popular as you think, "rightness" of your convictions notwithstanding.

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harley_52 01/17/12 - 01:45 pm
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Obama's campaign will focus

Obama's campaign will focus on race and class envy. Everything will be tied to one or both of those issues. It will be ugly.

When he loses, the loss will be attributed mainly to racism.

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Willow Bailey 01/17/12 - 01:56 pm
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Chillen, as usual, is right

Chillen, as usual, is right on political target. The only thing I disagree with is that all Obama's supporters are evil (intentionally) though the result of their support does produce an evil force building in this country towards complete enslavement to the federal government with a king/queen dictatorship. The only thing that has ever worked for a free society began with a simple lemondade stand.

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Chillen 01/17/12 - 02:17 pm
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@willow. By "the people

@willow. By "the people behind obama" I mean that its his handlers who are evil - not his voters/supporters who are, as I said, just uneducated, misguided and uninformed.

I'm talking about the communists, the marxists and the economic terrorists who are giving him his agenda & his marching orders. THEY are pure evil.

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Willow Bailey 01/17/12 - 02:50 pm
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I apologize Chillen. Guess

I apologize Chillen. Guess I scanned you too quickly today, but, I do want to say, may you and some of the others like harley 52 not wear out before the election. You have a gift for telling it just like it politically IS.

It is interesting to note though, how we can actively and passively participate in something that is so devastating/evil to our country.

I don't think anyone has all the answers, and that there are going to be some very hard struggles ahead, regardless of who is elected. However, we can't continue on this path, without suffering the complete personal and economical collapse of our nation. I really wish people would take a look at what happened with Hitler.

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Chillen 01/17/12 - 03:01 pm
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Thank you Willow. I try to

Thank you Willow. I try to keep myself pretty informed (though it just about kills me sometimes because of all the nonsense).

I mostly read alternative news sites (about 5 or 6 of them), listen to GBTV (there are exciting things happening there) and of course the Aug. Chron. to keep up with local news.

I don't plan to wear out, don't worry. Marxism leads to Communism and I don't fancy either of those. I will do everything I can to stop obama, his minions and his handlers from getting re-elected.

But, I do have to say that the economic spiral we are in may not be stoppable no matter who is elected. I think the rest of this decade is going to be very, very rough (stock up on some food and start your gardens folks).

It is very important in these economic times who we have as our leader. A good leader will guide us down the path to recovery, support us and keep our freedoms intact. A bad leader will grow govt, continue to espouse wealth envy rhetoric, demoralize us and remove more freedoms from us (Sound Familiar?).

Time to make your choice America.

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