Is The GOP Cutting Romney Adrift?

Filed in National by on September 12, 2012

The writing is on the wall that Romney will lose in November and then add to that Mitt’s holding his ground on his baseless attacks on President Obama, are Republican leaders looking towards 2016?

The death of Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya and Egypt is prompting responses from Republican congressional leaders — including Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan — that are far different than the critical comments made by the Republican presidential nominee in the hours after the attack.

They’re certainly not backing the GOP standard bearer.

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  1. Delaware Dem says:

    Mitt Romney is the nominee only because the GOP knew it was going to lose in 2012, and so better candidates held their fire until 2016. The GOP was not and is not fully behind Romney.

  2. puck says:

    Better candidates like who?

  3. Dave says:

    This guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman,_Jr.

    Really, doesn’t he sound like someone everyone can work with? (of course I don’t mean the far right, that goes without saying).

  4. jason330 says:

    Slightly more viable (if not better) candidates than Romney who sat out 2012:

    Chris Christie
    Jeb Bush
    Condi Rice
    David Petraeus
    Mike Huckabee
    Bobby Jindal

    Huntsman isn’t on the list because he ran and lost badly.

  5. Dave says:

    Petraeus I could buy. Rice is too toxic. Bobby’s first name isn’t really Bobby. Jeb is a Bush. Christie is pleasantly plump. Huckabee is a minister.

    Even if he lost, Huntsman was a better candidate (meaning someone who could govern effectively).

  6. socialistic ben says:

    Huntsman isnt gone forever. This election is either going to end the GOP or save it. If after defeat they realize they need to drive up to Exit 6 and take the teaparty into to woods, (not to kill them, violence is bad…. just throw a stick really really far, then run back to the car) I can see Huntsman being their guy. Of course, they might go back to that “we lost because we werent conservative enough” tripe…. which would end them forever.

  7. jason330 says:

    I’d bet the farm on “we lost because we weren’t conservative enough”

    But I wouldn’t bet on that ending the GOP forever.

  8. Liberal Elite says:

    @j “Huntsman isn’t on the list because he ran and lost badly.”

    But he would have done well in the general. This whole thread is about how the GOP was stupid to nominate Romney. Losing to Romney in the primary is therefore not salient.

  9. puck says:

    Enterprising young skinheads should start growing some hair, buy a suit, and take some public speaking classes. Because that’s really the next stop if Republicans want to keep going to the right.

    I guess they could form a “betrayed by Romney” campaign around Paul Ryan.

  10. Liberal Elite says:

    Did anyone notice that Romney’s intrade odds dropped about 4 points (~10%) in just 24 hours?

    Where will it be in another 24 hours?

  11. nemski says:

    It’s like the Romney campaign is being run by Andy Reid.

  12. Jason330 says:

    I’ve been watching wingut news, and the wingnut-GOP is getting it’s footing on this and may rally around Romney rather than cut him adrift. The talking points are:

    -The President is weak
    -There are mixed messages
    -No apologies

    The rallying will be based on the fact that they like whatever makes liberals angry and if being a total a-hole and trying to get score political points off the death of American foreign service officers… so be it.

  13. ek says:

    nemski for the win.

  14. Delaware Dem says:

    And then, Jason, the wingnuts should not be surprised when they lose the House and see President Obama reelected with 380+ electoral votes.

    The Romney campaign is like a clinic on how not to win a Presidential election.

    Romney is even bungling the debate expectations game. Every skilled politician and politico on the planet knows that you downplay your guy’s expectations and laud your opponent’s vastly superior debating skills. It is Debate Expectations 101. And yet, Romney’s camp is letting it be known that he is a God at debating, and Obama is so weak he will be horrible.

    It is simply amazing.

  15. Liberal Elite says:

    The Republicans in Congress need to cut Romney loose.

    The most recent Generic Congressional Vote by Reuters/Ipsos poll has: Democrats 49, Republicans 43

    Democrats +6 is WAY up from a week ago. And way up from where it’s been for a long time (the July average was Republicans +3). If this new tilt continues, the GOP may actually lose the house.

    Their best bet is to run away from Romney and all his craziness, or the GOP may find that the only tool it has in its toolbox is the filibuster.

  16. Jason330 says:

    The intrade map just reached 332 for Obama. It had been 303 for months. http://electoralmap.net/2012/intrade.php

  17. As I’ve said many times, to me it seems like Romney and his team spend way too much time in the alternate counterfactual world of Fox News. In that world, Obama is stupid and can’t talk without a TelePrompTer and everyone thinks birth certificate jokes are hilarious.

  18. Haha DD. Obama will run against the Republican Congress and the Republican Congress will run against Romney.

  19. Aoine says:

    Republicans eating their young- yeah! :-)
    The Tea Party and the uber right do not seem to understand the premise of loosing a battle to win the war.
    Or that discretion is sometimes the better part of valor….

    And they think they are students of history!!