- Posted November 4, 2012 by
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Grover Norquist – Romney Will Do As He’s Told
“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go….
We just need a president to sign this stuff….
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States…. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”-
"At the conservative “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Washington, Grover Norquist, the Republican tax-cut Svengali said about Mitt Romney:
The summit was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group started by oil billionaire David Koch of Koch Industries. The AFP funds the “Tea Party” and special interest groups that work against Democratic initiatives, opposing protections for workers, the environment, labor unions, health care reform, stimulus spending, and cap-and-trade legislation.
Regarding the “legislation that has already been prepared”, perhaps you also remember ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). The corporate funded organization that rewrites the laws that govern our lives. Through ALEC and the model legislation written by the organization, corporations have a voice and a vote in our daily lives. You didn’t really believe Citizens United was an accident did you?
The Ugly Duckling
How and why do you suppose a candidate who was so poorly thought of became the celebrated nominee? Here’s what leading Republicans have said about Romney:
Rick Santorum: “”We need someone who’s bold and courageous, someone who’s willing to go out and say, ‘I’m for these things because they are my convictions,’ not because I put a finger in the air and that’s where the public is today…..Why would we pick someone who’s had a record that is as a liberal governor of Massachusetts to lead our country at a time we need fundamental change?”
Gingrich: “This is a campaign of people power versus money power…. He understands a lot about finance, but finance is not the free market, and Wall Street is not Main Street, and giant businesses are not small businesses.”
Michele Bachmann: “If you look at Mitt Romney, he…has been very inconsistent on his positions. He has been on both sides of the abortion issue, on both sides of the issue of same-sex marriage.”“They (voters) want to know what’s the truth. They’re not interested in a chameleon.”
Rick Perry: “I happen to think that companies like Bain Capital could have come in and helped these companies, if they truly were venture capitalists, but they’re not…..They’re vulture capitalists.”
Rush Limbaugh: “ Mitt Romney is not a Conservative….Romney is a flip-flopper like John Kerry was; he’s gonna be saying one thing here when he gets to the White House is gonna turn into a moderate. I can think of things, like 2006 or 2007, Romney in Massachusetts says, “I’m not a conservative Republican, I’m a moderate.”
“The Massachusetts healthcare law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance. Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.”
Mike Huckabee: “I think a lot of people are deceived, and you have to ask do people want to elect a president who has been dishonest in order to get the job and said things about his opponents that simply aren’t true?”
Sarah Palin: Romney should both release his tax returns and substantiate his claim that Bain Capital created 100,000 jobs.
Senator Marco Rubio: “There are a lot of other people out there that some of us wish had run for President, but they didn’t.”
Sheldon Adelson: “He’s not a bold decision maker…”
Former GOP Virginia Rep. Tom Davis: “He may not be Mr. Personality, uh, you know, this is a guy who gives a fireside chat and the fire goes out.”
Rudy Giuliani: “I’ve never seen a guy change his position so many times, so fast, on a dime.”
Former Reagan OMB Director David Stockman: “I don’t think that Mitt Romney can legitimately say that he learned anything about how to create jobs in the LBO (leveraged buyout) business. The LBO business is about how to strip cash out of old, long-in-the-tooth companies and how to make short-term profits. All the jobs that he talks about came from Staples. That was a very early venture stage deal. That, you know they got out of long before it got to its current size.”
David Frum: “…..the problem is that Romney hasn’t shown backbone to stick with his positions.”
George Will: “Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate… Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis…”
And last but not least:
John McCain: compiled a 200 page Romney opposition research book which is available online thanks to BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski.
Now they all support Romney for President? Flip-flopping must be contagious. But then again, like Grover Norquist said, “….We just need a president to sign this stuff….a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen…. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”
By Fay Paxton