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Romney’s moment of cowardice

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Romney’s moment of cowardice

He can't even muster the courage to correct a woman who says the president should be "tried for treason"

In hindsight, the last big moment of integrity for the Republican Party came when Sen. John McCain challenged an older white woman who called Barack Obama an “Arab” at an October 2008 campaign event. “No ma’am,” he told her wearily. “He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about. He’s not [an Arab].”

Since then, Republicans from Sarah Palin to John Boehner to Rick Santorum have had chances to slap down party members’ false and ugly allegations about the president, from his birthplace to his religion to his loyalty to the U.S., and they all failed. Mitt Romney had his moment Monday, when a woman at a town hall event said Obama should be “tried for treason,” and he failed too.

The moment seemed tailor-made for Romney to shake his Etch-A-Sketch and put the right-wing pandering of the primary season behind him. A woman in the crowd raised her hand and asked:

“We have a president right now that is operating outside the structure of our Constitution. And I want to know — yeah, I do agree he should be tried for treason — but I want to know what you would be able to do to restore balance between the three branches of government and what you are going to be able to do to restore our Constitution in this country.”

Romney missed the chance for a McCain moment, simply addressing the woman’s question and ignoring her charge of treason against the president.

“Well, as I’m sure you do, I happen to believe the Constitution was not just brilliant but probably inspired. I happen to believe the same thing about the Declaration of Independence,” he said, to applause. “I would respect the different branches of government if I am fortunate enough to become president.”

After the rally, in response to questions from CNN, Romney replied, sounding whiny: “I don’t correct all of the questions that get asked of me. Obviously I don’t agree that he should be tried.”

Obviously? Nothing is obvious about Romney’s beliefs. He lives in fear that the GOP base will reject him like a bad organ donation. In fact, Romney’s answer was almost identical to what Rick Santorum said after an audience member called Obama a Muslim: “It’s not my responsibility, as a candidate, to correct everybody who makes a statement that I disagree with.” Still going for the Santorum vote, Mitt?

I’ve said before that John McCain gets way too much Beltway credit for political courage. But credit where it’s due – he did the right thing in October 2008, and Romney did the wrong thing on Monday. There’s no better symbol of the GOP’s slide over the last four years than its presumptive nominee’s pathetic pandering.

by on May. 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM
Replies (21-30):
Momniscient
by on May. 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Then how are you qualified to insinuate that President Obama does not follow the constitution and 'can' be held as treasonous?

I'll ask again: can you defend your statement For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong? in the context in which you replied to?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:

And how would you present to the court that President Obama has not followed the Constitution?

What is treason and what is your evidence that President Obama--your elected American official 'can' be considered to have committed treason. I am very interested to know so that I can make an informed decision as to whether the man who holds the highest office in the land is guilty of an imprison able and sometimes capital offense.

You asked how it was wrong that a woman said this. I ask you how it is right. Can you answer?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Do you feel qualified to say he didn't?

First off I said Can, third Obama took an oath to protect the constitution which he hasn't!

Quoting Momniscient:

So...

Do you then feel like you are qualified to state that the President of the United States has committed treason?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I don' t know I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong?

How would you present your case to the courts?








MizSandy
by Member on May. 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM
1 mom liked this

The problem is  Romney is not comfortable in his own skin. He seems, and always has, to be a creation of others. Nothing is authentic about him. There is no soul, no core, no real conviction that is his. The flip-flopping of which he is constantly accused, is a result of the fact that all of his declarations and beliefs are all the product of others. This is not a President this is an empty suit, an actor reading the script put in front of him. We deserve better.

 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on May. 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I said it could be for one.  SEcond I live in America and I can say what I want.

Quoting Momniscient:

Then how are you qualified to insinuate that President Obama does not follow the constitution and 'can' be held as treasonous?

I'll ask again: can you defend your statement For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong? in the context in which you replied to?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:

And how would you present to the court that President Obama has not followed the Constitution?

What is treason and what is your evidence that President Obama--your elected American official 'can' be considered to have committed treason. I am very interested to know so that I can make an informed decision as to whether the man who holds the highest office in the land is guilty of an imprison able and sometimes capital offense.

You asked how it was wrong that a woman said this. I ask you how it is right. Can you answer?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Do you feel qualified to say he didn't?

First off I said Can, third Obama took an oath to protect the constitution which he hasn't!

Quoting Momniscient:

So...

Do you then feel like you are qualified to state that the President of the United States has committed treason?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I don' t know I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong?

How would you present your case to the courts?

 


 


 



Momniscient
by on May. 8, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Out loud laugh.

So... that's a no. You just want to spout opinion with no backup.

God Bless America.

Snicker.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I said it could be for one.  SEcond I live in America and I can say what I want.

Quoting Momniscient:

Then how are you qualified to insinuate that President Obama does not follow the constitution and 'can' be held as treasonous?

I'll ask again: can you defend your statement For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong? in the context in which you replied to?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:

And how would you present to the court that President Obama has not followed the Constitution?

What is treason and what is your evidence that President Obama--your elected American official 'can' be considered to have committed treason. I am very interested to know so that I can make an informed decision as to whether the man who holds the highest office in the land is guilty of an imprison able and sometimes capital offense.

You asked how it was wrong that a woman said this. I ask you how it is right. Can you answer?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Do you feel qualified to say he didn't?

First off I said Can, third Obama took an oath to protect the constitution which he hasn't!

Quoting Momniscient:

So...

Do you then feel like you are qualified to state that the President of the United States has committed treason?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I don' t know I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong?

How would you present your case to the courts?










numbr1wmn
by Nikki on May. 8, 2012 at 2:54 PM

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Wire/2012/0508/Should-Mitt-Romney-have-to-defend-Obama-against-treason-remark

Conservatives, meanwhile, charged Democrats with hypocrisy.

At the RedState blog, Ben Howe pointed out that at a Labor Day rally with President Obama in 2011, Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa said Democrats should “take these [Republican expletives] out.”

Interviewed afterward, White House adviser Daniel Pfeiffer said that “officials shouldn’t be responsible for everything said and don’t have to serve as the ‘speech police.’ ”

“So there you have it,” wrote Mr. Howe. “There is absolutely nothing worse than a man of Governor Romney’s stature staying quiet while awful things are said about his opponent. This is something that Obama would never find himself on the wrong end of. Unless of course when he was exactly on the other end of it just last year.”

PamR
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Indeed you may say whatever you want.  Whether you can back it up or not.

Fail.

Quote:

Out loud laugh.

So... that's a no. You just want to spout opinion with no backup.

God Bless America.

Snicker.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I said it could be for one.  SEcond I live in America and I can say what I want.


numbr1wmn
by Nikki on May. 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Laugh is right.  Romney is NOT responsible for someone elses actions.  Second, he said Obama shouldn't be tried for treason.

BTW look at the hypocricy coming from the Obama administration I posted.


 

Quoting Momniscient:

Out loud laugh.

So... that's a no. You just want to spout opinion with no backup.

God Bless America.

Snicker.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I said it could be for one.  SEcond I live in America and I can say what I want.

Quoting Momniscient:

Then how are you qualified to insinuate that President Obama does not follow the constitution and 'can' be held as treasonous?

I'll ask again: can you defend your statement For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong? in the context in which you replied to?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:

And how would you present to the court that President Obama has not followed the Constitution?

What is treason and what is your evidence that President Obama--your elected American official 'can' be considered to have committed treason. I am very interested to know so that I can make an informed decision as to whether the man who holds the highest office in the land is guilty of an imprison able and sometimes capital offense.

You asked how it was wrong that a woman said this. I ask you how it is right. Can you answer?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Do you feel qualified to say he didn't?

First off I said Can, third Obama took an oath to protect the constitution which he hasn't!

Quoting Momniscient:

So...

Do you then feel like you are qualified to state that the President of the United States has committed treason?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I don' t know I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong?

How would you present your case to the courts?

 


 


 


 



PamR
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM
1 mom liked this

From the fair and balanced RedState blog.

Hoffa called the republicans a (bad) name.  He didn't accuse any of them of treason.  That's a bit of a difference.


Quote:

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Wire/2012/0508/Should-Mitt-Romney-have-to-defend-Obama-against-treason-remark

Conservatives, meanwhile, charged Democrats with hypocrisy.

At the RedState blog, Ben Howe pointed out that at a Labor Day rally with President Obama in 2011, Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa said Democrats should “take these [Republican expletives] out.”

Interviewed afterward, White House adviser Daniel Pfeiffer said that “officials shouldn’t be responsible for everything said and don’t have to serve as the ‘speech police.’ ”

“So there you have it,” wrote Mr. Howe. “There is absolutely nothing worse than a man of Governor Romney’s stature staying quiet while awful things are said about his opponent. This is something that Obama would never find himself on the wrong end of. Unless of course when he was exactly on the other end of it just last year.”


numbr1wmn
by Nikki on May. 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Same thing you are doing isn't it?

Quoting Momniscient:

Out loud laugh.

So... that's a no. You just want to spout opinion with no backup.

God Bless America.

Snicker.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I said it could be for one.  SEcond I live in America and I can say what I want.

Quoting Momniscient:

Then how are you qualified to insinuate that President Obama does not follow the constitution and 'can' be held as treasonous?

I'll ask again: can you defend your statement For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong? in the context in which you replied to?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:

And how would you present to the court that President Obama has not followed the Constitution?

What is treason and what is your evidence that President Obama--your elected American official 'can' be considered to have committed treason. I am very interested to know so that I can make an informed decision as to whether the man who holds the highest office in the land is guilty of an imprison able and sometimes capital offense.

You asked how it was wrong that a woman said this. I ask you how it is right. Can you answer?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

Do you feel qualified to say he didn't?

First off I said Can, third Obama took an oath to protect the constitution which he hasn't!

Quoting Momniscient:

So...

Do you then feel like you are qualified to state that the President of the United States has committed treason?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I don' t know I am not a lawyer.

Quoting Momniscient:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

For a president NOT to follow the constitution can be treasonous so how was this wrong?

How would you present your case to the courts?

 


 


 


 



Momniscient
by on May. 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM


Quoting PamR:

Indeed you may say whatever you want.  Whether you can back it up or not.

Fail.

Quote:

Out loud laugh.

So... that's a no. You just want to spout opinion with no backup.

God Bless America.

Snicker.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

I said it could be for one.  SEcond I live in America and I can say what I want.





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