Heh. Months ago, people were posting “Where’s Willard” photos and on-scene reports of Mitt Romney sightings. Now, many can see him all at the same time. Mitt Romney is reportedly set to speak at CPAC next month.

Some Twitter users aren’t thrilled by the news.

Harsh! On the flip-side:

https://twitter.com/FirstTeamTommy/status/304299293051867136

https://twitter.com/UCCowboy/status/304308103200010240

Still, mocking is something on which all can agree! Hit it, Twitter.

A hashtag enters the mix.

Heh. And some advice for attendees.

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Romney should go to CPAC and apologize to Sarah Palin. He treated her and the Tea Party like a rented mule.

    • http://twitter.com/__abstraction__ An Abstraction

      That’s because they are rented mules. Mules are also called ASSES. So, really, the “Tea Party” (something that never really existed in the first place, they are more-or-less a political construct – go look it up because you’re probably not learned enough to know what that fancy shmancy phrase means) are a bunch of ASSES. And so it Part-Time Palin. God Bless!

      • John (it true me am)

        Never existed?! Damn those treacherous super PACs, they must have implanted false memories in my head again!

      • TJCrane_NCC1701

        Sez the person whose party’s symbol is, literally, a JACKASS.

        Do you practice at being a moron or is it a genetic thing that comes natural ?

      • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

        Ignore AA his parents do

      • cbenoistd

        God didn’t bless spell checking, or at least yours didn’t.

      • ssj429

        Right…you just proved by your ridiculous statement how dumb and uneducated you are. I’m also guessing that you are a massive fan of the idiotic bigot Bill Maher as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/liberals.needhelp Liberals Needhelp

      The RNC and GOP lawmakers have done that since 2008….it ain’t all on Romney.
      He made a tactical decision to stay away from conservative media openly, and many conservative figures. It would not have killed him to include Palin at the RNC convention in relation to a military angle, or a special needs proposal, both regarding her kids, or environmental, or even NRA attachment. He chose not to.
      But, Romney did what the RNC has done for years….put her down, ignored her, and feared her fame……the good and bad of it. I get that part. But, it’s no reason not to include her as part of the party, no one could raise more money than she could….could bring light to key issues re: gun rights, environ rights from a conserv. angle, family issues, fiscal issues, searching new ways to access the public views and dollars….
      Oh well….

      • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

        I agree, would been nice if Sarah spoke at the convention.

        • cbenoistd

          I don’t care about the speaking so much; she had a platform on Fox for that. The decision not to invite her to attend had to come from someone. Maybe the Game Change authors will make something up.

    • Isabella1709

      He did not. I worked in his campaign and know the great extent he went to be inclusive. You people are just angry he wasn’t your choice. So shut up and work for whom ever you want next.

    • ssj429

      That is not true. Palin has never liked Romney. She did whatever she could do to influence republican primary voters to not vote for him. For the record, I am a Palin fan as well.

  • Steve_J

    Are Romney and Rove going to give a combined presentation on how to totally screw up and misread a campaign?

    • Billie Slash

      They’re marketing a new sports drink. Its called “RINO Refreshe”.

  • dunst43

    What does CPAC stand for again? Especially that first C. It’s past time for TEAPAC.

    • Billie Slash

      Conservative Political Action Committee

      • dunst43

        Sometimes my sarcasm gets lost in the ether. Still think it’s time for TEAPAC.

        • Billie Slash

          The TEAPAC idea has promise!

      • NachoCheese (D)

        Actually is it “Conservative Political Action Conference

  • $27789750

    CPAC needs to show manners and appreciate the fact that this guy is showing up in spite of problems. Getting more and more disgusted with cons sounding like boorish libs.

  • John (it true me am)

    I’m over CPAC. Between the idiotic PR due to the GOProud stuff and this the relevancy of CPAC is in serious question.
    I would have been damn happy if Romney had won, but that doesn’t mean I (or many) thought he was even remotely the best candidate. Are memories so short that they’ve already forgotten the conservative rebellion against being force fed Romney during the primaries?

  • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

    Yeah, I don’t get the Romney bashing. The guy refused to get in the gutter with Obama, and people turn on him. But I also don’t get the RINO thing and why GOProud isn’t allowed at CPAC, so there’s that.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      You can’t play nice during election season, that’s why Obama won and why we didn’t.

      • TheOriginalDonald

        RIGHT! FOR TIC TAC DOUGH!

      • ssj429

        Amen!

      • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

        Great point Ben.

      • Angie

        Isn’t it pretty to think so?

        But no — Obama “won” re-election for 3 reasons: (1) the systemic failure of the public school system in this country and it’s take over by the likes of Bill Ayers, et al producing a nation of morons; (2) the take over of the media — both news and entertainment – by the left to the extent that the MSM is the PR arm of the DNC and “entertainment” shows & movies nakedly spew left-wing propaganda; and (3) my & your tax dollars being used to buy votes via Obamaphones and other entitlements as well as busing every homeless person and mental defect to the polling stations, where they vote multiple times.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          Those are certainly big factors, but Romney could have won people over by hammering Obama on his failures and not pretending the he is a nice guy. And Romney should have called Obama out on his lies about him, taking the “high road” means that people just think you are weak and rolling over.

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            We’ll just have to agree to disagree — the actual vote counts in red & swing states where a senate seat was on the ballot show Romney ran better than the GOP nominees for Senate (even Texas — Romney got almost 100k more votes than Cruz did, not to mention he handily won MO & IN, which Akin & Murdoch lost; same thing in FL, VA, etc) — if Romney was the problem as you contend, the opposite should have happened (or Romney should have at best run even with GOP senate candidates, not ran better than they did). So I’m going with my take on this — Romney “won over” as many of the persuadables as possible, there are just slightly more of *them* than *us* in the voting electorate & I don’t see 4 more years of creating even more people dependent on the government being good for us even if we run Zombie Reagan in 2016.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            There were a lot of independents and conservative leaning Democrats and libertarians though that didn’t vote for Romney because they saw him as what the liberals painted him to be: a rich white guy who screwed people over at Bain Capital. Romney did very little to call Obama out on it and so people continued to see him that way. Hell, I know lifelong Republicans who believed that crap too. Elections are not for the timid, you don’t have to name call but you have to be aggressive and have a backbone about your position and expose the lies of your opponent instead of calling him a “nice guy”. Romney failed to do that effectively. We are going to keep losing election if we don’t abandon the nice guy routine and don’t hit them when they hit back.

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            I’d put those people to whom you refer who saw Romney as the MSM painted him (my #2 point) under the “moron” category (my #1 point). Nonetheless, doesn’t answer why Romney got more votes than GOP senate candidates in every red & purple state where those races were on the ballot.

            Like I said: agree to disagree.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Doesn’t matter if they are morons, morons still vote. That’s why you have to play hardball back and be loud about it so your voice can be heard over the MSM. Your points are factors we can’t change, I am talking about ones we can.

          • Judy B

            Unless/until the massive fraud machine is busted wide open, there will never be another true election.

        • Judy B

          Bingo, nail on the head, get it, got it, good! Would include voter fraud too, Obama did not really win, the election was stolen. Evidence still coming to light.

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            I include that in point 3! 😉

    • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

      People say they want someone (1) who isn’t a career politician and then complain that the guy isn’t a “good politician” and (2) who doesn’t do “negative” campaigning and then complain that he had too much dignity.
      Basically — they don’t know what they want.

      • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

        Exactly. The number one problem in this country is the Economy. It shouldn’t matter if the candidate is a RINO or Tea Party member as long as their main focus is that. Everything else can wait as far as I am concerned.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          The problem with RINOs though is that when they are pushed they have no backbone and vote with progressives, the very same things we criticize Boehner, McCain, and Graham for. Establishment Republicans need to go period, the last election was proof of that. We as the Tea Party now have a chance to better organize and put up one candidate instead of 3 or 4 to go up against the establishment candidate during the primary.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            I see your point but they can’t just vote against everything the dems want just for the hell of it. There has to be middle ground. This country is split in two and independents want someone who will reach across the aisle. Romney (imho) was that guy, but unfortunately Obama again convinced the American public HE was that guy. The only reasons Obama won was because he talked a good talk and had the media and every black voter behind him. I don’t think most of the blacks/ young will care as much if Hillary runs. Obama was young and “hip” so he got the young vote. Rubio is showing he’s got that same thing going for him. I like Paul and Cruz too but Cruz has got to lighten up a bit. What has been really cool is Rubio and Cruz showing mutual admiration for each other on social media. They know how to play the game. It IS a game/ popularity contest. The elections are so much like American Idol it’s ridiculous.

            I also hope Cruz, Paul, Rubio and even Carson are savvy enough to handle the social issue questions that will be coming their way because we all have seen that can make or break them.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            You have it wrong, Dems are the ones voting for the opposite of what conservatives want (which is common sense) for the heck of it, not the other way around. They don’t care if it flies in the face of common sense or not, you can’t compromise with their logic. Romney WAS a moderate and the Dems blasted him anyway, it doesn’t matter to them. We have to fight fire with fire, we have to be conservative and be unashamed of it. The libs see the Republican Party cower and back down from fights because the GOP are afraid of what the MSM will say about them so they know they have them backed into a corner. We have to do what we used to do when we were winning elections, we have to hit them back and we have to hit them back hard both liberals and the MSM. Every time we put up a establishment moderate “reach across the aisle” guy they lose and that is a fact. Dole, McCain, and now Romney. People say they want politicians to ‘reach across the aisle’ but the bottom line is voters don’t trust a candidate they can’t trust to be conservative or liberal.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            I have to disagree. I think McCain and Romney just didn’t have the savvy to use media to their advantage. McCain always came across as angry, and the media’s weird disgust with Palin overshadowed him. Romney was too passive. What Rubio did to change that whole Watergate situation around gave me high hopes for him. He handled the Buzzfeed interview perfectly. He handled the Time cover controversy even better. If you get another far right candidate in there that shoots their mouth off about things like abortion and gay marriage- he or she is going to lose too. I know conservatives are set in their values, but Roe vs. Wade will never be overturned, and acceptance for gays is now the norm. There is no turning back on that, and those two things are what holds back independents from supporting conservatives and frankly, you need the independents to win.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Nah, the fact that the GOP act ashamed about abortion and gay marriage is what turns independents and their conservative base off. McCain and Romney when push came to shove backed down from the fight and flip-flopped on the issues because they decided to listen to the establishment. Put an establishment candidate like Christie up there he will do the same and he will also lose. You put a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage conservative up they will lose, in a landslide. Apparently you buy into the MSM BS that the GOP needs to go towards the left(which it is always a good idea to take advice from your enemies lol), but I am here to tell you there is a hunger for a true conservative candidate. The only reason an establishment guy like Romney was nominated is because the true conservative vote was split between people like Bachmann, Cain, Santorum, and Perry. If there had been one candidate Romney would have been beaten easily and so would have Obama.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            I am an independent Ben. I think GOP does need to step to the left on those two social issues OR they need to at least find a way to express their beliefs without alienating the left. Rubio started to do it in the buzzfeed interview ( I have yet to hear Cruz/Paul/ Carson on the subject) by saying something like he had his own set of values as a Christian but…. and then he got cut off or veered off subject, which was a pretty good move this early in the game. They have to learn how to approach those subjects or they are toast. I know there is a hunger, as you say, for a true conservative, by conservatives, but again- you NEED those independents, IMHO.
            I totally agree with you about votes being split. That will happen anytime you have similar candidates.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            If they step to the left they will abandon their base, that is never a good strategy. You stay true to your base and the independents will come later. Also, believe it or not a lot of Christian Democrats and Independents are anti-abortion and for traditional marriage. Romney did a better job at playing to the base than I expected(& certainly better than McCain) yet deep down the base still knew he was a moderate which is why 3 million registered Republican stayed home(which would have been enough people for him to win). The thing is you can’t act ashamed of your position and hope to win, and you can’t let your opponent slide when he lies about you which Romney did a lot. It is an election, you can’t play the nice guy card and you have to go for the throat.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            I don’t think a far right or far left candidate will ever attract an independent. Can’t prove it, of course. I do agree that there are a lot of prolife/ traditional marriage dems and independents. The thing is, they keep their opinions quiet. And that’s why the Repubs are easy to blame. Personally, I have much more respect for a person who stands by their beliefs and speaks up about them than those that are passive aggressive about it, but I’m probably an odd duck 😉

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Well, here is what the facts are. In the past 30 or so years every time we have put a ‘true’ conservative up they have won: Reagan, Bush Sr., and GW Bush. Every time we have put up an establishment moderate they have lost: Dole, McCain, and Romney. Granted Bush Sr. lost reelection to Clinton, but then again a huge factor in that
            was that he broke his promise not to raise taxes which is a no-no when
            you are conservative. I think we agree since your last comment is basically what I am saying, politicians need a backbone.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            Ben, we didn’t have social media piling on with MSM 30 years ago. The more popular Fox news got, the angrier MSM got, and they have abandoned any sense of fair media. ANY republican who gets close to looking like a front runner, whether they were TEA PARTY or RINO has been decimated even before the primaries. Bachman, Palin, Santorum, eg. That’s why you need someone who can use social media to their advantage. It’s a different world than it was even ten years ago. Comparing presidents from thirty years ago or even 15 is fruitless, imho.

            And yes, I agree they need a backbone, but with that they need to know how to handle those social issue questions.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Eh, I don’t buy that. I do know the media has evolved but the American people at their heart still want the same things and for the most part think for themselves, they just need a candidate passionate enough to get the message across like Ronald Reagan. No Republican candidate has ever been helped out by the media and that fact hasn’t changed in 30 years, the candidates that have won have spoken above the media and got their message across so clearly and passionately the media cannot deny it. The fact that the MSM has become more biased just means we need a candidate even more clear and more passionate than before. If you put up a more left GOP candidate you are basically asking voters to choose between the same views, it won’t work especially since these next 4 years are going to be a good illustration of why the left’s policies don’t work. Voters are not going to vote for that again.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            The social issues of marriage equality and choice/life are not going to go away. Just read that article on the Stossel/ Coulter debate and that’s exactly the two issues libertarians/ indies side with liberals about. It’s exactly why they are saying Republicans are becoming extinct. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree then :)

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Those issues are being talked about in the media because they are trying to push them, you ask the average American what they care about it is going to be the economy not gay marriage. And I would say a good majority of people are against abortion and probably the same with gay marriage as well no matter how the media tries to portray it. You simply can’t listen to the MSM and think they are accurately portraying the concerns of the American people, they have an agenda they are trying to push and that hasn’t change in 30 years. Besides, abortion and marriage are state issues.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            That’s my point though- these republicans need to make the public understand that and the media is in their way. My only issue is how they are handling the questions. The media are killing their chances before they even come up for election on those two subjects.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            And see I agree with that, we need someone as charismatic and passionate about conservatism as Ronald Reagan to illustrate why what we believe is the better option. My disagreement comes from that I don’t think the GOP need to go more left to do that, gay marriage and abortion were not why people didn’t vote for Romney. Obama put out a false narrative of Romney being an out of touch rich guy who was taking away women’s birth control and poor people’s health care and Romney didn’t effectively counteract that even though it wasn’t true. It would be the same result from any establishment and RINO politicians, they care too much about what the MSM thinks to stand up for conservatism.

          • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

            So far the four I am looking at right now: Rubio, Cruz, Paul, and Carson have pretty much kept quiet about it. Here’s hoping they know how to handle those questions.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Those are decent candidates, I think I would rather keep Paul as a VP because I disagree with him on foreign policy.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Those issues are being talked about in the media because they are trying to push them, you ask the average American what they care about it is going to be the economy not gay marriage. And I would say a good majority of people are against abortion and probably the same with gay marriage as well no matter how the media tries to portray it. You simply can’t listen to the MSM and think they are accurately portraying the concerns of the American people, they have an agenda they are trying to push and that hasn’t change in 30 years. Besides, abortion and marriage are state issues.

          • marylandman

            Actually, George W lost to Gore in 2000. Since 1992, you’ve only won ONE presidential popular vote, and that was in a post-911 Bush fear mongering state. Get used to it. The American people are tired of the same old ideas that do nothing but funnel wealth to the top. Reagan’s policies have done terrible harm to the country, it just took people this long to see.

            Also, PLEASE keep fighting marriage equality and trying to repeal Roe v Wade. PLEASEEE. The country is against you and your views will only become more and more antiquated, hastening the Republican party’s dash to irrelevance.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            LOL nobody cares what your nutty liberal conspiracy theories are marylandman

          • marylandman

            OBAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            LOL nobody cares what your nutty liberal conspiracy theories are marylandman

  • http://www.facebook.com/liberals.needhelp Liberals Needhelp

    Romney should go. Give a recap of the election. Fact is he was generally right on the way people who get govt. funds would vote. He was right about how the media portrays conservatives. He was right about the budget woes to come, the true unemployment #’s, the true fiscal issues that were to erupt, he was even right about Mali and terrorism……..
    I hope he gets the respect he deserves, it does take a lot to put yourself out there for several years as a candidate and fundraiser….and he did. Good and bad.
    Poor decision to take it easy on Obama after debate #1, poor decision not to hammer away at his obvious shortcomings more, and loudly, and poor decision to not go after the Democrats w/ the harsh hammer tone they took to you……
    Played it safe. Lost.

    • Judy B

      Nub of the problem, conservatives always play nicer than progs.

  • patriot fan

    I like Romney, I am still sad that he supposedly didn’t win the election. Our country would most certainly have a brighter future if it was President Romeny instead of President Obama –. No he wasn’t the perfect choice but the best choice on election day! I shook his hand last year, and would love to shake it again!

    • The First Lady ; D

      I agree with you wholeheartedly!

    • Isabella1709

      These people think their guy or lady would have won the day. They will have to get over it, just as we will have to. I love Mitt, and was proud to work in his campaign. I did stop going to 912 meetings and Tea Party because they were so mean spirited. I hope one day they will realize that the best man didn’t win, but the best man we could have run, did. It wasn’t enough. Sorry to say.

    • leftwingthom

      What do you mean “supposedly didn’t win”? Could it be possible that after all the sh**t your side gave us for accusing Bush of rigging the election, that you guys are accusing Obama of the same thing? I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        I’m glad you love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning, too bad you don’t know what it actually means. But again — Obama supporters don’t know their *ss from a hole in the ground.

        • Ronald

          There will always be conspiracy theories.

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            /eye roll.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sherri.seiber Sherri Seiber

      I have to agree with you. Voted Romney.

  • ceemack

    Hmmm…I wonder how many of those complaining about Romney speaking at CPAC are among those “conservatives” who stayed home on election day to teach the RNC a lesson about nominating middle-of-the-road candidates.

    Those would be the same halfwits that gave us four more years of King Barry I.

    If his speaking at CPAC bothers you that much, stay home. Apparently that’s something you know how to do.

    • SineWaveII

      Ouch that’s going to leave a mark.

    • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

      I wish I could like this post +1000.

    • Judy B

      Agree, if you didn’t bother to vote, trap shut please.

  • SineWaveII

    *Yyyyawwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnn*

  • Gary Mathis

    What can we learn from a loser? Maybe he’ll apologize to Sarah Palin.

    • rinodino

      So one loser apologizes to another loser, hmmm …, so I ask you, what can you learn from either Obama road kill?

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        No wonder you support Obama — you’re too dumb to realize that Palin didn’t run for the presidency.

        • rinodino

          But yet Palin was on the ticket that ran against Obama in 2008??? How did that turnout??? As usual righties to dumb to realize ANYTHING…. Hence the consistent failing and losing, please by all means continue ……

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            Do you understand how beneath the dignity of the top of the ticket it is to compare him to the bottom of the opposite ticket?
            Of course you don’t — you’re an Obama supporter.

          • rinodino

            So apparently Palin lost to no one in 2008???? So Who did she lose to angie????Lmao , please stop, clowning righties can’t be this easy

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            See what I mean –you think you’re “clowning” me because you can’t grasp the fact that the bottom of the ticket has only ever mattered one time in the history of the US presidential elections — JFK/LBJ. But — like I said, you’re a moron who supports Obama and is THRILLED to compare him to the VP nominee on the other ticket because you know — deep down in your heart — that compared to the top of the ticket in 2008 AND 2012 your guy is a fraud with no class and no accomplishments (beyond fooling idiots like you into voting for him).

          • rinodino

            Doesn’t matter what part of the ticket she’s on, the fact is she lost to the Obama ticket, if you fail to comprehend that , you are pretty much hopeless, which pretty much is the fate of the extreme right. Thank God!!

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            You mean the Biden ticket — that’s what is logically consistent with your premise.
            Like I said: no wonder you support Obama — you can’t think.
            Enjoy your ignorance while you can, parasite — your host is dying and unlike you, those of us on the right are able to take care of ourselves.

          • rinodino

            Um wow Sounds like somebody is watching way too much alien lol please put the collectors set down and get a life, besides its liberal evil Hollywood they don’t like you

    • Love of Country

      A loser? You mean the uber rich family guy with tons of patriotism, class, dignity and respect …. that guy?

      Ya know …. he didn’t lose to your God-hating, America-hating, anti-capitalist, fear-mongering racist piece of garbage in the Whitehouse …. he lost to the blatantly fascist and completely corrupt state run media and that 100% false image they created in Barack Hussein Owebamao. And they did a real good job too as some 99% of all violent felons were fawning all over your failed, pathologically lying “leader”, lol.

  • Ariadnea

    Rove will keep on blaming Romney’s loss on Christine McDonnell and the Tea Party.

    As to Romney’s in coming CPAC speech, I wish him luck! He could have saved himself and us the heartache, had he and the rest of the Republican establishment did not alienate the Tea Party during the last election.

  • Guest

    Romney should be celebrating NOT getting elected.
    With the Senate stuffed with left wing extremists, and also a dishonest partisan media,
    the ability of Romney to be president would have been blocked and undermined;
    he would have had a miserable and fruitless presidency.
    America is not ready for change, it needs to feel four more years of pain and misery.

    • leftwingthom

      Pretty sure the Republican-controlled House has just as much say as the Senate. Btw, Harry Reid is pro-life. Doesn’t sound very extreme to me.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    He is a good man and would have been a good leader, that said the GOP needs to get their crap together. It is the Republican Party’s fault for not being more aggressive and playing it safe, something they were doing before Romney and are still doing after him. You are not going to get elected by saying your opponent is a nice man and acting timid and not sticking him on the outrageous crap he pulls, never works. That is the GOP and as long as any candidate follows that advice we are screwed.

  • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

    Oh look, the same “more conservative than thous” who spent the entire GE echoing the MSM-created memes bashing Romney rather than Obama are *still* bashing him.
    Throw in idiot remarks by Akin & Murdoch that the Obama media was only too happy to flood the zone with, is it any wonder that the clown show on the right fell short against the unified front of the left?
    And don’t even start with the “more conservative than thou” meme du jour that we shouldn’t have to DEFEND our candidate to begin with — besides the fact that if you think we wouldn’t have needed to defend Palin, Newt or Santorum EVEN MORE than Mitt you need your head examined, defending Obama is ALL THE LEFT/MSM DOES — they straight up lie & edit tape on national TV defending him for the love of cheese. No one asked the “more conservative than thous” to lie, just present a united front fighting Obama — but oh no, they are too pure for that — they had to make sure they loudly & vocally fed the MSM with the Romney bashing from the right.

    • nc

      THANK YOU! All we needed was “all hands on deck” once the nominee was picked, but nooooo, the “too pure for that” bunch just couldn’t bring themselves to do it.

  • ssj429

    What is wrong with Romney speaking at CPAC? Sarah Palin lost in 2008, and she is speaking. Should we not listen to her? Romney did a great job this past election. Obama did NOT win by a landslide. Republicans got Indiana and South Carolina back, and they won a lot of other voters back that they lost in 2008 as well. So Romney does not “lack influence or credibility.” And for the record, just a few months ago, conservatives were praising Romney like crazy. It’s unwise and foolish to demonize Romney. In hindsight he has learned a lot of things. He also possesses statistics that his team took after the election to find out exactly why he lost, so allow Romney to speak! The problem that I am seeing now is that conservatives, and the republican establishment both refuse to work together. They have both demonized the other. The civil war that they have warned about has been created by them. It’s also nonsense for conservatives (Glenn Beck) to threaten to create a third party. It will split the republican party, and the next several elections will be won by democrats. We need to become united, and we have to have more of a conservative lens that filters the views of the republican establishment as well.

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    Conservatives have become their own worst enemies and I am old enough to say this. There should be no speaker denied unless your constitution and conservative ideology isn’t strong enough to be open and respectful become a democrat, that’s their style.

  • Maxx

    One thing I learned from November 2012. Better to win with someone who sides with you on 80% of the issues than watch the fella who disagrees with you on 100% take another four-year oath.

    We must accept the truth that this continuing, self-defeating obsession with finding the “perfect” conservative to run for President is hurting the party. Mitt Romney would have made a damn fine President despite the fears from uber-righties that he wasn’t “conservative” enough. We don’t expect perfection from our mates…why in God’s name do we demand it from our nominee?

    The end result of waiting for perfection is the delivery of failure.

    • kateorjane

      How much mileage are people trying to get from that phrase – about accepting candidates you disagree with versus getting the other side elected? Why doesn’t anyone tell the RINOs to follow that mantra?
      Conservatives keep getting told they are being unreasonable when they don’t fall all over a moderate candidate but the moderates are excused for not supporting conservative candidates. Why is it supposed to be enough to have the GOP candidate lie about believing in conservative positions?

      Why is it ok to criticize those who don’t want to sing Mitt’s praises while many moderates are STILL complaining about Palin, O’Donnell, etc? I don’t recall the moderates rallying to defend conservative candidates last cycle and they still mock them.

      • Maxx

        My point was if the “base” of our party were truly as conservative as many conservatives believe, Romney would not have won his party’s nomination, Gingrich or Santorum would have. It doesn’t matter how much money someone has. There were enough debates to override Romney’s money machine. The other candidates failed to seal the deal. So, you have to decide once the dance has started (or in this case, once primary season ends)…are you going to dance with the one you came with…or sit it out to your own chagrin?
        Too many conservatives, frustrated at a Romney nomination, sat it out in November. They failed to recognize that by not voting for the Republican nominee, they essentially deprived a great deal of citizenry the opportunity to witness conservatism at the highest level of governance. THAT is what will bring more people to the party…a conservative President….even if he/she is center-right. Certainly not another four years of entitlements, which end up becoming tentacles that are politically, difficult to detach.
        I’m not asking conservatives to become “less conservative,” rather to acknowledge that a vote for indifference (sitting it out) became a vote for our opponent. Romney on his worst day would have been better than Obama on his best.

  • daeghrefn

    I held my nose and voted for him, and I knew he would lose. But he’s an accomplished, decent man and I’m curious to hear what he has to say.

  • Beth Larsen

    Thrilled he’ll be at CPAC, and I really wish I could go. I miss hearing from him, even if he didn’t win the election like he should have.