Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney committed an epic blunder a few days ago:
"I believe conservatives across the nation and particularly in states where I have been able to take my message, like Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina and Michigan and Florida and Nevada, that conservatives that have heard me time and again recognize that I do speak for the Republican wing of the Republican Party," Romney said.
This comment is without a doubt the dumbest thing that has been said by a Republican candidate so far this election cycle. First of all, borrowing a line from Howard Dean (who famously claimed to represent the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party") is a sure-fire loser in a Republican election. Second of all, Romney risks alienating the Giuliani, McCain and Thompson supporters that he desperately needs to win over with this kind of tactic. And lastly, when you yourself have flipped your position on crucial social issues such as abortion and gay rights you probably don't want to be accusing others of not being real Republicans.
Senator John McCain has fired back:
"As we all know, when he ran for office in Massachusetts, being a Republican wasn't much of a priority for him," McCain said, speaking to the New Hampshire Republican Party in Manchester, N.H. "In fact, when he ran against [Sen.] Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), he said he didn't want to return to the days of Reagan-Bush. I always thought Ronald Reagan was a real Republican.
"When he voted for a Democratic candidate for President, Paul Tsongas, I don't think he was speaking for Republicans. When he refused to endorse the Contract with America, I don't think he was speaking for Republicans."
Romney's contribution to a Democratic candidate in 1992 is also coming back to haunt him:
Chuck Douglas, the former New Hampshire Republican congressman serving as McCain's vice chair, derided Romney's claim over the weekend that he made a political contribution 15 years ago to N.H. Democrat Dick Swett out of a personal friendship.
"As a Republican who ran against liberal Democrat Dick Swett, I can assure you that in 1992 Republicans wrote checks to defeat him; and those Republicans weren't voting for Paul Tsongas that year either,'' said Douglas, who lost his seat to Swett in a surprise upset in 1990.
"Mitt Romney actively worked to defeat the Republican candidate trying to reclaim my old congressional seat,'' he said. "Therefore, I'm amazed that Romney would claim to represent the Republican wing of the Republican Party -- because when Romney had a chance to contribute to a New Hampshire Republican, he chose to fund a liberal New Hampshire Democrat instead."
Mitt Romney is a fraud, flip-flopper and a pretender of the worst sort. It's amazing to me that he has lasted this long in the Republican primary. Maybe they will start to wake up over there now that Romney has so inelegantly jammed his foot squarely into his mouth.
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