Politics Week in Review

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  • The Republicans are so desperate to win that even staunch conservatives and Tea Party members who railed against any modification in avoiding budget cuts, who are calling for stringent measures, including eliminating entitlement programs, have largely kept silent.

    They are gambling that the real Mitt Romney is the one who fought to prove his conservative bona fides during the primaries and not the more moderate Romney who has been out on the campaign stump.

    They hope no one is paying close attention to the lack of details in Romney's constantly shifting plan and that he can squeak by in a close race without being pinned down.

    They are hoping, if they win, that the nation will have elected a strong conservative Romney.

    But no one can be sure.

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday that though he is still a Republican, he would endorse President Obama again.

    "I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012," Powell told "CBS This Morning."

    Powell said Romney's tax plan and inconsistencies in his policy statements have contributed to his decision to stick with Obama.

    "The governor who was at the debate Monday night was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier, " Powell said, noting that getting a handle on Romney's positions on the economy and foreign policy was the issue.

    "Well it's hard to fix it, I mean, it's a moving target. One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. Same thing in Iraq and on almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Gov. Romney agreed with President Obama, with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign," Powell said.

    And certainly Romney's flip-flopping has gotten notice.

    The Salt Lake Tribune said it was the confusion over which Romney would assume the White House that gave its editorial board pause and caused it to throw its endorsement to Obama.

    Romney's political and Mormon background, his pro-business outlook and "adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state" made him an attractive candidate.

    "But it was Romney's singular role in rescuing Utah's organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State's favorite adopted son," The Tribune said.

    But Romney's shifting positions created a real quandary.

    "Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party's shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party's radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

    "The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney's next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear."

    Romney told the Des Moines Register in an interview that he would not pursue abortion-related legislation if elected president. During the primaries he said he would sign a bill banning all abortion. He also has said during the general campaign that he supports banning abortion except in the cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. Before 2007, he was pro-choice.

    The Republican candidate had said he would reduce the federal deficit by cutting back on entitlements and that nothing was off the table, not even Social Security or Medicare or popular tax breaks, such as mortgage interest and charitable deductions.

    But Romney has announced no plans to cut any of the 10 largest individual tax deductions to balance the budget, although they represent about $842 billion annually.

    How he will pay for all this remains a mystery since Romney said he would keep the Bush tax cuts and reduces tax rates by 20 percent across the board while increasing defense spending.

    And where is the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party on this shift?

    Crickets.

    So with less than two weeks before Election Day, who the real Mitt Romney is is anyone's guess.

    And the race is this close?
     

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    22 thoughts on “Politics Week in Review

    1. Has anyone ever seen bad karma obummer go into the hood and alot funds to clean it up and provide jobs for the 35% black youth unemployment? I don’ think so because he’s been too busy playing golf with rich Wallstreet white guys whom he’s given billions to. Now, still going to vote for him because he’s half black?

    2. @cindycruz

      You may not believe this but…all black people don’t drink kool-aid!…you keep drinking or smoking whatever it is you’re on…you keep saying there are independents…you’re not independent…you’re someone who likes to tell yourself things to make you feel better about doing what’s best for the country…reality is if you really were concerned about the country…you wouldn’t look mitts way because he could care less about this country or YOU!!!!

    3. On Or Before Nov 6,2012 Vote Obama in order to ensure 4 Time Vietnam War Draft Dodger Mitt Romney ” Self Deport” Back To France where he hid while peeing himself while evading the Vietnam war . America Needed Him and he ran away.

      Mitt Romney “Strong On Defense & For A Strong Military?” Your Commander In Chief ?
      No Way !!! How can We Trust A Man Who Evaded The Vietnam War Draft 4 Times?

    4. I just hope that Mitt and company haven’t hired a computer hacker to swing the election in his favor. That is the only way Mitt can win.

    5. @rhemasplace
      I question all government authority…
      Die hard Reps would vote for romney even if he came and took a bowel movement on their front porch… the same goes for dems as they would vote for Obama even if he came and took one on their porch. It leaves about 20% of us Independents who have to wear the big boy pants and actually look at both candidates and do what is best for this country.

    6. @bigblacknigg
      Both bush and President Obama both allowed the “too big to fail” banks, Wall Street, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Pharmaceutical and Insurance Companies acces to Corporate welfare and Power all the while crushing their competitors and small business.
      You do realize that President Obamas staff was made up from wall Street and Goldman Sachs… did it not surprise you that there wasnt one conviction of the trillions of dollars that was pillaged from the American people?!?! Think about it… open your partisan eyes and you might start to see some real truth.

    7. @Bigblacknigg

      cindycruz always talks about how President Obama follows bush’s policies on steroids and how terrible the President is…but the only thing he/she does is try to pour salt on the President all the while also saying that Romney is no better…trying to persuade people to vote for mittster…the thing is…he/she will say or do anything to try to bash the President…but what it really boils down to is that he/she is just as fake and shady as the mittster!

      Quote of the minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade (take your pick)…i stand by what i said whatever it is…mitt changes as much as he changes his magic underwear!

    8. You as a service member (my brother is a Marine) know you NEVER leave a soldier behind on the battlefield.
      This adminisration left those 2 men to die. They were denied three times for help over a period of 7 hours although assistance was less than 45 minutes away. In fact, special ops forces were told to stand down and deny those in the Embassy help. Think about that …. as an ex servicemen that should make your blood boil.

    9. cindycruz: Whose economic policies do you think Romney is going to follow? Those same policies of the Bush Administration (that you yourself deplore) are going to be reinstated under Romney. He’s going to take you right down the same economic path that got us into this mess then again, he flip flops by the week so may not be sure himself what his agenda will be. As for Service Members Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, they died as Navy Seals with courage honor and may God have mercy on their souls…At least you can name them what about the countless other servicemen and women who have been sent into harms way fighting unnecessary wars (most recently by the “idiot” from TexASS). There will always be unnecessary casualties, I as a former servicemember (also US Navy) knew the risk when I signed on the dotted line. So what’s your point as for Woods and Doherty?

    10. Exactly … Bush was and still is an idiot…. However, why has our President followed the same Economic Policies as Bush?

    11. what does Bush being on the ballot have to do with his quote? I find it funny how conservatives and like-minded others like to play the “Bush is not the President” Card. Trust me, should Romney get elected and shows his “true colors” and doesn’t deliver on his promises…The FIRST thing they will says is “It’s not his fault….BLAME OBAMA” Well, Obama won’t be the president, it’s YOURS now buddy! At least you admit Bush was an idiot so maybe there’s hope for you!

    12. @bigblacknigg
      Is the idiot Bush on the ballot? Furthermore, If you liked Bush’s Economic policies you probably loved our Presidents because he doubled down on everything Bush did.

    13. cindycruz: Actually Ms. Cruz, the quote of the decade isn’t from President Obama but from THIS guy (see below).

      “The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.” – G.W. Bush, 9/13/01

      “I don’t know where he is and I don’t care. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.” – G.W. Bush, 03/09/02

    14. If you want to Romney…say so but don’t hide behind “I’m an Independent and I’m voting for Romney because Obama failed in the 1st debate.” If a debate performance is enough to change your vote, you had no intention on voting for the guy in the 1st place…The debate only justifies your intent.

    15. @Rhemasplace;

      Who said this?

      The Quote of the Decade:

      “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

      Barack Obama 2007

    16. @rhemasplace said
      “Words reveal thoughts and thoughts reveal who you are!!!”

      You must be refering to our President who joked on TV “losing lives in Libya wasnt optimal”

    17. The only thing presidential about willard is….NOTHING!!! Anyone who bases their vote on a debate performance is….LOST!!!!

    18. Denver is what changed this election. Our President without that dang teleprompter fell flat while he allowed romney to come off as presidential. The subsequent debates, our President and VP came off as small thinking, unlikeable and without any real plan to fix our looming problems.
      As an independent voter,President Obama will lose this election due to his debate performances. The middle road and Independents like myself did not like what we saw on those stages.

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