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We do not have to let Republicans off the hook for nominating a manor-born pension-looting multi-hundred-millionaire tax-evading dancing horse-owner who was on record for pushing GM into bankruptcy and leaving Bin-Laden alive until he gives a Republican President a do-over in Tora Bora.

Of course Republicans will probably never again be so stupid as to pick such a caricature as their Presidential nominee (at least during any period when memories are fresh of financial collapses and Wall Street bailouts).

But most Republicans will push for most of the policies that Romney championed. What better way to call each of them out on this than to label him or her as a “Romney Republican”?

Look how many decades of leverage Republicans got from labeling their opponents as “McGovern Democrats”, even though nobody really knew what that meant, other than “too early against the Vietnam War”, “bad a picking VP candidates", "too modest about personal heroism in World War II” and –most importantly– “big-losing nominee of a divided party”.

Romney similarly lost big, not only of most the battleground states, but by 4% in the popular vote, despite benefiting from Super-PAC spending, 8% unemployment, voter suppression and heavily-stoked racism.

Also similarly, Romney's VP pick was a bust (who can forget Ryan being booed at the AARP convention, after years of Republican investment in scaring seniors about Obama?

Also similarly, Romney’s party also was divided, as highlighted by the negative advertising and soul-selling that was necessary for Romney to get nominated.

An important difference between Romney and McGovern is that most people know a lot of the things that is meant when somebody is labeled a “Romney Republican”. In fact, the hard part is figuring out a top 3, top 5 or even top 10.

My preliminary list (not necessarily in top-to-bottom order) is below (all are welcome to comment/edit/expand in the comments).

1.    Deficit-scolding while reducing millionaire taxes 20% more than W’s “temporary” deductions.

2.    Reducing benefits of social security, etc., while retaining the payroll cap that means the higher your income, the lower your overall percentage of payroll taxes.

3.    Defending the “fairness” of W’s 15% tax rate (with zero payroll taxes) on dividends, and on gains from investments held longer than two years.

4.    Drilling and fracking for oil, gas and coal until flooded by storm surges.

5.    Buying more warships and using them to intervene in more countries (and to confront our “No. 1 geopolitical foe” Russia in the fully ice-free Artic Ocean).

6.    Ordering all US military uniforms (and eventually all manufactured equipment) from Chinese factories staffed by migrant teenage girls surrounded by barbed wire to keep out job-seekers.

7.    Reducing veterans’ healthcare, retirement and other benefits.

8.    Making life so unpleasant for brown people that they self-deport.

9.    Cutting unemployment and welfare benefits.

10.    Forcing “urban area” residents to move to agricultural regions to replace deportees, and to pick fruit and vegetables without any minimum wage or access to nearby voting booths.

11.    Making abortions unavailable in most or (see Supreme Court) all states.

12.    Appointing Supreme Court justices in the mold of Scalia-Thomas-Alito (perhaps Eric Cantor -- not a joke, but I will put a few fun exaggerations in a comment below).

Originally posted to emorej a Hong Kong on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:19 AM PST.

Also republished by Political Language and Messaging.


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  •  Poetic license: birth certs; Cayman state; 3/5 EVs (4+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, Dirtandiron, BobBlueMass, Lujane

    13.    For voter registration, requiring original birth certificates of all parents and grandparents, and credentials of a doctor who attended each birth.

    14.    Making the Cayman Islands our 51st state, with two senators and, for purposes of calculating electoral votes, treating each bank account as 3/5 of a person.

  •  T&R repub to Political Language & Messaging (1+ / 0-)
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    Seems easier to say Romney Republicans but I also like Romney-Ryan Republicans because it encompasses the "young guns" of the R party with their "fresh, new ideas".  ..sarcasm dripping..  Plus the RR is so easily associated with Rolls Royce.  Thanks for the diary ermorej.

    Political Language and Messaging

    Nuance is lost upon those who choose not to look.

    by poliwrangler on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:54:15 AM PST

  •  Nope. (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry, but everyone in the country knows that Mitt was nominated by default by the GOP. They had no one else. He was never popular in any quarters (outside perhaps of Mormon Republicans). I just don't think you'll convince anyone that there is such a thing as a "Romney Republican" outside of the actual Romney family. People voted for him, and put his bumper sticker on their cars, and went to his rallies near the end. But there weren't a dozen people across the country who really, truly were excited by Mitt Romney.

    •  Tea Partiers disliked him all along, but (1+ / 0-)
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      There are reasons that Tim Pawlenty dropped out fast, that Huntsman did not get any oxygen on Romney's left, and that Romney had so much money for negative advertisements against his primary opponents. (In fact, the absence of other sane candidates probably resulted as much from Romney's fundraising and oxygen-sucking as it did from lack of confidence that Obama was beatable).

      I think a lot of non tea party traditional Republicans and contributors (including but not limited to Wall Streeters who did not find Obama sufficiently deferential) liked the original Romney just fine, and dismissed his primary pandering as a necessary but temporary condition.

      Regardless of whether your comment is correct, people do not have to believe that a particular Republican ever loved Romney in order for the label to bite, they merely need to be willing to focus on some aspect of that Republican's profile, policies or campaign tactics evokes that of Romney.

      •  Well, I disagree. Different strokes and (0+ / 0-)

        all that. I think that if you try to make "Romney Republican" a meme you will fail. But I cannot stop you, nor would I care to try. Go for it. If the term "Romney Republican" becomes part of the American lexicon, I will seek you out to apologize.

    •  Rich people were (0+ / 0-)

      In every primary, Romney won big amongst those making $100,000+ per year.

      So on that basis, there is, in fact, a section of "Romney Republicans".  

      They're just in the closet right now.

      Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

      by Jank2112 on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 03:03:50 PM PST

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  •  Romney fundamentally represents, imo flip-flopping (1+ / 0-)
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    that is slightly more extreme than McCain tried in 08. The structure of the GOP that appears locked in is that the base, which is easily manipulated by the RW media, will continue to force candidates in primaries to perform political cartwheels, like McCain saying he would vote against his own immigration bill.  Unless the Repubs are crazy enough to nominate an ideologically pure RW candidate that the more establishment Repubs will not enthusiastically support and will be roundly defeated, we can expect in the next few cycles to see more Romney Republicans.  

    The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies. T. Jefferson

    by NoOnGluten on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:59:58 AM PST

    •  Indeed, the meme of Romnesia is already out there (1+ / 0-)
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      and the list would benefit from a pithy flip-flopping item. How about "Reversing severely held values with the speed of a dancing horse"?

      The RW media is indeed key.  I wonder if Ailes and Murdoch can be persuaded by Boehner, Rove and Jeb to dial back the craziness a bit, at least until the Democratic field for 2016 is lined up.  And if Fox tacked back towards sanity, whether other RW media might also tack a bit.

  •  Romney Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    Is simpler and more memorable, and causes ass hurt more directly.

    Ryan is forgettable/excusable, Romney a scarlet letter.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:17:32 AM PST

  •  Wowzer! (1+ / 0-)
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    Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

    by Jank2112 on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:18:26 AM PST

    •  Jank, tks for link & for ur earlier great thought (0+ / 0-)

      Weirdly, your diary did not turn up when I searched title nd text of prior diaries for "Romney Republican" and "Romney-Republican", both before my posting, and again just now.

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