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Conservatives Jumping GOP Ship

August 31, 2012

Jon Huntsman:

“I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States – a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits,”

Former Governor Charlie Crist:

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.

Even the conservative Economist magazine won’t endorse Romney:

Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind. America won’t vote for that man; nor would this newspaper.

Et tu Fox News?!

On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was  Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.

And finally, here is great commentary on Mitt Romney’s speech titled, “The Huge Lie”, by Andrew Sullivan:

We are testing a hypothesis. Can a campaign be based on lies that are premised on a deeper invention of the past – and still win? Has Ailes successfully created a new reality? We will find out. But what is at stake is the very empirical basis of our democratic debate. Are we about to live in a post-truth world? Is the Republican belief-system about to replace reality?

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2 Comments
  1. Rick Caird permalink

    The Economist endorsed Obama in 2008. Sally Kohn (the Fox News reference) on her web site says: “Sally Kohn is one of the sharpest and most formidable progressive voices of her generation.”. Huntsman is as much a Democrat as a conservative, Crist is whatever he thinks will get him elected to some office, any office, and Andrew is Andrew.

    Claiming these are conservative voices is nonsense.

  2. Michael permalink

    An endorsement of Obama doesn’t make The Economist liberal. They are conservative, as their endorsement of Bush in 2000 clearly shows: “The Economist, if it had a vote, would choose George W. Bush. It prefers his small government, pro-market philosophy.” They also endorsed Reagan and Bob Dole. The main reason they have supported some Democratic presidential candidates lately is because they are more fiscally conservative than the GOP.

    Sally Kohn seems to be conservative in some ways and liberal in others. The point is, that scathing piece on Ryan appeared on Foxnews.com. Huntsman and Crist were both elected as Republicans.

    And Andrew Sullivan is a solid conservative. The only reason he is critical of the GOP today is because they have become so extreme.

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