What Did Van Jones Just Say? Tea Party is “One of the Most Impressive Citizen Movements in History of the Country”
In an article from the Blaze, they put up a video where President Obama’s former green jobs czar Van Jones called the Tea Party “one of the most impressive citizen movements in history of country”. Jones also said that the Tea Party should be spoken of “with a certain amount of respect.”
Following, Jones turned the conversation. He said the Tea Party has “been harmful to the GOP”, adding “Some of the style and tone of the Tea Party has been very offensive to people of color and women.” He also adds that it would be a “mistake” for Democrats to not work with the Tea Party caucus.
If you’ll skip to the 55 second mark, the man will begin to make his motion:
FROM THE AP:
Democrats have changed their convention platform to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
The move came after criticism from Republicans.
Many in the audience booed after the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, ruled that the amendments had been approved despite the fact that a large group of delegates objected.
He called for a vote three times before ruling.
The party reinstated language from the 2008 platform that said “we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”
The platform also now includes what advisers said was Obama’s personal views on Jerusalem.
Today, we do not have leaders who act as parents, but as irresponsible teenagers. Today’s politicians like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, et al govern like teenagers. They spend without giving a heed to how much money they have to spend. They govern like teenagers.
We must ask ourselves, “how did this happen?” How did we go from “the greatest generation” to a generation that wants as much free stuff as possible and wants a government to dictate everything to them? Schools.
You see, before 1960, everyone was everyone else’s parent. Everyone looked out for everybody, and when World War I and II came about we put aside the problems and bickering and fought Germany and Japan. We learned to come together. We worked through the depression and poverty to rise up to be the greatest and most powerful nation on the face of the Earth. We came together because we looked out for each other.
In the early 1960′s that philosophy started to change. We stopped saying the pledge of allegiance school and started pushing for more government programs. We pushed for more spending. We started pushing for more government.
The leaders of today are the exact results of what started in 1960. Instead of everyone looking out for everyone, instead of everyone being a parent, we have seen the parties split. The Republicans remain the parents as they were before. The Republicans ask “If we extend the debt limit, you have to show us that you have a plan to cut spending long-term” The Democrats haven’t. The Democrats are the teenagers in this relationship. In another analogy, the parent says that they will give the teenager money as long as the teenager can pay it back. That’s not what Democrats are doing today. They are spending more than they can pay back and they know it. The Democrats of today are the result of those ideals in the 60′s.
Democrats are like teenagers. They only think of the present. Republicans and Democrats are like the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper:
Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow.
All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer’s field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy gr
ain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.
The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. ‘Why do you work so hard, dear ant?’ he would say. ‘Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?’
The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. ‘What a silly little ant you are!’ he would call after her. ‘Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!’ And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily.
Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.
The grasshopper didn’t feel like singing any more. He was cold and hungry.
He had nowhere to shelter from the snow, and nothing to eat. The meadow and the farmer’s field were covered in snow, and there was no food to be had. ‘Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?’ wailed the grasshopper. Suddenly he remembered the ant. ‘Ah – I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!’ declared the grasshopper, perking up. So off he went to the ant’s house and knocked at her door. ‘Hello ant!’ he cried cheerfully. ‘Here I am, to sing for you, as I warm myself by your fire, while you get me some food from that larder of yours!’
The ant looked at the grasshopper and said, ‘All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me, and sang and danced. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing, grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!’ And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper’s face.
It is wise to worry about tomorrow today.
This is the situation we find ourselves in today. Republicans know we have to make a change. We have to cut back on spending and lower our debt. However, that’s going to include some tough decisions. Entitlement programs are bankrupting us. We have to fix them. That might mean some hard decisions. Fact is, we, Republicans, are the ants. We are trying to prepare and look to the future to make sure our country goes on.
What to the Democrats care about? Just today.
Let’s talk again why Democrats are like teenagers. When it comes to things like birth control and contraceptives, Democrats are like teenagers. They want to go out and have all the sex they want and be able to get free birth control from the government. NO, no. Live within your means, Democrats. Live with your consequences, Democrats! If you’re going to have sex, get protection first. Don’t ask the government to get it for you. Get it for yourself! If you are unable to get the unnecessary protection, don’t have sex.
Now, do you see Republicans lobbying for free government birth control? No! Because in this relationship, Republicans are like the parents. We have to be. Someone has to stop these out of control teenagers in charge on the White House. However, this hurts our image. Democrats are trying to paint us as people who just don’t “get with it”. Sorry if we don’t want to “get with” bankrupting our nation.
Republicans don’t want to have to be the parents, but if Democrats are going to act like teenagers, someone has to look our for the future of our nation. In short, I have one thing to say to Democrats, “Grow up”.
Today, I wanted to point you to a great article written by Dana Loesch. It was written November 7th, the day after the elections.
In it, she laid out the five things the Republican party did wrong, and the four things they did right. Our problems include: a moderate candidate, messaging, voter turnout, infighting, and a ground game.
I agree with her that election day showed us a lot of things. It showed us that we are a divided America. Today, we need to start our heart-to-heart with our party. If the Republicans can’t change course and start winning elections, I fear the party may stop winning many elections and slowly start to recede. Loesch’s case number one: A Moderate.
1. A Moderate Candidate
Let’s be frank about what happened: we nominated a moderate. We were told to accept it, unite, and move on. Don’t mistake me: Mitt Romney ran a better campaign than we’ve seen in some time and the GOTV coordination with the RNC was impressive. His desire to fix the country seemed heartfelt. We did all we could. We backed him as the strategy that stood the best chance of advancing our goals and we delivered on our end. Unfortunately, moderation doesn’t play well at the polls unless you’re a moderate Republican in northeastern states. The rest of America’s makeup is far different. I have no doubt that Romney would have done well, so much better than Obama in the White House, and he presented a plan for a better American. America just didn’t choose it.
I think “moderate” means something different to me than it does to some Republicans and even progressives. I’m not “moderate” on the power of the government. I’m extremely biased towards the Constitution. If not liking the EPA, the Fed, the UN, or a $14 trillion dollar debt due to out-of-control spending makes me “extreme,” then so be it, just know that it’s an inaccurate use of the term.
Loesch also points out that people who are calling social conservatism the problem are foolish. A candidate with true social conservatism wasn’t on the ballot last on election night. Moderate candidates were. That’s why primary’s are so important. I have met many who have said, “I hate Todd Akin”. I ask, “Did you vote for anyone else in the primary?”. What do they say back? “No”. If you didn’t like Akin, you should have voted for someone else in the primary. Not participating in the primary and then complaining about your choice of candidate is stupid. If you didn’t work in the primary, don’t complain about the general. However, we learn a lesson from Akin. If you don’t like a candidate, get them out in the primary.
The last point Loesch makes is that Democrats made the campaign about small issues. This is a frightening truth. If you could sum up exactly what Democrats ran on, it’s this “Big Bird, bayonets, and birth control”. In the polls, people actually thought Romney would have done a better job with the economy. However, that’s exactly what Democrats tried to avoid. They talked about ANYTHING except the Obama record. They avoided it like the plague. Why? Because they know that the Obama record on the economy is a complete failure. I think this takes us into her next point, messaging.
Both the GOP and social conservatives have a massive problem with messaging. I can’t lay all of the blame at the feet of the Romney campaign because this is an institutionalized problem within the Republican party: the inability or fear of refining the message of liberty into a more attractive sell. Romney did as best he could, and better than many have but he was still out-spun by the media. I have said, as did my late friend Andrew Breitbart, that the fight this cycle is with the media. The media dropped all pretense of journalism and became an arm of the campaign. This will become even more blatant now. The response of conservatives should be to figuratively go to war with the media.
The GOP has a problem in countering media narratives. They run away from candidates over meaningless soundbites and have an inability to tell the media that they have minorities and women all throughout the party. Social conservatives also have a problem with messaging. Faith isn’t restrictive and should have the benefit of smart outreach which makes it appealing. If social issues are important to you and a big part of your platform, do them the justice of being prepared to speak about them succinctly. If not, you only hurt the very issues for which you claim to care.
Both sides, moderates and social conservatives, will engage in recriminations but must realize this truth: politically, one cannot survive without the other, not right now. Fight together or hang separately.
I have said this to my counterparts all the time. The fight is with the media. The media isn’t objective anymore. They’re not objective at all. The media has become a propaganda wing of the Obama regime. The Republicans have a problem in defending their positions. We have been told for decades and decades and decades that we are “too extreme” (a complete lie), and now, we think they are right! We, as Republicans are giving in to this bullying mentality. We are giving in to this idea that we should just shut up and sit down. However, let me make a point. Democrats are not told to do this. Democrats are told to vote for the biggest Democrat on the stage. I mean look at Obama, a socialist! So, Democrats are told to vote for the “most Democrat” person on the stage. However, what are we told? We’re told to “vote for the least Republican” person on stage. Why are we getting mixed signals? The media. The media is telling us that voting for conservatism is wrong, but voting for socialism is good. How can that make sense if the media is unbiased? Oh wait, that’s the point. They are biased.
Knowing that the media is biased, republicans need to not be afraid to stand up for conservatism. There is nothing wrong with Conservatism. Allow me to repeat that in case you missed the bold and underline, there is nothing wrong with Conservatism. However, the media tells us that there is. It’s our job to stop listening to the media bias. I don’t even like to listen to mainstream media anymore. I use “new-media”. I use Breitbart.com, the Drudge Report, the Blaze, and CNS news. However, that doesn’t mean the Republican fight with the traditional media ends. Most people don’t use new media. That’s why we have to expand our base. The problem is that certain voters (usually Democrats) are the product of 25-35 years of schooling by the NEA. They have been listening to left wing pabulum from every major network plus CNN. Hollywood has been bashing Republicans for a while now. When all that combines, you have a problem. However, it is more complex. Just “messaging” will not work with these people as they are not exposed to the message. Ever. They talk among themselves and read the same blogs or papers. They watch the big Networks, except Fox News. They exist in a Progressive kind of echo chamber as they watch or listen to select left wing stances regurgitated. Even when handed clear facts like Benghazi or Fast and Furious, they say it is not news and ignore it. Why? These voters may not care, or they may just vote emotionally, but I doubt it is the real problem. It is much more likely they cannot take it seriously as it conflicts with their aforementioned echo chamber mentality-so they dismiss it.
I think another question is, “how do we solve the indoctrinated voter problem?” The answer is to go to the root and solve this in the long term and short term. The long term route is to attack the education system rife with left wing teachers. Conservatives should run for every local School Board election they can find. Everywhere. Once in, they must push back at the left wingers in the system. They must insist on Constitution classes and teaching REAL American History. Conservatives should insist on actual business people who have really started companies teaching classes. But overall, the goal should be to retake the schools. People were busy working while teachers were indoctrinating. Now, those kids who have been indoctrinated are voting. More parents need to pay attention to what their kids are learning..or not learning.
Short term and long term the next points are critical:
1) Control the newspapers! Normal people and people like Sheldon Adelson or the Koch brothers along with Karl Rove etc. should first target the Left wing newspapers in every major “blue” area of any swing State noted in either the 2008 or 2012 election, purchase it if unnecessary I think some people assume that Newspapers are a dying, useless breed. They are wrong. Papers are the source stock for a huge chunk of the news that hits the Networks or the Internet during campaigns. Control the source!
2) Newspapers play an incredibly important role in shaping the local elections from City Mayors, County Reps, State Reps, Governors , Congressman, and Senators. Taking a currently left wing paper and flipping it conservative helps control School Boards, protects Religious Freedom, and drives discussions of a conservative agenda in the media locally. ( How many times do you see the local ABC, CBS and NBC stations lead with a story from the Post Dispatch? A lot!)
3) KEY: The local newspaper ALSO changes the base line educational point of view of these indoctrinated voters we must reach! How many guys are sitting in a barbershop in a large urban area talking about the news on the Internet? Not many. They usually are reading the paper and commenting on the stories therein. They are seeing it every day. And EVERY DAY it changes their mindset because the stories on that front page are now about jobs and lower taxes-why it works, self reliance, respect for life, respect for capitalism and respect for America etc.
If the St. Louis Post Dispatch were conservative do you really think Jay Nixon would be the Governor , or Charlie Dooley the County Exec? Do you honestly believe Claire McCaskill would have defeated Jim Talent the first time around? Not even close! Missouri would already be a “Right to Work” State with a conservative newspapers! I wonder if any of those Chrysler plant workers want to consider that fact? The articles and thrust of newspaper stories for years prior to those elections would have negated any chance these socialists win. The same can be said regarding National elections. Educate enough voters in these blue urban areas and the State flips red. Very few States are required to change the National election outcome. And please do not sit there claiming we have “Journalistic integrity”. You are being naïve. The Left spouts that garbage to keep Conservatives from taking over these papers. It’s time to stop playing nice.
3. Voter Turnout
Republican voter turnout was less than it was in 2004 and 2008. John McCain took 60 million votes and Romney took 57 million votes. It was a battle of freedom vs free stuff. More people voted for Obama than Romney. They voted for his vision over Romney’s vision. The country is no longer culturally cohesive. Bad messaging does nothing to fix this.
Barack Obama won a very divided America in a very close race. The result isn’t so much a mandate as it is two very ticked off sides voting to thwart the other side’s agenda.
I think that people got tired of all of the ads, the gridlock, and the fighting. As a result, they just stayed home. Romney got 3 million less people to vote. However, you would think that in an election as important as this one, more people would vote, not less. I think this goes back to that issue of how the GOP handles the media. People just see bad things about the Republicans in the media and decide it’s not even worth voting. As I said, it all comes back to the media.
During the primaries, fighting is expected. It’s encouraged. We all benefit when people battle it out to select the best candidate, provided we remember that we all have to work together again after. Unfortunately, there were a few races where infighting played a role in defeat. One of those races was the Indiana senate race, Richard Mourdock verses Joe Donnelly. I watched as Dick Lugar supporters for months trashed the Republican candidate and this did hurt Mourdock in the end.
There were individuals who, due to unhappiness with the candidates represented, inadvertently worked against them. I’m more inclined to take seriously the criticisms of people who, instead of sitting on their backsides and complaining, actually took to the ground to change hearts and minds and work the culture to change the candidate. The candidate is a reflection of the people who voted for him. Someone has to vote and choose a candidate for us to have one. Too many people focus on the politics and not the culture. If you wait until an election cycle to change things, you’re too late. An election is merely a measurement of change. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to check out my monologue on changing the culture.
5. Ground Game
It is very difficult to come out of a bitter primary and match your opponent when your opponent was shoring up his foundation while you fought it out in said primary. We vetted Mitt Romney better than the media vetted Barack Obama.
Dana Loesch isn’t one to leave you on a sad note. Here are the four things that we did right and went our way:
1. We Control The House
We control it and we even picked up seats. Democrats fell short in the senate of the 60 votes they need to implement Obama’s agenda without care. We retain the ability to slow the roll of legislative progressivism. Compromise isn’t compromise when the issue is modifying the enumerated powers of government. Compromise in that instance is surrender. I don’t want a country where everyone gets along and where everyone has to agree. We benefit the most when people fight to give us the best.
We still have the House of Representatives. Thus, we can still block legislation from going to the president. We will make sure not to compromise on our values. We can cancel out the senate. However, in the senate, Democrats didn’t get that wanted “super-majority” they wanted. If the Democrats had 60 seats they could “implement Obama’s agenda without care”. Now, they have a majority, but there is a fight to be had.
2. More Republican Governors
As the ballots are counted we will have picked up 32 governorships, a record unmatched since the 90s. The fight of the reform governor not only succeeded, it spread. This is the biggest and I believe most important story of this election. Governors have already stood their ground against the implementation of Obamacare and now the chance of more doing so has increase as a result of this election. Rick Perry is suing the EPA. Consider it a plan B in the offense against Obamacare.
Obamacare is going to be decided in the states. You have more than half of the country, 32 states, with Republicans are governor They will fight the implementation of Obamacare in their state. That means more than half of the country will reject Obamacare in their state.
3. No Clear Mandate
Barack Obama barely won the popular vote. The country is roughly divided 50-50. Congress is divided. There is no mandate, only gridlock.
Obama won, but by the hair of his chinny, chin, chin. When we say he won, he barely won. That means that when Obama says he has a “clear mandate” to raise taxes, he doesn’t. He just wants to think that he does.
4. We Live To Fight Another Day
I said this last night and it’s somewhat harsh, but accurate: those of you who want to take your balls and go home are demonstrating less resilience than our Founding Fathers. That’s not who you are, it’s not what America is, so buck up buttercups!
We have scored some small victories last night and that’s something on which we can build. Midterms will give us another shot at the senate in two years. Two years after that, the White House. This battle wasn’t going to begin and end in one election cycle. This will be a multi-generational fight. The Framers established our system of governance in such a way so that one election, not even two, can dismantle our republic.
There is still hope and still a battle to fight. Don’t squander your chances. Nurse your wounds and get back in the game.
My parents voted for Todd Akin after supporting John Brunner in the primary. Akin was not their first choice, but he was the better alternative to Claire McCaskill.
McCaskill was the deciding vote for ObamaCare. She has supported Obama’s tax and spend agenda relentlessly. She has used the Senate dining Room to broker deals for her husband to the tune of 40 million dollars. She did not pay taxes on her plane. She specifically said “I hate coal” even though Missouri is the 6th leading state in coal usage. She supports gay marriage in opposition to the majority of Missourians. She supports abortion rights. If you are a Catholic and voted for her you might as well open an abortion clinic. Next time you are at Mass, try thinking about what you have done.
Todd Akin made an idiotic comment-true. His staff and he handled this about as poorly as possible from a PR standpoint. Frankly, I think he should have dropped out of the race. However, after the deadline pasted for him to drop out, the GOP should have started supporting him again. Instead, they hung him out to dry. Thanks to Roy Blunt, John Danforth, Jim Talent, John Ashcroft, and Mitt. Akin has left with no support and open to a barrage of negative advertising from McCaskill. This critical moment he was cut loose he should, and could, have resigned for the good of the Party and the country. He chose to be stubborn and Missouri has paid for it-so has the United States. Utterly incompetent to the end.
For those of you who think this a good outcome, well you are the fools. Yes, Todd Akin will never win another race in Missouri. You guaranteed that, and he deserves it. You also have guaranteed your children each have a debt exceeding $ 180,000.00. You guaranteed a Healthcare system that will cost you more money and jobs but, more importantly, will take the care for women ( and everyone else) and put decisions in the government’s hands, not yours or your doctors. Can’t wait to hear you complain about that one! You guaranteed higher taxes and slower growth. You guaranteed businesses will ship jobs overseas to lower tax countries like Canada. In short, you have sent the country down a path of economic decline. To put it bluntly, you screwed us all royally but we don’t realize it yet.
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All you Democrats should be thrilled. Your idiot won reelection. You have re-elected a man and Administration who have destroyed our economy, taken over 1/6 of our Economy via Healthcare, put us 16 trillion in debt, allowed Iran to reach Nuclear weapon stage, and driven business out of the U.S. with tax policy. However, it will get worse. Adding to that, Obama essentially murdered four men in Benghazi. But, hey, that isn’t important to a Democrat! You have created a society where those too incompetent to be successful vote to take from those who work hard and have the brains to succeed.
As a result, I must fire seven people with families to afford ObamaCare according to my accountants. I also will not be buying the two new trucks I need. I need to use the money for compliance auditing for ObamaCare as well. I will not be investing in anything that isn’t tax free. Thus, lessening what would be available for the government to take in the future.
It is now time to start winning local elections and fighting tooth and nail to take back education in the country. We have to start where this society is failing. Teachers on the whole are instilling a frightening dependence on government in our children. It’s time to fight back every day at your local level.
It is also time to stop supporting people who hate business, inflict taxes and regulations while creating nothing on their own. I urge all conservative business owners to refrain from hiring a known liberal Democrat. For those of us forced to incur costs to implement ObamaCare I urge you to first terminate any liberal Democrats you have working for you. I noted above I had to fire seven people. I am going to fire only Democrats where possible. Please join me. Why support people who hurt your business? It is crazy!
“Mitt Romney’s Easy Five-Step Approach to Foreign Policy” Obama for America YouTube Debunked (4th Edition)
In the Obama For America ad “Mitt Romney’s Easy Five-Step Approach to Foreign Policy”, they said that the first step was:
1. Get the facts wrong”.
OFA claims Romney lied about claiming President Obama hadn’t called the attack in Benghazi a terrorist attack. However, my article debunked that statement.
There you have it. Obama and the Administration lied. They lied to you and me, and they lied in front of the United Nations. Truth is that the attack in our consulate in Benghazi was premeditated and an act of terror. Why did this administration claim it was a movie that did it? Why did they blame our free speech in America instead of putting blame on who really did it, terrorists? I’m not sure.
So, when you see Mr. Obama in his debate on Monday, I want you to know he told you a blatant lie in the Rose Garden, he lied to you for two weeks, and then, he finally told the truth after being caught in his lie. A man who lies for two weeks and lies in front of the United Nations is not a man who should be leading us.
2. “Undermine long-standing relationships with your allies”
They use Romney’s trip to Britain as the example. I guess no one told OFA that Mitt Romney was actually quoting a newspaper when he said that he didn’t think England was ready for the Olympics. He himself didn’t really mean what the media made it look like he said.
Also, if we’re really talking about undermining long-standing relationships with your allies, what about when Obama called Nazi death camps, “Polish death camps” or when Obama said he wanted to put “daylight” between the US and Israel? That doesn’t sound like creating good relationships with your long-standing allies to me!
3. Frequently highlight your lack of experience
Wrong again. While the video does show clips of Romney saying that he has to consult with others, he himself does not say he cannot handle foreign policy. He just makes sure to check with people who have been doing it longer than he has to make sure he is in the right place. Since when is it wrong to check with others to make sure you’re alright?
If OFA really wants to show someone’s lack of experience why don’t we start with the president. besides the “polish death camps” and Israel comment mentioned earlier, look at the middle east. It’s a mess. Iran is growing closer to bomb if they don’t already have one. Egypt has been taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood who wants to impose Sharia Law and name Jerusalem the new capital of Egypt. Who can we thank? Barack Obama.
4. Assemble a team of ideologues committed to war
“Committed to war”? Really? Just because you have Bush advisers doesn’t mean much of anything. However, when your Secretary of the Treasury hasn’t paid his own taxes, you have more czars than ever before, and the State Department lied to the American people for two weeks, I think that’s a bit more!
5. Mistake your enemies
“Russia…is our number one geopolitical foe”. Now is that the best statement? No. However, who is our biggest foe now? I’d vote for Iran. Now who has been blocking sanctions on Iran? Russia. Who has been given arms to Iran? Russia. Who has been given lots of money to Iran? Russia. While Russia might not be number one, they are not helping us, but helping our enemies. Russia remains a foe in 2012.
Again, let’s get an Obama comparison! Obama hasn’t really seen anyone as our foe. Why, he started his term with an apology tour in the middle east!
The video ends with a rather passive aggressive remark of, “Follow these easy steps, and your foreign policy is sure to get results” and “Mitt Romney’s blunders prove he’s just not ready to lead”.
Really OFA? Because the Obama foreign policy was led to an almost nuclear Iran (if they don’t already have a bomb) and the rest of the middle east in flames. Yes, I’m sure the Obama foreign policy is going quite well, **eyeroll**.
A man like Barack Obama who has failed us in so many ways including foreign policy just isn’t ready for a second term. Vote Mitt Romney 2012.