Will GOP Turn to Game Critic Mitt Romney in 2012?

The Republican party is in tatters following last week’s presidential win by Barack Obama. Party officials are now trying to assess the damage and figure out how they might reconnect with the American electorate.

It’s ridiculously early to make predictions about the next run for the White House, of course, but CNN speculates that 2012 might be Mitt Romney’s year.

A Romney candidacy will be of concern to gamers. Among major Republican candidates in this year’s race, Romney by far had the most negative view of video games, portraying them as part of an "ocean" of filth in which modern children swim. He also promised to legislate the sale of games.

From CNN:

Since the economy began its historic downturn six weeks ago, Romney’s stock in his party appears to have skyrocketed. The former business consultant and founder of Bain Capital handled economic issues during his campaign with an ease and confidence that seemed to elude Sen. John McCain. As the stock market tanked throughout the fall, a growing chorus of conservative pundits speculated Romney would have boosted the GOP ticket considerably more than Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did.

Now the onetime front-runner for the Republican nomination is schmoozing influential party insiders on the National Review’s annual cruise — a gathering of 700 conservative activists and the same forum where Palin wowed the movement’s media elite last year…

But even as Romney publicly declares he has no intentions to run again, several former aides said they believe he will, and this week’s get-together with leading conservatives is only the latest sign the man who spent more than $50 million of his own money to vie for the party’s nomination last year is itching to do it again…

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  1. sqlrob says:

    One more time.

     

    WITH SPECIFICTY, how does this avoid Constitutional pitfalls? You avoided this question on the LA one too Jack, and remember how hard the judge laughed at that one?

     

  2. Ragnaar says:

    Mitt Romney would be an… interesting choice.

    The Dems would be all over him in a heartbeat.  Even though he did help balance the Massachusetts budget, there was also the issue of him pretty much abandoning his post to start getting ready for the presidential race.  And I’m sure that’s what the democratic party will end up showing should Romney try a run in 2012.

  3. DavCube says:

    All of the ‘alleged’ constitutional pitfalls? Sorry, but when the laws are actually overturned, they’re no longer ‘alleged.’ They’re true. Sorry to shove reality in your face.

    Secondly: Who’s ‘we?’ Who would possibly want to side with a disbarred attorney who was chucked from the bar for something that lawyers are specifically told NOT to do in court: BLATENT LYING.

    David Gagnon, Resident of Reality, and You’re Not.

  4. DavCube says:

    At least you’re taking responsibility for your spelling error, sir, and not blaming it on the blog moderator.

    Oh, and you just felt like adding in that little snap about Hal for the fun of it? Real mature, sir. You almost look like you’re acting your shoe size.

    David Gagnon

  5. Andrew Eisen says:

    True but Thompson caught the error and made a new topic about it within 60 seconds.  Also, in this particular instance there was a good half an hour between the time he posted and the first reply.

    Not that any of this is really a big deal.  I just thought I’d point it out in case he wasn’t aware.  Goodness knows it took him forever to find the Reply button.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  6. hellfire7885 says:

    Last I checked Thompson, you were the one with a self imposed heart problem, so maybe you should worry about your own first. Should be easy since, well ,you only care about yourself.

    And if I remember my recent history, which I do, and that your selective dyslexia prevents you form doing, every last law you stated was "bullet proof" failed miserably on constitutional ground. Then consitution, guess it wouldn’t be the first you showed you hated the principles this country was founded on. Obvious since you keep trying to circumvent the first ammendment.


  7. Wolvenmoon says:

    What the heck is up with the GOP? They have some GOOD candidates, but the old goats in charge of it insist on putting forth the worst candidates they have.

    It’d make a great conspiracy theory, that the GOP was really controlled by some group determined to undermine conservative america.

  8. BearDogg-X says:

    Unless somebody else replies to your comment, then you can’t go back and edit.

    But people quickly reply to Jack whenever he posts, so half the time, he’s unable to edit.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  9. BearDogg-X says:

    No, Jacky Boy, it will still fall into the Constitutional pitfalls. The First Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment killed all the video game legislation before it, Metropolitian Moron of Miami, therefore any more attempts will fail.

    The only people capable of ruining my weekend would be LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee and Saints coach Sean Payton.

    Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  10. hayabusa75 says:

    A lot of those bills have passed, Jack.  That doesn’t mean anything.  What matters is whether they get shot down by the judiciary, which has happened to, oh let’s see if I can remember, ALL OF THEM.  As for your impotent bluster, we’ve heard it all before.  Countless times.

    Glad to laugh at your ruined career.  HA HA!

    "There is no sin except stupidity." – Oscar Wilde

  11. Andrew Eisen says:

    Not a big deal.  Tyops happen to everybody (see what I did there?).  Just an FYI, you can hit the edit button and correct any spelling boo-boos you happen to make.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  12. Andrew Eisen says:

    "…a new video game bill…that will avoid all of the alleged earlier constitutional pitfalls."

    Want to put money on that?

     

    Andrew Eisen

  13. michelleobamarama says:

    Sorry for the typo.  Submitted should have been submitting.  Somebody check Hal Halpin’s blood pressure.  Jack Thompson

  14. michelleobamarama says:

    We are submitted a new video game bill approach to a state legislature that will pass and that will avoid all of the alleged earlier constitutional pitfalls. 

    Sorry to ruin your weekend.  This is one law that Hal Halpin ought to REALLY worry about.   Hooah!  Jack Thompson

     

  15. Krono says:

    Refresh my memory, did Romney have anything going for him other than the moral outrage thing? Because I’m pretty sure the Republicans are starting to realize that relying almost solely on the crowd that cares about that is part of what cost them this election.

    -Gray17

  16. sqlrob says:

    53/46 is not a landslide. DC, which was 93/7, that’s a landslide.

    I think JT is correct, but not for the reason he intends. Palin prevented a landslide, not Obama’s, but McCain’s.

  17. michelleobamarama says:

    All the poll results indicate Palin helped McCain avoid a landslide. Your opinion is interesting, but Dick Morris has the actual stats. 

  18. T5 says:

    @ Geoff

    I hate to do Jack’s dirty work, but he is right on this one

    http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/politics/2008/11/13/sarah-palin-gets-cold-reception-in-sunshine-state-gop-gathering.html

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OTgxMDMyNTU4NTE2MjM5MDQyNDlkMzU0YTlkNmNiMjQ=

    Read between the lines ie Pawlenty’s comments, for the sake of what is left of party unity they cannot just throw her overboard

    As for Romeny, meh

     

    Also I cannot belive im posting again just for the sake of a stupid debate, Im hopeless

  19. Chuma says:

    Which part of "If" didn’t you understand?  I can see why you were disbarred as a lawyer if you miss key phrases.  Oh wait, it was because you were a lying sack of shit, wasn’t it?

  20. DavCube says:

    Why do you even bother responding to these? This article has nothing to do with Palin anyway. I learned about the recent Palin news from Yahoo of all places. You should stop going to a website you hate.

    Moreover, i believe it’s unhealthy to be so engrossed in politics a week or so after the election. Why should i even care about Palin at this point and time? I don’t live in Alaska, nor do i plan to really go there at any point in the forseeable future. So why look up info about Palin in the first place?

    Just think about it.

    David Gagnon, User of Common Sense, and You’re Not.

  21. KN says:

     I know. It’s not going over so well on the republican outposts on the internet (freep, etc) though. They’re all pretty divorced from reality so I doubt they can make an impact.

  22. Geoff says:

    Ah, what, no little cute "Jack Thompson" tag at the end of it?

    There’s been no news stories that I have read that said the GOP lined up to stop her.  You could prove me wrong and link to such a story…but you won’t because everything you say is a bunch of BS.  Never once have I seen you cite a source for your drivel.

    Aside from that if you have bothered to view sites like Little Green Footballs or Free Republic (careful, those are dark, evil places) you’ll see that part of the base at least loves here.  Check out Operation Leper over at FR.  They’re getting ready to "purge" the party of so-called RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), which include anyone that doesn’t think Palin is the Second Coming.

    Not surprised that you wouldn’t know this though.  If it doesn’t involve dead kids and way for you to exploit it, you aren’t interested.

     

    Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

  23. michelleobamarama says:

    Nobody is putting any eggs in Palin’s basket. The party this week lined up to stop her.  Pay attention and read the news.

  24. Mattie says:

    What scares me the most is that Palin could pose a threat if she gets informed on the issues over the next four years.

  25. Kincyr says:

    speaking of flip-flops, don’t forget how one of Miami Jack’s banned usernames back in the LJ days was something like GOPmorons or something to that effect.

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  26. NovaBlack says:

    cue JT claiming how ‘great’ this or something.

    That guy flip flops so much its untrue. first it was ‘MCainFreakingRules’ and now its ‘michelleobamarama’ and how great it is that obama will ban the sale of videogames as soon as he’s in. Make your mind up man. Oh .. i forgot .. jt just switches sides to whatever suits his arguement at the time.

    *sigh*

     

    back on topic… i REALLY hope that Romney doesnt run. The ocean of filth comments were just wrong and .. tbh.. slightly ‘odd’ (like ‘odd’ in an unsettlingly, totally ott,  based on pure rubbish, slightly nervous laughter kinda way)

  27. E. Zachary Knight says:

    Let me ask. Is it wrong for a church to speak out against practices and laws that contridict their teachings? That is about all it has come down to.

    For the record here are the official statements from the LDS church on Proposition 8:

    http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/california-and-same-sex-marriage

    http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/church-responds-to-same-sex-marriage-votes

    http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/church-issues-statement-on-proposition-8-protest

    These are the official stances on it. Yes they are in support of it, yes they encourage all members to support it, but it is not a commandment but a reaffirming of our beliefs about the sanctity of marraige. The church also recognizes that not all of its membeship are in support of Prop 8 and they will not allow condemnation on anyone for how they vote.

    They also feel that tolerance is a two way street. I have seen some really negative and hatefilled attacks on the LDS church while researching this issue.

    Whle not an official statement from the church, here is one of our leaders in a roundtable discussion of our reasoning behind supporting prop 8:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__rgv-sUpY0

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  28. Father Time says:

    It’s also based on majority rules and minority rights, meaning 51% can’t take away the rights of the other 49%. There were churches in CA that wanted to marry gays and now they can’t. I find it funny though that a good chunk of the ads were from the mormon church and a lot of them either lied or left out key information (for example kids get taught about marriage, yes but parents can opt their kids out of there, they also mentioned a bunch of horror stories from MA that couldn’t happen under CA law).

    If it makes you feel any less offended or angry I have a much bigger bone to pick with the Catholic church.

    Disclaimer: I have nothing against catholics or mormons it’s just their organized central powers that I dislike (if that makes sense).

    —————————————————-

     "What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" – Tasmanian devil

  29. DavCube says:

    First: Mr. Knight isn’t on the computer literally all day to notice the comments. (Unlike you)

    Second: People can have whatever opinions they want about mormonism. Zach didn’t delete any of YOUR comments specifically about that matter, if you recall? Which you should, since it’s a subject about you.

    Third: Jack Obama? Gee, how original. And now you’re an anonymous coward again. Hooray for irony!

    David Gagnon, Mature Human Being, and You’re Not.

  30. E. Zachary Knight says:

    Not sure how big of an impact the whole BYU thing had on the change of stance on Blacks holding the priesthood.

    But as for the gay marraige thing, we believe in obeying the law. Since the government here is based on majority rules, if the majority doesn’t want to allow gay marriage, then there is not much we can do. Also, there is not much we can do about the will of God. If God declares homosexuality a sin, we can’t change that. If the government and the peolple want to recognize gay marraige, we will still opose it, nor will we allow it within our churches as the US government is not allowed to impose their policies on religious practice. The State can recognize them all they want, but we don’t have to recognize the practice within our church.

    As for the other links, I am not sure if you are asking a specific question about them.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
    MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091


    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  31. KN says:

    hey can we get you guys to stop being dicks about gay marriage if everyone refuses to play against BYU again? It worked last time with the dogmatic racism thing.

    context for non-mormons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacks_and_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints

     

    and for kicks: 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetics_and_the_Book_of_Mormonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistics_and_the_Book_of_Mormon

     

    Sorry brah a mormon ran away from me today so you have to answer the stuff I was going to ask him. And this article is about Romney, so I might as well do it here.

     

    ps keep doing the genealogy thing, it’s awesome.

  32. E. Zachary Knight says:

    The church is not politically involved beyond encouraging their membership to vote and be politically active. The church itself does not involve itself in the political process, but the members do.

    While yes we do believe that Israelites came to the Americas, we do recognize evidence that they were not the only people to come here before the Europeans. They are simply the only ones we have a scriptural account of.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
    MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091


    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  33. KN says:

    Can you explain to me why native americans are israelites even though evidence shows they are asians who crossed the siberian land bridge?

    Can you also explain why a church is allowed to be politically involved?

  34. E. Zachary Knight says:

    John Bruce, I know it is a hard thing for you to understand, but I can place a distinction between my religious convictions and my professional work. While I disagree with KN and do not appreciate the comments about my Church, he is not breaking any rules. So there is no reason to delete the comment.

    I don’t know why you think this is Mormon Politics all of the sudden, but as it stands, it is still Game Politics.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
    MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091


    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  35. KN says:

    …you’re back :3

     

    Jack my buddy, tell me what you think about mormons. You’re a pretty literal christian so guess you would be enraged by this JESUS VISITS THE INDIANS WHO ARE REALLY ISRAELITES story Joe Smith cooked up.

    Would you support revoking the tax exempt status of this organization?

  36. michelleobamarama says:

    Hey, why isn’t the Mormon Moderator here, Mr. E. Zachary Knight (E stands for evasive) moderating this anti-Mormon comment here.  Come on, E, do your typical censorship thing.  Jack Obama  

  37. KN says:

    Maybe da truth…

    is in the middle

     

     

     

     

    no it isn’t; mormonism is like an unfunny version of scientology

  38. Ashla says:

    Nothing would bring me more joy then the repulicans electing to ignore the social conservatives and instead running a conservative candidate who was purely focused on fiscal conservatism (as opposed to reaganomics philosophy of "spend money you don’t actually have").

    That having been said, IF sara palin was able to get top billing as the republican nominee, then the party probably won’t do quite as bad in 2012. Obama is looking at one hellacious cleanup job for his first term, and those don’t tend to carry very well with your average voter. Further, Sara will have 4 years to try and Vet herself for the position of republican nominee.

  39. DavCube says:

    I think he’s sort of calling it a symbol of his defeat more than the end-all cause to his downfall, sir.

    You know, like how that physical abuse and almost sexual abuse on Devin Moore was a lot more help to what he did than playing a video game. Ring a bell?

    David Gagnon

  40. michelleobamarama says:

    It is a very effective ad in making the point that those of us are concerned about regarding the sale of adult entertainment to kids.  You understand that Romney ran on other issues, right, and that his failure in the primaries was not a referendum on this ad, right?  You are capable of that kind of analysis, right?

    Jack Thompson

     

  41. Father Time says:

    They lose an election to a hype machine and all of a sudden they’re entrenched in a civil war?

    Not that I want it to end, I sincerely wish they’d drop the whole ‘traditional values’ and ‘party of Jesus’ crap. Then I’d be much more inclined to vote for them.

    —————————————————-

    "What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" – Tasmanian devil

  42. Chuma says:

    If they are putting all their eggs in Palin’s basket then the Republicans can expect a long time in waiting for re-election.  Her approval ratings plummetted over the course of the last 2 months from 86% approval to 44%.  Really it would be nice to see all parties stop trying to convince everyone that they are like their next door neighbours and ask for the votes based on the fact they are better.  Intelligence should not be a negative.

  43. Geoff says:

    *sigh*  The Republican party is in tatters right now and there’s currently a "civil war" going on for the soul of the party.  Romney may have a decent chance at capturing more votes beyond the base, but currently it seems like Palin of all people has become the face of the party.

    Barry Goldwater must be rolling in his grave right now.  Over and over and over again…

     

    Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

  44. DavCube says:

    Mr. Thompson, once again you prove your illiteracy. Not only did Dennis mention that ad BY THAT NAME in the article above, but the actual word provides a link to when he covered it in 2007.

    And you say you’re ‘in touch.’ No, you’re not, John Bruce. (Yes, i am calling you by your proper name just to spite you.)

    David "DavCube" Gagnon, Literate, and You’re Not.

  45. Adamas Draconis says:

    Jack. I have the best way to shut you up.  I WUV YOU!

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  46. BearDogg-X says:

    So effective that it helped cost him the nomination. So effective that it wasn’t even on TV.

    And by the way, games had zero to do with Columbine, and everyone knows it. The mother of one of the Columbine victims correctly blamed the parents of Klebold and Harris, go read "Foley Is Good: And The Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling" by Mick Foley. Besides that, it will be 10 years next year. Time to let them rest in peace instead of using their corpses to justify your self-righteous, self-serving agenda.

    Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  47. Doomsong says:

    No offense Jack, but if enough people thought that ad was effective he would have gotten the GOP nomination over McCain…

    Besides, I’m fairly certain they blamed Columbine on The Matrix and KMFDM… so it seems to me you should focus on banning movies and industrial music.

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" – Benjamin Franklin

  48. Michael Chandra says:

    Uh… He links to an article about it, which links to the ad itself. Which is down apparently because apparently mister Romney has no interest in keeping that ad online.

  49. Monte says:

    The question however is WHERE that reform will take us… unfortunatly their are a lot of signs that they are centering themselves around Palin and Joe the plumber. Essentially toss out intellectualism in favor brining foward candidates that can best identify with joe sixpack… completly ignoring the fact that the reason why joe sixpack doesn’t run for the job himself is because he would be terrible at it…

    Hopefully, by next year the GOP will have wised up a bit and realize that a candidate like Palin would never make it in a general election… she is very popular with the republican base but thats the ONLY group she”s popular with… the election is really decided by those who do not always stick to party lines; the moderates, independants and the undecideds. And those three tend not to buy into the likes of Palin and were probably the ones who turned away from McCain with Palin as one of the biggest factors

  50. thefremen says:

     I don’t think anyone who ran in this year’s race will be a contender for the GOP ticket in 2012. The party lost and lost big, they’re going to think long and hard about the whys and the hows and reform the party. It will look very different in 4 years although one thing is certain: they will fillibuster every single thing from now until then.

  51. Monte says:

    huh? After 8 years of bush, winning in 2008 seemed like a no brainer for the democrats… and actually the democrat defeat in 2004 only made things easier. I mean, people re-elected Bush a lot thanks to tactics coming from Karl Rove and in the end many of those people ended up feeling buyers remorse and felt cheated because bush continued to be an idiot… so when McCain started pulling tactics out of Rove’s play book(throwing away the notion that he would keep to the high ground), more americans were quick to turn against him; the negative campaigning that helped bush in 2004 ended up hurting McCain in 2008… i’m sure his base liked it as much as the loved Palin, but the moderates, independants and undecideds did not respond well… hell, 2004 gave the republicans such a bad reputation for negative campaigning that americans were not only quick to condemn them, but also ignore what the democrats were doing making some kind of distinction.

    really, the fate of the republicans in 2012 is all gonna depend on Obama’s next 4 years… if he’s the second coming of jimmy carter, Then the GOP has a chance (i say "chance" because if bush could win in 2004 then so could jimmy obama in 2012)… but if he can do just an "ok" job, then he will still be seen in a more positive light then the GOP since the 4 years is not enough to forget the bush years

  52. Zerodash says:

    The GOP needs someone young to revitalize the party.  They also need to get the Religious Right the hell out of the party or at least relegate it back to the fringe.  The Christian agenda has dominated the Republican party too long.  These dopes need to understand that America isn’t a Theocracy and we are supposed to separate religion from government. 

    However, if the Democrats were able to recover from their defeats in 2004, then anything is possible…

  53. Geoff says:

    That comment is full of win.

    +1 Internets for you.

    …Can’t think of any other Interweb terms to use at the moment.

     

    Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

  54. KN says:

    Whenever Romney runs it’s fun to see the other candidates struggle with the decision of whether to acknowledge that mormonism is a cult or losing to Mitt fucking Romney.

  55. BearDogg-X says:

    Nope.

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal would have a better chance of winning than Mutt Romney.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  56. Aliasalpha says:

    How about they choose someone who’s not kinda creepy and weird in some way? I know that’s the popular republican image of late but surely they must have some non-nutters in their ranks

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