Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Romney has to Take a Very Machiavellian Approach to Ron Paul Supporters"

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell has spoken, perhaps, a bit to candidly. He told Huffington Post:
Romney has to take a very Machiavellian approach. He wants to keep his friends - his supporters - close, and his potential enemies - Paul supporters - even closer.


  1. It's all so meaningless. Snoozefest 2012.
    Romney is toast. Four more years of Obomber. Oh Joy...
    Glad I checked out of the asylum. I got my ASS out, now got to get my ASSETS out...

  2. I was the first Anonymous 11:34pm to say so under post: Ron Paul Campaign and the Republican National Committee Working Closely.

  3. Well, if he has to get "Machiavellian" on us, that would mean he's an enemy, right? Isn't that irony? I'm just asking.

  4. Stating that Romney, er, El Duce Machiavelli, is an enemy should express no irony.

  5. If RP supporters are as principled as Ron Paul, then the Romney campaign has a lot to fear. Any attempts to control them will be futile, but fun to watch anyway.

  6. Machiavelli - "counsels the princes to avoid the values of justice, mercy, temperance, wisdom, and love of their people in preference to the use of cruelty, violence, fear, and deception."

    Any questions?

    1. And contrast Machiavelli with what we Mormons are taught as a tenant of our faith:

      "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul — We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

      I see a few contradictions, but hey, what do I know? I'm just a regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety, Mormon. I hope he will not follow the advice to be Machiavellian but I am not blind to what power or the pursuit of power can do to people and that not everyone lives up to their principles regardless of belief or non-belief.

    2. "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous,"

      That doesn't match any of the Mormon girls I knew when I lived in Idaho. They all wanted to pretend to love you, get knocked up, and then get married. Nice girls.

      BTW explain Harry Reid.

  7. It's not Machiavelli, it's Sun-tzu.