Mitt Romney

A Disquieting Thought

Featured image Wait, the turnout was what?!  As the numbers continue to come into focus (and the final vote tally is still days or weeks away), the fact that Romney may underperform (or barely match) the listless McCain in 2008 is the real shocker of the election.  Maybe we should have just run McCain/Palin again.  Obama’s vote total will be down something like six to eight million from his 2008 total; it »

From the Romney camp

Here is what Team Romney is putting out: OH Exit Polling: It’s showing D+8 which is identical to the historic Dem turnout of 2008. We strongly believe that when votes are actually counted – going to be a much tighter race. FL: Lines in GOP precincts still 2 hours long – lots of GOP votes to be counted. A look at the I-4 corridor: Pasco County: Republicans – all voted: »

The Surprising Mitt Romney

Featured image Win or lose today, Mitt Romney did something in the late innings of this campaign that I didn’t expect or think possible: he became a good candidate, one that, judging from the huge and enthusiastic crowds he drew late in the race, many people decided they wanted to vote for, rather than just use as a vote against Obama (though that is a fully sufficient reason).  This in the end »

Report from Bucks County

Featured image Reader Martin Karo writes from Yardley, Pennsylvania: I wasn’t expecting much from Romney’s Yardley rally; Bucks County was very hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, a large number of locals still lack electric power (including me), and the weather took a nasty cold snap. The cloud ceiling was rain-threateningly low, the air damp with a brisk wind. Anyone with any sense (and no power) would have been elsewhere, and without electricity »

The Catholic vote in Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan

Featured image Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and maybe Michigan have turned out to be among the very most important states in this year’s presidential election. These states have several things in common, one of which is a large Catholic population. Catholics represent approximately 18 percent of the population in Ohio, 29.5 percent in Wisconsin, 28.5 in Pennsylvania, and 22 percent in Michigan. A Columbus Dispatch poll gives Romney a 55 to 44 lead »

A Reaganesque moment in Englewood

Featured image Mitt Romney’s team arranged a beautiful moment of Reaganesque stagecraft yesterday in Englewood, Colorado. If you’ve heard Romney’s stump speech, you know he has incorporated a story about an American flag that was rescued from the Challenger disaster. Romney’s anecdote derives from his involvement with the Boy Scouts. NBC’s Garrett Haake picks up the story from there: “Retelling the tale of a Boy Scout group’s flag — thought lost in »

Dumbest Washington Post op-ed ever?

Featured image Considering that the Washington Post regularly runs columns by the likes of Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, and Dana Milbank — few of which I read — I’m hesitant to declare any Post op-ed its dumbest ever. Yet this piece by Colbert King, which argues that Mitt Romney may well be the new Andrew Johnson, surely is a strong contender. Johnson was the racist president who succeeded Abraham Lincoln. Johnson tried »

Romney’s Closing Argument

Featured image Today in Wisconsin, Mitt Romney delivered what his campaign calls his closing argument in support of his candidacy. It focused on the economy and featured Romney’s themes of change and optimism. Here are some excerpts: Four years ago, candidate Obama promised to do so very much, but he has fallen so very short. He promised to be a “post-partisan president” but he became the most partisan– blaming, attacking, dividing. He »

Why Romney Will Win

Featured image Lately a simple question has been coming to mind: just how did Mitt Romney get elected governor of heavily Democratic Massachusetts ten years ago?  Romney could have run for governor of Utah instead, which would have been not only easier but would have spared us the egregious Jon Huntsman.  Saying that he ran as a moderate, pro-choice Republican is not a fully adequate explanation.  Nor is a weak Democratic opponent »

Big choice, big changes

Featured image In case you missed it, the big political news yesterday was Meat Loaf’s endorsement of Mitt Romney in Defiance, Ohio. Wasn’t it? Alluding to a highlight of this past Monday’s presidential debate, Mr. Loaf cited Romney’s “backbone.” Video of Mr. Loaf in action is accessible here. The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker covers the story here. I love that dateline: Defiance. Thanks to RealClearPoltics, I found the NBC video of Mitt »

Romney at Red Rocks

Featured image Last night, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan appeared at the Red Rocks amphitheater outside of Denver before a packed house. The Romney campaign sent out these photos of the event this morning: This one is from Hugh Hewitt’s site: The Denver Post, no Republican outlet, acknowledged how extraordinary the event was: “GOP nominees pack Red Rocks Amphitheater to capacity.” A confident Mitt Romney, two weeks out from Election Day, spoke »

Mitt Romney, Bringing People Together

Featured image With the Romney campaign surging, this new ad, which came out this morning, seeks to close the deal with undecided voters. Titled “Bringing People Together,” it is brilliant. It combines a sharp attack on Obama’s economic record with the themes of unity and leadership, and features a split screen from one of the debates where Romney is talking earnestly and Obama is smirking. This is a truly great ad, I »

Mitt kills (with add-ons from John and Paul)

Featured image Governor Romney spoke tonight at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner, followed by President Obama. I thought Obama was good, but Mitt was great. He had excellent material and the audience was incredibly receptive. He is feeling it (and Obama is feeling the heat). As the Right Scoop has it, Romney “delivered line after line, mostly about the president. In fact he landed some pretty hard blows on the president, »

Romney is winning the Bain wars

Featured image Almost six years ago, as Mitt Romney prepared to enter the 2008 presidential campaign, his team believed that Romney’s business experience would be a huge plus. According to my sources, Romney and his staff saw a public that yearned, in the aftermath of President Bush, for a super-competent leader. Given Romney’s enormous sucess at Bain and with the 2002 Winter Olympics, he seemed to ooze super-competence. Things didn’t go according »

Essentially a draw, but whom does it help?

Featured image Many of us expected to see a vastly improved Barack Obama in tonight’s debate, and that he would find his groove at around the mid-point between his laid back first performance and Joe Biden’s over-the-top performance art. As it turned out, Obama met, and probably exceeded, these expectations. He debated quite well, attacking Romney effectively, defending his record as well as he could, and presenting himself to the audience as »

Mitt Romney, Most Generous Candidate Ever?

Featured image I hope this comes up in tomorrow night’s debate. Barack Obama says that he is going to be more aggressive this time, while not coming across as a lunatic like Joe Biden. So what lies in that middle ground? Many observers think Obama will renew the attack on Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital and, closely allied to that, the assertion that Romney doesn’t pay enough in taxes. Of course, »

Foreign policy — a growth opportunity for Romney

Featured image With the presidential race extremely tight, and both sides having pulled out most of the stops, it’s worth considering what the candidates can do at this late date to move the needle. For Obama it will be all about turning in strong debate performances. A win in one or both of the two remaining contests might well restore the race to something like its pre-debate status. Two solid performances, even »