Mitt Romney

Romney Hits the Air Waves

Featured image Until now, President Obama has been vastly outspending Mitt Romney on television ads in the swing states. Those of us who were cheered by Romney’s excellent fundraising–he can’t possibly equal, but has actually approached the totals achieved by the Obama money machine–have been waiting impatiently to see that money spent in a visible way. With 30 days to go in the campaign, Romney is hitting the air waves in a »

Mitt Romney on the new jobs report

Featured image In the post immediately below, I offered my view on the Labor Department’s jobs report, which says that the unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent last month. In sum, the purported improvement indicated by these numbers appears to have little or no basis in reality. Mitt Romney responded quickly to the report: This is not what a real recovery looks like. We created fewer jobs in September »

The Debate in Animated Form

Featured image Gotta love those Taiwanese news folks for rendering the Romney-Obama debate in animated form. (You don’t need to know Chinese to understand what’s going on, though you can click in the upper right hand corner to get a YouTube version in English).  I especially liked taking the chain saw to Big Bird while the Sesame Street cast looks on in horror.  (By the way, looks to me like Big Bird »

My Two Cents

Featured image Obama got Eastwooded last night.  Or should we say Romney took Obama to the Eastwoodshed?  (Hat tip to Bob Owens for the imagery here.) Last night was one of those nights when it is really fun to watch MSNBC.  There’ve been many of those—the 2002 midterm election (though James Carville putting the paper bag over his head on CNN that night was something to savor, too), the 2004 election, and »

Well, that was terrific

Featured image It’s difficult to see how Mitt Romney could have been much better than he was in tonight’s debate. Romney was crisp, forcful (without being disrespectful or obnoxious), and almost always on point (especially during the crucial first hour). Most importantly, he was vibrant and even passionate. I have seen stiff lawyers come alive in a court room (I’ve even been described as having done so myself). To some extent, that’s »

The upcoming debate — whom to target

Featured image John has posed one of the key questions Mitt Romney must answer in formulating his debate strategy: Should he come across with the unapologetic conservatism that will fire up the base, or should he play to the middle? Most polls show that Romney is doing fine with the base — as well or better than Obama is doing with his. But under the best case scenario for Romney, turnout probably »

The upcoming debate — a word from Bill Otis

Featured image My friend Bill Otis has offered an “opening statement” for Mitt Romney to present tomorrow night. I don’t know that the candidates will give opening statements. Typically, I think, they give closing statements of a minute or so, instead. But there’s much in Bill’s statement that Romney can make good use of: My fellow Americans, our country remains, as Lincoln said, the last, best hope of earth. We should be »

The upcoming debate — no more Mr. Nice Guy

Featured image Mitt Romney has several decisions to make about how to approach tomorrow’s debate. I discussed one of them yesterday, arguing that he should not approach the debate cautiously, even though a break-even performance would probably be enough to improve his standing. Another decision is the one Romney faced during the Republican Convention — whether to focus on increasing his likeability or on attacking his opponent. In his speech to the »

No man is a hero to his garbageman (updated by John and Paul)

Featured image Mitt Romney certainly isn’t a hero to his. The garbageman thinks Romney doesn’t care about him. The basis for this conclusion isn’t clear. Maybe it’s that Romney believes he has no shot at his garbageman’s vote. Romney is right about that. JOHN adds: So is this the new standard in presidential politics? We vote for the guy who cares more about his garbageman? Actually, if I had to choose on »

The upcoming debate — will both candidates play it safe?

Featured image I had hoped that by the time of the first debate, Mitt Romney would have a lead over President Obama or, at least, that the race would be tied. In either scenario, the pressure would be on Obama, enhancing the possibility that he might become testy. Instead, Obama appears to have a small lead nationally and perhaps a somewhat larger one in key states like Florida and Ohio. Assuming that »

Romney’s Clinton Global Initiative Speech

Featured image Yesterday I noted that both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had given foreign policy speeches in New York, which offered an opportunity for contrast. In yesterday’s post, I dissected Obama’s speech to the United Nations. Today it is Romney’s turn. First, I should note that Paul criticized Romney for participating in an event with Bill Clinton, which Paul called a “lovefest.” While experience has taught me rarely to disagree with »

Obama’s Speech at the United Nations

Featured image Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both delivered foreign policy speeches in New York today, Obama at the United Nations and Romney at the Clinton Global Initiative. The coincidence offers an opportunity for comparison. For now, let’s look at Obama’s speech, and I will try to get to Romney’s tomorrow. The context for Obama’s speech was turmoil in the Arab world and the murder of Ambassador Stevens and other Americans in »

The Bill Clinton lovefest

Featured image It happened today. In exchange for being a party to this embarrassing event, Mitt Romney received token praise from Bill Clinton and a favorable review from the pro-Obama partisans at Politico, which condescendingly called Romney’s remarks “one of [his] best-prepared, and best-delivered, speeches of his campaign.” At a time when America desperately needs a president who can distinguish our enemies from our friends and act accordingly, wouldn’t it be nice »

Why would anyone doubt the prospects for peace in the Middle East?

Featured image Driving around this morning, I listened briefly to a Friday news roundup show on public radio (the two local sports radio stations were running ads). During these few minutes, the discussion turned to Mitt Romney’s statement expressing deep pessimism about the prospects for a peace agreement in the Middle East. A female panelist, or perhaps the host, said in that smug, dismissive tone we often hear from MSM types, that »

Mitt Romney — Bill Clinton’s latest enabler

Featured image John noted yesterday that Monica Lewinsky reportedly will write a tell-all book about her affair with Bill Clinton. I agree with John that Lewinsky’s book probably won’t have much impact on Clinton’s standing. The political market has already discounted for the immorality of “Slick Willie.” To be sure, any reminder that our leading “elder statesman” is, among other things, a liar and a perjurer will be welcome. It would be »

Meanwhile, Back In the Real World…

Featured image Those who pay way too much attention to politics are absorbed with a 60-second clip of Mitt Romney talking about dependence vs. independence, which I suppose makes it a good day for the Democrats–every day when people aren’t talking about the economy is a good day, unless they are talking about murdered ambassadors. So let’s hope that far away from the beltway buzz, millions of Americans are watching this ad, »

Do Americans want a compassionate president?

Featured image Ben Domenech has an interesting take on Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment: Sorry folks expecting a rant on this, but I actually don’t think this one’s a big deal. Here’s the thing: gaffes of this nature have to have real victims in order to be workable. What helps Romney in this situation is that no one thinks they’re in the 47%. Even if they are! No one who was thinking »