Mitt Romney

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 »

Mitt Romney, Closet Conservative

Featured image Many conservatives have long suspected that Mitt Romney is not really one of us. I have never agreed with this assessment; instead, I think Romney is a solid conservative who doesn’t come across as a fire-breather because of his lifetime as a buttoned-down businessman. Now, Romney can thank Mother Jones for outing him for what he really is: a true conservative. In a one-minute video clip now being touted by »

Inelegant damage

Featured image For months, analysts have been trying to understand why Mitt Romney can’t take the lead against an unsuccessful and somewhat unpopular president. The best explanation I’ve heard is the one offered four years ago to explain Romney’s inability to gain traction against John McCain, who lacked wide popularity with Republicans — Romney has trouble connecting with voters. Romney has improved as a candidate since 2008. He looks less stiff, gives »

The 47-percent solution

Featured image The Romney campaign is now contending with the release of a video showing Romney at a May fundraiser writing off 47 percent of the electorate who are “with Obama” as government dependents paying no (income) taxes. The substance of the remarks is defensible, though it comes in a verbal wrapping that is problematic. Romney’s remarks require some interpretation, which he provided in a hastily arranged news conference last night. The »

How Mitt Romney Should Respond to the Crisis in the Muslim World

Featured image Until now, foreign policy has barely been an issue in the presidential race. That must change; here is how Mitt Romney should go about it. First, he should be bold and explicit in declaring that recent events demonstrate that Barack Obama’s foreign policies have been not just a failure, but a disaster. Obama thought he could reason with the mullahs. He was wrong, and now Iran is on the brink »

Mitt Romney, nationalist

Featured image Mitt Romney’s response to the attacks against the U.S. in Egypt and Libya has provoked new interest in the question of where, as a general matter, Romney stands on foreign policy matters. In the pro-Obama MSM, this interest takes the form of arguing that Romney is, hide the children, a “neo-con.” Jason Horowitz of the Washington Post takes this tack in an article called “Romney’s attacks on Obama foreign show »