Mitt Romney

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 »

What is “Chicago way” Obama prepared to do?

Featured image Bill Otis offers another suggestion for how Mitt Romney should address the atrocity in Libya and his opponents’ claims that Romney erred in criticizing the Obama administration’s initial statement about that atrocity. I post Bill’s suggested statement because it is a near-perfect expression of how I view the matter. Whether it would be politicially wise for Romney to make this statement is a separate question. My inclination would be to »

Obama “leads” Romney from behind

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote: Unexpected events sometimes can change the dynamics of a presidential election. Do yesterday’s (not altogether unexpected) events in Libya and Egypt have that potential? Probably not, in today’s America. I meant that the Obama administration’s bungling in Libya and Egypt — ignoring clear evidence pointing to the likelihood of attacks on our embassies; issuing a craven statement that Obama couldn’t stand behind — probably won’t hurt Obama »

The conventions — what happened?

Featured image Going into the conventions, I expected that both parties would receive a post-convention bounce, but that the Romney bounce would be larger. This, I thought would boost Romney from being a point or two behind Obama to being even or slightly ahead. However, the polls show that Obama received the larger bounce and thus now leads by three or four points. Why did this happen? Part of the explanation may »

The Day Summed Up In a Video and a Tweet

Featured image Remarkably, the Democrats began their convention with a video that proclaimed, “The government is the only thing we all belong to.” This theme is breathtakingly wrong on several levels, but it is consistent with the Democrats scrubbing all references to God from their platform. It also brings to mind Ronald Reagan’s adage that “We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around,” from his first inaugural address. »

“A bundle of wasted opportunities”

Featured image That’s what my friend Bill Otis calls Romney’s speech: I thought Romney’s speech was a bundle of wasted opportunities. If the idea was to introduce “Romney the good family man,” to soften his image as a rapacious Bain capitalist, the idea was all wrong and poorly executed to boot. It was wrong first because it buys into the Democratic idea that the country wants and needs a President “who understands »

The One Line To Rule Them All

Featured image I generally agree with Scott that Romney’s speech could have been a lot stronger, and still had the same personal structure and done what he wanted to do with it.  Who are his chief speechwriters, I wonder?  Is it the same crew (McConnell and Scully) that did Paul Ryan’s speech?  Of course, much of Ryan’s speech is harmonious with, and drawn from, Ryan’s many previous speeches, which adapted easily for »

Short on Cause

Featured image Abraham Lincoln thought long and hard about the intersection of politics and principles. In his Temperance Address of 1842, he admonished his audience: When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that “a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” So with men. If you would win a man »

The Bar Wasn’t Very High, and Romney Cleared It Easily

Featured image I agree with Paul’s brief comments last night about Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech. Under the circumstances, Romney was more than good enough. With the exception of the last moments of the speech, he wasn’t as impassioned as he is on the stump. His speech wasn’t as crowd-pleasing to the delegates as Paul Ryan’s or some of the others, because it was soft-edged and lacked red meat. But the delegates, and »

How High Was the Bar?

Featured image So how did Mitt Romney do tonight? I think it depends on how high the bar was. If he needed to deliver a virtuoso performance, it didn’t happen (that was last night). If he needed to portray himself as a decent, highly competent guy who would make a solid president, I think cleared that bar. I don’t believe he needed a virtuoso performance. Given Romney’s solid speech, Paul Ryan’s great »

Romney and the Olympics

Featured image Excellent testimonials from Olympic stars. Mike Eruzioni captain of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team does a nice job of praising Romney. But Derek Parra, a speed staking gold medalist from the 2002 games that Romney saved, is the show stopper, with his recollection of the opening ceremony in which he carried the tattered flag that had flown at the World Trade Center. That’s two powerful themes — the Olympics »