The Democratic battle plan against Mitt Romney

For some reason, I’ve never been a fan of opinion columnists trying to tell candidates how they ought to run their campaigns. Writing that “if Candidate A wants to get elected, (s)he needs to do X and Y and stop doing Z” is like a sportswriter trying to tell Chipper Jones how to hit a curveball.

However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t find political strategy interesting. Take, for example, this statement by Geoff Garin, lead pollster with the pro-Obama SuperPAC Priorities USA Action, explaining why the group is running negative ads in swing states focusing on Mitt Romney’s years at Bain Capital:

“First, it goes to the heart of his primary rationale for being better on the economy. Second, once people have learned that Romney was willing to fire workers and terminate health and pension benefits while taking tens of millions out of companies, they are much more ready to understand that Romney would indeed cut Social Security and Medicare to give tax breaks to rich people like himself. This provides a foundation to build the core policy critique against Romney.”

“We’ve firmly established that Romney’s tenure was not about creating jobs. This sets the stage for what we’ll be doing later on.”

You can argue all day about whether Garin’s critique of Romney is accurate — in fact, we’ll be arguing about that very thing from now until November. But viewed purely in terms of campaign strategy, the two-tiered approach linking what Romney did at Bain to what he would do as president strikes me as pretty shrewd.

– Jay Bookman

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0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:34 am

Translation: “Dems. are in a P.A.N.I.C.” !

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:35 am

No bailouts for California cities ! You made …….. you fix it !

Headline: “San Bernardino seeks bankruptcy protection”

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0711-san-bernardino-20120711,0,5646419.story

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 11th, 2012
8:37 am

Somebody’s “translator” is skewed on silly.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:37 am

Obama is the “Outsourcer in Chief” !

Vote Early

July 11th, 2012
8:38 am

If you live in Georgia, you can vote today. The polls are open until 7:00 p.m.

Steve

July 11th, 2012
8:38 am

Dems are not in a panic, we are motivated and fired up to vote. Republicans don’t love Romney and many will either not vote this Fall or hold their nose and vote for the Massachusetts RINO.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:38 am

Sweet November is coming !

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:39 am

Speaking of campaign “battle plans” …….. here’s a good one !

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JVAhr4hZDJE&vq=medium#t=19*

Georgia on my mind...

July 11th, 2012
8:39 am

…and President Obama can win Georgia too!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kH_EZF0XqM&ob=av2e

Paul

July 11th, 2012
8:43 am

Hadn’t been a fan of the strategy for a variety of reasons, but explained this way, with the qualifiers, it does make sense.

It also follows a crucial political dictum: define your opponent, don’t let your opponent define himself. (Note to Republicans: you tried that with “Obama’s a Socialist” and it didn’t work. If you’re going to try your hand at this, do not overreach.)

Morning, Scout. Tried Ritalin?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 11th, 2012
8:43 am

It will be interesting to see if Obama’s team can drive home a two tiered approach

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July 11th, 2012
8:45 am

Paul:

Ah ………… personal attack rather than debate or just posting your opinion.

Par for the course.

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
8:45 am

How does one come down with a case of word vomit so early in the morning? Seems like a good candidate for Ritalin or something.

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
8:45 am

St Simons

July 11th, 2012
8:47 am

I’m sure we’ll be as ‘accurate’ as the cons are about desribing
the kenyan sooocialista marxist muslin wif no birf certifficut.

Mittens – “Switzerland? Caymans? I don’t even know where all
my money is!”

yeah, THAT’s the way to cleverly identify with the workin man, Richey.
a-w-k-w-a-r-d heheheh

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July 11th, 2012
8:49 am

From downstairs…gotta love it when Luckovich tweaks the Right…makes them think and they don’t like that…

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
8:51 am

St. Simons

I think the whole idea for the Romney Vagueness Technique™ is to avoid being outed as Kerry 2.0 to voters. The GOP did a great job of showing how out of touch Kerry was with the common person. The fact that, in 2 elections, they have Kerry’s doppleganger as their candidate would ensure them a loss if they’re found out. That’s why Romney’s single focus has been the economy. Regardless to what question they ask Romney, he twists the answer to the economy. If Kerry was out of touch because he married into money, how out of touch is Romney by being born into money?

vote often

July 11th, 2012
8:51 am

those illegals better vote as many times as possible to help the socialist in cheif win, the ID law will stop all of the fraud if the dummycrats would just allow it to pass.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
8:52 am

“But viewed purely in terms of campaign strategy, the two-tiered approach linking what Romney did at Bain to what he would do as president strikes me as pretty shrewd.”

which is why I ha-ha-HATE the “run the country like a business” mentality … have you SEEN how CEOs run businesses these days???

what are they going to do – outsource Utah, Nebraska and the Dakotas???

godless heathen

July 11th, 2012
8:52 am

The wealth envy card is played early on.

Paul

July 11th, 2012
8:52 am

Scout

Personal attack? Surely someone with all those years in the Secret Service has finely honed deductive skills and knows the difference between an attack and an observation? So in your former line of work you were prohibited from saying “see that person? He’s walking erratically. Could he be injured or tipsy?” because that would be an attack, eh?

So…. what would you say to question whether a person is jumping from topic to topic and not staying on point in his first couple of posts without it being considered an attack, hmmmmm?

And I am concerned about you, Scout. I pulled out an extra fainting couch.

Thomas

July 11th, 2012
8:53 am

I thought libs were against Super duper Pacs, no? It would be nice to have a candidate representing the common/ middle class men and women of the country- until then a chap who has made his money- millions by the way- by socially organizing and having books written about him and another who made a billion leveraging the financial system.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
8:53 am

Normal – makes them think??? nah. holds a mirror up to them, and they DEFINITELY don’t like that

Butch Cassidy

July 11th, 2012
8:53 am

Anyone remember how popular McCain was in the last election when he couldn’t remember how many houses he had? Anyone see any similarities regarding Romneys offshore accounts?

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
8:54 am

This sets the stage for what we’ll be doing later on.”

Obama plays three-dimensional chess. Romney keeps moving his rook back and forth between the same two spaces hoping no one notices that he can’t make up his mind.

Paul

July 11th, 2012
8:54 am

Oh, and Scout, were you so eager to launch a retort you did not see I did post my opinion? Or can I not say that because I’d be attacking your cognitive abilities?

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
8:54 am

“I thought libs were against Super duper Pacs, no?”

yes. but that doesn’t mean we’re going to bring a knife to a gun fight.

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July 11th, 2012
8:54 am

Paul,
Grand morning to you!

Yep, second post and Scout tries to change the subject. I guess that reminding him of Bain is too painful. But he’s a good parrot with his “Outsourcer In Chief post. Yep, he’s the poster boy for the “other Republican”.

Welcome to the Occupation

July 11th, 2012
8:54 am

Talk about nervous. Mr. Romney is apparently very uneasy because of the toll the Bain attacks are starting to take on him in swing states:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/world-news-political-insights-bain-attack-takes-toll-on-romney-but-dems-worry-about-money-race/

The Obama line is cynicism of a colossal order of course — Obama is just marginally better, if any, for the middle class than Romney — but Obama’s basic message that “If Romney wins, the middle class loses” has some plausibility and seems to be sticking somewhat.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:55 am

Paul:

I disagree with you most of the time but I respect your opinions.

God bless.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
8:55 am

what are they going to do – outsource Utah, Nebraska and the Dakotas?

You sound like there might be something wrong with doing that.

Butch Cassidy

July 11th, 2012
8:55 am

USinUK – “what are they going to do – outsource Utah, Nebraska and the Dakotas???”

Actually, it would be better for Romney to focus on the states that have an unemployment rate of 6% or higher and simply trade them to China in exchange for debt forgiveness. ;)

kayaker 71

July 11th, 2012
8:55 am

The same old strategy….. those evil Republicans are going to take away your Social Security and Medicare and that guy that made a lot of money restructuring companies doesn’t care about you. the only ones that care about you are liberals….. and to prove it, we’re going to grant amnesty to about a million illegal latinos by executive order, bypassing Congress. Then we’re going to go on a campaign to increase your food stamps. Then we are going to pander to those who make less than 250K/yr by extending the evil Bush tax cuts…… all of these things so you will vote for us and not those evil, non-caring Republicans. It’s nothing new, Bookman. Same old, same old.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
8:56 am

Paul – the problem … ritalin is a 3-syllable word … it confuses him .. … you should have just stuck with “tried BOOZE”

jconservative

July 11th, 2012
8:56 am

If the campaign ends up being about Obama, Romney wins.

If the campaign ends up being about Romney, Obama wins.

Today it is a toss up.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:57 am

“But viewed purely in terms of campaign strategy, the two-tiered approach linking what Romney did at Bain to what he would do as president strikes me as pretty shrewd.”

But viewed purely in terms of campaign strategy, the two-tiered approach linking what Obama said he would do with what he has done as president strikes me as pretty shrewd.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
8:57 am

The Obama line is cynicism of a colossal order of course — Obama is just marginally better, if any, for the middle class than Romney — but Obama’s basic message that “If Romney wins, the middle class loses” has some plausibility and seems to be sticking somewhat.

People get that if you want to be President of this country, you should keep your money in this country. Romney wants to be President of special foreign tax havens and people who have car elevators. People get that.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
8:58 am

Butch – can we start with Texas???

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:58 am

8) To the American people regarding the Gulf Oil Crisis: ““I can’t suck it up with a straw”!

7) To the American people: “It’s absolutely not a tax increase !” http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/06/obama-campaign-its-a-penalty-not-a-tax-127721.html

6) To the American people: “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this Presidency.”

5) To Larry King: “There has been a tendency by this administration to hide behind executive privilege.”

4) Speech to an Hispanic group: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case ………. ”

3) To the American people: “The private sector is doing just fine.”

2) Please pass to Vladimir: “After the election I’ll have more flexibility.” http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?feature=player_embedded&v=-Czo5Vf8KZs

1) To the American electorate: “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

BINGO !!

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
8:58 am

(but, obviously, we need to keep Austin … and Paul)

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 11th, 2012
8:59 am

Wonder what the Obama campaign knows and when it will come out?

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
8:59 am

Defining Voters:

How do you tell a Romney voter from an Obama voter?

Romney supporters sign their checks on the front.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
8:59 am

those evil Republicans are going to take away your Social Security and Medicare and that guy that made a lot of money restructuring companies doesn’t care about you. the only ones that care about you are liberals

Yep, them’s the facts. Hate it for ya, since you hitched your cart to an Etch-a-Sketch instead of a horse.

Williebkind

July 11th, 2012
8:59 am

” If Kerry was out of touch because he married into money, how out of touch is Romney by being born into money?”

Now which part of that is a lie?

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
9:00 am

Romney should open up his tax records ………………. YES.

Obama should open up his education records ………. YES.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
9:00 am

“People get that if you want to be President of this country, you should keep your money in this country”

A- to the MEN!!!

and, if it’s true that they have been mis-declaring more than $3 million in a Swiss trust, I want them to get the full weight of the law thrown at them – just as it would if *I* mis-reported on my TDF-90

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
9:00 am

Paul

I guess I’m no better than you, as I made the same observation as you did and posted as such right after you.

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The same old strategy….. those evil Republicans are going to take away your Social Security and Medicare and that guy that made a lot of money restructuring companies doesn’t care about you.

And pray tell, how did you divine that from Jay’s essay as it had to be some type of divine knowledge transfer to pull that from attacking Bain?

Can You Name That Car In Mitt Romney's Car Elevator - A Franklin or

July 11th, 2012
9:01 am

Butch Cassidy

July 11th, 2012
9:02 am

USinUK – “Butch – can we start with Texas???”

LOL. Or, maybe Romney could require the states with the highest UE rates to re-apply for their statehood, before selling them to China for a profit. :)

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 11th, 2012
9:03 am

If Scout would just tell us his email address and password, we can just look at the spam mail from WND and wingnut sources directly without him having to cut and past.

Birthers :roll:

Home Renovations

July 11th, 2012
9:04 am

kayaker 71

July 11th, 2012
9:04 am

Do all of you liberals think that John Kerry and most of the limousine liberals don’t have offshore accounts to dodge taxation? You think that Gates and Buffett and all of the Waltons are keeping all of their money in the good old USA? That’s fantasy land and you know it.

Welcome to the Occupation

July 11th, 2012
9:06 am

kayaker 71: “Do all of you liberals think that John Kerry and most of the limousine liberals don’t have offshore accounts to dodge taxation?”

Should I take that one? I’m not a ‘liberal’ of course but I’ll give you an honest answer. :)

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
9:06 am

Do all of you liberals think that John Kerry and most of the limousine liberals don’t have offshore accounts to dodge taxation?

Kerry’s not that rich… his wife is and most of her wealth is tied up in HJ Heinz stock and a US trust or two.

You think that Gates and Buffett and all of the Waltons are keeping all of their money in the good old USA?

Let us know when they run for President and we’ll talk about that. Until then… DEFLECT!!! That’s all you have left.

TaxPayer

July 11th, 2012
9:08 am

Mitt Romney – Chief Executive OffShorer/Chief Operating Outsourcer/Chief Information Obfuscator

He’s a one-man wrecking crew. A destroyer of U.S. businesses and U.S. workers. Anything for a buck. Anything to avoid paying a buck in taxes. A true Republican to the core.

carlosgvv

July 11th, 2012
9:10 am

The number one priority is to win the election. Therefore, strategists from both parties will come up with whatever attacks they think will attract voters. Don’t look for any honesty from either party. Look instead for a knock-down, drag-out mud-rasslin rock bottom campaign.

It’s the dumbed down American way.

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July 11th, 2012
9:10 am

kayaker 71

July 11th, 2012
9:04 am

But none of them are running for President Of The United States. That needs a higher standard than what ol’ Mitt is showing so far.
Kyaker, if Romney wins, America will be over. The rich will run the country with no bounds and do you really think that they will give a whit about you and yours? You must be one of those “Other Republicans too”.

straitroad

July 11th, 2012
9:11 am

More of the same old bs. Democrats offering deadbeats more access to someone else’s labor.

TaxPayer

July 11th, 2012
9:12 am

Welcome to the Occupation

July 11th, 2012
9:12 am

ByteMe: “People get that if you want to be President of this country, you should keep your money in this country. Romney wants to be President of special foreign tax havens and people who have car elevators. People get that.”

But it’s all a function of what the choices are, that is to say the alternatives. And in a two-party system like this one, it debatable whether there are really any meaningful choices at all. You have on one side a nominally ‘liberal’ (or more exactly, social Democratic) party that is hawkish on foreign policy, if slightly less jingoistic, but has drunk the KoolAid of turbo-charged hyperfinancialized capitalism just as wholeheartedly as the Republicans (recall that Robert Rubin was a staunch Democrat), and on the other a party that has long represented the very same things, but of late in the wake of the financial crash feels that it must pursue the most rabidly ruthless assertion of the interests of capital possible while stirring every other petty resentment among the masses they can (homophobia, racism, xenophobia) to help the process along. But in the end, both parties are wholly-owned subsidiaries of capital and, as Obama has shown, the militarism of American empire as well. Not a real choice if you ask me.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
9:12 am

Democrats offering deadbeats more access to someone else’s labor.

More of the same old Rightwingnutistan talking points bs.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 11th, 2012
9:12 am

carlosgvv:

There is some truth in what you say ………… however, the advantage goes to the dems. as the mainstream media is in bed with them. Conservative talk radio offsets it a little but not near enough to make it equal.

vote often

July 11th, 2012
9:13 am

I am poor, but I still have 15 bucks in a swiss bank account. NOBAMA!!

kayaker 71

July 11th, 2012
9:13 am

ByteMe 9:06,

Kerry did run for President. The hypocrisy of this whole thread is beyond reality. It never changes. Pandering to those who receive handouts or those who are black or are being granted work permits because they are latino…. all of this targets a certain segment of our citizenry. Divide ‘um up, make them believe that the only people who care about them are liberals, write off white working America because they are intelligent enough figure out what you are doing and who knows, you might win a second term. But honesty, transparency, responsible government…… nah, we don’t need these things. All we need is a bunch of sheep to follow us over the cliff.

RB from Gwinnett

July 11th, 2012
9:13 am

As usual, the liberal masses fail to see all those companies would have failed and EVERYBODY would have lost their jobs, healthcare, pensions and everything else if Bain hadn’t made the cuts they made.

Just like with socialism, liberals think they can have all the benefits of it without all the crap that goes with it. You can’t and we won’t. We will all end up in 800 sq ft apartments living with our parents and grandchildren just like half of Europe.

massachusetts refugee

July 11th, 2012
9:14 am

mccain on romney “as the liberal governor of massaschusetts, he raised taxes $750 million. he is involved in a wholesale deception of voters. has been entirely consistent. he has consistently taken two sides of every issue, sometime more than teo. so congratulations.”

of course, it’s all just politics…

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
9:14 am

Butch – we *could* start with all the net recipients of federal dollars … but, of course, they’re all red states – that wouldn’t exactly work with the GOP campaign

Rightwing Troll

July 11th, 2012
9:14 am

“Ah ………… personal attack rather than debate or just posting your opinion.”

Are you ready to “debate” your assertion that Golden retrievers will be better cared for than people under Obamneycare?

Or… are you ready to “debate” your 5 impeachable offenses (that you have yet to reveal)?

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
9:14 am

Welcome to the Occupation: I agree. The vote since 1980 when I first started voting has felt like voting for the lesser of two lessers.

But that’s our system and Churchill was right about it.

larry

July 11th, 2012
9:14 am

Romney lying ?

But here’s the thing. I’ve found yet more instances where Romney made declarations to the SEC that he was still involved in running Bain after February 1999. To the best of my knowledge, no one has yet noted these.

What Josh highlighted were two SEC filings from July 2000 and February 2001 in which Romney listed his “principal occupation” as “Managing Director of Bain Capital, Inc.” At the risk of putting too fine a point on this, one cannot be gone from Bain in February 1999 and also be the managing director of Bain in February 2001.

Now, you might be thinking, “Does this really matter? What difference does it make exactly when Romney left Bain?” It matters quite a bit, actually.

——————————————————————————–

For one thing, call me old fashioned, but Romney is supposed to tell the truth, both to the public and to the Securities and Exchange Commission. At this point, Romney’s claims don’t add up, and it’s not unreasonable to ask for an explanation.

On a related note, it also matters whether or not Romney told the truth on his official financial disclosure forms.

He runs for president , says he believes in America but yet keeps most of his money offshore, and now we find out according to SEC filings , he didnt leave Bain capital when he said he did.

Ooops!!!

straitroad

July 11th, 2012
9:15 am

ByteMe, my hope for you is that one day you will decide to stand on your own and stop coveting what others have. You’ll be much happier.

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
9:15 am

0311 — “Translation: “Dems. are in a P.A.N.I.C.” !

Not even close. Not with the electoral math overwhelmingly favoring us.

http://www.electoral-vote.com

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
9:15 am

“I am poor, but I still have 15 bucks in a swiss bank account.”

and if you’re not declaring it on YOUR TDF-90, I want the full weight of the law thrown at YOU, too.

massachusetts refugee

July 11th, 2012
9:15 am

oops, …”more the TWO…”

Welcome to the Occupation

July 11th, 2012
9:16 am

And as you can see from the reaction of ol’ straitroad, the delusions and confusions of the masses of native white males continues apace. They actually still think this about ‘deadbeats’ loafing on the public dole at someone else’s expense. This despite countless measures that show that workers in this country worked harder and longer, right up until the crash, than their counterparts in many other industrialized nations, and put up with much more (that is, they tolerate far fewer and less generous social benefits in return from capital and their government for all the work they do). Pretty amazing, that.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 11th, 2012
9:16 am

Candidate Romney says he doesn’t know where his money is….

Who signed off on his financial disclosures?

Steve

July 11th, 2012
9:16 am

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
9:16 am

“As usual, the liberal masses fail to see all those companies would have failed and EVERYBODY would have lost their jobs, healthcare, pensions and everything else if Bain hadn’t made the cuts they made. ”

REALLY????

got proof???

Rightwing Troll

July 11th, 2012
9:16 am

Romney bets against America and American business… Why oh why does Mittens hate America so much…???

vote often

July 11th, 2012
9:16 am

The rich already own both parties, it does not matter who wins, we the American People Lose… Grab your pitch forks and head to the capital so that we can destroy our current form of government and build a new one.. It says we can do it in our Constitution.

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
9:17 am

St. Simons — “Mittens – “Switzerland? Caymans? I don’t even know where all
my money is!”

Remember how it turned out for McCain when he couldn’t remember how many houses he had? This is the same thing.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
9:18 am

Kerry did run for President

Then you should have brought it up then. Bringing it up now just smacks of deflection and false equivalence.

Pandering to those who receive handouts or those who are black or are being granted work permits because they are latino…. all of this targets a certain segment of our citizenry

Yep, and both sides do it to different degrees of success. Republicans are doing a better job targeting the uber-wealthy and white rednecks. Democrats are trying to lay claim to everyone else. That’s how you win elections in this country: cobble together the largest tent you can. The Republican tent is shrinking this cycle. You don’t like it, tell them to get better policies to appeal to more segments of the population.

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
9:18 am

All this time I’ve been saying that Romney is Kerry 2.0, I had no idea that I wasn’t the only one…

:lol: :lol:

From Jan 14, 2012

It looks as though, for the second time in three presidential cycles, one of the major parties is about to bestow its nomination on a rich, patrician, out-of-touch, socially awkward, politically tone-deaf hair model from Massachusetts.
In 2004 it was the Dems tapping John Kerry. Now the GOP is inches away from handing its banner to Mitt Romney. This despite the fact that neither candidate is particularly beloved by his own party’s voters, and despite the baggage of East Coast liberal elitism that the Bay State inevitably imparts.
The chatter about whether Romney is merely Kerry 2.0 was perhaps inescapable. The parallels range from the geographic to the socioeconomic (both were born rich and grew richer), the ideological (both aren’t radical enough to suit their respective bases) to the cosmetic (great teeth, astonishing hair). As for retail political gifts (or lack thereof), watching either man try to relate to Joe Six-Pack is a bit like watching Michele Bachmann at a GLAD rally.

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From the WSJ

The Romney campaign thinks it can play it safe and coast to the White House by saying the economy stinks and it’s Mr. Obama’s fault. We’re on its email list and the main daily message from the campaign is that “Obama isn’t working.” Thanks, guys, but Americans already know that. What they want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the President’s policies aren’t working and how Mr. Romney’s policies will do better.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is assailing Mr. Romney as an out-of-touch rich man, and the rich man obliged by vacationing this week at his lake-side home with a jet-ski cameo. Team Obama is pounding him for Bain Capital, and until a recent ad in Ohio the Romney campaign has been slow to respond.

Team Obama is now opening up a new assault on Mr. Romney as a job outsourcer with foreign bank accounts, and if the Boston boys let that one go unanswered, they ought to be fired for malpractice.

***
All of these attacks were predictable, in particular because they go to the heart of Mr. Romney’s main campaign theme—that he can create jobs as President because he is a successful businessman and manager. But candidates who live by biography typically lose by it. See President John Kerry.

Rightwing Troll

July 11th, 2012
9:19 am

That’s about what I figured…

Anybody got a bible verse that excuses hubris and demagoguery …???

larry

July 11th, 2012
9:19 am

And then, of course, there’s the whole point of why Romney wants people to believe he left Bain earlier than the apparent date. The Republican candidate probably doesn’t want to be on the hook for a series of controversial Bain investments — – and layoffs, which would help explain his competing explanations.

Not Blind

July 11th, 2012
9:19 am

RB from Gwinnett nailed it. Romney should HOPE that the dumbocrats attack his Bain days.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
9:20 am

ByteMe, my hope for you is that one day you will decide to stand on your own and stop coveting what others have.

You don’t know me at all, Sparky, so focus on the topic instead of on me.

Rightwing Troll

July 11th, 2012
9:20 am

“All this time I’ve been saying that Romney is Kerry 2.0, I had no idea that I wasn’t the only one…”

Only without the military service and the war medals…

Why does Mittens hate the American Armed Forces so much…????

vote often

July 11th, 2012
9:20 am

ByteMe – Political thug

July 11th, 2012
9:18 am

How is calling someone a Redneck because they are white not racist ??

Mighty Righty

July 11th, 2012
9:20 am

“But viewed purely in terms of campaign strategy, the two-tiered approach linking what Romney did at Bain to what he would do as president strikes me as pretty shrewd.”

Except it’s not true and the Democrats can’t tell the truth because the truth does not support Obama’s reelection. (See Below)

Obama’s False Attacks.Team Romney | June 12, 2012
OBAMA MYTH: Destroying companies
REALITY: Governor Romney’s private sector record is one of success and turnaround, despite many investments in companies that were failing at the time.

Eighty percent of the companies Bain Capital has invested in from its founding to today have grown revenues. When companies grow, they are able to hire more workers and our economy grows.

Bain Capital pursued an investment strategy that often included targeting companies in decline and trying to turn them around. In most cases, it held the companies for many years and invested a significant amount of human and financial capital into improving operations to help revive these struggling companies. (CAN DEMOCRATS SAY UAW AND GM, UAW AND CHRYSLER?)

When President Obama attacks Governor Romney’s record in the private sector, he’s also attacking our country’s greatest engine for job creation: the free enterprise system.

kayaker 71

July 11th, 2012
9:21 am

Tell me liberals…… if you had 250M dollars and keeping in an offshore account in the Caymans would save you 20M and change in one year, the alternative being giving it to the government, what would you do?

Paul

July 11th, 2012
9:21 am

Normal

Listened to a bit of tv news the other day and it was “Republicans are trying to turn the tables on the Obama campaign with a new line: Outsourcer in Chief.” I thought ‘wonder how long until that shows up on Jay’s blog?”

Now we know!

Scout

“I disagree with you most of the time but I respect your opinions.”

And I can say the same to you. I will note, though, I am looking for your opinions, not just a link that makes a statement, for I’ve no way of knowing if it’s something with which you agree or not or if you’re just putting it out for comment.

Brosephus

If you’re saying I’m in the same league as you, then I’m in right fine company.

Mick

July 11th, 2012
9:21 am

rb

Typical sky is falling rhetoric…there’s 40 acres available for you in nevada for 20k, the taxes are $80 a year. They’ll even offer you terms like $195 down and $195 a month, I doubt you can find anything like that in Europe? You wingers are scared of your own shadows…

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
9:22 am

Brosephus — “I think the whole idea for the Romney Vagueness Technique™ is to avoid being outed as Kerry 2.0 to voters. The GOP did a great job of showing how out of touch Kerry was with the common person. The fact that, in 2 elections, they have Kerry’s doppleganger as their candidate would ensure them a loss if they’re found out.”

I have been saying this here on Jay’s blog since last summer. Romney is the Republican Kerry. He’s not very popular with the base, he’s not a very engaging person, he’s got some accomplishments in his background, but they are of dubious worth in the White House (Kerry’s Vietnam service, Romney’s venture cap experience) and he’s just not connecting with the rank-and-file voter. Hell, Romney’s elective office was in the same STATE as Kerry’s, for crying out loud.

I’ve been saying for a year now that the 2012 election will be a replay of the 2004 election — but with the parties reversed. If Romney picks a flake as his running mate (as I’ve been saying he might, in order to shore up his appeal to the base), then the cloning procedure will be complete.

Welcome to the Occupation

July 11th, 2012
9:22 am

ByteMe: “The vote since 1980 when I first started voting has felt like voting for the lesser of two lessers.”

The whole “lesser of two evils”, which the Democrats exploit to the hilt, the oldest trick and most reliable linchpin for the two-party headlock. Note by the way that the European parliamentary systems are only modestly better in this regard, as they too still operate more or less on a two-party basis, despite some exceptions here and there. But there’s nothing quite so cynical as the way the Democrats arrogantly stick their noses in the eyes of their staunchest supporters, such as the labor rank and file, and assorted others they like to deride as the “professional left”, knowing full well they, as Rahm Emanuel famously put it, got nowhere else to **kin go.

But that’s our system and Churchill was right about it.

That remains to be seen. Weimer was nominally a democracy too, don’t forget.

King of Everything

July 11th, 2012
9:22 am

McCain said ” I don’t know how many homes I own”
Romney said “I don’t know where my money is except that it’s in a blind trust”
I get the feeling we should not blindly trust this guy

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
9:22 am

“Remember how it turned out for McCain when he couldn’t remember how many houses he had? This is the same thing.”

ZACKLY!!!

and, by the way – when Kerry ran for President, both he AND HIS WIFE reported all their tax returns for 5 years

Lord Help Us

July 11th, 2012
9:22 am

‘Except it’s not true and the Democrats can’t tell the truth because the truth does not support Obama’s reelection. (See Below)’

Talk to Newt…

RB from Gwinnett

July 11th, 2012
9:23 am

USinUK. Google is your friend.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 11th, 2012
9:23 am

Tell me liberals…… if you had 250M dollars and keeping in an offshore account in the Caymans would save you 20M and change in one year, the alternative being giving it to the government, what would you do?

NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY.