Kasim Reed on Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh and GOP race

Given that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is plugged into President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters in Chicago, it’s worth noting how he looks at the Republican presidential contest.

Following Newt Gingrich’s tussle with David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over Rush Limbaugh, freedom of religion and insurance coverage for contraceptives, Reed was on a shoot-the-wounded panel offering analysis.

It’s instructive to note that the mayor of Atlanta gave little mention to Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman – except in terms of his impact on Mitt Romney.

Said Reed:

”What’s happening is the core conservatives, meaning Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, are really damaging Mitt Romney and they’re damaging on every front. He can’t talk about Bain because they’ve attacked him on Bain for job destruction. He can’t talk about the Olympics because they’ve turned that into a commentary on earmarks.

“He can’t talk about being governor of Massachusetts because his signature bill was the healthcare bill. But the problem that he has is he has true conservatives who are making these attacks as opposed to Democrats.”

Reed served as the Obama’s defender when another panelist described the president’s call to a law school student who had been called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh as an “overreach:”

” I don’t think it was an over-reach for the president to call because it draws the contrast of the president’s position around women and Mitt Romney’s conversation around women and the Republican, Republican Party’s conversation around women. So it was not a mistake.

“The future of politics is performance and this shows that Mitt Romney is not adept at changing, of responding to the environment, and of thinking on his feet.”

As for what Obama needs to do while Republicans continue to sort out their nomination, we offer this clip:

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Said the mayor of Atlanta:

”What I’m worried about is what we don’t know. I think he’s right to talk about the decision he made around the auto bailout. We did talk about that before. But I think the president has effectively put his–himself in the position to win Michigan and to win Ohio and do well there. That’s why it’s key. He’s got to keep talking about it.

“But on the fuel cost that we’re dealing with, he’s got to let folks know that he has empathy. You all mentioned Bill Clinton earlier — he’s got to let the American public know that he’s doing every single thing he can because folks will likely feel a pinch around the gas costs, gas prices. He’s also got to have a conversation about his grand bargain.

“In order to keep independents, he’s got to continue to talk about his efforts to reduce the debt and deficit. He’s got to get out in front of that right now.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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73 comments Add your comment

Steve Millin

March 4th, 2012
2:35 pm

I appreciate Jim’s efforts to keep us up to date what Kasim Reed is talking about. However, it would be in the publics best interest if Kasim would just keep his mouth shut and give it an earnest try to actually do something for Atlanta instead.

Centrist

March 4th, 2012
2:49 pm

It is NOT instructive at all what the Democrat Mayor of Atlanta says about the GOP nomination (any more than what the liberal AJC and liberal Political Insider blogger says).

All are for Obama.

Centrist

March 4th, 2012
2:51 pm

The best part of this blog is the Freudian typo which says: “it’s worth nothing how he looks at the Republican presidential contest.

It is worth “nothing” even if Galloway meant to leave out the “h”.

Sweet Jane

March 4th, 2012
2:55 pm

Impressive performance by Mayor Reed on the tellie. Romney is light in the loafers. He needs to grow some cajones and go after the nuts in his own party to win over independents like me. Get rid of the social issue haters (Santorum) and focus on his business acumen. Probably help if he would smoke a doobie to lighten up every once in awhile.

catlady

March 4th, 2012
3:00 pm

How sad that Rush/Newt don’t see how bad those comments were! Another reason not to vote to Newt, and to reject any business that sponsors the tripe that is Newt. How blind can those folks be?

GEORGIA TEE

March 4th, 2012
3:01 pm

@Steve, I would be more interested in what the Mayor of Atlanta has to say, as would most of the citizens of Atlanta, instead of another Bubba showing such disrepect for the Mayor or the POTUS telling us what would be in the best interest of the public, let me show you the same disrespect, shut up !

Richard

March 4th, 2012
3:03 pm

What a waste of time Reed is.Another lacky corrupt Atlanta Mayor.

Travis McGee

March 4th, 2012
3:08 pm

Newt and Rush have a lot in common: both are ugly, fat, white men who have made a career out of bullying those who are unable to strike back.

For Newt to say the situation with Rush is silly shows an insensitivity that has periodically surfaced in his relationship with women throughout his adult life.

On Super Tuesday, the state of Georgia will probably prove that you can be elected to anything if you get all the fools on your side.

matthew hates georgia

March 4th, 2012
3:14 pm

mayor reed ..focus on deteriating Atlanta ..love President Obama and what he has done but the mayor needs to focus on the new Detroit called Atlanta its becoming a h$$ hole and so very poorly plannned..however i think our president is the best option in stead of the 3 stooges (fake romney,fat gingrich,the hypocrite santorum

Michael

March 4th, 2012
3:16 pm

Of course Newt thinks it silly. That little woman should shut her slut mouth, her slut legs, and go in the kitchen and make him a sammich.

double

March 4th, 2012
3:22 pm

What do you expect? Speaker took Kasim to the woodshed,Governor took him to DC.It just rubs off on you.

Mountain Man

March 4th, 2012
3:25 pm

If all the people who were described by the collective factions of the former Republican Party as left leaning, liberals, left of center and Obama lovers all vote in November, the Democrats will sweep the nation.

Boys, keep Y’all’s mouth shut and if you have to talk, talk for yourselves!

Fedup

March 4th, 2012
3:32 pm

Romney’s business acumen is bunkrupt and sell off for profit. The workers and the suppliers (other businesses) are stuck with loss because a bunkrupt company finds a way not to pay the suppliers. I am talking from experience. I hate these investors.

missmollie

March 4th, 2012
3:34 pm

“Birds of a feather flock together”….never have seen a eagle flying with a buzzard…have you???

Weetamoe

March 4th, 2012
3:34 pm

Obama just invited himself to read the commencement address at Barnard women’s college, shoving NYT editor Jill Abramson out of the way after she had been invited to speak. What? No powerful woman with a powerful message to young college grads will be allowed to get in the way of Mr. Importance?

Bernie

March 4th, 2012
3:38 pm

Newt aka Humpty Dumpty and Mullah Rick both sealed their fates this Sunday morning. Both of them insulting the intelligence of the American Woman without fear or repucussion.

Come Tuesday it will be HER turn to speak . She will be, ahhhh so quiet and do it with a SMILE and we know what that means! LQQK OUT!

She is proud and fierce and will kick them both, in places they never expected. Hold on my friends, I feel an earthquake coming.

Dave

March 4th, 2012
3:41 pm

Steve Millin,
I could close my eyes, and see your words coming out of someone with a white sheet over his head. It sounded racist. You sure you meant to keep “Kasim Reed” is his place? Hum, well, “shut my mouth”.

Jimbo

March 4th, 2012
3:48 pm

What Reed thinks is immaterial. However, when a famous radio personality calls a young woman a slut and a prostitute that is not silly. It is serious and perhaps libelous. These GOP candidates are a bad joke. As a Christian, I am appalled at their behavior. They have said hateful and vile lies about each other and about Obama. They are men of low character and are hypocrites. In my view, that is not being a Christian. Where are the decent candidates? Our political system has become filthy and polluted.

Centrist

March 4th, 2012
3:55 pm

Most Democrats (hence the AJC and most of the bloggers here) are to my left, and most Republicans are to my right. Centrist’s get little respect from either party. Romney comes closest to the middle of all the presidential candidates (Paul is somewhere in the middle clouds). Centrists like Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Olympia Snow, Evan Bayh are gone from the U.S. Senate. There are some RINO’s, but not many except maybe in Georgia. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., was the latest loss to the U.S. House Blue Dog Coalition when he announced that he would not seek re-election. In January, another Blue Dog, former representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., resigned from the House to focus on her recovery. Before the 2010 GOP election landslide, Blue Dogs had 54 Democratic lawmakers in their ranks, but only 26 survived the election to return. After a couple of retirements, there are currently 24 lawmakers in the group. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., a Blue Dog, said he is optimistic that a new crop of fiscally conservative Democratic candidates will win in November, but others are facing tough opposition from Republicans. The group has endorsed six House candidates, and they are expected to announce more endorsements as the election season intensifies.

DannyX

March 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

“Centrist’s get little respect from either party.”

What’s your point? You sure aren’t a centrist.

You don’t even support Mitt’s Robamneycare.

dixiedemons

March 4th, 2012
4:02 pm

Classic GOP …………King Redneck Rush Limbaugh apologizes after he starts losing money because advertisers suspend paychecks

majii

March 4th, 2012
4:03 pm

Weetamoe,

It is the college that determines who the commencement speaker will be. I doubt that the president would call the college and make a request to be the commencement speaker. I’m fairly certain that he has other things he could be doing on the date on which Barnard’s commencement is scheduled. I read the Politico article, and it said nothing about President Obama having anything to do with the decision.

Cooter

March 4th, 2012
4:08 pm

The mayor needs to wake-up the pot hole posse and fix the infrastructure. This town sux. You can’t walk anywhere without getting mugged. As far as culture, you can hang out in Lenox mall and watch all the pretender’s acting like their big time. This town needs a enema, indeed.

Bernie

March 4th, 2012
4:10 pm

We all know who RUSH is. He is the Overweight angry KID in high school that never had a girlfriend or date. He was never with the cool crowd or accepted by the JOCKS. He was the loner with the bad attitude.

We all remember him. Nothing has changed, He is still the same ole Mean Overweight KID that no one really liked. In fact, he does not even like himself. Now that that he is older and did manage to marry A PROM QUEEN. Deep inside he resents her, because deep in his heart he knows and she knows, if it were not for all of the MONEY he has managed to accumulate, she would never even look at him. So as result, he views ALL Women as nothing but “SLUTS”.

Surely, his PROM QUEEN closes her eyes everytime he enters the room, constantly praying for a quick reprieve.

Attack Dog

March 4th, 2012
4:13 pm

1. Ask the folk in Savannah if Mayor Reed needs to keep running his mouth. 2. Ask the folks in Gwinnett County if they would like to have an honest, respectable, and respectable leader versus what they have now. 3. Have you noticed that the main stream media really could care less what any other mayor in Georgia, our two US Senators or any of the Dixiecrat representatives in the house have to say? 4. Notice that there are very, very, very few centrist who calledl themselves Republicans? 5. Those Blue Dog Democrats were the ones who were on the floor every night during the Bush years, harping on deaf Gop ears about the debt and deficit. 6. Anyone who calls Ben Nelson a centrist, has never looked at his track record. An opportunist is a better word for him.

DannyX

March 4th, 2012
4:14 pm

“Romney comes closest to the middle of all the presidential candidates”

What are Romney’s centrist positions?

Overturning Roe v Wade? Repealing his own Robamneycare? His new tax plan that expands the deficit and cuts taxes on the rich?

What makes Romney a centrist? Is he going to govern like fellow Massachusetts Republican, the liberal Senator Scott Brown? That should earn him lots of votes.

seabiscuit

March 4th, 2012
4:22 pm

I’m a horse with blinders on, just like centrist.

Doug

March 4th, 2012
4:39 pm

Jim, don’t you get tired of all the ignorant racists who post on your blog all the time?

Teshome

March 4th, 2012
4:46 pm

please read the following comment originally posted in azcental.com on

sunnyday6 Feb-27 @ 5:53 PM
Breaking News: Romney Lied During the Last Debate

This is only an issue because Romney has made it an issue by being pro-choice in MA and then flip flopping by claiming to be pro-life now. According to fact checkers Mitt Romney lied during his last debate. His health care plan did require the Catholic church to pay for free abortions and he did not consult church leaders yet he complains about Obama’s health care plan for the same thing. What else will he lie about?

http://bostoncatholicinside...

He whines about federal spending yet he used 6 million of it to pay for rearranging the lawn chairs for the Olympics and his Confederate buddy Ron Paul spent 398 million a year. Now Paul is in trouble with a campaign donor for double dipping for travel expenses.

Romney whines about No Child Left Behind yet he supported it in 2006. H…e is such a hypocrite.

Romney whines about Arlen Specter but he voted for Paul Songas. What a hypocrite.

Breaking News: Confederate Kook Ron Paul Working for Romney

Ron Paul claims to like Ronald Reagan yet he has said “Ronald Reagan is a failure” and the “CIA deals drugs.” Not only are his racist newsletters everywhere but now it is out there that his mentors were Confederates who hated Abraham Lincoln for keeping the union together. Now Romney is connected to extremists.

Profiting from the liquidation of businesses and rearranging the chairs at the Olympics does not qualify you to be president. He may pretend to be Mr. Main Street but we all know he is Mr Wall Street. Vote for Romney in any election? I don’t think so.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/02/24/20120224republican-primary-arizona-advance.html#24403153#ixzz1ndfUZxD7

Slip

March 4th, 2012
4:50 pm

Seems the primary candidates want to go back to the 50s. A very articulate woman said it best in a comment to an article in a national news outlet. She was just talking about Santorum, but the comments could easily be applied to Gingrich or (depending on what day it is) Romney.
” Mr. Santorum, like many men of his ilk looks back fondly at the 1950s, and assumes the 1960s blossomed fully formed in some mysterious vacuum – but they didn’t: they blossomed out of the 1950s, where men like Mr. Santorum refused to see women’s frustration, boredom, mental breakdowns, and mental and physical exhaustion – particularly Catholic housewives tied to decades of child-bearing, child-rearing, cleaning, cooking, and financial dependence.Mr. Santorum’s unbelievably narrow, history-denying viewpoint is, ironically, the poster child for everything that was wrong with the 1950s, not what was right about them.
The Republicans may win a few battles here and there as they appeal to the dimness of the very frightened who fear freedom, but they are, inexorably, on the wrong side of history.”

It is important to recall the fundamentals of human existence, “As above, so below.”

Teshome

March 4th, 2012
4:50 pm

Attack Dog

March 4th, 2012
4:51 pm

If a far-left wing person is called a socialist, what is a far-right wing like my friend Santorum academically called? Ignorant racists is too narrow because they discriminate against anyone different (which is why we have the EEOC), and it is not an academic definition. If you cheered for the UGA football team, but have a problem with a qualified person of color attending the university claiming you are against affirmative action, raise your hand. Darn…that many!!

Realist

March 4th, 2012
5:07 pm

If a little girl dies today in China and she was raised without ever being told about God or Christianity (not her fault), does she automatically go to Hell?

Elvira

March 4th, 2012
5:16 pm

get realist,

Of course she’s going to the father of lies lair. Ignorance of Christianity, just like ignorance of the Law is no defense.

Bernie

March 4th, 2012
5:32 pm

Elvira, your chair is waiting for you……and its not the one you think. :)

honested

March 4th, 2012
5:44 pm

Attack Dog,

Since most things in history can be viewed as cyclic, wasn’t there a political structure a half century ago or so that defined the sort of things that sans-scrotum stands for.

You know, blind loyalty, purity, unquestioning allegiance and such?

I think that is what you might call him.

GEORGIA TEE

March 4th, 2012
5:49 pm

Elvira
FYI, Christians make up approx. 33% of all faiths in the world, and when you break down Christians in it’s approx. 18 different denominations. You’ll find Ignorance of Christianity runs wild….Your proof of that ?

Anonymous

March 4th, 2012
5:51 pm

Centrist – it was worth everything to read an article of truth saying (finally!) that Kasim Reed was worth nothing (as far as his opinions were concerned…) – too bad the PC police go to it.

I do not believe it was a typo for a second – I believe it was a “truth-o” – and WHERE are the criminal indictments on Kasim Reed for allowing his brother to commit the crime of driving without a license? And where is that sleeping Dept. of Justice when we need it the most??? Kasim Reed is worth way too much NOT to jail him. Otherwise an argument for dismissal of all – ALL – “driving without a license” court charges needs to be in place for “equal protection under the law” and “void for vagrancy (failure to enforce)” — We need to press for a Grand Jury indictment.

Why is the FBI not enforcing corruption laws as far as Kasim Reed is concerned???

RGB

March 4th, 2012
5:58 pm

Next Jim will treat us to what PETA, NAMBLA, and GLAAD think about the Republican race.

Hey Kasim, why not go back to awarding airport concessions to your buddies and raising water rates rather than butting into something that doesn’t concern you.

Southside Earl

March 4th, 2012
5:59 pm

Realist,

If she hasn’t accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior, she’ll toast in hell for all eternity.

Look before I leap...

March 4th, 2012
6:08 pm

@Anonymous

All the problems in the city of Atlanta and your beef with Reed is that his brother wasn’t executed for driving with out a license?

Not that I am huge fan of Reed (seen better and worse). But it seems you are reaching a bit here.

7 years ago, while I was out of the country for work, my license expired. The day after I returned stateside, I was driving to the DMV to get it renewed and was stopped and cited for expired tags (next stop on my list of things to do) and expired license. Continued on, got my license, got my tags and showed up in court 29 days later, showed both to the judge and had my charges dismissed (not even charged with court costs). End of story. Don’t know the details of Reed’s brother’s case and frankly don’t care. Neither should you.

If you want to worry about something, worry about the $10,000,000 in airport concession contracts that were recently awarded. I am less than impressed with the transparency on how that was handled.

Don Abernethy

March 4th, 2012
6:08 pm

Reed supports Obama just because he is black.

Look before I leap...

March 4th, 2012
6:11 pm

RGB

March 4th, 2012
5:58 pm

Next Jim will treat us to what PETA, NAMBLA, and GLAAD think about the Republican race.

Hmmm…. Animal protection terrorists, pedophiles and gay people all lumped together in a single sentence. It is safe to assume you are a Republican, yes?

Look before I leap...

March 4th, 2012
6:15 pm

Don Abernethy

March 4th, 2012
6:08 pm

Reed supports Obama just because he is black.

Got anything to back that up?
I am impressed that it took 42 posts before someone injected race into this topic.

seabeau

March 4th, 2012
6:19 pm

Who really cares what Reed thinks! He’s the head of a failing Democratically controlled,(read welfare ridden) city,where the taxpayers are fleeing to the safety of the burbs.

honested

March 4th, 2012
6:21 pm

Don Abernethy,

The foolishness of your statement provides levity.

I oppose all of the gop Clown Car Candidates, support the President and I am quite white?

Postulate why?

honested

March 4th, 2012
6:22 pm

seabeau,

Great, glad to see them leave.

Now comes the hilarity of the next step when they think that ‘market forces’ will give them adequate services (especially police services) and lower taxes.

For a clear view, see Milton, John’s Creek and Dunwoody.

Look before I leap...

March 4th, 2012
6:31 pm

Southside Earl

March 4th, 2012
5:59 pm

Realist,

If she hasn’t accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior, she’ll toast in hell for all eternity.

Of course. Everyone who has ever walked the face of the earth prior to Christ is in hell (including I presume, Adam, Eve, Noah, Moses, Socrates and Cleopatra.). Since then, add in the Bhuddists, Muslims, Jews, Scientologists and according to some, Mormons.

So in hell, we have all the movie moguls, most of the actors and singers, Chinese, Thai and Japanese and Indians. Add in the heathen football players and WWF.

So in Heaven, you get football with Tim Tebow being coached by George Allen and tofu burger bar-b-ques.

In Hell we get decent movies, good music, terrific Moo Shoo Pork, a great football game and nice Persian rugs to lounge on while discussing philosophy with the likes of Plato and listening to the Mormon Tabernacle choir.

DannyX

March 4th, 2012
6:36 pm

“…where the taxpayers are fleeing to the safety of the burbs.”

From the ajc, just this week. “Work is in progress for a new 23-story, $60 million apartment tower at 12th and West Peachtree Streets in Midtown Atlanta.”

Demolition of the parking deck at the old Sears building on Ponce stared this last week. ” Ponce City Market is, a two million square-foot structure, is an adaptive reuse development that when revitalized will house a mix of retail, dining, office and residential space.”

How’s the construction business doing in the suburbs these days?

Michael #1

March 4th, 2012
6:43 pm

The Mayor hit the nail on the head, and a “hit dog will alwyas holler.” Just read Danny X.