Romney: Obama’s policies are worse than Jimmy Carter’s

posted at 2:06 pm on May 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

You know what this election cycle needs?  Not more cowbell …. more Carter.  Mitt Romney stayed on offense today in Chantilly, Virginia, and perhaps signaled a theme for the fall campaign. For the second time in three days, Romney referred to Jimmy Carter, this time directly comparing Barack Obama to the former one-term President … unfavorably:

National Journal notices this as well, and also thinks it will become a deliberate strategy to frame the election:

“It was the most anti-small-business administration I’ve seen probably since Carter,” Romney told an overflow crowd packed into the company’s warehouse.  “Who would’ve guessed we’d look back at the Carter years as the good ol’ days, you know?”

On Monday, Romney also referenced the former president when he was asked by a reporter if he would have given the order to go after Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani hideout. “Of course,” Romney replied.  “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”

Romney has invoked the Georgia Democrat before. In February, for example, he called Obama’s administration “the most anti-jobs, anti-investment, antigrowth administration that I’ve seen since Jimmy Carter.”

But now Romney’s surrogates are also playing the Carter card. In an essay last week in Foreign Policy published on Romney’s campaign website, Chicago lawyer Richard Williamson, a former ambassador in the Reagan administration, faulted Obama’s handling of North Korea and Iran. “In short, we are approaching a Jimmy Carter moment,” Williamson wrote. “In a perilous world, this is not the kind of leadership our country needs.”

The retrospective approach isn’t just in vogue at Team Romney, who at least has put forward an agenda for a Romney presidency. In my column for The Week, I point out the irony of the Obama campaign’s new slogan, “Forward,” while the campaign remains mired in rose-colored-glasses nostalgia.  They seem intent on keeping focus on 2008 and the meager list of Obama accomplishments, while determined to avoid talking about an Obama agenda for a second term:

In fact, Obama has yet to talk about why he wants a second term as president. What does Obama plan to do about the budget in 2013? Or 2016, for that matter? His budget proposal for FY2012 couldn’t garner a single Democratic vote in the Senate last May, when Harry Reid finally had to call a floor vote. Obama’s FY2013 proposal didn’t get a single Democratic vote in the House last month. Some Democrats complained that the floor vote was a stunt, but it’s still a fact that Senate Democrats have refused to bring it to the floor themselves, even though they haven’t produced a budget resolution in over three years, despite their legal responsibility to do so. Given the stagnation that the U.S. has experienced, Obama’s team wants to talk about anything else but the economy. His tax reform plan involves a “Buffett Rule” that will raise no more than $5 billion a year for a budget deficit of at least $900 billion in FY2013.

What about foreign policy? Obama has shied away from any substantive agendas, unlike in 2008, when he claimed he would meet America’s enemies “without preconditions” and boost American prestige through “smart power.” While Obama hasn’t shared his vision of foreign policy in a second term with the American public, he seemed less reticent with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, in what he thought was a private moment. Telling Medvedev that he has more “flexibility” after the election, Obama assured the Russian president that the missile-defense issue could be “solved,” if only Vladimir Putin would “give me space.” What solution does Obama have for the missile-defense issue? Why hasn’t Obama shared that with the nation as part of his agenda for a second term in office?

Obama hasn’t bothered to articulate any specific agenda for a second term, giving no substantive, forward-looking argument for why anyone should vote for another four years. Instead of forward, Obama’s campaign seems to be looking backward, and hoping voters feel nostalgic enough over the last three-plus years that they don’t bother looking “forward” at all.

That may be because Obama’s second-term agenda would sound a lot like Carter’s, which basically told Americans to deal realistically with decline.  Voters didn’t choose decline in 1980, and I doubt they’ll choose it in 2012.  I’d expect the Carter comparisons to become a major theme in the Romney campaign.


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I’d expect the Carter comparisons to become a major theme in the Romney campaign.

Heck, he has been compared to carter for over three years now.

Why mess with what has been working.

Jimmy Carter approves.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Sing it.

Granted they don’t teach Carter in school for obvious reasons, but those who lived under his mixture of malaise, cowardice, malice, and incompetence will make the connection.

Even the Dems won’t talk about Jimmeh. It’s all about Clinton of Jack. Jimmeh had to be airbrushed from Dem history – even they wouldn’t own him.

CorporatePiggy on May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

That’s what one of the first Tea Party signs I ever saw said,

“Welcome Back, Carter!”

parteagirl on May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Clinton or Jack, not Clinton of Jack even though the latter was the former’s role model.

CorporatePiggy on May 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Moving “FORWARD” with Jimmy Carter errr Barry Sateoro.

acyl72 on May 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

We did get Reagan after peanut farmer. If we can get half a Reagan after Odumba$$, good enough.

msupertas on May 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I guess carter can die knowing that he wasn’t the worse president we have had for decades?

bho is worse than wilson, fdr, and carter combined! bho/mo have got to get the boot outta of Our House, period.
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letget on May 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The mittens are off.

John the Libertarian on May 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Is this going to turn into a 4 more years of Bush or 4 more years of Carter election? If so, I kind of like our odds on that matchup.

nextgen_repub on May 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Under Jimmah Carter, airlines and natural gas were deregulated, and home brewing of beer was legalized.

So yes, Dear Liar is worse than Carter.

rbj on May 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Tired of being tired. Absolutely, 100% gawdarn right.

rubberneck on May 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Don’t stop Mitt

cmsinaz on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Well said, Mitt. It’s the economy (not dog) and we aren’t stupid.

dogsoldier on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Romney: Obama’s policies are worse than Jimmy Carter’s

And your policies are worse than GW… Who cares?

Sketch laugh- HA HA HA.

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

…Yep!
.
.
…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

when you see huge ‘OBAMA MUST GO’ signs on the roadside in California (San Jose and Sac areas), you know he is in trouble and a one term president…just like Carter that he’s emulating :-)….

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

…the brain of Joe Biden!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Is Romney actually starting to think like a Republican, instead of Obama’s younger brother? Maybe. Now if he only starts talking and acting more like Reagan.

Gladtobehere on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

If you’re 31 or under, you weren’t even born when Carter was President.

If you’re 45 or under, you probably don’t remember much from Carter’s presidency.

You probably have to be about 50 to have a good memory of it.

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I got a FEEVUH and the only prescription is MORE CARTER!!!

Has a sort of cowbell “ring” to it!

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I love it! Worse than Carter ;-) O proved that today again by handing over Chen and pretending he was helping him. Jimmy did give us this mess in Iran that O is ignoring as well.

BobScuba on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Romney should pound the economy and the Carter meme from now until election day. Put Obama on the defensive and stop responding to stupid disractions like War on Women, dogs on car roofs, etc. Don’t let Obama go anywhere without having a reporter shove a mic in his face to respond to whatever Romney said.

DRayRaven on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I’d expect the Carter comparisons to become a major theme in the Romney campaign.

Let’s hope so.

Tim_CA on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

“It was the most anti-small-business administration I’ve seen probably since Carter,” Romney told an overflow crowd packed into the company’s warehouse. “Who would’ve guessed we’d look back at the Carter years as the good ol’ days, you know?”

Oh my! I just called 12 people who just switched from Obama to Romney based on this statement. Obama is in trooooooooooooooouble

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Lowerbackside in the house. Richard Cranium.

msupertas on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

when you see huge ‘OBAMA MUST GO’ signs on the roadside in California (San Jose and Sac areas), you know he is in trouble and a one term president…just like Carter that he’s emulating :-)….

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Saw signs like that in Madison, WI (!!!) during the Ironman in Sept 2010!

Yep! November 2012 is going to make November 2010 look like a minor rebuke.

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I tend to think Obama stole the whole ‘Forward’ slogan from The Simpsons:

“But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!”

Ukiah on May 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Now if he only starts talking and acting more like Reagan.

Gladtobehere on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

They both have good hair you know.

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

If you’re 31 or under, you weren’t even born when Carter was President.

If you’re 45 or under, you probably don’t remember much from Carter’s presidency.

You probably have to be about 50 to have a good memory of it.

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Hey, seniors are biiiig voting bloc. I’m 47 and I well remember the Carter years. I grew up in a Democrat household and remained a Democrat into my mid-20′s. I was 16 when Reagan beat Carter and I was ecstatic that Jimmy was gone.

Bitter Clinger on May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

If you’re 31 or under, you weren’t even born when Carter was President.

If you’re 45 or under, you probably don’t remember much from Carter’s presidency.

You probably have to be about 50 to have a good memory of it.

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

I just turned 30 and while I follow politics a lot more than most I also feel it’s just common knowledge that Carter was one of the worst Presidents. And any comparison to him is not a compliment.

nextgen_repub on May 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Ed – Mitt Romney ought to use your article as a basis for a speech.

natasha333 on May 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

And what policies would those be?

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Yep.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

This is perhaps the first time in 25 years when Carter has been of any relevance in political discussion.

There is a big difference. I think Carter was well-meaning but way too incompetent for the job. Obama is not well-meaning or doing this stuff by accident. He is pure evil.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

And your policies are worse than GW… Who cares?

Sketch laugh- HA HA HA.

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Obama’s policies are clearly worse than W- debt, deficit, unemployment, growth, wages, shipping jobs overseas, you name it!

Chuck Schick on May 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Oh my! I just called 12 people who just switched from Obama to Romney based on this statement. Obama is in trooooooooooooooouble

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I doubt you know 12 people who didn’t think Carter was a good president.

Kataklysmic on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Remember that Romney voted for Jimmy Carter against Reagan.

Phil Byler on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I doubt you know 12 people who didn’t think Carter was a good president.

Kataklysmic on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I doubt he knows twelve people.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Remember that Romney voted for Jimmy Carter against Reagan.

Phil Byler on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Remember that Obama bows lower to dictators and tyrants than a Slinky heading downstairs.

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Remember that Romney voted for Jimmy Carter against Reagan.

Phil Byler on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I imagine you have a point…somewhere.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Oh my! I just called 12 people who just switched from Obama to Romney based on this statement. Obama is in trooooooooooooooouble

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

get outta here…you don’t know 12 people to begin with…unless you randomly called numbers in the phone book :-)…

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I doubt you know 12 people who didn’t think Carter was a good president.

Kataklysmic on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I doubt he knows twelve people.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I’d give odds that “twelve” is his age and that he’s on mommy’s computer.

Tim_CA on May 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I doubt he knows twelve people.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

he’s off his meds and he thinks, alas, again, that he’s Carney….

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

No one is planning on a single quote causing someone to switch their vote over to Romney. The plan is to consistently make the case that Obama is incompetent and that the United States can’t afford another 4 years of his disastrous efforts.

If Obama wants to rebut with his record of accomplishments, he’s welcome to do it.

JadeNYU on May 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I’m 47 and I remember Carter well. How Amy Carter was advising on nuclear proliferation. How he was so unpopular by the end of his term that rabbits attacked. The important thing to remember is that this time in 1980, Carter was polling ahead of Reagan so these silly polls predicting an Obama landslide are as bogus as the President himself.

Stop Carter’s third term, vote ABO 2012

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

If you’re 31 or under, you weren’t even born when Carter was President.

If you’re 45 or under, you probably don’t remember much from Carter’s presidency.

You probably have to be about 50 to have a good memory of it.

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I’ll be 35 in July, so I was in diapers during the Carter Administration. But I read enough history books and news articles and obviously have spoken to my parents who lived through that era(my dad had just immigrated here shortly after I was born) to know that it was a bad time in this country. There’s a reason Reagan’s “it’s morning in America” slogan resonated with people.

And I’ve also watched footage of Carter as President and while I’ll never know what it was like to be in a living room at home in 1979 witnessing the Malaise speech for the first time, I do know that my reaction when I saw it was one of horror and an inability to comprehend how a country could elect a man like that. Much the way I feel today when I listen to an Obama speech or press conference.

Doughboy on May 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Thank God we don’t have the Panama Canal to give away anymore.

kuro_shogun on May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

That’s what one of the first Tea Party signs I ever saw said,

“Welcome Back, Carter!”

parteagirl on May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

So good, a clever Hot Air advertiser made a t-shirt out of it:
http://www.thoseshirts.com/wbc.html

VastRightWingConspirator on May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I doubt he knows twelve people.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

he’s off his meds and he thinks, alas, again, that he’s Carney….

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

It’s told there are ALOT of people named Hilary Rosen who visit the White House.

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

If Obama wants to rebut with his record of accomplishments, he’s welcome to do it.

JadeNYU on May 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

That should be part of every one of Romney’s speeches. After the “I got Osama” meme the silence would be deafening.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I doubt he knows twelve people.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Gotta be at least twelve in that “Libtard or Die” support group that meets in his mother’s basement.

msupertas on May 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Voila ma gloire!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Remember that Romney voted for Jimmy Carter against Reagan.

Phil Byler on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Reagan himself was once a Democrat. People change. Shoot, my mother used to vote Democrat in every Presidential election. She voted for Mondale, Dukakis, and Clinton in 1992(although that was a last minute switch based on social issues). Now? She’s devouring conservative books, loves Glenn Beck, attended Tea Parties, and forwards me pro-conservative, anti-Obama articles in e-mails all the time.

It’s not unfathomable that Romney once leaned Democrat back when that party actually did believe in the free market(to an extent) and had an ideology more like John Kennedy than Ted Kennedy. And hell, even Ted Kennedy wasn’t the closet Marxist Obama is.

Doughboy on May 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Remember that Romney voted for Jimmy Carter against Reagan.

Phil Byler on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

……if that’s true….. there goes that talking point. :(

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Thank God we don’t have the Panama Canal to give away anymore.

kuro_shogun on May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

no, but Baraka is gifting 7 Alaskan islands to the Russians…not Panama, but not too bad, eh…

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

why does every romney crowd have an expression like they are sitting on a toilet?

he just drones on and on.

renalin on May 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Remember that Romney voted for Jimmy Carter against Reagan.

Phil Byler on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

So did my mom.

She’s now one of the most conservative people I know. She phone banked for W (both elections), McCain (loved Sarah) and will likely work to get Mitt elected. This is in spite of being married to the kind of liberal that thinks that if Al Gore had been elected we would all have been saved from global warming.

People can change, especially as they become more interested in politics and begin informing themselves of the issues.

Now, if the argument is that he hasn’t changed, that’s a discussion worth having, but, who 33-year-old Romney voted for isn’t that meaningful unless 65-year-old Romney is going around touting it as something he’s proud of.

JadeNYU on May 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Your tears taste bitter.

Panic central for the Obots, they fear the Carter comparison the most.

D-fusit on May 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

It’s told there are ALOT of people named Hilary Rosen who visit the White House.

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

yeah, am sure uppereastide called all 12 Hillary Rosen in his phonebook :-)….

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The name Jimmy Carter should come out of Mitt Romney’s mouth every time a camera is nearby. Remind people that this man is the 2nd coming of Carter, and arguably worse, and people will vote for you.

milcus on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Well, beings this particular monkey crapped into his hand 3 times and threw it, before running out of the thread like the pu$$y he is, I’d say going with the Carter meme is a winner.

Looks for further monkey infestation. Toughguy plewis will certainly offer to punch the guy that came up with the Carter comparison.

MNHawk on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

……if that’s true….. there goes that talking point. :(

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I don’t think it kills the meme.

All he has to do is smile and say something like “Unlike some people I learn from my mistakes. I may have voted for Carter back then but I won’t be voting for Obama now.”

JadeNYU on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Panic central for the Obots, they fear the Carter comparison the most.

D-fusit on May 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The ironic part is they agree with Carter’s policies which are the same and King Barry’s. The only difference between the two men is that Obama knows they don’t work which to him is a feature, not a bug.

Kataklysmic on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

why does every romney obama crowd have an expression like they are s#itting on a toilet police car?

he just drones on and on.

renalin on May 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Fixed it for you

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

*as

Kataklysmic on May 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Kataklysmic on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

They have been trying to destroy our Republic since the 1930′s, he has almost succeeded.

D-fusit on May 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

They have been trying to destroy our Republic since the 1930′s, he has almost succeeded.

D-fusit on May 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

not quite there yet….and he’s on his way out….

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Oh my! I just called 12 people who just switched from Obama to Romney based on this statement. Obama is in trooooooooooooooouble

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Still smarting from having your getalife kicked to the Equator on that Krugman thread?

This will cheer you up.

Del Dolemonte on May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

If you’re 31 or under, you weren’t even born when Carter was President.

If you’re 45 or under, you probably don’t remember much from Carter’s presidency.

You probably have to be about 50 to have a good memory of it.

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

He was before my time, but the fact he was a miserable failure is well-established. I don’t know anyone that looks back on the Carter years fondly.

changer1701 on May 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Under Jimmah Carter, airlines and natural gas were deregulated, and home brewing of beer was legalized.
 
So yes, Dear Liar is worse than Carter.
 
rbj on May 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

 
Only if you’re not Obama. He’s got his own plane AND a personal brewmaster.

rogerb on May 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

why does every romney crowd have an expression like they are sitting on a toilet?

he just drones on and on.

renalin on May 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Takes one to – - – - – !

derecho on May 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

If you’re 45 or under, you probably don’t remember much from Carter’s presidency.

You probably have to be about 50 to have a good memory of it.

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

My 44 year old little brother remembers the carter years as years of going without.

I remember Carter very well. I remember casting that vote for Reagan with pride.

When folks ask me how 0bama compares to carter I tell them Carter was exponentially better than 0bama.

cozmo on May 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

…the brain of Joe Biden!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

The Monster from the Uppereastside is a new horror movie based on Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein. First they stole Biden’s brain. (Abby Normal’s brain wasn’t available and Biden had no use for his.) Then, using a hammer and a chisel, the talented Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also known as “the fixer,” surgically implanted Biden’s brain into a body formed from Zombies committed older Democratic voters. Now the creature stalks the threads of Hot Gas, railing against financial responsibility, good government and intelligent foreign policy, instead dispensing mind-numbing Liberalism, and evoking pity, laughter and disgust wherever it goes. Beware, take care, The Monster from the Uppereastside is here, and it’s stalking you.

Gladtobehere on May 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Romney doesn’t seem to have any problem taking shots at Obama. It’s refreshing. The great thing is that he often compliments the President, but then points out how Obama’s policies have failed.

hawksruleva on May 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Romney doesn’t seem to have any problem taking shots at Obama. It’s refreshing. The great thing is that he often compliments the President, but then points out how Obama’s policies have failed.

hawksruleva on May 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I don’t care if he b!tch-slaps Obama with a velvet glove on his hand as long as the b!tch-slapping continues. Show us you’ve got a pair, Mittens, and I’ll consider voting for you.

swinia sutki on May 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I tend to think Obama stole the whole ‘Forward’ slogan from The Simpsons:

“But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!”

Ukiah on May 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

LOL. One of Obama’s last slogans came from the cartoon Bob the Builder. Can we fix it? YES WE CAN!”

txhsmom on May 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I like listening to Romney. It’s a nice change from Obama’s annoyingly fake accent…the one William Jacobson described as his “sermon-style, southern affect of dropped ‘g’s.” I understand why Obama does it. He’s trying to use his speaking style to manipulate his image. But it’s such an obvious affectation. And really annoying.

Dee2008 on May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Google searches in last 24 hours:

Carter’s DNA paternity lab results: 3 million
Dreams From my Father: 22 million

Google image searches:

Carter’s teeth: 13 million
Obama’s teeth: 13 million

I had never really connected the dots before. I think there may be something here.

sdbatboy on May 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

In fact, Obama has yet to talk about why he wants a second term as president.

Barry’s response would probably be along these lines.

pain train on May 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

…if that’s true….. there goes that talking point. :(

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I don’t think it kills the meme.

All he has to do is smile and say something like “Unlike some people I learn from my mistakes. I may have voted for Carter back then but I won’t be voting for Obama now.”

JadeNYU on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

..good to have you over here at HA. You say some pretty intelligent things. O.K. if we detail you to double-team UpperYourAssSide to deconstruct his puerile mewling? I am pretty sure he would be no match for your intellect.

The War Planner on May 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Barry’s response would probably be along these lines.

pain train on May 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

“..stilted..elliptical..”

..man, that is one great clip! Clearly, it is an indication that Teddy started drinking ver-r-r-r-r-y early in his life.

The War Planner on May 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I like listening to Romney. It’s a nice change from Obama’s annoyingly fake accent…the one William Jacobson described as his “sermon-style, southern affect of dropped ‘g’s.” I understand why Obama does it. He’s trying to use his speaking style to manipulate his image. But it’s such an obvious affectation. And really annoying.

Dee2008 on May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

..you want annoying? I’ll give you annoying! Try focusing on his goddam whistling teeth.

Drives me nuts!

The War Planner on May 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Carter was a horrible President, but I’m not sure this is the most effective way to campaign. How many voters really remember Jimmy Carter’s Presidency? And most people remember the past with rose-colored glasses.

Although the example is not as stark, it would almost be like a Democrat candidate comparing an incumbent Republican to Bush Sr. and the early nineties recession that cost him his reelection.

I just hope the Romney campaign doesn’t make Jimmy Carter comparisons the theme of the campaign.

BradTank on May 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Well said, Mitt. It’s the economy (not dog) and we aren’t stupid.
dogsoldier on May 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Absolutely. Glad he is back on point. That’ll be the way to win the election and O’s biggest Achilles heel and reason why he wants to talk about anything else. Have you noticed he hasn’t been demonizing Republicans for not passing a budget he likes or not working with the Senate to pass one as of late?

And that brings up a critical point: Republicans got to stop trying to one up O on foreign policy. Whether you are hawkish or not, Obama has continued pretty much the Bush agenda, for better or worse. The point is, how can you say he is not good on that aspect when he has continued what Republicans wanted (though he can be criticized for doing a 180 on everything he had campaigned on in this regards). Democrats are putting Republicans on the defensive on this.

What McCain and so many others in the party need to do is to stop talking about foreign policy at every turn and re-focus the message on the economy, putting Dems on the defensive of the indefensible. McCain, and every pundit going on and on about whether O is exploiting Bin Laden or not, is just giving him ammo to say “I have done everything McCain proposed to do, so why the criticism?”, and many independents will buy that.

Focus on the economy. That’s the critical issue for this election.

ptcamn on May 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I tell ya, I think the Romney campaign is doing a really good job, he his hitting them in the face. Let’s see how they do near crunch time. I have a feeling that the Obama Campaign may be worried about Romney’s aggresivness.

Conservative4ev on May 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Glad to see that Mitt is taking some swings at 0bama’s glass jaw. Beginning to like him.

Mirimichi on May 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says ‘Hi Mitt!’

JihadKiller1s1k on May 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

And I’ve also watched footage of Carter as President and while I’ll never know what it was like to be in a living room at home in 1979 witnessing the Malaise speech for the first time, I do know that my reaction when I saw it was one of horror and an inability to comprehend how a country could elect a man like that. Much the way I feel today when I listen to an Obama speech or press conference.

Doughboy on May 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I watched it live, as a kid – not quite yet a teenager. I remember that it was alarming, jarring and gave off a sense of panic. Even at that age, after watching the malaise speech in the den, I was worried about things I couldn’t understand – but worried.

It just felt wrong, coming from the president.

cane_loader on May 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I still call old cars with the 85-mph speedometer, “Carter cars!”

cane_loader on May 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Was driving a “Carter car” on a roadtrip the other day, and this jerk was camped in the left lane and wouldn’t let anyone by.

It was a satisfying feeling, and brought back an old term I had forgotten, when I “buried the needle” to pass.

“Burying the needle” was an old term from those days when you mashed the pedal to the metal in a Carter car and the needle went past 85 and kept sinking down until it disappeared down out of sight somewhere in the dashboard.

You knew you were going faster than 85, but exactly how fast, was anyone’s guess. It was a great blow against THE MAN.

Hadn’t felt that in awhile! ;-)

cane_loader on May 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

If Romney succeeds in tying 0bama to Carter, he will have done all he needs to do with the 50-and-over vote.

Forget the blacks – as a voting bloc, they are hopelssly racist, despite some individuals of honesty and character.

For Romney to win, he needs to win the youth vote. That’s his challenge.

cane_loader on May 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I have been driving thru CA. past 10 days pulling an RV–”Speed Limit–Autos Pulling Trailers–55MPH”…and all I can think of is Jimmy Carter, CA. regs. and Obots–all stuck on stupid…

hillsoftx on May 2, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I came back to this one to read more comments. Makes my day. You people are choice.

sdbatboy on May 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Carter’s teeth: 13 million
Obama’s teeth: 13 million

I had never really connected the dots before. I think there may be something here.

sdbatboy on May 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I came back to this one to read more comments. Makes my day. You people are choice.

sdbatboy on May 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Nice google analysis, yourself ‘-)

cane_loader on May 3, 2012 at 12:57 AM

The retrospective approach isn’t just in vogue at Team Romney, who at least has put forward an agenda for a Romney presidency.

WAIT!!!

Romney has an agenda? He has an actual future plan for America?

I must have missed that. /s

DannoJyd on May 3, 2012 at 3:29 AM

On Monday, Romney also referenced the former president when he was asked by a reporter if he would have given the order to go after Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani hideout. “Of course,” Romney replied. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.

But Clinton… not so much!

dominigan on May 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

So I’m wondering how effective this will be.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I have to agree that this won’t have much bite because a lot of the voters didn’t have to live through those dark times of Jimmy Carter and disco.

flstc on May 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM