Obama: You know, that John McCain was pretty reasonable compared to Romney

posted at 9:14 pm on May 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, here’s O hitting the eternal Democratic talking point that Republicans who no longer pose a threat to them were pretty sensible in hindsight but the new guy who might just beat them at the polls is the most radical wingnut yet.

One thing both campaigns can agree on this year: Neither wants the public to perceive Romney as another McCain.

Many of the current [Romney] strategy discussions are centered on not falling into the traps McCain did: looking wobbly as a leader and weak on the economy in the final weeks of the campaign. The private discussions include ruling out any vice presidential possibilities who could be seen as even remotely risky or unprepared; wrapping the entire campaign around economic issues, knowing this topic alone will swing undecided voters in the final days; and, slowly but steadily, building up Romney as a safe and competent alternative to President Barack Obama…

McCain officials said they ran a traditional V.P. search process for months – long list, short list, extensive vetting – but it broke down at the end when the senator decided he was far enough behind that he had to shake up the race. But a Republican official familiar with the Romney campaign’s thinking says the vice-presidential search will be more rigorous, and likely produce a candidate a lot less flashy than McCain’s running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“If not [Sen. Rob] Portman [R-Ohio], [former Minnesota governor Tim] Pawlenty, [Indiana governor Mitch] Daniels — some other incredibly boring white guy,” the official said. “If there was a fourth name on the list, it’s [Virginia Gov.] Bob McDonnell.”

Yeah, I would bet that that’s how they’re leaning. Between the economy and now Romney’s apparent advantage on the gay-marriage issue, his team’s strategy is obvious: Take no risks. Keep your head down and let unemployment and SSM turn the election into as pure a referendum on Obama as possible. The “incredibly boring white guy” strategy is part of that insofar as it keeps the spotlight on O to the greatest extent possible.

Exit question: What nice things about Romney will the next Democratic nominee be saying circa 2016 or 2020 in order to demonize the then-current GOP nominee? E.g., “Say what you will about Mitt Romney but he was no ideologue. He passed universal health care in Massachusetts. He believed in making government work, not in tearing it down. Compare that to Marco Rubio/Paul Ryan/Chris Christie/Bobby Jindal/Your Candidate Here.”

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ScoaMF likes em docile, doesn’t he?

Time to man up, boy. Of all the weakness’ Mittens brings to the table, lacking a killer instinct isn’t one.

MNHawk on May 15, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Remember when they told us John McCain would probably be dead by now? Remember dipshit Matt Damon reciting the actuarial tables? These people are lower than low. Nothing is beneath them.

Go RBNY on May 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Its not going to work. Mitt was Govenor of Mass and everyone knows Mass wouldn’t elect a radical Republican.

magicbeans on May 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I want to give a heads up to anyone who may be full of hope that a Romney White House would select Sarah Palin for any appointment at any agency.

Given these types of quotes and comments from the “Romney insider/advisers”, there is less than zero chance these people will select her for anything, even after the election is won.

They despise the very idea of Sarah Palin as a human being, much less a political figure. She stands against everything they are within the GOP.

If she were drowning, they would not only not toss her a life preserver, they would toss her an anvil and hope she just disappears altogether.

It seems the entire Romney staff are intent on not only avoiding Sarah herself at all costs, but also anyone who could possibly be perceived as being anything like Sarah Palin in any way.

It is almost an obsessive compulsive disorder, it seems.

I think Sarah will remain a powerful figure in the years ahead, but it will be from an outside the Beltway position, trying to encourage like minded folks to run for office, and change the GOP from within.

I also think that at some point, the media will decide it’s time to attach the Palin caricature from 2008 to Romney in 2012. Expect them all to start asking Romney about Palin everywhere he goes, what role will she have in your administration, what do you think of what she said here or there, ect. It will occur to them to use her to scare indies away, and to drive a bigger wedge between Romney and the Tea Party base to depress the turnout in November.

Watch it happen just like that folks.

Brian1972 on May 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Yeah, and Hillary looks reasonable compare to Obama. And a nickel don’t buy no cuppa java no more.

Finbar on May 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

He believed in making government work, not in tearing it down.

There’s the problem right there. You have to tear Govt down to just the enumerated powers and no more. Even the Founding fathers recognized that the govt that works best is one that is small.

AH_C on May 15, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Its not going to work. Mitt was Govenor of Mass and everyone knows Mass wouldn’t elect a radical Republican.

magicbeans on May 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Mittens in Massachusetts was radically liberal.

Gladtobehere on May 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM