Mitt Romney — blog traffic poison?

posted at 2:56 pm on June 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As bloggers, there are few busier times than the middle of a presidential election … unless it’s the very end of a presidential election.  We’ll be up all night, trust me, on that first Tuesday in November.  However, even in such a target-rich environment, not every day has a bounty of interesting news stories, and sometimes traffic and comments don’t explode.  BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins has an unusual theory as to why some days and some blog posts get less traffic than others:

In the war of partisan trash talk that frequently consumes online political media, one truth has emerged from this year’s election coverage that transcends ideology: No one wants to read about Mitt Romney.

The well-starched Republican’s traffic poison has been felt this year at websites across the political spectrum — including at BuzzFeed — and it’s left many editors, publishers, and bloggers yearning for the days of the unpredictable Sarah Palin, the maverick John McCain, and the Obama-Clinton blood feud. Bloggers and editors are left to decipher its causes — is it Romney’s discipline, his blameless personal life, or the simple fact that his supporters are less likely to be trolling the web? …

But as BuzzFeed’s own statistics indicate, the phenomenon extends beyond traffic for day-to-day campaign stories. In a sort of controlled experiment, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski created two sets of similar, photo-heavy posts focused on the early lives of President Obama and Mitt Romney. One set focused on Obama’s and Romney’s childhoods, the other on Obama and Romney as young men. They were comparably promoted — with all four posts featured on the site’s front page, and pushed out into the social media sphere — but in both cases the Obama-centric posts vastly outperformed those about Romney, as the chart below shows.

McKay contacted me for comment on this story, and I’m quoted warmly and accurately later as a skeptic of this theory.  None of us at Hot Air have noticed a traffic trend related to specific people in the news, with an exception for Sarah Palin in 2008-11, which the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis also notes.  For a while, we got more traffic and comments on Chris Christie posts, but that only lasted a short while.  Most of the time, traffic and comments are driven by topic, not by personalities.

Furthermore, most posts that mention Romney also mention Obama, although it’s less true the other way around. Romney’s relevance now is linked to his election battle with the incumbent President, while Obama is relevant on blog posts separately from Romney.  The methodology of separating traffic patterns between the two would be very problematic, if not impossible.  The above experiment is one attempt, but that’s only a single data set on a one-off subject.  The interest in Obama’s pictures might well be related to a strong sense of not knowing or understanding the current President, which is hardly a plus for Obama.

Even if this turned out to be true to some degree, what would it mean?  Higher traffic for Obama stories on sites like Hot Air and The Daily Caller would hardly equate to a higher degree of enthusiasm for Obama, given our reader sets.  It would indicate that a sitting President is still more relevant to the news cycle and to the function of government than a challenger … which is undeniably the case, even (or perhaps especially) when the incumbent is unpopular and the challenger is seen as an improvement.


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Interesting counterpoint(s). Zzzzz

MechanicalBill on June 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

In the year 2013, large companies that employ scores upon scores of internet trolls will sell their services to struggling blogs in need of page views and advertising $$$. The rise of Big Troll will also give way to Troll Studies majors at US universities, competitive trolling examinations by major firms, self-help guides that will allow ordinary (if slightly stupid) people capitalize on how to be an effective troll and get paid big $$$.

There will be books, DVDs, motivational seminars, on-site corporate training, and more to help everyone — everyone! — get on board with the Great American Troll Boom. Blogs will be flush with $$$, legacy news sites will remain in operation, pay walls will come down, and all of America and soon the world will be swimming in dough thanks to inflammatory troll comments!

It will be glorious… until the bubble pops, of course, and we all lose our shirts.

Punchenko on June 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Double down on excitement with TPaw. Yeah, that the ticket! //

Nate Siilver: Note to Obama: There aren’t that many Hispanic voters in swing state

OK, Mitt, and ultimately there aren’t that many voting Hispanics in total, and by pussy pandering to the Hispanics you will probably gain nothing anyway. Stick to the principles that you stated so adamantly over and over in the R primary. Don’t go the ultimate betrayal, which will cost you with the base in 2012, or 2016 even.
They talk about Mitt’s “boring” aspect, and the need for him to appear to have firm ideological footing. Without a sense of his ideological commitment, people lose trust, and start to dislike him, from both the right and the center. Take stands, or lose!

anotherJoe on June 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Romney’s the generic person listed as Obama’s opponent. Who cares?

jwally on June 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Yup. It’s less to do with the fact that he’s “boring” and more to do with the fact that he’s essentially a blank-slate not-Obama for Republicans to project all their hopes onto. There’s nothing controversial or interesting because he’s running as not-Obama, which is deliberately undefined.

Doomberg on June 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

bloggers yearning for the days of the unpredictable Sarah Palin, the maverick John McCain, and the Obama-Clinton blood feud.

You don’t ever have to post another John McCain headline. The man is irrelevant and has nothing interesting left to contribute to the conversation.

Right Mover on June 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Big Troll can’t possibly defeat Big Zzzzzz

faraway on June 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

or the simple fact that his supporters are less likely to be trolling the web?

that made me LOL.

I support Romney now, I think he will make a fine President, but he certainly wasn’t my first or ideal pick and I remember the primaries when his small but devoted hate brigades would attack every other candidate with copy and pasted Jen Rubin articles. They never propped up Romney, just tore down other candidates, always negative.

Daemonocracy on June 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Once again the left media trying to equate a presidential election with a celebrity contest comparable to what TMZ would do with Brad Pitt/ Justin Bieber posts? I’m shocked!!! (sarc).

ptcamn on June 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The weather channel gets more hits for a tornado than a sunny day. That doesn’t mean people want a tornado.

pedestrian on June 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

>.<

bigbeachbird on June 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I’m curious what Seamus has to say on this subject

gatorboy on June 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I have no comment to your comment regarding the appropriateness to comment on the lack of comments regarding the lack of comments.

So, no comment.

kim roy on June 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM


+0

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Are you kidding?

I put up a pro-Romney post at Mediaite earlier this afternoon. I am still getting hate.

I can call Obama dog-eating chooming coke freak, and they are okay with that. If I say, “I like Romney,” it’s like saying, “I blend puppies into a nice smoothie” (sorry Frank J.)

HeatSeeker2011 on June 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

He’s rich!
He’s a bully!
His wife is out of touch!
He’s out of touch!
He’s boring!

soon to be He’s boring!

22044 on June 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Are they still complaining that #RomneyPetCarriers didn’t get as much traffic as #ObamaDogRecipes ?

pedestrian on June 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I have no comment.

Chris of Rights on June 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I, for one, yearn for a Presidential Administration that I don’t have to think about every day…that isn’t constantly in the spotlight and, well, is a little boring. Boring is stability. Exciting is uncertainty. We need stability for a couple of decades at least.

JonPrichard on June 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I’m going to read these comments on the drive home just to make everything more exciting.

MechanicalBill on June 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

So in other words, they got nothin’ on Romney and the only effective way they believe they can attack him is to call him boring. Let’s just wait until the day after the first Tuesday in November and see how much blog traffic the left gets when they all want to spew venom at the new Republican President-elect, the continuing Republican majority House and the new Republican majority Senate. Those blogs will be bursting at the seams.

stukinIL4now on June 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

What’s bad, is that some of them claim to be Romney supporters.

kingsjester on June 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

…this is true!…(I noticed some names here that no longer showed up after Cain and Santy quit the race.)

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Your poll breakdowns are amazing displays of circular logic and confirmation bias, but now you are just lying.

This site proves it on a daily basis. How many pictures of Obama are on the front page verus Romney? There are as many of Rubio as Romney ffs. Unless Romney engages in some kind of homobashing frat boy hijinks he’s lucky to break 100 comments on this site.

I think Andrea Mitchell has driven more traffic for this site in the last 48 hours than Romney has. Stop trying to stop these angry freaks from realizing they are angry freaks. It’s just mean.

tommyhawk on June 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The Left: When people read about Romney, it makes them subconsciously get up and go beat their dog, then visit racist web sites.

faraway on June 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

+1 to JonPrichard. There’s work to be done, not the least of which is undoing the regulatory damage done by Obama’s commissars so the economy has a chance to grow again. Romney won’t be spending all his time speechifying, golfing, fundraising, and admiring himself in a mirror like the present petty, pissy, picayune, prancing peacock of a pretender to the Presidency.

I remember the primaries when his small but devoted hate brigades would attack every other candidate with copy and pasted Jen Rubin articles. They never propped up Romney, just tore down other candidates, always negative.

Daemonocracy on June 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Yes, because his opponents were so uniformly positive, right?

Adjoran on June 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Wait? What were we not talking about?

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Bloomberg poll shows Americans believe we are “better off” than we were 4 years ago???

Koooo Kooooo polls.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM

None of us at Hot Air have noticed a traffic trend related to specific people in the news, with an exception for Sarah Palin in 2008-11

Oh like Sarah Palin doesn’t bring comments to this site in 2012? Who knew?

Christian Conservative on June 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Boring? After this train-wreck presidency, if the definition of boring is someone who doesn’t jump before the cameras every other day while issuing executive fiats that trash the Constitution, I’ll take boring for the next 50 years.

Nichevo on June 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012! America deserves to be saved. posts about mittens are just plain depressing because many people (particularly conservatives) are saying . . . is THAT all the GOP can offer America?! Mittens Milquetoast?

Pragmatic on June 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I think we need some Monty Python …

Our experts describe you as an appallingly dull fellow, unimaginative, timid, lacking in initiative, spineless, easily dominated, no sense of humour, tedious company and irrepressibly drab and awful. And whereas in most professions these would be considerable drawbacks, in chartered accountancy presidential candidacy they are a positive boon.

Lost in Jersey on June 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Blame Bush

faraway on June 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

It’s simple, people we dislike, know and who are damaging something we love (America), are going to get more passion and interest than someone we like (or at least don’t hate), don’t know as much about and who are harmless at this point.

NoDonkey on June 20, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Things will get a lot more interesting when Romney finally picks a candidate for VP, because then the Democratic sharks will commence a feeding frenzy.

RebeccaH on June 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Aw man, what was I gonna say?

Akzed on June 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Romney… zzzzzzzz

Hey, is Bristol knocked up again? Anything new on that topic?

hanzblinx on June 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

212 comments or bust

atxcowgirl on June 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

It’s BUZZFEED! Why would any self-respecting conservative be reading that garbage site anyway? Self-selection was never so obvious.

Clark1 on June 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

This comment feels obligatory.

Apologetic California on June 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Eating dog is very exciting.

LetsBfrank on June 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

They don’t say whether the increase in Obama comments is because everybody is so pissed at him. Are the comments generally negative or positive on the Obama threads?

bluealice on June 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I think what Buzzfeed demonstrates is a more energetic online right. I’m seeing this in comments everywhere. Someone spews Democratic spin, comments get flooded with gleeful and energetic conservative responses. Usually the more open a comments section is (using Disquis or logging in with Facebook), the more likely I see the phenomenon. Almost all the liberal comments I see in large numbers are firewalled to the leftist cooconosphere that is DailyKos, the NYT, the New Yorker and The New Republic, all of which require specific accounts to be created.

Mitt Romney is traffic poison because liberals are generally avoiding political sites that do not shield them from conservative pushback to whatever they might say. This mirrors my own experiences, given that I pretty much abandoned blogs in late 2006 and didn’t return until mid 2009.

TheLastBrainLeft on June 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I should probably have mentioned in my earlier post that I do read just about every article that I find relating to Romney.

I even read a very long article regarding his work and activities relating to his Mormon faith, which I found to provide a more intimate portrait of his character. He’s far more interesting and complex than the media likes to paint him, and he has exhibited a consistency of commitment to his family and his faith that I find compelling and refreshing in a politician.

Its odd how the some in the media have tried to cast consistency of character, efficiency, stability, reliability, ingenuity,loyalty, dedication, self reliance, intelligence, common sense,perseverance, business acumen, and effectiveness as somehow ‘boring’. THESE ARE THE SKILLS AND QUALITIES NECESSARY IN A SUCCESSFUL AND TALENTED EXECUTIVE.

I guess an ego maniac desirous of ruling by his will alone, or someone with a bent for ‘story telling’ and descended from a family with a now documented history of creating ‘fables’ about themselves, generation upon generation… OR maybe a thin skinned narcissist with a Messiah complex…. or an effete dilettante with a penchant for self aggrandizement, taking credit for the work of others and blaming others for his own failings… might be personality quirks more ‘exciting’ to the press… and make for lots of meaty copy….BUT THESE PERSONALTY TRAITS MAKE FOR A POOR EXECUTIVE.

thatsafactjack on June 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Hey, is Bristol knocked up again? Anything new on that topic?

hanzblinx on June 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Feel the hate…

idesign on June 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

More people make negative comments than positive comments on blogs. Obama is a more target-rich environment than Romney.

Steve Z on June 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The weather channel gets more hits for a tornado than a sunny day. That doesn’t mean people want a tornado.

pedestrian on June 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

There ya go

+1000

bluealice on June 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Kim Kardashian generates more hits than both of them put together.

myiq2xu on June 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

She looks better than both of them, put together or separate.

Gunlock Bill on June 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Bloomberg poll shows Americans believe we are “better off” than we were 4 years ago???

Koooo Kooooo Caaa Caaa polls.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM


FIFY
… but I was completely bored while I did it.

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Mitt Romney — blog traffic poison?

Naw. They just need to learn from Allahpundit’s example and always include a swipe at Sarah Palin. Or someone else somewhat interesting.

tom on June 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

squeeky clean. How refreshing!

kirkill on June 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Mitt Romney — blog traffic poison?

Naw. They just need to learn from Allahpundit’s example and always include a swipe at Sarah Palin. Or someone else somewhat interesting.

tom on June 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Like umm, God?

kirkill on June 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM

A non-celebrity president? Is that even possible? Do I dare to dream of such a thing?

bitsy on June 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The weather channel gets more hits for a tornado than a sunny day. That doesn’t mean people want a tornado.

pedestrian on June 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Thread Winnah!!!!!

Should I have kept that comment to myself?

BacaDog on June 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Uh oh! Sheila Jackson Lee’s commentaries are gaining on this thread!

kirkill on June 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Naw. They just need to learn from Allahpundit’s example and always include a swipe at Sarah Palin. Or someone else somewhat interesting.

tom on June 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Exactly right. Mitt and Sarah need to hook up.

mike_NC9 on June 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Team Narcolepsy 2012!

Buttercup on June 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I should probably have mentioned in my earlier post that I do read just about every article that I find relating to Romney.

I even read a very long article regarding his work and activities relating to his Mormon faith, which I found to provide a more intimate portrait of his character. He’s far more interesting and complex than the media likes to paint him, and he has exhibited a consistency of commitment to his family and his faith that I find compelling and refreshing in a politician.

Its odd how the some in the media have tried to cast consistency of character, efficiency, stability, reliability, ingenuity,loyalty, dedication, self reliance, intelligence, common sense,perseverance, business acumen, and effectiveness as somehow ‘boring’. THESE ARE THE SKILLS AND QUALITIES NECESSARY IN A SUCCESSFUL AND TALENTED EXECUTIVE.

I guess an ego maniac desirous of ruling by his will alone, or someone with a bent for ‘story telling’ and descended from a family with a now documented history of creating ‘fables’ about themselves, generation upon generation… OR maybe a thin skinned narcissist with a Messiah complex…. or an effete dilettante with a penchant for self aggrandizement, taking credit for the work of others and blaming others for his own failings… might be personality quirks more ‘exciting’ to the press… and make for lots of meaty copy….BUT THESE PERSONALTY TRAITS MAKE FOR A POOR EXECUTIVE.

thatsafactjack on June 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

He’s still a lousy choice as a GOP nominee and Obama is a lousy president….NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Jindal/West 2012 …because America deserves to be saved!

Pragmatic on June 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Look in the mirror, McKay Coppins. You’re the grease monkey. High five!

cicerone on June 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Better give people more than dogs, haircuts, horses and WaWa, if you want more Mitt traffic. Actually, I’m kind of relieved that he is so boring.

TarheelBen on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

It’s been my experience at websites that people would rather gripe about obama than anything. Don’t see much support for him…

tinkerthinker on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

12 comments or bust.

No, that would be The Ed Morrissey Show Thread, Ed.

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

By the way, nicely played.

Comment.

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

It’s odd how the some in the media have tried to cast consistency of character, efficiency, stability, reliability, ingenuity,loyalty, dedication, self reliance, intelligence, common sense,perseverance, business acumen, and effectiveness as somehow ‘boring’. THESE ARE THE SKILLS AND QUALITIES NECESSARY IN A SUCCESSFUL AND TALENTED EXECUTIVE.

thatsafactjack on June 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Competence. Oh, the horror.

talkingpoints on June 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I wasn’t even going to leave a comment until I saw this:

NOSTOICPATRIOT 2012!!!

John the Libertarian on June 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Come over to the dark side! You know you want to! We have cupcakes! You cannot resist! Mwahahahaha! =)

Stoic Patriot on June 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

When I cast my vote for Romney, I’ll be voting for RESULTS, not for a person.

Rush is right about Obama turning into President Kardashain, Celebrity President.

I’m more for President Romney, World Class Executive. If you put out a bunch of photos about Jack Welch’s youth, it probably wouldn’t be a big traffic-getter, either.

monkeyboy on June 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

or the simple fact that his supporters are less likely to be trolling the web?

LOL…

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

LOL…

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Try a Rubio thread sometime. LOL!

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

In the year 2013, large companies that employ scores upon scores of internet trolls will sell their services to struggling blogs in need of page views and advertising $$$. The rise of Big Troll will also give way to Troll Studies majors at US universities, competitive trolling examinations by major firms, self-help guides that will allow ordinary (if slightly stupid) people capitalize on how to be an effective troll and get paid big $$$.

Punchenko on June 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

“Big Troll” sounds like a big wastebasket for the herd of unemployable Journalism majors who took Journalism “in order to make a difference” …and who failed to learn anything about factual reporting or the basics of actual journalism.

Fortunately, the web will naturally respond to such a threat with “Big Trash Collector” and/or “Pest Control” services in order to keep “Big Troll” in check.

landlines on June 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

It means that Mitt is not running around stepping in the road apples that the Donkeys are littering the campaign trail with. It means that he’s steady and sticking to his message. It means that he’s saying stupid sh-t that people will jump on. It means that Mitt is the right candidate!

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

No, that would be The Ed Morrissey Show Thread, Ed.

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

.
Well played, yourself. LOL’d

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

He’s still a lousy choice as a GOP nominee and Obama is a lousy president….NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Jindal/West 2012 NIHILISTIC 2012 …because America deserves to be saved from more of YOUR temper tantrums!

Pragmatic on June 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM


FIFY, TV

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

is THAT all the GOP can offer America?! Mittens Milquetoast?

Pragmatic on June 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

.
You want/need to be entertained- excited – thrilled by a president? You have that now. Vote for the Celebrity in Chief and keep the slo jam going- The a$$clown is cool, he’s hip- he’s sing soul, he’s almost…well.. Fly for goodness sakes. Hey- its party time in the WH !

That’s not what the GOP is about…last time I looked. We need an intelligent (3.9) Manager to lead us out of the mess- for years to come. SuperMitt is just that man. Give me boring and in control anyday over Osmoothness and his hipster doofus BS.

You want entertainment, watch DWTS or the Kardashian’s.

FlaMurph on June 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

If we don’t agree to stop RIGHT now …

… this thread is going to top 200 commeents and Ed is going to be left with a conundrum.

Just sayin’

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Let’s get in on..200 or bust!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM

It means that Mitt is not running around stepping in the road apples that the Donkeys are littering the campaign trail with. It means that he’s steady and sticking to his message. It means that he’s saying stupid sh-t that people will jump on. It means that Mitt is the right candidate!

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Or it could mean that Mitt is boring. It’s not like the man’s never made a gaffe. He was a gaffe machine until he started to shy away from the MSM. Of course, Mitt can say something questionable and his little crew will be here and elsewhere spinning like mad.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM

You want/need to be entertained- excited – thrilled by a president? You have that now.

FlaMurph on June 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Classic sour grapes approach, with a little false dichotomy thrown in. A president or candidate who’s exciting is equated with Obama. Never entertain the notion that a president/candidate can be exciting AND competent.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Romney’s Team has ran a good campaign so far!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I like Mitt-but he is boring

gerrym51 on June 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

gerrym51 on June 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

No problem with that!..We see where Obie “Kardashian” has got us..:)

Dire Straits on June 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

gerrym51 on June 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

No problem with that!..We see where Obie “Kardashian” has got us..:)

Dire Straits on June 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

*facepalm* Point out the false dichotomy, and it’s still repeated anyway. Mitt’s boring, therefore the only acceptable candidate for president is one who’s boring. Riiiiiight.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

So it’s true that he doesn’t get much coverage. I thought it was just me not paying enough attention.

marlin77 on June 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Romney isn’t inspiring the blog traffic, huh? Maybe that’s because Romney is a cipher who can’t sell himself and who thus has to hope that when November gets here, Americans in general will be so fed up with Obama that they don’t much care who replaces him.

Aitch748 on June 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

So it’s true that he doesn’t get much coverage. I thought it was just me not paying enough attention.

marlin77 on June 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

He gets plenty of coverage. He’s not getting reader interest. If it weren’t for us alleged “concern trolls”, the average Romney thread would be about 30 comments of chest-bumping from the same 9 or 10 Red Team cheerleaders.

Romney isn’t inspiring the blog traffic, huh? Maybe that’s because Romney is a cipher who can’t sell himself and who thus has to hope that when November gets here, Americans in general will be so fed up with Obama that they don’t much care who replaces him.

Aitch748 on June 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Yeah, that’s pretty much the plan.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

This ain’t rocket science. Romney is a squish, and squishes don’t inspire conservatives.

Heaven help us if he picks a fellow-squish, like Portman or Pawlenty for VP.

That being said… Romney is still head and shoulders above the Socialist-in-Chief. It’ll be left up to the base to keep him on the straight and narrow. We failed to do so with 43. Romney better get the message, or it’ll be a rough first term.

TitularHead on June 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

*facepalm* Point out the false dichotomy, and it’s still repeated anyway. Mitt’s boring, therefore the only acceptable candidate for president is one who’s boring. Riiiiiight.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

blimey, this one is still lurking around here, spreading his invaluable pearls of wisdom :)…oh, so grateful :)…

jimver on June 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I guess the gop will figure out what the dems did in 2004. being not Bush didn’t win Kerry the POTUS and I doubt being NOt Obama will win Mitt it.

But then again maybe Obama is that bad in the eyes of many more than Bush was that bad. As of now the race is between Obama and not Obama nobody really cares nor needs to care who the not obama is.

unseen on June 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I like Mitt-but he is boring

gerrym51 on June 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

As opposed to dear leader who generates such levels of excitement and passion that cannot be matched…:)…and then there’s truth in that, I hate him with a passion :)…

jimver on June 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The party elders, in their wisdom, wanted a referendum on 0bama. Vanilla squishes at the head of the ticket accomplish that.

At least Romney had the guts to run against the faux-messiah in 2012. That’s more than we can say about some others, who shall remain nameless in this post.

He’s the best hope we have right now. It’ll be up to us to keep him on the straight and narrow. Heaven help us.

TitularHead on June 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Mitt’s boring, therefore the only acceptable candidate for president is one who’s boring. Riiiiiight.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I borrowed that from El Rushbo!!..How is going for the blue team??..:)
PS..I would rather have “boring” Romney than Obie!!..How about you??..:)

Dire Straits on June 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Mitt’s boring, therefore the only acceptable candidate for president is one who’s boring. Riiiiiight.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I borrowed that from El Rushbo!!..How is it going for the blue team??..:)
PS..I would rather have “boring” Romney than Obie!!..How about you??..:)

Dire Straits on June 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Fixed!..:)

Dire Straits on June 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

That someone is boring does not make him competent.

That someone is exciting does not make him incompetent.

Why do people think there is some correlation between being boring and being competent? Are some people just superstitious that way???

Aitch748 on June 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Aitch748 on June 20, 2012

Its a Republican Thing. YOu would’t understand

james23 on June 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM

No, you’re boring. Why do you even bother?

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM

No, you’re boring. Why do you even bother?

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Boring? I’m so boring that 8 or 9 of the ‘bot goon squad are always ready to jump on my every comment.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

That someone is boring does not make him competent.

That someone is exciting does not make him incompetent.

Exactly.

Why do people think there is some correlation between being boring and being competent? Are some people just superstitious that way???

Aitch748 on June 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

It’s to justify pimping for a bland squish.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Goon squad. Right. You manage to be both boring and obnoxious at the same time. Congratulations on the accomplishment.

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Boring? I’m so boring that 8 or 9 of the ‘bot goon squad are always ready to jump on my every comment.

ddrintn on June 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM


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PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM

HA should be asking for feedback, and engaging commenters in the process.

nottakingsides on June 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Well, let’s see here. “Boy who owns dog hugs dog.” How many comments do you think that headline would garner?

Romney is living up (down?) to expectations is not a huge story. I imagine not many of us are pleased with the thought of Romney when we might have had somebody (mythical?) better. So we’re sort of holding our breath, hoping his moderation puts him into the White House with tremendous coattails. And we’re hoping further that he will pull a rabbit out of the hat and actually do something towards getting the frimping government out of our collective hair.

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herself on June 21, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Goon squad. Right. You manage to be both boring and obnoxious at the same time. Congratulations on the accomplishment.

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

A Kos Kiddie like yourself ought to know.

ddrintn on June 21, 2012 at 6:34 AM

If Romney wanted the limelight he could get it. How hard is it to make a fool of yourself.

He just wants to do the job, make things better, then go home to Mount Vernon… I mean… home to where ever.

But really the celebrity type spotlight just embarrasses Romney and he tries hard not to make a specticle of himself.

I personally would like to have a President who is making consistently good decisions so I don’t feel like my liberty is a t risk if I don’t watch every move the President makes.

The best government does the few things you can’t do for yourself and hums efficiently and quietly, out of the limelight.

petunia on June 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Here is why: it is unlikely we will learn anything new about Romeny’s past that is in any way salacious in nature, because his past is utterly transparent. Obama on the other hand is an enigma wrapped in a mystery, and nearly everything that comes out about him is salacious. People want to know what they don’t know.

I will bet that stories in which Romney burns Obama during the campaign get lots of traffic and comments.

Queen0fCups on June 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

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