Dear Speaker Boehner: Not helpful

posted at 12:31 pm on July 8, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Say… do you remember that spirited, roller coaster ride of a primary race we had earlier this year? That was really something, wasn’t it? Most of you had your own preferred candidate and you got out there and supported them as best you could. We had debates and press conferences and rallies and all the rest of the streamers and balloons that go along with such a battle. Good times.

But now it’s over, and it’s time to get on board with the final push to November. While some sour grapes may remain among a few of the faithful, party leaders know that the focus has shifted and everyone has to get on message in support of a win this fall… Right, John?

[Speaker John Boehner] made the remarks when an unidentified woman asked during a question-and-answer session: “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?”

“No,” Boehner said. “Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.

“Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons … some people that are going to vote for him. But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.

Even if that’s what you really believe, (and it’s not like I’m calling you crazy here) surely by this time you’ve learned enough that you could put a teeny weeny smidgen of spin on it, eh? And the fact is that people always want to vote for someone or something whenever possible.

Oh, and there’s nothing sure to rally the base like saying that nobody would really be interested in voting for Mitt unless they were his personal friends or family. And… Mormons? Did you really have to toss that in there? I think we can do a little better than that, sir.

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And The Mitt sycophants want to quash all criticism of Romney, and say how tired they are of hearing that people don’t like Romney.

I say they should realize there are reasons for that, and get over it.

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 10, 2012 at 2:54 AM

In case you or others think that I’ve been a Romney supporter I just want to make clear that I wasn’t. My choices were Palin>Perry>Gingrich, never Romney. I bashed him for his record in MA and his flip-flops and “severely” Conservative remarks.
That was in the Primaries and I voted for Gingrich.

To criticize Romney for everything now that he is the assumed Republican Nominee isn’t helpful. The Dems/Administration are doing enough of that. Excessive criticizm of Romney is not going to change the fact that for all intents and purposes that he is the Nominee.

Constructive criticism is fine, but I don’t see that here on HA.

bluefox on July 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Sorry, Boehner is right. You can’t make folks love Romney.

He’s not really running on an “I”m loveable” platform. That’s what the other guy did last time and is trying to do again. Sort of, “look how cute I am — Vote for me!”

Romney’s strength is his business background. Businessmen generally don’t succeed on their loveability. Typically it’s the opposite.

So don’t go asking Washington pols to spin it like normal. Embrace Romney for what he is: A guy who has the mettle (we hope) to bring the beast that is the federal government under a modicum of control.

EconomicNeocon on July 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM