Quotes of the day

posted at 10:43 pm on July 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

“They [Romney] will lose if they let the other side turn him into a caricature.”…

Romney’s problem isn’t just that people don’t know enough specifics about his policies, they don’t know enough about him as a person. When choosing their president, voters want more than a resume, says Devine. They want to take a real measure of the man.

Devine suggests an ad that features Romney speaking directly to camera.

“People need to look him in the eye,” he said.

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Romney won the GOP nomination on a very tactical level. He out-fundraised, out-organized, and outmaneuvered his rivals. But even then, his story was never told. All the messaging seemed to be oriented toward selling him as the most conservative person on the planet. Now it’s just about the economy, not about him. Every week, usually on Friday, the Romney campaign launches a new ad, but these never sell him.

In the old days of politics, one of the first stages of campaign advertising was to introduce the candidate to the voters, to build the candidate up as someone worthy of the responsibilities of the job, and to create a real connection between the voters and the candidate. It’s hard to find the kind of advertising these days that makes someone say to themselves, “Wow, what an impressive person. We would be lucky to have them as our leader!” One campaign that did was Obama’s in 2008. Four years ago, Obama connected with voters on a personal level, and he won. Sure, voters were in the mood for change, the economy was awful, and Obama had more money. But he did connect on a personal level.

It isn’t clear when the Romney campaign plans to introduce its candidate to the voters, to have his sons talk about their Dad, or to have Ann Romney talk about her husband. Maybe they plan to hold off until the convention. But if I were running, every day that undecided and independent voters in swing states were getting pounded with ads portraying me as an awful person, I’d think I would want some testimony to contradict it. I’d want to have someone telling those voters what kind of person I am and why I am worthy of their support. But what do I know?

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Despite the fact that Obama has had a pretty miserable couple of months, he has still driven the debate, and has generally maintained a slight lead in the polls (including in most of the swing states). And during that time, whether the conversation has been the Buffett Rule or the DREAM Act or extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone making less than $250,000 — Obama has defined the turf.

Even in the rare instances where conservatives have been on offense, Romney was mostly just capitalizing on gaffes (Hilary Rosen). In some cases, it was the work of third parties (such as Jim Treacher discovering a young Obama dined on man’s best friend) that turned the tide. (In fairness, Obama has the bully pulpit and much of the media, so it’s not a fair fight.) Still, this question is worth asking: If Obama is still winning now, after getting off to a rough start, why should anyone expect things to change in, say, October…

Mitt Romney has to make a choice. The rope-a-dope might work for a while, but at some point, he has to take off the gloves and deliver the metaphorical knock-out punch. No matter how much the Obama campaign may flounder, Romney’s not going to become president by default.

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“We shouldn’t be listening to political consultants whispering in our ears, ‘Say as little as possible,’ we shouldn’t be listening to those voices that say, ‘Just use the party doctrine and don’t stray.’ We should be telling people how we think and how we feel and let them judge us up or down. [...] You can’t lead by being a mystery. You can’t lead by being an enigma. You can’t lead by being aloof. You can’t lead by being programmed. I think you have to lead by being yourself and who you are and then people will trust you. And when they trust you, they will follow you.”

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We find ourselves in a unique situation here. We don’t have the ideal nominee. There wasn’t the ideal nominee this time around. But we do know something that trumps everything else and that is this administration must be dispatched on Election Day. We have to get rid of it. Regardless what Romney is, if Romney is less than a Reagan — of course, everyone is — if Romney is just somebody to occupy the Oval Office for four years while we put a stop to what’s going on and try to reverse the direction of the country, it’s all gonna boil down to us. (interruption) What are you saying? What’s your reaction? No, it’s not McCain, but my point is we conservatives do not have a Ronald Reagan running here. I don’t want that to make people feel negative about what our prospects are…

We’re in a single elimination tournament, so to speak, one-and-done. A Republican loss in the House or the Senate or the presidency is game, set, and match.

We have to win all three, and then after that, we have to do the right things with the new power that we will have been entrusted with, or I should say they have to because we aren’t gonna be there. If we lose the House, it’s over. If we lose the Senate, it’s over. If we lose the presidency it’s over for the economy and for individual freedom. But the reality is, the truth is that the country is poised for a sweep of the series. A Scott Walker, Tea Party-style campaign is what likely voters want.

Via the Daily Rushbo.


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Thanks, I enjoy science fiction and the study of the universe but have never been partial to that song. On a science fiction theme I prefer something more like this:

FloatingRock on July 11, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Ok, liking sci-fi and Satriani is good

Correction, I like the song, not the Shatner version.

FloatingRock on July 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Not liking Shatner’s version is not good, however!

If you’re from Krypton, you deserve some of this heavy rock!

Kryptonite

PS here’s an Elton John song from the ’70s that wasn’t a hit, but should have been!

Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock N’ Roll)

Bizarro No. 1 on July 11, 2012 at 4:00 AM

It is a crazy old world. G’night folks.

novaculus on July 11, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Crazy indeed. Goodnight, novaculus.

4Grace on July 11, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Romney remains focused on jobs and the economy and is not getting sidetracked by other issues, and that will be reassuring to those who haven’t yet made up their mind.

Burke on July 11, 2012 at 3:00 AM

The better part of the “Romney Aloof” criticism — not all of it — might be because he isn’t wading out into the playground and involving himself in every teapot-tempest of the hour.

I sort of like that. He seems more massy than I gave him credit for. I hope he is. If we give him a conservative legislature, I think he might break more waves than some people expect.

Axe on July 11, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Ending on something different. Relatively new group. I love their stuff, but I’m sure some won’t.

Goodnight all!

4Grace on July 11, 2012 at 4:09 AM

Best-ever song about Gov. Jerry Brown – dig the title! :)

Warning – the lyrics are quite offensive (and hilarious)!

Ballad Of Jerry Curlan

Bizarro No. 1 on July 11, 2012 at 4:13 AM

For the interested – the YouTube page has the lyrics typed out!

Bizarro No. 1 on July 11, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Another kiss up song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJu6Up9w2Hc

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 3:07 AM

How about this one by them?

Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk

Bizarro No. 1 on July 11, 2012 at 4:37 AM

Since HA obviously didn’t find this important enough to post, I will.

VIDEO: Mitt Romney lays out his 5 steps to get the economy going

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Since HA obviously didn’t find this important enough to post, I will.

VIDEO: Mitt Romney lays out his 5 steps to get the economy going

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM

I’ll be adding more of my hard earned and limited cash to romneys campaign if he keeps this up. Thanks for linking that!

tom daschle concerned on July 11, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk

Bizarro No. 1 on July 11, 2012 at 4:37 AM

Are you supposed to watch or listen?

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 5:18 AM

It isn’t clear when the Romney campaign plans to introduce its candidate to the voters, to have his sons talk about their Dad, or to have Ann Romney talk about her husband.

Geez Charlie, if you’d quit your whining and exert yourself a little…

Mitt Romney’s boys talk about their Dad

Ann Romney talks about her diagnosis with MS and her “Soulmate”

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 5:49 AM

Thanks for linking that!

tom daschle concerned on July 11, 2012 at 5:10 AM

You’re welcome.

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 5:49 AM

http://www.ipsos-na.com/download/pr.aspx?id=11798

Do not know why this Reuter/IPSOS poll was included in the RCP average. It is such rubbish that IPSOS should be ashamed to even acknowledge its existence

Interview dates: July 5-9, 2012
Interviews: 1,154 adults; 885 registered voters
542 Democrats; 439 Republicans; 173 Independents
(So the breakdown of the 1154 adults were 47% Democrats, 38% Republicans) A 9 points skew for democrats

There were 885 RV, but the party breakdown was not elucidated. So it could be 60% D, 30% D, or who knows)

In the head to head poll between a vote for Romney or Barry, it was Barry 49, Romney 43, the poll respondents used were RV, but somehow the N is 900. It said earlier the number of RV was 885. What give? Where did that extra 15 came from?

The inclusion of this junk poll in the RCP average widened Barry’s lead, when it is garbage and is not worth the paper it is printed on. Yahoo news is already touting this poll as one that shows Barry widening his lead, and the pundits on TV will be yapping about the result. Do they ever bother to look past the lead sentence>

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 5:54 AM

VIDEO: Mitt Romney lays out his 5 steps to get the economy going

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM

i’d like to see a secret video of romney swearing on a stack of bibles, that he will repeal obamacare. because, unfortunatley, mitts lying. he won’t repeal obamacare because it is a tax, and what big government lover in the history of the world, ever taken away a tax.

renalin on July 11, 2012 at 6:20 AM

The blasted Reuter/IPSOS poll was already noted on today’s Bill Bennet Morning in America show as a new poll showing Barry increasing his lead.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Gooooooooood Morning HA crew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM

just heard it on the bill bennett show….

very nice…

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:47 AM

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

i figured it must be skewed…

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

and you know the morning joe crew will be touting it big time with the rest of the msdnc line up

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Good Morning to you!

Naturally Curly on July 11, 2012 at 6:49 AM

We find ourselves in a unique situation here. We don’t have the ideal nominee. There wasn’t the ideal nominee this time around.

We have never had the idea nominee…there is no such thing. Reagan was only the idea nominee in retrospect..people were second guessing him all the time. I remember.

Everybody thinks they are an expert..everybody thinks they know best..everybody obsesses over every poll.

I don’t know who is going to win but this constant hand ringing sure is not going to help.

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 6:50 AM

i figured it must be skewed…

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Skewed, you are to expect. But it was so unprofessional. The party breakdown of the RV was not noted, and the N of 900 RV did not even add up.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:51 AM

It’s not a protest vote, I believe Gary Johnson will be the next President of the United States.

FloatingRock on July 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Bless your heart.

Poll: Little support for third-party candidates this year

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM

The blasted Reuter/IPSOS poll was already noted on today’s Bill Bennet Morning in America show as a new poll showing Barry increasing his lead.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

I like Bennett, but he takes every poll at face value and the worse they are the more he talks about them.

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Do they ever bother to look past the lead sentence

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Not when they can use the lead sentence.

Axe on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Good morning to you also.

And everyone else hanging around at this hour.

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

It’s not a protest vote, I believe Gary Johnson will be the next President of the United States.

FloatingRock on July 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I have got some jewelery I would like to sell you.

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

We get to know him the media will say we don’t know his policies…he gives us his policies and then we won’t know him again.

It is all a joke.

tomas on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:51 AM

i believe that….

morning joe was just talking about a quinnipiac poll showing married women prefer mitt in double digits and single womer prefer dear leader…

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

tomas on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

show us your taxes mitt!!!!!if you can give mccain multiple years of tax returns during the vp vetting process why won’t you show us waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
-lsm

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

The solace of having the like of the Reuter/IPSOS poll is to give the Dem a false sense of security and goad us to GOTV.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

i’d like to see a secret video of romney swearing on a stack of bibles, that he will repeal obamacare. because, unfortunatley, mitts lying. he won’t repeal obamacare because it is a tax, and what big government lover in the history of the world, ever taken away a tax.

renalin on July 11, 2012 at 6:20 AM

You are so full of it. You really are. For one thing, it will take both houses of Congress to actually repeal Obamacare..the president will sign onto it..for another Mitt Romney would be better off politically if he supported repeal and repealed it and so I think he will do that. Now you can go on playing psychic all you want, but you really do not have any clue at all about any of this.

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Mornin’, y’all.

O/T: Did you know about this?

kingsjester on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 AM

The solace of having the like of the Reuter/IPSOS poll is to give the Dem a false sense of security and goad us to GOTV.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

I never trust an Ipsos poll.

BTW, Moira Liasson {I think I spelled that right} was on Special Report and she said that the needle had moved very little in recent weeks, but what movement there had been was in Romney’s direction.

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 6:59 AM

kingsjester on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 AM

morning KJ

cripe, *shaking the head*

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM

A 9 points skew for democrats

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Wasn’t there a 9 point skew for Dems in the WaPO/ABC poll that came out yesterday? I think I heard Hannity mention it to Palin during his show last night.

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

RE: Dems agitating for the release of multi-years tax returns from Romneyy

Maybe Romney should just get his tax preparer to write up a one-page note about the health of his taxes, like Obama did with his medical records.

MayBee on July 11, 2012 at 3:47 AM

This is funny.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

heh :)

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM

We get to know him the media will say we don’t know his policies…he gives us his policies and then we won’t know him again.

It is all a joke.

tomas on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Yes, it is..it is also a case of a lot of talking heads trying to convince us that they have some special knowledge so that we will buy their books or listen to them on the radio or TV or whatever.

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 7:05 AM

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Mornin’, ma’am. Exactly.

kingsjester on July 11, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Wasn’t there a 9 point skew for Dems in the WaPO/ABC poll that came out yesterday? I think I heard Hannity mention it to Palin during his show last night.

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

There was a +9 points skew for Dems in the ABC/WaPo poll. There was also a +9 for Dems in the 1154 adults polled in the Reuter/IPSOS, but it did not tell us the breakdown of the party identification of the RV. For all you know, it can be even more lop-sided and produce a 6 points edge for Barry, which is being touted in Yahoo News, and already mentioned by Bill Bennett this morning.

And I do not know why the sample size in the head to head voter preference was 900 RV when it earlier in the summary it noted the number of RVs in that poll was 885.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 7:07 AM

O/T: Did you know about this?

kingsjester on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Saw that at the top of DRUDGE this morning. Along with a pic of Putin in a wife-beater.

First words out of my mouth were, “oh sh*t!”

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:10 AM

The inclusion of this junk poll in the RCP average widened Barry’s lead, when it is garbage and is not worth the paper it is printed on. Yahoo news is already touting this poll as one that shows Barry widening his lead, and the pundits on TV will be yapping about the result. Do they ever bother to look past the lead sentence>

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Actually that is not that big a lead…not when Obama is under 50%..and there will be more polls to come no doubt and this one will slip off the average and be replaced with something else.

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 7:10 AM

N.C. Democrat candidate Patsy Keever won’t endorse Obama
http://t.co/i1B2kBBc

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

There may be a number of well known Clintonistas who will check the Romney box in the privacy of a curtained voting booth come November.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM

There may be a number of well known Clintonistas who will check the Romney box in the privacy of a curtained voting booth come November.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM

I have no doubt, but not Keever. She’s a full-blown prog. Says she’ll still vote for him but won’t endorse him. I think she’s pizzed that he wasn’t as progressive as she would have liked him to be.

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM

The Clintonistas may play Realpolitik and slyly undermine Barry prior to the election with offhand remarks, and vote secretly for Romney on November 6.

They do not want another 4 years of Barry that so damaged the Democratic Party brand by 2016 that Hillary will not dare to enter, or will lose if she does. 8 years of Barry will be like 8 years of GWB.

bayview on July 11, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Barack Obama’s Brother to Make Film Debut in Anti-Obama Documentary

In the film clip embedded above, D’Souza and George Obama are seen chatting on what appears to be a park bench, and D’Souza seems most curious to know why the half-brother of the most powerful man on the planet lives in poverty and without any financial help from President Obama.

“I think he has a family of his own,” George Obama says. “I’m a member of his family, but I’m over-age, so I help myself.”

Aww gee George, if you lived here and voted (D) your bro would give you all the financial support you need.

With OUR money!

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Terrye on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

when a republican becomes president, all of a sudden he’s a eunuch. beholden to both houses. when dems rule, they do what they please.

all romney has to do is listen to the little guy, and repeal obamacare. he won’t stick his neck out unless its handed on a silver platter. we won’t win both houses, so guess what, now its back on romney. then the comprising (we cave and give everthing the dems want) begins.

renalin on July 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

No point voting for Romney, Gary Johnson is going to win in a landslide.

FloatingRock on July 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM

You should work for the psychic hotline. No offense, but I consider it quackery.

FloatingRock on July 11, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Romney’s problem isn’t just that people don’t know enough specifics about his policies, they don’t know enough about him as a person. When choosing their president, voters want more than a resume, says Devine. They want to take a real measure of the man.

This only applies to Republicans. Third rate junior Senators with neither legislative accomplishments nor private sector experience get a pass if they have a D after their name.

Cleombrotus on July 11, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Cleombrotus on July 11, 2012 at 8:41 AM

THIS

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Ed and Allah, besides MKH- think you should bring Flora on board.

bazil9 on July 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Ed and Allah, besides MKH- think you should bring Flora on board.

bazil9 on July 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Good Idea. We want Flora.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

morning joe was just talking about a quinnipiac poll showing married women prefer mitt in double digits and single women prefer dear leader…

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

This suggests a strategy, horrible and odious though it may be: Single male HAers take one for the team, go out and find single leftie females to marry before November???

On the plus side, scurrilous rumor has it that crazy women are great in bed…

Lorien, your country needs you!!!

Mary in LA on July 11, 2012 at 2:42 PM

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