Romney camp: The gloves are coming off after the Bain attacks

posted at 10:01 am on July 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Republicans cheered Mitt Romney’s speech from Pennsylvania last night, attacking Barack Obama’s crony capitalism and ripping his statement that small business owners “didn’t build” their own successes.  They may have missed something that Romney left out — a mention of Obama as a “nice guy” who just isn’t up to the task of being President of the United States.  After getting a taste of Chicago politics, Romney and his team have decided to take the gloves off and jump into the character debate Obama apparently wants to have:

In speeches from Des Moines to Dallas, Romney has always been careful to hedge his tough digs at Obama with a civil nod toward the president’s moral character: “He’s a nice guy,” the Republican has often said. “He just has no idea how the private economy works.” But Tuesday’s speech included no such hedge — and one campaign adviser said there’s a reason for that.

“[Romney] has said Obama’s a nice fellow, he’s just in over his head,” the adviser said. “But I think the governor himself believes this latest round of attacks that have impugned his integrity and accused him of being a felon go so far beyond that pale that he’s really disappointed. He believes it’s time to vet the president. He really hasn’t been vetted; McCain didn’t do it.”

Indeed, facing what the candidate and his aides believe to be a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded, and unfair attacks from the Obama campaign on Romney’s finances and business record, the Republican’s campaign is now prepared to go eye for an eye in an intense, no-holds-barred act of political reprisal, said two Romney advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity. In the next chapter of Boston’s pushback — which began last week when they began labeling Obama a “liar” — very little will be off-limits, from the president’s youthful drug habit, to his ties to disgraced Chicago politicians.

“I mean, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in Chicago, and was associated and worked with Rod Blagojevich to get Valerie Jarrett appointed to the Senate,” the adviser said. “The bottom line is there’ll be counterattacks.”

Might there be a reference or two to Jeremiah Wright, a man Obama described in 2007 as one of his close advisers and whose church Obama attended for 20 years, and the “God damn America” speech?  If so, I’d guess that they’ll farm that out to surrogates.

However, as BuzzFeed points out, this puts John Sununu’s offhanded comment about Obama needing to learn more about being American in some clearer context.  That may have gone farther than Sununu or the campaign intended, and Sununu apologized immediately afterward for the remark.  But that may have come from a new resolve to fully engage in the character battle that Obama launched unilaterally in May, and to do it in “nuclear” fashion, as John Hinderaker noted.

That may or may not be a great idea for the campaign – -depending on execution.  Sticking to an economic argument would focus on what voters care most about rather than fight on less-clear grounds about which is the better man morally for the job.  However, it has become clear that Obama won’t talk about the economy and will launch a character fight as a distraction.  This means Romney needs to find a way to turn that fight into something relevant to the economy — which Romney has started to do with his sharp attacks on Obama’s crony capitalism within the stimulus program as a way to argue that Obama is hopelessly corrupt.

My guess is that this will at least rally the base for Romney, where complaints over his lack of response to Obama’s attacks on his character have crescendoed recently.  It will also distance Team Romney from Team McCain, which disdained these kind of attacks on Obama, when Obama didn’t have a record to criticize.  That alone will make Romney more popular with Republicans and conservatives.

Update: The Boss Emeritus gives this news a literal “hallelujah!”  Also, I added “depending on execution” in the second-to-last paragraph to clarify my opening sentence.  I thought the meaning was clear, but just in case it wasn’t …


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GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on July 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

cue the theme from “Rocky”

aunursa on July 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Sock them in their g******* face so they stay plastered mitt!

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I hope we don’t find out there’s a second pair of gloves under the first one.

Extrafishy on July 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Not really something you have to announce – JUST GO DO IT.

Good Lt on July 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

But is it too late? Obama has had a few free weeks to attack Romney.

gumbyandpokey on July 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

John Sununu’s offhanded comment about Obama needing to learn more about being American

WHY THE HELL DID SUNUNU APOLOGIZE!!!!

It is not like he called Obama a felon, for God’s sake.
If O will not apologize, then Sununu should have not either.

gonnjos on July 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Mitt is bring gloves to a gun fight. Oi!!!

NickDeringer on July 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

About time. Past time to quit bring delicate here. If you play but to lose, that is exactly what you will end up doing.

tdau1997 on July 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

About dang time

No more apologies…. the lsm doesn’t think dear leader needs to apologize so why should mitt and his surrogates…they want a character debate…mitt has more character in his finger than Obama
They are going bash him anyways

cmsinaz on July 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

the moron shouldve never had them on. he was dirty as could be against fellow republicans in the primary so dont understand this incessant need to be nice to dems that he and mccain and other moderates feel.

chasdal on July 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

John Sununu’s offhanded comment about Obama needing to learn more about being American
WHY THE HELL DID SUNUNU APOLOGIZE!!!!

It is not like he called Obama a felon, for God’s sake.
If O will not apologize, then Sununu should have not either.

Sorry

gonnjos on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Oh, this outta be fun. LOL.

Romney couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag without someone scripting it for him.

Kinda hard for a guy without a spine to suddenly develop one on his own.

Maybe he’ll send some more of his crazy surrogates out like Sununu to question Obama’s patriotism or bring up his past drug use again. Voters will really love that! LOL

cornfedbubba on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

That may or may not be a great idea for the campaign. Sticking to an economic argument would focus on what voters care most about rather than fight on less-clear grounds about which is the better man morally for the job.

Those are not mutually exclusive topics of discussion. Obama is NOT a nice guy. He’s used the federal government to reward his cronies and friends while going after businesses, industries, states, news organizations, even private citizens(Koch Bros., anyone?) who he perceived as political threats. And in many cases, this harassment and smearing harmed many people and either cost jobs or prevented new ones from being created. Just ask Boeing or the supporters of the Keystone pipeline if you don’t believe me.

Romney has to approach this line of attack delicately, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with pointing out the genuine suffering going on out there, much of which is completely unnecessary but for the radical agenda of this President and his party.

Doughboy on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Obama, who never did anything in his life, attacks a successful businessman using the politics of envy. It IS disgusting. Just don’t get into an “outsourcing” fight. That’s off topic, and frankly, petty.

Paul-Cincy on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

President Obama shot Brian Terry!

We don’t know, he won’t show us the documents.

See how that works?

Wagthatdog on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Why would you have the gloves on in the first place?

PackerBronco on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

hehe…Met Romney the other day when he spoke at my club and I am sold on his ability to be the next President of the United States!

It is about time we had a group of adults running the country.

PierreLegrand on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Be warned, Romney: if you hit like a little girl after making this statement, you could blow your election chances.

MelonCollie on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Might help to point out the billions in “green energy”, oil drilling in the gulf by cubans and brazilians (funded by us), countless coal plants closed down, countless new taxes and millions of new federal employees, 10% +true unemployment, millions of new disability cases on social security, gas prices in the $4 range,
25% increases in healthcare premiums, rampant corruption in all aspects of the DOJ and DC, jeffrey immelt as “jobs czar”, bankrupt states, etc

Just a thought.

acyl72 on July 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Rip the mask off and strip him of his empty suit, frog march him to the debate podium and reveal the naked communist many of us have known about since ’08.

hillsoftx on July 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Nukem till they glow then shoot em in the dark.

Imrahil on July 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

If you play but to lose, that is exactly what you will end up doing.

tdau1997 on July 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Absolutely. At least pick a strategy when you have a CHANCE of winning. Otherwise, you’ve already lost.

Paul-Cincy on July 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Not happy about this. It’s like the old adage, never get in the slop with a pig. You get dirty, and the pig likes it. Axelrod has set a trap and it appears Romney is about to walk right into it.

Romney needs to win over people who voted for Obama in 2008. He won’t do it by telling them they were played by a bad guy and calling him names. The best way to do it, still, is to show them that Obama is simply a clueless President who may have been inspiring but has shown himself as someone who only cares about the trappings of the office and not about doing the job.

rockmom on July 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Obama is going to lose by such numbers, “to be Obama-ed” is going to become the new verb form for a complete and total electoral refudiation. Yes, he will finally hit a bottom so low his name will become a verb.

Mutnodjmet on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Karl Rove hardest hit…

bofh on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Kick him in the bag Mitt!

Big Orange on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Maybe he’ll send some more of his crazy surrogates out like Sununu, who’s Palestinian and was born in Cuba.

cornfedbubba on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Fixed.

Drinking your breakfast is no way to start the day.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Obama’s chckens are coming home to roost.

A long list of all the things the Obama administration has done to kill jobs needs to be added to the nuclear mix.

WhatNot on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Mitt, if you want a vicious and courageous attack dog that will bite into Obama’s flesh and not let go, then hop the next plane to Wasilla, AK and ask Mrs. Palin to join your team.

There is no one that does it better than she does.

And you’ll find that more and more of her followers (like myself) will be far more enthusiastic about your candidacy.

turfmann on July 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Sock them in their g******* face so they stay plastered mitt!

tom daschle concerned on July 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

He was one of a kind… I only hope Romney can demolish someone half as well.

IF so, then put Ryan as VP. Two best takedowns yesterday came from those two. I’ve preferred Jindal as the VP, but I think the SCOAMF should be very afraid of facing Romney/Ryan.

Gingotts on July 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

How long has he been threatening to “take the gloves off”? Is another strongly-worded press release coming up next? Maybe a cable news interview where he displays his ‘discomfort’ with the attacks?

Can’t wait!

inthemiddle on July 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Quit talking about taking the gloves off and TAKE THEM OFF ALREADY!

wildcat72 on July 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Romney shouldn’t be dredging up old news like Jeremiah Wright or the fake birth certificate (although these are legitimate issues). That will just make him look petty and desperate.

He should be asking questions that haven’t been answered, like, “They are talking about me being secretive. They want to see my tax returns, but where are the college transcripts?”

And of course, he needs to hit 0bama hard on the biggest issues of the past 4 years: the dismal economy and the corruption of this administration (and the Democratic party in general).

UltimateBob on July 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hammer the m’fing Chicago out of him. Send him home to Rahm with his panties down around his ankles. This is the future of our country, not some gentleman’s spat. C’mon Mitt, you’re gonna have to lower yourself.

msupertas on July 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Romney has to approach this line of attack delicately, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with pointing out the genuine suffering going on out there, much of which is completely unnecessary but for the radical agenda of this President and his party.

Doughboy on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

What most people don’t get is the suffering associated with our growing national debt. I get it, and it makes me sick. Who suffers because of it? Not the rich. Not the healthy. Not white men. Who suffers is the poor, the ill, the young, the old, minorities, people at the margins of society. It’s a time bomb.

Paul-Cincy on July 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

WHY THE HELL DID SUNUNU APOLOGIZE FOR THAT!!!!???

OBAMA’S COLLECTIVIST NARRATIVES ARE UNAMERICAN.

For Chrissakes, don’t apologize!

mountainaires on July 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The speech yesterday was great, and I can’t wait to see more attacks.

JoAnn1965 on July 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

However, as BuzzFeed points out, this puts John Sununu’s offhanded comment about Obama needing to learn more about being American in some clearer context.

That may have gone farther than Sununu or the campaign intended,

and Sununu apologized

As like when the lawyer mispeaks on purpose and the judge says to the jury -”you didn’t hear that!”
“I apologize,” says the smiling lawyer.

Don L on July 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Indeed, facing what the candidate and his aides believe to be a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded, and unfair attacks from the Obama campaign on Romney’s finances and business record, the Republican’s campaign is now prepared to go eye for an eye in an intense, no-holds-barred act of political reprisal, said two Romney advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Thank the Lord. I’m tired of running against a serial killer who’s demanding we prove we never got a jaywalking ticket.

The truth about Obama is so scandalous that if the average voter knew about it, Obama would be dying to talk about the economy instead.

Kataklysmic on July 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Finally. Why is everyone so afraid of this bum? Solyndra, payoffs in Obamacare, Chicago politics, Fast and Furious, shenanigans at GM, racism at the DoJ, the list goes on and on and on. As David Limbaugh once said, “It’s like an outrage a day with this guy.”

Start hitting him on all these things, and he won’t know where to turn. But first and foremost, I want to see a focus on Fast and Furious. The fact that this has gotten so little play in the media just outright stuns me like nothing else politically I’ve seen before. The US Government literally committed an act of war against a sovereign nation by contributing to the deaths of 300 of its citizens and providing aid to groups (the cartels) that, in some areas, are engaged in out and out civil war against the government. Do two Border Patrol agents even need mentioning? Democrats in Congress did nothing until 2011, and Holder and his boss are now brazenly hiding documents to cover up their involvement. In my eyes, this is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, scandals in American history. Tea Pot Dome scandal? Government officials scammed money. So what? Happens every day. Watergate? President used campaign funds to spy on his opponents. Yes, against the law, but no one died for crying out loud. In Fast and Furious, we have THREE HUNDRED (thus far) dead, and no one cares. At times, I don’t even think Issa cares. He’s gone after Obama, but not with all that much gusto.

Incredible.

JoeShmoe99 on July 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Obama is going to lose by such numbers, “to be Obama-ed” is going to become the new verb form for a complete and total electoral refudiation. Yes, he will finally hit a bottom so low his name will become a verb.

Mutnodjmet on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

..hey, mutt; in today’s post you might want to correct the following:

Romney didn’t get where [he] is at , nor marry such a great lady, by being dumb.

The War Planner on July 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Romney camp: The gloves are coming off after the Bain attacks

Yeah I’m sure the White House was in chaos when they heard this. People running around, phones ringing all over the place, Barry in a cold sweat doing a few lines in preparation for an all-nighter with his staff…

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

C’mon Romney release your inner badass

Start with this handy Top Ten list…courtesy of Team Brietbart:

10. State senate papers. In the 2008 primary, Obama criticized Hillary Clinton for not releasing papers from her eight years time as First Lady–but failed to produce any papers from his eight years in Springfield. “They could have been thrown out,” he said.

9. Academic transcripts. His supposed academic brilliance was a major selling point, but Obama (by his own admission) was a mediocre student. His GPA at Occidental was a B-plus at best, and his entering class at Columbia was weak. Can he prove his merit?

8. Book proposal. Obama’s literary agent claimed he was “born in Kenya”–for sixteen years. His original book proposal exists–biographer David Maraniss refers to it–and seems to have embellished other key details of his life. Yet it has never been released.

7. Medical records. In 2000, and again (briefly) in 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain released thousands of pages of his medical records. Obama, who had abused drugs and continued smoking, merely provided a one-page doctor’s note.

6. Small-dollar donors. In 2008, the McCain campaign released the names of donors who had contributed less than $200, though it was not required to do so. But the Obama campaign refused, amidst accusations it had accepted illegal foreign contributions.

5. The Khalidi tape. In 2003, Obama attended a party for his good friend, the radical Palestinian academic Rashid Khalidi. The event featured incendiary anti-Israel rhetoric. The LA Times broke the story, but has refused to release the tape–and so has Obama.

4. The real White House guest list. Touting its transparency, the Obama White House released its guest logs–but kept many visits secret, and moved meetings with lobbyists off-site. It also refused to confirm the identities of visitors like Bertha Lewis of ACORN.

3. Countless FOIA requests. The Obama administration has been described as “the worst” ever in complying with Freedom of Information Act requests for documents. It has also punished whistleblowers like David Walpin, who exposed cronyism in Americorps.

2. Health reform negotiations. Candidate Obama promised that health care reform negotiations would be televised on C-SPAN. Instead, there were back-room deals woth millions with lobbyists and legislators–the details of which are only beginning to emerge.

1. Fast and Furious documents. After months of stonewalling Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder asked President Obama to use executive privilege to conceal thousands of documents related to the deadly scandal–and Obama did just that.

In addition to the above, Obama and his campaign have lied about many facts about his past–his membership in the New Party; his extensive connections with ACORN; and his continued relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, among other examples. Obama’s own memoir is filled with fabrications. And now he is lying about his opponent’s honorable record in business. He–and the media–have no shame.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/18/Top-Ten-Things-Obama-Has-Not-Released?utm_source=feedbu

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Fast and Furious would be a good start.

Bishop on July 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Time for some offense. Can’t score points on defense.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Mitt to Obama:

“When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it!”

DumboTheAvenger on July 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

..also this:

Obama has essentially committed verbal harikari with [h]is “You Didn’t Build it” slip.

By the way, if you need an editor, I work cheap.

;-)

The War Planner on July 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Romney is doing great. You can tell the story of obama being untruthful while explaining his anti-American values -like his statements this past week at the same time. It plays right into the narrative that obama does not like the ccountry as currentl constituted.

Ta111 on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

The best way to do it, still, is to show them that Obama is simply a clueless President who may have been inspiring but has shown himself as someone who only cares about the trappings of the office and not about doing the job.

rockmom on July 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

If their last 3.5 years of life in this country hasn’t already shown them that, then their clueless and nothing Mitt says is going to cause any epifanies.

Kataklysmic on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Sununu’s gaffe makes clear the risks of going with a bare-knuckle strategy. He apologized immediately because he knew he had screwed up and misspoken, and he knew the media were going to run with that one dumb remark and not even mention anything else he said in that conference call unless he apologized. He’s a very experienced politician and he has firsthand experience with the dishonest media.

rockmom on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I would also add…Obama’s phony SS# from Ct. and any actual Hawaiian records.

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I wonder. I haven’t been concerned, like others have, about Romney not going full pit bull on Obama like he did during the primary against other Republicans. I figured he was banking dollars and letting Obama waste all of his dollars, which only seems reasonable since Obama’s full frontal assault is gaining no traction for him in the polls. But maybe Romney was also waiting for Obama to be the first to dive into the mud so he could claim higher ground. As long as Romney doesn’t pull another McCain there is only upside though. Obama is dirtier then Pig Pen, and any mud he slings at Romney can be returned back to him tenfold.

NotCoach on July 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Ed, you made me smile twice today and it’s only a little after 10 o’clock. TO me, the press has given Obama such a free ride that when he says the things that make you question what he really knows, he gets a pass. Well, if the press doesn’t report it now, you can bet Team Romney will be. Will that be enough for the press to want to get some of their credibility back? I doubt it, but it won’t do them any good if they don’t.

bflat879 on July 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Bury the fraudulent punk. Show him no mercy. He has none for you nor for U.S. citizens. He has no soul.

Right Mover on July 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

This is good news. If Romney points out Obama’s failures and deeply wrong philosophies while the ads and surrogates point out Obama’s lies, unscrupulous ties, and Constitution-bending way of handling US law, we’ll all be the better for it.

Jill1066 on July 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Let the melt down of mr thin skin begin

cmsinaz on July 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Romney camp: The gloves are coming off after the Bain attacks

…someone give him some brass knuckles…and show him where “below the belt” is!

KOOLAID2 on July 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

they’re

Kataklysmic on July 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Obama is going to lose by such numbers, “to be Obama-ed” is going to become the new verb form for a complete and total electoral refudiation. Yes, he will finally hit a bottom so low his name will become a verb.

Mutnodjmet on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Yep!

workingclass artist on July 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Sununu had nothing to apologize for. Dear Liar is not unAmerican, he’s anti-American.

rbj on July 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

But is it too late? Obama has had a few free weeks to attack Romney.

gumbyandpokey on July 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Um, it’s July, not the last week of October, so yeah, I think they’ve got time.

It doesn’t sound like Ed is on board with this strategy. Romney can do both…call Obama the liar that he is and tell people what a lousy job he’s done vis a vis the economy.

changer1701 on July 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

But is it too late? Obama has had a few free weeks to attack Romney.

gumbyandpokey on July 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

It’s the middle of freaking July you Obama-lovin’ little concern troll.

Right Mover on July 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

This means Romney needs to find a way to turn that fight into something relevant to the economy — which Romney has started to do with his sharp attacks on Obama’s crony capitalism within the stimulus program as a way to argue that Obama is hopelessly corrupt.

This is the play. You can attack Obama’s character from an economic perspective and keep the focus on the economy so as not to get distracted.

tommyboy on July 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Hotair is STILL ignoring Arpaio’s amazing revelations about Barky’s BC and Hawaiian law? As if Drudge didn’t even exist. It’s just the cover story on the main news site the world over …

What is wrong with this place?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

John Sununu’s offhanded comment about Obama needing to learn more about being American

Which he bizarrely apologized for out of fear that he’d be called a…wait for it…racist.

Poor.

CorporatePiggy on July 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Oh, this outta be fun. LOL.

Romney couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag without someone scripting it for him.

Kinda hard for a guy without a spine to suddenly develop one on his own.

Maybe he’ll send some more of his crazy surrogates out like Sununu to question Obama’s patriotism or bring up his past drug use again. Voters will really love that! LOL

cornfedbubba on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Obligatory Opening LOL.

Are you talking about Romney or President Obama?

Answer these questions for me.

When is President Obama not scripted to were he hasn’t embarrassed himself on the campaign trail in one of our glorious 57 states or having a dicussion about Navy “Corpse”Men? Hmmm?

When has President Obama had to do anything with his chief surrogate, the liberal Main Stream Media?

Obligatory Closing LOL.

hawkdriver on July 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’ll be waiting for the Romney Deathstar to be unleashed on Obama.

Some Super PACs need to repeatedly vet Obama so independents understand who Obama is for the first time.

… and I need more popcorn.

WhatNot on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Rockmon they can do this merely by pointing to what he’s done foe the last 4 years

cmsinaz on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sununu had nothing to apologize for. Dear Liar is not unAmerican, he’s anti-American.

rbj on July 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Barky the Dog-eating Retard is anti-civilization.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

People worried about JULY? Recall McCain imploded with his “taking a break from the campaign”. When was that? Two weeks into October?

Marcus on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Obama is NOT a nice guy. He’s used the federal government to reward his cronies and friends while going after businesses, industries, states, news organizations, even private citizens(Koch Bros., anyone?) who he perceived as political threats.
. . . .

Doughboy on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

He’s also using the federal government to benefit his free-loading Kenyan relatives (speaking of not being American — something they know all about). Obama’s uncle, who came to the U.S. from Kenya as an adult and has been living here illegally for years, under an order of deportation which he continues to ignore, was convicted recently of DUI in Massachusetts. Since the uncle is not a “kid” even by Obama’s unilateral DREAM Act standards, and since he has a DUI record and is a fugitive from his longstanding deportation order, he is not eligible for Obama’s expansive “executive action” amnesty. But the Obama administration is still refusing to deport him, even though it has no legal justification for doing so.

It’s good to be king in America. It’s also good to be a foreign relative of the king, especially if you’re a lawbreaker.

Sununu has nothing to apologize for. Obama does not know how to be an American; Mr. “Citizen of the World” doesn’t even want to be one.

AZCoyote on July 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

If Mitt actually took the gloves off as much as he threatens to take the gloves off, he might be competent.

As it stands, it seems his New England-effete, Northeastern liberal gentleman’s nature is too strong to overcome.

inthemiddle on July 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

It is not like he called Obama a felon, for God’s sake.
If O will not apologize, then Sununu should have not either.

Sorry

gonnjos on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

That, is a great point.

hawkdriver on July 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

All the Romney team has to do is to be factual.

State the facts about what is known and unknown about BO. Let the surrogates do it, watering and nurturing the seeds of doubt that exist. There’s nothing “dirty” about that. If it’s true, it’s true.

Heck, I’d run an ad with a series of his schedules which basically are all about his campaign. Contrast that with the amount of time he has actually spent with Cabinet members and working with Congress.

How about those vacations? How about those lavish parties?

It all adds up to a lazy incompetent who only knows one thing – campaigning to preserve his job and all the perks that go along with it. Contrast that with what the rest of us are enduring.

Take the gloves off, Mitt! Hit him hard and keep hitting him.

Cody1991 on July 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Attack the issues that impact Obama’s base–”Hey blacks, how is the 14% unempl going? Women 18% Hispanics 11%”…”hey elderly and poor, with Embalmacare, how is it going trying to find a doc?”…”hey anti-war crowd, wasn’t it awesome how we invaded Libya without Cong. consent?”…”hey students, how are tuition rates looking?”…”hey pro-transparency folks, how is that F&F working out for you”…

Remind them every day why they don’t want to repeat a 4 yr. mistake.

hillsoftx on July 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

About Time!!

Stay classy Mitt, but yeah, you don’t have to go far for ‘ammo’ to bring down the worst d**n pResident evah!

Ask any HA’er we got the dirt!!

The ‘mitts’ should have come off a long time ago Mitt!!!

Oh, I want a ringside seat and a TON of popcorn!

This should be very very interesting…

I can’t wait to see the LSM running around trying to lay ‘cover’ for our pResident… muahhhhhhhh… :-D

Scrumpy on July 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Andy McCarthy warns about the post-election plans of Obama the Lawless. Both Rommey and the Republicans in the House need to rein Obama in, the former with identifying the lawlessness and the latter with very vocal defunding.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/309765/obama-flouts-rule-law-andrew-c-mccarthy?pg=1

onlineanalyst on July 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

The romney campaign can discuss the economy AND hit Obama between the eyes on this character stuff. All of the above!

darkegop on July 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

If Mitt actually took the gloves off as much as he threatens to take the gloves off, he might be competent.

As it stands, it seems his New England-effete, Northeastern liberal gentleman’s nature is too strong to overcome.

inthemiddle on July 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

What’s the matter? No one responded to your spoiled bait the first time, so now you are going to just repeat yourself ad infinitum?

NotCoach on July 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

They may have missed something that Romney left out — a mention of Obama as a “nice guy” who just isn’t up to the task of being President of the United States.

Yep! Willard will go on the attack all right… NOW that the dammage is done and Bain is burnt into everyones mind.

Let’s see. Mitt has been running for POTUS since 2008 and still is falling behind? This should be fun. /s

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Hotair is STILL ignoring Arpaio’s amazing revelations about Barky’s BC and Hawaiian law? As if Drudge didn’t even exist. It’s just the cover story on the main news site the world over …

What is wrong with this place?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Since the takeover, Townhall seems to have directed HA to avoid controversy no matter what.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

People worried about JULY? Recall McCain imploded with his “taking a break from the campaign”. When was that? Two weeks into October?

Marcus on July 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

McCain actually made the correct choice to put his campaign on hold to go back to Washington and do his friggin job – as the Congress was talking about the most unblieveable extraordinary expense in world history. McCain’s mistake wasn’t suspending his campaign for that, it was when he turned around 180 degrees two days later and allowed himself to be bullied into going to that idiotic debate – which was a joke and meaningless. That was McShame’s idiotic mistake, not the correct decision to be in Washington as they talked about that insane, stupid, and exceedingly dangerous TARP disaster.

That said, you can rest assured that the Dog-Eater and his junta are cooking up some crisis or crises for the coming months. No doubt about that. And there are no limits to what these criminal traitors will do.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

If Mitt actually took the gloves off as much as he threatens to take the gloves off, he might be competent.

As it stands, it seems his New England-effete, Northeastern liberal gentleman’s nature is too strong to overcome.

inthemiddle on July 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Yes, I was just wondering what the Obama voters here thought of this strategy, so thanks. /

changer1701 on July 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

cornfed sh!tfacedbubba on July 18, 2012

KOOLAID2 on July 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Interesting read from Arpaios´s team on Drudge.

derecho on July 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Since the takeover, Townhall seems to have directed HA to avoid controversy no matter what.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Bloggers here should be ashamed of themselves, to participate in this stupidity. It is beyond insane. The front page story on Drudge and they just pretend it doesn’t exist. Not to mention that they can’t even be motivated to write some squishy, lukewarm article about Hawaii law that allowed anyone in the world to get a Hawaiian birth certificate – by Hawaiian law!!

What a bunch of pansies, here. No surprise, though.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Romney taking the gloves off? Again? Only this time he means it? He rilly, rilly means it this time? Here come the gloves. He’s taking them off. Here’s one finger. Then another. Oops! They’re back on. It was just a strip tease–oh, wait–they’re coming off again, first one finger, then another. He’s going to take them off this time. He’s telling us they’re coming off. Here they come. The gloves. He’s showing us his gloves and he’s telling us they’re coming off, because the gloves are rilly rilly coming off this time …

Hey, at least the Romney gloves-off strip tease will rally “the base” or something, right?–because the base just loves to be taunted by its own candidate’s weakness like this. Years of establishment GOP leadership have turned us into masochists or something must be the theory behind such a risible claim.

casuist on July 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

About time. I’m tired of lies not being pointed out.

sadatoni on July 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

“[Romney] has said Obama’s a nice fellow, he’s just in over his head,” the adviser said. “But I think the governor himself believes this latest round of attacks that have impugned his integrity and accused him of being a felon go so far beyond that pale that he’s really disappointed. He believes it’s time to vet the president. He really hasn’t been vetted; McCain didn’t do it.”

Indeed, facing what the candidate and his aides believe to be a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded, and unfair attacks from the Obama campaign on Romney’s finances and business record, the Republican’s campaign is now prepared to go eye for an eye in an intense, no-holds-barred act of political reprisal, said two Romney advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity. In the next chapter of Boston’s pushback — which began last week when they began labeling Obama a “liar” — very little will be off-limits, from the president’s youthful drug habit, to his ties to disgraced Chicago politicians.

It’s about @@#@ time Mitt!!

Fight hard and let’s rally and support Mitt every step of the way!!

LevinFan on July 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I don’t buy this crap about how attacking Obama detracts from talking about the economy. There’s certainly no reason you can’t do both at the same time. You have to show little Bammy and his slimeball handlers that you’re not going to be a punching bag like McCain and Palin. Obama is already starting to decompensate. Take the gloves off and then watch what happens, especially since the Obama team is already out of ammunition, and they’ve accomplished nothing.

eyedoc on July 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

It’s time for the brass knuckles Mitt,quit being a gentlemen already.Fight fire with fire and quit being afraid,dammit!

jeffinsjvca on July 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Let’s not forget the Obama harassment of Boeing and Gibson Guitars, among other businesses.

Let’s also not neglect the impact of Obama’s communist mentor, Franklin Marshall Davis. The current book should give plenty of ammunition and have an apt news peg.

onlineanalyst on July 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM


Any of you remember when Gov. Romney took off his gloves during the primaries? That is why he is the GOP nominee. He was a GOP governor in a dark blue state. I doubt he did that without knowing how and when to remove the gloves.

Yes, this is true when Romney is confronted by conservatives. Romney hates conservatives. But when confronted by a fellow progressive like Obama not so much.

casuist on July 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Could some smart person please explain to me how this works:
1) Romney “didn’t build that” Bain company per Obama.
2) Bain’s behavior reflects on Romney, per Obama, because he built it.
Am I really the only person who sees how stupid this is?

Good Lord help me, how can the media not laugh in Obama’s face?

DublOh7 on July 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Ed, a word that popped out at me listening to Romeny’s PA speech was “foreign”. Paraphrasing, he said that Obama’s philosophy on the private sector was “foreign” to the principles of this country and he was shocked they were uttered by a POTUS.

It’s a brilliant word to use in this context, as it can carry all sorts of connotations from warning about becoming Europe to Obama’s mysterious background.

If Mitt said it by accident I think he struck gold and should keep developing that.

Uncledave on July 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Mitt is it and he needs to fight back with all of the ammo he has been given by the jackass incumbent. And this is just the beginning. But Mitt needs to stand up and be a man; otherwise Krauthammer’s projection will come true.

democratsarefools on July 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

“But I think the governor himself believes this latest round of attacks that have impugned his integrity and accused him of being a felon go so far beyond that pale that he’s really disappointed. He believes it’s time to vet the president. He really hasn’t been vetted; McCain didn’t do it.”

I guess this explains Romney’s recent digs at the boy king about Fast and Furious. About time.

Flora Duh on July 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

We did build this country. Innovators, risk takers, explorers, entrepreneurs, inventors, business people, dreamers, ideas people–many of them failed, but that’s okay, failure is part of the process. From sea to shining sea, American citizens built this country, only when they had their liberty and freedoms safeguarded–yes, by the government. They government only sets the conditions for the success (or lack thereof). The people capitalize upon it.

ted c on July 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

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