Newsweek: That heartless vampire capitalist is kind of a … wimp?

posted at 9:21 am on July 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted, leftist meme edition: Mitt Romney is a heartless vampire capitalist who eats businesses, chews up workers, and also buries his opponents in a slew of unfair, out-of-context attacks.  New hotness: That heartless über-rich juggernaut is, er, kind of wimpy.  No, seriously — this is Newsweek’s cover for this week:

Well, gee, I don’t know … did Romney pen two memoirs pondering his identity crises, both personal and political?  Oh, wait — that was the other guy, the one about whom the media never asked questions like “Is he too insecure to be President?”

Romney himself scoffed at the attack from Newsweek:

“If I worried about what the media said, I wouldn’t get much sleep, and I’ve been able to sleep pretty well,” Romney said when asked about the cover during an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation.

He said that he couldn’t recall having been called a wimp previously in his life, but dismissed the label, saying that it didn’t mean much when Newsweek gave George H.W. Bush a similar cover treatment. A 1987 issue included a photo of the former president and the words “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’”

“They tried that on George Herbert Walker Bush,” Romney said. “He was a pretty great president and anything but.”

Yes, but when they did that in 1987, Newsweek had millions of readers.  These days, you can buy the whole company for a dollar, and they’re looking for ways not to print covers like this because they’re running out of readers and money.  This is desperation, on more than one level.

Update: How desperate is Newsweek?  Six months ago, they portrayed him as Spartacus, as Jim Geraghty reminds us.  Yeah, but he’s a wimpy Spartacus vampire capitalist heartless outsourcer out-of-context attacker, or something.


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So to summarize leftist media coverage thus far:

Mild mannered Mormon by night, take-no-prisoners corporate raider by day. Can save the Olympics and run Bain capital at the same time. Look! He’s a wimp! He’s a bully! He’s…SuperMitt!

Mitsouko on July 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Actually a good picture of Romney. #Backfire

kevinkristy on July 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Do remember that this is the same, unhinged Left that complained that Bush was an evil genius and a blubbering moron: he was after world domination if he could ever figure out how to tie his shoe laces together.

The bad news for the Left: Romney can’t be BOTH a nasty dismemberer of ailing companies AND indecisive.

Choose one.

Stick with it.

And remember how well this competing memes of incompatible opposites helped you last time. Because the worst case scenario is that someone isn’t one or the other of the polar opposites presented, but NEITHER, and these opposites are created out of whole cloth.

As it is this is yet another shiny object taken from the bottom of the ornament box. There doesn’t appear to be a Christmas Tree down there at the bottom of the box… not even a paper one.

ajacksonian on July 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Well, the lefties are all walking hand in hand. Obama has gone full speed ahead and made his re-election strategy all about firming up the base. Newsweek just played a part. My guess is this strategy is doomed but we will have to wait and see. There are lefties everywhere who love this cover.

sdbatboy on July 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The MSM wants you to think he is a wimp, so how does that fit with saying he is also an evil and mean man because he is friends with Benjamin Netanyahu?

Throw stuff until it sticks. Get conservatives to repeat this wimp thing. Success.

Fleuries on July 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

3 pics at link..

1 showing Reagan using a chainsaw
2 showing W hauling brush after he used a chainsaw

3 Obama hanging…drapes

http://minx.cc/?post=331445

Ha!

Start the morning out right

workingclass artist on July 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Actually a good picture of Romney. #Backfire

kevinkristy on July 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Romney looks anything but insecure in that cover photo

Fail

workingclass artist on July 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Six months ago, they portrayed him as Spartacus, as Jim Geraghty reminds us. Yeah, but he’s a wimpy Spartacus vampire capitalist heartless outsourcer out-of-context attacker, or something.

Great moments in liberal inconsistency…..

Here’s to you Mister Newsweek Liberal Magazine Man….you and your creamy, lotiony hands and iPad musings…..

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Liberal projection. They know their fella is a piddle puss, but in order to remain pure, they must project that character flaw somewhere else.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

That’s what you get for a dollar.

faraway on July 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

If Bush could be a dumb Texas hick and the most evil scheming warmonger since Hitler, then Romney can be a bloodsucking vampire and a wimp.

In liberal land this kind of intellectual gymnastics is a sign of great intelligence.

CorporatePiggy on July 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Since they’re sooooo successful that they can no longer afford the print edition, I guess this is Newsweek’s idea of going out with a bang.

stukinIL4now on July 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Who is the real wimp?

The Azzhole in Chief needs Bill Clinton to save his azz.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I like the “What Triggers Mass Murders” line right above the picture. Nice Alinsky touch.

faraway on July 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

This is really rich coming from ‘Newsweak’! How big a ‘wimp factor’ is it when Obama defers taking out Osama Bin Laden because Valerie Jarrett has the finger on the trigger making our dear fearless leader back off three times before allowing him to push the GO button??? Her and not Pannetta???

Bob in VA on July 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

You can smell the fear and panic…

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

The Wimp Champ

faraway on July 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Wimp. Has anyone seen Obama shoot hoops other than a game of Horse. Not real impressed. Notice you have never seen any film of him playing a full court game. They know the brothers would crack up if they ever saw that.

Hummer53 on July 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I’m pretty sure The Mayberry Chronicle enjoys a greater readership. And the weekly enclosed Henry & Harv’s Dollar Store flier certainly contains news more helpful to the public.

M240H on July 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Oops, try this link instead

What the Newsweek cover should have looked like

faraway on July 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Who is the real wimp?

The Azzhole in Chief needs Bill Clinton to save his azz.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Obama gutted Welfare Reform…splain it to us Bill

workingclass artist on July 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Jeez, when a paragon of success like Newsweak calls you a wimp, that really must sting. Ouchie.

ConservativeLA on July 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

You can smell the fear and panic…

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

..I am still on this Diogenes-like quest to find out which HG commenter coined the phrase, “Desperation: smells like prison sex!”

Was it you, 7 PCT?

..ah gots to know!

The War Planner on July 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

So is he a “bully” or a “wimp” demwits? You can’t have it both ways, as much as you’d like to think you can.

Sure, American Pravda can have it any way they want to propel their Obamessiah into a second term. Gotta throw everything out there to mess with feeble minds of stupid gullible voters in the desperate hope that something sticks.

hawkeye54 on July 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

You can smell the fear and panic…

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

..I am still on this Diogenes-like quest to find out which HG commenter coined the phrase, “Desperation: smells like prison sex!”

Was it you, 7 PCT?

..ah gots to know!

The War Planner on July 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Flop sweat in the mornin’…

“In a fundraising email sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic strategist James Carville has a serious warning: “We’re gonna have to go through hell and high-water to win this damn thing.” The remedy, according to Carville, is to donate more money to the Democratic group….”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/carville-we-re-gonna-have-go-through-hell-and-high-water-win-damn-thing_6

Because it takes a lot of dough to get dead people & pets to the voting polls

workingclass artist on July 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

You can smell the fear and panic…

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

True that…..and with the current WH occupant, that most surely will lead to some intense weeks ahead of us, as the fear and panic could lead to more drastic acts.

hawkeye54 on July 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Yeah Mitt is so wimpy. He could never pull the trigger on a deal at Bain until his staff forced him into it.

Wigglesworth on July 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

My point was that the Olympics gig is what his campaign pushes and talks about. They’re a bit quieter on the ‘businessman’ and Governor gigs…

verbaluce on July 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Sorta like the Obama campaign is a bit quiet on the “President of the United States” gig…

spinach.chin on July 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Oops, try this link instead

What the Newsweek cover should have looked like

faraway on July 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The only thing that would make that better is if he were wearing elbow and knee protection! I wonder if that was his first time on a bike. He looks like a scared little kid.

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Michelles outfits that cost tens of thousands and she most likely got for free no problem.

But Ann with a $900 top. Why Ann you know some are hungry in America. Right why even the poor in America are fat.

Thankfully the MSM is dying a quick death. The NY times is close to closing even.

We own talk radio and we are doing fine on the internet. Glenn Beck is even starting his own TV online network. We will eventually replace them.

Why I hate that many here make out like this is the last election ever. It simply is not.

The Tea Party is taking over. The Main Stream is dying. GOD is retaking America. Wake up or face the consequences.

Steveangell on July 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Kim Priestap on July 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I posted a link to the video as well on the first page of comments.
A no-brainer for a very effective campaign ad.

Firmworm on July 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Next issue:
Newsweek sets out to prove Obama’s macho-ness by posing him in an Army tank wearing an oversized helmet.

itsnotaboutme on July 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I should be working, but couldn’t pass this up. I don’t know if there are any helmets large enough for him:-)Ego and all of that.
Just the thot of him in a tank, LOL

bluefox on July 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Interesting that the only place I see Newsweek covers these days are on blogs and websites of the right.

crosspatch on July 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

This article and some of the comments reminded me of this:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

bluefox on July 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I thought Newsweek went bankrupt and opted for online only version…so, what’s up with that front cover then.. Or is it their typically lib,edia ‘classy’ swan song before they go online only?

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

He’s an evil cruel heartless despot who will remove freedoms’ from women, attack Iran without diplomacy, and rub the poor to give to the rich!

Oh, and he’s a wimp and too wishy-washy to get anything done.

This is like claiming he’s too Moderate for the Republicans, then switching to “he’s EXTREME right-wing” as soon as the Primary is over.

It’s like the Democrats don’t even WANT anyone to take them seriously.

If I can’t convince myself YOU believe what you’re saying; why would I believe what you’re saying?

gekkobear on July 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

They got to be kidding about the “wimpiness” factor, after months of calling him every name in the book relative to his so called business ruthlessness, heartlessness, the vulture factor, etc…those are not traits that one associates with ‘wimp’….they just said that he is blunt and undiplomatic for telling the Brits what he thought sbout their circus Olympics, again not exactly something a whimp would do…and btw the Olympics, they are so ‘successfull’ and well prepared as Cameron tried to convince us, that they didn’t sell an adequate amount of tickets for the events, another big screw up by the ‘perfectly prepared organizers’, apparently they had to bus in in miilitary and students to to fill the embarrassingly empty seats on the stadium…at least OBambi would have bused in union members :)….it’s really unbelievable how deep the liberal media cognitive dissonance is, and how desperate these people are…I am susrprised how come they didn’t mention how president mom’s jeans projects such force and masculinity and fills a room with testosterone when he is in it :)…..

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

“President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions…”

Will the REAL WIMP please stand up !

TeaPartyNation on July 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM

He’s an evil cruel heartless despot who will remove freedoms’ from women, attack Iran without diplomacy, and rub the poor to give to the rich!

gekkobear on July 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Good heavens, don’t give them any ideas!

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I like this cover better:

https://p.twimg.com/AzElhRICcAAYnKU.jpg

crosspatch on July 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Yes, but when they did that in 1987, Newsweek had millions of readers. These days, you can buy the whole company for a dollar, and they’re looking for ways not to print covers like this because they’re running out of readers and money. This is desperation, on more than one level.

Yep. IOW, “No one paid any attention to our last attack. Hey, let’s call him a wimp!”

No fan of Romney, but this is a little ridiculous.

Oh, and Bush 41 was not a “pretty great president.” More like, he was an adequate placekeeper who had a golden opportunity to have a substantial long-term legacy, and squandered it by surrendering to the Democrats in Congress and giving them the tax hike they so desperately wanted.

tom on July 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Here’s my version, which is every much as valid as Newsweek’s. More so, in fact, if you know about the women in Obama’s life.

http://triangle.johnlocke.org/blog/?p=14969

rivlax on July 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I like this cover better:

https://p.twimg.com/AzElhRICcAAYnKU.jpg

crosspatch on July 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Lool :) that’s pure testosterone, right there, on that bike :)….

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Why even post this, Ed?

1) You just quadrupled the number of people that will see the cover
2) If Newsweek is so irrelevant now, why give them space on your site?

PastorJon on July 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Here’s my version, which is every much as valid as Newsweek’s. More so, in fact, if you know about the women in Obama’s life.

http://triangle.johnlocke.org/blog/?p=14969

rivlax on July 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Nice!

tom daschle concerned on July 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

as opposed to Capt Mom jeans…?

fulhamfc on July 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

He’s an evil cruel heartless despot who will remove freedoms’ from women, attack Iran without diplomacy, and rub the poor to give to the rich!

Oh, and he’s a wimp and too wishy-washy to get anything done.

gekkobear on July 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Upon reading the above, I thot you were describing B.O., LOL

bluefox on July 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The only option is to put Obama and Romney in a cage and let them have an MMA style fight. Somehow I bet Romney would beat the crap out of that homosexual metrosexual.

jeffn21 on July 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Can’t be a wimpy vampire.

He doesn’t have sparkly skin.

mojo on July 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Yes, but when they did that in 1987, Newsweek had millions of readers.  These days, you can buy the whole company for a dollar, and they’re looking for ways not to print covers like this because they’re running out of readers and money.  This is desperation, on more than one level.

Desperation has a unique stench of its own. Newsweek will be gone soon. Bye.

Bmore on July 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM

So to summarize leftist media coverage thus far:

Mild mannered Mormon by night, take-no-prisoners corporate raider by day. Can save the Olympics and run Bain capital at the same time. Look! He’s a wimp! He’s a bully! He’s…SuperMitt!

Mitsouko on July 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

+1!!

Major Nuisance on July 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Real wimps ask to finish their waffle rather than answer moderately hard questions.

Scrappy on July 30, 2012 at 5:34 PM

This is an old commie/left wing trick: claim loudly or prominently (as on a well know publication) the very opposite of what seems to be the case that one fears. The idea is that it will arouse doubts.

Romney’s virility is a threat because it may be too attractive, hence deny it. It’s a disgusting low life tactic that I don’t think really works well nowadays. Romney is actually tough and the the softhearted lefties & the entitlement crowd know it and fear he may take away too much of the government freebies.

Chessplayer on July 30, 2012 at 6:05 PM

This is really rich coming from ‘Newsweak’! How big a ‘wimp factor’ is it when Obama defers taking out Osama Bin Laden because Valerie Jarrett has the finger on the trigger making our dear fearless leader back off three times before allowing him to push the GO button??? Her and not Pannetta???

Bob in VA on July 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Especially after they called him a bully several months ago. Stroke a liberal, find a fraud.

DevilsPrinciple on July 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Newsweak?

Haven’t they gone out of business yet?

JayJay123 on July 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

When can we get an “edit” option?:)

Clink on July 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Please no. This site is cantankerous enough without adding more ‘features’.

slickwillie2001 on July 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

A little doubt now and then is a good thing.

LizardLips on July 31, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Well you could compare testosterone in the two respective families, the Obamas and the Romneys, but that would hardly be fair, would it?

txmomof6 on July 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Well you could compare testosterone in the two respective families, the Obamas and the Romneys, but that would hardly be fair, would it?

txmomof6 on July 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

You could start by comparing the testosterone between Michelle and Barak…..

itsspideyman on July 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Flora Duh on July 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Hah, beat me to it!

eforhan on July 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM

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