Quotes of the day

posted at 9:02 pm on August 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

Mitt Romney has lost each of the last 40 days, each day in its own way. Now his campaign, finally reckoning with a summer of effective fundraising and disastrous messaging, is hoping the waters will recede, and looking for a safe mountaintop on which to land his weathered ark.

Romney’s aides — resigned to the current news cycle until after the Olympics end — said in interviews this week that they see a safe landing: The vice presidential announcement, followed up by the Republican convention, offer Romney a chance to retake control over his own narrative

Other Republicans are split between two conflicting bits of conventional wisdom: That the events of the summer, before swing voters start paying attention, do little to effect the outcome of the race; and that the narratives set in the summer will determine the fall.

***

The complaint in recent weeks, as Romney has remained in a tight race with Barack Obama and lingers slightly behind the president in some key states, is that Romney hasn’t presented voters with a concise, understandable plan to improve the economy. “I think if he came up with something that people thought was a clear plan, one that would actually be executed, that would change this race,” a senior Republican strategist said in an interview Wednesday.

Romney, these critics say, has spent a lot of time criticizing Obama and touting his own resume. All well and good, the critics say, but what is he proposing to make things better?…

[T]here’s something else about the Romney campaign that will likely keep Republicans nervous all the way until Election Day. Romney aides believe strongly that this race will play out like the 1980 campaign, in which President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan for much of the race until Reagan broke through just before the election.

That would fill many Republicans with anxiety and prompt them to offer Romney frantic advice through much of the fall. On Wednesday night, for example, a senior Republican lawmaker noted the Romney campaign’s determination to stick to its long-term plan by asking: “Is it discipline, or is it stupidity?”

***

Romney needs to explain to voters why he’s not Bush 2.0. Republican politics have been off-kilter for several years now because a large segment of the conservative base does not look back fondly on the Bush presidency. The mainstream media’s various narratives about the Tea Party ignore a vastly more significant and powerful motivation than the various bigotries and conspiracy theories typically ascribed to them. The Tea Party feels the GOP under Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” gave up the store to big government…

I don’t believe the Republican party would punish Romney for a policy-heavy “Sister Souljah moment.” I’ve made this argument in front of numerous conservative audiences (and recently in the pages of National Review) with little to no objection. My hunch is that Bush himself would be happy to serve as a punching bag if it would help.

Romney shouldn’t attack Bush personally. Nor should he be strident in his criticisms of Bush policies. (There are substantive defenses of his record to be made.) But Romney is under no obligation to defend runaway spending by either party. Indeed, congressional Republicans admitted that, in the words of Representative Mike Pence, “we lost our way” during the Bush years. They subsequently won back the House in 2010.

***

The problem with the Romney campaign is that it is all sword, no shield. Romney has a fierce line of attack against Barack Obama. He lacks any defense against the Obama campaign’s counter-charges: that his wealth has isolated him from the concerns of working Americans.

Yet he once had such a defense, a defense he spent his term as governor of Massachusetts developing: Romneycare. The governor who achieved America’s first state-wide system of universal health coverage could be accused of a lot of things, but not of indifference to the welfare of everyday working people…

It’s not too late! It’s not a flip-flop for a candidate to overcome the misguided internal opposition of one party faction, and remind the country of his own prior actions on behalf of working Americans. Mitt Romney, the candidate who supposedly cares nothing for the middle class, in fact led the way on health insurance for all. It’s a message that can fit into a 30-second ad and onto a car bumper sticker. But what the campaign does not say, the country won’t know.

***

By now Romney must have noticed that there is no way he can win the communications battle. The deck is stacked against him. But that does not mean he will lose the election. His victory depends on enthusiastic and oversized turnout from the white working class and GOP base. He may recall that Newt Gingrich’s biggest applause lines during the Republican primary debates came whenever the former speaker trained his rhetorical artillery on the press, and criticized self-important television anchors as much as he criticized Obama.

Imagine the delight and excitement that would flood Republican hearts if their nominee—or his running-mate—gave a stem-winder attacking the “tiny, enclosed fraternity of privileged men elected by no one and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by Government,” whose views “do not—and I repeat, do not—represent the views of America.” The press would lose its mind, but Republican enthusiasm would jump 10 points.

Take the cookies away. It’s time for Romney to find his own Spiro Agnew.

***

But I am not at all convinced that, in the end, Obama is actually winning over voters. Above all, the truly undecided are not really paying attention at the moment. They might have been swayed toward Team Obama a little bit, but I doubt they have been locked down. That being said, I do believe that the president has successfully laid the groundwork for his general election strategy, which Greg Sargent ably summarizes here. Basically, it boils down to the idea that, though the state of the union stinks right now, Romney is an uncaring plutocrat who will make it worse for the middle class. These ads have clearly forwarded that agenda.

We should assume that every voter by Election Day will know this argument by heart. However, they will also be able to recite the Romney rejoinder. The positive side of that case will lean heavily on his biography as a businessman, Winter Olympics fixer, and bipartisan governor to argue that he is the right man to repair the economy.

Team Romney, for various reasons, has only begun to make that case, meaning that the real action has yet to begin.

***

Don’t buy the doom and gloom pronouncements from conservatives telling you, “this is the most important election in history.” A loss for Mitt Romney would not necessarily spell long lasting disaster for Republicans, nor would it be the death-knell to conservatism. In fact, it’s possible a 2012 loss could lay the groundwork for a stronger Republican party and conservative movement.

Elections are almost always seen as urgent and morally imperative. But sometimes major victories can only come in the aftermath of what appear to be devastating defeats. John Kerry‘s loss in 2004 laid the groundwork for a Democratic takeover in 2006 and 2008, and Jimmy Carter‘s defeat of Gerald Ford in 1976 paved the way for the Ronald Reagan in 1980. In other words, it is a mistake to assume losing a presidential election is a permanent defeat…

Ultimately, it comes down to this: If one believes (as many do), that the country is hanging by a thread — that Barack Obama is out to destroy democracy — then it is clear he must be defeated. But if one believes that history is unpredictable, that sometimes winning is losing, and that the stable of “rising star” conservatives might need just four more years to fully mature, then the importance of this election becomes a bit less urgent.

It is impossible to know which theory is true. And while most conservatives would advise working hard to elect Mitt Romney, they should not assume that Obama’s re-election, should it happen, would be any more destructive to the cause of conservatism than Bush’s re-election was to the cause of liberalism.


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Release those tax returns!!!!

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Yeah, whatever, Twitter, Facebook, yada yada. I have no time for any of it. I scarcely have time to smack the QOTD crowd about their pointy little heads.

minnesoter on August 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Upper…no need to post now….

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

next step, win.

rob verdi on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

King takes Queen.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

by the way, If Romney did any one thing the “elites: are calling for he would be losing.

rob verdi on August 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Release those tax returns!!!!

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Obama eats dog.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The real question is…will my liver make it to November…?

lovingmyUSA on August 3, 2012 at 9:07 PM

By now Romney must have noticed that there is no way he can win the communications battle. The deck is stacked against him.

Mitt,

Employ the services of a certain great communicator to the base–now. Her name escapes me at the moment, but I’m sure some candidates from, say, Indiana, Texas, Nebraska, and others could hook you up with her pronto.

Don’t be a fool.

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Clint Eastwood just made Mitt Romney’s day.

Not as huge as the Jenna Jameson endorsement, but still…

the new aesthetic on August 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

King takes Queen.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I wouldn’t go so far as to call Queen…
He evolved, you know…
The word does start with “Q”.

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Obama eats dog.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Obama ate my tax returns…

:)

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Romney needs to explain to voters why he’s not Bush 2.0. Republican politics have been off-kilter for several years now because a large segment of the conservative base does not look back fondly on the Bush presidency. The mainstream media’s various narratives about the Tea Party ignore a vastly more significant and powerful motivation than the various bigotries and conspiracy theories typically ascribed to them. The Tea Party feels the GOP under Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” gave up the store to big government…

Lots of Harry Reid adjectives and descriptors in that.

“a very large segment”

“does not look back fondly”

“various narratives”

“a vastly more significant and powerful motivation”

“various bigotries and conspiracy theories”

“typically ascribed to them”

“Tea Party feels…”

……..who wrote that, Anita Dunn?

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Why is there no quotes today about Romney saying that Chick-Fil-A is “not part of his campaign.” Just so we know, only 24% of Republicans support gay marriage: http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/is-the-democratic-partys-gay-marriage-platform-good-politics/americans-still-see-marriage-as-between-a-man-and-woman
Romney has inadvertently reinforced the negative meme that he will take both sides of every issue, and now is seriously dissing a base that had been excited about this issue. Romney should walk his non-committal response to this key question back, pronto.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Foo Fighters – These Days

the new aesthetic on August 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Clint Eastwood just made Mitt Romney’s day.

Not as huge as the Jenna Jameson endorsement, but still…

the new aesthetic on August 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Sun Valley….
Beautiful place…

Good for Clint..

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

“I think if he came up with something that people thought was a clear plan, one that would actually be executed, that would change this race,” a senior Republican strategist said in an interview Wednesday.

Mitt Romney’s Plan For A Stronger Middle Class

Mitt’s plan for a stronger middle class focuses on five points: building energy independence, ensuring Americans have the skills to succeed, opening markets that work for America, cutting the deficit, and championing small businesses.

*sigh*

If I could find that information in like 5 seconds flat, you would think “a senior Republican strategist” could, wouldn’t you?

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Oh, my gosh, written by Jonah Goldberg.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/313043/de-bushing-romney-jonah-goldberg

Romney needs to explain to voters why he’s not Bush 2.0. Republican politics have been off-kilter for several years now because a large segment of the conservative base does not look back fondly on the Bush presidency. The mainstream media’s various narratives about the Tea Party ignore a vastly more significant and powerful motivation than the various bigotries and conspiracy theories typically ascribed to them. The Tea Party feels the GOP under Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” gave up the store to big government…

Lots of Harry Reid adjectives and descriptors in that.

“a very large segment”

“does not look back fondly”

“various narratives”

“a vastly more significant and powerful motivation”

“various bigotries and conspiracy theories”

“typically ascribed to them”

“Tea Party feels…”

……..who wrote that, Anita Dunn?

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I GENERALLY like Goldberg’s written opinions but this isn’t one of them. He sounds as if he’s had one too many glasses of Chablis before he typed that out.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Don’t be a fool.

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

predator!

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

What, no post all day about the Chick Fil A kiss in? Must have been a real bust.

ardenenoch on August 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Maybe because there’s a whole thread on the subject with almost 300 comments.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Mitt Romney has lost each of the last 40 days, each day in its own way. Now his campaign, finally reckoning with a summer of effective fundraising and disastrous messaging, is hoping the waters will recede, and looking for a safe mountaintop on which to land his weathered ark.

Really?
What did I miss?

Mimzey on August 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Good Evening fellow QOTD’ers :-)

This election is urgent! There’s no way around it, it’s do or die.

And per Predators suggestion: Just Do It Mitt!!

Scrumpy on August 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM

If I could find that information in like 5 seconds flat, you would think “a senior Republican strategist” could, wouldn’t you?

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I becoming quite certain many in the party are attempting to imulate the Whigs.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Yeah, the Generality Statements are strong with that one, as with Goldberg’s.

Now I’m hungry for steak again after reading about so many carbohydrates.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I think Mitt has run a good campaign, he’s right to keep his tax returns out of the hands of people who would gladly lie to reelect Obama.

Conservatism wins.

Speakup on August 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Winning, apparently, isn’t “part of his campaign.”

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Romney needs to explain to voters why he’s not Bush 2.0. Republican politics have been off-kilter for several years now because a large segment of the conservative base does not look back fondly on the Bush presidency. The mainstream media’s various narratives about the Tea Party ignore a vastly more significant and powerful motivation than the various bigotries and conspiracy theories typically ascribed to them. The Tea Party feels the GOP under Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” gave up the store to big government…

Obama is Bush 2.0

Dante on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

predator!

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Bmore, my man. How the hell are ya?

Time for Mitt to start kickin’ a$$ and takin’ names.

No?

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

By now Romney must have noticed that there is no way he can win the communications battle. The deck is stacked against him.

I’m finding an increased amount of demand statements such as that one (“vastly increasing,” to use Goldberg’s Chianti-texting) that really want Romney to go ballistic, to just go *explode* verbally, go Howard Dean, go nuts.

Why? Why the urging on of some sort of Ahmadinnerjacket verbal splurge?

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Metallica – The Unforgiven

the new aesthetic on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Mitt,

Employ the services of a certain great communicator to the base–now. Her name escapes me at the moment, but I’m sure some candidates from, say, Indiana, Texas, Nebraska, and others could hook you up with her pronto.

Don’t be a fool.

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM


Could it be this?

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Team Romney, for various reasons, has only begun to make that case, meaning that the real action has yet to begin.

I hope this is true.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

they should not assume that Obama’s re-election, should it happen, would be any more destructive to the cause of conservatism than Bush’s re-election was to the cause of liberalism.

Gold Medal in Idiocy.

VorDaj on August 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

It’s not too late! It’s not a flip-flop for a candidate to overcome the misguided internal opposition of one party faction, and remind the country of his own prior actions on behalf of working Americans. Mitt Romney, the candidate who supposedly cares nothing for the middle class, in fact led the way on health insurance for all. It’s a message that can fit into a 30-second ad and onto a car bumper sticker. But what the campaign does not say, the country

Oh please make our day!

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Creed – My Sacrifice

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

How fun would Clint Eastwood be in Tampa. That old Hollywood racist, you!

Marcus on August 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

And per Predators suggestion: Just Do It Mitt!!

Scrumpy on August 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Yeah man. By land, by air, by sea.

Bring in the political army, the political navy, the political air force. Political shock and awe. If not now, when?

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Heh, where’d that come from?

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Mitt Romney’s Comeback Plan

Come back from what? It’s not like he’s behind. Historically and such. Personally I think it’s been the plan all a long. I satisfied it’s a smart way to play it. Given the circumstances.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

My fellow Conservatives

If you want to get a sense of JUST HOW EVIL Harry Reid is, please read Politico’s analysis of this horrible little man:

http://mobile.politico.com/iphone/story/0812/79365.html

It will make your blood boil.

Nana on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

The “dailycaller’s” Matt K. Lewis is the dumbest frackin man on the planet.

VorDaj on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Could it be this?

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

That seems…familiar. But I don’t want to name names.

Seems to put some folks off.

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

The problem is, so many people can’t get past the color of Obama’s skin. You probably think you know what I’m saying. No, I’m not talking about conservatives. Not even one conservative that I can think of. I’m thinking of liberals, who think criticism of Obama is a comment on his skin color. And I’m thinking of Obama himself, who in his Dreams book, his speech on race, his race-baiting on the campaign trail and even as President, shows how race-obsessed he is too. It’s a very basic flaw in liberals, Obama supporters, and Obama himself. I find it impossible to confront, it is so basic, simple, and deep-seated.

Paul-Cincy on August 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Oh please make our day!

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

And release those returns!!!!!

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Republican primary debates came whenever the former speaker trained his rhetorical artillery on the press, and criticized self-important television anchors as much as he criticized Obama

So Romney should run against the press in the general? With friends like these, who needs enemies.

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

No?

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Yes! Very soon. Strategy.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

My fellow Conservatives

If you want to get a sense of JUST HOW EVIL Harry Reid is, please read Politico’s analysis of this horrible little man:

http://mobile.politico.com/iphone/story/0812/79365.html

It will make your blood boil.

Nana on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Soon now Obama will be way up in the polls Just as soon as honest as the day is long Harry Reid publicly reveals that his multiple sources have told him that Romney won’t release his older tax returns because in those he was using the SSN of a dead guy from Connecticut.and in an older return, paid some taxes on a scholarship he got as a foreign student, and that there are some very questionable items in some of those older Romney returns dealing with shady looking real estate deals in Chicago and Nevada.

VorDaj on August 3, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Pic of the Day: ‘Fess Up, Harry

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/pic-of-day-fess-up-harry.html

M2RB: Twisted Sister

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I becoming quite certain many in the party are attempting to imulate the Whigs.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I’m becoming quite certain many in the party are attempting to emulate inthemiddle.

Now I’m hungry for steak again after reading about so many carbohydrates.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I’m having a chicken caesar salad tonight. Will have a juicy sirloin tomorrow evening.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Heh, where’d that come from?

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Twitter thread. Too bad Electrongod was just a bit quicker this evening. I had a nice line at the ready. I shouldn’t blame Electrogod, I know of his quickness. Plus I’m using the slower iPad thingy. Managed to hit the wrong button on top of all else.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Clint Eastwood just made Mitt Romney’s day.

Not as huge as the Jenna Jameson endorsement, but still…

the new aesthetic on August 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Yup, cause she knows huge. Badda boom.

msupertas on August 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

“The word’s out that he hasn’t paid ANY taxes for 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t.”

– Senator Harry Reid

You lie, you pathetic, little man!
.
.
He paid $3,009,766 in Federal income taxes in 2010.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/romney-2010-tax-return.html

He paid $3,226,623 in Federal income taxes in 2011.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/romney-2011-estimated-1040.html

It’s time to punish this batard.

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I becoming quite certain many in the party are attempting to imulate the Whigs.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I’m becoming quite certain many in the party are attempting to emulate inthemiddle.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Lol!

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:29 PM

My fellow Conservatives

If you want to get a sense of JUST HOW EVIL Harry Reid is, please read Politico’s analysis of this horrible little man:

http://mobile.politico.com/iphone/story/0812/79365.html

It will make your blood boil.

Nana on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

From the article:

“I cannot believe you just went dead dad shame on Mitt Romney,” Stewart said.

Asked how Reid was responding to such criticism, a third person close to Reid shrugged it off entirely.

“It’s impossible to say how little he cares,” the Reid confidante said. “He literally could not care less.”

That’s low!

Paul-Cincy on August 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

And while most conservatives would advise working hard to elect Mitt Romney, they should not assume that Obama’s re-election, should it happen, would be any more destructive to the cause of conservatism than Bush’s re-election was to the cause of liberalism.

This election is not, Matt K. Lewis of the Daily Caller, about what would or would not be destructive to the cause of conservatism. It is about the very destruction or survival of our nation. GTF out of your beltway bubble, you fool, and realize that this country is looking at the abyss, and will be in it if Obama is re-elected.

TXUS on August 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Now I’m hungry for steak again after reading about so many carbohydrates.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Oh that’s right you were cooking steak that night.

I like steak with A1 sauce or Worcestershiresir sauce. Sometime I put both on my well done steak.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Don’t buy the doom and gloom pronouncements from conservatives telling you, “this is the most important election in history.” A loss for Mitt Romney would not necessarily spell long lasting disaster for Republicans, nor would it be the death-knell to conservatism. In fact, it’s possible a 2012 loss could lay the groundwork for a stronger Republican party and conservative movement.

Awww! The final words of consolation. Don’t worry tea partiers, we all thought the USA was going to end as we know it if Bush got a second term. The pain you all are going through will subside.

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

How has Romney had a bad 40 days?

Obowma has spent hundreds of millions in attack ads to destroy Romney in many swing states and is behind Romney by 3 in likely voter polls. Many of these polls are over-sampled by 9 or as high as 11 in democrats over republicans.

dthorny on August 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

The “dailycaller’s” Matt K. Lewis is the dumbest frackin man on the planet.

VorDaj on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I dunno. Hank Johnson is tough to beat. Do you think, if Harry were to invite too many cowboy poets and grow too many pomegranate trees on one side of Guam, that the island would tip over and capsize?

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

It’s time to punish this batard.

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

But he didn’t any taxes before that for ten years…
Lets see…
TurboTax…..Audit Check…[click]

“No problem Mitt…You don’t have to pay any taxes this year.. Now go run for President”

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM

It will make your blood boil.

Nana on August 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I think I’ll skip the Politico story for not. My blood’s still boiling from this.

Liberals Call for Killing of 6 year old Conservative!

Uppereastside must be so proud of his fellow conservative h8ers.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I need in include a “File” in my last post :)

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:33 PM

It’s amazing how stupid our “betters” are.

Vince on August 3, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Byron York: Heeding critics, Mitt sharpens pitch for long run

All I can add to this in addition to what Flora said is. Like Reagan, Romney will win.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:34 PM

How has Romney had a bad 40 days?

Because we said so!–LSM and idiot bloggers everywhere.

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Liberals Call for Killing of 6 year old Conservative!

Uppereastside must be so proud of his fellow conservative h8ers.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM

That’s why Libs luv abortions..

Why take a chance at giving birth to a Conservative…

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Twitter thread. Too bad Electrongod was just a bit quicker this evening. I had a nice line at the ready. I shouldn’t blame Electrogod, I know of his quickness. Plus I’m using the slower iPad thingy. Managed to hit the wrong button on top of all else.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM

You should upgrade to the new iPad if you don’t already have one. It’s much faster than the first and second iPads. Oh don’t forget to jailbreak it. Cydia has a bunch of tweaks that make typing on the iPad faster and better.

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Oh, and the tears will indeed be sweet.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM

But he didn’t any taxes before that for ten years…

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Reid said “he hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years.” Sounds like present tense to me. Sounds like he is including the last 2 years.

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I like steak with A1 sauce or Worcestershiresir sauce. Sometime I put both on my well done steak.
SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Eat more chikin!

gracie on August 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Jimmy Carter‘s defeat of Gerald Ford in 1976 paved the way for the Ronald Reagan in 1980. In other words, it is a mistake to assume losing a presidential election is a permanent defeat…

Jimmy Carter wasn’t re-elected, and didn’t serve another term. Saying this would be more accurate if Carter had been re-elected, paving the way for Ronald Reagan.

We can’t afford four more years of the incompetent, narcissist Marxist currently occupying the Oval office, just as we couldn’t afford four more years of Carter, the other incompetent Marxist who occupied the Oval office.

Seriously, dude…lay off the bath salts.

kakypat on August 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Liberals are the most intolerant, miserable people I have ever met.

All they do is look around for more things to fix not realizing that the things they want to fix were broken by them in the first place.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM

You should upgrade to the new iPad if you don’t already have one. It’s much faster than the first and second iPads. Oh don’t forget to jailbreak it. Cydia has a bunch of tweaks that make typing on the iPad faster and better.

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Faster then a Virginia in heat?

Now that’s fast…

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM

It’s time to punish this batard.

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

and his pan de ajo boss too !

burrata on August 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Reid said “he hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years.” Sounds like present tense to me. Sounds like he is including the last 2 years.

Resist We Much on August 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

If that is so….

[replaying Reid's pathetic rant]

Yep…I concur..

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Now I’m hungry for steak again after reading about so many carbohydrates.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Oh that’s right you were cooking steak that night.

I like steak with A1 sauce or Worcestershiresir sauce. Sometime I put both on my well done steak.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Nope, not cooking steak last night. Stop making stuff up.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Liberals are the most intolerant, miserable people I have ever met.

All they do is look around for more things to fix not realizing that the things they want to fix were broken by them in the first place.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM

^THIS^

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Now I’m hungry for steak again after reading about so many carbohydrates.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

THAT WAS A METAPHOR, d’oh.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:41 PM

UGH that annoying pop up from Town Hall.

I want to read that book but I want to comment on QOTD more.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 9:41 PM

You should upgrade to the new iPad if you don’t already have one. It’s much faster than the first and second iPads. Oh don’t forget to jailbreak it. Cydia has a bunch of tweaks that make typing on the iPad faster and better.

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Thanks for the tech tip. It’s brand spanking new, well the most recent addition to the Apple line at least. You may have misunderstood. I normally am on this. a maxed out one might I add. As with advice on politics, I need very little advice on tech. So there is that.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:41 PM

gracie on August 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Hehe. That’s patriotic.

Actually I had chicken today. I bet A1 sauce would be good on that too. Bread and butter and corn on the cob goes good with chicken; plus cucumber salad when it’s real soggy.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I’m having a chicken caesar salad tonight. Will have a juicy sirloin tomorrow evening.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM

You mentioned chicken. Now certain people are going to rant about Romney. And, uh, chicken. And steak, not to leave that out.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

UGH that annoying pop up from Town Hall.

I want to read that book but I want to comment on QOTD more.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I use Adblock and only get that pop up the first time I come here after a reboot.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

But, enjoy your dinner, tonight, tomorrow. :)

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I use Adblock and only get that pop up the first time I come here after a reboot.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

+10

AdBlock Plus…

You can hear a needle drop with all the quietness on the net.

Electrongod on August 3, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Actually I had chicken today. I bet A1 sauce would be good on that too. Bread and butter and corn on the cob goes good with chicken; plus cucumber salad when it’s real soggy.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:42 PM

My own version of goulash on the menu tonight. Ground chuck, elbow mac, red beans, salsa, spag sauce. Made a huge pot of it, and I’m about to finally get to the bottom.

predator on August 3, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM

How can Huffpo justify this kind of language and threats against a 6 yr old?

I’ve had it…

I am so angry I can’t think straight…

Good night all…

God Bless America…

Scrumpy on August 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I use Adblock and only get that pop up the first time I come here after a reboot.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I think I got adblock to finally work. That pop up was booting me out and not letting me login.

I get the need for ads – I don’t get the need for pop up ads.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

That being said, I do believe that the president has successfully laid the groundwork for his general election strategy, which Greg Sargent ably summarizes here. Basically, it boils down to the idea that, though the state of the union stinks right now, Romney is an uncaring plutocrat who will make it worse for the middle class. These ads have clearly forwarded that agenda.

We should assume that every voter by Election Day will know this argument by heart. However, they will also be able to recite the Romney rejoinder. The positive side of that case will lean heavily on his biography as a businessman, Winter Olympics fixer, and bipartisan governor to argue that he is the right man to repair the economy.

The problem with what Cost has said is that if the Romney campaign does use this rejoinder, they will be answering a moral argument with a managerial rejoinder. That will not work as an effective rebuttal. This is why.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

gracie on August 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Hehe. That’s patriotic.

Actually I had chicken today. I bet A1 sauce would be good on that too. Bread and butter and corn on the cob goes good with chicken; plus cucumber salad when it’s real soggy.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Yes, but does Romney have A1 Sauce or Worcesteshire Sauce on his tax returns for the last ten years?! Isn’t that the REAL ISSUE, I mean, if you’re not a jealous, green-eyed Conservative, isn’t that what matters?

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

No I meant you were cooking steak that night of the famous 14 hour thread.

So when you said you were hungry for steak tonight it reminded me of that night of the 14 hour thread which I heard about later.

Anyway it’s normal to like steak, especially when you have the right sauce.

Some people don’t put anything on it. I drown mine with A1 sauce.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Thanks for the tech tip. It’s brand spanking new, well the most recent addition to the Apple line at least. You may have misunderstood. I normally am on this. a maxed out one might I add. As with advice on politics, I need very little advice on tech. So there is that.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Excuuuuuuse me! :)

Uppereastside on August 3, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I want to enter Mitt’s VP contest for some odd reason. My luck I would win and he would pick Portman.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Some people don’t put anything on it. I drown mine with A1 sauce.

SparkPlug on August 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Me too :)

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I get the need for ads – I don’t get the need for pop up ads.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Popups and those site-toolbar-addons that some sites deploy. Both of them are among the worst design ideas ever.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Scrumpy on August 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Arianna can justify anything if it puts a dollar in her pocketbook.

I understand your anger, I had to step away for a couple of hours after reading that to keep myself from saying something to the idiot liberals here that would probably have gotten me banned.

Goodnight Scrumpy.

Flora Duh on August 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Jonah Goldberg

Apologist nor Fluffer is required for Romney to win. He need only run his campaign. Ripping 0 for being the worst President ever in the history of the Nation should just be icing on the cake.

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM

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