Quotes of the day

posted at 10:06 pm on August 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trying to shift into high gear, but elections experts say his campaign seems to be stuck in second

Given the ailing economy, Romney should be faring much better, political experts say…

Worse, political experts say, is the somber news for Romney that only 45% of those polled by CNN said that the economy would get better if Romney were elected — two percentage points below Obama’s number.

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I could list other gloomy figures for Obama, but they all leave me with one question: So why is Obama still ahead in the polls? And not just in national polls, but also in key states that are needed for an Electoral College victory.

Shouldn’t Romney be wiping the floor with Obama? By the measurements Romney uses again and again in his speeches — prolonged high unemployment, a failed economy and the unpopularity of “Obamacare” — shouldn’t Americans be rallying around Romney by a significant majority by now?

After all, how long can Romney wait to catch fire? The election is only about three months away. True, Romney gets the opportunity to make a stirring convention speech — but so does Obama.

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We are therefore witnessing a well-rehearsed and coordinated and almost balletic exercise in voter suppression, as Obama and his helpers spend hundreds of millions of dollars convincing middle America that Romney is a rich elitist who made a fortune in rapacious finance capitalism, and whose concern for the bottom line trumps transparency, compassion, and community. The objective of this campaign is to tie Romney down, Gulliver-like, with connections to the most lurid aspects of Bain Capital and the global economy, thereby hobbling his ability to make his case and dragooning white voters into apathy.

The chief objective of any candidate is to define himself positively and his opponent negatively. Romney has allowed the Obama team to define him in their terms. He has three opportunities—his vice presidential pick, his convention speech, and his performance in the debates—to seize the initiative and escape the fetters Obama has constructed. Failure to do so would leave this close election to chance. Romney risks John Kerry’s fate…

Mitt Romney did not kill Joe Soptic’s wife, but the Obama campaign is effectively killing Mitt Romney’s reputation. It may be ugly. It may be dishonest. But if it succeeds, like all killings it will be irrevocable.

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The polls suggesting he’s seven or nine points behind are surely wrong, but given that there is only one national poll that shows him ahead, we have to presume Romney is behind. He should presume he’s behind. And given that there’s no good reason whatever for Obama to be leading, one can only presume that Romney’s strategy in July and now in August is not working

So here’s why he should be talking about other things, releasing plans, giving speeches on big topics — because it’s the only way he can control the discussion. If he says the same thing about the economy every single day, he bores. He provides nothing new for anyone to fix on. He has to feed the beast.

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There’s no need for despair — many independent and uncommitted voters have yet to tune into the race, which still holds several influential milestone events (VP pick, conventions, debates, etc). But if these numbers don’t get significantly better within the next six weeks, it’ll be time to worry. The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost argues that this race remains Romney’s to win. But the fact that he’s trailing or (best case) roughly tied at this stage means that his campaign must start making their moves. They need to make a sound running mate selection and nail the roll-out. They need to develop a strategy of countering the relentless tornado of attacks while still driving a meaningful and resonant message. They can’t merely rely on glum economic numbers to win the race; voters have grown accustomed to Obama’s great recession. Americans don’t like it, but they’re not sure if Romney would be any better. The spending geyser that will finally be allowed to legally burst after Romney is nominated will certainly help in this process, but Team Romney cannot allow the status quo to play out up until the convention. The other side is out of ideas, is playing dirty, and is winning. Romney bills himself as an accomplished problem-solver and turnaround artist. His biography bears that out. It’s time for a turnaround, governor.

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When is the last time you heard what someone on the Romney campaign was saying and thought, “Geez, that’s pretty sharp. Smart insight. He/She is a pro.”

I’ve followed the Romney operation pretty closely and only two people I’ve come across inside the campaign really impressed me. One of them was shunted out the door in reasonably short order. The other one wasn’t brought on until fairly recently…

[I]t is pretty striking how a guy whose primary credential is his businessman’s ability to master an organization has surrounded himself with so many folks who seem to be more valued for something other than ability.

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As influential as they are, Limbaugh, Coulter and Erickson don’t set the agenda for Republicans. But their reactions underscore the continued fragility of Romney’s relationship with the conservative world. When Romney hews to a strongly conservative line, he is fine. But when the former Massachusetts governor sends any signal — a poorly worded phrase, a staffer’s mistake — that sounds like something a conservative would not say, some of his critics on the right immediately recoil and say, “See — I knew he wasn’t one of us.”…

[T]he problem hasn’t gone away. And it will likely flare up again in the future, when Romney messes up the answer to a question or one of his aides mangles an appearance on television.

The worries expressed by Limbaugh, Coulter and Erickson aren’t nit-picking. They are concerns about the very nature of Mitt Romney and the people he has chosen to run his campaign. Maybe those concerns are mistaken or misdirected. But Limbaugh is right: At this moment, deep down, Republicans and conservatives are not united, not under Mitt Romney or anyone else.

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A senior Romney advisor brushed off recent polls numbers that show Mitt Romney dragging behind President Obama, reminding reporters here today, “It’s the middle of the summer.”

“There have been three polls over the last 36 hours showing us down from anywhere from 6 to 9 points or so,” said the staffer, who declined to go on the record, during a briefing at campaign headquarters.

“Guys, it’s the middle of summer. It’s the doldrums. It’s the middle of the Olympics,” the advisor said. “There’s not been any national news, anything that would push these numbers from minus three to minus nine points. That’s a huge shift. You have to have some kind of precipitating event to move numbers like that.”

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[C]oncern is one thing for Mr. Romney; panic would be another, and it is not yet warranted. If Mr. Obama is really ahead by somewhere in the mid-single digits, we should be seeing more confirmation of that in the coming days. More likely, this remains a two or three point race instead.

The recent national polls aside, the numbers in this race have been exceptionally stable. That’s actually a bad sign for Mr. Romney: the harder the numbers are to move, the more robust a small lead is. But it’s still a small lead, and the conventions, the debates, and Mr. Romney’s vice presidential selection all lie ahead.

When should Mr. Romney really get worried? There are only a few days between the Republican and Democratic conventions this year, but candidates typically get a bounce after they hold their party conventions, and Republicans will hold theirs first. It’s usually a high-water mark for the opposition-party candidate, and if Mr. Romney does not at least pull into a tie with Mr. Obama during polls conducted during that interim period — and preferably, poll ahead of Mr. Obama by a couple of points — it might be time for him to hit the panic button.

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Republicans, especially in the pundit and strategist class, need to take a deep breath. Yes, Mitt Romney has been behind in most of the polls, both in the nation as a whole and in swing states. Yes, there is some evidence that the brutal and unscrupulous ad campaign by the Democrats is hurting his numbers. Yes, the press has been emphasizing his gaffes and alleged gaffes.

And yes, the air is now thick with advice about how Romney needs to reboot his campaign. Some of that advice is even coming from people who wish the campaign well. Many conservatives are urging Romney to make a bold running-mate pick to shake up the race. Others say he needs to offer more policy detail.

Many of the suggestions for veeps and policies are good ones, but Romney shouldn’t take any of them out of panic. The race remains tight, and Obama is below 50 percent both nationally and in the swing states. Romney is running a competent campaign that raises funds effectively, develops its messages and mostly stays on them, and can be trusted to execute its strategies well.

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“I might be the skunk at the picnic, but I’m going to say it and I’m going to say it clearly,” Ingraham said, “Romney is losing.”

Ingraham went on to note how there have been decisive conservative victories in purple and blue states like Wisconsin, New Jersey and Virginia over the last three years, it is clear that Romney is failing to make the conservative arguments that led to victories in these states.

“If the election were held today, Mitt Romney would lose,” said Ingraham.

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Seems appropo

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 2:56 AM

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Yes… it was great, too, by the way. I’m sorry your computer is nailing you. I know how that can be. I just bought a new one and got it Monday. My last one finally developed dementia. Still loading stuff on this one. Feels like it takes forever to get it set up with all the software.. and I have to run checks before I can trust it with my work. Seems to be working well, though. You never know with these things! :)

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 2:59 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Nope. Not even close… but good. Rock?? Ann Wilson, hell Nancy Wilson. Grace Slick..

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 3:00 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Sister Morphine

novaculus on August 11, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Wow. That was impressive. Never heard of Marianne Faithfull. What a talent.

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:01 AM

novaculus on August 11, 2012 at 2:56 AM

I hadn’t heard any Marianne Faithful in a long time. When I hear her name, I think of Anita Pallenberg, too.

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:05 AM

How about this gal, Sparkie?

Unchained Melody

It’s not what you think!

novaculus on August 11, 2012 at 3:06 AM

You guys seen this?

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 3:08 AM

May God Bless Mitt and Ryan and may they eviscerate Obama and his lying band of miscreants that have so willfully spewed their noxious vomit all over the Constitution.

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:09 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:05 AM

WOW! Ap must feel pretty sure of their source to run with the story ahead of the announcement. I like Ryan. If its true…

ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:10 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Well said. HERE! HERE! *CLINK*

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:11 AM

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Yeah, that’s a nice cover.

novaculus on August 11, 2012 at 3:12 AM

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Excellent! Bookmarked it! :)

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:12 AM

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Its on Drudge too. I would be shocked if it wasn’t Ryan at this point.

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Hope the obamanation doesn’t eat Boo

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 3:13 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Good tune..:)

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Brutal fight to get back on. Gonna say good night and leave you with this. Night Jackie!

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 3:23 AM

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Goodnight, Ken, it was great sharing tunes with you. Sleep well. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:24 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 2:34 AM

They also had another very good tune that was controversial I think!..:)

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 3:24 AM

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Good one. Obama understood none of it. Barry is thinking about how he will endure another night sleeping with a scary ghoul.

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:28 AM

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Great link, Jackie. Bookmarked. I’m going to use that.

I’m gong to sign off too. But here is one more:

Spindrifter

novaculus on August 11, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Good night Jackie.

KCB on August 11, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Paul Ryan

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 3:30 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:28 AM

LOL! yes…. between her and Jarret he has the twin harpies from hell on his back for the rest of his life! It couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow!

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:31 AM

Betcha no one has ever heard this tune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSZof1fxJps

BT featuring Tori Amos – Blue Skies (Radio Edit)

Give it some time, it builds momentum.

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:31 AM

novaculus on August 11, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Excellent tune, Nova, as always! Goodnight, my friend. Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I’ve got to bid you all goodnight. My phone has gone berserk! It was a real pleasure! See you soon!

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:35 AM

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:28 AM

LOL! yes…. between her and Jarret he has the twin harpies from hell on his back for the rest of his life! It couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow!

thatsafactjack on August 11, 2012 at 3:31 AM

LOL. Yep they are classed with twin Janets; Reno and Napolitano. Jeebus that’s some nasty lookin’ swamp specimens.

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 3:30 AM

As far as was I was expecting Ryan is this..:)

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 3:37 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi52HjJbwVQ

U2 – Magnificent

I listened to this song over and over for about 8 hrs straight. And I still wasn’t tired of it. Its the riff by the Edge that gets me.

SparkPlug on August 11, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Greetings. When I get home from work & Mass I’m going to have been up for 35 hours, Yea me-but I’m just so rev’d for the announcement.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I’m having a spot of trouble with HA not loading and then not taking comments…Anyone else?

Gohawgs on August 11, 2012 at 4:08 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 4:21 AM

I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Generation X? HELL YEAH!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 4:26 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 4:26 AM

Thumbs up!..:)

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Its official, Paul Ryan…………..

angrymike on August 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM

VP app confirms Ryan. There, I spammed the relevant threads and my hubby isn’t snoring in my ear. Night.

Sekhmet on August 11, 2012 at 8:01 AM

WaitWUT?

aquaviva on August 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I think the nature of the Obama cult/presidency is such that you will not see people commit to Romeny any quicker than they switched to Reagan. It will take a date on the calendar to make these people either quit pretending they are undecided or face the reality they signed up for 4 more years of Obama. Right now you can bluster about Romeny this or that and avoid thinking about Obama for many squishy voters and that will remain I predict until you have to go to a voting booth and pull the lever for Obama. I think there will be a big surprise on election day how many of these people were never serious about voting for Obama and held their firing of him till that absolutely had to do it.

Conan on August 11, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Yea, yea, yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11Go Mitt and Paul. Gosh, what a combo. I hope all the ultra right whiners are now happy or will they still fill the threads with self-defeating negative comments. Life is a compromise and we are all in the same boat so will you all now support Mitt? (have to push the leftards in the drink tho)

AReadyRepub on August 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

“I might be the skunk at the picnic, but I’m going to say it and I’m going to say it clearly,” Ingraham said, “Romney is losing.”

Predicted.

Let’s just hope the Romney staffers don’t start attacking Ryan the way they did Sarah Palin during the 2008 election. If they do so again we will definitely get 4 more years of 0bama.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

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