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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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

“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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Whoa…
Nothin’ above me but QOTD..
:)

Electrongod on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

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

He’s a humble guy, humble and competent. He needs to get the word out.

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

First…I guess

Electrongod on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Geed evening.

KCB on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

AP, you devilish genius. A whole day of threads to bring all the 0bama supports and ABR’s (but I repeat myself) out.

You sit in your La-zy Boy with your cat and laugh maniacally.

I salute you Blofeld.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

KCB on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Dyslexic typo.

KCB on August 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Maybe the strategy is to just let 0 spend and talk himself into defeat. Otherwise, I got nothing. Stalled?

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

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

Bring a machete to the knife fight, Mitt.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

UGH.

I long for a positive Romney post.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Mitt, just ACT like you want it.
Come on. The fate of a nation rests in the balance. Destroy this thug like you went after your GOP rivals.
Damnit, man. Destroy him. That’s all people want to see.

On another note, we get several polling calls a week. Don’t have time to respond. Wonder how skewed the polls are because people like me are too busy to sit around answering stupid questions.

freedomfirst on August 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

People need to remember, Romney is running against Obama and the MSM. Just look at CNN.com to see the bias.

Zaggs on August 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I long for a positive Romney post.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Me too gg. I understand he is a gentleman but maybe, just maybe his surrogates could play on the same battlefield that Obama’s do.

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

UGH.

I long for a positive Romney post.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

:)

MontanaMmmm on August 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Now that we’ve heard from all the pundits who have never even worked in a presidential campaign, how about we take a look at what one who ran (and won) 2 presidential campaigns has to say, shall we?

Rove: For Romney, Even Means Ahead.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

He’s not crushing Obama cause the polls are skewed

natch

Slade73 on August 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Maybe the strategy is to just let 0 spend and talk himself into defeat. Otherwise, I got nothing. Stalled?

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I agree. Stalled. Hopefully not out of gas.

bettycooper on August 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

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.

This!

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Romney isn’t just fighting obama…he is fighting the media and his own parties reaction to the media. the media controls the narrative. Everything after that is portrayed as a negative. It is very hard with a president that is being protected to find a narrative. Most people don’t take the extra mile to find out the truth. We can disagree with Romney, but the leadership has to step up at every turn and support him. He is fighting against a lot of people so he needs all republicans to step up. It is a good thing that we have differences unlike the dems…not bad. We aren’t drones who follow blindly, but we all have a goal that needs protected.

tomas on August 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Everything in this topic was to be expected. At least I expected it.

What conservatives are interested in is getting Romney up to the task of running as a Republican Candidate for POTUS. I wonder if Romney could care less…

DannoJyd on August 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Me too gg. I understand he is a gentleman but maybe, just maybe his surrogates could play on the same battlefield that Obama’s do.

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I also think our pundits are some of the most depressing pessimistic people in the world. It’s like they don’t know how to be positive.

Here’s hoping Mitt picks a great attack dog as VP.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I’m not happy with the Romney campaign now either, but I wouldn’t start my criticism by citing two bullsh!t polls like Ingraham does.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Romney loses the election even before the convemtion? It’s now the conventional wisdom, so the low info independents will just either stay home or vote for the one they perceive as the inevitable winner, i.e. Obama.

RedRedRice on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Maybe it’s because not all the kids are back in school yet. Certainly that’s got to be it.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

:)

MontanaMmmm on August 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Hello my friend – I hope you are feeling better tonight.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Mitt needs to call Wassila. (no, not veep) Sununu east of the Mississipi, mama bear west.

wolly4321 on August 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

So we’re throwing in the towel because the media tells us Obama is winning? Really? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?.. I rest my case…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

As influential as they are, Limbaugh, Coulter and Erickson don’t set the agenda for Republicans.

What? Coulter has about 1/100 the influence of Limbaugh, and hardly anyone has even heard of Erickson.

VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Whoa…
Nothin’ above me but QOTD..
:)

Electrongod on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

..wow! Way to go, E. G.

It’s good to be the king!

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I’ll do it again, but I don’t want to vote for “McCain” this time too.

I hope this campaign has some teeth. If Mitt wants to keep the high ground, then his surrogates better start getting into the mud!

freedomfirst on August 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

“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.”

This here bears repeating.

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The Podhoretz column today was right on the money. If Romney goes big on policy and ideas he starts controlling the discussion.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I also think our pundits are some of the most depressing pessimistic people in the world. It’s like they don’t know how to be positive.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Those capitalists are in it to drive traffic. I would like to see the stats for today, and the last few Fridays. I would think this has reached Palin territory.

Some of the ABR’s have burned so many bridges they will have no choice but to vote against Romney come November.

It must be heck to be that frothing at the mouth nutball to work in tandem with 0bama.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

It’s good to be the king!

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

But what about page two?
:)

Electrongod on August 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I am tired of seeing and hearing the same old schtick…

And it’s right, he says one teensy thing out of place and poor ol’ Romney gets jumped on.

Maybe he deserves it maybe not, just get the lead out already for petes sake ‘k Romney!

Have at it folks, I got nothing new to say!

Good Evening and Good Night!!

God Bless!!

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Does the media ever cover any republican ideas…no

tomas on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Oh, oh, oh, I’ve got it! It’s the old good cop, bad cop routine he’s waiting on. Waiting to pick the bad cop?

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

… the somber news for Romney that only 45% of those polled by CNN …

Somber? Seriously?

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Pundits make their living running their mouths..that is what they do.

And I never did think it would be easy to beat Obama…people look at the economy, see it sucks and seem to think he should be toast.

Well, maybe he will be..but he has a floor of about 46% that will vote for him no matter what. They could care less about the economy, or the debt, or the future or anything else…they will vote for the guy with the D behind his name.

That means we have a relatively small number of people we can really reach. I think Romney can still pull this out. The media will never be his friend, people who are supposed to be on the same side he is on will still stab him in the back..but I do think that in the end, Obama will lose, because a lot of people are sick and tired of him and his cronies.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

The Podhoretz column today was right on the money. If Romney goes big on policy and ideas he starts controlling the discussion.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I think he needs to do ads where he talks directly to the camera and brings up an issue per ad. Like he can say “taxes” – these are the lies – here is the truth.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

People need to remember, Romney is running against Obama and the MSM. Just look at CNN.com to see the bias.

Zaggs on August 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

But they won’t — they want the election over now because in today’s world instant gratification takes too long.

As I wrote in a previous thread — the battle against the MSM, which is for all intents & purposes, the PR wing of TeamObama, means that Romney is going to have to put win this election in the debates, just like Reagan did in 1980 (and the MSM was calling Reagan a radical, insane old man and Carter was polling ahead all the way up until the debates when Reagan was able to show the public that he wasn’t the boogeyman the MSM said he was — not the same as calling him a murder & a tax cheat, but times have changed).

And yes, I realize that Romney is “no Reagan,” but as I also wrote: Obama sure as heck ain’t no Carter! Unless they start allowing telepromters at the debates, Romney should be able to take out the SCoaMF.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I will be more concerned if he’s still behind come October.

SouthernGent on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

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

Not might lose. Not would probably lose. But would lose. Ras is probably the most solid poll nowadays and it has Romney up by 4. Gallup has it a tie. What is this woman drinking? Whatever it is, she should stop.

VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

The closer to the convention he waits, the more likely that scenario.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

So much concern over Romney…

So little concern for one self’s interests…

Upper to post shortly..

Electrongod on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I also think our pundits are some of the most depressing pessimistic people in the world. It’s like they don’t know how to be positive.

Here’s hoping Mitt picks a great attack dog as VP.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

AllahPundit — Norman Vincent Peale he ain’t.

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Until Romney is confirmed at the GOP convention as the official nominee he cannot take this fight to Obama.

After he is the official nominee, he will have access to the GOP General Election Funds, and he will have named his VP choice and filled out the ticket. Then he and his VP choice can take this battle to Obama and force him to defend his abysmal record.

Romney will also begin to lay out his own plan for the nation at that time, and his surrogates will begin the process of getting the general electorate acquainted with Romney and his VP choice.

September will serve as the prelude to October and the debates. Then, in October, expect the fireworks.

Its the last six weeks of the campaign that will see the real action of this campaign. The polls will become increasingly more accurate during that period, but its also necessary to consider other elements than the polls, most importantly the economic numbers.

I think that the prolonged and exhausting GOP primary is part of the reason that we’re irritated at the pacing of this election.

We’re very close, now. The action will begin soon enough.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I guess it is hard to explain why anyone would still vote for Obama…I mean he is about as opposite of what he portrayed as anyone I can remember. I actually, like that a fair amount of people don’t like romney. I think that is healthy.

tomas on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I’m not happy with the Romney campaign now either, but I wouldn’t start my criticism by citing two bullsh!t polls like Ingraham does.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Yeah, she nearly lost me there. If she believes those polls(along with the RCP averages which are largely based on them), then of course she thinks Romney is doomed.

Now I do agree that they need to kick it into high gear. I understand Romney can’t spend that campaign cash before he’s officially the nominee, but there’s no excuse for him to just sit there and take the crap that’s been coming his way. Be ubiquitous. Get out there. Stop relying on Andrea Saul or other surrogates. And reach out to conservative media. All of them, not just Hannity.

And for God’s sake, announce the VP pick already! Who gives a damn if the convention is over 2 weeks away? Get some momentum going. Dominate the headlines with positive news instead of the latest smear from the Democrats and Obama. I disagree with Ingraham that going into the convention trailing in some of the polls would be disastrous. But at the same time, don’t just sit there twiddling your thumbs for 2 more weeks hoping your unfavorables don’t go up anymore than they already have.

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I think that the prolonged and exhausting GOP primary is part of the reason that we’re irritated at the pacing of this election.

We’re very close, now. The action will begin soon enough.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Thank you… This…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I also think our pundits are some of the most depressing pessimistic people in the world. It’s like they don’t know how to be positive.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

That is so true…They complain about the media, but they live and die by it..if CNN has a bad poll,they all act like they want to jump off a cliff or something..

Meanwhile, they overlook the more positive signs for victory in November.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I’m a very optimistic happy person but I find myself getting more and more agitated at the constant negative comments over and over and over again. I’m not saying put our heads in the sand and I’m the first person to say Romney needs to step it up but man it is so tiring every day.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Upper to post shortly..

Electrongod on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Only to take a victory lap. She gets her rear handed to her every time. Its the ABR’s she is praying to now to save her, and her savior.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Mitt definitely needs to go on the attack. Given his behavior in the primaries, we know that his campaign is capable of doing so. Also, right now is the time that the polls are designed to shape opinion and not measure it. The pollsters pretty much all want Obama to win, therefore, Obama is ahead, has a comfortable lead, and Romney has no chance. Not really true, but they are trying to make that so.

If people re-elect Jugears, the Republic is doomed, there is no doubt of that; even with a Republican Congress, Jugears will use executive orders, violate the Constitution, and given the leadership of Benedict Roberts, there will be no recourse through the courts. I’ve got to believe that people see that and know it.

AZfederalist on August 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

That is so true…They complain about the media, but they live and die by it..if CNN has a bad poll,they all act like they want to jump off a cliff or something..

Meanwhile, they overlook the more positive signs for victory in November.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

That is exactly it. I swear they just wait for bad news so they can start the drama.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Rush is right. Ideology wins. It’s all barky talks about. Albeit marxist ideology. Mitt needs to go idealogical. Conservatism will win the day.

wolly4321 on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I long for a positive Romney post.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Me too gg. I understand he is a gentleman but maybe, just maybe his surrogates could play on the same battlefield that Obama’s do.

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM


..someone threw this out today and it’s worth digesting.

Semi-confirmed.

I have this sneaking hunch — reading all of the tea (party) leaves that there’s a lot going on under the hood, GiGi and Arnold.

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Hello my friend – I hope you are feeling better tonight.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

If I was this QOTD didn’t help. Not trying to bury my head in the sand, but I can only take so much before I look at my kids and start to cry, so I’m laying off, I think for awhile. QOTD was the only time that we could take a break from it for a bit of chit chat to get our minds off of it, lately as you noticed… not so much.
I just came tonight to give you a smile:)

I saw the Gov of NJ speak in Missoula today, kind of a yawner, I only went to help raise $ for the GOP Governor candidate.

Thanks again for understanding last night.
later dudes and dudettes.

MontanaMmmm on August 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

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.

A. There’s a lot of ignorant people out there that will believe anything.
B. Nobody is gonna care if Mitt Romney is Ted Bundy’s half brother when the economy continues to go into the crapper, their houses are underwater or being foreclosed on.
C. Mitt needs a switchblade and a rocket launcher.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I’m not really worried yet but I have to admit that I hope the “staff” and spokes children we have seen so far are just summer interns. We need professionals.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

This must be ABR day, since Allah keeps feeding them.

wargamer6 on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

See now that is what I was talking about :)

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

It’s not over until the fat lady picks the VP. If he picks Ryan or Jindal we have a shot. If he picks TPaw or Portman then there isn’t enough Viagra on planet Earth to get people excited about this election.

NickDeringer on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

AllahPundit — Norman Vincent Peale he ain’t.

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

More like Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
/flock

bettycooper on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Then take a break, most everyone else is. Heck, when things cool off here, I have some playdates at a special range lined up. Its been a while since I did anything like that. Next Saturday is the first of those playdates. MKA1919 and Slidefire, here I come.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Thanks again for understanding last night.
later dudes and dudettes.

MontanaMmmm on August 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Good night!

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

And for God’s sake, announce the VP pick already! Who gives a damn if the convention is over 2 weeks away? Get some momentum going. Dominate the headlines with positive news instead of the latest smear from the Democrats and Obama. I disagree with Ingraham that going into the convention trailing in some of the polls would be disastrous. But at the same time, don’t just sit there twiddling your thumbs for 2 more weeks hoping your unfavorables don’t go up anymore than they already have.

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I honestly do not think they are twiddling their thumbs..I think there is a lot going on that we do not see.

For instance, you say dominate the headlines with positive news…well, Romney does not write the headlines,that is the media’s job and apparently they are in no mood to write positive headlines for Mitt Romney.He can do a great interview with someone..go do a rally or a fund raiser, but they only cover what they damn well want to cover.

I think that once we get to the convention, then they will have no choice but to give more coverage to Romney and thanks to the setting it will not be negative.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

It’s August and the pundits are bored. The polls are meaningless. McCain/Palin were safely ahead until late September. Carter was 17 points ahead of Reagan. Put a sock in it already.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

if the Tea Party wasn’t so racist, and the congress weren’t obstructionist terrorists, and Mitt wasn’t Bush 2.0 drinking Slurpees and asking for the keys back…

Slade73 on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Rush is right. Ideology wins. It’s all barky talks about. Albeit marxist ideology. Mitt needs to go idealogical. Conservatism will win the day.

wolly4321 on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Yep. The problem is that Mitt is a manager, not a thinker. I fear we will never get the ideological confrontation that we need at this time unless Romney is dragged kicking and screaming into it.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

B. Nobody is gonna care if Mitt Romney is Ted Bundy’s half brother when the economy continues to go into the crapper, their houses are underwater or being foreclosed on.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

It doesn’t follow that Mitt Romney can fix anything. Romney has to make the positive case that he can make things better for the average voter whose support he wants.

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Then take a break, most everyone else is. Heck, when things cool off here, I have some playdates at a special range lined up. Its been a while since I did anything like that. Next Saturday is the first of those playdates. MKA1919 and Slidefire, here I come.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Vacation in a couple of weeks. No internet, no politics – just a very happy Gophergirl living in complete ignorance for a week.

I have to admit your playdate sounds super fun.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

That is so true…They complain about the media, but they live and die by it..if CNN has a bad poll,they all act like they want to jump off a cliff or something..

Meanwhile, they overlook the more positive signs for victory in November.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

That is exactly it. I swear they just wait for bad news so they can start the drama.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

They want the drama so that we will tune in and get their advice, and their nuggets of wisdom..truth is many of them do not care all that much who wins, they will have a job no matter what. Too bad the rest of us can not say that.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I don’t think it’s a question of whether Mitt wants to win. I’m of the view the Republicans don’t think he can, so they’re all but conceding defeat with lackluster support, willing to settle for taking Congress. And even that effort doesn’t seem to pack much punch.

Liam on August 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

On a more positive not Gallup today said Obamas approval rating dropped to 43% and Rasmussen says Romney leads Obama 47/43…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Beast of Burden

How about a tune from Romney to the Democrats?

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

B. Nobody is gonna care if Mitt Romney is Ted Bundy’s half brother when the economy continues to go into the crapper, their houses are underwater or being foreclosed on.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

It doesn’t follow that Mitt Romney can fix anything. Romney has to make the positive case that he can make things better for the average voter whose support he wants.

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

That’s where the switchblade and the rocket launcher come into play.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

On a more positive not

“Note.”. hope that wasn’t Freudian…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

That’s where the switchblade and the rocket launcher come into play.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Thats making the case that Obama isn’t the right choice. He has to do that as well, but Romney must also present the case for why he is the better choice.

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

It’s August and the pundits are bored. The polls are meaningless. McCain/Palin were safely ahead until late September. Carter was 17 points ahead of Reagan. Put a sock in it already.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Mitt doesn’t want to peak yet. I get that from sununu’s interview with Laura. I think we have to remember, Romney is not the nominee yet. The convention kicks off in 2 weeks. Obama has spent his ass off and in Gallup and ras Romney is either tied or ahead.

If I was a incumbent and theolls are showing that I’m on thin. Ice as a candidate I am licking my chops and having patience to get my money and start hammering. Ryan as a vp does concern me but I think it puts wis in the Romney side

Conservative4ev on August 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Rush is right. Ideology wins. It’s all barky talks about. Albeit marxist ideology. Mitt needs to go ideological. Conservatism will win the day.

wolly4321 on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I don’t get the ideology/policies distinction people are making recently. Romney talks a lot about the danger of the national debt … that’s an ideological issue, isn’t it? He talks about how business and energy production are both strangled. He talks about cutting government. I have trouble distinguishing between an ideological argument and a political one.

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM

What is this woman drinking? Whatever it is, she should stop.

VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Laura set herself up for a big hit when she came out FOR raising the debt ceiling last Spring (I guess she agreed with Boehner & Co. that the dims were “winning the debate” on the matter). She lost a good chunk of her listenership for that, and now she’s wanting to show her toughness re a dumbass remark made by a Romney spokesman.

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

That’s where the switchblade and the rocket launcher come into play.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Thats making the case that Obama isn’t the right choice. He has to do that as well, but Romney must also present the case for why he is the better choice.

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

That Honey Boo Boo is a better choice than Obama.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

TIME IS ON MY SIDE

Or how about this?

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Maybe Mitt is like the Dr Jeckle, Mr. Hyde duo. Certainly Mr. Hyde will come out to play soon. Or maybe Mitt is like Jack the Ripper, suspected of being a Dr. Also wasn’t he? Good hands and of course we all liked the, These Hands spots. Maybe that’s it. Hopefully his team isn’t just waiting for someone else to build it. Right? They wouldn’t have bought into that toxic rhetoric. Right? Team Romney you getting any of this? Get that train back on the tracks, we are ready to board.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Barack has been hitting Romney hard for weeks and weeks with his sleazy ads, in an effort to “define” Romney as, what, a rich guy? But the effect of it all has been to re-define barack as a vicious, dishonest hack. THAT is the barack Romney will be campaigning against this fall — a man horribly diminshed by his own actions. Romney’s sitting in a great place right now, preparing to unleash his final attack on the incredible shrinking barack.

Rational Thought on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

They’re all using 2008 split for the polls. Anyone really think the split is the same or better for Dems this time around? Seriously? I looked at the split for Michigan. We’re talking Michigan here. If the split is like 2010, Obama will have a rough time in frickin’ Michigan. I personally don’t see it happening. But the numbers are there. If enough white women shift sides and more white men vote, Obama is toast. It’s not that many either. And we all know Obama is taking with white people. Even minorities are moving away from him.

MrX on August 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

That Honey Boo Boo is a better choice than Obama.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I don’t understand what that means? Honey Badger?

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Romney has allowed the Obama team to define him in their terms.

Complete predictable, totally avoidable and utterly unforgiveable.

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

See now that is what I was talking about :)

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

GiGi, Terrye, et al. You’re probably suffering from burn-out. Cozmo gave you good advice: let off stream and take a break. Take a deep breath, relax, enjoy your mate and family and friends and a long neck or two.

But just don’t get stampeded and disregard the Eeyores. If you take a look at the tea leaves (the stuff that’s under the covers and not for public consumption) you will see that there’s something going on and it ain’t necessarily good for The Pantload.

Romney was a successful executive exec at Bain and risked his investors’ capital to turn companies around and make profits. He was good at that and saved a lot of businesses — more than they lost. He rescued the Olympics from certain failure. He is a problem solver.

He is now ricking his fundraising capital to win the election. Why would he chuck it all? He wants to win. Otherwise why would he engage in this exercise?

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I’m not saying put our heads in the sand and I’m the first person to say Romney needs to step it up but man it is so tiring every day.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

lol, had not read this comment and we used almost the same exact wording.
I’m with Scrumpy, nite all.

MontanaMmmm on August 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Tell It Like It Is

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Barack Obama here. Listen up all you wingnuts and teabaggers, the brilliant and lovely Laura Ingraham is absolutely right. You might as well just give up right now and save yourselves any further frustration. My grand plan is working even better than I thought with so many of you fighting amongst yourselves and fighting your own nominee. Of course, many of you are now compelled to fight against him after I proved he is a murderer. Soon now both Harry Reid and I will revel the names of thousand of other people he has murdered. Those of you who are still bitter clingers should just face the new reality. America is dying. I am the reason. America is what is wrong with the world. You have to suffer. I can not believe you ever even thought I was an American. No, I am not. I am a world citizen. Borders are illegal in my eyes, which are the only ones that matter. Plus, you stole this land anyway and built it on the backs of Black men like me. You will not have your guns when I am done with you. You won’t have your Bibles either. You won’t even have a nation. I have not even begun to transform you. You will change. I will make you. Feel free to vote for me or just stay home. I hate you. I hate your children. I hate your parents for having you. See you in November–suckers–losers. I am Barack Obama and I will have at least four more years. More likely about 40 more years.

RasThavas on August 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM

As Romney can’t use all the funds he will have at his disposal until he is officially made the nominee, it’s makes sense he’s holding back.

The other consideration is that Obama is throwing every dumb idea out there and spending money on them. And the MSM is actually criticizing a lot of it because it’s just so over the top stupid. Anderson Cooper of all people criticized a Democratic operative for playing the war on women card. Reid is getting no traction anywhere with his stupid. The steelworker thing is being ripped to shreds. For Romney to respond to any of those just wastes his time and money.

Obama’s goal is to try to break Romney by forcing him to spend time and money on a lot of stupid crap. Romney is wise to sit back, see what actually sticks and THEN respond.

It was very tempting in my divorce proceedings to respond to every dumb thing said, but I had a good lawyer and knew better. While she was up there wasting time and effort saying a lot of idiotic things, I could sort out what was really import and focus all the time I had on the things the judge actually cared about.

Romney is playing the long game. I don’t expect him to go full tilt until September when he is officially nominated, has his VP, access to every penny, and Obama has laid out all his cards.

Obama is being the idiot here who doesn’t think things through before acting.

kalvinb on August 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM

On a more positive not Gallup today said Obamas approval rating dropped to 43% and Rasmussen says Romney leads Obama 47/43…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

But, but, the election is over! /s

Look, I keep saying it: not one of these pundits have ever worked a presidential election (some have worked for a sitting POTUS, but that is very different) with the exception of Beckel, who ran Mondale’s miserable campaign, and Rove, who not only ran (and won) a presidential campaign, he did it twice. And Rove’s not panicking. I linked to his article earlier in the thread, but I’ll do it again because it bears repeating: For Romney, Even Means Ahead.
The eeyores & ABRs can say whatever they want. I’ll take my cues from Rove (again: the guy who ran & won 2 presidential elections).

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

where’s the F&F ads? the Solyndra ads exposing O’s crony capitalism?

*Did Obama kill 300 Mexicans? If not what is he hiding?* is more legit than any of the Dem narratives.

Slade73 on August 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

..hey! Anyone sees Angry Mike, tell him I am looking for him. (It’s a good thing.)

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I guess after an entire day of Romney bashing the ABR’s decided to lay off on one. Good for them.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Mitt Romney is leading by 4 in the only honest poll and the enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats is hugely in our favor, but none of that will stop the usual collection of dullards from wetting their pants.

They are literally too stupid to look at the internals of polls that grossly oversample Democrats. These push polls are working because Republican pundits are so clueless.

Democrats know how to play politics, Republicans don’t have a clue.

Basilsbest on August 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

This is a great example of why the incumbenthas a big advantage. Obama did not have a primary fight so all he had to do was prepare for a Romney candidacy and now he’s using the money advantage to rip Romney.

If Romney spends his huge stash of money after the convention like he did in the primary, he will have nothing to worry about except being too ruthless. I hope that thought never crosses his mind.

Vince on August 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Laura Ingraham should legally change her name to Oral Lingerlamb.

VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

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