Romney: GOP convention theme against Obama will be “nice guy, failed President”

posted at 10:41 am on August 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Politico has an interesting and provocative interview with Mitt Romney this morning — although perhaps not provocative enough for some of the passionate base.  After dumping the “nice guy but failed President” argument in the overwhelming volume of nasty attacks from Barack Obama and his campaign, including insinuations of being a felon, a murderer, and a modern-day slaver, Romney tells Politico that the theme will return at the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa:

Mitt Romney conceded President Barack Obama has succeeded in making him a less likable person, but he offered a defiant retort to those hoping he will open up this week: “I am who I am.” …

“I know there are some people who do a very good job acting and pretend they’re something they’re not,” Romney said. “You get what you see. I am who I am.”

To press the point, he said the GOP would even try to turn Obama’s still-high personal favorability rankings back on him at its convention this week, by making the simple case to voters: nice guy, failed president.

“I don’t think everybody likes me,” Romney said. “I don’t believe that, by any means. But I do believe that people of this country are looking for someone who can get the country growing again with more jobs and more take-home pay, and I think they realize this president had four years to do that. … He got every piece of legislation he wanted passed, and it didn’t work. I think they want someone who has a different record, and I do.”

I suspect that this will attract a lot of criticism, but it’s a smart strategy.  Here’s why.  The people who paid attention over the summer already know about Barack Obama’s nastiness and Romney’s counter-attacks.  The convention delegates already know about it, too.  However, the people Romney most needs to reach now are those who have taken the summer off from politics, who haven’t heard the back-and-forth, and who won’t understand the context of nasty attacks from the Republican dais.

Because of that, the first impression these voters will get will be from the tone of the convention.  Romney’s almost certainly betting that the Democratic convention will keep using the Romney-is-a-scary-murder/felon/slaver, since Democrats can’t talk about Obama’s record on jobs and the economy.  Taking the more gracious tone first forces Democrats to either lighten up or suffer by contrast, and possibly have voters tuning out well before Obama appears at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte to accept the nomination.

Romney also tells Politico that he plans to get to business immediately — and almost literally — as President:

Romney pledged to bring corporate order to the West Wing. He promised to issue a checklist for his first 100 days, similar to the printed scorecard he used in Massachusetts; treat his Cabinet like a board of directors; and try to restart the economy using the hands-on management style that made him hundreds of millions of dollars. …

He would take a hands-on, CEO approach to the job. “I likewise do not like having a solution presented to me for approval. Instead, I’d much rather dig into the issue myself and hear alternative viewpoints on the issue and be able to reach a decision.” This sounds very similar to Obama’s decision-making preference — and one that White House veterans say is virtually impossible to implement because of the dizzying number of decisions a president makes each day. …

He would take a hands-on, CEO approach to the job. “I likewise do not like having a solution presented to me for approval. Instead, I’d much rather dig into the issue myself and hear alternative viewpoints on the issue and be able to reach a decision.” This sounds very similar to Obama’s decision-making preference — and one that White House veterans say is virtually impossible to implement because of the dizzying number of decisions a president makes each day.

That would certainly be a big change from the Obama administration, whose lack of private-sector experienced finally prompted Obama to form a jobs council comprised of leading CEOs in the business world … and which he has ignored for more than six months.

Be sure to read it all.

Update: Some readers are objecting to the headline being in quotes, as Romney is not explicitly quoted as saying this phrase in the article.  However, I am quoting the article, and Romney has said this on many occasions — although not lately.


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nice guy, failed President

a buddy of mine had a T-shirt that said, “shy guy, big d!ck“…..

just sayin.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I am who I am

is that the “Popeye” strategery???

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Cowardly RINOs keeping the mitts on Mitt is a big snoozer, and a loser. Good job, GOPosers.

Western_Civ on August 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Should be “failed human being, rotten President.”

RBMN on August 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Skip the “nice guy” bit.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Romney also tells Politico that he plans to get to business immediately — and almost literally — as President:

that’s good. George bush in 2000 should be a model since they had a shortened timeframe within which to conduct their transition and did a great job.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

nice guy, failed President

That would be sufficient. Why does he have to insert the nice guy thing?

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Obama is a nasty Marxist – kinda like saying that Stalin was a nice guy.

redguy on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Taking the more gracious tone first forces Democrats to either lighten up or suffer by contrast, and possibly have voters tuning out well before Obama appears at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte to accept the nomination.

that’s really true and I’m glad you pointed it out. I’m also glad that the Romney campaign is baiting the MSM and the Obama campaign, as well as their surrogates (that’s you Chrissy) to make that point more clear.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

nice guy, failed president

The nice guy meme again? Do we still have to pretend this is a “gaffe,” or are we allowed to admit it’s an unforced error yet?

Doomberg on August 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Why do the Romney people insist on the nice guy meme???

ARRGGHHH!

Event the nice guy image is handing votes to Obama…

katy on August 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I think that’s a mistake. He’s not a nice guy…the man refused to disavow an ad from his own side that basically accused Romney of being a murderer. I understand that generally people still like Obama, but I think you have to undercut those numbers, and telling people that he’s a nice guy doesn’t really do that.

And they won’t get credit for having a convention that is lighter in tone, or more positive in nature. The press will still latch on to any criticism of Obama as mean-spritied, and Chris Mathews will still launch into spittle-laced tirades about how racist the whole affair is. We’re not winning that game, so I think it’s best to stop trying and instead be straight with everyone.

changer1701 on August 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Great RINO strategy . The myth of Ofailure’s likability is all he has left so Mittens will help him out as much as he can .

Is the GOP throwing the election AGAIN ?

Mock this loser daily until he breaks !!!!!!!!!!!

……and them mock him some more…….

DeweyWins on August 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

First rule of psychology – meet people where they are. The group Romney needs to reach inexplicably believes the Big O is a nice guy. Ed is a 100% right about the need to show a contrast to what is going to be coming from Charlotte next week. This is the smart strategy,

msmveritas on August 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

nice guy, failed President

That would be sufficient. Why does he have to insert the nice guy thing?

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

That is to “woo” the independents who can’t make up their mind…..

I mean come on!!! Who the hell would vote for Obama???? Except for
Welfare slubs, communists and his crony buddies???

People need to wake up!!!

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120720/OPINION01/707209919&source=RSS

redguy on August 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I guess it sounds better than Flaming A-hole, Incomptent Idiot.

CorporatePiggy on August 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

If we’re not willing to go after this horribly destructive President with every tool in the the tool box and make it stick, relentlessly, if we’re not willing to leave it all in ring, then we need to start thinking about what it might feel like to lose.

When our opponents are screaming, when people are complaining, we’re winning.

Speakup on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Isn’t this what McCain did too?

The old “he’s a decent man you don’t have to be afraid of” CRAP!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTMloaj6b68

katy on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Instead of our talking heads saying that Mitt is stiff, they could say that he’s dignified and steady compared to Prezzy Shuck and Jive who lapses into street corner organizing speak when the occasion calls for it. But, then, again the left would call that racist.

Kissmygrits on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Great analysis, Ed. And folks don’t have to worry — I don’t believe Romney will say barack is “a nice guy,” but he’ll attack his leadership, his tenure, his failed policy record, not the man. And you’re right, it will draw a stark contrast with the dem convention, which will be one unhinged personal attack against Romney after another. Romney will look serious and presidential; barack will look small, bitter, and afraid. This strategy by Romney is a nightmare for barack, because small and bitter is all he has left.

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

You shouldn’t be putting quotes around “nice guy, failed president”, Ed. I don’t see where Romney actually says that anywhere in the interview. That’s the Politico writer’s characterization of Romney’s argument.

Jon0815 on August 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Meanwhile the Obama administration uses the thuggish practices of Hugo Chavez. Note that the opening paragraph of today’s piece by Ross Kaminsky describes Chavez, but it could equally have described Obama, who is not “a nice guy” at all.
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/27/bidens-thuggish-distraction

onlineanalyst on August 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Nice guy? Seriously, we’re going there again? Just say he’s a failed President. The only thing Obama still has going for him is that people like him. Why play that up at your own damn convention?! Especially in light of the disgusting campaign he’s run thus far.

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Tried his best, failed the test” makes more sense.

But calling him a nice guy before kicking him out the door is okay, too.

profitsbeard on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

However, the people Romney most needs to reach now are those who have taken the summer off from politics, who haven’t heard the back-and-forth, and who won’t understand the context of nasty attacks from the Republican dais.

And those are the peeps who ALREADY KNOW/think obummer is a nice guy…they are the ones that keep him afloat in poll after poll after poll…so we are told.

What they never hear is the SCOAMF is a liar out to destroy the country…might want to clue them in on that…just me.

RINO pablum ain’t gonna get it done…

winston on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

And Obama is not a nice guy, stop pretending he is.

Speakup on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

That would be sufficient. Why does he have to insert the nice guy thing?

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Because there are some deluded swing voters out there whose votes we need that feel guilty about throwing the first black president out on his ear, regardless of his nasty attacks thusfar. We need them to recognize that it’s ok to fire his ass.

I hate him as much as you but we need to play smart.

The Count on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

They need to drop the nice guy stuff, Obama plays dirty Chicago style politics with a smile.

RonDelDon on August 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

That is to “woo” the independents who can’t make up their mind…..

I mean come on!!! Who the hell would vote for Obama???? Except for
Welfare slubs, communists and his crony buddies???

People need to wake up!!!

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120720/OPINION01/707209919&source=RSS

redguy on August 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So the best way to “woo” independents is to lie about the true nature of the guy you are running against? Why not instead, just don’t mention it at all?

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I agree with this strategy as long as they don’t stress the “nice guy” too much and stress the failures.

The problem with this tactic comes when you aren’t tough enough on the “failure” portion and spend too much time talking about what a “nice guy” the opponent is.

If you get caught in that loop, you end up hurting yourself. I would even weaken the “nice guy” portion.

You don’t have to pretend the opponent is a “great guy” or a “smart guy” or whatever. Just that he isn’t a terrible person and you don’t hate him personally. So, you say something like “look, he’s a nice enough guy, but he just isn’t up to the job. His ideas are terrible, liberal, etc. . . .”

Or “he seems like a nice enough guy” . . .

You put the qualifiers on there to soften the good things you are saying. You still get the benefit of coming across as magnanimous, but you aren’t selling your opponent’s likeability.

Monkeytoe on August 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Nice guy? Seriously, we’re going there again?
Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Ed’s headline is misleading. Romney isn’t quoted as saying “nice guy” in the interview.

Jon0815 on August 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Obama is a nasty Marxist – kinda like saying that Stalin was a nice guy.

redguy on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Out of curiosity… is it your suggestion that the Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney go out and make the argument to the American people, that Barack Obama is Jo Stalin?

Because if it is, I think I’ll be sticking with the Romney strategy.

For the record, there will be Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum and Trent Lott and any number of unofficial representative of the GOP who the national press will give airtime to who will be more than happy to skewer the Liar-in-Chief as such, allowing Romney to keep his hands clean.

JohnGalt23 on August 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Because there are some deluded swing voters out there whose votes we need that feel guilty about throwing the first black president out on his ear, regardless of his nasty attacks thusfar. We need them to recognize that it’s ok to fire his ass.

I hate him as much as you but we need to play smart.

The Count on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I just don’t agree with this line of thinking.

Obama’s favorables have been steadily collapsing, putting lie to the argument that people really love him and just dislike his policies. Furthermore, they aren’t going down because Romney is talking about what a great and wonderful guy Obama is. They’re going down because Romney is hitting him hard with negative ads and because the Obama campaign (and Obama himself) are a bunch of inept thugs.

We don’t need to use the “nice guy” meme, Obama’s favorables are going down fine without it and not many people believe it anymore. This is an unforced error by the Romney campaign.

Doomberg on August 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Women aren’t attracted to the nice guy.

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Great analysis, Ed. And folks don’t have to worry — I don’t believe Romney will say barack is “a nice guy,” but he’ll attack his leadership, his tenure, his failed policy record, not the man. And you’re right, it will draw a stark contrast with the dem convention, which will be one unhinged personal attack against Romney after another. Romney will look serious and presidential; barack will look small, bitter, and afraid. This strategy by Romney is a nightmare for barack, because small and bitter is all he has left.

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I hope you’re right. I just don’t think that contrast is going to matter…they’ll still call the GOP convention mean-spirited regardless.

The ’04 GOP convention is the first one I really watched, and they really went after Kerry. I thought it was effective.

changer1701 on August 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Ed’s headline is misleading. Romney isn’t quoted as saying “nice guy” in the interview.

Jon0815 on August 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Well, I sincerely hope no one who speaks at the convention uses that phrase or any variation of it. I don’t give a damn if Obama loves his kids. He’s destroying the future of everyone else’s. And whether it’s intentional or not is irrelevant to me. Bottom line is he needs to go.

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

He would take a hands-on, CEO approach to the job. “I likewise do not like having a solution presented to me for approval. Instead, I’d much rather dig into the issue myself and hear alternative viewpoints on the issue and be able to reach a decision.” This sounds very similar to Obama’s decision-making preference — and one that White House veterans say is virtually impossible to implement because of the dizzying number of decisions a president makes each day.

Spinnnnnnnnnnnnning.

Buy Danish on August 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Because there are some deluded swing voters out there whose votes we need that feel guilty about throwing the first black president out on his ear, regardless of his nasty attacks thusfar. We need them to recognize that it’s ok to fire his ass.

I hate him as much as you but we need to play smart.

The Count on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Really? Why wouldn’t an independent just say ‘well since Romney says Obama’s a nice guy, maybe I should give him a second chance’?
This is just dumb RINO thinking that has never ever worked for the GOP, never. Instead of telling the voters he’s a nice guy, let the voters make up their own mind. Isn’t that what an election is suppose to be? Define your opponent all you want, but don’t help them out with your defining.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

“I know there are some people who do a very good job acting and pretend they’re something they’re not,”

Is that a shot? I think that’s a shot.

Dusty on August 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Nice guy if the bipolar disorder is under control?

SouthernGent on August 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Why do the Romney people insist on the nice guy meme???

ARRGGHHH!

Event the nice guy image is handing votes to Obama…

katy on August 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

…yeah!…enough already!!!
.
.
.
…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

“Nice Guy, Failed Candidate: McCain ’08!”

2012 Redux?

No thank you.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

nice guy, failed President

a buddy of mine had a T-shirt that said, “shy guy, big d!ck“…..

just sayin.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Loool :)….

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Nice guy, failed president.

Perfect perhaps. Yes, 4 easy words, and perhaps the “nice guy” part could be understood to need to be taken with a grain of salt, or even to be sarcastic. Just repeat those 4 words ad nauseam at the convention! .. Nice guy, failed president. Get people repeating that like a mantra. Also: O has given up on the economy. Lather, rinse, repeat.

anotherJoe on August 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

You shouldn’t be putting quotes around “nice guy, failed president”, Ed. I don’t see where Romney actually says that anywhere in the interview. That’s the Politico writer’s characterization of Romney’s argument.

Jon0815 on August 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This.

Politico wants to spin this in a way that will piss off conservatives, and from the posts here so far, it worked.

Folks, we’ve been watching Mitt Romney for a year. Most of America will be seeing him for the first time this week. Thos convention is about HIM, not about how much we can trash Barack Obama.

rockmom on August 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Nice guy? Who said?

JammieWearingFool on August 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

This is just dumb RINO thinking that has never ever worked for the GOP, never. Instead of telling the voters he’s a nice guy, let the voters make up their own mind. Isn’t that what an election is suppose to be? Define your opponent all you want, but don’t help them out with your defining.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

After reading the article (instead of relying on Ed’s misleading headline), it doesn’t sound like they’ll actually be saying he is a nice guy. They’re just going to make it about his record. And, maybe that is best considering that negative personal attacks will probably hurt Romney’s likability too, something he already has an issue with.

changer1701 on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I draw the line at “Nice guy, beautiful wife, failed president.”

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I prefer “rabid Marxist, failed President,” but that’s just me…

Pest on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

This is a Dem, but this is the way to jab your opponent at a convention…

1988 – Ann Richards on Bush I

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

“President is a nice guy but he is a failure at his job, bless his heart.”

ouch, it was funny last week and it still works

DanMan on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

well, when Mr. O stoops to his malevolent ways then Romney can say, “well, maybe we were wrong about how nice he was, but we’re certain that he’s a failed president.”

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This is just dumb RINO thinking that has never ever worked for the GOP, never. Instead of telling the voters he’s a nice guy, let the voters make up their own mind. Isn’t that what an election is suppose to be? Define your opponent all you want, but don’t help them out with your defining.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

It’s actually subtle – he’s not calling Obama a “nice guy” for purposes of informing people that Obama is a “nice guy”.

It is so that independents will see Romney saying that, which will make them think that Romney is a “nice guy”. I think it is the right tactic for the convention. After the convention he can put out attack ads and surrogates to tear Obama down, but at the convention Romney wants to introduce himself to the independents, and inferring that Obama is a “nice guy” and refusing to attack Obama personally – Romney is able to come off as magnanimous and mature and likeable.

Now, if they continue that too far after the convention and fail to take the gloves off – that’s a problem.

Monkeytoe on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

One problem is that by saying Baraka is a nice guy implies perhaps that you are not?… In any event, I don’t like it…

Pest on August 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

maybe it’s a “damning with faint praise” strategy or a “bless his heart” strategy.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Damn. Not more of this “Obama is a nice guy” foolishness. Mitt, whatever Obama is, “nice” isn’t it. Stalinists are not nice. (I thought MItt had finally ditched this “nice guy” meme, but apparently not.

Scriptor on August 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

“President is a nice guy but he is a failure at his job, bless his heart.”

ouch, it was funny last week and it still works

DanMan on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

it is funny, and it’ll make guys like Chris “I see racism” Mathews’ head turn complete circles as he projectile vomits.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

As the base yells and screams for red meat, Romney continues to throw them tofu with red food coloring.

geesh

Barrack on August 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

If Obama isn’t a nice guy, then his campaign will show it and the truth will come out. People will be left to wonder, “I thought he was supposed to be a nice guy…” It’s a disarming strategy for the Romney campaign, paint Obama as something that he isn’t—just like their doing to Romney. For both of them, the truth will come out.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

“nice guy, failed President”

This will be spun as condescendingly racist.

farsighted on August 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM
+++++

Almost reposted entire thing for emphasis, but it already had been.
Like Ed suggests … Be sure to read the entire interview.
Me likey.

pambi on August 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

It’s actually subtle – he’s not calling Obama a “nice guy” for purposes of informing people that Obama is a “nice guy”.

It is so that independents will see Romney saying that, which will make them think that Romney is a “nice guy”. I think it is the right tactic for the convention. After the convention he can put out attack ads and surrogates to tear Obama down, but at the convention Romney wants to introduce himself to the independents, and inferring that Obama is a “nice guy” and refusing to attack Obama personally – Romney is able to come off as magnanimous and mature and likeable.

Now, if they continue that too far after the convention and fail to take the gloves off – that’s a problem.

Monkeytoe on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

WTF? After calling your opponent a nice guy all throughout your convention, how do you then take the gloves off? This is a real problem, and an even bigger problem is a lot of GOP rank and file think it’s a smart move.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I draw the line at “Nice guy, beautiful wife interspecies marriage, failed president.”

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

FIFY

CorporatePiggy on August 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

“I am who I am” just another progressive politician asking people to vote for me because I can ge the federal government to provide for your welfare. I have chosen as my running mate a person who will be able to convince other nations finance this welfare state and lay the burden of repayment on the backs of (y)our grandchildren. Nothing says conservative more than the desire to put the sins of the father onto the children. We will just consider it endentured servitude, sounds much better than slavery.

astonerii on August 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Golfed all day, evolved on gay.
Spent money we can’t afford, while jobs and economy were ignored.
Drank beer, burned Rome.
Fished with race bait.
Has no class, except the war he started between classes.
Lies like a rug.

Tuari on August 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

How about just: tough job, but over his head, made matters worse, just “doesn’t get it.”

Why do we have to get into personality at all? It only plays to Obama.

matthew8787 on August 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

After calling your opponent a nice guy all throughout your convention, how do you then take the gloves off? This is a real problem, and an even bigger problem is a lot of GOP rank and file think it’s a smart move.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

it’s setting a rhetorical benchmark against which you can argue later. IE, “we thought he was a nice guy, but his actions proved us wrong.” It’s the most damning kind of evidence. I mean, the Romney campaign knows that Obama is a malevolent and vengeful prig so, by asserting that he’s a nice guy, they’re essentially saying, “well, prove us wrong.”

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

is that the “Popeye” strategery???

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Yes. Romney mentioned Popeye in yesterday’s Fox News Sunday interview with Wallace.

Shifting gears, the GOP should obtain DVDs of the Souza movie and distribute them at the convention. Obama is an un-American POS who’s purposely spending us into oblivion. He’s destroying the middle class with dependency, and he’s destroying the country with debt.

BuckeyeSam on August 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Really? Why wouldn’t an independent just say ‘well since Romney says Obama’s a nice guy, maybe I should give him a second chance’?
This is just dumb RINO thinking that has never ever worked for the GOP, never. Instead of telling the voters he’s a nice guy, let the voters make up their own mind. Isn’t that what an election is suppose to be? Define your opponent all you want, but don’t help them out with your defining.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

It worked for Reagan. He was tough on the issues and he could be condescending, but he never attacked the character of an opponent.

Gelsomina on August 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

If Romney wants to up his likability factor, maybe he should play up the fact that he looks like Ward Cleaver. ;)
A good father and husband; successful businessman; firm but fair. That sounds like Mitt anyway.

Sterling Holobyte on August 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

GOP convention theme against Obama will be “nice guy, failed President”

Well it’s nice to know that Jesus loves you too- unless you are in a Mexican jail.

I can understand the politics behind calling Obama a nice guy even though he is a thin-skinned, hate-filled, committed marxist. But he has a failed record and that is what needs to be the focus. The vast majority of Americans don’t give a crap about the social issues- leave that to abortionpalooza.

The theme nice guy but a failure in [insert issue here] is a pretty good strategy. I also love the fact that one day of the convention is built around the theme of “We Built That.”

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Ok, so we say he’s a nice guy to mods and indies who actually believe he’s a nice guy in the hope that they’ll think Republicans are nice and vote for them because we’re saying he’s nice.

…Wouldn’t it just be easier to hypnotize people?

Dongemaharu on August 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Obama is a nice guy in much the same way that Ted Bundy was a nice guy…he is a psychopath.

Ceteris Paribus on August 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Calling him a “nice guy” would then take his support of infanticide after birth off the table.

Seriously, the undecided independents need to have their eyes opened to what a loathsome, spiteful, petty S.O.B. we’re dealing with, not to have this “nice guy” myth reinforced.

(Cue the moderates calling me a “TruCon” and saying Mitt doesn’t need to set his hair on fire, or something.)

Right Mover on August 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

It worked for Reagan. He was tough on the issues and he could be condescending, but he never attacked the character of an opponent.

Gelsomina on August 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Never heard Reagan call Carter a nice guy, never. Squishies never learn.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Nice guys finish last …right?

lynncgb on August 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is a Dem, but this is the way to jab your opponent at a convention…

1988 – Ann Richards on Bush I

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Well, it sure didn’t help Mike Dukakis beat Bush, did it?

rockmom on August 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Rational Thought on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I hope you’re right. I just don’t think that contrast is going to matter…they’ll still call the GOP convention mean-spirited regardless.

The ’04 GOP convention is the first one I really watched, and they really went after Kerry. I thought it was effective.

changer1701 on August 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Yeah, but they did it in good humor too…remember the flip flop moment, ‘he was for the Iraq war before he was against it’, and that moment the crowd started chanting ‘flip-flop, flip-flop’ and waving a bunch of beach flip flops above their heads :) ….I thought it was funny yet damning for kerry…I remember they showed that on both BBC and Channel 4 (i was living in England back then) and while the most ardent anti-Blair (and obviously anti-Bush) people I knew tere there weren’t at all impressed, saying that the Republicans looked silly and childish, in the end I think t was a pretty effective attack, without necessarily being vile……

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Doomberg on August 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Don’t misunderstand me. There’s a big difference between heaping praise upon someone and saying he’s a good family man who meant well but is unsuitable for the job. It doesn’t look presidential for the nominee to sling mud from the podium, making this personal. Let Obama do that. It will make him look small, and he will lose.

The Count on August 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

GOP convention theme against Obama will be “nice guy, failed President

I think the Romney campaign is right to assert “nice guy”. It’s the seizure of the moral high ground and leaves Team Obama scraping in the gutter as they’re prone to do.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Here is what Alinsky says about the ‘nice guy’ routine.

Alinsky advised the radical activist to avoid the temptation to concede that his opponent was not “100 per cent devil,” or that he possessed certain admirable qualities such as being “a good churchgoing man, generous to charity, and a good husband.” Such qualifying remarks, Alinsky said, “dilut[e] the impact of the attack” and amount to sheer “political idiocy.”

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Just win.

de rigueur on August 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

When the election depends on the votes of the 5% of the electorate who can’t be bothered to inform themselves about the issues, but reflexively pat themselves on the back for their unthinking “moderation,” this is what happens.

These idiot Centrists For Centrism’s Sake don’t have any governing philosophy or coherent worldview. If one candidate argued that we should each drink a gallon of hemlock, and the opposing candidate argued against drinking any hemlock at all, these dimwits would “compromise” by pouring us each a half gallon while wearing smug looks of moral superiority.

Centrism, baby. Pander to it.

HeckOnWheels on August 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I wonder if Reagan did the same thing with Carter. I can’t recall right off the top of my head. Carter was and is a fundamentally decent man on many fronts, but was a failed president. He is one guy who, I believe, was unfit for the office. I disagree with Carter on many of his politics, his presidential actions etc., but I maintain that Carter is a kind, decent man.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

add me to the critics of the headline.. good comment bait, but misleading

gatorboy on August 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

MSNBC announcing Meghan McCain as an ‘MSNBC Contributor’.

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Shifting gears, the GOP should obtain DVDs of the Souza movie and distribute them at the DEMOCRATIC convention.
BuckeyeSam on August 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Now, wouldn’t THAT be a hoot ?
Tell them it’s sympathetic to Dear Leader, and they’d likely lap it up, if only so they can drool over more of him ! LOL.

pambi on August 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I draw the line at “Nice guy, beautiful wife interspecies marriage, failed president.”

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

THIS alone will tell you the media CREATES things and creates memes for the sheeple to follow. The “nice guy” thing is smart. Most sheeple have no clue about who Barry really is and his ruthlessness. Just paint him as a nice failure / over his head. Folks have a rough time wrapping their heads around a saboteur on the WH.

bob77 on August 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Romney/Ryan do well with this strategy…Most voters want competence with this economy & federal spending. Stop the bleeding.

Obama will run on social issues and divide through scaremongering…Because Obama’s record is abysmal.

workingclass artist on August 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

MSNBC announcing Meghan McCain as an ‘MSNBC Contributor’.

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

taco stands, hardest hit…..

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Never heard Reagan call Carter a nice guy, never. Squishies never learn.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

But even so, Carter was a nice guy. Dumb as a rock. Ignorant as all get out. Misanthropic as any progressive billionaire. But he was a nice enough fellow…

Obama is none of those. He is at least average intelligence. He has been personally trained by the most evil progressives this nations has. His mianthropy is down right calculated to be destructive. When you actually listen to the man, you know immediately he is not a nice enough guy, but that if you piss him off, you might just not live very long.

astonerii on August 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

BTW, I heard Kirsten Powers on Fox this morning talking about Romney’s interview with Chris Wallace. She said Romney needs to be careful saying Obama is personally angry and nasty, because the public just doesn’t see him that way.

Those of us who know about the Alinsky rules and Chicago politics understand how nasty and cutthroat Barack Obama really is. The vast majority of people don’t see him that way, and they will simply not believe Romney if he tries to tell them Obama is a lying, Marxist a-hole. If they don’t believe that, they won’t believe anything else he is selling.

rockmom on August 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

So what was Christie referring to when he said he wouldn’t ‘tone it down’ at the convention? Binge eating?

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Folks have a rough time wrapping their heads around a saboteur in the WH.

bob77 on August 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Yep.

lynncgb on August 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Actually, the majority of Americans, especially out here in the Heartland, know exactly who and what Scooter is. this is shaping up to be a Convention of moderate excitement.

kingsjester on August 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This sounds very similar to Obama’s decision-making preference — and one that White House veterans say is virtually impossible to implement because of the dizzying number of decisions a president makes each day when your president is a second-rate Marxist academic with zero executive or private sector executive and nothing but contempt for the marketplace.

Ixnay on the “nice guy” nonsense. Better to be straightforward about the systemic breakdown in American spirit, economy and sense of freedom and let people make their own inferences whether Obama is a nice guy or not.

rrpjr on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

One, I doubt if he’ll call him a nice guy at the convention, and two, I agree with Ed that this is a smart strategy. There are going to be some “undecided’s” who watch some of the convention, but there are going to be more that read about it or watch the MSM report on it. If people who are just now getting involved get a first impression of a “mean, angry Romney”, (RACIST! says Chris Matthews, et al) they’ll get turned off.

All Barry can do these days is personally attack Romney- he has no ideas that will actually help the country. Romney is best served by patting Barry on the head and then slamming him with his “record”. I really don’t think that anyone who’s remotely swayable in this election wants to see Romney get ugly.

BettyRuth on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Nobody cares if Obama is a nice guy or a jerk. Nobody cares if Romney is a nice guy or a jerk. The election is a job interview. And the important thing is who is best suited to do the job we’re interviewing for. It doesn’t bother me that Romney thinks Obama is a nice guy. But neither do I think it’s important he point that out.

Shump on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Agreed.
‘Nice guy’ is NOT the theme, at all !!
I like the strategy to simply let the left act anything BUT civil (since they are and will continue), and offer the calm, competent alternative.
Like.

pambi on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It worked for Reagan. He was tough on the issues and he could be condescending, but he never attacked the character of an opponent.

Gelsomina on August 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Never heard Reagan call Carter a nice guy, never. Squishies never learn.

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Hey, now, you don’t know if they (Romney or his surrogates and key speakers) will actually and literally call Obama a ‘nice guy’ during the convention…I think it was a metaphor for ‘we are not going to slander or attack our opponent’s character, but his record’…which is fine by me, and accurate….his records of monumental failures speaks more than any amount of personal attacks mounted against him…besides, remember, we can’t help whom we like, a lot of people will continue to like obama regardles, but will this necessarily mean that they will let him control their purses and lives with the consequences that, alas, we experienced already…am sure not…

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

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