Laura Ingraham: If the GOP can’t beat Obama in this economy, shut down the party

posted at 8:05 pm on September 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Caller, here’s her restatement of the question on everyone’s mind. You could make the same point this way: Just how high would unemployment have to be to make this an easy win for Romney and the GOP? Ten percent? Higher? Or, paradoxically, would higher unemployment rates somehow further absolve Bambi of culpability? A million variables inform a voter’s choice but there must be some hypothetical degree of economic lethargy that would make a qualified challenger — and Romney is qualified, whatever else you think of him — a prohibitive favorite. How much pain are voters willing to suffer before turning the dial?

I think Peter Beinart makes a good point about the degrees of pain here being relative:

Mitt Romney is not a great candidate; Barack Obama is a better one. But without the Bush legacy, Romney would be leading this race. His problem is that except among staunch conservatives, Bush has so hurt the GOP’s brand that Romney doesn’t look like the fresh economic fix-it man that Republicans want to portray him as. Instead, it’s all too easy for Democrats to paint him as George W. Bush the 3rd, just as they painted John McCain as George W. Bush the 2nd…

Romney’s problem is that like Dewey in 1948 or Dukakis in 1988, his personal brand is weak. To win the primaries and gin up core conservative support, he has amputated those parts of his political persona that might have allowed him to come across as something other than a generic Republican. And unfortunately for him, when Americans think of a generic Republican today, they still think of George W. Bush.

Yeah, again, the convention was supposed to solve this problem to some extent, but “humanizing” Romney doesn’t really distinguish him from Bush. Bush was plenty capable of personal warmth, so much so that I think it’s one of the reasons his favorable numbers have rebounded to respectable levels as quickly as they have. The boldest move Romney’s made to distinguish himself from Dubya was to put Ryan on the ticket and symbolically renounce the profligate ways of the GOP’s not-too-distant past, but even that’s not a total break from Bush. Ryan voted for Bush’s and Paulson’s bank bailout when the financial crisis hit, and Dubya himself made a halting attempt at entitlement reform when he pushed private Social Security accounts at the start of his second term. In fact, the whole thrust of Romney’s and Ryan’s Medicare rhetoric since the ticket was set is that they’re fighting to preserve the basic framework of the welfare state but reforming it so that it’s fiscally sustainable. That’s a smart way to blunt Mediscaring attacks, but it’s not some sort of dramatic libertarian break with “compassionate conservatism.”

Meanwhile, on foreign policy, Romney’s trying to out-tough Obama on Iran while talking tough on both Russia and China, which arguably frames him as even more hawkish and muscular than the (in)famously hawkish and muscular Bush. Like Beinart says, the Romney brand just isn’t very distinct — except for RomneyCare, which is problematic in many ways — so a lot of swing voters may simply be defaulting to Dubya as a model for what Romney would deliver. And when the choice is framed that way, between a guy whose presidency saw the financial crisis detonate and a guy who’s done terribly in trying to recover economically from it, it’s no slam dunk.


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Seriously Allah? Another eeyore crybaby post? How many is this from you today?

wargamer6 on September 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

How original, George Will said the exact same thing the day before.

IR-MN on September 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

And replace it with what? The Ron Paul/Gary Johnson party of pot-heads and truthers?!

ThePrez on September 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Enough of this crap please.

Laura722 on September 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Romney’s problem is that like Dewey in 1948 or Dukakis in 1988, his personal brand is weak.

Ouch! Dewey and Dukakis?

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Cue all the ABR’s and trolls looking to ‘end the GOP’ and/or institute their ‘third party’.

Tiresome, threadbare, shopworn, and boring as they are.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Romney is only good at eviscerating conservatives…

He and his happy co-horts better start articulating how Obama has put into place policies that he is ready to go with, that would make us lose our freedom and prosperity even more if he gets a second term.

CCRWM on September 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

In fact, the whole thrust of Romney’s and Ryan’s Medicare rhetoric since the ticket was set is that they’re fighting to preserve the basic framework of the welfare state but reforming it so that it’s fiscally sustainable.

R/R making the world safe for socialism.

Very inspiring.

sharrukin on September 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Has Newt, Santorum, or, gulp, Huckabee been invited to tour with Romney?

SouthernGent on September 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Who knew that so called conservatives were such whiny bed wetters?

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Here we go again. Can we all just drink the Jonestown koolaid and get this over with?

Corporal Tunnel on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I mean, think this through. GOP voters will not all go to the Libertarian side. Some might form a So-Con party, others, econ/foreign policy party. You`re looking at a fractured conservative coalition.

The progressives will NEVER split up! They all want the same thing, to belong to the gov`t and have the “1 percent” to pay for everything.

ThePrez on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

The Romney campaign seems to be drenched in flop-sweat.

I agree that the Republican Party will be at an end if they lose this election. There is no reason to sustain it if they can’t win with a Dem incumbent and a terrible economy.

gumbyandpokey on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Yeah, all of this hand-wringing could turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. You people should have your brain checked believing the narrative that is being pushed forth by the Obama Administration and the MSM; but I repeat myself.

the new aesthetic on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Like Rush said today – No ‘rat save Clinton has won re-election since FDR. And he did it under much different circumstances.

obama is toast.

Lanceman on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I’m not that impressed with Laura Ingraham. I think she has impossible standards for the Republicans. You can, (and Rush and a lot of others do) cry about “true conservatives” and now ” shutting down the party”. I’m of the opinion that America just isn’t that cut and dried anymore. It’s center right, and there are too many variables to try and go black or white. No pun intended.

BettyRuth on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Why is everyone so shocked, shocked I tell you that this single-term unpopular former governor electoral non-performer is non-performing, again? Even Romney knows that he can’t win or he would be running as himself and not not-Obama.

casuist on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

So let’s vote for “coolness”, “hipster” and “trendy”, cause that has worked out so well….we simply are screwed by the presstitutes and the brainless that surround us..

hillsoftx on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

OK wow guys. Even I’m like….walk back from the ledge. Might I remind you that this summer, when it started to look like Romney was gaining we on the left didn’t get scared. We got angry, we started organizing, we made Todd Akin a national story for far longer than he needed to be. We spent the entire RNC posting fact checks of speeches, pointing out the jacked up racial demographics of the convention. We pointed out that there were no actual policy prescriptions, we started to fight. Not bemoan that we were going to lose. My God people,WOMAN UP. I want Obama to win, but this dispirited crap is a drag to read. Where’s the feisty-ness?

libfreeordie on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Just what do we replace it with. ThePrez beat me with the question. We either decide to win or just lay down. To Quote Yoda, “There is do or not do there is no try.” Are we trying or crying?

ckilmer on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Tiresome, threadbare, shopworn, and boring as they are.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Whine all you want, partisan shill. You’ve got nothing to offer. Romney is lackluster and is barely beating Obama, and this was your “most electable” candidate. Then you scoff at anyone who points out that your ideas aren’t working, and they want to try new ones. You’ve become no better than the Dems.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Cue all the ABR’s and trolls looking to ‘end the GOP’ and/or institute their ‘third party’.

Tiresome, threadbare, shopworn, and boring as they are.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

It’s not our fault that the Republicans s*****d the pooch with this guy… and yes! yes I do want a real Conservative or TEA Party for 2016! (if it’s not too late)

CCRWM on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Wait. Is calling obama toast raaaacist?

Lanceman on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I’m frustrated too. I “heart” Romney.
But he’s GOT TO USE THIS TEACHERS STRIKE IN CHICAGO to point out the stark differences between realists and socialists.

$.71 out of every dollar taxpayers pay in Chicago Illinois goes to teachers salaries, benefits and pensions. And, they’re on strike now to get a 16% iNCREASE. .

THIS IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF OBAMA’S AMERICA.

USE IT, ROMNEY!!!!!!!

mountainaires on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Where’s the feisty-ness?

libfreeordie on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Drained by f**knuts on your side like Toure, still trying to use the Race Card when it was maxed out years ago.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Why? You organizing something better, Laura? Didn’t think so.

Christien on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

You’ve become no better than the Dems.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

‘Rats, MadCon, ‘rats.

Lanceman on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

No, the Romney campaign isn’t drenched in flop sweat, ( much as youse like to think they are) Some conservatives might be, but not the majority.

BettyRuth on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

This is what happens when we go with a progressive Republican who LOVES to ATTACK conservatives and DOES NOT WANT TO ATTACK Democrats.

BroncosRock on September 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Well lookie here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romney-goes-on-offensive-in-ohio/2012/09/10/9e229690-fb84-11e1-b153-218509a954e1_story.html?wprss=rss_social-wirepolitics

And they’re not happy about it.
You asked for offense. You got it.

bluealice on September 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

‘Rats, MadCon, ‘rats.

Lanceman on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Eh. To me, that’s not much better than “Repugs”. Childish.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

It’s not a crybaby post. It’s about being pro-active.

We’re on the verge of an ’08 re-run.

The base stands aside and trust the campaign because “they’re the experts”.

And then the reality we all saw coming months earlier hits like a meteor.

And the only answer is excuses…but these same people continue to work and eventually move on to blaming the Base.

Rove summed it up for me on Hannity. He trotted out the same high-ground nonsense that he didn’t learn from back working for W. That is not the electorate tone anymore, and it’s not because of our side.

budfox on September 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

So Laura Ingraham buys the poll results (skewed as they are) then tries to figure all the reasons why the poll results are unfavorable and gives Romney advice based on same.

Why do people blindly trust statistics???? There is so much fearful hector projectoring going on around here, even among people who should know better.

Mitsouko on September 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

And replace it with what? The Ron Paul/Gary Johnson party of pot-heads and truthers?!

ThePrez on September 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

the “pot heads” that did not voted for the bank bailout? that opposed the disaster in iraq? that have been opposing all of dubya’s bad decisions? I wonder why ron paul and idiological kin’s are so popular? duh!

you where the pot heads! you where so high on partisanship that you put it ahead of your principles!

nathor on September 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Where’s the feisty-ness?

libfreeordie on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Oh dear, it’s worse than I thought. Pity from Libby. lol

Chin up. In the Republican Party anyway, a feisty vote counts the same as an Eeyore vote. We’re still voting for him, Libby.

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Obama should send Laura Ingrahm a fruit basket. She’s doing the work for him.

If this race is hinging on voter turnout, then the Obama people know they are in a boatload of trouble. They can’t turn that around with this economy and especially with the 18 year olds who are now four years older.

By equalizing the playing field and diminishing your spirit, turning the party against one another and ultimately blaming Romney, they just may slide into the office for one more term.

Relax, take their strategy in stride and vote in November. It will be just fine.

salem on September 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

The Longoria Rule may help people get a grip. It’s a new tax plan. Who knows what may happen.

bloggless on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Laura Ingraham: If the GOP can’t beat Obama in this economy, shut down the party
==============

Sounds like a Call to Arms,er wait,a Call To a Possible
RINO Cull Purgation,if this go’s South,er,sour!!
(snark)

canopfor on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

libfreeordie on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Oh… It’s you again.

You know you’re reveling in it.

Corporal Tunnel on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

And replace it with what? The Ron Paul/Gary Johnson party of pot-heads and truthers?!

ThePrez on September 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I’ll take pot-heads over nitwits who blindly support socialized medicine architects just because they have an (R) after their name.

Your way isn’t working.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

In fact, the whole thrust of Romney’s and Ryan’s Medicare rhetoric since the ticket was set is that they’re fighting to preserve the basic framework of the welfare state but reforming it so that it’s fiscally sustainable. That’s a smart way to blunt Mediscaring attacks, but it’s not some sort of dramatic libertarian break with “compassionate conservatism.”

So long as that framework remains intact this nation cannot remain fiscally sustainable. Voters in those programs will always vote for increased funding, and that means politicians will deliver them more money from someone else.

astonerii on September 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Ingraham’s just engaging in more nutty handwringing, which is getting old. Good lord, folks, it’s been just a few days since the convention! How have we won anything with this weak kneed attitude?

And I disagree with the idea that Bush is to blame here. I don’t think it’s the Republican brand, either…how to explain 2010, then? It really has everything to do with Obama, the fact that people still like him and seemingly want to give him more time because of that.

changer1701 on September 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

gumbyandpokey…seems to be drenched in flopcrotch-sweat

gumbyandpokey on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

The problem is the Republicans are running a liberal technocrat against a liberal extremist – Romney can’t hit Obama the way he needs to to distinguish himself.

In every election since 64 where the public has seen a conservative versus a liberal the conservative has won. In every election where the public has seen two moderates, the Democrat has won.

If Romney wants to win, he has to go right.

But he can’t, because his record speaks for itself. So…he has to made the competency argument and pray that the public chooses the less rainbow and unicorny liberal…

18-1 on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

It’s not that Romney isn’t distinct, it’s that he’s not convincing, particularly as a leader. Still, blaming Bush for a possible loss….. Give me a break. Either people will be bizarrely ignorant of Obama’s effect on the economy, or unimpressed with Romney. Maybe both. We really have to see how the debates go down, though.

Dongemaharu on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Seeing a lot of Romney ads in Colorado where he says he will create 200K jobs in the state. I thought Romney knew better – that the President can’t really create jobs. I wish he was saying he would get the government out of the way so the private sector could create those 200K jobs.

dentarthurdent on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Good lord, I’m getting sick of this crap. Get a grip, get out and campaign for Romney. Otherwise, stop whining and get out of the way of those who are going to work on getting Obama out of office.

JenWestin on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Republican party. Preservative since 2012. Preserving the failed socialist policies of the past for generations to come.

astonerii on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

And I disagree with the idea that Bush is to blame here. I don’t think it’s the Republican brand, either…how to explain 2010, then? It really has everything to do with Obama, the fact that people still like him and seemingly want to give him more time because of that.

And because Romney is a below average candidate, whom, more importantly, the Democrats have spent years preparing for.

Selecting the next in line because he is the next in line is a terrible strategy, but one the Republican stick to again and again.

18-1 on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

But he can’t, because his record speaks for itself. So…he has to made the competency argument and pray that the public chooses the less rainbow and unicorny liberal…

18-1 on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

He can lie. It worked for this current a$$hole.

Lanceman on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

libfreeordie on September 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM
Oh… It’s you again.

You know you’re reveling in it.

Corporal Tunnel on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

…noooooo!…prolley has clothes on today!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

And your a Democrat in conservative drag. Drop dead.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The election is roughly two months away and I don’t see the point of articles like this. Romney hasn’t lost, Obama hasn’t won. Yet. Maybe never. Who knows? I don’t think this has anything to do with Bush. I think this has to do with a whole lot of people who voted for Obama in 2008 not being ready to admit that he’s not the guy for the job in 2012. However they rationalize it, whether they don’t really blame him for the bad economy, whether they blame him but think he’s entitled to another chance, it doesn’t really matter. We won’t know until 11/6 how this ultimately plays out.

Competing for the Presidency isn’t the only game being played here. So if the GOP loses it should just stop permanently contesting elections at every other level? Bizarre thinking.

Bennett on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Romney is only good at eviscerating conservatives…

He and his happy co-horts better start articulating how Obama has put into place policies that he is ready to go with, that would make us lose our freedom and prosperity even more if he gets a second term.

CCRWM on September 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

That’s because the’re not extremely conservative. All you mittbots better atone for a horrible politician that mitt is. When has he ever defeated a real D. Maybe you can get susan molinari etal to come out and say that Obama is a bad person. For all you Mittwitts
HAHAHAHA!!!

rik on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

more nutty handwringing

changer1701 on September 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I know. Anyone who doubts Romney, who yesterday played up the merits of ObamaCare, is just engaging in “more nutty handwringing”.

Anyone who criticizes Romney must be marginalized, silenced, and destroyed. Romney and the GOP are more important than any measly over-opinionated citizens, who should be GRATEFUL that they have a chance to vote for someone other than Obama.

Romney 2012. Just shut up and do it, you stupid whiny a**holes.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

So if Romney is George Bush 3 and this is why he is losing, then how did about a 1000 of George Bush’s cousins kick tail two years ago?

The problem with Romney is Romney. Not Bush.

KMav on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

So, the dem convention’s been ovef for 4 days and the media looovveed it.

Romney has been the nominee and able to spend money for 1 week.
Everybody surrender!!!!
It’s hopeless!!

Bah

bluealice on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Good lord, I’m getting sick of this crap. Get a grip, get out and campaign for Romney. Otherwise, stop whining and get out of the way of those who are going to work on getting Obama out of office.

JenWestin on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Whine much about whining?

Getting rid of Obama is pointless if you replace him with someone like Romney.

astonerii on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

And your a Democrat in conservative drag.

Hell of an argument.

Drop dead.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

…and you’re calling me a Democrat?

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Yeah, it’s completely the fault of the GOP and not the media at all. Is this supposed to be taken seriously? Or is it a matter of cherry-picking the most negative storylines possible to suit the eeyore narrative?

cicerone on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Romney 2012. Just shut up and do it, you stupid whiny a**holes.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Yes, please.

bluealice on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

the bedwetting is getting tedious. a 3 point bounce that will be gone in a week. these lilly livers are going to be doing this bleating right up to Oct 3rd. after that at least we wont have to listen to their lamentations.

t8stlikchkn on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Romney’s going to win easily, but not because anybody really wants him. After he’s president we’re going to feel like shutting down the party. I am unfortunately fairly certain of that.

rickv404 on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Romney’s problem is not Bush. Romney only wishes he was as good as Bush.

Romney’s problem is Romney’s record. He was a liberal governor of Massachusetts. He continues to try to be all things to all people. Is he pro-life? He says yes, but his record and his own sister continue to say no. Is he adamantly for repealing Obamacare? Sometimes yes, sometimes it’s more of a “Wellllll… let’s keep some of it, and institute my plan… did I mention I was the guy who provided the basis for that monstrosity?”

Is he against gay marriage? Well, sure he is if you ask him his position. Of course, that doesn’t explain why he implemented when the Massachusetts supreme court instructed the legislature, not him, to act. Nor does it explain his holding the Chick-fil-A customers at arms’ length.

Is he against cap-and-trade? Absolutely, until you see the clip of him saying he favored a global agreement on carbon emissions.

Does he favor gun rights? Absolutely, until you see the video of him saying that he was determined not to chip away at Massachusetts’ tough gun laws.

The establishment thought his record at Bain was going to be a major help. It hasn’t because the establishment doesn’t appreciate the appeal of populism. They talk about winning elections, yet they seem dtermined to alienate the swing states by being dismissive of fly-over country’s values.

Add in his gaffes (trees are the right height, I don’t care about the very poor, I like being able to fire people, severely conservative, etc), his limp-wristed ‘attacks’ against Obama, and his refusal to engage on any issue that doesn’t fit into a predetermined set of agenda issues, and you have to think that the Romney campaign should be psyched by where they are. It’s only because the economy is so bad that he even remains this close.

Despite all of these shortcomings, Mitt still has a chance to win this. But the debates and the ads will be crucial. Those are his last chances.

Stoic Patriot on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Maybe Romney should remind people of the 4-5% unemployment rate we had under Bush instead of running from it. Failure to fight the BS is exactly why Bush is viewed so negatively now.

xblade on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Oh That’s Rich…..

Mitt is Bush Lite…..Look Around…. Barry Is Bush On Methamphetamine.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

The problem isn’t that Romney’s “brand” is too much like Bush’s, or that people associate the two. The problems are 1. that Obama’s badness is so immense and the damage he’s wrought so great that it is impossible for people to believe he could be solely responsible, and, relatedly, 2. Romney’s failure from the very beginning to bring forth a brutal bill of particulars against Obama and to identify Obama for what he is and to link him with the radical Left and to do the hard work of making the conservative case of the Republican party as the party of individual liberty vs. the democrat party as the party of the anti-individualist State which the GOP has desperately needed to make since Reagan. In this sense, Romney is very much like Bush, and every other useless deluded RINO who either can’t conceive of the Left or hasn’t the guts to call them out.

rrpjr on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

And because Romney is a below average candidate, whom, more importantly, the Democrats have spent years preparing for.

Selecting the next in line because he is the next in line is a terrible strategy, but one the Republican stick to again and again.

18-1 on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

apart from huntsman, i think romney was the candidate with best chances. ron paul was my man, but i think he would lose too because of age\kookiness issues.
all the others were too right wing and would be in even worse position than romney by this point.

nathor on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

The only possible goal you could hope to achieve at this point, since ROMNEY IS THE NOMINEE, is to try and demoralize others enough that they just don’t go vote.

That’s working for the Democrats.

No one wants to hear your gutless, tired, spiel anymore.

Take a walk.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Mitt Romney is not a great candidate; Barack Obama is a better one. But without the Bush legacy, Romney would be leading this race. His problem is that except among staunch conservatives, Bush has so hurt the GOP’s brand that Romney doesn’t look like the fresh economic fix-it man that Republicans want to portray him as. Instead, it’s all too easy for Democrats to paint him as George W. Bush the 3rd, just as they painted John McCain as George W. Bush the 2nd…

Romney’s problem is that like Dewey in 1948 or Dukakis in 1988, his personal brand is weak. To win the primaries and gin up core conservative support, he has amputated those parts of his political persona that might have allowed him to come across as something other than a generic Republican. And unfortunately for him, when Americans think of a generic Republican today, they still think of George W. Bush.

This so backwards it isn’t even funny, it’s sad really and sounds like the beginnings of blaming conservatives should Romney lose. Saying that only staunch conservatives still like Bush is pure BS. Staunch conservatives have never trusted anyone with the last name of Bush.

The rest of the article well yeah Romney is the problem right now. He’s his own worst enemy.

bgibbs1000 on September 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Yes, please.

bluealice on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

…that you seem to have missed the fact that I was mocking fanatical GOP loyalists speaks volumes.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I’m not buying any of it. Carter was up this time in 1980. Take a damned chill pill. The fun has only begun, and we have Ryan.

We WILL win. Everybody buys gas and food.

wolly4321 on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Yeah, it’s completely the fault of the GOP and not the media at all.

cicerone on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Yeah, thats right, its all a conspiracy.

And when Romney loses? Let me guess…They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!

sharrukin on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Romney could also swallow his pride and ask Sarah for help…she’ll do it even if it’s only jto save Trig from Obamacare!(granted she’d have to believe that Romney would actually repeal it and given his recent comments, that is a big “if”)

CCRWM on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

It wont be very long until coulter and the rest of the mittwitts will start playing the obama card ala it would have benn worse with anyone else.

rik on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

And replace it with what? The Ron Paul/Gary Johnson party of pot-heads and truthers?!

ThePrez on September 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

You forgot kooky, old, and bigot. As in; “Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are the leaders of the irrelevant but feisty and persistent libertine party of truthers, pot-heads, and kooky old bigots.”

FlatFoot on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

The only possible goal you could hope to achieve at this point…

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

My goal is reminding conservatives what they are potentially voting for, since your goal seems to be shutting anyone up who points out Mitt Romney’s self-labeled “progressive” past.

You’re nothing but a partisan hack, and your despicable attitude demonstrates precisely what’s wrong with both parties.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

2 months to go people.

rob verdi on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Your way isn’t working.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

What is your solution?

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Hey MadCon..it were a joke…

bluealice on September 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I understand being proactive and I too think Romney needs to be more aggressive, but we don’t need to go all doomsville here. The liberals wants us to be demoralized.

Laura722 on September 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Laura is RIGHT…mAKE THE DAMN CASE MITT!!!

winston on September 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Maybe Romney should remind people of the 4-5% unemployment rate we had under Bush instead of running from it. Failure to fight the BS is exactly why Bush is viewed so negatively now.

xblade on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Amen. Clinton had a 5.2. Bush had a 5.3. Obama’s is around 9.0. Bush passed his tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 and yet those evil policies created a very good economy the first 7 years of his Presidency. Why these facts are never mentioned by anybody is beyond me.

KMav on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Stop it! Just please stop this EEyore nonsense. The dog.eater doesn’t have a ghost of a chance of keeping his office. Now, get on with the business of exciting the base!

HiJack on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Laura Ingrahm was on for O’Reilly last week predicting a big bump for Romney based on the AbortionPalooza the DNC staged in Charlotte. I wonder what Laura thinks Romney did to screw up her sure fire bounce.

She has been one of the biggest and loudest bed wetters this election and frankly she is wearing thinner than #P2 spin on twitter.

msmveritas on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Real conservatives are voting to remove Obama from office post haste.

How generous…. and condescending…. of you to come down here to Earth and REMIND CONSERVATIVE OF WHAT THEY’RE VOTING FOR….ever get a nose bleed WAY UP THERE?

KMA.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

*sigh* And here I went, making the mistake of wading in once again during election season at Hot Air. Every year the candidate’s fanatical followers get more psychotic. One just wished death on me because I’m pointing out the fact that Romney is struggling to stay ahead of the worst president we’ve had in a century.

Have at it. Going back to rarely commenting. Not worth it.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

What is your solution?

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Stop supporting non-conservative candidates. Simple enough for ya?

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Hello friend. Have you noticed all the ABR’s from the primaries are here. Let’s offer them an adult beverage.

bluealice on September 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Romney will win this by a minimum of 5% of the vote and probably 30 electoral votes. Been saying it for months. Nothing has changed. Just talk to everyday people in your life. I don’t need a bunch of polls or psycho-babble.

dddave on September 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Romney 2012. Just shut up and do it, you stupid whiny a**holes.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Lighten up, Francis.

 

Jeez.

FlatFoot on September 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

What is your solution?

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I dunno about his… Mine is let the people suffer another two years of socialism, let them get it out of their system, and hope the hard times, the REAL hard times to come brings forward the old American spirit.

it either appears now, or it will never ever happen later.

astonerii on September 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I still think Romney will win but we’ve got so many moochers, looters, and just friggin’ ignorant people voting — plus all the Democratic cheating that will inevitably happen — that we can’t afford to take anything for granted.

AZCoyote on September 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I still see very few o’biteme stickers. Definitely more Rmoney stickers, maybe x5 or 6, and a coupla signs.

Lanceman on September 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Why don’t you just grow the h*ll up?

Resorting to whining? Really?

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Have at it. Going back to rarely commenting. Not worth it.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Aw, poor thing. We’ll try to carry on without you, through the tears.

changer1701 on September 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Man, this is gonna get uglier in here the closer we get to election day.

Lanceman on September 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

*sigh* And here I went, making the mistake of wading in once again during election season at Hot Air.

Have at it. Going back to rarely commenting. Not worth it.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Don’t go away mad.

 

Just

 

go

 

away.

FlatFoot on September 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

If Repubs. can’t beat the Communist Pparty USA, the party needs to get out of politics. Where are the RNC ads showing Peter Schiff interviewing the lefty loons who think corporate profits should be outlawed. That ad along with the dem delegates booing God should be running 24/7/365. It’s less than 60 days until the election, and Romney is still pretty invisible. He’s an Obama lite. He is no better than John McCain. This is what we get when the RINOS make sure the next establishment candidate in line is the nominee. Bush and his RINOS and Boehner have so weakened the party that the base has pretty much decided to hell with the pubs. What have the pubs ever done to actually reduce spending. Bush spent 5 trillion, got a bigger entitlement drug medicare plan passed, gave Ted Kennedy No Child Left Behind, bailed out the banks,added a new bureauracy Homeland Security, made GED TSA workers into public sector union goons who are expanding their power into the cities while searching granny’s diapers. Bush and the Karl Rove RINOS have killed the Pub. brand forever. Yes, if pubs can’t beat the communist in chief, they all need to resign.

they lie on September 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Both Reagan and Bush Sr. were behind in the polls at this same time in their races.

I’ve had it with this apocalyptic BS. I’m tired of people running around acting as if the Romney campaign has been complacent. Lost in their zeal, the critics haven’t even been paying attention.

blatantblue on September 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

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