Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on October 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Buoyed by a powerful debate showing, Mitt Romney said Thursday he offers “prosperity that comes through freedom” to a country struggling to shed a weak economy. President Barack Obama accused the former Massachusetts governor of running from his own record in pursuit of political power…

Not even Democrats disputed that Romney was likely to benefit politically from the debate Wednesday night in which he aggressively challenged Obama’s stewardship of the economy and said his own plans would help pull the country out of a slow-growth rut…

“Victory is in sight,” Romney exulted in an emailed request for donations to supporters. It was a show of confidence by a man hoping for a quick reversal in pre-debate public opinion polls that showed him trailing in battleground states as well as nationally.

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During the opening prep sessions, the group quickly came to a consensus: At the podium, Romney would be forceful, nearly as assertive as he was in Healey’s living room. His advisers have always admired Romney’s ability to peel apart arguments in private, and they encouraged him to do the same at the debate, with a little polish. The goal was to overwhelm the president with liveliness and information, to force him to confront the messy details of his economic and fiscal record. The strategy, sources say, clicked with Romney for two reasons: He did not want to spend hours tinkering with his mannerisms, and he wanted to focus on internalizing data. He’d take advice on his voice, his posture, and the rest, but he wanted his prep time to be a policy workshop…

The practice made a difference. One longtime Romney friend tells me that Romney markedly improved throughout September as he devoted himself to his briefing books and the mock debates. The friend says Romney didn’t think of the debate as a political dialogue but as a grueling, 90-minute competition that demanded discipline. He prepared in the same way he used to review pending business deals at Bain Capital: He challenged his closest advisers about the most minor points, he spent a lot of time reading, and he constantly bantered with his aides about the other side’s weaknesses and strengths.

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“This is a campaign that believes he can win,” said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. “Once Romney was on stage with the president, and he was able to score points against him, there was a Wizard of Oz effect that pulled back the curtain. There’s a renewed effort and spirit that wasn’t there a couple days ago.”…

“Romney really breathed new life into his campaign, that’s for sure — it’s too bad we didn’t see this Romney sooner because he could have been leading in the polls,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “This was the Massachusetts moderate that Democrats feared, and he showed that he was a principled but practical conservative willing to reach across party lines.”

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Romney didn’t just demonstrate authoritative command of a myriad of domestic issues. He was nervy about it, taking the president on frontally, not just relentlessly attacking, but answering every charge leveled against him — with a three-point rebuttal.

And he pulled off a tactical coup by coming right out of the box to undo millions of dollars’ worth of negative ads that painted him, personally, as Gordon Gekko — rapacious vulture capitalist who doesn’t just lay off steelworkers but kills their wives — and, politically, as intent on raising taxes on the middle class while lowering them for the rich.

The Romney campaign had let these ads go largely unanswered. But a “kill Romney” strategy can only work until people get to see Romney themselves. On Wednesday night, they did.

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The problem for Mr. Obama isn’t that he seemed indifferent or peevish on stage, though he did. The problem is that it underscored what has too often been his countenance in office.

He came to Denver with no larger theme he wanted urgently to get across, no story to tell, no apparent passion for the chance to make himself understood and make his opponent look silly. He was there to defend his policies, but he wasn’t going to get all needy about it, and no one was going to make him have an ounce of fun.

In contrast, Mitt Romney seemed eager to make his case, exhibiting some amount of apparent desperation, like the teenage suitor who has 10 minutes to convince his girlfriend’s father to bless the marriage. That desire to be understood counts for something.

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America got its first, sustained look at the good and competent Mr. Romney. And it really was a first. He wasted his convention but showed up for his debate, and an estimated 58 million people were watching. Many of them were taking his measure for the first time. What did they see? He was confident, gracious, in command of the facts. He looked like a president, acted like one. He was easily the incumbent’s equal and maybe more than that, so he became for the first time a real alternative to the incumbent, a living one, not just a name on a ballot.

He has been painted as Richie Rich, a too-tightly-wound reject from the Republican Animatronic Presidential Candidate Factory. But again, that’s not who he was. He was a normal, smart adult, and he knew things both about America and about public policy. He’s supposed to be extreme, but he was not in the least extreme. He spent his time talking not just to Republicans or conservatives but to the American people, a huge and varied lot. He reminded many of them of something they’d perhaps forgotten along the way: We don’t like the Obama economy! We don’t like ObamaCare! We don’t like not having jobs! Nothing personal, but this didn’t work!

Forced by time constraints to be clear and concise in his statements, he was both. Here we must stop and note: The way Mr. Romney spoke in the debate was the real Romney. The faux-flowery “prairie fire of debt” one we hear on the stump is the not-real Romney. He flowers himself up on the stump because he thinks it makes him sound better. It doesn’t. The real Romney is the one who can communicate. He’s straight and direct and not fancy, forgivably jargony, but worried about America and sincere. That’s the Romney who showed up for the debate. Stay that guy!

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Via Mediaite.

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Yesterday was interesting. My take.

kingsjester on October 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM

LOL! That picture at the top is hilarious! I wonder what excuses they will come up with today. Obama forgot his lucky underwear back in DC? His dog ate his debate prep notes?

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 7:09 AM

i guess its because we will never see this on the lsm…

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:13 AM

i guess its because we will never see this on the lsm…

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Was that from a rally last night? I thought gumbeyandpokey said Romney didn’t have anything scheduled, thereby throwing away his chance to take advantage of his big win the other night?

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:17 AM

yep, they were in fishersville va…saw bits of it on cspan

GG posted it on another thread last night…

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:19 AM

lol, donnie says dear leader needs testosterone for the next debate and wins it

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Has anyone seen any polls to see a bounce.

PappyD61 on October 5, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Well, they’ve already tried the altitude. The Trolls will continue with the excuses today.

kingsjester on October 5, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Romney will turn this election on its head by depicting himself as
a strong conservative, not a squishy liberal. This was evident in
the first debate.

I hope and pray he wins the election and then turns these principles
into his reality.

Amjean on October 5, 2012 at 7:36 AM

it appears he backed away from his 47% comment on hannity last night…..lib are bashing him natch

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Hmmm, I wonder what those early voters thought of Barry’s performance? :-)

Punchenko on October 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Has anyone found out if there is any truth to the rumor that the Lame Stream Media outlets have plastic sheeting over their cameras and their stage people wearing raincoats in anticipation of the orgasmic response to an 7.9% unemployment rate ObamaMiracle this morning?

Southern by choice22 on October 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Romney will turn this election on its head by depicting himself as
a strong conservative, not a squishy liberal. This was evident in
the first debate.

I hope and pray he wins the election and then turns these principles
into his reality.

Amjean on October 5, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I hope you are right. We still need to keep an eye on all of them.

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Has anyone found out if there is any truth to the rumor that the Lame Stream Media outlets have plastic sheeting over their cameras and their stage people wearing raincoats in anticipation of the orgasmic response to an 7.9% unemployment rate ObamaMiracle this morning?

Southern by choice22 on October 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM

I just saw, on Drudge, that the estimate is 8.2%. I won’t be surprised or impressed if it’s 7.9% though. Who would believe that it was anything other than pre-election games?

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Punchenko on October 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

heh….buyers remorse?

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Who would believe that it was anything other than pre-election games?

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

the low information voter who only listens to brokaw…

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Well, they’ve already tried the altitude. The Trolls will continue with the excuses today.

kingsjester on October 5, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Some judge who went to school with both Romney and Obama (that is one long educational experience) said Obama would obliterate Romney, and now says Obama must have had the flu or something. (Drudge)

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:52 AM

mika thinks todays jobs numbers were weighing on obamas mind during the debate to account for his poor performance.

renalin on October 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Or, perhaps, he got wind of the donation scandal waiting in the wings.?..

Hmmm, I wonder what those early voters thought of Barry’s performance? :-)

Punchenko on October 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Now, it becomes clear why Barry & Co. are pushing early voting so hard. It’s as if they know they are going to have a very weak finish.

Fallon on October 5, 2012 at 7:55 AM

QUOTE OF THE DAY HOTAIR CHOOSES TO IGNORE:

“In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”

-Mittens, gutlessly backpedaling from his 47% remarks (17 days later when he slimily thinks it’s safe to do) and thus smearing all the excited GOPers who screamed YAHHH WAY TO GO, MITTENS YOU SAID WHAT WE WERE ALL THINKING

Dave Rywall on October 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Some judge who went to school with both Romney and Obama (that is one long educational experience) said Obama would obliterate Romney, and now says Obama must have had the flu or something. (Drudge)

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Don’t knock it. The more people are still talking about that pathetic debate performance the better because the reality is that Obama tried to phone it in and it showed.

But, with the jobs report coming out, the focus is going to shift. Then Monday it will shift again as Romney gives a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute. And of course next week also brings up the VP debates which, except for entertainment value, are worthless. The only VP candidate that definitively lost one of these fluff events was Jim Stockdale.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

America got its first, sustained look at the good and competent Mr. Romney. And it really was a first. He wasted his convention but showed up for his debate, and an estimated 58 million people were watching. Many of them were taking his measure for the first time. What did they see? He was confident, gracious, in command of the facts. He looked like a president, acted like one.

Is this Noonan? What an idiot. Romney didn’t waste his convention. That Eastwood skit was prescient. Peggy, you think you are so smart but everyone on our side knew what Obama was four years ago.

monalisa on October 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya

Flora Duh on October 5, 2012 at 7:56 AM

It just made ABC radio news this morning.

Fallon on October 5, 2012 at 8:02 AM

I just saw, on Drudge, that the estimate is 8.2%. I won’t be surprised or impressed if it’s 7.9% though. Who would believe that it was anything other than pre-election games?

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I look at the basic fact that the regime is reporting on itself, after the dear leader’s performance in the mile-high massacre, I can see them wanting to come up with anyway of boosting their chances.

Southern by choice22 on October 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Dave Rywall on October 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

It’s in the headlines. Fail.

I look at the basic fact that the regime is reporting on itself, after the dear leader’s performance in the mile-high massacre, I can see them wanting to come up with anyway of boosting their chances.

Southern by choice22 on October 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Yeah, well, good luck with that, I say. They are going to be throwing all kinds of stuff against the wall, hoping something sticks.

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 8:08 AM

QUOTE OF THE DAY HOTAIR CHOOSES TO IGNORE:

“In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”

Dave Rywall on October 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Hey idiot! You see that video up above of Romney on Hannity?

Yeah, that one. Listen to it, then apologize to Allah.

Flora Duh on October 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Consider this. After Obama’s meltdown the Dems know what they have to do. Obama has to come out swinging.

He cannot run on his record or accomplishments so he will have to do a ‘Harry Reid’ and attack Romney personally as being more of a lying, unscrupulous scoundrel than he is.

Uniblogger on October 5, 2012 at 8:14 AM

It will be interesting to see how fickle the MSM will be in the next 30 or so days. Will most of them rush in to help and prop up Obama or will they cut their losses and decide to do random acts of journalism? Will they report that the Emperor is indeed naked?

Time will tell.

Fallon on October 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Fallon on October 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

indeed

howver, msdnc will always have dear leader’s back…that will never change

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

7.8

I call shenanigans.

Fallon on October 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Dave Rywall on October 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

0?

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

7.8

I call shenanigans.

Fallon on October 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Its an outright lie. It won’t help. It won’t work. Desperation.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

“In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”

Mitt Romney

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-Mittens, gutlessly backpedaling from his 47% remarks (17 days later when he slimily thinks it’s safe to do) and thus smearing all the excited GOPers who screamed YAHHH WAY TO GO, MITTENS YOU SAID WHAT WE WERE ALL THINKING

Dave Rywall
on October 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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How, or in what way is it “safer” now, than 17 days ago?

listens2glenn on October 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

7.8 I call shenanigans.

Fallon on October 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

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I wonder what these Sikorsky workers would say.

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/industry/258641-sikorsky-to-close-ny-plant-cut-570-jobs

diogenes on October 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

QUOTE OF THE DAY HOTAIR CHOOSES TO IGNORE:

“In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”

Dave Rywall on October 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Obama does this 5 times a day and you ignore it, you utter hypocrite.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Scrumpy, Last! Don’t forget to look very closely at my 10:40 comment to you. It reads, Look here. Look there very closely. You’ll see the little place in the forest.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

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