Video: Romney makes the middle-class pitch

posted at 11:21 am on October 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had some good moments in last night’s debate, but this was Romney’s best of the 90-minute event.  Until Romney took up this argument, the issue of the middle class hadn’t been broached, which gave Romney an opening to define the parameters of that debate — and he went right to the data to do it.  Without explicitly mentioning Joe Biden, Romney twice agreed with the VP that the middle class had been “buried” over the last four years:

“I think you know better. I think you know that these last four years haven’t been so good as the President just described and that you don’t feel like you’re confident that the next four years are going to be much better either.

“I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a repeat of the last four years. We just can’t afford four more years like the last four years.

“He said that by now we’d have unemployment at 5.4 percent. The difference between where it is and 5.4 percent is 9 million Americans without work.

“I wasn’t the one that said 5.4 percent. This was the President’s plan. Didn’t get there.

“He said he would have by now put forward a plan to reform Medicare and Social Security, because he pointed out they’re on the road to bankruptcy. He would reform them. He’d get that done. He hasn’t even made a proposal on either one.

“He said in his first year he’d put out an immigration plan that would deal with our immigration challenges. Didn’t even file it.

“This is a president who has not been able to do what he said he’d do. He said that he’d cut in half the deficit. He hasn’t done that either. In fact, he doubled it. He said that by now middle-income families would have a reduction in their health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year. It’s gone up by $2,500 a year. And if Obamacare is passed, or implemented — it’s already been passed — if it’s implemented fully, it’ll be another $2,500 on top.

“The middle class is getting crushed under the policies of a president who has not understood what it takes to get the economy working again. He keeps saying, ‘Look, I’ve created 5 million jobs.’ That’s after losing 5 million jobs. The entire record is such that the unemployment has not been reduced in this country. The unemployment, the number of people who are still looking for work, is still 23 million Americans.

“There are more people in poverty, one out of six people in poverty.

“How about food stamps? When he took office, 32 million people were on food stamps. Today, 47 million people are on food stamps. How about the growth of the economy? It’s growing more slowly this year than last year, and more slowly last year than the year before.

“The President wants to do well. I understand. But the policies he’s put in place from Obamacare to Dodd-Frank to his tax policies to his regulatory policies, these policies combined have not let this economy take off and grow like it could have.

“You might say, ‘Well, you got an example of one that worked better?’ Yeah, in the Reagan recession where unemployment hit 10.8 percent, between that period — the end of that recession and the equivalent period of time to today, Ronald Reagan’s recovery created twice as many jobs as this president’s recovery. Five million jobs doesn’t even keep up with our population growth. And the only reason the unemployment rate seems a little lower today is because of all the people that have dropped out of the workforce.

“The President has tried, but his policies haven’t worked. He’s great as a speaker and describing his plans and his vision. That’s wonderful, except we have a record to look at. And that record shows he just hasn’t been able to cut the deficit, to put in place reforms for Medicare and Social Security to preserve them, to get us the rising incomes we need. Median income is down $4,300 a family and 23 million Americans out of work. That’s what this election is about. It’s about who can get the middle class in this country a bright and prosperous future and assure our kids the kind of hope and optimism they deserve.”

This is the heart of the matter, and the most effective attack on Barack Obama’s perceived strength.  The recovery has actually been worse for the middle class than the recession, thanks to Obamanomics.  Those figures that Romney cited are both accurate and devastating.

Small wonder that Obama won’t discuss his record or an agenda for a second term, but instead wants to conduct class warfare, as he did throughout much of the debate when he attacked Romney’s wealth and success.  That will play well with the base, but those working- and middle-class voters who have watched their economic position rapidly eroding during a succession of “Recovery Summers” can’t help but wonder why Obama isn’t talking about his own plans to reverse that trend.  ”Stay the course” looks like a recipe for disaster among this group.

Romney revisited this in his closing statement in the debate, but this has to be the closing statement every day for the next three weeks.  As Alec Baldwin said in Glengarry Glen Ross, always be closing.  And in this case, second place isn’t the set of steak knives — it’s “you’re fired” (not safe for work!):

Those middle class voters are just waiting for someone other than Obama to take their votes.  Romney has to reach out and take them.


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Not sure the middle class voter needs a pitch as much as it needs a hitter who can slug it out of the park.

Romney/Ryan. They can’t screw up as bad as jugears.

platypus on October 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It was a powerful…….but getting no screen time today as everyone is focuse on Libya/Crowley. Thanks for highlighting it Ed.

CoffeeLover on October 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

As Alec Baldwin said in Glengarry Glen Ross, always be closing. And in this case, second place isn’t the set of steak knives — it’s “you’re fired” (not safe for work!)

I’ve often quoted another part of that epic rant:

Blake: Nice guy? I don’t give a sh-t. Good father? F-ck you! Go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here? Close!

That’s how I feel about anyone who’s even considering voting for this guy based on his supposed likeability.

Doughboy on October 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

It was, is and will be the economy.

Mitt did what he had to do, which was project strength, intelligence, confidence, calm and likability. The hand-wringing over Bengazi-gate will not be that important – YET. Wait for the next debate for that one.

Romney owns SCOAMF, body and soul. He just needs to seal the deal and call him out over his Bengazi lying and cover-up. In the nicest possible way.

Rixon on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Yep- keep hammering the point home that the last 4 years have been an unmitigated disaster for the working and non working middle class…Obama has no answer to that

jjshaka on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

They’ve already made an ad about this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI5qjAUkZsE

Very effective.

GOPRanknFile on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

83 more days to Nov. 7, 2012.
One song to sing on the way there.
Use liberal Judy Collins old song.

“Some day soon Obama’s gonna be gone,” “Some day soon.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“As Ben Franklin said, “He who lives upon hope dies farting.”

Conservative4ev on October 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

83 more days to Nov. 7, 2012.
One song to sing on the way there.
Use liberal Judy Collins old song.

Your calendar is not of this planet.

lorien1973 on October 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

One more thing.

Obama’s Fast and Furious operation attacked and killed many of the poor and lower class citizens of Mexico.

Obama’s policies produced more poor and lower income Americans.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I get the middle class argument…but quite frankly, every segment of our society has been “buried” by this administration.

And every one of them would have a good argument that they were buried deeper than the others.

One thing Obama is, an Equal Class Destroyer…

right2bright on October 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Romney effectively prebutted the 47% remark that the left craved for during the first debate and by the time Obama got around to it at the very end of the debate it was ineffective and had no punch. I noticed no one is talking about it today, perhaps Obama knew it would be a thud and that is why he didn’t use it in the first debate. Mitt’s close was a strong reminder of Obama’s failed first term and left Obama grasping for something to close with for the second straight debate.

Ellis on October 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Little OT…have y’all seen the picture of the debate on Drudge…is it just me, or….

CinnamongirlUF on October 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

13 Jan. oops

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Romney owns SCOAMF, body and soul.

Rixon on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Uh, you got the soul part wrong. He ain’t got one. Sold it to Satan long ago.

platypus on October 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

83 days? Retroactive or something? I count 19/20.

HomeoftheBrave on October 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

That was fantastic. Perfect tone and perfect recitation of facts.

rockmom on October 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

back to work,
fingers not in sink
mind on real world problems of getting the wheat in and stocker cattle bought and the hay in

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Excellent

cmsinaz on October 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I enjoyed the question by Romney pertaining to the Chinese investments in the president’s pension. Obama said he didn’t know anything about what his pension invested in.

seven on October 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

OT: All this whispering by Louie and his anti-semites, among others, calling for riots and tweets about assassinating Mitt, if elected. Any legs to this?

HomeoftheBrave on October 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Got anything else? Or is class warfare the extent of your argument against Mitt?

Doughboy on October 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Even Obama was nodding his head.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

“sit down Governor Romney”

faraway on October 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

OT: All this whispering by Louie and his anti-semites, among others, calling for riots and tweets about assassinating Mitt, if elected. Any legs to this?

HomeoftheBrave on October 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Acts of Terror.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Did you all hear Obama say that he created “23 million jobs”? Did I hear that right. It was a funny slip, because he used Romney’s 23 million number (referring to Americans out of work.)

cep on October 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

83 more days to Nov. 7, 2012.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Um….no. But more importantly, 96 days to January 21st and the end of America’s experiment with socialism and affirmative action hires over merit.

Happy Nomad on October 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

lostmotherfoqua

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The middle and particularly the lower income people need to start paying their share & Romney is wrong to allow them to keep making the rich pay more than their fair share.

astonerii on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Doughboy

Class warfare is exactly what Romney will wage if he gets elected. We will all pay for he and his friends looting of America.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

KOOLAID2

Ooh, a veritable Oscar Wilde.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

“sit down Governor Romney”

faraway on October 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Folks keep mentioning this, but I heard her say it to Obama once during the debate.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The substance of everything Romney said in this segment was pitch perfect, and I believe and hope voters are much more likely to respond to that than they are to a lying sociopath whose primary means of “improving” from the last debate were to muscle up and act more like the insolent punk he really is.

Right Mover on October 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Yeah, we know Obama just loves them. That’s why fewer of them are working today, that’s why their incomes are down, that’s why they’re paying more for gas and electric, I guess.

changer1701 on October 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Class warfare is exactly what Romney will wage if he gets elected. We will all pay for he and his friends looting of America.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

My, aren’t you confused.

Bitter Clinger on October 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Folks keep mentioning this, but I heard her say it to Obama once during the debate.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Nope

faraway on October 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

My, aren’t you confused.

Bitter Clinger on October 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Give it a break. It’s still mourning Mother Russia.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The phrase that I’m hearing more and more from undecided and swing voters:

“Obama hasn’t done anything to fix the economy”.

THIS is the driving issue now. Bad news for the President.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Folks keep mentioning this, but I heard her say it to Obama once during the debate.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Full transcript, search for ‘sit’

faraway on October 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

If you believe your America-hating narcissist of a President cares about anybody in the entire universe except himself, you are one deluded idiot.

Right Mover on October 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I thought this was the critical part of the debate that “won” it for Romney (but he kinda blew it with the Libya thing later). It was just a devastating attack on Obama. Also note that Obama didn’t get a chance to respond to it (or didn’t want to. what could he have said?)

tkyang99 on October 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Right, Barky loves the Middle Class so much his policies caused median incomes to drop by 4000.00.

F off, parasite.

Thomas More on October 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Class warfare is exactly what Romney will wage if he gets elected. We will all pay for he and his friends looting of America.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

You mean like running up a $6 trillion tab in 4 years? Or paying off campaign bundlers with tens of billions in taxpayer dollars? Or handing auto companies over to the UAW? Or bailing out big banks and investment firms? Or bribing insurance companies and the AARP in exchange for their public support of Obamacare?

Oh wait, that’s the record of the Obama administration. Never mind.

Doughboy on October 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break

Class envy and resentment won’t mean squat in the voting booth.

Fixing the economy will.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

All I can say is all the apologists who are saying 0 won this debate are simply that. Apologists. I am no Romney fan. Romney won the debate I watched.

Bmore on October 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The ‘last 4 years’ argument works only for those incapable of considering what came before those 4 years. And polls have show that the American electorate is for the most part very clear on that.
Romney’s inability to offer any substantive reply to the question about how he’ll differ from the Bush policies that wrought so much of the damage is a very good opening for the Obama campaign.
Romney weakly offered that he differed from Bush on China.
China?
He is trying to sell a boiler plate Republican trickle down theory to a middle class who have never seen a benefit from this approach.
Now that the Romney campaign has lost on their Benghazi narrative, they are back to the economy. And that should be an advantage – but his 20% tax cut for the wealthy is the poison in his pitch.
People know exactly what that means.

verbaluce on October 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

There is a job opening at our Benghazi consulate.

Plenty of Job Security and Caring…

Electrongod on October 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

MSNBC Fail

MSNBC Undecided Voter Panel Leans More Toward Romney After Debate

workingclass artist on October 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

verbaluce on October 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Dream on.

Obama had four years to fix the economy. He hasn’t.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM

here’s the link to MSNBC video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDanNdzAUn0&feature=player_embedded#!

workingclass artist on October 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Class warfare is exactly what Romney will wage if he gets elected. We will all pay for he and his friends looting of America.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

What’s left to loot after four years of the rat-eared wonder stealing from the taxpayer to reward his cronies?

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Increased food stamp recipients, record unemployment, no economic opportunity……. Yeah, your boy really has been looking out for the middle class. You don’t deserve a f***ing break ya moocher.

Happy Nomad on October 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM

They’ve already made an ad about this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI5qjAUkZsE

Very effective.

GOPRanknFile on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The Romney campaign has their own new ad out this morning about it

The Choice

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Actually, Romney DOES care about the middle class. He even cares about jerks like you. Romney understands business and he knows that a healthy middle class is vital to keeping this nation competitive in the world. Its in our best interest. If this nation does not remain competitive, the middle class cannot survive. There would only be TWO classes, the rich, who now owe no nation real allegiance in a ‘global society’ unless they choose to, and the poor, who have no options. By the way, Mitt Romney didn’t have to become President in order to become a millionaire. He was already wealthy and successful in every thing he did long before he decided to run for the presidency.

ROMNEY LOVES THIS COUNTRY. He was born and raised here, in the heart of the Midwest, he does not see himself as ‘cosmopolitan’, he sees himself as American, and is proud to say so. The primary interest of Mitt Romney is the well being of THIS nation, and seeing that it remains preeminent in the world, not ‘redistributing the wealth’ to the rest of the world, and ceding the economic and military preeminence of this nation, bought and paid for with American blood and treasure, to other countries, or the UN, in order to to make of this nation “…just one nation among many.”.

thatsafactjack on October 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Why are you here? You’re dull & uninteresting.

22044 on October 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

83 more days to Nov. 7, 2012.
One song to sing on the way there.
Use liberal Judy Collins old song.

Your calendar is not of this planet.

lorien1973 on October 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Klingon death calendar.

msupertas on October 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Go to the southern most tip of Key West. I’ll have a boat waiting at the dock with a full tank of gas, hop in it and head 90 miles due south – your mother land is no longer lost.

And oh yeah, I won’t even ask that you return the boat.

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM

The Romney campaign has their own new ad out this morning about it

The Choice

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Also very effective. This Romney character ain’t so bad after all. ;)

GOPRanknFile on October 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM
lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You are right. But why stop with giving money to numerous electric car companies and sending stimulus money to Dem precincts while halting a host of other economic activities with the alphabet soup of regulators and Goliath budget deficits?

I THINK THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A NICE, COLD, PAINFUL ENEMA IN THE SHAPE OF A TAX INCREASE, FREEBIES FOR PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY AND MILITARY CUTS IN THE FACE OF MILLIONS OF RELIGIOUS NUTS WHO WANT TO KILL US EVEN WHILE OUR LEADER TRIES TO HIDE THEIR HEINOUS CRIMES AND BOWS AND SCRAPES BEFORE THEM.

VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC!!!!

IlikedAUH2O on October 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

So liberal reporters are excited that Obama slams Romney’s wealth. I wonder what would have been the reaction if Nixon had slammed Kennedy’s wealth. These people are absurd.

Rose on October 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I knew that the moment would come when the LEFT became so desperate that they would resort to absurdities and lying openly.

I had no idea, however, that Obama would be chief among them.

His lie about Benghazi/Rose Garden speech was the capstone of his untruths. It was blatant and shabby. The world watched him in that Rose Garden speech after Benghazi specifically to see if he would say that the attack on our consulate was a terrorist attack or not. He never said it was a terrorist attack and later stood before the UN and maintained that it was the result of a poorly crafted movie trailer. He eroded one of our core principles and rights in this nation with that statement, freedom of speech and expression. A right we believe that ALL humans share. Obama went on to say ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.’

This was a lie readily and easily exposed, yet, in his desperation and vanity, Obama told that lie eagerly. He still hasn’t admitted that he deliberately lied during the debate about that Benghazi/Rose Garden speech. Yet, it has not gone away, and it won’t go away. The next debate is all foreign policy, in a formal debate setting.

Today, those on the left are maintaining and entertaining many absurdities regarding that debate last night, but more importantly, they are maintaining that Obama’s presidency and administration hasn’t been a complete and abysmal disaster for this nation. It has. The record proves the last four years has been a disaster the same way that the tape and transcript of the Benghazi/Rose Garden speech proves that Obama blatantly lied last night. It is a matter of record.

thatsafactjack on October 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I’m a Romney supporter, but I called BS quite a few times last night – albeit much more for Obama than Romney. But on this topic – supporting the middle class, I’m wondering when we’ll hear about a major inconsistency from Romney. He says he doesn’t intent to cut total revenue – and that the wealthy will pay the same %, while the middle class will get a tax cut. Well, how can that be? If the wealthy pay the same, and the middle class pay less, who’s gonna make up the difference? Certainly not the poor! Now, you could explain this away by throwing out the static analysis and factoring increased revenue from the increasing economy, but I don’t believe that’s what he was talking about.

happi on October 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Class warfare is exactly what Romney will wage if he gets elected. We will all pay for he and his friends looting of America.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

After two hours, Bryant—a coal mine owner from Jasper—had heard enough and, in a moment being described as “right out of Atlas Shrugged,” took his turn at the microphone

“Nearly every day without fail…men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can’t pay their mortgage. They can’t pay their car note. They can’t feed their families. They don’t have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just…you know…what’s the use? I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. They’d be paid wages from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. We would consume probably $50 million to $60 million in consumables a year, putting more men to work. And my only idea today is to go home. What’s the use? I see these guys—I see them with tears in their eyes—looking for work. And if there’s so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like there’s no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them. So…basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/right-out-of-atlas-shrugged-hear-an-exasperated-alabama-businessman-tell-the

workingclass artist on October 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

They’ve already made an ad about this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI5qjAUkZsE

Very effective.

GOPRanknFile on October 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I want that on TV soonest …..

four more years like the last 4 ….

conservative tarheel on October 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Romney this. Romney that. Blah, blah, blah.

Quack, quack, quack.

In the minds of the American voters, the only thing that matters now:

Obama had for years to fix the economy. He failed.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

This part of the debate explains why Romney did so well in the Luntz focus group and Obama did not in the MSNBC focus group.

TXUS on October 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Full transcript, search for ‘sit’

faraway on October 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Gracias.

txhsmom on October 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Certainly not the poor! Now, you could explain this away by throwing out the static analysis and factoring increased revenue from the increasing economy, but I don’t believe that’s what he was talking about.

happi on October 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

That’s exactly what he’s talking about, as he mentioned several times in the first debate. As did Paul Ryan in his debate with Biden.

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

* I don’t have a vote here *

I’ve worked for Bain’s competitors in the past (and I plan to get back to consulting when my kids are old enough). I have studied under professors who are experts in currency crises in Asia. I can assure you that if you are running a business, you will want to hire someone like Romney. His answers were awesome last night.

In my opinion the US should select the next President through a case interview (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_interview). A Management consultant is what the US needs right now. Not a lawyer or community organizer.

sram on October 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

“He said that by now we’d have unemployment at 5.4 percent. The difference between where it is and 5.4 percent is 9 million Americans without work.

That’s how you humanize the numbers. Well done!

jnelchef on October 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/right-out-of-atlas-shrugged-hear-an-exasperated-alabama-businessman-tell-the

workingclass artist on October 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

D*mn I hope he changes his mind in Jan …..
the war on coal will be over by then ….

conservative tarheel on October 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I have a question. how are all these trolls getting on Hot Air.

i thought we had closed enrollment

gerrym51 on October 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

We need to fight the class warfare crap. And we can start by NOT CALLING IT “CLASS” anymore.

We’re not in a “CLASS” system. That’s Europe, middle ages trash to facilitate peon management by the elite rulers.

Yes:
Upper INCOME
Middle INCOME
Lower INCOME

Not:
Upper CLASS
Middle CLASS
Lower CLASS

PappyD61 on October 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I have a question. how are all these trolls getting on Hot Air.

i thought we had closed enrollment

gerrym51 on October 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Sleeper cells who came in during the last registration. They’ve just received their engagement orders from OfA. Expect more of them to be activated between now and election day.

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/right-out-of-atlas-shrugged-hear-an-exasperated-alabama-businessman-tell-the

workingclass artist on October 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Coal mines? Try building anything in California.

Right out of Atlas Shrugged:
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/ocp/igr_ceqa.html

This chart says it all:
http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/flowchart/index.html

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

It is telling that the Obama campaign is playing primarily for the Democrats core base. Apparently the DNC is sufficiently worried about the election to put a vast amount of energy and funds into simply trying to get their core off of the couch and out to the polling places on election day.

The logic behind such a move by the DNC is obvious. If Romney wins in a landslide, paired with the ‘shellacking’ the Democrats received at the polls in the 2010 midterms, the Democrat brand is damaged. 2016 would be highly doubtful, and even beyond. House and Senate seats would surely be forfeit, too. However, if the base, at least, turns out for Obama, the margin of Romney’s victory could be kept as narrow as possible and the damage to the Democrat brand might be mitigated. 2016 might still be viable, and some of the Senate and House seats might be salvaged, too.

That the core base is so disillusioned, and the enthusiasm gap between GOP voters and Democrat voters is so wide, that the DNC is taking this action and concentrating on their own base, is a direct reflection of Obama’s abysmal record and lack of any plan for the next four years.

thatsafactjack on October 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I have a question. how are all these trolls getting on Hot Air.

i thought we had closed enrollment

gerrym51 on October 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Sleeper cells who came in during the last registration. They’ve just received their engagement orders from OfA. Expect more of them to be activated between now and election day.

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I wonder how Boss Emeritus Michelle Malkin feels about all of this.
Her creation has been corrupted.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

That was the 3:40 that won Romney the election.

Not the debate, the election.

nicktjacob on October 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Flora duh
That’s exactly what I was gonna say, I’ve backed off since these new trolls started their BS. I get so mad I figured I’d get banned if I engage in any conversation with them.
one thing I saw last night was the reformed bedbug, isn’t it great that a site with great ppl can let ppl see through all the liberal crap and figure things out…….;)

angrymike on October 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I have a question. how are all these trolls getting on Hot Air.

i thought we had closed enrollment

gerrym51 on October 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Sleeper cells who came in during the last registration. They’ve just received their engagement orders from OfA. Expect more of them to be activated between now and election day.

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I wonder how Boss Emeritus Michelle Malkin feels about all of this.
Her creation has been corrupted.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

One thing I don’t think Michelle Malkin would’ve done is turn this place into MittRomneyCentral II. Romney won the first debate, Obama gets the edge in the second. That’s an objective assessment. Instead it’s post after post extolling every utterance made by Romney, which is getting tiresome. It’s Red Team hyperpartisanship, whish really isn’t completely synonymous with “conservatism”.

Another thing getting tiresome is the constant shrieks of “Troll!!!!”. It’s made the site unreadable. It’s why I’m pretty much outta here, apparently along with many other people — conservative people, I might add, not O-bot trolls. Good luck to ya.

ddrintn on October 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I wonder how Boss Emeritus Michelle Malkin feels about all of this.
Her creation has been corrupted.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

See “O’Sullivan’s Law”. It applies to an organization like HA, unfortunately.

slickwillie2001 on October 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Yes, right. Romney cares about the middle class. Give. Me. A. F***ing. Break.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Yep, I agree Take. . A. F***ing. Break.’. In other words, just leave. Put yourself out of the mysrery of being rodiculed and mocked here, for the inanities that you spout, and off you go….trykos, you can listen there to the echo chamber of likeminded imbeciles….

jimver on October 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Another thing getting tiresome is the constant shrieks of “Troll!!!!”. It’s made the site unreadable. It’s why I’m pretty much outta here, apparently along with many other people — conservative people, I might add, not O-bot trolls. Good luck to ya.

ddrintn on October 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I don’t think I can reiterate this enough, but not a day passes by here at HA, without someone expressing their deep sorrow and regret for your absence on this forum…mostly they mention how much they miss your insightful posts, your verve, your brilliant intellect, stuff like this…

jimver on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

See “O’Sullivan’s Law”. It applies to an organization like HA, unfortunately.

slickwillie2001 on October 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Thank you for that. Makes sense.

Our local talk radio station replaced Glenn Beck with Heidi Harris.
Her co-hosts are a Harvard lawyer (gag) and a liberal.
Glenn Beck was a bit much sometimes but I don’t care to listen to
“diversity programming”.

MichaelGabriel on October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It was Romney’s strongest moment of the debate — and the weakest moment for Obama, who, surprisingly, chose not to challenge the Republican on his response. The Romney campaign turned part of the exchange into a campaign ad.

tkyang99 on October 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Twice Romney said, just like Joe Biden, “The middle class has been buried the last four years.”

So Romney plagiarized Joe Biden. The irony is thick.

tom on October 17, 2012 at 3:35 PM