Amateur Hour at the Romney Campaign
posted at 8:58 pm on August 8, 2012 by Mike Rathbone
I don’t think I have to tell you about what went down with Andrea Saul. AP already had a good post about this. However, upon reading this I just knew I had to write a post about this.
I just have to ask, is Romney TRYING to lose this thing? I sincerely hope Andrea Saul went off the reservation, because if Romney HQ is using this as a talking point they should have their heads examined. I mean why bring up Romneycare when you have the ENTIRE media on your side decrying this Super-Pac ad? I bet they just couldn’t resist.
What happened to the campaign that held an impromptu press conference at Solyndra? What happened to the campaign that countered Seamus with the dog-eating? Were these people kidnapped, lobotomized, or did they just get arrogant? I’m betting on the latter. They won the primary, the economy is lousy, and they think they can run out the clock. Well gents, you can’t just run out the clock. You need to do more and what you’re doing now isn’t going to do it for you. The Obama campaign is literally accusing you of killing people and yet you can’t muster a decent counter-response. In fact you give us what Andrea Saul gave us.
Now I realize that the Romney campaign can’t match the President dollar for dollar in ads…yet. Campaign finance laws being what they are, the Romney camp’s hands are kind of tied, but they can do better, much better.
But you know what the worse part is? You know what really makes me angry? It’s that there is a horde of people out there that are seemingly able to defend Governor Romney better than he himself can. I mean, look at the comboxes here at Hot Air. Read Ace of Spades, read NRO. For example, Avik Roy had a fantastic defense of private equity on NRO yet I didn’t hear any of that from Romney. Sarah Palin got blasted for not being able to identify a book she read. Yet Governor Romney would be well served if he scoured (or paid someone) to scour some of these blogs. He might learn a thing or two.
Alas, he won’t. He won despite these people. Why would his group listen to us? We backed the losers (although to be fair, I caucused for him in Missouri, so he didn’t win in spite of me)?. It’s that kind of arrogance that will doom him. He’s scared to do what needs be done. He’s lived in a world of numbers and data and while he successfully nuked his competitors on the right, he’s fighting in a whole other league. The people here, at Hot Air, we KNOW what we’re up against. We know how the other side operates. It might benefit the Governor to listen to us and yet I know he won’t.
There is almost nothing more upsetting than being angry about something and knowing there is nothing you can do about it. We (or at least I) want desperately for Obama to be out of office. Heck, many of us probably want it more than Romney does and yet there is nothing we can do. We can vote, but us voting isn’t enough. We can give money, but Romney’s got money. What, most of all, we want is to be able to change minds. I guess we can do that in our own small ways, but in the ways that REALLY matter, we can’t do a thing and that enrages me.
So all I can do is pray. I know some of you here (like AP) would laugh at that, but there isn’t much else I can do. Maybe somebody can get through to the Governor, but I’m not optimistic and I’m afraid if we lose this time around, there won’t be much left to fight for in 2016.
P.S.-If Andrea Saul went off the reservation, she should be licking envelopes starting about…now. If I was less charitable, I’d call for her to be fired, but people mess up. It happens and people in glass houses (like me) shouldn’t be throwing stones. Yet for those of you who are less charitable than me, a little something to cleanse your pallet. I think it sums up what many of us are thinking (Warning Language):