WSJ to Romney: You're Blowing It

esh_gaJuly 5, 2012

This latest mistake is of a piece with the campaign's insular staff and strategy that are slowly squandering an historic opportunity. Mr. Obama is being hurt by an economic recovery that is weakening for the third time in three years. But Mr. Romney hasn't been able to take advantage, and if anything he is losing ground.

The Romney campaign thinks it can play it safe and coast to the White House by saying the economy stinks and it's Mr. Obama's fault. We're on its email list and the main daily message from the campaign is that "Obama isn't working." Thanks, guys, but Americans already know that. What they want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the President's policies aren't working and how Mr. Romney's policies will do better.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is assailing Mr. Romney as an out-of-touch rich man, and the rich man obliged by vacationing this week at his lake-side home with a jet-ski cameo. Team Obama is pounding him for Bain Capital, and until a recent ad in Ohio the Romney campaign has been slow to respond.

The biography that voters care about is their own, and they want to know how a candidate is going to improve their future. That means offering a larger economic narrative and vision than Mr. Romney has so far provided. It means pointing out the differences with specificity on higher taxes, government-run health care, punitive regulation, and the waste of politically-driven government spending.

Mr. Romney promised Republicans he was the best man to make the case against President Obama, whom they desperately want to defeat. So far Mr. Romney is letting them down.

Imagine how he will run the country!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 12:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

And they're a conservative journal aren't they?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 12:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Now place that picture in a commercial going in one direction, then another....

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 12:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

He reminds me of the kid in High School who never worked hard or studied, just copied someone else's homework, cheated on the tests, smiled at the teachers, flashed daddy's money around and basically got over.

He will figure out what he wants to do as president the day someone else tells him what it is.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 12:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

That's just it, though... Obama IS working... insomuch as the GOP is allowing him to. It's an impossibility to get done the things you want to do to help a nation when the opposite side does nothing but say, "no, no, no!", and filibuster until the cows have already come home and gotten comfy for the night.

And to top it off, we have Romney saying, with his smile concreted in place, "Just trust me... after you elect me, then I'll tell you stuff." Say what?!

This has been the strangest, most bizarre past 4 years I've ever seen where the Republican party is concerned... they've allowed a takeover of the party by a mentality I can't even begin to explain... they've offered no solutions or fixes beyond the usual that have proven not to help the public one iota... and are apparently getting tired of hiding their corruption, and are now just telling everyone about it...

What the hell is going on? This is not the real Republican party... these are not the real conservatives. This is a freak show, with the winner being the GOP candidate that can sink the lowest and still look good while sinking! Are they kidding, or what?

Anyone but Obama? C'mon... what's the real deal with that? As if we didn't know...

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 1:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marquest(z5 PA)

Yes we know what the "Anyone but Obama?" is all about. But the sorry thing is it is not the same with the Republican leaders. They are feeding that "We know what it is" because they know some have that phobia.

It helps them win. It is all about the win not the country. They are using that phobia to help them win.

Can you imagine the uproar that would be out there if President Obama was hiding his income tax returns. Can you hear the screaming of saving his money with illegals and why does he give illegals his money instead of AMERICANS. Why are the banks in the United States not good enough for his money.

But when it comes to Romney they act like Cayman Islands and Switzerland is the United States and have know idea what is wrong with him hiding his money out of the country.

I can just hear the RANT now.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 2:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

What really make me see red is that there's the rich guy on his jet ski living it up at his multi million dollar summer mansion, and YET John Kerry was smeared for the very same thing by the stinking swiftboaters back in 2004!! Rove, Koch Brothers, and their merry band of thieves. May they rot in hell where undoubtedly Lee Atwater will welcome them. Oh, wait. I forgot Lee knew what a nasty piece of work he was, and apologized before his death to all he crucified with his nasty tricks. .

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 3:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I think my point was, if the conservative journal isn't behind him, he must not be what mainstream conservatives are behind. Keep it in mind. He's as fringe as the last losing Republican (VP in that case).

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 3:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Well it also doesn't help that Rupert was never a Willard fan.
His tweets from June were scathing claiming that Romeny didn't even look like a challenge to Obama.
Of Course Murdoch never influences WSJ.
It also doesn't help that the IMF fiscal warnings to the US are spend baby spend.

Tweet Nothings

Rupert Murdoch
When is Romney going to look like a challenger? Seems to play everything safe, make no news except burn off Hispanics.
24 Jun 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite
Rupert Murdoch
Easy for Romney to spell out restoration of the American dream and bash incompetent administration. But not a word!

Here is a link that might be useful: Rupert

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 4:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I don't see anything wrong with Romney having a holiday - he has been on the campaign trail for a VERY long time now, I don't know how those who have to campaign for the nomination and then go right into campaigning for the office does it, just that grueling schedule would do me in, much less have that awful, daunting job waiting if I actully won.

Both men, but much more so the President - need down days just like the rest of us, only the President needs them more so for the job he has to do with a steady hand every single day, knowing all the threats the people of his country face both within and outside our borders.

I believe that conservative voters really blew it when they ignored Huntsman and cheered, instead, for someone who finds it necessary to bash Obama in every single campaign speech (if he wants their vote, he had darn well *better* regurgitate that hatred back to them!) rather than a man who would run on substance and ideas, once again elevating the position of the GOP in the world and in politics - as so many currently deadly quiet politicians and their voting conservative supporters so deeply wish for.

Huntsman said from day 1 that his campaign would not be based upon bashing Obama and for that, he was ignored. From day 1.

I'd bet a shocking percentage of conservative voters wouldn't even remember that a true conservative named Huntsman even ran during the primaries. That would not surprise me a bit, he was that totally ignored.

Although he was not presenting himself as an "extreme conservative" (as Romney has announced himself to be) he was a real and true conservative (certainly presenting my own political interests) with a goodly amount of foreign relations expertise who (I believe) would have ignored the nut right base and would have represented the highest, best interests of the conservative voter.

He would have made Demi, Mrsk and Nik proud - I really do believe that. That even they seemed so completely uninterested in Huntsman still leaves me stumped. They were far more enthusiastic about Herman Cain of all people, for pete's sake - but they had to be practically begged for any comment about Huntsman at all, as I recall.

I think Huntsman could have won the election, maybe very easily in a landslide as Obama did in the last election.

Instead, Romney might very well win.

And they will remain in that unenviable position of having to support and defend him.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 4:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Personally I'm glad Huntsmen was ignored for that very reason. He would have been a REAL threat. He's smart, savvy with a ton of experience. Since I am an Obama supporter, I'm glad the Righties who have taken over the party virtually ignored him for the likes of Herman Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Santorum(who said Romney was the worst Republican in the world!) and the other clowns. Even Trump, and yet did any of the Republicans on here ever diss them? Not that I remember.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 4:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I read Obama isn't going to Martha's Vineyard this summer which disturbed the people on the island who had a huge tourism economy boost when he was there. I'm guessing the Righties would be all over him for taking a vacation while Colorado burned, the heat killed 100's, you name it.

But in the first three plus years, Obama took 70 days vacation compared to 227 for Bush in the same time frame.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 5:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I suspect that if the President's girls were of voting age they would vote for must be so tough on them being the daughter of the sitting President. Can't even have a damn vacation in peace!

Especially Malia, 14 years old yesterday, if her Dad wins a second term she will spend her entire teen years in a fish bowl surrounded by security, criticized for any move she guys are way too tough on your First families...way too tough!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 5:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The Obama's are wonderful parents, and they are raising beautiful poised girls. I feel for them too with their every move scrutinized. But to their parents' credit, pictures of them are rare. But it must be tough for a teen.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 5:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

But think what an experience they're having that so very few will ever get to enjoy. This is a facet of education you can't get from books - and no matter what, they'll always be the daughters of a President and will reap whatever perks that entails. I wouldn't be boo hooing too hard for their lot in life.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 6:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

So now, the Super Pac, Restore our Future, the one that supports Mitt Romney; and be sure to not forget that Romney doesn't have any control over these, so called, Super Pacs.

Well guess what this super pac is intending to do?

They are planning to "take over the Olympics" (my words" with advertising for their "super hero of the 2001 Salt Lake City Olympics".

Yup, the supposed to be politically free Summer Olympics, the good old GOP is taking over and running ads in certain states.

The ads begin airing on July 31 and will run through Aug. 9 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

So much for family viewing time with kids and just sitting back and enjoying the athleticism on display.
Now if you live in "the wrong state", you are going to be bombarded with political campaign ads for Mitt Romney and trying to explain to your young kids why politics are not part of the olympics while the supposed GOP candidate for President is turning the advertising into his private political campaign audience.

OOPS, the Super Pac is doing this for "their candidate" Mitt Romney, remember Mitt has nothing to do with them, them's the rules. He knows nothing about it and is doing nothing to stop the ads, cause he knows nothing about it and has nothing to do with the PAC.

Just another check on the side of "don't vote for Romney".

He's blowing it more and his so called Pac is sure not helping him out. I can't imagine people changing their choice or actually deciding to vote for him after these ads appear on their TV screen while watching olympic games.

Here is a link that might be useful: Romney Super Pac to advertise during Olympics

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 6:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marquest(z5 PA)

There use to be total respect for the children and wives. That pretty much has not been the case with President Obama. Bush's daughters took a few shots when they started drinking and having fun but that was about one month and it ended. When they were under 18 they were hands off. Nobody should ever hurt the children of the President.

You know you are low class when you attack the Wife and Children of the President.

I felt bad for President Obama's girls when even here at HT they started bashing them for going to Mexico, or any other vacation and the President's Wife body.

Chase we have become bitter non-caring society nothing and nobody is off limits to win. It is a shame that respect have gone out the window and replaced with????? That is probably why President Obama has taken significantly less vacations than other Presidents because it would be used to win. You can bet there would be a RANT about those vacations.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 6:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I mistyped - it should have read that Huntsman would NOT have represented my political interests.

But of course he would not have - he is a true conservative after all, but the kind my father (an old time republican) would have admired and respected and supported though, a conservative and a man of honor.

Why this is never being discussed by the talking heads is beyond me, maybe someday an intelligent, throughly researched book will be written about the conservative politicians who ran for the GOP nomination this Presidential election cycle, the reception given them by the conservatives in the country and the odd Huntsman thing will be throughly examined at that time. He was such a non-event that it became an event to me!

The "why" of the whole thing is something I just can't figure out, never have been able to from the time he announced and the utter disinterest from conservaties that followed him right up to the point he dropped out from the race. That announcement was a non-event, too.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 7:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marquest(z5 PA)

mylab, the why is the Republican party is not a party with the intent of running the country for the people and by the people any more.

if you goggle his name. This is constantly reasons you will find throughout the net.

In short he was a true politician that thought running the country was the job description. Not what the party has become. He just did not believe or practice the rhetoric. You fall in line or we hate you. Look at what they are saying about Justice Roberts. It is like a party of robots. There is nothing about love of the country or trying to make the country better.

It is looks like fear/hate base party to me. If we get Affordable Health Care we are all going to die, Aliens are coming to take us away, Social Security is going to be gone on and on. When is the last time you have seen the Republicans fighting for a cause other than not that they never say how about this unless the this is "Fear Base"


Huntsman's problem, aside from serving as the administration's ambassador to China, is that he doesn't seem to hate Democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular. His rhetoric is of someone who disagrees with the president, but doesn't doubt his commitment to improving the country. Unfortunately for Huntsman, this runs counter to nearly every bit of conservative rhetoric over the last three years. If the current GOP were a party which didn't reward personal animus toward the president, then Huntsman would probably be in a much better position.

That's exactly right. Having served as Obama's ambassador to China on the grounds that one doesn't turn down requests from one's president to serve the country acknowledges that Obama is the president of the country, not simply the Democrat-in-Chief.

Here is a link that might be useful: Why not Huntsman

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 7:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree with Lily... I think the Obama's did a splendid job raising both girls, and I think they've both got good heads on their shoulders. They aren't publicized very much, at all... which is good. I don't see any Paris Hiltons in the making, there.

I would imagine it IS hard being the President's daughter... constant security, constantly being watched, etc... but it's also probably a good experience for them, learning-wise... not to mention the travel involved sometimes. Must be exciting at times, and dull and boring at others, but how many kids grow up and get to say, "my Dad was President, and I lived in the White House!"

And you know, no one ever admits it, though we constantly remind people, but Obama is not a liberal. He's just slightly left of center when it comes to the graphs that have been shown... he's very moderate, or centrist, and not leftist, at all. I don't know where the socialist mumbo jumbo comes from.

I'm not even sure what happened, but the GOP went off the deep end... head first... first with the tea party crap, and then with the constant obstruction, and the religious baggage, and then there was all the birther garbage and all that... it just seemed to snowball... no matter what the President did, it was wrong, or not good enough... and whenever the Democrats used a Republican idea, suddenly it was bad...

It's just been the oddest 3 and a half years I've ever seen in my life! And the 8 before it were pretty bizarre, too!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 8:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marquest(z5 PA)

mylab, we were just talking about Huntsman and the reasons. It pretty much is what I have heard is as a true conservative he knows that his Party is not doing what it should do for the country.

Not the Republican Party he knows and hoped they were I am sure. If for no other reason than the Republican party needs to understand that you cannot buy the vote. Win and support Corporation and line your pocket and do nothing for the country.
Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman announced Friday that he plans to stay home in protest.

"I will not be attending this year's convention, nor any Republican convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States' a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits," Huntsman said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Huntsman had released his delegates to Mitt Romney and is no longer actively seeking office. But active candidates are making the same decision.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jon Huntsman

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 3:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks Marquest.

I have a feeling that his staying home from the convention will cause as much stir as his run for the nomination - people just aren't interested at all in that sort of high standard of a person for the GOP President these days as evidenced by the total lack of interest in this man.

Boggles the mind - what they could have had and what they instead, went for. And just think - it could have been
Santorum! By the time they ran through the excitement and then discarded the rest, it came down to between Romney and Santorum!


    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 3:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marquest(z5 PA)

Please do not remind me and especially lily today about Santorium. LOL

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 3:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Lily has enough to worry about with the heat and her poor koi, she surely doesn't have the energy leftover to remember the past, scary Santorum possibility! :)

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 3:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Everyone should be able to have a holiday particularly if your going to visit your trust accounts!
Some folks have enough some have more than enough & then there's this off shoring of cash which smacks of being anti USIAN to me. Nothing like leaving a little nest egg for the kids but this smack of the very thing Teddy Roosevelt was trying to trim down.
Just my 4 cents!

The Federalist ideas of Madison fail in the face of great Corporate growth & fortunes.

"Roosevelt argued in this speech that the recent rise of corporations gave businessmen too much economic control. MadisonâÂÂs constitutional restraints, therefore, allowed too much wealth to be concentrated in too few hands. Redistribution of wealth by government, Roosevelt thought, would achieve âÂÂa more substantial equality of opportunity.âÂÂ

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 3:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Maybe the mainstream republicans will get it some day but I honestly believe Huntsman could have beat President Obama hands down.

I believe the fact he took an appointment under President Obama was his undoing....never mind that he is a successful businessman ,every bit as successful as Romney, never nind he has a deep understanding of the Chinese, speaks Mandarin and has dealt with touchy International issues.

Never mind the fact that he was appointed by President Obama means that he would have the ability to work across the aisle to get things done.....oh now I understand. Can't have that can we?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 4:40PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
"Hands up, Don't Shoot" a Lie
...but Justice Dept "did find evidence of systematic...
Still More Nuts
A Christian Activists has filed a California Ballot...
Does free speech apply
I find her texts disgusting but should she be tried...
The Universe #2
Just starting up a second thread with mom47's last...
What goes around ...
.....comes around "It wasn't supposed to be like...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™