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Marbury :: The Luck of Obama:

[Romney] is, by any objective measure, the candidate most likely to beat Obama in the general. He must have hoped and expected that by now the Republicans would have overcome their doubts and consolidated around him. Instead, they chase after every implausible alternative and absolutely refuse to accept him as their standard-bearer.
The danger for his campaign now is that he starts to resent the whole thankless process, and lets it show. I think you can see the signs of that in this teeth-grindingly bad interview with the excellent Bret Baier of Fox News (scroll down for a sampler). It’s a reminder of everything least likeable about Romney: his icy assumption of superiority, his petulance, his robo-pol persona. Above all, he seems impatient. Romney can’t believe that he hasn’t sealed the deal, and he blames everyone but himself.
Let’s also imagine what the Obama camp is thinking: something along the lines of Yay! It’s looking increasingly likely that the GOP will nominate either a very damaged Romney or a verging-on-unelectable Gingrich. A president who would otherwise be in very deep trouble might be saved by his opponents.
Iowa is a key swing state in the general election, and though it went for Obama last time around he is much more unpopular there this year. The same poll showing Gingrich ahead there also found that Obama’s approval rating is underwater. Yet (with the odd exception of that anomaly, Ron Paul) Obama is leading all the GOP challengers in hypothetical match-ups. He leads Romney by seven, and Gingrich by ten.
And there, in a nutshell, is what may be the story of 2012.


marbury basically called it in december of 2011

ultralaser:

Marbury :: The Luck of Obama:

[Romney] is, by any objective measure, the candidate most likely to beat Obama in the general. He must have hoped and expected that by now the Republicans would have overcome their doubts and consolidated around him. Instead, they chase after every implausible alternative and absolutely refuse to accept him as their standard-bearer.

The danger for his campaign now is that he starts to resent the whole thankless process, and lets it show. I think you can see the signs of that in this teeth-grindingly bad interview with the excellent Bret Baier of Fox News (scroll down for a sampler). It’s a reminder of everything least likeable about Romney: his icy assumption of superiority, his petulance, his robo-pol persona. Above all, he seems impatient. Romney can’t believe that he hasn’t sealed the deal, and he blames everyone but himself.

Let’s also imagine what the Obama camp is thinking: something along the lines of Yay! It’s looking increasingly likely that the GOP will nominate either a very damaged Romney or a verging-on-unelectable Gingrich. A president who would otherwise be in very deep trouble might be saved by his opponents.

Iowa is a key swing state in the general election, and though it went for Obama last time around he is much more unpopular there this year. The same poll showing Gingrich ahead there also found that Obama’s approval rating is underwater. Yet (with the odd exception of that anomaly, Ron Paul) Obama is leading all the GOP challengers in hypothetical match-ups. He leads Romney by seven, and Gingrich by ten.

And there, in a nutshell, is what may be the story of 2012.

marbury basically called it in december of 2011

You remember during the Ronald Reagan/Jimmy Carter debates? That Ronald Reagan came up with this great thing about the ‘misery index,’ and that he hung that around Jimmy Carter’s neck, and that had a lot to do with Jimmy Carter losing. Well, we’re going to have to hang the ‘Obama Misery Index’ around his neck. And, I’ll tell you, the fact that you’ve got people in this country, really squeezed, with gasoline getting so expensive, with commodities getting so expensive, families are having a hard time making ends meet. So, we’re going to have to talk about that, and housing foreclosures and bankruptcies and higher taxation. We’re going to hang him — so to speak, metaphorically — with — you have to be careful.

Romney wants to ‘hang’ Obama with misery index - Political Intelligence - Boston.com

ultralaser:

…this kind of knee-jerk not-quite racism on the part of the gop against obama is getting a lot more overt, and coming from the top more often than the rank and file, than it was in 2008.

i could even give romney the ‘oops’ card if i believed for one second that this brilliant idea occurred to him while on that podium.  the conceit that he thought up mentioning the misery index, but didn’t think of the ‘hanging around his neck (until dead)’ part until he was on stage is somewhat hard to swallow, and thereby the assertion that he didn’t notice the oops racism until he said it out loud is less plausible than romney patting himself on the back for cleverly managing to say it but then deny that he meant it.

in any case, with team trump going full bore jim crow, and team palin having demonstrable disinterest in acknowledging racism at their own rallies, and romney saying racist shit, at best, by mistake? this is probably going to get pretty ugly.

also, hey romney?  rich people having their taxes raised (back to previous levels) and poor people going bankrupt and losing their homes (and their jobs, for months and months)?  not problems you get to mention in the same sentence as though they’re from the same root cause, as though poor people only started getting foreclosure notices once that one got into the white house and passed his stalinist ‘tax the rich a little more to pay for all the social programs we’d otherwise have to cut’ plan, which also, didn’t that end up not happening, actually?

i mean, i know romney was the jerkass blathering on while congress was passing the first stimulus package about how increased financial regulation, rather than preventing this kind of economic disaster from reoccuring, would inevitably somehow create a much worse one, but still, dude.  this ’i love the financial elites more than the poor’ talk, this naked landed gentry arrogance is why you never made it through the primaries.  you were too inhumane for the republican base.

so this was april of 2011 and it was march of 2012 that santorum called obama the n word on television and basically ended his career

man the 2012 race was fucking wild, like remember how romney was running for like a year and a half before the gop stopped trying to make newt gingrich happen

  • Herc:

    So we're fine. As long as no one clones any Kaiju.

  • Newt:

    Question.

  • Herc:

    What's your question, Newton?

  • Newt:

    I cloned Kaiju.

  • Herc:

    What.

  • Newt:

    You told me to.

  • Herc:

    How many?

  • Newt:

    I have done nothing but clone kaiju for three years.

  • Herc:

    So we're fine. As long as no one clones any Kaiju.

  • Newt:

    Question.

  • Herc:

    What's your question, Newton?

  • Newt:

    I cloned Kaiju.

  • Herc:

    What.

  • Newt:

    You told me to.

  • Herc:

    How many?

  • Newt:

    I have done nothing but clone kaiju for three years.

idemandthingstobeawesome:

“They mostly come at night. Mostly.”

idemandthingstobeawesome:

“They mostly come at night. Mostly.”

In Hispanic South Florida, the Republican candidates for president were regaling audiences of Castrophobic exiles with their promises, if elected, to all but rain nuclear warheads on Havana. In one exchange of spectacular idiocy, whoring for both Cuban exiles and evangelicals, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich speculated about whether Castro’s soul would go to heaven when he dies. Their preposterous rhetoric, cynical to the point of condescension, provoked an unexpected critic whose harsh verdict should be their epitaph.

“Selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is—and I mean this seriously—the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been,” declared an appalled Fidel Castro in Cuba’s state media.

Even allowing for the English translation, it’s clear that the senescence of the ailing ex-president has been greatly exaggerated by his enemies. Castro’s assessment of the frantic scramble for America’s least intelligent, least compassionate voters reminds us that he is, for all his sins, a well-educated attorney of aristocratic origins who might use a Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann for a hat stand.
A long race ended up being good for Obama in 2008. It toughened him up as a candidate, flushed out his vulnerabilities (Reverend Wright etc), and strengthened his profile and organisation in battleground states. But I’m doubtful that the same applies to Romney. The longer this goes on, the weaker he looks. He’s not David taking on Goliath, as Obama was; he’s trying to overcome a guy who appears to believe that a college education is for snobs, a guy whose most famous policy is lunar colonisation, and…Ron Paul. The more difficult Romney makes this look, the more diminished he becomes, and the more extreme too, in the eyes of general election voters (Obama and Clinton weren’t really dragging each other to the left). He is also liable to make more of those priceless bloopers.

fiveoftheweek:

  Campaign Doctrine: First Thoughts on Gingrich vs. Romney

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Romneymania Sweeps America | The Onion:

TAMPA, FL—From coast to coast, town to town, and in nearly every public meeting place and private residence across America, millions have been captivated, inspired, and in some cases moved to tears by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who now finds himself campaigning before a nation in the throes of full-scale Romneymania.
"The raw energy and enthusiasm Mitt Romney stirs inside people is like nothing I’ve ever seen," Youngstown, OH auto mechanic Chris Ritenour said Wednesday. "Everything he says resonates with Americans. His moving story of growing up privileged, his inspiring rise from moderate wealth to overwhelming riches, his thrilling work in the highest echelons of corporate finance—he really speaks to the heart and mind of the common man."
"I don’t think there’s been a presidential candidate this exciting and magnetic in generations, if ever." Ritenour continued. "I am a Romneymaniac."

Romneymania Sweeps America | The Onion:

TAMPA, FL—From coast to coast, town to town, and in nearly every public meeting place and private residence across America, millions have been captivated, inspired, and in some cases moved to tears by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who now finds himself campaigning before a nation in the throes of full-scale Romneymania.

"The raw energy and enthusiasm Mitt Romney stirs inside people is like nothing I’ve ever seen," Youngstown, OH auto mechanic Chris Ritenour said Wednesday. "Everything he says resonates with Americans. His moving story of growing up privileged, his inspiring rise from moderate wealth to overwhelming riches, his thrilling work in the highest echelons of corporate finance—he really speaks to the heart and mind of the common man."

"I don’t think there’s been a presidential candidate this exciting and magnetic in generations, if ever." Ritenour continued. "I am a Romneymaniac."

According to the Department of Agriculture, which administers the food stamp program, 41 percent of beneficiaries live in a household that has earnings, with paychecks the primary source of the income. Thirty-four percent of beneficieares are white, 22 percent black and 16 percent Hispanic. (Twenty percent of recipients did not report their race.)

Gingrich Pushes Back Against Charges of Racism - NYTimes.com

"“I will go to the NAACP convention, and explain to the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.”

- Newt Gingrich

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