Skip to comments.$4 for gas should fuel Mitt Romney’s talk
Posted on 08/30/2012 1:11:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
TAMPA, Fla. Here are some real estate signs Ive seen in Hillsborough County in this fourth year of our economic recovery.
No Reasonable Offer Refused.
Starting in the low 100s.
(This next one was hand-lettered, at an exit off the interstate) Lots Dirt Cheap! 9K.
You think the economys in tough shape in Boston, but its much worse down here, and in most of the rest of the country. And I hope Mitt talks a lot about it tonight in his prime-time speech. Its still the economy, stupid.
Plus, likability is overrated. No matter what Mitt says or does tonight, it wont please his critics. Reciting too many statistics in a speech is also deadly. Look at Ohio Gov. John Kasichs snoozer Tuesday night. He mentioned numbers more than Rick Santorum mentioned hands. But heres one number Mitt should definitely use.
On Jan. 20, 2009, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $1.89.
Now its close to four bucks.
Thats a number everybody can relate to. And it doesnt matter how many times Comrade Chris Matthews says its racist to bring it up, and you know he will. Anything that makes MSNBCs Sun King look bad racist.
Its hard to make yourself seem likable. If youre really likable, it gets around through your friends, word of mouth. Yesterday morning, after his keynote speech the previous night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke to a breakfast meeting of the New Hampshire and Pennsylvania delegations.
He talked about how when he was being courted for an endorsement last fall, the Romneys came to visit him in New Jersey. Christie said his two older kids shook hands with the Romneys and went away. But the two younger ones, 8 and 11, stuck around, looking for attention from the new adults, and Mitt spent a few minutes with them, asking them questions and playing.
You know how it usually is with a politician and a kid, Christie said. Its, Hello little girl, thats a pretty ribbon in your hair. Now, wheres your mother?
Everybody chuckled. Its too bad he didnt use it in his prime-time speech. If Chris Christie says youre an OK guy, you must be an OK guy, right?
So Mitt shouldnt waste a lot of his time tonight trying to wear his heart on his sleeve. Likability isnt what it used to be anyway. Michael Barone wrote yesterday how its become less important as fewer people watch TV news as regularly as they used to. If youre not in somebodys living room every night, it matters less if they like you.
But if he wants to lift one line from a very likable president, and a Republican to boot, heres the one Mitt should resurrect this evening.
Are you better or worse off than you were four years ago?
The buck stops with Him
Good one, may I use it.
Isn’t “$4.00 per gallon” some kind of “raaacist code word”??
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