Skip to comments.How Romney Can Win the Presidency - This Week
Posted on 06/18/2012 6:01:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
Obama is perhaps the most divisive President in modern U.S. history. The country is in severe economic crisis -- history books will someday call this the Obama Great Depression. Yet our President doesnt see fit to deal with the economy in general. He doesnt make big announcements to save Americans in general. He doesnt have a plan to create jobs for all Americans. Because for Obama it isn't about America...or the economy...or jobs. It's all about cold, hard, heartless politics.
Obama sees politics as divided by race. Everything he does is about division. Obama divides rich vs. poor (with his Buffett bill and proposed massive tax hikes on the rich), black vs. white (with his Trayvon comments), gay vs. straight (with his gay marriage announcement), women vs. men (with his demand that women receive free contraception from private insurers). And Obamas newest minority of the month announcement was Fridays policy aimed at illegal immigrants, particularly young Latinos.
Undocumented young immigrants will no longer face deportation under Obama. This cynical ploy comes only days before both Obama and Romney will be addressing one of the most important and high profile Latino organizations in the country -- the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Orlando.
To Obama this isnt about saving the U.S. economy or restoring Americas place as the greatest nation in the world. Its about pure cynical politics. Its about doing anything, saying anything, offering any bribe in order to be re-elected. He desperately needs the next four years to finish what he started -- the destruction of capitalism, the demonization of the wealthy, the capitulation of the private sector.
But two can play at this game. In the interest of full disclosure, I am the Chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee. This isn't an endorsement. I am making a recommendation as a political pundit, analyst, and strategist only. With that revelation out of the way, here is my unsolicited advice to Mr. Romney for how you put the election away this week. If Presidential politics is a chess game, then its time to checkmate Obama. And the perfect place to do that is in Orlando at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference.
Obama believes he has checked Romney with Latino voters with his latest announcement. He will walk on the stage in Orlando to a thunderous heros welcome. He will discuss how Latino youth brought illegally to this country, through no fault of their own, will no longer have to lie awake at night fearing deportation to a strange country they no longer recognize. And he we will receive a standing ovation.
Mitt Romney must walk onto that same stage and upstage Obama. This is the place and time for the announcement of the year. Mitt Romney coolly steps up to the microphone and says, Its time for a Latino to join a Presidential ticket. Its time for the fastest growing group in America to have a seat at the table of power. To have a voice in the White House. Today right here right now Im going to change the game forever. Today you get your seat at the table. Today we change American politics forever. Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce my Vice Presidential running mate United States Senator Marco Rubio." Marco walks out to embrace Mitt Romney while the crowd stands, screams, and cheers! Tears stream down cheeks.
Obamas announcement is instantly forgotten. It is an afterthought. The news media changes the headlines for tomorrows papers. Its no longer about Obamas love affair with the Latino community. Its no longer about adulation for Obamas new immigration policy. The headlines tonight on the evening news tomorrow in the newspapers for weeks on the Internet are about Romney picking the first Latino Vice Presidential running mate in history.
Obama is out of the news. Obama has been upstaged in front of one of his most important groups of supporters. No matter what Obama says that day or any other day to Latinos Marco Rubio is the elephant in the room of U.S. politics.
Obama is fast losing his grip on the Presidency and he knows it. Obamas lead is slipping with Latinos, blacks, Jews, women -- as the Obama economy worsens and the jobs picture darkens, every group in this country is losing faith in Obama. His announcement about immigration last week was out of desperation just to hold onto Latino votes. Obama is running scared. He is no longer fighting for new voters. He's desperately trying to hold onto his most loyal voters. When you can't even count on your home turf as an advantage, the game is slipping away.
Here are a few bonus points that come with Rubio's selection as V.P. Romney is white bread with mayonnaise. He needs youth, razzle dazzle, energy, charisma, and enthusiasm. He needs color. Rubio adds all of that to the ticket. He changes the dynamic of the entire Presidential race. He shakes things up. He throws Obama a curve that he may never recover from. Although my prediction is that days later Obama would counter by dumping Biden and adding Hillary Clinton to the ticket. Its his only move, after he is put in a corner and forced to answer Romneys devastating chess move.
Romney has never been a favorite of the crucial Tea Party. The Tea Party just saved Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The Tea Party just defeated Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. The Tea Party is the energy of the GOP. Take the Tea Party out of the equation and Romney becomes Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush, and John McCain wrapped into one. Rubio changes all that. Rubio is a Tea Party favorite. He energizes the Tea Party. Rubio brings Tea Party voters to the polls in droves.
Finally Rubio locks down Florida. No scenario on earth allows the GOP to win the election without Florida. Rubio is the piece of the puzzle that hands Floridas electoral votes to Romney. Having Rubio on the ticket also adds a minimum 5% to 10% more Latino votes nationwide -- a boon in crucial states with big Latino populations like Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Obama made his chess move on Friday. Here is Romneys chance to counter and end the game. CHECKMATE.
Not that I have seen as of late. And all Romney sees of the Tea Party is in his rear-view mirror as he stomps on the gas on his way back leftward for the general election.
So, Obama panders to Hispanics, Romney should also? My God, where has character gone in those who play out political game?
No! We shouldn’t deal with identity politics and no to an Establishment Pet in Rubio! He is no conservative but is handsome and makes good speeches which some deem those attributes to be enough for high office. He has ties to the Bushes and Romneys for quite awhile and most of his legislative push is not even TeaParty like
Romney isn’t pandering to anyone. He is simply refusing to get sucked in.
Romney so far, is working out just fine.
Why do we want to win the open border Latino vote? I was hoping he would pick someone with a little more experience like Gingrich or a real conservative like Palin.
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141 days till we vote out this chump
Unfortunately you just listed all of the reasons why Mittins is likely to pick Rubio.
That's true as far as his refusal to respond negatively to Obama's decision. But to now go out and announce his pick for VP this early (right after Obama's announcement), and make it Marco Rubio, or some other Hispanic, would be pandering to the same ethnic group. Face it.
Has he done that yet?
It’s the wrong game to get into for Romney, the whole immigration reform trap. On the other hand, he should be pressing Obama’s anti Christian policies, and building support among Hispanic Catholics. Romney should be pointing out that Americans want work, and can’t find it, while Obama encourages more illegal immigration. Romney should become the work candidate, the free speech candidate, and the religious freedom candidate, not the next idiot to get snared in the immigration reform trap. ...I like Rubio, though not on this issue, and I think he would be a good VP choice, but so would Allen West.
Romney's ‘self deportation’ position is history. He doesn't need the primary voters he fooled anymore.
I have no doubt Rubio is a good person and would help Romney with Hispanics but he never said a word while Romney was lying his way through the primary beating on Perry and Newt with his anti-amnesty positions, long gone now. Now rubio will join Romney so he can flip 180 degrees?
“Of course ... my theory is STILL that Myth doesn’t get the GOP 2012 Nomination ...”
From your lips to God’s ears...
Read the article. I’m responding to an article that recommends exactly that: Obama announces Amnesty. So Romney, in order to seal the election, should announce his VP pick as Rubio. That’s pandering, and it would be seen as such.
Little Marco is bought and paid for like nearly every other congressman in Washington. He recently voted to keep funding federal subsidies for Big Sugar.
It's gonna be Newt and Sarah ...
Can you picture the Marxists heads exploding all over the war room at DNC HQ? I'd give a months retirement pay to watch that!
I would celebrate with you should a Gingrich/Plain ticket emerge from Tampa. But you know that is not going to happens so pushing for that as all or nothing will result in a few more hundred thousand suppressed votes/turnout. I’m beginning to see a pattern here, romantische Krieger.
I would celebrate with you should a Gingrich/Palin ticket emerge from Tampa. But you know that is not going to happens so pushing for that as all or nothing will result in a few more hundred thousand suppressed votes/turnout. I’m beginning to see a pattern here, romantische Krieger.
Sheeeeyit. Romney can win The Presidency simply by maintaining a core body temperature of 98.6 degrees.
With the occasional temporary spike of 2 or 3 degrees.
November 6 does not come soon enough
This is just speculation by the pundits and doesn’t mean he will
It’s a bad idea to announce the VP pick this early—do it at or just before the convention to keep interest alive. If it turns out to be Rubio, there is nothing lost by waiting—and what if Rubio makes a major gaffe between now and the convention? I’m still hoping that someone better than Rubio will be the pick. Rubio is too young...plus do we want a Mormon/ex-Mormon ticket? Someone with executive experience.
Romney also needs to do the math and come up with the new unemployment numbers that 800,000 Mexicans will bring....8.7 to 9.0
And yet there was Mr. RomneyCARE sacrificing Gov. Palin
as "his pawn".
All good points. I’m wondering if this article were calculated to draw Romney into a hasty decision that will be used against him...
I don't think he'll look toward Rubio. My prediction is Romney will go with a bland but capable VP choice, e.g., Sen. John Thune, SD.
I say this with all the love and respect in the world. I don’t know which is more foolish, the article or the comments.
Romney would look like an idiot naming Rubio as VP early right after Obama granted amnesty, in what would be seen as an obvious move of weakness and desperation.
Everyone who touts Rubio (and I tout Rubio myself)forgets that if he is nominated, the democrats are going to go wild in an orgy of racist denunciation, try the Michael Steele election times ten. Rubio will be ridiculed as not a “real Hispanic” and the campaign will become all about Rubio.
As for the comments that Romney isn’t going to get the nomination? I’ll be merciful.
What Romney should have done is attack the decision with passion. He could have attacked how it was done and likened it to the way Obamacare was snuck through against teh nation’s wishes. He could contrast it with the way he will have a national discussion and ask Congress to hold hearings, etc.
Instead, Romney punted. He left all of us who care deeply about illegal immigration on the beach. I believe Romney is a clever cool customer, maybe he is right not to get sidetracked into an immigration debabte. But it’s not right for America. Except I can’t deny ridding us of Obama is very important.
You're dreaming. Wake up! Time to face reality.
A few months ago, I might have entertained this fantasy but Mitt Romney now has this nomination nailed shut. Virtually everybody in the GOP establishment has lined up behind Romney and the big money is flowing into the coffers.
Too late to turn back now. We had our chance to nominate somebody better and we (collectively) blew it. But in fairness, most of the air went out of our balloon last October when Palin announced she would not be a candidate this year.
It's nice to dream about Sarah Palin bursting out of a giant cake at the convention this summer but it's just not going to happen. In fact, don't be surprised if it is Palin giving the keynote or nominating speech on Romney's behalf.
If you play racial politics, you are playing on their turf. Best stick to economics and national defense - two subjects they know nothing whatsoever about.
No... it won't.
Obama is perhaps the most divisive President in modern U.S. history.
I would remove the word, “perhaps,” from that statement.
Wrong reason to pick a VP. Thinking Rubio will bring over the latino vote is like thinking Clarence Thomas bringing over the black vote. We need to work tirelessly to DESTROY identity politics, not go along with the way dems have framed the arguement.
Gee, who would that be?
What about Paul Ryan?
Very interesting article.
I really like Rubio but I thought sentiment had moved away from him because of the feeling that he is pro dream act.
He would add a lot of jazz to the ticket, but I’m not quite sure I agree with the writer’s assessment that Romney is white bread with... did he say mayonaisse? At least he didn’t say Miracle Whip (although I love Miracle Whip)
Romney doesn’t whip up a crowd with fiery rhetoric but neither does he pull any punches. I think he’s a pretty strong candidate on his own.
I've always been fond of reading about the "Wild West"...
There is one task Romney must perform that is critical for a win. In fact, if it is all he does, it guarantees a win. I can sum it up in two words: Show up.
I agree with you.
Romney’s temperature doesn’t rise visibly but he is strong and steadfast in his passion for reviving the economy.
As for Sarah Palin, my love for her has faded. She is now just a crumbling pressed flower in my old album.
Why the loyalty? She strung us along on the presidency and took all the wind out of the contest when she ... way too late ... declined to run.
She’s doing the same thing with her endorsement. People are waiting breathlessly to see who Sarah will endorse. She will endorse Romney in the end after holding her fans hostage for months hoping she will do something else.
—Unfortunately you just listed all of the reasons why Mittins is likely to pick Rubio.—
And that is because for Romney too this is “...all about cold, hard, heartless politics.”
What a choice we have this November. Fortunately, I don’t expect Obama to finish his term, but I hope that happens BEFORE the election.
This article is dead on. Romney needs to announce NOW......TODAY.... that he will name Marco Rubio as his VP choice and get Rubio out on the campaign trial immediately. I know the Convention has to affirm his nomination but that is a formality.
America needs some R&R..... Romney & Rubio. And, please, no s**t from the “Rubio is not eligible” people; I’m not in the mood for it today.
Bob McDonnell, Rob Portman, Terry Branstad, or John Kasich all might help the ticket more than Rubio. Rubio is Cuban--non-Cuban Hispanics may not be any more likely to vote Republican becasue he is on the ticket than they would otherwise.
All politicians pander to somebody. Some of them even pander to those of us who are Pro-life, and ANTI-illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, higher taxes, bigger government.................. It’s the nature of the beast.
So Romney is supposed to pander to the Latino vote because Obama just tried to buy them off?
Isn’t one of the biggest complaints we have with the GOP is their inability lead? Their almost insane belief that the Dems must lead and they will follow behind, barely putting on any brakes?
Rubio is a good guy and much more conservative than he is given credit for on here and I do believe he would make a good VP. Announcing his place on the ticket right now will be twisted as a failed attempt at one-upmanship on behalf of Romney and used by the media to claim racism at every single turn.
Bad idea this guy has.
The only drawback would be that he would no longer be in the House of Representatives.
I know. However....could he have MORE of an impact as VP?
Politics is pandering. But it doesn’t have to be made so obvious as trying to recoup after your opponent has pulled something out of his hat. That’s just sour grapes, and will be seen as such.