Skip to comments.Time Mag Editor: 'Only Thing Weaker Than the Economy Is Romney's Electoral Skills'
Posted on 07/15/2012 4:48:01 PM PDT by Kaslin
"The only thing weaker than the economy is Mitt Romney's electoral skills."
Such was actually said on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday by Rana Foroohar, Time magazine's assistant managing editor in charge of economics and business (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Time Mag Editor: 'The Only Thing Weaker Than the Economy Is Romney's Electoral Skills'
BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST: Let me-- let me go to Rana because you-- you wrote something very interesting the other day. You said that since 1967 when consumer confidence is as low as it is right now the incumbent is always defeated. Does that mean this thing is already over?
RANA FOROOHAR (TIME Magazine): Well, you know, I actually think that we're on the verge of a historic upset. That's true, the statistic that you just gave. And it would make you think that Obama has no chance of winning this election. But I think this election is going to hinge on middle-class pain. I think that people know that what's happened in the last four years have not been down to Obama's policies, it's about globalization, it's about the rise of technology. Each recovery since the early 1990s has been weaker and taken longer than the one before. So this is a-- this is a twenty-year problem. This is not a three- or four-year problem and I think that whoever can best speak to the middle-class is the person that's going to win.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, what do you mean when you say a historic upset?
RANA FOROOHAR: Well, I think that traditionally if you had consumer confidence numbers that were this weak and growth that was this low, there would be no chance that the incumbent is going to win, but, frankly, I think the only thing weaker than the economy is Mitt Romney's electoral skills. And I think he hasn't really put himself in a good position for this debate over the middle class.
"The only thing weaker than the economy is Mitt Romney's electoral skills."
And this woman has an editing function at Time.
Pretty scary, don't you think?
When a magazine dwindles down to five pages, is it still a magazine?
Honestly...I don’t think any rational person really gives a shite what Ms. ‘Alphabet’ has to say. If they did, then Time Magazine would have circulation numbers worth worrying about.
If so, is it any wonder that an affirmative action TIME mag editor would be in the tank for a Muslim-derived Pres?
She should change her name if she is going to say such silly things. It just makes it too easy to make fun of her...
Well, all I know about the economy and elections, and TIME is this: they always leave out loads of true information for whatever facts they report. i.e. there’s loads of economic problems, not to mention issues with their lapdog Obama that they aren’t mentioning.
(By their use of the term the meaning seems to have been stretched to the point way beyond modern sociological usage.)
Bulleye! Even a clock is right twice a day, and this lady nails it.
As George Will pointed out, anyone who knows he's running for the presidency for years and doesn't get his offshore accounts and his tax files straightened out simply doesn't understand politics.
This race will be lost by Obama because of the economy, or it will be lost by Romney due to total lack of electoral ability.
Stiff, wooden, petulant, Romney made it through the primaries via cross-over voting and huge money advantages over his opponents.
Now we're getting to see what he's like against someone who can match him dollar for dollar. He's inept.
Conservatives were right. Gingrich was right. Santorum was right. The Rinos shoved Romney down our throats just like they did Dole/BushSr/McCain, and now they've worked their magic with Romney. Let them choke on it.
Another Affirmative Action hire illustrates why Time is shrinking into nothingness. What a glittering jewel of ignorance.
"Such was actually said on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday by Rana Footinmouth,
Time magazine's assistant managing editor in
charge of Marxist propaganda for the White House."
There, I fixed it.
“”The only thing weaker than the economy is Mitt Romney’s electoral skills.”
I was going to say the only thing weaker than the economy is Time’s circulation outside of waiting rooms.
“Electoral skills” don’t put food on the table.
Romney will be fine....he'll demolish the dictator....
if there is a FR, you can come here an gloat if Romney loses and brag about YOUR messiah obamey winning....you don't fool people here....we know you must be an obamey plant....
People that really do know know that raising taxes during a recession, massively accelerating government spending, over regulation business to the point of stifling entrepreneurship, and selling major auto manufacturing to China in order to bail out labor unions are not conductive to a good economy.
She's on "Dope", and I don't mean the stuff you smoke, swallow, snort or inject.
I knew the woman in the photo had to be GOP and not Democrat, she is attractive.
Like BHO, Jimmy Carter was a decent and calm speaking gentleman- but like BHO he was an incompetant President.
Carter was ahead of Reagan in Oct 1980 but Americans were just being polite. I believe they will swing to Mitt when they contemplate 4 more years of this. my two cents
I'll repeat myself above, cherry. Read it and weep.
The republican candidate is weak, weak, weak. Santorum was right....a worse candidate could not have been chosen.
You sound like a longtime Romney supporter. If anyone's shoved Obama down our throats it's the likes of you and all those who make up excuses for this inept insider, Mitt Romney.
Correction-she is a Democrat, exception to the rule.
...”And I think he hasn’t really put himself in a good position for this debate over the middle class”...
This election isn’t about the middle class or ANY class. It’s about the failed Marxist policies that are harming all American’s. The folks are way ahead of these MSM lapdogs.
Well, when Obama wins in Nov. I will come on Freerepublic and celebrate with everyone!
You will celebrate Obama’s victory? Why would you do that?
What you should be doing is leaving the Republican party for shoving their fair-haired boy down your throat.
Mr. RomneyCARE cannot win.
Wall St. is hated (generally, not here).
RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE is hated EVERYWHERE.
Romney’s gay marriage by Romney Improper Executive
Authority is CREATED BY ROMNEY, yet fought by Romney.
Mr. RomneyCARE = Always on all sides of all issues.
Do I trust Romney-No!
But we can deal with him later, we know what Obama is doing to the nation.
How about Obamacare, which has been defeated everytime an election has been held on it?
How about 'Gay marriage'?
Even many Blacks are recoiling on that one!
The list goes on and one.
Obama is out of touch with middle America, he conned the American People the first time, but he can't now.
Her name is the Latin word for “frog.” Someone should ask her why her parents thought their baby girl should be named “Frog.”
If the GOP doesn't do what it suppose to do after winning in Nov. (e.g.repeal Obamacare) it will become the Whig Party and disappear.
But now is not the time to leave it when the tide is shifting, like it did before Reagan took over.
You know, if I've heard a version of this idiotic statement once, I've heard it a million times from you anti-Romney folks.
OK, I'll go slow so I don't confuse you: Romney won the majority of electoral votes in the individual state primaries. Let me further explain how this works; the voter goes into the polling booth, and voluntarily votes for the candidate of their choice. Now, if you have credible evidence that the GOP-e had goons at the polling places threatening GOP voters, please provide your proof. If not, your comments smack of a person who is pi$$ed that their candidate didn't win the primary.
BTW, so I'm not labeled a “Romneybot”, my first choice was Palin, then Cain, then Newt/Santorum. If memory serves, didn't these candidates opt out for personal reasons, and when it was apparent Romney clinched the overall win?
I'm willing to believe your conspiracy if you can provide proof that the GOP-e used thug tactics to give Romney the win...
Everyone agrees there are great issues, ftD. Your problem is that you’re riding the wrong horse.
Yep, the one with the best lies and the most money always wins. Anyone else notice the irony? Now I know what they mean by “what goes around , comes around”
Sounds like you want to stay with the loser rino. I’d like to convince you otherwise, artcore.
So far as evidence, I watched the so-called conservative media, because I always watched the conservative media. I KNOW when someone is in the tank for someone else. I KNOW when they’re carrying water for them.
Go back and watch the coverage. It is certain. It is the evidence. I’ll wouldn’t be surprised that even you posted comments to that effect during the primary campaigns.
He was carried across the line by the GOP-E talking heads, by complicit conservative media, by a huge spending advantage, and by cross-over voting.
Let me again suggest that you should switch sides. Since you are backing a losing horse anyway, you might as well vote for a conservative.
She is overlooking the total ineptitude of the RNC. We are facing a perfect storm of stupidity this election. My tagline says it all.
Vote the most conservative candidate in every race, ftD.
That will make sure House and Senate are covered.
Romney, however, is a loser, so you might as well vote for the conservative running against him in your state.
YOU support Mr. RomneyCARE who supports
OBAMA from GLOBAL WARMING
to love of SOROS
to TARP addiction
to attacks on conservatives (like you).
I wish that the “we can deal with him later” part would be, completely and in a fool-proof manner, worked out now, so that the majority of conservative voters would, then, have another reason to, actually, vote for Mitt Romney, this November. Mitt could lose, because not enough conservative voters end up voting for the ‘12 GOP ticket. Having the final two major choices for ‘12 POTUS/VPOTUS be between two leftists isn’t an incentive for all non-leftist voters to vote for either one, this November!
Bill Clinton (Dem) 43.01%
George H. W. Bush (Rep) 37.54%
Ross Perot (Ind) 18.91%
Now compare this to how they treated Governor Walker.
Scott Walker (Rep) 53.1%
Tom Barrett (Dem) 46.3%
Come election time when Romney wins I am going to be using the word mandate quite a lot to describe all the Obama era changes well need to roll back.
2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV
Your boy's firewall is down to two states, and he can't afford to lose either one.
Oh cherry, oh cherry, oh cherry, oh baybee, yes the Bishop WUZ shoved down our throats by you country club bluehairs!
"[Romney is] a guy who has gone through that pressure cooker, who has developed a passion, who understands why he's a conservative and understands the issues, how they weave together."
Santorum added that conservatives are "about traditional values and a traditional way of American life" and that Mitt Romney "understands that, it's not just in his head anymore, it's in his heart." -- Rick Santorum, February, 2008
"The family and its foundational role in Americas economic success, a central point of our campaign, was discussed at length. I was impressed with the Governors deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families. He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved.
Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated," Santorum writes in the email. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime." --Rick Santorum, May, 2012
"Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich strongly endorsed Mitt Romney and said the former Massachusetts governor is a solid conservative, during an appearance Sunday on CBS Face the Nation.
"Mitt Romney is a solid conservative," Gingrich told host Bob Schieffer right out of the gate. "I think you have to come down to what's the choice this November, and the choice is the most radical president in American history and a failed president at the economy and somebody who has a solid record on jobs and who in fact, on basic principles is a conservative." -- Newt Gingrich, May, 2012
I agree. Romney has been running for President for 12 years and it never occurred to him that people would want to see his tax return?
It is unbelievable to me.
He was shoved up some orifice. And the decision to shove was made 4 years ago.
If Romney loses it it the Republican Elite to blame not me.
This is the FOURTH TIME that a RINO ends up as the final GOP POTUS choice, and both former President Bush’s were “Big Government Conservatives”, too! Many conservatives, especially small government conservatives, are way beyond tired of the repeated, “Vote for the RINO, this time around, and then, do something else that’s pro-conservative, during the next presidential election cycle.” excuse. When is it, ever, enough to stop not voting, IN THE MAJORITY, for the most conservative candidate for POTUS, be it from a major political party, be it from a minor political party, or be it from an Independent run for POTUS, while crossing over the line of excuses, and then voting, IN THE MAJORITY, for a RINO POTUS candidate or a Big Government Conservative POTUS, yet again?
Opening what could be a make-or-break campaign to win South Carolina's Republican presidential primary, Newt Gingrich defended his criticism of Mitt Romney's role as an investment banker in corporate buyouts that led to job losses.
"Criticizing specific actions in specific places is not being anti-free enterprise," the former House Speaker told a crowd that packed a banquet hall here in upstate South Carolina on Wednesday, rejecting Romney's suggestion that questioning his record as chief executive of Bain Capital was tantamount to attacking free enterprise.
"And crony capitalism, where people pay each other off at the expense of the rest of the country, is not free enterprise," Gingrich said. "And raising questions about that is not wrong."
I guess we could play dueling quotes, but we both know the Gingrich despises Romney. Why stick up for someone every recognizes is a weak candidate foisted on you by the GOP-E and a huge money advantage?
No. And in Time Mag's case, it is a White House flyer.
TIME is out of date the moment it hits the street.
Yeah, it’s kind of dismaying to see how bad Romney had been about responding to the offshore accounts and his time at Bain. He and his people MUST have known this would be a major line of attack on him, yet they seem to have been caught completely off guard by this.
But the reality is the conservatives are splintered, we can't agree on a conservative, so we break apart between 'social' and 'fiscal' conservatives.
Until we can find some unity, we are going to be beat by the establishment candidate everytime.
The conservatives won't form one Party since the 'Social' ones will demand social issues to be the primary focus while the rest will focus on fiscal issues.
Being a member of a major political Party often means getting less then what you want.
The GOP is different then the Democrat, since the grassroots are idea people, the Democrats simply want power and loot.
The Teaparty movement is a real movement that could easily morphe into a political Party.