Skip to comments.Romney Needs a Turnaround Artist [NRO: "Romney campaign has failed to make the case..."]
Posted on 09/18/2012 1:26:50 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
One of Romneys great skills is the ability to turn around failing enterprises. He did it with private firms while he ran Bain Capital, he did it for an indebted Massachusetts, and he did it for the Olympics. He needs to do it for his campaign now.
Neil Newhouse, Romneys pollster, attempted to soothe worried Republicans last week by stressing that the race remains extremely close. But the fact that Romneys pollster isnt worried is itself worrying. By rights, Romney should be ten points ahead. His campaign seems to think the bad economy will automatically win this race for the Republican.
It isnt as if voters are unaware that the economy stinks. Yet the morning after the Democratic convention, the dismal jobs report did not prevent Democrats from getting a bigger bounce than Republicans had received. Reflect that three and a half years of miserably high unemployment, slow growth, increasing poverty, falling labor-force participation, record-setting food-stamp dependence, and an average 5 percent decline in household income has not persuaded most voters to support Mitt Romney.
On the contrary, the Gallup job-approval rating for Obama topped 50 percent after the jobs report for the first time since 2010. Job approval tends to be a good predictor of an incumbents share of the vote. By contrast, George H. W. Bush, the last incumbent to lose reelection, stood at 39 percent approval at this stage in 1992. And Bushs economy wasnt nearly as dismal.
The Romney campaign has failed to make the case that Obama is responsible for the economy, whereas Clinton/Obama have made a spurious but perhaps effective argument that Republicans got us into this mess and will pursue policies that will be no better and may be worse. The Democrats argue that Republicans want only to help their rich friends, not the middle class.
Romney needs an aggressive and bold response. After shooting down the lie that he and Ryan plan to increase taxes, he might begin by explaining how the 2008 financial crisis came about namely that both parties, but mostly the Democrats, insisted that banks give mortgages to people who couldnt afford them. As Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute has noted, 74 percent of the bad loans were on the books of Fannie, Freddie and other quasi-government entities. When the crash came, it nearly sank our entire banking system. Voters may believe that Republicans favor the rich. But they also believe that Democrats are the party of giveaways. It was the Democrats insistence on forcing private banks to make unsound loans that led to collapse.
Second, though Obama ridicules tax cuts, they have been responsible for bursts of economic growth every time theyve been enacted. They worked for Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and, yes, even for George W. Bush. The economy created 8 million jobs under Bush, and the unemployment rate averaged 5.3 percent. By contrast, there is no example of a nation or a state spending itself into prosperity. If that were possible, Greece would be lending Germany money, California would be in the black, and Illinois would be a jobs hub.
Third, the signature policies of the Obama term, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, combined with uncertainty about what Washington will do, are crushing the private sector. The Economist has dubbed the 2,300-page financial-regulation behemoth Dodd-Frankenstein because it vests so much unreviewable authority in bureaucrats and drowns financial and other institutions in red tape. Only 93 of the 400 rule-making requirements had been completed as of February of this year, the magazine noted, two years after the bills passage.
After Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, private-sector job creation, which had been growing, slumped. A Chamber of Commerce survey found that 73 percent of employers cited Obamacare as an obstacle to hiring new workers. Not only does the law impose billions in new taxes and mandates, but, like Dodd-Frank, it vests so much authority in the federal bureaucracy that employers have no idea what to expect and cannot plan. Even if an employer were able to wade through the bills 2,700 pages, he would still emerge confused as to what the law demands. Obamacare creates 159 new agencies, bureaus, and boards, and has generated 12,000 pages of regulations so far. It does include new hiring though thousands of new IRS employees.
Obama is failing because his policies are wrongheaded and destructive. Uncertainty has kept capital on the sidelines. Obama has frozen employers into a defensive crouch. That is the case Romney has not yet made.
Mona Charen has personally endorsed Mitt Romney for the office of the presidency.
Team Romney supporters angrily denouncing either NR, Charen or (most likely scenario) both as "Obama-loving, leftwing media shills" in 5... 4... 3... 2...
...if you listened to Rush yesterday you would know what this is about.....*smiles*
The people he most needs to convince are the ones least likely to believe any change in his statements is sincere at this point. He has quite a challenge, of his own making, ahead of him.
On the other hand, through his deeds, Obama has made his case very clear.
More doom and gloomers.
He doesn’t need to make the case - THE CASE IS OBAMA.
My impression is that the vast majority of voters have long since made up their minds that they are going to either vote for Obama or vote against Obama with not enough undecided voters in between to make a difference the outcome of the election
Very few are going to change their minds at this point and a lot people are lying to pollsters, including me, for very good reason - fear of payback.
In a world where gangs of feral Obama flash mob zombies gather at the touch of the buttons of their government supplied and paid for Obama phones to intimidate those who dare displease Obama or his associates , no way am I going to diss THE ONE over the phone to some stranger calling out of the blue who knows my phone number for certain, and can easily know where I live and work.
Who knows, it could be ACORN or the IRS on the other side of the line and the New Left that has taken over the Democrat party lives to reward their friends and punish their enemies.
Unlike most Republicans, they take names, never forget, never forgive and they are obsessed with hurting and getting even with those who simply disagree with them on even minor issues.
the case seems pretty clear to me.
o and his mites have already punished this country in ways large and small and too numerous to mention. IF we lose this fight, America as we have known it will cease to exist and we will have no one but ourselves to blame.
So why does NRO blame Romney for not making the case? Why don’t they HELP make the case instead of whining about it?
because their minds are weak and the force is not with them?
What ‘Moana’ needs to do is stop worshiping manipulated polls.
This argument was made in 2008 and was shown not to be the case.
Does the media lie? Absolutely.
How much did they lie back in 2008? 2 points.
Take two points off his margins here - where do you end up?
Romney’s not in great shape.
If the CINO GOP-e has their way -- i.e., if conservatives don't do everything humanly possible at the state level, between now and then, to close every last state primary to the GOP-e's beloved, sabotaging "moderates" and other assorted liberals -- then some combination of any/all of the following, guaranteed:
Scott Brown (provided he wins re-election this year, himself)
Bet the rent on it. They are easily as stupidly, suicidally self-destructive as all of that.
The fact that ZERO has any support at all is scary. If the fraud ZERO wins I don't have the funds to tuck tail and run to another country. Even if I had the funds I don't want to. I want BO to leave not me.
Mitt does have a history of turning things around when it looks bleak. GO MITT GO GET ER DID. . . . . .
Because he's the frickin' candidate -- having spent the last six years of his adult life demanding to be promoted to that position -- and (being the candidate) it's actually Romney's responsibility to convincingly make said case to a majority of the voting electorate, with or without the National Review... who, having already fully and unhesitatingly endorsed him twice, successively, might legitimately be said to have contributed more than a little something already, thanks awfully.
If Romney's supporters are now (belatedly) advancing the argument that he's too weak and inept a candidate to advance such an argument while standing on his own two hind legs, without someone (or multiple someones) holding his hand, in the process: gee, thanks for keeping that handy little informational tidbit safely hidden beneath your hats until just now, guys. I certainly don't recall anyone offering to share that particular morsel while simultaneously chanting the talismanic magic word "E!L!E!C!T!A!B!L!E!" monotonously throughout the length of the primary season.
Seriously. That one falls squarely under the category of "Essential Pre-Primary Information," right there.
Who is going to be the candidate in 2016 or 2020 (depending if Romney wins). Well let’s see. Nobody on Free Republic liked Romney at all until he became the Savior to fickle Romney people. So it would not surprise me if the Republican party nominates Mayor Bloomberg as our next nominee and watch the FREEPERS get all supportive of him like they did Romney who “supposedly” they couldn’t stand just a short few months ago. Some have ZERO principles at all.
You know where to send any/all evidence in support of that claim, son.
Whenever you've got the time.
I would fully agree with you except for one small but important point. The msm will not cover him and when they do, it’s the most negative coverage they can come up with. Our so-called Conservative media aids and abets them by blaming Romney for not getting his message out, but do THEY cover his positives? There aren’t that many, I grant you, but the ones there are have been buried under a mountain of rino tears and fears,
He was not my choice, but he is all that stands between us and perdition.
You’ll note Jim Robinson (who you always call like some little girl calling her mommy - ‘Joey stuck his tongue at me’) stopped bashing Romney once it was clear that it was either support him or have the country destroyed by an Obama second term. But you appear to be TOO STUPID TO UNDERSTAND THAT!
NRO stinks since the boss man died...I use to get it via supscription, ended when they started writting loosely left of center....I also don’t like little metrosexual boys dressed in a man’s suit....
Serious question: have you actually read an issue of NR during the last four years...? ;)
You're just having a nice, noisy, public sulk, is all.
Bless your heart.
Look - I don't blame the losing conservatives for sticking it out until the last minute - many gave a year or more of their lives seeking the nomination. At the same time, I think the most experienced politicians are also the ones with the best political instincts, in the sense that they have a better feel* of what wins votes and what doesn't. Romney's single term as MA governor is nowhere near enough political experience to give him an understanding of how to win elections.
Even Obama had more political experience than Romney when he ran for the presidency. Despite being an arriviste from Hawaii who parachuted into Chicago politics, he managed to win an Illinois State Senate position against authentically black race hustlers, and then won a Democratic Senate primary against significant Democratic opposition, thereby catapulting him into federal office. All told, he spent 12 years in politics before running for the presidency. But in a sense, he's been running for the presidency all his life, with his book-length musings on the strategic and tactical aspects of getting political power. Bottom line is that Obama has sunk 20-30 years of his life figuring the practical ins and outs of winning elections. Romney has 4. In retrospect, it's not entirely surprising that he steamrolled Hillary Clinton *and* John McCain.
* The reason I use the word "feel" is because vote-winning strategies change. Goldwater's use of defense issues failed miserably, even though Kennedy's myth-making about the "missile gap" worked for him.
Aren’t we talking about now? Because NOW they suck lemons and spit seeds.
It’s conservatives who keep committing suicide by failing to coalesce behind one candidate. Unless, as I suspect, there’s no such thing as ‘conservative’ as a block, neither is ‘RINO’ block. The winner just smarter, more resourceful, and know how to build a winning coalition.
Again: the current editorial regime has fully and publicly endorsed Romney not once, but TWICE, in succession; and has spent the past. four. years. lauding him as the GOP's electoral savior-to-be, come 2012.
If all of that isn't enough... then: nothing ever will (or could) be.
Primaries wide (and disastrously) open to any and all "moderates," CINOs and other dishonestly labeled liberals -- thereby diluting virtually all significant conservative influence -- absolutely a steady, sludgy stream of McCain-esque losers, every four years.
Then answer me. HOW is he supposed to get a message out when the media blocks and bars him at every turn with negative coverage, even resorting to outright lies, let alone making lies up out of whole cloth as hairy reid did about his not paying taxes for ten years?
Romney's primary victory wasn't inevitable. Edwards and Obama split the liberal vote against Clinton. Obama political instincts were simply superior to Clinton's. And far superior to Romney's. Within the Democratic nomination process in 2008, Obama's situation was similar to Gingrich's and Santorum's, in these sense that the liberal vote was split between him and Edwards, whereas Clinton was the sole credible moderate. But Obama defeated the other liberals and the sole credible moderate. Much as it pains me to say it, Obama was more focused and disciplined and focused than either Gingrich and Santorum, and that was what won it for him.
GWB -- certainly no Demosthenes-level elocutionist, God wot -- somehow managed to do so, twice, against what was (by any sane and rational accounting) an even more unrelentingly hostile and unreasoning media assault.
The question you obviously ought to be asking, at this juncture, is: how come the (purportedly) more intelligent and verbally adept Romney canNOT...?
Kent, you’ve been so far off on this it’s barely worth the comment, nd that’s too bad because usually you are sensible. Charen has been undercutting Romney for weeks.
So, just to review, then: publicly and enthusiastically ENDORSING Romney for the presidency -- while (simultaneously) literally festooning NR and NRO's "The Corner" with pro-Romney puffery, over several years -- counts for zero, zip, nyet, nada, and didn't/doesn't help even one minuscule, microscopic bit...
... but, one or two pieces stating (as this one plainly does; read it) "Romney should be doing far, FAR better than he is right now, given Obama's record over the past four years" is somehow -- and I don't even pretend to follow the argument, mind -- "undercutting" Romney, and does materially affect his electoral chances.
Is that about the size and shape of things, here...? ;)
NRO = beltway prima donnas (with a very few exceptions).
The first debate will make or break Romney - it will be his one chance to bypass the media filter.
He should have chosen Condi Rice for VP to put the media in disarray for a precious few days that might have let him break out of the pre-defined narrative. Even then, even if he could put the opponent’s secondary in disarray, I wonder if he’d have a play to call.
He absolutely should have tapped a woman for the slot, agreed... although I would have steered clear of Rice, myself. (Too easy to play the "Here Comes Four More Years of GWB" card against her, sadly.)
I seem to recall reading someplace (Hot Air, perhaps?) that Nikki Haley was being vetted by the Romney campaign, at one point. That might well have ended up being my choice, all things being equal.
This is th survival of the Republic. So pick up a gun and help fight or run to your purity foxhole and freakin' pontificate while the rest of us sav the country.
This is th survival of the Republic. So pick up a gun and help fight or run to your purity foxhole and freakin' pontificate while the rest of us save the country.
... and Charen (and National Review) are doing what, SPECIFICALLY to "advance Obama to a second term," again? Spell it out, please; details, rather than rhetoric.
I note, with genuine disappointment, that my simple, straightforward query, re: #41, has unaccountably gone a-begging. Ah, well.
Charen is doing the Left’s bidding with crap like this.
AFTER endorsing him for the presidency.
And AFTER publicly lauding Romney, two or three times weekly (at barest minimum), over the past several years on NRO. (They do have a perfectly good Search function over there, you know.)
And she's suddenly doing this, in your estimation... ummmmmmmm... why -- ?!? ;)
"One of the things that's truly annoying about political movements is the large number of people who don't really have particularly interesting minds, and don't write particularly interesting things. So they appoint themselves to a position long held by uninteresting people: Morale Officer. And, like Morale Officers throughout time (the US had them in military; the Soviet Union had them for civilians) they don't actually do much to improve Morale; they just insist it should be better, and if you are not Regulation Cheerful, you are a Malcontent and must be Disciplined."
Fewer sullen, spittling, self-appointed Morale Officers, hereabouts.
That would make for a considerable improvement, in all naked candor. ;)
FU Romney and the gutless NR, I voted for ABMR in the primary and got the feckless MR anyway. Bye, bye Republican eunuchs!