Skip to comments.Delingpole: I Hate to Defend Mitt Romney But....
Posted on 09/19/2012 6:49:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Regular readers will know that Mitt Romney wasn't necessarily my dream choice as GOP candidate. They may have inferred this from articles I have written with titles along the lines of Oh God, oh God, oh please God, no! Why Mitt? and The GOP is totally doomed! Der Krieg ist Verloren! Obama is here forever! and No, Really, Though - Anyone But Mitt!...
Nevertheless, I'd like to ask Ricochet readers: Is it just me - or is all this stuff I'm reading in the US press and even more so in the UK press about Romney being toast because of a few blunt words he spoke at a fundraiser not a little overdone?
I mean, I suppose it's possible to conceive of things Mitt could have said or done which might have indeed resulted in Game Over. For example, he might have donned a white pointy hat and burned a cross; or maybe announced that from henceforward all workers on Wall Street are to be tax exempt because of the sterling work they do for the economy.
But is it really such a problem that we have a conservative presidential candidate who- admittedly behind closed doors - is prepared for once to tell it like it really is?
My Telegraph colleague Iain Martin says it's not the kind of mistake Reagan would ever have made. This is true. And it goes almost without saying that Romney is no Reagan. But these are very different times.
Reagan did not have to inherit a multi-trillion-dollar debt mountain. Romney does.
Reagan lived in that golden era - golden era for the political class, at least - when it was still widely accepted by liberals and conservatives alike that one of government's jobs was to make things better by spending money taken from the better-off through taxation. (The political argument was simply a question of degree).
That paradigm is over.
Quite how many people are aware the paradigm is over I do not know but one day, sooner or later, the markets and the economy are going to make this unavoidably clear.
One of the reasons I love America - and have so much more faith in its ability to recover from this mess than I do my own country's - is that on the most basic level the average American gets this stuff. Thrift, hard work, limited government: it's in your DNA.
Sure I agree with Peggy Noonan that there is much work to be done on the Romney campaign front. And again, I say he wasn't my ideal candidate any more than he probably was yours.
But to me, this latest crisis smacks far more of the Mainstream Media's persistent liberal bias than it does of the ground truth...............
I've made 1600 phone calls from home to New Hampshire in the last six days using the system set up by the campaign. Even 100 calls will make a difference. Who will join me?
For sure, we aren’t only broke, we are bankrupt in all but formal process.
And righting this ship isn’t going to happen “overnight” — or ever with the Marxist in the WH.
Beck is on now, begging people to see what the future is IF Obama is re-elected.
And to choose accordingly.
Mark Levin did the same last night.
Can you imagine where we would be without the blessing of talk radio?
It is almost exclusively conservative...people won’t listen to leftists blather on and on over the radio.
Radio is too intellectual a medium for most liberals to handle. There’s no purty pitchurs to looks at.
It's not just you, Delingpole, and it's way more than a little. I honestly think all these "gaffes" are probably gaining Romney votes, if only because the melodramatic apoplexy the State Run Media feigns is getting on people's nerves.
I've said this to myself many times in the last months as I've been posting.
It's the alternative that always comes to mind now when I say that. Another four years of the Bambi and we are toast.
Is that why the rabbit ears don't work on my radio?
I can watch TV on my cell phone, why can't I see purty pitchurs on my radio, how about if I just watch FM?
If obama is re-elected it’s possible talk radio won’t be around long. Probably 40% of the people in this country believe it would be perfectly okay for the government to shut it down.
I think you have a real point there. Liberals always are accusing conservatives of being overly literal and unimaginative (no "pitchurs") -- pointing to a basic difference in the way people think.
I think liberals do indeed tend to shun logic and verbal discourse, except of course for painting word-pictures of what they want, like, and admire.
Yeah, we know, we know. Endlessly.
Why don't you just apply for a job on Romney's staff?
Hell, you sure are doing their bidding.
Congratulations on earning the Axelrod conservative award! Breelliant!
Go stuff yourself, botboy.
Backatcha. Congrats on your Axelrod award, it proves you stuffed yourself.
The other thing is that the actual intellectual liberal is rare, the kind that do all the loony marxist theorizing and concoct the phony global warming weather models. Most liberals simply act on emotion. I feel bad that people are poor...so the government should send them free money and entitlements! I feel bad that people die in war...so I’ll protest the war! I feel bad that they’re saying polar bears might go extinct...better become an environmentalist. It requires thought and analysis to arrive at most conservative positions. Liberalism for most people is just a knee-jerk reaction that takes place when they don’t think.