Skip to comments.Democrats now missing Romney
Posted on 05/14/2014 2:55:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
With the midterm elections just six months away, President Obama and the Democrats are pining for the days of Mitt Romney.
Obama wants the 2014 campaign to be about the economy, and is doing everything he can to portray the GOP as out-of-step with middle-class concerns on issues from the minimum wage to taxes.
Whats missing is Romney, the former GOP presidential nominee whose background as a venture capitalist made him a rich target for populist attacks.
The Obama campaign cast Romney as an elitist businessman and pounced on small biographical details, like the construction of a car elevator in his home garage, to feed the narrative that he was a heartless plutocrat. Romneys missteps on the campaign trail, such as the surreptitiously taped remark about the 47 percent, made the caricature harder to shake.
While Democrats have sought to recapture their success in 2014 by vilifying the conservative donors Charles and David Koch, they concede the populist arrows were easier to land against the former Massachusetts governor.
You always want to be able to personify the opposition, and Romney was the perfect way to do that. In fact, he couldnt have been more perfect, said one former senior White House official. He was the gift that kept on giving with all of his out-of-touch statements, his homes. Who can forget the car elevator? There isnt a perfect figure anymore, and that will tougher for us.
Republicans decried the attacks on Romney as unfair, and are hoping to get their revenge by handing Democrats another shellacking in November.
Kirsten Kukowski, a press secretary at the Republican National Committee, said Democrats have relied on fake narratives instead of substance for far too long, and its catching up to them.
The Democrats talking about the Koch brothers and trying to find the next boogeyman shows voters just how out of touch they are, out of touch with voters who are concerned with a Democrat Party that has increased governments reach into our lives, that has left us with an unstable economy, and a failed healthcare law that has resulted in loss of care and increased insurance costs.
The midterm election cycle is stacking up against Democrats. With the presidents approval rating mired at all-time lows, the liberal base increasingly deflated and ObamaCare deeply unpopular with parts of the electorate, holding onto the Senate appears to grow harder by the day.
Those factors have some suggesting that the White House needs a new tack.
Republicans can continue to run against healthcare; they can point to Benghazi; they can even point to the president, another former administration official said. We dont really have that. The easiest person to demonize is the Koch brothers, and few people outside of Washington know who they are. They need to break through to an electorate that only catches on if its in a viral video.
Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, said that because theres no universal face to epitomize the Republican Party in 2014, the White House has to play a different game.
They need to really work the fundraising and give their candidates a lot of leeway to oppose the administration, Jillson said. And the candidates themselves need to use a local focus, not highlighting national issues.
Some campaigns are already following that script by shifting away from national issues to focus on concerns back home.
Still, many of the candidates are invoking Romney on some level. A Democrat close to the campaign for Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), one of the partys most vulnerable candidates, said they are using a page from the Romney playbook against their opponent, Thom Tillis. (The connection is easier to make with Romney endorsing Tillis in the race last week.)
Hes similar to Romney in that hes out of touch and out of sync with common-sense values in North Carolina, the Democrat said.
While the former senior official said the White House cant look back and keep hitting the man who was the last GOP standard-bearer that election is over and two years in the past he said it makes sense to remind voters of the divide that has existed between the parties in recent years.
The fact of the matter is, [Republicans] havent done much to change since the last election, the former official said. Its almost like they didnt learn their lesson.
Theyre no better on immigration, equality, improving their message to the so-called 47 percent. Its not bad to remind voters of that, the former official said. Its whether they see through it.
Ben LaBolt, who served as national press secretary for the Obama reelection campaign, said he wouldnt be surprised to see Romneys name or at the very least similar themes invoked more in 2014 races.
One of our core arguments was that [Romney] said hed jumpstart the economy, but he didnt come up with a single original idea that hadnt been used by other Republicans, by saying that you could cut your way to prosperity, LaBolt said. They believed that spending cuts and tax cuts are all you needed to improve the economy. People dont believe that anymore.
To the extent that candidates make those arguments, I think youll hear Romney revisited, he said.
The Republicans should be demonizing Jon Corzine every day. Ultra wealthy, friend of Obama, fund raiser, former governor, former US Senator, former Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Democrat fundraiser, and as Chairman of MF Global he literally stole almost $2 billion from the depositors. Obama and Holder won’t indict him.
Demanding Corzine be brought to justice is the perfect foil to everything Obama is trying to demonize. He’s a poster boy for the privileged 1%, he’s a politician, he’s an elitist, he is corrupt. He’s getting away with grand larceny thanks to the President. If the Corzine was a member of the GOP with the same resume and Bush, Romney or McCain were President Reid and Pelosi would be screaming about him everyday.
From the stupid party absolutely nothing. They just stand there while Reid makes their biggest contributors (Koch brothers) into a punching bag. It is incredible the GOPe can’t seize an opportunity when it is laying in front of them. They prefer to be bullied and beat up.
So am I. I think it's the zero on my scope.
They like Corzine more than they like GOP voters.
So now the press regurgitates Romney stories and uses them to criticize Republicans. They sure are desperate.
Amie Parnes must have been up against a deadline. This article is retarded fodder for morons.
Because Obadinga can't blame anyone else for his failures !!
Yeah, I miss him around here too. I miss seeing that used car salesman with the shining tooth staring back at me every day. /sarc
They can’t win the arguments so they vilify the candidate.
Pray America wakes up
They miss the anti-gun, pro-abortion, pro-homosexualizing the military, pro-gay Scout leaders, anti-Reagan, pro-Obamacare/Romneycare, gay marriage guy.
I bet they do.
However, the (D) alternative hasn't worked out too well over the last 6 years has it?
Republicans are stupid.
Forbes publishes the 500 zip codes with the most expensive homes. I looked over the list and probably 95% of the wealthiest 500 zip codes vote democrat every time.
The republicans let the liberals label them as the wealthy elites. The truth is that it’s the demos that are the controlling wealthy elites.
All the republicans have to do is look at the top 500 and see which candidate these people supported. They supported the demos.
Yes, I'll miss him like I miss the flu.