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Romney Struggles For Right Pitch
Fiscal Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | Sam Youngman

Posted on 02/20/2012 6:53:18 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Mitt Romney isn't singing anymore.

A little more than two weeks after his off-key but enthusiastic renditions of "America the Beautiful" captured the spirit of a candidate who had won the Florida primary and seemed on the verge of locking down the Republican nomination for president, Romney is back in lackluster mode.

It's not just that Romney is facing a surprising challenge in his native state of Michigan from Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who vaulted into contention in the state-by-state nomination battle with wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

What alarms many Republican Party leaders and strategists are the signals they see from Romney's campaign as he struggles to support the notion that he is the inevitable nominee to face President Barack Obama in the November election.

They see the former Massachusetts governor as a candidate whose confidence appears shaken, and whose strategy and message now can seem off-key.

Gone are the vibrant rallies Romney held in Florida, replaced in Michigan by a series of low-energy round-table discussions.

This week, Romney often rushed through his stump speech as if he had a plane to catch, and made awkwardly curious remarks - "I love you" to a business group, and, "The trees are the right height" in Michigan - that made him seem particularly desperate for approval.

"I really count body language for a lot," said Republican strategist Rich Galen, adding with a joke that Romney, who ran for president in 2008, might have "hit the wall at the 5 1/2-year mark" of campaigning.

And then there were the two opinion pieces Romney wrote for newspapers - ....

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1 posted on 02/20/2012 6:53:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They see the former Massachusetts governor as a candidate whose confidence appears shaken, and whose strategy and message now can seem off-key.

NOW...SEEM off-key?

Myth's 'message' has been tone-deaf for years.

2 posted on 02/20/2012 6:56:04 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The fact that Romney has to struggle to articulate his views on anything, is evidence he has none.
Romney is struggling to articulate conservative views because he is not now nor ever been a conservative.
Romney is as phoney as a three dollar bill.


3 posted on 02/20/2012 6:56:39 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The right “pitch” is for him to withdraw from the race and slither back to MA and the GOP ruling class; apologizing and kissing all of our arses along the way for lying and trying to buy the nomination.


4 posted on 02/20/2012 6:58:31 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

[Gone are the vibrant rallies Romney held in Florida ]

What? His couple of hundred compared to Newt’s thousands? Romney has never had vibrant rallies or support. He just smeared anyone else who garnered strong support and enthusiasm. What he did to Newt in FL shows what kind of person Romney is. I’ll never forget the way he kicked Newt on national TV while he was down either calling him “sad” and “flailing.”.


5 posted on 02/20/2012 7:05:41 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is like the dorks in high school that ran for student government.

There is something awkward and abnormal about his mannerisms and demeanor.

Everything about his screams “phony!!!”.


6 posted on 02/20/2012 7:05:57 AM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: Yankee
That should have read:

Everything about him screams “phony!!!”.

7 posted on 02/20/2012 7:07:49 AM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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8 posted on 02/20/2012 7:07:59 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

But...but...he said he likes cars...and lakes...and loves America?


9 posted on 02/20/2012 7:08:26 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: Yankee
Na, I actually like his screams are phony.
10 posted on 02/20/2012 7:11:31 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

To communicate your core beliefs, you first must have some.

When you’re a weathervane, no one will trust your sense of direction.

Next.


11 posted on 02/20/2012 7:15:38 AM PST by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (also my 2012 strategy))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
made awkwardly curious remarks - "I love you" to a business group, and, "The trees are the right height" in Michigan

Robbie Romnie the Robot


12 posted on 02/20/2012 7:20:02 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Mitt’s current pitch: “I am the not-Romney.”


13 posted on 02/20/2012 7:20:56 AM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When someone is struggling to find the right pitch, the obvious question is “so when are you getting traded to Pittsburgh?”


14 posted on 02/20/2012 7:22:41 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RJS1950

You’ve nailed it.

The right pitch is two words: “I quit.”

Go away, RINOmney.

Start a “No standards club,” with fellow RINO McJerkface.


15 posted on 02/20/2012 7:23:15 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: RoosterRedux

“But...but...he said he likes cars...and lakes...and loves America?”

And not just the big lakes either, but he even remembers the small, inland lakes. And not just any old cars, but real American cars. I think if you pressed him, he would prefer Michigan cranberries to Cape Cod’s, though that my be a flip-flop from his 2003 position.


16 posted on 02/20/2012 7:27:21 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The perfect "pitch" by ANY of the GOP candidates is to come hard & fast right at Obama on his record -- he gets enough softballs from the Media...

17 posted on 02/20/2012 7:30:36 AM PST by mikrofon (Baseball's right around the corner ;)
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To: RoosterRedux
Meanwhile the MSM and the GOP-E are working to define Gingrich and his pitch!

A must read!

Does Ryan Now Agree with Gingrich? [And now, here's the rest of the story]

18 posted on 02/20/2012 7:33:05 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There is NO “right pitch” for Romney. Even if he were “pitch perfect” we’d all see it as the insincere lie that it is. As the “Aay Anything Kid” saying what he must to get votes, there is no “right pitch” that the base will believe.


19 posted on 02/20/2012 7:36:39 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Yankee
like the dorks in high school

I bet Daddy's Boy Williard never dove for a ball in his life.

20 posted on 02/20/2012 7:38:47 AM PST by Buddy Sorrell (It's Algebra, Uncle Fletcher.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Romney is like a lefthanded major league pitcher than can no longer throw lefthanded. He tries to resume his career throwing righthanded. It is totally unnatural and would take time to even pass the catch in the backyard test.


21 posted on 02/20/2012 7:39:47 AM PST by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: Tigerized; svcw; Yankee

We can make our judgment about a politician by listening to their words and campaign promises, or looking at what they, and their political families, and mentors have actually done over time.

Romney is not the only scion of a political family out there who claims to be a conservative, but whose actions, family, associates, and temperment scream Progressive.

I do believe Romney, like his Dad, has core beliefs on what are the right policies for to America to follow, and they are all Progressive. He just is not any good at hiding them.


22 posted on 02/20/2012 7:42:15 AM PST by ngat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thx for that!


23 posted on 02/20/2012 7:49:35 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
romney desparate, romney desparate
24 posted on 02/20/2012 7:51:47 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The right pitch is the Sacrifice bunt....DROP OUT MITT!(The base doesn’t want you) Let Newt or Santorum get on base beacuse they actually have a chance of scoring....


25 posted on 02/20/2012 7:56:55 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: Yankee

if a candidate needs “magic words” then he/she has already lost.

Deads count, BS means nothing.


26 posted on 02/20/2012 9:21:43 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

oops typo DEEDS


27 posted on 02/20/2012 9:35:49 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The fact that he thinks he needs the right “pitch” means he is merely mouthing words that he thinks people want to hear.


28 posted on 02/20/2012 9:47:25 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Did you know that when his dad was governor, his nickname was “The Rambler” because he vacillated so often and on so many positions.


29 posted on 02/20/2012 2:52:19 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: longtermmemmory
Deads count

But only for Democrats.

I know you meant deeds, but I couldn't resist.

30 posted on 02/22/2012 12:22:34 PM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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