Skip to comments.Severin: Either Romney pulls out the knife or he loses
Posted on 07/10/2012 3:06:35 PM PDT by pabianice
Jay Severin -- one of Romney's biggest supporters and a professional campaign manager -- spoke about the state of the presidential campaign. After first acknowledging that Independents do not like negative ads, he stated that unless Romney starts fighting as hard against Obama as Obama is against him, Romney loses. It's that clear to so many people on the right. Why Romney is being Mr. Rogers is open to debate. Romney is of the 50s and 60s generation, when the idea of an Obama in public office would have been regarded as either a stupid joke or alternate universe science fiction. Romney diesmbowled his Republican opponents but now apparently is being told by his team that he has to stay Mr. Nice "so as not to alienate voters."
I think Severin is correct. This election will mean either the death of the United States or its comeback.
(In addition to being a liberal.)
Romney needs to hit back using humor. Needle Obama about his incompetence, his secrecy, etc. Romney’s surrogates need to get out there & fill-in the blanks for the Media. Take no prisoners. Put Obama’s people on the defensive.
It's hot, it's summer, people are impatient and America is in trouble.
I get it.
I'm doing MY best to have a cool head and trying to be politically mature.
Both Romney and ozero are saying the same things they've been saying for a year.
He needs to pull out a gun and send ten of Obama’s guys to the morgue.
I get requests for money from Romney every week. I won’t send a time unless, and until, he pulls out the knife. He needs to slam Obama into oblivion before I will cough up financial support. And it needs to make me feel good and shake my fist and say YES!
Demanding Obama release all of his records will be a start Mr. Romney. DO IT, MEAN IT, and VIGOROUSLY PURSUE IT!
I am not holding my breath.
There are people in this world who cannot do "humor". They have no sense of timing and no actual sense of humor whatsoever.
Romney fits that category. It is my observation that Romney cannot relate to the average Joe. First of all, he doesn't drink beer. He doesn't drink coffee. He doesn't drink Tea. He doesn't even drink Cokes. He dutifully wears Magic underwear 24 hours a day and thinks someday he will "high to Kolob" and become a God.
He is in every sense of the word an alien in the midst of the human race.
He is awkward around regular human beings and clearly cannot relate to anyone who is not in his peculiar social class or a member in good standing of his peculiar religion.
You expect him to be able to communicate his message (whatever the hell that is) with any semblance of human emotion and humor?
Romney the Candidate from the Planet Kolob.
I don't think Romney can do that.
All of which is in contrast - to the Dem nominee.
The real question is if and when he is going to rip off the veil of secrecy that has protected Obama since before the 2008 election. I believe the Democrats may have made a major strategic error in assuming he won’t.
All the questions regarding eligibility are still there. We haven’t seen Obama’s transcripts, his college writings, or even an actual birth certificate.
The thing is, the E-bomb can only be dropped once, and if it doesn’t knock Obama out totally in the first strike, it will destroy Mitt.
However, using it could also precipitate a civil war.
This psychobabble about Romney being Mr. Nice is idiotic to say the least. We are watching a replay of the same strategy used in the primaries when he bid his time while his opponents wasted their ammunition and then unleashed lethal targeted attacks that destroyed one flavor of the month after the other.
The bottom line is that it’s too early. Obama is burning through his cash while nobody is paying attention. There’s a recent Ras poll that says that half of the electorate doesn’t even know about the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare. Romney is better off going to Israel as planned to beef up his foreign policy credentials.
At this point neither Obama or Romney has obtained the official nomination of their parites.
That being said, it would appear from your perspective that your choice is a baby murdering, homosexualist, gun-grabbing, liberal judge appointing, commie health care pushing, big government leftist from Kenya or a a baby murdering, homosexualist, gun-grabbing, liberal judge appointing, commie health care pushing, big government leftist from the Planet Kolob.
Which will it be?
my assessment of Romney---and perhaps the ONLY redeeming factor he has---is that I think he is both ruthless and sneaky. And that's good. He will let surrogates attack Obama, while (wisely, I think) Romney avoids Newt-like specific "plans" and "programs" and sticks to broader themes of "new beginnings" and the like.
More important, Romney has to only stay even for 2 months, then when there is really not enough time for the media to mount a defense. Just keep up a steady pace, like Secretariat, until the final turn. Then pour it on!
At least that would my advice if I were advising him.
Mitt doesn’t need to draw blood. Zero is doing the blood letting himself.
Stick to the facts, obummer care, worst economy of our lifetime. Worst unemployment since the great depressiweon
Just hammer the dialog day after day, week after week. Facts, facts, and more facts!
We need focused simple and calm dialog explaining the facts and failures, pound the facts and leave dirty deeds to the left that invented those tactics.
Kill the independents with kindness.
I am still not convinced that Romney wants to become POTUS.
He reminds me too much of McClown who handed Obama the presidency.
When I think of Romney and McCain I see a big wooden horse filled with democrap troops.
A knife is back-up. These guys need to get serious
Actually, he does drink Coke, LOL.
Why Romney is being Mr. Rogers.
I’ll tell you why (as I did in the Presidential Primaries): RINOS hate conservatives more than they hate socialists/liberals, their fellow ‘travelers’.
That’s WHY. CONSERVATIVES would actually reverse course, while RINOS and liberals are essentailly headed in the same direction (although on slightly different courses think of liberals heading east off the cliff, RINOS head north-east, Conservatives head West back from the cliff!
Maybe Coke ZERO. Certainly not the "Real Thing".
Pretty much sums it up.
I would like to see him issue his school records, draft records, passport records, social security application, and the like. He doesn’t have to accuse O of anything, just make his own public.
Did you see this? ROTFL!
Romney will attack Obamugabe all in due time.
Right now it is called time biding. The election is very near in time for those of us who think and care about the preservation for our Republic. We constitute less than 30% of the electorate.
30% of the electorate doesn’t give a damn whether we have a Republic or a Dictatorship, as long as that dictator is a Democrat.
40% of the electorate is persuadable, and the vast vast majority of those people are still in summer mode. Most Joe Average Voter citizens do not start paying attention to the election until after Labor Day.
Romney isn’t hurting himself by his current pacing.
If this were October 10th and not July 10th and Romney wasn’t hitting Obamugabe, then I’d be worried.
Romney didn’t have any problem pulling a knife out to slice and dice Gingrich.........
If you wanted a knifefighter, you probably should have picked another candidate. And probably a different field.
The money gap is narrowing somewhat, but Obama will still be able to raise more money from Hollywood, the unions, etc. Obama is trying to define Romney now. It is a big gamble as he is committing a large portion of his resources setting up offices around the country and putting out his political ads. People like Karl Rove think he is making a big mistake, but it may be out of desperation given the various polls and the economy.
Romney has a choice to make. Go full bore now before the conventions and before the majority of the public is even paying attention. Usually, that begins after the conventions and Labor Day. Or does Romney husband his growing resources and use them more strategically. So far, Obama has seemingly gained little with his all out offensive.
I know there is plenty of pressure from some Reps and the media talking heads for Romney to strike back hard now. But how much does Romney want to commit to the fray now in terms of resources? Would that be playing into Obama's hands by using up scarce resources at a time when most people are not paying attention. Obama has approved gay marriage. He is unilaterally implementing the Dream Act to give over a million amnesty. Each week brings a new hand grenade to distract and divert attention away from Obama's record on jobs and the economy, the unsustainable national debt, and Obamacare.
If Obama is doing so well, why are a significant number of Dems skipping the convention in NC? How many Dems want Obama to appear with them on the campaign trail? Sorry, but I can't get too exercised by Romney's strategy at this point. November is a long way off.
John Wooden: "It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."
Be quick, but dont hurry.
I couldn't agree more. I believe Obama will get markedly angry if joked about or ridiculed. He takes himself entirely too seriously (’we are who we've been waiting for’ etc.) and I don't believe he will be able laugh at himself if he is laughed at.
Yeah, he does drink “real” coke. Also he claims that when they want to get “wild” they put vanilla extract in a glass of coke.
His flashes of anger are all an act to raise the hope that he might actually lose it. But it won't happen. He has ice water in his veins.
Romney’s knife only works on conservatives, not fellow leftists.
I think Severin is correct. This election will mean either the death of the United States or its comeback.
Given the choices, I think this election will mean either quick death or slow death.
Romney seems to be a gentleman like McCain. Soon he will tell us we have nothing to fear from Obamas 2nd term, and that Obama is an honorable man.
BUT, everyone at FOX, said ROMNEY is the ONLY one who could beat Obama. Guess they really backed Obama after all.
Exactly. Start thinking like a street fighter or lose, and get rid of some of those ignorant spokespeople. Geesh.
“so as not alienate voters”
Newsflash....the voters are already alienated.
That is my opinion too. He his allowing the Obama machine to burn through their money, with little effect in the polls. In a couple of months, Romney will unleash on Obama.
The risk here is that the Obama campaign will get the chance to define Romney, if that happens, its bad news for Rom. I am sure the Romney camp is out there polling and getting a feel for how Obama's adds are (not) working.
This rope-a-dope wont go on for much longer.
I am still expecting the convention to realize its problem and hand the nomination over to someone who could win — like Palin.
“His flashes of anger are all an act to raise the hope that he might actually lose it. But it won’t happen.”
I’ll take that bet.
I agree. Romney is campaigning to lose.
It is in the RINO DNA: always lose to the far left Democrat.
Romney is so out of touch with REALITY that his paint-drying campaign speeches only point is to describe how bad Obama is.
WE KNOW how bad Obama is!
What we want to know is which 3 of Romneys 59 points are going to REVERSE Obamanation?
Romney is the most DUMPABLE Primary Winner going against the worst Incumbent - - - and the polls call it correctly: THEY ARE TIED!
Give it to us straight Romney, or get out of the way!
BTW Romney, it just takes the delegates First Ballot ABSTAIN vote to DUMP you!
Tick-Tock - - -
May I borrow this quote?
” - - - Why Romney is being Mr. Rogers - - - .”
BTW, what WERE the RINOs thinking when they endorsed this stud muffin?
One thing about being a career flip-flopper: it’s hard to define him;)
That is the height of hypocrisy. He refuses to drink coffee, which has been shown to be good for your health. He refuses to drink Tea which has also been shown to be good for your health. He refuses to drink wine or beer, which in small quantities are very good for your health. Instead he drinks cokes, which have been shown to be horrible for your health and when he wants to party, he puts vanilla extract in his coke.
A Word of Wisdom for fools and idiots who wear magic underwear 24 hours a day.
BTW I make my own vanilla extract using aged Kentucky Bourbon. Romney probably drinks Vanillin which is fake vanilla. That would fit Romney who is as phony as fake vanilla.
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QUICK! Someone tell Romney that Obama is a conservative...
THEN HE’LL ATTACK!