Mitt Romney won’t explain to the American people what he would do if he were elected president.
Odd though that may sound—especially considering that presidential campaigns are designed specifically to inform voters of such plans—the strategy actually aligns quite well with Romney’s “emotion-free crisis management” style.
Romney isn’t the most likeable candidate to run for the presidency, and his campaign’s intention to swap out the conservative talking points for the more moderate middle ground rhetoric once the general election begins, as his chief campaign advisor forewarned, isn’t likely to boost his popularity among the GOP base. So in order to alleviate the nation’s continued ambivalence toward Mr. Etch-a-Sketch, Romney has announced a plan to…not announce his plans. The thinking behind this, I believe, is that if nobody knows what he’d do as president, he might have a chance of becoming one!
Jonathan Chait of New York magazine has the story:
Skewering presidential candidates who broadcasts their private religious beliefs is of no less import to the democratic process than dissecting their public beliefs on taxation and military policy.
So said Richard Dawkins, “the world’s leading Darwinian,” on “UP with Chris Hayes.”
Master political tactician Lee Atwater once said that “anyone who gets more than a 35-percent negative factor can’t win an election.”
In the 2012 Republican presidential contest, Mitt Romney is that person.
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 39 percent of adults in America view Romney very or somewhat negatively, compared to 28 percent who view the former Massachusetts governor very or somewhat positively.
“If his negatives are 35 percent and his positives aren’t at least 5 percent higher,” Atwater believed, “it’s politically fatal1.”
Far from a polling fluke, the NBC/WSJ survey has remained fairly consistent over the past six months. In fact, the only significant difference between this year’s results and the same poll’s findings in 2008 is that Romney is disliked more now, as the frontrunner and presumed nominee, than he was in ’08 as a third-place finisher in the GOP primary.
In January, 2008, Romney earned a 28 percent positive review from poll respondents—the exact same positivity rating recorded in this month’s poll. His negative responses, however, have jumped 7 percentage points since 2008, from 32 percent to 39 percent.
The question is, will Atwater’s axiom hold true? Is Romney’s political fate doomed?
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,than for a poor man to enter American politics.” (Matthew 28:21)
Not much in Rick Santorum’s campaign resonates with me.
His stances on social policy swing back and forth between extreme and extremely offensive. His opinion that women shouldn’t serve in the military; or that gay people should just stop being gay; or that recreational sex is sinful; or that rape victims should be forced to give birth to their rapist’s child; or that contraception is Satanic; or that college is for snobs; or that institutions of enlightenment suck the faith from a man’s soul like a nasal aspirator sucks boogers from a baby’s nostril; or that the separation of church and state “makes me throw up”…
But there is one Santorum rant that isn’t completely off base: his view that Americans, and American democracy, can’t be bought.
Sometimes you’ve got to “get down in the mud with the fucking elephants.”
Sometimes you don’t.
The Michigan primary race is one of the latter.
On Feb. 15, 2012, DailyKos.com founder Markos Moulitsas Zúniga launched “Operation Hilarity,” a grassroots, web-based political campaign that encourages Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in states such as Michigan, whose open primaries allow crossover voting.
The goal of Operation Hilarity: To “keep the GOP clown show going!” by boosting Santorum’s support, denying presumed nominee Mitt Romney key victories, and dragging out a nomination fight that has already done immeasurable harm to the Republican Party while simultaneously boosting President Obama’s re-election odds.
The result of Operation Hilarity: Democrats looking like Republicans for trying to rig an election.
Rick Santorum recently told Fox “News” host Greta Van Susteren that “The president was willing to jump in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and in Egypt….”
It’s true. President Obama actually was wrestling around between the sheets with the M.U.S.L.I.M. B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. long before he officially took office.
But who cares? What’s so bad about the “Moral, Unwaveringly Sane, Liberty-Inclined ‘Mericans who Believe Russia Offers Traitorous Hicks an Ominous Oasis away from Democracy”?
It’s not some evil socialist Kenyan Muslim thing. It’s a self-deportation program made specifically for negro-fearing bigots like Santorum.
He should Google it.
Conservative Columnist Co-opts Black History Month to Honor Republicans
As Black History Month draws to a close, world-renowned conservative columnist Cal Thomas wants to remind liberals everywhere who are too stoned to remember basic American history that the Republican Party really really really loves black people.
Or at least they did at one time.
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Thomas informed us this week in his syndicated column, “Black (Liberal) History Month.” A Republican-led Congress supported the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Republicans in the 38th Congress passed legislation creating the “Negro Calvary,” also known as Buffalo Soldiers, in the 1860s. And Ulysses “Snowflake” Grant, a Republican, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which allowed blacks access to public accommodations—until it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
There’s a not-so-subtly-buried trend within this unflatteringly short list of historical “moments” when Republicans fought for African Americans: they all happened a long, long time ago—before even Thomas was born.
The most viewed and most discussed “news” article in The Hill on Thursday was titled, “GOP demands apology for Obama campaign manager’s ‘chimichanga’ tweet.”
So much for focusing on “the issues” this election season.
Republicans are demanding an apology Wednesday from President Obama’s campaign manager after a tweet that they argue was insulting toward Latino Americans.
In case you’re feeling special, the answer is no: you were not the only one to recognize the irony of the Republican Party “demanding” anything as reparation for offending Latino voters.
Conservatives are sounding like a celestially-fervid flock of Chicken Littles over President Obama’s plan to reduce the U.S.’s nuclear weapon stockpile by as much as 80 percent.
And for good reason.
As Ronald Reagan knew well in the 1980s—because his wife kept him informed of all inter-galactic current events—20,000 nuclear warheads may have been enough to bomb every sovereign nation on the globe 100 times each, but it wasn’t nearly enough to thwart an alien attack!
Now that the stockpile is in the process of being reduced to 1,550 nuclear weapons, the threat has been compounded.