Romney tosses his tattered fedora into the ring

ap_mitt_romney_wins_wisconsin_thg_120403_wgMitt Romney is apparently serious about making a third grab at the presidential brass ring, and I’m not quite sure what to make of that development.

True, a Romney candidacy makes it less likely that we’ll be condemned to yet another Bush running against yet another Clinton come the summer of 2016, and for that alone we might be grateful. But Romney is not exactly a fresh face on the political scene either. It’s like peering into the refrigerator and trying to decide between leftovers from Monday night or Tuesday night and then discovering that oh yeah, you’ve got Thursday night leftovers too.

You also get the idea that Romney is motivated in part by a feeling that he got cheated of something that by right should have been his, and that something is the presidency.  After the 2012 race, insiders depicted Romney as reluctant to accept his defeat, so certain that the American people would embrace him over Barack Obama that he didn’t even bother to prepare a concession speech.** A sour sense of aggrievement, of injustice left uncorrected, has lingered beneath the surface of Romney’s public persona ever since.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton of course remains the dominant figure.  I’m not exactly thrilled at that prospect — I’d prefer a candidate more willing to question the status quo and more attuned to what appears to be an entirely new set of challenges confronting the country. At the very least, a hard-fought primary process could help the Democrats define who they are for the 21st century, both to themselves and to the country at large.

That just isn’t going to happen in a 2016 cycle in which Clinton is the presumptive nominee, and that’s too bad. For too long now, Democrats have gotten away with being “not Republican.” It’s been easy, and thanks to the GOP it has usually been effective. (Clinton in particular has come to personify that approach.) But “not Republican” is also not a direction or philosophy. It does not offer the American people a compelling, positive vision of how their country can thrive in a world that is very different from that in which most of us were raised. It’s an accurate reflection of what the answers aren’t, rather than what they are.

It’s like they said in that old song, a song so old that close to half of the American people weren’t even born when it was at the top of the charts. You may remember it too. It goes like this:

"Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don't stop, it'll soon be here,
It'll be, better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone...."

But yesterday’s not gone at all. Yesterday’s running for president.

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** “I just finished writing a victory speech. It’s about 1,118 words long,” Romney told the press that day. “I’ve only written one speech at this point. Intellectually I’ve felt that we’re going to win this, and I’ve felt that for some time.”

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fedup52
fedup52

@AyeAyeSir  So this is your rational for shooting all unarmed assailants. 


Hope you don't get pulled over and the cops shoot you no reason.

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

@fedup52 @AyeAyeSir 


No ............. it means that sometimes you are entirely authorized to shoot an unarmed assailant who poses by their actions a threat of death or even serious bodily injury to you.  You don't have to "wait" for them to do that before you act as it may be too late.


If you don't understand that I can't help you.

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

I tend to agree. I also hope that we do not see a Romney, Clinton, or Bush on the presidential ballot in 2016. Time to move on, on both sides. 


However, Hillary may be unstoppable if she wants the Dem nomination. And this will create another "opportunity" for Americans to participate in an "historical election" and vote for another "first"  -- which will once again will be very bad for America. 


Things change quickly in politics, and these days, more quickly than ever. When Obama won in 2012, our friend Jay was quick to point out to all that the new demographics had spoken, and the Republicans were now done for good. Today, largely due to the incompetent and ineffective leadership of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, both the House and Senate are Republicans and there are more Republican legislators in Washington than since 1930. This is also a lesson for the Republicans to take very seriously. 


When the big motivating factor for the electorate is to vote for a "first" instead of for competence, experience, executive skills, and the ability to lead the government and the entire nation and to be the "leader of the free world" you have big trouble on your hands, as has been clearly the case for the last six years. We cannot afford another  unqualified president elected because he/she is black, a woman, young, cool, glib, and a "first" etc.  America cannot afford another "Amateur Hour" show in the White House. 2008 was a bad time to elect the worst president since World War II -- good for Jimmy Carter personally, but bad for the nation.


In fairness to Hillary, America would be in far better shape today, and still a strong world leader, had she not been tossed aside by the Dems in 2008 so we could have an "historical election" and put an unqualified executive into the White House. But, as noted,her time has passed and times have changed greatly, and the pace of change is increasing as never before. 


Whatever the party, the next  president must be an experienced executive and a strong leader, capable of working with the opposing political party's leaders and legislators. He/she will need to be a hard worker, more interested in the job than the perks that it offers, and tough and savvy negotiator. He/she must also have a grasp of reality and an understanding things do not magically happen, nor does the truth or falsity of any situation, based upon his/her pronouncements. Things get done by hard work and by dealing, negotiating, and compromising with people who you would  rather not be dealing with, not because you say it is so, or it is not so. 


I hope that we can survive two more years of Obama, especially now that he has decided to be a "bad boy" and to try to rule by executive order. If he does, he will be greatly helping the next Republican candidate to get elected, regardless of who it may be. 



alexander2
alexander2

"Dreamers are better americans....."  "someone wake up the Russian Judge",  ........This blog isn't quite up to the humor of old "Bloom County", but it still affords a few chuckles....

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

I see some of these battles over businesses have already turned into local fights.  Atlanta has managed to convince NCR to make a move out of Gwinnett County.  I guess Gwinnett County just was not willing to pay enough for those jobs. 

alexander2
alexander2

@Numbers_R_Us Send them all to Sandy Springs, this mayor is ready to kiss any a--  for another business while the roads are choked and the residents are pissed....

gotalife
gotalife

The gop playing politics all these years made our infrastructure problem worse and more expensive. If they do raise the gas tax and used that revenue to fund infrastructure they finally governed for a change.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

So Georgia taxpayers are forking out about $29,000 per person moving down to Atlanta with Mercedes.  Quick math-related question--Should you Republicans be hoping for a lot or a few transferees.  Also, do you Republicans consider that to be a better deal than accepting federal money to fund Medicaid for 600,000 needy Georgia residents.  Never mind.  I think I already know your answer to that one.  In short, you are not only "not scientists", you are "not mathematicians" either.  Perhaps another lottery ticket purchase will fix what ails you though.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association nearly came to blows on Tuesday during a meeting of delegates in Queens. There was pushing, shoving and lots of screaming at Patrick Lynch, president of the 23,000-member union.

The in-house battle erupted over the issue of what patrol officers really need — an apology from Mayor de Blasio or better equipment and more officers to back them up on the streets.

“This is what my members want!” a cop yelled near the end of the raucous meeting. “They want more cars, better vests, more manpower!”

And then the cop — one of about 350 in attendance — took a verbal jab at Lynch, who has called on de Blasio to offer a mea culpa for his continued lack of support for police.

“They don’t want an apology,” he said.

“They asked Lynch directly: ‘What did you ask the mayor for?’ ” the source added. But Lynch provided no answers. The yelling and screaming lasted about 10 minutes before Lynch stormed out.

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Information about NYC cops that our RWers will do gymnastics about.  Do they claim that all NYC hate the mayor and demand an apology, do they support the cops, do they dis the union, do they support paying taxes to support the police.  Oh so many flips and flops to be seen on the mats!  Someone wake up the Russian judge. 

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@KUTGF So, there was a public copfrontation and absolutely nobody got shot?


Will wonders never cease?

gotalife
gotalife

Krauthammer: Raise The Gas Tax

He finally got one right but they should use that welfare for their donors too.


We need a 2 trillion infrastructure program because they did nothing  but play politics for years.

Penses
Penses

@Visual_Cortex @gotalife LOL. He went to McGill, Oxford and Harvard (finishing a medical degree at the latter while almost completely paralyzed). Bill Clinton has called him "brilliant". That does not mean he is always right or that I always agree with him. But he is ALWAYS "rational".

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@Penses @Visual_Cortex @gotalife "But he is ALWAYS "rational".


I have not found that to be the case.  I've seen Krauthammer write mawkish, maudlin glurge just as well as any over-patriotic con commentator.


Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

I wonder how many of our fellow Republican bloggers are social security disability recipients.  Those that are better hope that their elected ones are feeling less like Republicans in the near future.

Penses
Penses

And this, my friends, is why next to nothing of substance ever gets done at the federal level by either party: 


"In a sign of Walker’s White House ambitions, the Democratic National Committee criticized the governor’s remarks even before he spoke in Madison and noted the state’s estimated $2 billion budget deficit."


source: http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2015/01/14/scott-walker-presidential-themes-wisconsin/


Think about the obliviousness and stunning hypocrisy of making a statement like that when we are now over 18 trillion dollars in debt, even before Walker spoke. Unbelievable. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Penses 

obliviousness and stunning hypocrisy 

I don't think Wisconsin can print its own money.

gotalife
gotalife

Dreamers are better Americans than our rw.

gotalife
gotalife

If we really want to solve all problems and end the war on terror deport the rw to Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

lvg
lvg

From a  liberal left wing media source today:


"Mr. Romney is a man of admirable personal character, but his political profile is, well, protean. He made the cardinal mistake of pandering to conservatives rather than offering a vision that would attract them. He claimed to be “severely conservative” and embraced “self-deportation” for illegal immigrants, a political killer. But he refused to break from his RomneyCare record in Massachusetts even though it undermined his criticism of ObamaCare. A third campaign would resurrect all of that political baggage—and videotape.

The businessman also failed on his own self-professed terms as a superior manager. His convention was the worst since George H.W. Bush ’s in 1992, focusing more on his biography than a message. 

Mr. Romney’s campaign team was notable for its mediocrities, led by a strategist whose theory of the race was that voters had already rejected Mr. Obama so the challenger merely needed to seem like a safe alternative. He thus never laid out an economic narrative to counter Mr. Obama’s claim that he had saved the country from a GOP Depression and needed more time for his solutions to work.

And don’t forget the management calamity of Mr. Romney’s voter turnout operation, code-named Orca. Mr. Romney likes to say he reveres “data,” but Mr. Obama’s campaign was years ahead of Mr. Romney’s in using Big Data and social media to boost turnout. The Romney campaign was so clueless on voter mobilization that well into Election Night the candidate still thought he would win. He lost a winnable race 51%-47%, including every closely contested state save North Carolina."""""

http://www.wsj.com/articles/romney-recycled-1421194636


and according to Little Barry the Moron, Obama is the scumbag


Penses
Penses

@lvg


"...according to Little Barry the Moron, Obama is the scumbag."


Jay, here is another clear personal attack in violation of the AJC User Agreement.

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@lvg


In lieu of "scumbag", the label of "politician" serves the same purpose..

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@lvg 

well into Election Night the candidate still thought he would win

Sometimes I wonder--were Team Romney forbidden to look at actual state polling in 2012?


KUTGF
KUTGF

@lvg  The WSJ is now liberal? 


Can someone point me to the formula to determine when the media is "liberal" and not just "not Fox/GOP surrogate"?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Nick_Danger @Visual_Cortex @lvg 

Seriously, though, I looked at 538 and RCP's state polling summaries about as compulsively as anyone during the time. I can't recall any week where I was saying "looks like Obama's hit a rough patch here." He always looked to have a pretty obvious upper hand in the electoral vote.

And seriously, some primary challenger the GOP side would be well served by simply asking what I'm asking now--"how did you really think you were going to win, when the best it ever got for you polling wise were a few national polls that had you in the MoE to maybe tie, for a week or two?"

(Anyway, if I had a chance to talk to Mitt, that's what I'd ask him.)

 

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@KUTGF @lvg "The WSJ is now liberal?"


No, it's not.  But you won't catch the cons admitting that.


It's quite telling how many of them berate Jay for not being an 'objective journalist' when it comes to writing his opinion pieces, yet they'll still eagerly seize upon conservative opinion pieces as 'evidence' for their positions.


SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@Tuna Meowt @Penses @lvg Ridiculing a screen name obviously doesn't constitute a personal attack round these parts.It's quite common around here as a matter of fact.

Penses
Penses

@Tuna Meowt @Penses @lvg LOL. You'd think Obama was LVG's father, the was he has taken offense to LB's characterization of him. I guess there are no mirrors near him.