hillbillypharmacist: What a carefully crafted article. It manages to ride the fine line between sycophancy and toadying.On Iran, Romney asserted that Israel has the right to defend itself. Obama says this as boilerplate. Romney made clear he means itThat's quite a difference between the candidates. They both say it, but Krauthammer knows that Obama doesn't really mean it in his heart of hearts.
Mentat: hillbillypharmacist: What a carefully crafted article. It manages to ride the fine line between sycophancy and toadying.On Iran, Romney asserted that Israel has the right to defend itself. Obama says this as boilerplate. Romney made clear he means itThat's quite a difference between the candidates. They both say it, but Krauthammer knows that Obama doesn't really mean it in his heart of hearts.When did the GOP become the Party of Feelings?
Citrate1007: So stuck out at tee ball gets spun into walked to 1st base at tee ball?
Serious Black: We get it. He's blah.
clambam: I am so looking forward to the debates. I expect to see Romney sobbing in frustration and anguish as his head is elegantly handed to him. That is, if there are debates. Romney may decide it's beneath his dignity to explain his positions to the American people. Don't they know he's royalty?
Citrate1007: So stuck out at tee ball gets spun into walked HPB'd to 1st base at tee ball?
Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: If sophistry were a crime, this op ed would be evidence enough to have Mr. Krauthammer drawn, quartered, drowned, shot, stabbed, poisoned and hung. Just a really impressive piece of work all around.
cubic_spleen: If Krauthammer's tongue was any farther up Romney's asshole, Mitt's mouth would look like this. (possibly NSFL)
Shrugging Atlas: His opinion sure has changed, because after Romney's first day in London Kraut was nuking him on Fox News of all places. In fact, after describing it all he said something like "I'm out of adjetives to describe this" and none that he used were positive.
Serious Black: It's ridiculously disappointing. He could be such a strong candidate. All he'd have to do is open himself up like a book and say "I am the poster child for why things need to change in America. The rules are tipped in my favor. If you elect me, here's how I will make the rules fair for all Americans." He'd crush Obama with the independent vote if he did that.
clambam: Romney will be a reasonably good president if he's elected.
WombatControl: Yes, the media is a virtual extension of the Obama campaign
WombatControl: Yes, the media is a virtual extension of the Obama campaign - but Romney knew that going in.
WombatControl: Substantively, the Poland and the Israel trips were good for Romney. Lech Walesa's endorsement should carry some weight, and Romney's comments about the difference in culture between Israel and Palestine wasn't a gaffe as much as the absolute truth.But the problem is that doesn't benefit Romney - the media decided from the get-go that they were going to spin Romney's trip into a disaster. Yes, the media is a virtual extension of the Obama campaign - but Romney knew that going in.They should have been better prepared to deal with that. They should have been making their case for why this trip matters and managing the media expectations better. And yes, it's very satisfying to tell the media off, especially when they deserve it. But when you're part of a Presidential campaign you don't have that luxury.It doesn't matter what substantively happened on Romney's trip - what matters right now is whether any of that redounds to the Romney campaign. And Romney's people failed to come up with its own narrative of the trip and failed to push that narrative - which let the media paint its own distorted picture.Yes, it's the part of the summer where the campaign is an afterthought for most people, yes, if you're going to screw up in a campaign now's the time to do. But Romney's people need to get their heads on straight, realize what environment they're in, and plan accordingly. They've got time to that, but once September hits they've got to hit the ground running.Krauthammer may be right on the substance, but this is politics. Substantive victories that don't get contextualized by a campaign aren't worth shiat.
qorkfiend: clambam: Romney will be a reasonably good president if he's elected.No, he wouldn't. He'd be a rubber stamp for the ultra-conservative Teatarded Republican Congress.
clambam: I disagree, Once Romney's in--and he's not thinking any further than that right now--the Etch-a-Sketch gets shaken once again and he will feel free to do exactly as he pleases.
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