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(Politico)   Romney campaign said the economy is likely to remain "the dominant focus" of the campaign. But ads and speeches will focus on a wider array of issues, adding "some of this shiat has got to stick to the wall"   (politico.com) divider line 100
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2012-09-17 08:52:53 AM  
Shiat, indeed.
 
2012-09-17 08:54:08 AM  
I wonder how much of this was from advisers or from Romney himself... in a related Politico article there is an interesting explanation of the inner workings of the campaign. Also how Romney is a "sticker"... he wont fire the people in his campaign that are failing him. Let's see how long that glue holds.
 
2012-09-17 08:55:32 AM  
A wider array of issues on which you offer no specifics is still largely useless.

"...rolling out a new and broader strategy to make the election a referendum on "status quo versus change," chief strategist Stuart Stevens told POLITICO."

Too bad Romney's alternative to the Obama status quo is Bush's status quo. No thanks.
 
2012-09-17 08:56:05 AM  
Problem is, Obama had the wall coated with teflon.
 
2012-09-17 08:56:31 AM  

xsive: I wonder how much of this was from advisers or from Romney himself... in a related Politico article there is an interesting explanation of the inner workings of the campaign. Also how Romney is a "sticker"... he wont fire the people in his campaign that are failing him. Let's see how long that glue holds.


But I thought he liked to fire people who didn't do a good job?
 
2012-09-17 08:58:24 AM  
F L A I L

rMoney doesn't know if he's coming or going, no wonder he can't explain any of his plans.
 
2012-09-17 09:01:44 AM  
FTFA: Stevens said the big, unifying question will be: "Can we do better on every front?"

Ironically that's also going to be the question Mitt Romney will wish he stopped and asked himself about his campaign.
 
2012-09-17 09:02:23 AM  
Wow just read TFA and noticed this:Stevens said the economy is likely to remain
"the dominant focus" of the campaign. But ads and speeches will focus on a wider array of issues, including foreign policy, the threat from China, debt and the tone in Washington.


Funny considering China's state-run news agency is already Telling him to shut up.
 
2012-09-17 09:05:16 AM  
But ads and speeches will focus on a wider array of issues, including foreign policy, the threat from China, debt and the tone in Washington.


When I hear the phrase "tone in Washington" it usually sounds like "Why won't everyone just stop arguing and do what I want?" to me.
 
2012-09-17 09:08:56 AM  

Sybarite: When I hear the phrase "tone in Washington" it usually sounds like "Why won't everyone just stop arguing and do what I want?" to me.


Bipartisan compromise: Doing what the GOP wants or be called a socialist
 
2012-09-17 09:17:26 AM  
Perhaps the reason he isn't doing so well is that every phrase that comes out of his mouth is an obviously empty platitude.
 
2012-09-17 09:25:05 AM  
That means crack down on cheaters like China.

And tax cheaters too, like those who stash their money in offshort accounts to avoid paying taxes, right?
 
2012-09-17 09:26:48 AM  

Diogenes: xsive: I wonder how much of this was from advisers or from Romney himself... in a related Politico article there is an interesting explanation of the inner workings of the campaign. Also how Romney is a "sticker"... he wont fire the people in his campaign that are failing him. Let's see how long that glue holds.

But I thought he liked to fire people who didn't do a good job?


That image might be part of the reason he can't at this stage in the game, every day the dialog doesn't revolve around what Romney wants it to is a day lost. This is getting down to crunch time here...
 
2012-09-17 09:30:25 AM  

sweetmelissa31: That means crack down on cheaters like China.

And tax cheaters too, like those who stash their money in offshort accounts to avoid paying taxes, right?


Darn you Shaqueefqa!
 
2012-09-17 09:37:23 AM  

sweetmelissa31: That means crack down on cheaters like China.

And tax cheaters too, like those who stash their money in offshort accounts to avoid paying taxes, right?


I've literally had people tell me that they don't have a problem with wealthy individuals doing things like this because our tax system is unfair. I think a good portion of his supports would actually applaud him if it were found he was dumping his cash in offshore numbered accounts.
 
2012-09-17 09:43:59 AM  

UberDave: I've literally had people tell me that they don't have a problem with wealthy individuals doing things like this because our tax system is unfair. I think a good portion of his supports would actually applaud him if it were found he was dumping his cash in offshore numbered accounts.


But I imagine they have a huge problem with mothers who try to get their kids into a public school in a town they don't live in. Even though it's unfair that their kid can't get an equal education to richer kids, those Poors should just suck it up.
 
2012-09-17 09:46:13 AM  
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2012-09-17 09:56:25 AM  
Campaign Intern: Governor Romney, our campaign is going down the toilet. Our internal polling shows we are going to lose mightily. Our campaign strategy clearly isn't working.

Mitt Romney: Gosh...Stuart, what IS our campaign strategy?

Stuart Stevens: Well, so far our strategy has been to have you spout empty platitudes about the economy.

Mitt Romney: So what are we going to do? Get more specific about the economy?

Stuart Stevens: Don't be ridiculous. Do you want to lose or something? Our new strategy will be...to have you spout empty platitudes about EVERYTHING!

Mitt Romney: Stuart, you are a genius. I knew there was a reason I keep you around.


Great work, guys.
 
2012-09-17 09:59:43 AM  

UberDave: sweetmelissa31: That means crack down on cheaters like China.

And tax cheaters too, like those who stash their money in offshort accounts to avoid paying taxes, right?

I've literally had people tell me that they don't have a problem with wealthy individuals doing things like this because our tax system is unfair. I think a good portion of his supports would actually applaud him if it were found he was dumping his cash in offshore numbered accounts.


I've been told the same thing.
 
2012-09-17 10:53:55 AM  

xsive: Funny considering China's state-run news agency is already Telling him to shut up.


From the link: The official New China news agency responded Friday with an editorial calling Romney's remarks "as false as they are foolish" and saying that it is "ironic that a considerable portion of this China-battering politician's wealth was actually obtained by doing business with Chinese companies before he entered politics."

You know you're having a rough campaign when the Chinese are heckling you for outsourcing jobs to them.
 
2012-09-17 10:56:17 AM  
Jebus, it's hot in this frying pan. Gentlemen, it's time to make the jump. Whatever is out there can't possibly be worse than the pan.
 
2012-09-17 10:57:04 AM  
The economy is still the winning ticket for Romney. Stop playing defensive on diversionary issues like the contrived "war on women."

He's running out of time, though.
 
2012-09-17 10:57:11 AM  
The ad about the white well-off mom (check out the background of the ad, they're obviously doing OK) telling the white well-off baby daughter about "her share" of "Obama's debt" is particularly offensive.

They're telling me I should forget about the Lily Ledbetter act and support for choice and stuff and that I should just join the "I got mine, fark you" crowd because I'm a white woman.

no.
 
2012-09-17 10:58:43 AM  
WTF is wrong with China. They are our biggest trading partners. Our way of life is literally impossible if it were not for China. Why all the hate?
 
2012-09-17 10:59:13 AM  
Well, it's almost October. The election is right around the corner. Isn't this too little, too late?
 
2012-09-17 11:00:56 AM  

Cletus C.: The economy is still the winning ticket for Romney. Stop playing defensive on diversionary issues like the contrived "war on women."

He's running out of time, though.


And that's the thing; the economy is a legitimate and a possibly winning strategy for Romney. He has to be careful on it, as if he hits it too hard then people might remember who was in charge when the economy took a crap and how many of those people are working as his advisors now.

But we hear nothing but lies, social issues, and combinations of both out of Romney. War on Christians, lies about Obamas foreign policy, lies about what Obama has done on social issues, etc etc.
 
2012-09-17 11:01:11 AM  
Sometimes, in an attempt to make sense of the right wing, I wonder if "Economy" is the name of the GOP's pet foetus.

/[babyquarium.jpg]
 
2012-09-17 11:02:06 AM  

Lost Thought 00: WTF is wrong with China. They are our biggest trading partners. Our way of life is literally impossible if it were not for China. Why all the hate?


Currency manipulation. It's like your partner screwing the Orkin Man while the termites gnaw away at your load-bearing beams.
 
2012-09-17 11:03:05 AM  
So, everything Obama does or ever did including being born is still bad, right? I knew it.
 
2012-09-17 11:03:40 AM  
The problem with chucking things to see what sticks is that if the perception that that's what you're doing sticks before something you're throwing actually works, your clever plan is going to backfire _hard_.
 
2012-09-17 11:04:44 AM  

Cletus C.: The economy is still the winning ticket for Romney. Stop playing defensive on diversionary issues like the contrived "war on women."


He went on the offensive last week, and look what it did for him.

His language chip must have malfunctioned and directed him to the wrong meaning of "offensive."
 
2012-09-17 11:06:36 AM  

KarmicDisaster: So, everything Obama does or ever did including being born is still bad, right? I knew it.


His existence is an affront to "traditional marriage" as it was known in 1961.

And, since "tradition" can't be changed, the right-wing must still be against miscegenation.
 
2012-09-17 11:08:23 AM  

Lost Thought 00: WTF is wrong with China. They are our biggest trading partners. Our way of life is literally impossible if it were not for China. Why all the hate?


Right wing media has been pushing heavy "Obama has let China control all of our debt" past month as well.
 
2012-09-17 11:08:36 AM  
Psssst: Foreign Policy is one of Obama's strongest assets. The only people who you will convince that he's weak on it are folks who were going to vote for you anyways. The economy is getting better and more importantly people view much of the slow recovery on the GOP's obstructionist pro-corporate policies (which is why you don't really want to focus too much on the economy). The GOP was hoping that anti-Obamacare would give this race to them, but two things happened: SCOTUS told them it was legitimate (the part that the GOP added, btw) and they nominated the man who created Romneycare. It is only a matter of time before you have to debate Obama, can you keep the mouthpoopers and wife beaters in your party from talking about rape or passing more penis-goes-where legislation? I think not because your cohorts are TeaTards.
 
2012-09-17 11:09:00 AM  

Lost Thought 00: WTF is wrong with China. They are our biggest trading partners. Our way of life is literally impossible if it were not for China. Why all the hate?


China manipulates its currency to gain economic advantages, which is completely different from what the Federal Reserve does, because America is always right, so stop asking questions.
 
2012-09-17 11:09:31 AM  

rufus-t-firefly: And, since "tradition" can't be changed, the right-wing must still be against miscegenation.


You joke, but if it was put to the ballot today, it'd probably be illegal tomorrow.
 
2012-09-17 11:11:24 AM  

Cletus C.: Lost Thought 00: WTF is wrong with China. They are our biggest trading partners. Our way of life is literally impossible if it were not for China. Why all the hate?

Currency manipulation. It's like your partner screwing the Orkin Man while the termites gnaw away at your load-bearing beams.


You know we do it too, right? recent wonderful examples: QE1, QE2, and soon QE3
 
2012-09-17 11:11:37 AM  
Interesting reaction to this article from David Frum. (1) - (10).
 
2012-09-17 11:12:30 AM  
So, we can expect a broadside against evolution, continued pressure to include God in all government functions, and bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran; correct?
 
2012-09-17 11:13:59 AM  

Cletus C.: The economy is still the winning ticket for Romney.


Until you look at any of the numbers. If the economy was still in the toilet, then it'd be easy.

It isn't, making the pitch into one of those 'it's doing okay, but I could totally do it better' deals, which is a harder sell to make.
 
2012-09-17 11:17:27 AM  

sweetmelissa31: That means crack down on cheaters like China.

And tax cheaters too, like those who stash their money in offshort accounts to avoid paying taxes, right?



Um, no. Those people are to be applauded for their ability to maximize their profits. Their contributions to America come in the form of the creation of jobs. Too bad stupid liberals are preventing that by raising their taxes to stifling proportions.
 
2012-09-17 11:20:30 AM  
Has he said anything yet that makes his policies different from G. W. Bush?
 
2012-09-17 11:20:45 AM  
The China ad kinda infuriates me, given outsourcing *IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MADE HIM WEALTHY*.

And I seriously doubt he'd stop people from, you know, doing it. XD
 
2012-09-17 11:22:45 AM  

Diogenes: xsive: I wonder how much of this was from advisers or from Romney himself... in a related Politico article there is an interesting explanation of the inner workings of the campaign. Also how Romney is a "sticker"... he wont fire the people in his campaign that are failing him. Let's see how long that glue holds.

But I thought he liked to fire people who didn't do a good job?



He likes to fire people when it's profitable.

/don't care what a man says, it's what he does that counts
 
2012-09-17 11:23:26 AM  

Citrate1007: Psssst: Foreign Policy is one of Obama's strongest assets. The only people who you will convince that he's weak on it are folks who were going to vote for you anyways. The economy is getting better and more importantly people view much of the slow recovery on the GOP's obstructionist pro-corporate policies (which is why you don't really want to focus too much on the economy). The GOP was hoping that anti-Obamacare would give this race to them, but two things happened: SCOTUS told them it was legitimate (the part that the GOP added, btw) and they nominated the man who created Romneycare. It is only a matter of time before you have to debate Obama, can you keep the mouthpoopers and wife beaters in your party from talking about rape or passing more penis-goes-where legislation? I think not because your cohorts are TeaTards.


Yeah, but in their defense, Obama is better than them at every issue in modern politics, down to deficit reduction, religious devoutness, and even reducing spending on entitlement programs (he's managed to reduce the expenditures of several without reducing services in an unpopular fashion).

Romney is, I think, kind of a mulligan. They're just waiting for 2016 where statistically it's going to be our idiot v. their idiot instead of our idiot v. competent statesman. But they have to look like they're trying, which means picking something and pretending Romney's actually better at it. Sort of a rock and a hard place situation for them.
 
2012-09-17 11:24:44 AM  

sweetmelissa31: That means crack down on cheaters like China.

And tax cheaters too, like those who stash their money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes, right?


China isn't a cheater, Rmoney is a cheater if his tax returns show everyone that he took amnesty for a tax crime, that Rmoney was one of the American taxpayers with unreported income from hidden offshore accounts.

The Romney/Ryan campaign has changed from Liar Liar Pants on Fire to Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater.
 
2012-09-17 11:25:10 AM  

Cletus C.: The economy is still the winning ticket for Romney. Stop playing defensive on diversionary issues like the contrived "war on women."

He's running out of time, though.


Are you auditioning for Mitt's campaign adviser?
 
2012-09-17 11:25:26 AM  

Cinaed: Cletus C.: The economy is still the winning ticket for Romney.

Until you look at any of the numbers. If the economy was still in the toilet, then it'd be easy.

It isn't, making the pitch into one of those 'it's doing okay, but I could totally do it better' deals, which is a harder sell to make.


We need Romney so we can finally end partisanship and reach across the aisle to give the republicans everything they've been asking for.
 
2012-09-17 11:26:22 AM  

xsive: Cletus C.: Lost Thought 00: WTF is wrong with China. They are our biggest trading partners. Our way of life is literally impossible if it were not for China. Why all the hate?

Currency manipulation. It's like your partner screwing the Orkin Man while the termites gnaw away at your load-bearing beams.

You know we do it too, right? recent wonderful examples: QE1, QE2, and soon QE3


Except that pegging ones currency to another is wildly different policy than QE to address a private debt overhang that's weighing down the internal economy of a nation.

So other than being wildly different and intentionally anti-competitive, it's totally the same.
 
2012-09-17 11:26:40 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: xsive: Funny considering China's state-run news agency is already Telling him to shut up.

From the link: The official New China news agency responded Friday with an editorial calling Romney's remarks "as false as they are foolish" and saying that it is "ironic that a considerable portion of this China-battering politician's wealth was actually obtained by doing business with Chinese companies before he entered politics."

You know you're having a rough campaign when the Chinese are heckling you for outsourcing jobs to them.


The Chinese do not like Adelson. He's taking over the gambling business in Macau, which is pretty much the only legal gambling in China. He's bribing officials, using thugs, and generally acting like a Capitalist Swine. The Chinese will wait until Obama wins and shut Sheldon down, with tanks if necessary.

It would be pretty cool for China, the U.S., and Singapore to coordinate on this. I wouldn't put it past them.
 
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