Mitt Romney recently said that Barack Obama should “start packing” and get ready to vacate the White House.
This shows that Romney is not going to be a John McCain-type wallflower who is afraid to take on Obama.
This is a very good sign. And rest assured that the Democrats are terrified. Because they wanted a milquetoast Republican who will cower before our First Black President and throw the 2012 election back to Obama.
Here is Romney talking about Obama’s incessant golfing:
"I must admit, I scratch my head at the capacity of the president to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing. I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years particularly when the American people are out of work.”
Wow. Kaboom. “Suck it up for four years”? Romney is on the attack. Don’t doubt it for a second. He is getting ready to savage Obama at every turn. Because there is plenty to criticize.
The Media Left, however, are in the third phase of their attack strategy against Romney. The first phase was the caricaturing of Romney in the 2008 race. The second phase was the caricaturing and trashing of Romney in the 2012 GOP primaries. And the third phase is just starting and is going to get much worse up until election day.
It was almost amusing to watch the pained look on Diane Sawyer’s face as she asked Romney whether the voters could relate to a wealthy man.
She made no mention about whether TV viewers could relate to Diane Sawyer who has a $40 million net worth. Or whether us “common folks” can relate to multi-billionaire Oprah Winfrey whose fortune dwarfs that of Romney by a factor of 10.
So Romney is getting tough. And for those who have contended that Romney is a weakling, think again. Just remember that quote… “Start packing…”
Romney obviously is no John McCain. Because Romney can taste the presidency while McCain did not even really want to be president. McCain was a bumbling old fool who was simply the guy in line for the Republicans. He came, he tried, he lost.
And despite a horrible campaign and McCain’s utter lack of charisma, he still only lost to Obama in 2008 by a modest margin of 6 points against The First Black President for whom every major non-conservative media organization in the US and around the entire globe pulled out every last stop.
That was no big victory for Obama. And today Obama looks more vulnerable than ever.
Romney announced his boldness in another way. He cited a “vast left-wing conspiracy” in the media that works against Republicans. He said to Sawyer:
"There will be an effort by the quote vast left wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me. They're going to do everything they can to divert from the message people care about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes. That's what people care about."
This is a reflection – a mocking really – of Hillary Clinton’s 1998 claim that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” was out to get her husband. And the statement in fact is Romney mocking the media.
Because while the original Clinton comment has become infamous, Romney’s mocking of Hillary and the media shows boldness. In other words Romney is not going to be cowed by the media over every word as if he has said “the wrong thing”. He is throwing it right back in their faces with a smile on his own face. And this horrifies the elite media who think they have total control over every American.
And for those media now to report that the presidential race is pretty much tied 50-50 is to admit severe shortcomings in the Obama campaign.
Because an incumbent like Obama should have a huge lead at this point, particularly with the full media sycophancy that Obama has. But they cannot report that lead because Obama is wildly unpopular with a wide swath of the electorate. Polls show consistently that more than 70% of Americans think that the US is on “the wrong track”. This is devastating for Obama.
And it is important to remember that in the Summer leading up to the 1980 election – with which 2012 has many parallels – Ronald Reagan was said to have not even been within striking distance of Jimmy Carter. Yet on election day he trounced Carter.
Sawyer then asked Romney if he would release 12 years of his tax returns. In other words Sawyer is part of the Media Left that wants to focus only on Romney’s wealth not on his policies. Because she knows that his policies will appeal to Americans. Romney responded not with cowardice, as Sawyer desired, but with confidence:
“Well, the president is going to try and do everything possible to divert from the attention being focused upon his record as president and the failure of his economic policies. So he's going to try and make this campaign about the fact that I've been successful, that I've made a lot of money. So he wants to be able to get all the details on each year and how much money I made this year and that year. I'm not. I'm going to focus on getting America strong again. And we've released all the information required by law and then some. … I'm happy to release two years of records– and that's– plenty for people to understand how I paid my taxes and– the fact that I've been highly successful.”
Thus Sawyer again is reflecting the media/Democrat attack strategy over and over and over – Romney is wealthy. Focus on that. Focus. Focus. Class warfare works. Envy works.
So how about the Kennedys and FDR? Why no media attacks on their wealth? They were much wealthier than Romney. And the Kennedy fortune was built largely on stock market swindles in the 1920s while the FDR fortune came from his maternal grandfather Warren Delano who was involved in shipping opium into China.
Since when did legitimate financial success like Romney’s become a disqualifying trait for an American leader?
Since Romney is running for president. Otherwise the majority of the richest people in America support Obama.
Here is Diane Sawyer poisoning the well again with the same line of questioning:
””We asked for questions online at Yahoo and there were two big sets of questions that came in. But a number of them came in basically asking are you too rich to relate? And they cited the speaking fees, the Cadillac, the story out now that there's an elevator for your cars in the new house you're planning in La Jolla. Is this a relatability problem?”
“You know, we don't divide America based upon– success and– and– and wealth and– other dimensions of that nature. We're one nation under God we come together. This is a time when people of– of different backgrounds and different experiences need to come together. I happen to believe that I'm by far the best qualified in this race between myself and President Obama to help the America people get good jobs and rising incomes and eliminate the massive deficit that America's facing. That– that is the issue, I think. And those issues are the ones which I think will be defining in this race. This president has failed to get this economy turned around. He said just after he was inaugurated if he couldn't turn around the economy in three years he'd be looking at a one term proposition.”
Good for Romney. This campaign is not about “relatability”. This campaign is about saving the American economy. And Obama has done miserably.
Sawyer then asked – with another grimace – about Romney’s cost-cutting proposals for the federal government:
“But get rid of HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development)?” she asked in disbelief, even though Romney has never said he would “get rid of HUD”.
Indeed Romney is reported to have said he would like to consolidate HUD and other agencies which is an excellent idea. Because the federal government bureaucracy is a bloated monster that is swallowing America, and HUD is part of it. It must be streamlined.
Sawyer then asked:
“Do you still face a fairness question as about envy, fairness is concern about envy?”
Gee, Diane, can’t you get off the Democrat National Committee talking points for just one single question?
This line of attack on Romney actually shows how shallow and weak the Obama/media campaign really is. We should not see the ObamaMedia as potent or intimidating. Because it really has nothing else to offer since they know darned well how weak Obama is.
And as Romney stays tough, they will weaken further.
AP recently reported:
‘WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect Mitt Romney to spend a lot of time trying to get voters to like him this fall.
Instead, the likely Republican presidential nominee will probably rely on a ton of campaign cash and a barrage of nasty attack ads ripping into President Barack Obama for policies that Romney says aren't helping the economy recover fast enough. Look for Romney to take a more moderate tack, too.’
Look at the tone of the story; it is completely negative, that Romney really is not likeable. Yet how likeable is a president like Obama who is ruining the economy?
Not at all…
How likeable is a president who has a Justice Department with seven lawyers in the top staff who have defended terrorist detainees in the past?
Not at all…
How likeable is a president whose wife Michelle invited a rapper to the White House who once had made a song defending a cop killer?
Not at all…
‘Given how Romney has already relied heavily on key elements of that winning strategy — the biting attack ads, the imposing fundraising advantage — to pound his GOP presidential rivals, there's little to suggest he won't return to that strategy for the likely fight against Obama.
Ben Coes, Romney's campaign manager in 2002, said the multimillionaire businessman won the election because he didn't worry much about whether voters liked him. Coes said that same dynamic will apply for November's presidential election, too.
Then and now, "voters were electing someone to clean up a mess," said Coes, who has no role in Romney's current campaign. "He ran as the toughest guy with the most experience to go in there and clean up a mess. … It's the reason he got elected in 2002, and it's how he could get elected in 2012."’
So Romney is the “multimillionaire businessman”. Why is Warren Buffett not described as a “multibillionaire businessman” when he actually is 200 times as rich as Romney?
Answer: Because Buffett supports Obama.
About Romney’s winning the governorship in Massachusetts in 2002, AP wrote:
‘Romney won by 5 percentage points in the Democratic-dominated state by appealing to independent voters. But his efforts to shed his image as stiff and blow-dried, which endures to this day, mostly fizzled.
He stumbled by airing a pithy TV ad in which he and his wife, Ann, spoke tenderly about their courtship on a high school prom date and their enduring love for each other. "Ann's just good to the core," Romney gushed. The ad also featured Romney in a bathing suit frolicking with his sons atop a raft on a lake.
"Women found it to be pandering, people in general just thought it was out of touch with their lives that are maybe not so perfect," (said a prominent Democrat).’
Look at the wording… “stumbled” and “stiff” and “fizzled” and “pandering”. Completely negative… And this is just one article that is not even supposed to be an attack piece. Yet it is. And there are thousands coming that will be just as bad or worse.
But Romney is not going to take it lying down. Just remember… “Start packing…” He is going to take on the media. And that is a good thing.
AP reported about 2002:
‘During those last three weeks, Mitt really took the gloves off," Coes said. "He put aside efforts to be likable. He was disciplined and tight and tough."’
And don’t think that this is not what terrifies the Democrats. They want a McCain type lapdog who will not go after Obama.
AP also reported:
‘(Romney’s) political success that year was forged in hard-won lessons from his first foray into politics, a 17-point loss in 1994 to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Many thought Kennedy would be vulnerable given his hard-partying image and the 1991 Palm Beach, Fla., rape case against his nephew, William Kennedy Smith. Smith was acquitted, but Kennedy testified about taking his nephew and son Patrick for drinks at the bar where Smith met his accuser.’
So where was one single syllable of media criticism for Ted Kennedy who inherited all of his wealth from his rich daddy and who was one of the worst-behaved people in the history of American politics?
There is none. Kennedy is a Democrat.