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In addition to my reporting, there are now some public signs. David Brooks offered a withering critique of Romney in a column today that ends with what feels like a post-election analysis seven weeks before the election. "He’s a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not—some sort of cartoonish government-hater. But it scarcely matters. He’s running a depressingly inept presidential campaign." In a piece for Politico today, the former GOP chairman Haley Barbour already sounds like he's offering post-game analysis. “In the future, and not distant future, Republicans have to come to grips with the right policy on immigration," says Barbour. Bill Kristol also appears to be in the mood to offer final words on this campaign: "Has there been a presidential race in modern times featuring two candidates who have done so little over their lifetimes for our country, and who have so little substance to say about the future of our country?" (He is apparently not yet buying the Romney campaign’s move to specificity).
But if you look at the ad, you'll see that as usual, to score his points, Romney has to resort to a lie. Here's how CBS.com describes it:
The RNC ad, entitled "Redistribution," repeats a partial audio clip of Mr. Obama's 1998 remarks twice throughout the ad while dramatic classical music plays loudly in the background. It also features a clip of CBS News' Steve Kroft questioning Mr. Obama about his position about the redistribution of wealth in a December 2011 interview, and includes a quote of Kroft saying "this is the socialist Obama and he's come out of the closet." In Kroft's full quote, it's clear he's not calling the president a socialist but is rather noting that some people will do so: "There are going to be people who say, 'This is the socialist Obama and he's come out of the closet," he said in the interview.
It's a semi-dishonest use of the Kroft quote, in that it tries to make it sound like Kroft is calling him a "socialist" rather than joking with him about the label, which is what he was in fact doing. And the ad also completely chops up the Obama "didn't build that" riff to leave out the words roads and bridges and convey the idea that Obama thinks a person who built a business didn't build it.
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Obama is starting out with 47% of the voters. These are the types that hate America, are clueless, envy wealth, or are just leeches and deadbeats. Unless Romney were to go out and burn the American flag, shit on a police car, say "G*d damn America" or demonize the rich, they people aren't going to change their minds.
The government had to get the money from somewhere to build roads. Hard work, long hours, and risk came first.
His father didn't do anything. If it weren't for Romney, where would the Obama team get their office supplies?
President Obama is either crushing Mitt Romney with an 8-point lead nationally, or Romney has just edged Obama for a 1-point lead. No one knows which to believe and even the savviest poll-readers are confused. Pew Research Center finds Obama leading Romney 51 percent to 43 percent among likely voters. Rasmussen Reports finds Romney ahead 47 percent to 46 percent among likely voters.
"This (analysis) doesn't change the basic fact that the individual responsibility policy will only affect people who can afford health care but choose not to buy it," said Erin Shields Britt of the Health and Human Services Department. "We're no longer going to subsidize the care of those who can afford to buy insurance but make a choice not to buy it."
And then Fox News went on to say Romney was misinterpreted, meaning "you're looking and hearing the cynical, condescending, plutocratic words he was saying, not the aspirational, optimistic message he--in retrospect--should have been meaning," Stewart said. "It's like Romney Jazz. It's the words you don't hear. It's really in-artful words from a dubious source."
Answer this honestly...
If you're a deadbeat, a leech, a welfare mom with 10 kids from 11 different dads, which candidate would you support?
I think FoxNews is a bigger culprit but I don't hold NBC in too high of a light either since that atrocious editing job on the Zimmerman 911 call. That was blatant.
Romney had pledged, in that ABC interview in Israel, that he'd never paid less than 13 percent to the feds. But to make that true for tax year 2011, the campaign admits that he artificially refused to take some deductions so that the rate would stay above the magic number.
But wait a second. Isn't this the same Mitt Romney who said back in January: "I don’t think you want someone as the candidate for president who pays more taxes than he owes."
In fact, it is. So he just released returns that, when stacked against his earlier statement, disqualify him for the presidency by his own lights.