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Nonchalance 2012


Mitt Romney had a rout on Tuesday, while Jim Messina announced the monologue is over, so the general election is obviously on.

“…and try as I might, I’m having difficulty giving a f*@!” – Jon Stewart

The feeling is wide spread.

Politico added to the umpteenth articles about 2016, though at least it had a twist, instead of being just another speculative opus leading to the same who knows? conclusion. This one meandered into the Cuomo vs. Clinton rumination.

It’s just silly, but it’s hard for new media sites to generate enough interesting stories about the horse race they love to follow, so they’re forced into endless speculation.

I’m with Jon Stewart on this one, though perhaps for different reasons.

The political bookends of the big two parties, Obama vs. Romney, is going to be all about buying the presidency through making your opponent look like the devil.

Former Pres. Jimmy Carter made that a little harder yesterday.

Carter created quite a dust up when he declared Mitt Romney just isn’t that scary to him. Carter’s interview on MSNBC has now been picked up by the Christian Science Monitor.

Asked for his thoughts on a Romney presidency in an interview Wednesday with MSNBC, Carter said that while “he’d rather have a Democrat,” he would be “comfortable” with Mr. Romney as president because, as he put it, “I think Romney has shown in the past — in his previous years as a moderate or progressive — that he was fairly competent as a governor and also running the Olympics.” He also complimented Romney as “a good, solid family man.”

I’m not a fan of Jimmy Carter, though his post-presidency has been impressive. But his comment was important for another reason.

Play politics by nonpartisan patter, as Barack Obama has done for years, and eventually you’ll be hoisted on your own petard.

What’s worse is that a Democrat used the one word that helps Mitt Romney the most: competent.

If this is a low turnout election, which it will be unless the stakes are raised along with interest, dissatisfaction with how things are could push people to take a chance on Mitt Romney, because people don’t feel any peril if they do.

Somewhere between the endless flip flops of Massachusetts Mitt compared to presidential candidate Mitt, the moderate versus the pandering politician to the far right emerges as the Etch A Sketch Republican, another in a line of politicians who does what he needs to in order to get elected, but who doesn’t give the impression of being a wingnut himself.

However, unless Mitt Romney finds a way to open a path for himself in the American west somewhere, with NBC’s Chuck Todd mentioning the Midwest states, beginning with Wisconsin and Michigan, Romney’s done before it begins.

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9 Responses to Nonchalance 2012

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter April 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I don’t know about White males….but I have to think WOMEN will be fired up about voting!

  2. LiberalJoe April 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    I like Pres Carter, for many reasons.He has been right on many many issues despite how he has been portrayed.

    However, his “mild” endorsement of Romney won’t matter. In fact I will bet that Mitt Romney tries to run from it and that the right stays quiet on it. The Repubs have made it a cottage industry in ridiculing and demeaning Pres Carter. To all of sudden embracing his comments would cause there heads to explode.

    As far as the mythical middle I don’t see it as a factor, and Dem regulars will dismiss it as another off road comment by the former President.

  3. fangio April 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Mr. Santorum has given Mr. Romney the greatest gift of all; the gift of time. Six long torturous months to utilize his Etch A Sketch in reverse. He can draw the arrogant Mr. Obama and his minders into a corner of their own making. If the economic climate accelerates during the summer Obama can probably tough it out. But if things stagnate, as they seem to be doing, his re-election bid may become perilous. It is ironic that the man who has given Obama the biggest lift is the Italian CEO of Chrysler . Chrysler’s sales and profits continue to defy the economic wizards who left it for dead. Chrysler has out sold both GM and Ford and is gaining market share. It is probably the best decision Obama made and the one Romney loves to sneer at. I think we know who the auto workers will be voting for. If only Obama had not bailed out the banks. Iceland told their banks to go to hell and let them default, guess what happened: the economy crashed, people lost their jobs and the housing market crashed. Obama bailed out the banks and guess what happened: the economy collapsed, people lost their jobs and the housing market crashed. Iceland now has growth of 2.5 percent. All he accomplished was to put billions in the pockets of the very people who ruined his term in office while receiving no payback whatsoever. Now those same greedy pigs will help Romney stab Obama in the back.

  4. fairmindedindependent April 27, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    If Romney can get a large portion of the Mormon vote out West, especially in Nevada, He has Utah won, Colorado. He has got to get the blue collar vote to win, Reagan Democrats. Its not going to be easy. One thing Romney has that will help is the rich, they are going to pour money into his campaign and that helps with the message war, with tons of commerical buying.

  5. JoeCHI April 27, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Carter is saying what many Dem’s are thinking about Romney.

    The life-long Dem’s in my immediate family voted for Obama, save me, 2008. In 2012, about half are voting for Romney, the other half are “OK” with him.

    The only thing that matters to them is the economy. “Present” ain’t enough for them, this time around.

  6. guyski April 27, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Nonchalance….Reminds me of a women interviewed after the 2010 elections. I don’t remember who she voted for, but he won. But what she said was interesting. Basically what she said was: If he does his job, I’ll vote for him again; if not there is always someone else to vote for. Nonchalance.

  7. mrpister April 27, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    If I remember correctly (and someone please inform me otherwise if I’m wrong on this), President Obama in 2008 said that he appears to people whatever they wanted him to be. If he is also an “Etch-a-Sketch” politician, then 3 1/2 years in office he’s still pretty much blank.
    Fangio has it right, and I’ve always thought that the success of Republicans in 2010 was directly the result of Obama not even being “present” during that cycle. It didn’t matter how many Dems went down, so long as Obama himself was not seen as the reason for their demise.

    Arrogance and self-hero worship may have a place in Hollywood or Wall St., but not the White House. So, we have a choice this year between one elitist strongly attached to the teats of finance, and another eliitist attached to……..

    And after this debacle is over, and the annointed ones take their oaths of K Street in January, the media hububs (Chuck Tood, David Gregory, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Tom Friedman et al) will say, “Well, you got the government you voted for.” Of course, if one is given nothing to eat or drink but castor oil, it’s easy to scold them when they develope stomach cramps.

    These are echos, not choices.

    • jjamele April 27, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      Scathing reply from RAJensen in 3….2….1….

    • jjamele April 27, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      It’s easy-and naive, and convenient, to blame the Koch brothers and the Club for Growth and the Tea Party for the 2010 debacle. The simple truth is that the Right gave people something to vote for, the Left doesn’t exist, and the mushy middle that is the modern Democratic Party offered no vision for the future whatsoever.

      Offered a choice between a bowl of gruel and Nothing, a starving man will eat the bowl of gruel every time, and he doesn’t need a billionaire to trick him into doing it.

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