IT’S BEEN a very bad few weeks for Mitt Romney, which just got worse. How bad is it? Read Peggy Noonan today.
Republicans are going to have to right this thing. They have to stabilize it.
It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change. People want to focus on who at the top is least constructive and most responsible. Fine, but Mitt Romney is no puppet: He chooses who to listen to. An intervention is in order.
This comes after she begins her piece by telling Romney to “peer deep into the abyss” and “look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat in a year the Republican presidential candidate almost couldn’t lose.”
The article goes on, Noonan telling Romney that he “needs to get serious here,” clearly signaling that people have got to go. She also wasn’t very sanguine about Mitt’s Middle East declarations.
Noonan finishes with a plea. Get a posse around Mitt Romney. He’s “sad-looking” and “lonely.”
“Time for the party to step up,” she begs. “Party elders,” get busy.
It’s time for an “intervention” is her closing of a column that is deeply wounded over what she’s watching, while believing Mitt Romney can turn things around, but only with help and a reversal of what’s going on. Noonan also has a choice rhetorical shiv for Stewart Stevens, the scapegoat of the moment.
The problem is that the policies of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan don’t seem to be swaying people, except the base. In battleground states, the economy is starting to feel differently, with some momentum felt, at least for those who bother to vote. Even if another massive financial crisis is looming, according to Neil Barofsky, no one believes Mitt Romney would or could stop whatever might be waiting in the future. Mitt Romney wants to double down on Pentagon spending, too.
Then there’s the real issue that after all this time people still don’t buy Mitt Romney’s the fix-it man. Maybe that will change if the Romney campaign takes Noonan’s advice, but I’m not seeing it.
What makes Peggy Noonan think Mitt Romney will even listen to her? Well, at least she’s on record for begging.
It’s all so pathetic.
Mitt Romney doesn’t deserve such loyalty from a Republican. He’s disgraced himself and his political party, but he’s had help. All of the men who ran against Romney, and one woman, are indicative of a political party whose message at a time of ultimate crisis has been to continue tax cuts to the wealthy, and demand the poor and elderly buck up and pay their fair share.
Then there’s the unsaid, which was emphasized by Republicans jumping on an Obama “redistribution” line.
None of the Republicans understand or respect that without the government reach of the United States infrastructure our country would never have survived what Wall Street and the crooks gambling with our money did to this country, which continues.
Obama used part of the force of the government to right a financial disaster, though there was more he could have unleashed.
President Obama went on David Letterman last night to prove once again why Mitt Romney has Peggy Noonan freaked out. I’ve got policy disagreements galore with our President, but even at his clinging to their guns and religion worst, Barack Obama has always had his gaze towards bringing fighting factions of both political parties together. If you’ve learned anything from reading my writing that’s one thing that should stuck, because I’ve been writing about it since 2007 as one of the things that frustrates the hell out of me.
I don’t want a Democratic president to make “grand bargain” gestures, pander to the Stupaks of the world, choose politics over science for votes. I don’t want him to tweet support during a critical union showdown instead of showing up. I don’t want a Democratic president to have a foreign policy that includes drone strikes that inflame people to the point of savage rage, bombings on countries because we can, while staying in Afghanistan after the mission was accomplished. Al Qaeda’s gone, screw the Taliban, the people have got a start.
However, since Barack Obama came into office he’s pledged to be the president of all the people, while proving he’s willing to bend for the 47% Romney won’t. It’s made me fillet our President on more than one occasion.
But saving Mitt Romney? He’s an irredeemable politician with policies that have already been tried and failed, though this time they’re coming for our government infrastructure, which is serious business. So to Peggy I simply say it’s never going to work.
Even the Tea Party likes their Social Security and Medicare, with no one wanting to turn them into private accounts or vouchers.
You think the Bush great recession was bad? Imagine the U.S. without our safety net, without government as a backstop for our complex modern society.
Republicans have run out of time, ideas and, as Mitt Romney continues to prove week after week, people to peddle them.
Democrats have their problems, but at least they’re not running on taking the rug out from underneath the poorest and neediest among us. That is, accept when they buy into Republicanism, because they’ve momentarily lost their minds.