Denver — The elements of Mitt Romney’s Rocky Mountain rout were hatched weeks ago in Vermont’s Green Mountains. In early September, Romney slowed down his campaign schedule and retreated with a small group of advisers to the home of Kerry Healey, his former lieutenant governor. Ohio senator Rob Portman, a trusted ally, joined Stuart Stevens, Eric Fehrnstrom, Bob White, and a handful of other Romney confidants. They spent days holding mock debates, and nights reviewing President Obama’s stylistic tics. When they needed a break, they roamed around Healey’s secluded estate, which is 100 miles south of Burlington, Vt. ...
Comments: Hard work, focus and teamwork. Wonderful backstage perspective.
There's absolutely no question that Romney could do a better job running this country than Obama.Evidently,that's no longer the bar to get elected.It's idiotic things like who would you rather have a beer with.
There's old standbys like republicans are for the rich and dems are for the underdog. Of course this is all a crap sandwich but a lot of people swallow it.Republicans have been preaching for years about getting people out of poverty through jobs but that doesn't resonate. Neither does republicans being against higher taxes.People fleeing high tax states doesn't bother them one bit because they only know one way of governing.
People consider congress doing their job if they throw billions at a problem and there's never a serious review of whether it works.
How unfortunate when these interesting articles are posted so late at night that no one sees them. They are buried in new posts and on the second LCom page before most hit the site in the morning.
This one is more about Romney's character and work ethic than it is about his prep - and there is a lot of detail on that latter subject.
And no, Albore, he didn't prep in Denver for days before the debate. (As I recall he was out campaigning, but ?)
His prep began right after the RNC convention.
Through it all it was his desire to remain himself. Many (some here) would push and prod him to do this or say that. Things that would be clearly out of character, not him. One of the things I have come to like about this man about whom I knew almost nothing, is that he is authentic. What you see is what you get. In the past some accused him of flipflopping. I believe it was probably just what intelligent persons do: They have the capacity to change their position when faced with evidence that it may have been wrong, that there is a better way.
He was not my first choice. I am glad others had the wisdom to choose him for me.
And yet that Giggling Crazed Sex Poodle Al Gore blames Obamas incompetence on the altitude. Put it back in the lock box Al, nobody pays any attention to you anymore. Romney beat the air head to a pulp because he doesn't operate in a world of slogans, propaganda and news media welfare. The debate the other night proved that Obama really is an empty suit and chair.
But His High Holy Worship Saviorness has to ruin, I mean, run the country and has no time for rich white indulgences like debate prep. Look how hard he fudged numbers, I mean worked to bring us forward with that 7.8 percent unemployment rate. And, I'm entering my comments using my new free cell phone!!
I can picture it now. It's the next debate and Obama prints a white paper with numbered excuses and publishes it on Twitter and Facebook and it is also passed out to the audience. #1 of course would be 'its Bushes fault', so would #s 2, 3,& 4 and all the rest, just to help his memory without a tele-prompter. The first question asked is 'why were gas prices so cheap in 2007. Obama walks out. Well they can't think of everything.
Obama is not at all familiar with the way successful CEOs assemble information, digest it, internalize it and use it to come to decisions. They are charged with making decisions that are good for the company that employs them.
Obie instead does the slam dunk stroke-of-the-pen executive order kind of governing that is primarily politically expedient. "What will get me reelected?"
With the attention span of a fruitfly, and little motivation to get into issues and truly understand them, he is stuck with other-composed talking points to be memorized and delivered by rote. Trouble is that not every issue has a talking point that fits it exactly. Someone is always coming up with something new, another angle, and he is lost.
I just had the worst dream. I was standing center stage, eager to unveil my fancy new website. I pressed the button; the website crashed, and 7 billion people started laughing at me. Do you think Obama ever had that dream? Nah, neither do I. Images like that spring from an inborn sense of accountability, a drive to make good on promises and to earn genuine respect. The last time Obama sought to earn genuine respect was when he invented "roof hits" with his pot-smoking Choom Gang.
The New York Times reports that President Obama is reviving an old proposal to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent (and 25 percent for manufacturers). Obama´s push to lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent comes less than a year after he raised the top individual income tax rate, paid by many small businesses, to 39.6 percent. Official portrait of Barack Obama In a speech delivered Tuesday afternoon, Obama did not explain why he thinks it´s a sound economic idea to raise the top marginal tax rate on small businesses but lower it for corporations.
The economic recovery of summer 2013 is playing out in an all-too-familiar way for poor and middle-class Americans: Gas prices are up, growth is slowing, and there still aren’t nearly enough new jobs to employ the almost 12 million people seeking work. An improving housing market and rising stock prices appear to have done little to increase the take-home pay of the typical U.S. worker. And while the economy continues to heal faster than that of almost any other Western nation, evidence remains strong that the recovery has done little to boost the fortunes of people in the vast economic middle.
When a half-dozen men and a woman in street clothes closed in on University of Virginia student Elizabeth Daly, 20, she and two roommates panicked. That led to Daly spending a night and an afternoon in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Her initial offense? Walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream just purchased from the Harris Teeter in the Barracks Road Shopping Center for a sorority benefit fundraiser.
Rachel Jeantel is a 19-year-old Florida woman. On Facebook and Twitter, she’s been known to post photos of her nails and talk about drinking. She is also the last person to have spoken with Trayvon Martin before George Zimmerman shot him to death last year, the woman who was on the phone with him when his fateful encounter unfolded. She is known in the justice system as Witness #8 in Zimmerman’s trial. She is, in fact, the prosecution’s key witness. But you’d be forgiven if you’d gotten the impression recently that she was sitting up there to defend herself.
Russia has thrown a monkey wrench into Western plans for Syria by promising to deliver its top-of-the-line S300 surface-to-air missile system to the Bashar al-Assad government. Exactly when the missiles might arrive remains unclear; the last word from Moscow is that the missiles are not yet in place, which means the matter is up for bargaining.
On Thursday, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing looking into an Inspector General´s report that found lavish spending on conferences by the IRS. As NPR´s Tamara Keith reports, Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked the question on a lot of people´s minds when they watched a pair of videos — one with a Star Trek theme — that cost taxpayers $50,000. (Snip) Perhaps the highlight of the hearing, however, is the dressing down that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) gave the IRS employees and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George.
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a