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Romney’s Playbook
National Review Online, by Robert Costa

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Posted By:rolanddd, 10/4/2012 11:20:21 PM

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. ...

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Hard work, focus and teamwork.
Wonderful backstage perspective.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: radrelic, 10/4/2012 11:42:58 PM     (No. 8910930)

So all the president's men not out drinkin' and wenchin' in their spare time? Can American take this?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/5/2012 12:33:49 AM     (No. 8910986)

Obama is actually rather fragile.
It is the lies,
the suppressed back story, the arrogance and the fact that Obama has a horrible actual record to run on.

When Obama gets caught without media protection a political disaster happens.
Thus Thursday.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: hybernicus, 10/5/2012 1:39:20 AM     (No. 8911028)

Imagine how quickly the economy would be fixed if the problem had this kind of energy and focus. Obama is incapable of completing the task for which he was hired.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/5/2012 5:34:48 AM     (No. 8911127)

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.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/5/2012 9:59:58 AM     (No. 8911601)

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.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 10/5/2012 10:23:05 AM     (No. 8911673)

Great article....thanks for posting. Romney was and has been my first choice since 2007, but to tell truth, he's looking even better and more up to the job than I thought.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Arby, 10/5/2012 10:47:41 AM     (No. 8911766)

Focus, intelligence, hard work, organization. This is what we need in the White House.

Keep those prayers comin'. America needs a good and skilled man like Mitt.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: happy conservative, 10/5/2012 10:54:26 AM     (No. 8911794)

Keep up the great work for our great country, Mr. Romney. I, for one, look forward to having man in office who doesn't think "debate prep" or any other form of work is "drag".

Yep, Sununnu was right, he's l*zy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: nevernaught, 10/5/2012 12:13:56 PM     (No. 8912049)

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.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: gone2pot, 10/5/2012 1:16:41 PM     (No. 8912242)

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!!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bradcro, 10/5/2012 1:36:23 PM     (No. 8912285)

I settled on him as "the best of the bunch" early on, but not really excited.

NOW he has me really excited. He is the real deal.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: golfer24, 10/5/2012 1:54:16 PM     (No. 8912332)

#5 I couldn't add anything to your comments. Thank you

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ocjim, 10/5/2012 2:09:39 PM     (No. 8912373)

And someone tell algore that it was Obama's attitude, not the altitude, that cost him.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: nevernaught, 10/5/2012 3:39:44 PM     (No. 8912593)

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.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/5/2012 3:52:00 PM     (No. 8912620)

Very interesting article. And quite a contrast to Obammy complaining about his own debate prep, while he lounged about at a luxury resort.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 10/5/2012 6:28:38 PM     (No. 8912925)

#5, well said. He wasn't my first choice either, but I've come to the conclusion that he's the best choice.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 10/5/2012 9:46:38 PM     (No. 8913200)

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.

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