Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.
But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.
In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.
Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee."
This is a BFD.
I’d almost argue that no, Biden did not have a simple job. I believe he was a litmus: find out how far the country wants POTUS to go in the next debate.
Romney wiped the floor with Obama in the first debate: and, I wonder now, if POTUS was, in addition to having his mind elsewhere, was keeping the “kid gloves on”, because he thinks the American people don’t want to see too much fighting between the parties. What the American people say and what they actually mean are two very different things. Frankly, I miss the days of talking about the “lipstick on a pig…”
The thing is, I don’t think the Obama campaign gets it on this level: I think the American people are not stupid. I think the American people know exactly what’s been going on the past two years. I think the lackluster response to the campaign, to some degree, has been this fear that Obama hasn’t been strong enough against the Republicans and the Tea Party. I think the American people know what’s holding back progress in this country, and we’re tired of being held hostage.
Even more than that, I believe Biden was a test - to see how far POTUS can go in the town hall… In this case, the Obama campaign won, because they now know what will work for the next two debates.
The Romney-Ryan campaign is licking its wounds. I hope they don’t discover that their whole “bipartisanship” argument - the biggest malarkey comment of the night, IMHO, is the biggest lie that Independent voters will see and see through.
Independents are the key here and they know who has obstructed Congress and they know what bills have been moved with lightning precision through the House and Senate and in State Legislatures and what bills haven’t. These are not dumb voters… they just need to know that POTUS and his administration will kick some ass, if they have to, because we’re pretty sure they’re going to have to, and this country needs them to.
Someday, somehow, some way, some politician is going to actually listen when I tell them the same exact thing… hasn’t happened yet… but, I’m still hoping…
- Abigail Adams in a letter to her husband, John.
The biggest disappointment of last night’s debate was the lack of discussion on the current Republican majority in the House’s War on Women - and at the state level, as well. There were plenty of times to introduce it - when talking about jobs and the economy, for example, or about health care. That women were left completely out of the debate topics is completely unconscionable after the past few years.
President Obama and Democratic Leaders would do well to remember the above, because it still holds very much true.