This week it’s actually fun to be a Democrat. Steve M. at No More Mr. Nice Blog nails it:
MITT ROMNEY MAKES A HOSTAGE VIDEO
Seriously, I’ve seen people held for ransom by guerrilla armies who read scripts more convincingly than Romney reads this — which will apparently be the only ad he’ll have on TV in the coming days (apart from some Spanish-language ads). A few phrases come off as sincere — those are the ones that denounce Obama, which tap into his deep reservoir of free-floating resentment. But when he says it’s regrettable that people are in straitened economic circumstances, and he tries to arrange his face to suggest he feels your pain, it looks as if his entire being is recoiling at the effort to connect with the unwashed masses…
Dave Weigel at Slate asks, rather gleefully, Hey, Remember How Sean Hannity Thought the 47 Percent Tape Was Great for Romney?
… Indeed, the two conventions — so far, the pivot of the election — were encapsulated in their two signature performances. On one hand, there was Clint Eastwood’s rambling, improvised 10-minute routine saying that it’s OK to cashier Obama. On the other, there was Clinton’s (at times rambling and improvised) 50-minute speech detailing why Romney’s program is wrong for the country. Eastwood could have given his speech at amateur night at a comedy club; Clinton could have given his at a policy luncheon at The Brookings Institution.
There’s been nothing to match it for the Republicans, which is one reason that Romney is now tied with Obama on the economy in many recent polls. Election Day is nearly six weeks away and there’s still a sense that the Romney campaign has not yet — although it is moving this way — fully begun to make its case on substance.
This doesn’t mean it is doomed. Lincoln said that Gen. George McClellan had a case of the slows. The media has a case of the overs. Any alleged Romney gaffe, any bad poll number is taken as yet more evidence that the election is “over.”
In prior elections, the media has been criticized for calling a race without waiting until the polls close in California; this time, it wants to call the race without waiting until October. The press won’t be truly satisfied until a white flag of surrender is hoisted over Romney’s Boston headquarters and Stuart Stevens and gang throw their BlackBerrys on the ground and come out with their hands up….
Spoiler alert, for those of you who won’t give Politico the hit: Lowry has just the solution!
… I thought Romney’s best moment on the campaign trail — although predictably mocked — came when he broke out a whiteboard at a press conference to illustrate the difference between his Medicare program and the president’s. It was true to him and it explained the matter crisply. If Paul Ryan can do PowerPoint slides, Romney can bring back the whiteboard….
I sympathized with Ann Romney when she told all the amateur political consultants to back off the other day. She’s right that running for president is hard. But what Mitt Romney has to do is relatively easy. He has to make an unrelenting case for his program, and pitched particularly to the practical concerns of middle-class voters. He has to give the public compelling reasons to pick him in an election that will be a choice, not a referendum.
A whiteboard? Was Ryan’s Powerpoint Ranger display too modernistically threatening?
Maybe Mitt’s athletic maneuvers at the whiteboard would give Lowry — excuse me, the hesitant swing voter — a better view of Romney’s mom-jeans-clad rear? Hey, a nice stiletto pair of Naughty Monkey pumps would help show off those “ass-ets”, I betcha. And maybe Mitt can throw the adoring audience a wink, too also!
P.S. Anybody else here old & cynical enough for Lowry’s close to remind them of “a choice, not an echo”? How’d that old rallying cry work out, again?