Well, the final Presidential debate will be over in less than 24 hours.
I’m sensing a certain level of stress among some Romney supporters in the lead up to this debate. Sure, it’s human nature to feel anxious just before a big event … especially when we are so invested in Mitt’s success. But I’m not nervous one bit, and here’s why ….
Governor (soon to be “President Elect”) Romney has much more to gain than to lose in this debate. It’s Obama that has the tough job tonight. The non-incumbent challenger generally has a low-bar to clear in these debates. They only have to 1) show that they can credibly be Commander-in-Chief and 2) avoid major gaffes. Mitt has shown that he is more than capable of achieving this based on his first two debate showings.
Much of the “who won the debate?” game is about expectations. Obama was widely expected to be a superior debater/communicator, and it was a race-changing event when he lost the first debate so dramatically. This set up debate number two, where Obama had reset his bar down to the floor. As such, many observers felt that he “won” the second debate (by a much narrower margin than the 1st debate, and more on style than on actual issues according to polls). But the President’s “win” was really more of a “most improved” award … we’ve seen no bounce in the polls for him at all.
Conventional wisdom is that Obama is supposed to trounce Governor Romney tonight, since the topic is Foreign Policy. The problem for Obama, is that his supposed foreign policy superiority is already “baked into the cake” of his poll numbers/support. Obama’s problem arises from the fact that his foreign policy successes begin and end with “Bin Laden is dead.” Sure, that’s a HUGE point, but it’s sort of hard to talk about THAT for 90 minutes straight. And no voter is going to change his mind to vote for Obama on this issue. “Hey yeah, Obama got Bin Laden … I had forgotten that. I guess I’ll vote for him now.”
The debate will give Mitt an opportunity to, once again, unexpectedly impress voters on the depth and breadth of his international experience and knowledge. The media have painted him as a lightweight on foreign policy, someone out of his depth. Mitt can and will highlight his substantial foreign exposure through his public, private, and religious experiences.
The wildcard issue for tonight is Banghazi … and not in a good way for Obama.
Despite the President’s higher foreign policy numbers in general, this recent Ohio poll (that was even a +8% Dem sample) showed Mitt UP 49%-47% on the question: “Do you trust Barack Obama or Mitt Romney more on the issue of Libya?” Mitt did miss an opportunity to fully expose Obama on Libya in debate #2. Don’t expect a replay of that tonight …
Is Obama intentionally, in the words of Reince Priebus, or John Ransom, running a Seinfeld campaign “about nothing,” hoping to win solely on likeability? In listening to XM Sirius’ “POTUS” channel Wednesday in my car I was struck by Julie Mason’s comment that this presidential campaign has lacked serious substance. We did get a brief glimmer of hope when Mitt chose Paul Ryan, as folks seemed encouraged by the boldness of the pick and Mitt’s staking ground in the debate about the size of the Federal budget. Ms. Mason lamented that the campaigns, however, have seemed to retreat from that attempt, and that if she craves something like a debate about the proper size and role of government it must mean there’s a real deficiency in her diet, like when she craves spinach. I agree, and quickly responded with a tweet reminding her that Mitt has a proposal, just one of many not responded to in any way to my knowledge by the Obama campaign (while they focus on attacks on Mitt’s personality), to limit government spending to 20% of GDP. Meanwhile Obama ducks the traditional bi-lateral meetings surrounding the UN General Assembly in New York to be filmed on The View. The administration’s quietly stated reason? Too much room for error. So not having meetings to build international relationships and help avoid little things like war over Iran was a a political calculation. The president is likely to make a gaffe or make a promise he can’t deliver on. So he decided to just keep away from problematic stuff like doing his job so he could cultivate his celebrity image. According to Time:
Of course, meeting with world leaders when you don’t know if you’ll still have your job in the next few weeks, can be potentially awkward. It can lead to unfortunate hot-mic gaffes, of which Obama has not been immune (for example, in Seoul earlier this year he asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to be flexible on missile defense until after the election, when Obama would have more space to maneuver–too much diplomatic candor for the sensitive electoral season). Still, ignoring the opportunity to meet one-on-one with world leaders underlined where Obama’s attention is fixed: the campaign. And it was the election that dominated the taping of The View. That, and the inside skinny of the Obama family’s schedule.
So he seems to want to float above the fray and not engage in the discussion, just repeating the same old lines about Bain Capital and exporting jobs. On that point, if you haven’t seen it yet, read this article in the New York Post pointing out just whose money is at Bain. Hint: unions, retirement funds and academic institutions are who trusted Mitt to make money for them. Turns out corporations he helped succeed are made up of people (their investors) and the left has known it all along! (more…)
Now that Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, the Democrats are seeking to damage Romney by portraying him as someone who is “out of touch” with the concerns and difficulties of the middle-class and minorities. Democrats are making the spurious argument that due to Romney’s wealth, he doesn’t understand the struggles of the “common man/woman.” Allow me to provide a few reasons why Romney is not out of touch with everyday Americans and will easily overcome this line of attack.
1) Romney’s Company was voted “Best Employer” in the Nation this Year – Romney founded a company called Bain Capital which was awarded the honor of “BEST EMPLOYER IN THE NATION” according to employee surveys done by a large and reputable website called Glassdoor. Bain Capital even beat other popular companies such as FaceBook and Google. Romney’s company has been in the top 4 every year Glassdoor has run the survey. If Romney can’t relate to the middle class or the average American, why is the company he founded doing so well with its employees who are mostly middle class? Romney was instrumental in establishing the culture within the company that so many of his employees enjoy. Romney’s company provides a powerful example of how “in touch” he is with the average American.
2) Romney Understands the Discrimination and Bigotry Often Felt by Minorities – As a member of a religious minority, Romney has experienced first hand discrimination and bigotry. Due to Romney’s Mormon faith, Romney understands quite acutely the injustices and pain caused by judgements against him simply because of his religion. While I don’t pretend to know whether Romney’s membership in a religious minority will help or hurt him in the election, it is just plain wrong for Democrats to say that Romney doesn’t understand the bigotry and discrimination of minorities.
3) Romney’s Health Care Law in Massachusetts – President Obama’s biggest domestic achievement has been the passage of Obamacare. But if Obamacare represents how “in touch” Obama is with average Americans, then how can Obama claim that Romney is “out of touch” when Obama got his inspiration for Obamacare from Gov. Romney’s health care law in Massachusetts? I cannot count how many Obama surrogates, including Obama himself, have tried to damage Romney’s reputation among conservatives by “thanking” him for the model they used to create Obamacare. So, to the extent that Obamacare represents the type of policy that exemplifies Obama’s connection with average Americans, Romney should easily gain the upper hand.
4) Romney’s volunteer work as lay minister for his church in Boston – During his time as a lay minister for his church, which totals over 20 years of service, Romney spent much of his time meeting with and counseling members of the congregation who were struggling in one way or another. Recently, an article from the LA Times reviewed Romney’s church service over the years and said:
“Romney’s friends and family say his instincts are rooted in his Mormon faith and sharpened over his years as a lay leader in the church. For years, Romney’s church work amounted to a half-time job, as he counseled members of his congregation who were dealing with marital problems, substance abuse and financial difficulties related to lost jobs or health issues.
Often Romney would sit down with a pad and help a couple scratch out their budget — urging them to differentiate between wants and needs. In a privileged life, those experiences had a lasting effect.
“It allowed him to see so many different people and so many different problems that people are facing — to really have empathy for people who are struggling, and to recognize that almost everybody in every walk of life has one sort or another of struggle,” his son Josh said in an interview. “There are so many people out there in need of help or support — he learned a lot of that through those experiences.”
Romney listened and counseled with those members of the congregation for over two decades as they dealt with the typical struggles of the average American. That kind of extensive volunteer work sets Romney apart as a man who does indeed understand the average American
5) Romney’s wife with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Nothing is more trying to a person’s life than to have a spouse or loved one diagnosed with a debilitating and incurable disease. Romney’s wife of over 40 years has MS and has been treated for breast cancer. Both Mitt and Anne have said publicly many times that one of the most difficult times in their lives was when Anne was diagnosed with MS. For a time, Mrs. Romney was unable to move about the house or even get out of bed due to her MS. Many Americans and their families who are also struggling with intractable health problems would find a very sympathetic ear from Mitt Romney.
6) Romney’s handling of victims from Hurricane Katrina – The LA Times discusses a powerful example of Romney’s compassion that occured during Romney’s time as Governor of Massachusetts:
The Rev. Jeffrey Brown, who heads a faith-based gang intervention group in Roxbury, Mass., and spoke frequently to Romney during his governorship, saw two facets of the man — the executive and the spiritual counselor — come together after Hurricane Katrina when the Massachusetts Legislature provided shelter on Cape Cod for evacuees. Romney wanted members of the black clergy to attend to the arrivals — because he said some would rather talk to pastors than mental health professionals — and asked Brown to lead the effort.
Romney arrived a few days later, telling Brown he wanted to hear the stories directly from the victims, many of whom were from New Orleans’ hard-hit Lower 9th Ward.
“He wanted to make sure that their needs were being met,” Brown said. “He brought 50 state agencies down there, and everybody’s needs were attended to. I’m talking about people who left their houses in such a rush that they forgot their teeth. He had dentists down there to get them their dentures.… He was on it.”
But Brown was most surprised watching Romney interact with victims — praying with them, sitting with them on park benches asking about their families, scooping up children and asking for hugs.
“He was pastoral,” Brown said. “He was that person with those people.”
Romney’s connection with average Americans was exemplified by his compassion to the evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.
In Conclusion, What about JFK? With all the focus Democrats place on Romney’s wealth, what is left out is that JFK, one of the Democrats most beloved presidents, was just as wealthy as Romney, if not more so. In fact, JFK came from one of the richest families in America and then married a woman who was an oil heiress who also had great wealth of her own. Despite JFK’s wealth, JFK was still able to connect with minorities by famously calling federal marshals to allow Blacks to attend the University of Alabama in 1962. Even though JFK was assassinated in 1963, his presidency was instrumental in developing and passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
One very important difference between Romney and JFK, however, is that almost all of JFK’s income and property came from a trust fund created by his rich father and then shared with other family members. Romney, on the other hand, created his wealth for himself through hard work by founding a successful company. Romney did not inherit his fortune from his father.
In an attempt to woo voters, Republicans and Democrats have put their best convention feet forward.
After just the first day of the Republican National Convention (a full day of activity was cancelled due to developing storm Isaac), Obama’s top adviser Robert Gibbs characterized the GOP gathering as “angry” and “strange” and “full of insults. His remarks must have been festering in a folded paper in his hip pocket for weeks; he was pretty pleased to grab a few headlines. What Gibbs wrote turned out to be a prognostication of his own party’s convention goings-on a few days later in Charlotte, NC…
In spite of the sensitive and well-handled Republican convention storm adaptations, some rabble-rousing Democrats called for a cancellation of the entire convention. But, once the Democratic National Convention got underway a few days later, there was no reference from speakers of Hurricane Isaac or helping the victims.
Our President’s re-election insecurity prompted a ‘save-me’ call to former president Bill Clinton. Team O thought he was needed to take center-stage to plaster some pizazz over Obama’s putrid economy. Yes, that Bill Clinton who once called Obama “the chief executor of good intentions” and formerly said of Obama “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.” Yikes. Clinton jumped at the chance to appear be a team player while visions of Hillary in the White House (and himself) danced in his head.
Obama, in spite of doing his best to rattle the rafters, delivered a flat, warmed-over class-warfare speech we’ve numbingly heard before. Maybe knowing the jobs report numbers that were to be released today messed with his head.
ADDENDUM – A comment on Michelle Obama’s speech: One got the feeling Mrs. O spent a month of Sundays at studied speech practice in front of her ‘make-up’ mirror getting those inserted smiles and practiced pauses just right. The drama… Her “Obama hunched over his desk” (hunched – mind you!) poring over letters from people having a hard go in this hardship economy (no mention of Obama’s part in it) was that which made listening to her barely tolerable. But, the cake-taker for me was her affected stammers – meant to pepper following prose with dramatic sincerity but only highlighting insincerity – that relegated her to the category of ‘First Lady Duping-The-Folks Academy Award’. She laid it on too, too thick. Charles Krauthammer thought so, too:
Most brilliantly manipulative:
Michelle Obama, by three touchdowns. Beautifully structured, delivered with studied emotion — the feigned stammer to render natural a finely written telepromptered text was a touch of genius — she made the case for why her husband governed as he has.
Because he cares. He loves his wife, loves his children, loves his family — therefore he loves you. The syllogism, a total non sequitur, was laid on with panache.
It worked. She managed to drain her husband’s entire first term of any hint of ideological or personal motivation. He is driven by his caring, giving soul — not by a deeply felt ideology developed in youth: redistributionist, government-centered, disdainful of success, committed to his social-democratic view of social justice.
… Only a wife can turn a ruthlessly ambitious pol, who undid the Clintons four years ago and today relentlessly demonizes Romney, into a care bear. She pulled it off.
How about that floor flight spectacle over including “Jerusalem” and “God” in their platform?! They actually BOOED God. Plus, those numerous, hissing references to Republicans as Nazis were a turn-off and deeply insulting to those who have actually endured Nazism.
Don’t forget the featured steel worker who claimed he worked for Bain Capitol. He embellished his story against Bain by stating he lost his job when the Bain-controlled company GST steel filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s. A big LIE.
In the end, Democrats tried to razzle-dazzle with actresses and musicians James Taylor, Mary J. Blige, and the Foo Fighters. An array of liberal speakers brought forth a parade of theatrical over-the-top rhetoric, misrepresentations, and outright lies about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. (Did you know Republicans are plotting to take the vote away from women? And, will do all within their power to stop women from using contraceptives? NOT.) Did you happen to catch former MI Governor Jennifer Granholm’s meltdown?
It was a circus of slander.
Mr. Gibbs, YOUR convention was angry, full of insults, and very strange.
FOX New’s Bret Baier caught up with Mitt Romney today in Sioux City, Iowa to ask him about Obama’s acceptance speech last night, today’s jobs report, repeated false claims he didn’t care about the American auto industry, doesn’t care about the U.S. military, and more:
UPDATE – Another Romney interview with FOX News’ Carl Cameron:
► With only 96,000 jobs created in August (down from 141,000 jobs in July), Obama’s hoped-for convention re-gilding isn’t going to happen:
The economy created only 96,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate remains above 8 percent, and more than 350,000 Americans have dropped out of the work force. While some may focus on the jobs that were created last month, this jobs report is nothing but horrendous. I welcome any jobs, but American workers giving up on employment in the weakest recovery since the Great Depression is cause for alarm, not celebration.
The unemployment rate has not fallen below 8 percent for the past 43 months. The labor force participation rate is at the lowest level in 31 years. If the labor force participation rate were at the same level it was before the recession started, the unemployment rate would be 11.6 percent today. And the rate of “underemployment” or “real unemployment,” including the unemployed, those who want work but have stopped searching in this economy, and those who are forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment is actually at 14.7 percent. We’re still experiencing a significant jobs crisis, whether President Obama recognizes it or not.
President Obama’s policies of more spending, more debt and more taxes haven’t worked. It’s way past time for a course correction. The country needs responsible leadership, not the President’s boasts over anemic growth and unending pleas for patience. Americans are looking for a sustained and real recovery. This weak report is nowhere near enough, and this has gone on long enough. Any real jobs plan must stop the regulatory madness and avert the fiscal cliff of tax increases on January 1. The health care law is yet another drag on the economy. Small businesses need tax relief and regulatory certainty to grow and hire.
What about the numbers of those Obama has been systematically slipping onto disability rolls after their unemployment benefits run out? Once on disability? Most always ON disability for life. Also, the Dept. of Labor today did what they usually do; they revised down the job numbers for the two previous months, resulting in 41,000 fewer jobs created than originally reported.
The way Obama opted to defend his record of failure today demeaned himself. Speaking at a rally, this is what he said on Romney, Ryan, and Republicans: “Tax cuts, tax cuts, gut some regulations, oh, and more tax cuts. Tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad. Tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds. Tax cuts to improve your love life. It’ll cure anything, according to them.”
A few cheap laughs for a failed president.
Let’s turn that around, Obama: “Tax increases, tax increases, inflict more regulations, oh, and more spending increases. Tax increases when times are good, tax increases when times are bad. Spending increases to help you lose a few extra pounds. Tax increases to improve your love life. It’ll cure anything.”
Obama’s got nothin’. The middle class, small businesses, and the one in six Americans who have slipped into poverty are especially fed up. That’s why his manipulative oratory in Charlotte did not include a word about the USA’s staggering, almost incomprehensible debt of over $16 TRILLION and the 47 million Americans who, under his watch, now put groceries on the table with food stamps.
Take a look at these two clips from 2007. These are classic Jim Cramer (I wonder what he eats for breakfast — it has to be something stronger than coffee!). Listen carefully to what Cramer says about Romney’s analytical skills and why Jim Cramer decided not to go to work for Mitt Romney. My favorite part? When Cramer causes Chris Matthews to giggle. [Hat Tip to Jared Turner for this wonderful flashback]
The very best part of this next video is the last half. And yes, Governor Romney would remember that interview!
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Mitt Romney, left, and Marco Rubio in Miami earlier this month. August 2012
(Photo – Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
He’s been given the plum role of introducing Governor Mitt Romney this week (Aug 30th) at the GOP convention as Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
Who is it?
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
CBS News’ Bob Schieffer snagged Rubio this morning for a ‘Face the Nation’ interview. Rubio had high praise for Romney; take a look at a portion of the interview:
BOB SCHIEFFER CBS NEWS: “Now you’re going to introduce Governor Romney at the convention. How is that speech coming along? Give us a little insight into how that works. What will be the tone? What will be the line…?”
SEN. MARCO RUBIO: “The two things I think will be clear by the end of this week is that this election’s not just a choice between two men or two political parties. It’s literally a choice about which direction we want this country to go. Do we think that the way forward is for us to become more like the rest of the world or is the way forward for us to help the rest of the world become more like us, a nation that’s bought into free enterprise, that believes that opportunity is created when people are given the confidence and the ability to go out and start businesses and grow existing businesses and then what can government do help that happen. I think the stakes are important for people to understand what’s at stake here. We’re not just voting for the person we like more. We’re also voting for two very different directions for our country. And in addition opted that, I hope people understand who Mitt Romney is. Because his business career has been well documented and his success is extraordinary in the business realm, but he’s so much more than that. He was a successful governor. The job he did at the Olympics in Salt Lake City was extraordinary by all accounts. And then, look at his personal life. This man is a personal role model to younger men like me, as a father, as a husband. You look how successful his family has been. Everywhere that he has ever gone, whether in his church or his community, he has made it better, using his talents and his time. I think Mitt Romney is a role model for people like me and, I think that Mitt Romney, as a person especially, and the kind of person we would all be proud for our kids to grow up and be like.”
“Senator Marco Rubio is without a doubt one of America’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders, and I am excited to announce that he will introduce Governor Romney at the Republican National Convention. … Senator Rubio is a proven leader and a man of true character, and it is fitting that he will take on such an important role at our convention in his home state. Throughout his career, he has shown true dedication to constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise. As the son of immigrants, he has witnessed the promise of the American Dream firsthand and has worked to secure that promise for future generations.”
• From William Harris, Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer:
“Marco Rubio symbolizes the greatness of the American dream. He is the perfect leader to introduce Mitt Romney when he accepts his nomination. We are an extraordinary country because we have fought to preserve individual liberties that are the heartbeat of opportunity and achievement. Senator Rubio has experienced this in his own life, which will help him bring tremendous focus to how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s agenda will lead the way to a better tomorrow.” …
The back-to-school season is here, and as parents take their children to shop for school supplies, I suspect that many of them will be visiting a Staples store. I’m very familiar with those stores because Staples is one of many businesses we helped create and expand at Bain Capital, a firm that my colleagues and I built. The firm succeeded by growing and fixing companies.
The lessons I learned over my 15 years at Bain Capital were valuable in helping me turn around the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. They also helped me as governor of Massachusetts to turn a budget deficit into a surplus and reduce our unemployment rate to 4.7%. The lessons from that time would help me as president to fix our economy, create jobs and get things done in Washington.
A broad message emerges from my Bain Capital days: A good idea is not enough for a business to succeed. It requires a talented team, a good business plan and capital to execute it. That was true of companies we helped start, like Staples and the Bright Horizons child-care provider, and several of the struggling companies we helped turn around, like the Brookstone retailer and the contact-lens maker Wesley Jessen.
My presidency would make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to get the investment dollars they need to grow, by reducing and simplifying taxes; replacing Obamacare with real health-care reform that contains costs and improves care; and by stemming the flood of new regulations that are tying small businesses in knots.
My business experience confirmed my belief in empowering people. For example, at Bain Capital we bought Accuride, a company that made truck rims and wheels, because we saw untapped potential there. We instituted performance bonuses for the management team, which had a dramatic impact. The managers made the plants more productive, and the company started growing, adding 300 jobs while Bain was involved. My faith in people, not government, is at the foundation of my plan to strengthen America’s middle class.
I also saw firsthand through these investments how energy costs impact the ability of a business to grow. Today, energy costs are weighing on job creators across America because President Obama has limited energy exploration and restricted development in ways that sap economic performance, curtail growth, and kill jobs. I will take a sensible approach to tapping our energy resources, which will both create jobs and make energy more affordable for every sector of our economy.
In the 1990s, when the “old-technology” steel industry in the U.S. was failing, Bain Capital helped build a new steel company, Steel Dynamics, which has grown into one of the largest steel producers in America today, holding its own against Chinese producers. The key to its success? State-of-the-art new technology.
Here are two lessons from the Steel Dynamics story: First, innovation is essential to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. We are the most innovative, entrepreneurial nation in the world. To maintain that lead, we must give people the skills to succeed. My plan for a stronger middle class includes policies to give every family access to great schools and quality teachers, to improve access to higher education, and to attract and retain the best talent from around the world.
The second lesson is that we must have a level playing field in international trade. As president, I will challenge unfair trade practices that are harming American workers.
Running a business also brings lessons in tackling challenges. I was on the board of a medical diagnostic-laboratory company, Damon, when a competitor announced that it had settled with the government over a charge of fraudulent Medicare billing. I and fellow Damon outside board members joined together and immediately hired an independent law firm to examine Damon’s own practices.
The investigation revealed a need to make some changes, which we did. The company, along with several other clinical-laboratory companies, ended up being fined for billing practices. And a Damon manager who was responsible for the fraud went to jail. The experience taught me that when you see a problem, run toward it or it will only get worse.
That will be my approach to our federal budget problem. I am committed to capping federal spending below 20% of GDP and reducing nondefense discretionary spending by 5%. This will surely result in much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Washington. But a failure of leadership has created our debt crisis, and ducking responsibility will only cripple the economy and smother opportunity for our children and grandchildren.
I’m not sure Bain Capital could have grown or turned around some of the companies we invested in had we faced today’s anti-business environment. Andy Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc., which employs about 21,000 people at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, has said that the “current unfriendly economic environment perhaps best explains why American companies are sitting on over $2 trillion which they could invest.”
President Obama has piled on excessive regulations, proposed massive tax increases, added more than $5 trillion in federal debt, and failed to address the coming fiscal cliff—all of which is miring our nation in sluggish growth and high unemployment.
I know what it takes to turn around difficult situations. And I will put that experience to work, to get our economy back on track, create jobs, strengthen the middle class and lay the groundwork for America’s increased competitiveness in the world.
A few comments from Paul Johnson, if you’ll indulge, about why what Mitt says is so important:
1. Mitt’s succeeded before. We have some serious problems, but Mitt has displayed an unusual ability to solve difficult issues. From his tenure at Bain, to establishing and turning around other companies, to turning around the Olympics, Mitt Romney knows success and how to replicate it. (more…)
Hugh Hewitt has written a new must-read book titled ‘The Brief Against Obama’.
Last weekend, while many Americans were watching Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmers Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and Michael Phelps go for the gold in merry old England, C-Span aired a significant presentation on ‘The Brief Against Obama‘ – a new book written by *radio talk show host and pundit Hugh Hewitt.
With the goal of persuading weak affiliation voters (Independents, undecided voters, wavering Democrats and Libertarians) NOT to re-elect Obama, Hewitt engaged listeners as he spoke about the facts of Obama’s many broken promises. An informative and entertaining speaker, Hewitt’s audience was also treated to a Q&A session. The gathering took place on July 30, 2012 at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA and later aired on C-Span.
For those who missed the must-see presentation, here’s Hugh:
@13:52 – “I wanted to write a book that would persuade people NOT to vote for President Obama and I knew it had to be fact-based“… [235 pages of text, 45 pages of footnotes]
… I made a very long list of all the promises President Obama made, all of the PREDICTIONS he put forward, and all of the polemics he used. Each chapter of the 25 chapters begins with a quotation or series of quotations from President Obama not earlier than 2007. I’m not interested in what he did as a young man. I’m not interested in his biography. I’m interested in what he promised to do as a candidate or as a President – what he predicted would happen as a result of his actions or the language he used as a candidate or President. And, when I think you stack it up HE DID NOT DELIVER.”
@14:55 – “In fact, he is a SERIAL FAILURE when it comes to delivering on his promises. Therefore, I don’t believe he is OWED your vote or anyone’s vote based upon what he said he would do and DID NOT DO – based on what he predicted would happen and did not happen – based upon what was, in fact, the most hyper partisan set of rhetorical devices that we have seen in the modern presidency.”
@15:19 – Hewitt speaks about A Mormon in the White House? – 10 Things Americans Should Know About Mitt Romney, a book he penned in 2007 underscoring Romney’s extraordinary viability as a Republican presidential nominee – the “enormous capacity Mitt Romney has.”
@18:00 – Mentions his prediction that Romney’s experience at Bain would be twisted by Obama and used against him. He also predicts, in the waning days of this campaign, because Obama is desperate, Romney’s religion will be used against him.
@18:16 – “The only reason I thought that President Obama could win reelection based upon the work I completed in ‘The Brief AGainst Obama’ is if we Republicans … nominated a terrible candidate – if they nominated someone who would not win the confidence of Americans. Luckily, we have nominated an EXTREMELY well-qualified individual who is ready to be President on the first day. And, I think that’s becoming very, very obvious.
@18:43 – Hewitt explains why Romney is such a great nominee and speaks of the enormity of the task of saving the 2002 Winter Olympics: Romney took it “from the edge of despair and disaster to an enormous internationally recognized success. We need that kind of capability.”
@20:37 – Addresses Romney critics who say he isn’t aggressive enough. “I’m very confident about Romney.”
@29:30 – Speaks on the ‘Bradley effect’ and Obama supporters.
@31:25 – V.P. possibilities
@34:00 – What’s the worst thing Obama has done? Listen to this list!
@40:00 – Hugh’s three favorite Obama quotes: “The very best arguments to make against Obama are his own statements.”
@42:00 – Mentions In, But Not Of a book he wrote in 1998. With his HHS regulations, Obama has awakened a sleeping giant – Evangelical, Catholic, and orthodox Jewish voters.
@48:00 – “We don’t want four more years of Chicago style politics. And what happens if he’s reelected [Obama] and he’s not even restrained by the prospect of reelection?”
@51:50 – Buy the book, read it, give it to an Independent or a Democrat.
@53:00 – Excellent Q&A session
Hugh’s extensive experience in politics and law, combined with his sense of humor and story-telling capacity (no teleprompter) made listening to him speak for over an hour a very enjoyable and heartening experience. His endorsement of Romney couldn’t be any stronger. I encourage MRC readers to share these remarks everywhere possible and promote his new book. Readers may purchase ‘The Brief Against Obama’ here. As Hugh asked – get it, read it, then pass it along to an Independent or undecided voter!
*Hewitt is not only the host of a popular nationally syndicated radio show, he is a lawyer (graduate of Harvard College and University of Michigan Law School) and a law professor at Chapman University Law School in southern California where he teaches Constitutional Law.
Don’t forget to see the intriguing new movie 2016: Obama’s America (rated PG) which is based on the book by Dinesh D’Souza and produced by Gerald R. Molen, producer of the Academy Award wining Best Picture ‘Schinlder’s List’. It is currently airing in some cities and is slated to be shown tomorrow (Aug 10th) in additional locations. Additional release dates are also listed here.
As a follow on to Luke’s post below, I have been pondering the current state of the Presidential Campaign and left wondering… Are there any adults on the Left? Rarely have we seen so much immaturity exhibited by those who claim to be adults! It is more frightening because they hold the power of the Presidency and the Senate! Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, Jim Messina, Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, and the list goes on…Each seems to have regressed in age and resorted to childish and juvenile behavior befitting a child. They are without logic, reason and intelligence. Think about times past when we were much younger, even in elementary school, junior high or high school – we experienced the juvenile and childish antics of those who were without; the class clown, the bully, and others. As I have observed the recent antics of the left, I feel as though I have gone back fifty years!
We observe in human behavior, that when individuals are lacking confidence and/or capacity they resort to bluster, diversionary tactics, clowning around, aggression, lies, distortions, deception and pride to cover their shortfalls or hide their inadequacies. It is more than revealing to observe what has been happening these past months (and years) with Obama, his minions, his campaign and his ‘Super PAC’, Priorities USA. They have shown so much immaturity in their behavior that it makes one wonder…
Just look at some of the recent events:
1) Priorities USA’s recent ad implying that Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a former GST Steel employee’s wife from cancer: They profess that Mitt, who left Bain in 1999, was responsible for the closing of the GST plant in 2001 and killing Joe Soptic’s wife by leaving the Soptic’s without health insurance at the time when she contracted cancer and died (2006). Really? By any measure of sanity, it is not even close to a stretch – it is an absolute lie and fabrication, and they know it! The facts are, Mitt left Bain in 1999 and long after he left the plant was closed (2001). Further, the Soptic’s had continuous health insurance when Mrs. Soptic was diagnosed and died (2006). The immaturity of Priorities USA to take this approach illustrates their lack of respect for the American people, believing that their lies will get traction – how dumb do they think we are? Are they so out of touch to think that American’s who are worried that they don’t have enough money to buy groceries or put gas in their cars, or pay their mortgages, are going to be interested in their lies of distraction? Why are they so duplicitous in trying to deceive America and take us from the things that matter most to all of us, the economy and jobs? Are they so power hungry in wanting to retain the Presidency, that they would try and dupe America into a debate over lies and fabrications unrelated to what matters to each of us? Are they really that clueless? Mark Steyn provides a great parody here. And then when the chorus of voices in Gibbs, Obama, Pelosi, Axelrod, Wasserman-Schulz affirm Priorities lies, whether in silence or confirming voice, they double-down their delusions. ***UPDATED – commentary by Jim Geraghty, wherein he catches Stephanie Cutter in a bold faced lie with respect to this story.***
2) Harry Reid’s recent rants about Mitt Romney’s tax filings for the past 10 years: Clearly beyond the breach of reality! Clearly a flat out lie to try and distract the dialogue from what matters to Americans, or to try and goad Mitt into releasing returns, or to divert attention from his own failings. Think about it from the perspective of the school yard bully who taunts, cajoles and oppresses with lies – Harry Reid has ingratiated himself financially from his position in the Senate; he has failed to provide his own tax returns and filings; he is Obama’s lead minion in the Senate and wants to appease and accommodate his idol or power provider; he has failed to provide any fiscal leadership in the Senate for the past 3 1/2 years without a budget; the economy is in a disastrous state in good measure because of his and Obama’s failed leadership; he and Obama aren’t getting what they want out of Mitt (who is not accommodative to their dictates); he is a full of himself with an abundance of pride and ego, more so than anyone in Washington; besides Barack, Harry Reid is the epitome of the school yard bully who is lacking in anything of substance and is trying to hide or cover up his own inadequacies and lack of capacity. The lies are so extreme and unbelievable, and yet he thinks it keeps him relevant? Personally, it evidences his and Obama’s delusions. And then when the chorus of voices in Gibbs, Obama, Pelosi, Axelrod, Wasserman-Schulz affirm Harry’s rants, whether in silence or confirming voice, they double-down their delusions.
3) Obama’s campaign’s multiple accusations against Mitt Romney, including but not limited to: king of outsourcing, Bain’s vulture capitalism, greed and theft, without feeling, Mitt Romney’s simultaneous engagement from 1999-2002 at Bain Capital and the SLC Winter Olympics, commission of a felony with the SEC and so much more. There was never any foundation or substance to all of the accusations and lies from the Obama camp, and they knew it and still know it; and they persist in reckless abandon. Even the liberal media defended Mitt in many cases. The amazing thing is that Obama is so blatant in his lies of distraction; they are so extreme and unbelievable and speak volumes about the accuser. And then when the chorus of voices in Gibbs, Obama, Pelosi, Axelrod, Wasserman-Schulz affirm, whether in silence or confirming voice, they double-down their delusions.
The continued immaturity and childish behavior of Obama and his minions, and the extremes to which they will go is frightening. Even so, the more we give substance to their debate or distill into their abyss of delusion and deceit, the more we as Americans lose.
Thankfully, we have an adult in the race for the Presidency. Mitt Romney has not fallen prey to the deceptions, nor has he taken heed of some conservative pundits who have encouraged accommodation to the Obama lies by providing further documentation. To accommodate and appease Obama’s goading taunts, or to distill into a responsive dialog and debate of their deceit and lies will only distract the course and cause of freedom, jobs and the economy. Mitt Romney sees the greater picture and remains focused on what matters for America! Yes, there must be a response of substance and facts that dispel the lies, but to continue the dialog beyond such is merely playing into Obama’s wanting to distract the debate away from his failed accountability to each and every American. I am grateful for the wisdom and judgement of Mitt Romney. To quote Mark DeMoss, “I trust him; I trust him to do the right thing, to do the moral thing, to do what is best for our country; I trust his character, his integrity, his moral compass, his judgment and his perfect decency. And finally, I trust his values, for I am convinced they mirror my own.”
The opposite is true about Obama and those who stand with him – there is nothing to trust for he has failed to earn the respect and trust of America, by virtue of who he has proven himself to be. Obama’s America does not comport with my America!
Leave it up to Obama and his allies to take politics lower than ever.
Nope, I’m not even talking about Harry Reid’s “pants-on-fire” charge that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years (which Obama has yet to come out against, even while Axelrod lectures Republicans about standing up to “strident voices in your party.”) Rather, I’m referring to the latest cringe-worthy political ad from Team Obama.
The ad comes from former Obama staffer and ally Bill Burton, who now runs the pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA. In the ad, carefully edited audio from a laid-off steelworker is pieced together to make it sound like Romney personally had a hand in the tragic death of his wife because the man no longer had insurance through his employer.
The ad — like most of Obama’s — was immediately debunked by fact checkers and even CNN:
Reports confirm that, not only did the woman have health insurance from her own employer even after her husband was laid off, but she didn’t actually pass away until 2006 — years after Romney had any involvement in Bain. In that time, Governor Romney had gone on to save the 2002 Olympics from scandal and corruption (donating three years of salary to charity) and had become Governor of Massachusetts (taking no pay for his four year term). But let’s not let those facts blurr the notion that Mitt Romney is a senseless killer, ok?
It’s sickening that Team Obama would exploit the death of this poor woman in order to continue the senseless defamation of Mitt Romney’s character. But even more sickening is the fact that nobody from the Obama camp (and they’ve had several chances) or even Obama himself have the backbone to publicly repudiate the ad.
I’ve only included the spot here to illustrate how repulsive it actually is: