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POLITICO: Romney family intervention may have unleashed the candidate

Back in the saddle after a road trip to Chicago...

I happened to hear last Wednesday's Presidential debate on the radio rather than television (as I was driving up I-57 in eastern Illinois). It was Nixon/Kennedy all over again. I didn't think the debate was as lopsided on the radio as on television.

Anyway, clearly we have a new Presidential campaign. A poll released to The DETROIT FREE PRESS has ex-Governor Romney closing the gap to within 3 points of President Obama in Michigan. Considering political pros from both parties were writing off Michigan as a sure win for the President, the Michigan poll is perhaps even more revealing than the national polls.

POLITICO offers a fascinating account about a Romney family intervention to let Romney be Romney. Sound familiar?


Posted at 7:20am on October 9, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Oct 9, 2012 9:07am
I'm glad Romney stopped listening soley to the "pros"...and think this quote from his son sums it up well:

"There’s no more factoring stuff in. Your thinking is yours. Be who you are! And you’ve got to communicate that to people, and don’t be embarrassed by it.”

I know I want to hear what the candidates really think and what they will really do once in office!

Tue, Oct 9, 2012 10:05am
Is it true that the Obama camp wants to allow usage of teleprompters at next debate? If so...does anyone here think that's actually a good idea?

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 9, 2012 10:20am
They can't be serious, can they? So that means Obama doesn't know the issues and needs his folks to give him the answers.

Now that makes him even worse than Sarah Palin and that is hard to do (Christine O'Donnell accomplished it though). Palin at least had the excuse of being new to national politics as her reason of not knowing anything. Obama has been Prez for 4 years. If he still needs a teleprompter to give him the answers, then he is not capable of being President.

Tue, Oct 9, 2012 12:18pm
I have posted more than once that polls have little meaning until the debates start. We now see the truth in that assertion. Putting Mr. Obama in a position where chanting “hope and change” was not enough, he was like a fish out of water. And Governor Romney only had to be himself and say what he believes.
Finally, family members watching his campaign fail, stepped in. And we see the result. A debate performance where he clearly showed the empty suit Obama really is. Now, policy speeches are receiving news coverage. A valid criticism of the Governor has been his lack of details. It brought back memories of the “Me-too-isms” Republicans were famous for prior to Barry Goldwater. Now he is bringing his views to the voters directly. Stuart Stevens had his head in the sand when he allegedly said “we’re not going to win on foreign policy.” The Middle East is falling apart. A candidate looking strong, sounding strong, and not blaming terrorism on a movie, is going to display an image that registers with voters. And image is very important in presidential politics.
I agree with the Republican strategist who believes the campaign needs to be more creative and aggressive. It’s a shame it took them this long to figure it out.

Tue, Oct 9, 2012 1:12pm
I have to agree with the consensus. Republicans have long criticized Romney for being too liberal. In the past, he supported abortion, he supported moderation overseas in diplomacy, he supported gay marriage, he supported the removal of religion from government.. He supported backhandling Israel. He finally had a chance during this debate to be who he really was, and that is a Massachusett's liberal.

All those things he's said up to Thrusday, like: tax Cuts for the Rich; tax increases for the middle class, opposing gay marriage, putting Christ into our schools, were done just to get Conservatives to back him, and boy, with the rest of America, were they unpopular. Proof? He was losing really badly.

America should be grateful he's shed that strait jacket of conservatism and come clean. He will not destroy America as he's previously said. He is not a Conservative, he ia a proud Massachusetts Liberal. And America has shown their love by the tightening of the polls.

Romney won the debate. However, the Conservative Cause, lost really, really big.

Tue, Oct 9, 2012 6:34pm
Mike: Obama has ALWAYS been worse than Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell combined. Is everybody else but me just now finding that out?

Wed, Oct 10, 2012 8:33am
JimH: I agree with you on the polling...and now that people are actually paying attention and pollsters' reputations are on the line, the polls are getting more realistic output.

Mike: Thank goodness Romney has kicked back and let us hear what he really thinks, what he's really like. BTW, I actually wish Palin had been allowed to be herself instead of being muzzled by McCain's "pros"...she would have done a much better job and appeared much stronger had she just been herself. O'Donnell on the other hand was being fed what to say and how to appear...she was trying to ride the Tea Party wave and had nothing beyond that to offer.

Personally I really want to hear what the candidates think (no teleprompters during debates)...besides who is feeding the lines into the TOTUS? Is our president a mere actor? Speaks well, but has no core beliefs?

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 12:50pm
Mrpizza: The difference between Obama and Palin in 2008 is he knew the issues, etc, and was able to at least discuss them, The Grizzly Barbie couldn't. Now as EarlGrey suggests, McCain's folks may have held the leach too tight on Mrs. Palin, but in those interviews she repeatedly showed how little she knew. Four years later, 2012, she'd be able to hold her own in discussing the issues as she's learned her talking points quite well, but I still wouldn't vote for her. She is the female version of Bush Jr., all hat no cattle. Of course Christine O'Donnell doesn't even have the hat heh heh.

EarlGrey: I too am glad that Mitt has allowed his more moderate side to show and not try to be what the extreme part of the TEA movement wants him to be.

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