Carol Platt Liebau: "Romney Rallying"

Monday, January 07, 2008

"Romney Rallying"

That's Bob Novak's assessment.

Interestingly, the piece also mentions that his opponents "personally dislike" Romney. That mirrors my perception in Saturday night's post-debate post that the other candidates seem to dislike the former Massachusetts governor.

Is it jealousy of his intelligence, wealth, good looks and happy home life? Resentment of the negative ads Romney's run? A sense that he's just "too perfect"?

5 Comments:

Blogger B said...

A sense that he's just "too perfect"?

No, Carol, a sense that Mitt's basically dishonest.

Read this transcript where Mitt was caught "double-speaking" just yesterday by George Stephanoupolus on ABC News This Week:

ROMNEY (to McCain in Sunday's debate):No, no, no, no. I get a chance to respond to this ... I don't describe your plan as amnesty in my ad. I don't call it amnesty. What I say is -- and you just described what most people would say is a form of amnesty.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Had you not seen your own ad?

ROMNEY: I hadn't seen that one (Note:Mitt says at the end of the end of the ad "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message. )and my staff told me afterwards it does say amnesty and I said well it's not supposed to.

STEPHANOPOULOS: It's two ads both of them saying it.

ROMNEY: Yes there's a man in the street, one that says amnesty, as well and I was simply incorrect. His bill -- he does not technically under the term support amnesty because he says, well, he makes them pay $5,000 and technically that's not amnesty and I guess that's true. You could say to somebody if you pay 5 bucks then it's not amnesty but the reality.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is it amnesty or not?

ROMNEY: Well, you're going to have to define the word for me. I call it---

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well you're running for president, not me.

ROMNEY: Yeah, ok. When you ask the question, when you ask the question, you want a specific answer based on your definition. My definition is this, that if a -- if illegals are able to all stay in this country and thereby get an enormous advantage over everybody else, that is a form of amnesty.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you do believe his plan is amnesty then?

ROMNEY: Not under a legal definition but under the normal colloquial definition, yes.



Carol - this is what your friends have been calling a "Huck -up"

You're not a hypocrite now, are you?

8:30 PM  
Blogger B said...

Here's some more for you Carol. More good stuff for you. You alone are getting the good stuff (our good friend "you-know-who" is a lost cause until after the settling of the Republican nominee. Hope he stays away from over-the-top anti-Huckabee rhetoric until then, because he's doing real damage to many in his fan base.)

Mr Novak -who's lack of integrity led to Scooter Libby's predicament - also predicted a Romney win in Iowa the night before the Iowa caucuses. Notice how he's not actually predicting this time. Good choice.


And, he mentions Frank Luntz polling focus group during last night's debate. Just a few problems with that (as I mentioned in your previous post). Here's an additional one:
THE SAME GUY showed up in 2 "undecided" focus groups. Check it out here:

Check out these two videos:

(From Jan 6, 2008)
At the 1:40 mark.

(From Sep 6, 2007)
At the 3:45 mark.

Carol - this Good Stuff!

Support your candidate, but don't be a hypocrite.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Is it jealousy of his intelligence, wealth, good looks and happy home life? Resentment of the negative ads Romney's run? A sense that he's just "too perfect"?

You've got me there, Carol. I'm not sure why the other candidates don't like Multiple Choice Mitt.

Maybe some don't like him because he claimed to be more pro-choice than Ted Kennedy. Maybe some don't like him because he's too pro-life.

Maybe some don't like him because he doubled the budget line for the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. Maybe some don't like him because he later attempted to disband the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.

Maybe some don't like him because he said, "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush." Maybe some don't like him because he said, "We must return to the common-sense Reagan Republican ideals."

Maybe some don't like him because he signed one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation (banning assault rifles) and claimed, "These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people." Maybe some don't like him because--oh wait, he still supports gun control laws.

I really can't figure out the reason for the hate either, Carol. It seems if you wait around long enough Mitt Romney will eventually take a position you are bound to agree with.





Mitt attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser vs. Mitt the pro-life candidate.

9:26 PM  
Blogger gemma said...

Probably all of the above. I have friends who dislike him as well and yet know nothing much about him. I think he's like the best boy in school and the teacher loves him. Therefore..........

Personally - I like him. He seems to be sincere, we know he knows how to run a big business and a big state. He's tough and works with facts...not feelings. That's probably another thing people dislike intensely. His lip doesn't quiver at the appropriate time and then too...he didn't tear up while answering questions.

4:32 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Or is it that his "outsider for change" position puts the spotlight on the stagnation associated with Washington insiders.

Simply put, Romeny makes the others look bad. That hurts.

6:17 AM  

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