I Guess This is What a Republican Looks Like

Mitt Romney - Just a Regular Guy

Mitt Romney - Just a Regular Guy

Everything old may be new again. Last week’s debate ended up not drawing attention for attacking Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, but the endless war between Mitt Romney and nearly fourth place contender Rick Perry. Perry managed to finally break through the veneer of Romney’s inevitability.

Someone said that the winner in the debate last week was Herman Cain. I agree. Nothing about the confrontation served either candidate well. Perry went after Romney’s illegal immigration incident in the ridiculous way The Nation accused Lou Dobbs of the same thing. Romney hired a company who had illegal immigrants working for them. It’s not something you automatically think to inquire about. Romney decided to throw up all over himself by saying that he fired the company as soon as he found out, because he was running for president. By extension, it says he only cared how it made him look.

Perry knows that his competition is Romney and he needs to be taken down. Perry’s own immigration policy and crony capitalism has damaged his reputation with conservatives. He now has to squeeze into the space to the left of Herman Cain and the right of Mitt Romney. In other words, it’s over.

Cain has surprisingly strong support among Republicans, but he’s less polished than he needs to be and he has no money to speak of. He’s the front-runner no one treats like a front-runner. That means Romney will get the vetting and Cain is poised to fall apart quickly.

In the Obama administration’s continuing cribbing of the Bush playbook, they plan to run the 2004 campaign on Mitt Romney. He’s a flip-flopper, elitist yet culturally dissimilar and running against a sitting president who kicks foreign people’s asses. Their advantage is that Romney represents every stereotype about Republicans going back 50 years. Then again, Obama is a lot less popular than Bush was in 2004, especially since the economy was recovering for him.

People seem to like Herman Cain because of his lack of polish or even because of his race. The fact is that he’s also smart (computer and math degrees) and successful. He was able to take down Bill Clinton on a discussion of business costs. He may not have marched in civil rights protests, but he is the embodiment of the goals of that movement. Maybe Mitt could be his Vice President. We’ll worry about him in 2020.

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25 Responses to I Guess This is What a Republican Looks Like

  1. yttik says:

    I’m riding the Cain train for as long as possible. I do like him for exactly that reason, he’s not polished, he’s not a professional politician, and he’s not being embraced by the media. I think I read half a dozen articles this morning talking about how he’s falling apart and he’s not a real candidate. Just once I’d like the media and the PTB to lose. I want to see exploding heads.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Absolutely yttik ! My bottom line is “why was Obama the chosen one” in 2008 with no freaking clue or past accomplishments ?

      I’m not sure how many OWS are taxpaying, voting citizens, but wish they could see us in the middle on this one. Team WTF is playing them like a fiddle. You don’t raise 500k in 5 weeks by sleeping on cement, d’oh.

      At least the Tea Party got behind candidates TO PRIMARY Republicans in 2010. Some won, some lost, but dang, the results were still historic, especially on the local/state levels.

      Gov. Bobby Jindal CRUSHED his competition for re-election. Not a good sign for Dems, is it ?

    • catarina says:

      Cain had me when his cell phone kept ringing during a campaign speech and he yelled, “Tell Obama I’m busy!”

      Gosh, a little comic relief would be so nice after the never funny Obamas.

      • 1539days says:

        Are you saying that was better than Obama’s cell phone joke?

        • catarina says:

          I must have missed that one.

        • 1539days says:

          Depends on which blogs you go to. It was an early indicator of what a sexist pig he was in 2008.

        • yttik says:

          “[Obama] posed for report pictures with the staff when he apparently felt his phone start to vibrate in his pocket on his right thigh – against which one woman was closely pressed.”

          “Now that’s my phone buzzing there,” he said, drawing a laugh. “I don’t want you to think I’m getting fresh or anything.”


        • catarina says:

          what a puke.
          an asshole a mile wide.

          i’d rather imagine there’s no pizza.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Heh….remind me on Tinfoil Tuesday to run his article on hunting down Frank Marshall’s DNA to prove (or disprove) Barack is his son 😉


    Finally, somebody crazier than Ron Paul.

    • 1539days says:

      I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that Davis is Obama’s father. I just don’t think it makes one bit of difference. The birth certificate was one thing. This is just petty.

      • HELENK says:

        I am not sure the birth certificate was as important as people think.
        When his mother married her second husband and he adopted backtrack, it made him a citizen of Indonesia. They do not have duel citizenship. No one has ever mentioned when was backtrack’s American citizenship restored?
        It is way too late to make a difference now, I just wondered why no one asked the question

        • 1539days says:

          I feel for the people who wonder about it, but it’s the path to the crazy place. First, you have to find evidence in Indonesia that Barack Obama renounced his citizenship. Then you have to prove a negative, that Obama didn’t renounce his Indonesia citizenship. If you could somehow make this case, you would then have to go to court, where SCOTUS would eventually throw it out because you don’t have “standing.” If the Supremes actually found this the case, Obama’s team would call it a red tape issue and file the necessary declaration, assuming it hasn’t been filed and backdated already.

          There is a piece of paper in Hawaii that says he was born in America to an American woman. It was signed by a state official. Could it be fake? Stranger things have happened. But it’s entirely legal and Obama will be out of office (one way or another) before that could be proven. I’d say everyone is better off trying to get him out of office in 2012 than chasing rainbows. Save it for the scathing biographies.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          I think I can actually answer this. I have relatives who immigrated to Canada and then back. Adults get to choose which citizenship they would prefer to have. If they maintain taxpayer status (and pay taxes) in the US, they can convert their citizenship back upon return. Minors are allowed to make the choice upon becoming a legal adult. I’m sure he chose his American citizenship at 18, if his mother didn’t restore it for him when she sent him back (which she was empowered to do, legally).

          That’s my understanding, anyway, based on my family’s experience.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Agree, days. Birther issues are dead-enders.

        • HELENK says:

          As I said it is way to late to make a difference now, but with all the uproar over the birth certificate, why no one asked about the restoration of his citizenship puzzled me

    • myiq2xu says:

      Andy Martin is a raging anti-Semite and I would appreciate it if you never linked to him again.

  3. fif says:

    Cain is smart? He’s made at several major gaffes in just the last week (trading prisoners for hostages, abortion, homosexuality and immigration). He’s riding the ‘not Romney’ train. We’ll see how long that lasts.

    • 1539days says:

      Cain is smart. He’s just not good at canned answers like Romney. He needs a team in place, and he can’t do that until he’s the clear front runner.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Typical. White people often hold black people more accountable for their speech than they do other whites. As if his inability to produce canned answers somehow refutes all of his degrees and successful business experience, as well as his off-the-cuff rhetoric. We used to talk about this in my classroom all the time, about how such language values were a form of racism, and how my students would have to deal with that in order to succeed.

    • votermom says:

      He is smart and he is riding the not-Romney train. Both are true.

      I like Cain but I have serious reservations about voting for him to be President. I am waiting to see if he can make the case for me.

  4. r u reddy says:

    If one wants to see Obama defeated, I suspect Romney offers the best chance of that. He is the “least scary” Republican for many Democrats who would rather not vote for Obama again but would be scared into it by a Nominee Bachmann, let’s say. And not only Democrats. Here is a cutpaste from a self-styled “conservative environmentalist” and energy-efficiency engineer blognamed Engineer-Poet. Michele Bachmann believes in magic

    Or maybe she’s lying, or batshit crazy. But there is no way that she can possibly cut gasoline prices to $2/gallon, as she said she would if elected, without some massive collapse in demand (like a collapse of the US economy).

    Remember what happened to prices in the Asian Flu of 1998? Gas prices would go down again… temporarily… if that was us.

    If the Republicans put this loon on the 2012 ticket (in any position), it means the party does not have a candidate, an idea, or a shred of respect for the American public. I hate Obama with a passion and would like to see him impeached, but I’ll vote for him over Bachmann.

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    • 1539days says:

      Yep. The real Romney campaign slogan. “I’m going to win anyway. Stop struggling.”

    • Mary says:

      Not to worry. Both Bachman and Santorum will be forced to drop out soon, due to staff leaving and cash problems.

      Think Romney, Cain, Perry, as the potentials.

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