Can you feel the Mittmentum?

Is it just me or is Mitt Romney getting bigger in stature while Barack Obama keeps shrinking? Maybe that’s where the expression “rising to the occasion” comes from.

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28 Responses to Can you feel the Mittmentum?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    WORM* of the day via Byron York:

    Obama campaign struggles to explain ‘revenge’ remark

    A seemingly offhand utterance from President Obama has turned into a major point of contention between the two campaigns, as Team Obama tries to explain what the president meant when he told a crowd of supporters that “Voting is the best revenge.”

    It happened in Springfield, Ohio Friday as Obama was discussing the economic policies of the 1990s. When Obama referred to “a Senate candidate by the name of Mitt Romney,” the crowd booed his opponent’s name — certainly not unusual reaction at political rallies of both parties. Then Obama said, “No, no, no — don’t boo, vote. Vote. Voting is the best revenge.”

    It was an ugly and small-minded moment, especially for the end of a campaign when candidates usually try to stress larger, optimistic themes. Romney incorporated the “revenge” line in his speech in Ohio Friday night, saying that while Obama advises revenge, he, Romney, wants people to vote “for love of country.”

    As Obama traveled to northern Ohio Saturday morning, campaign official Jen Psaki was asked about the “revenge” remark. According to a White House pool report, Psaki said Obama had been speaking in the context of Romney’s “scare tactics” in Ohio. The Republican is “frightening workers in Ohio into thinking, falsely, that they’re not going to have a job,” Psaki said, according to the pool report. “And the message [Obama] was sending is if you don’t like the policies, if you don’t like the plan that Gov. Romney is putting forward, if you think that’s a bad deal for the middle class, then you can go to the voting booth and cast your ballot. It’s nothing more complicated than that.”

    The problem is, the president was actually not speaking in the context of Romney’s highly-controversial ads about bailed-out Chrysler adding production of Jeeps in China. In fact, Obama had not said a word about the Jeep controversy when he said “revenge.” His speech had touched on Hurricane Sandy, on the progress the American economy has made in the last few years, on his national security accomplishments, on the choice Americans will make on November 6, on Bill Clinton’s record — on a lot of things, but not on Jeep.

    And even after the “revenge” remark, it took Obama six paragraphs to get to his discussion of Jeep. The bottom line is, while it is impossible to know what was in the president’s mind, he simply was not talking about Jeep when he told voters that “Voting is the best revenge.”

    For a great communicator Obama sure does need lots of explanations and clarifications.

    (*What Obama Really Meant)

  2. bluestate says:

    i do think he will pull this off. the obama campaign has gone nutty, and not even for the first time recently: Campaign meltdown: Creepy Jim Messina slams Romney for message of ‘revenge’ | Twitchy

  3. DM says:

    My acquaintance from Vietnam, a refugee from the 70s, was telling me how for 3 days they had no water, in the middle of the ocean. A cargo ship went by and gave them water and food, but they were left adrift in the ocean. Although she’s been a citizen for years now, she’s never voted, except this election. She skipped every selection of the ballot except the choice for president, Mitt Romney. It was the first time she had voted in her life here in the U.S. or Vietnam.

    • angienc says:

      Ha,ha! My best friends parents are naturalized citizens who’ve never voted either–not even registered. After 40 years in this country, a few months ago her mom told her she really wanted to vote this year (for Romney/against Obama whatever), so my friend got the paper work to register both of them via fax with the registrar’s office (which requires a copy of their passports –otherwise it is in person with their certificate of naturalization, which neither of her parents would want to do) but her dad’s passport was expired, so she got all the docs to do an expedieted renewal (which is more expensive) but as she was taking him to get a passport picture taken he said he was going to vote for Obama. She doesn’t know if he was joking (he has that kind of sense of humor where he will insist he’s going to do something he has no intention of ever doing just to piss them off) but suffice it to say that she didn’t send his paperwork to renew his passport until yesterday. Her mom, OTOH, is registered to vote & they’ll be going together on Tuesday. Too bad, so sad for her dad — his passport “didn’t come in time” to register him. LOL– He’ll live (and further, he probably said that about Obama because he doesn’t want to have to go vote).

    • DM, did your friend say why she decided to vote this year? Just curious — I know a fair number of Vietnamese-Americans and they tend to be slightly more conservative on average, in my experience.

      • DM says:

        About two months ago I asked if she was citizen and if she was going to vote. She explained that yes, she was a citizen but had never voted because she didn’t want to read all that ballot stuff. She speaks perfect English (with an accent), but I think she’s not confortable reading and writing English. I told her that if she wanted to vote, she could get a ballot in Vietnamese. I then dialed the registrar of voters and handed her the phone to give the information, (address, and other personal info). She works in a small business and has seen how the business has struggled during the Obama presidency. She’s not happy with the economy. I think I convinced her that Romney was our only choice to change the economy, but what I really worked at was that she participated in choosing the president. That was my intent.

    • Erica says:

      I have a good friend from Vietnam that I’ve known for 2 years. She finally told me she was fearful of Obama, that he says the same things she was hearing in Vietnam before things got so bad they decided to leave. She was shocked to find out I don’t support Obama–a rare bird here. Then she let it all spill about why she thinks Obama has to go–took her halfway to Oregon!

  4. Captain Quark says:

    Just got back from early voting in FL, where the Obastard voter fraud machine was in rare form. Stood in line for 90 minutes surrounded by bus loads of blacks and Latinos in full Obot-worship mode. The good news is that even the St Pete Times poll gives the state to Romney-Ryan.

  5. gxm17 says:

    Yes. I can feel it. And, it feels like a landslide. But then I keep reminding myself that Bush won re-election, so anything can happen.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Even Entertainment Weekly and People magazines are being nice to Mitt now. Maybe the failure of their cousin rag Newsweek woke them up 😀

  7. conner43 says:

    My voting experience in Fl. echoes that of Capt Quark, so maybe he was telling the truth. The woman in front of me in line had her clearly mentally challenged adult daughter with her. Both had sample ballots.
    Another group was speaking nothing but Creole. My experience with that group has been that they are often here on temporary visas, most of which have expired by now. At least in S.E. Fl., the Obama machine seems to be in full swing, which is almost a waste of time. O probably would carry Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties even without cheating.

    • wmcb says:

      I could care less what language they were speaking. And mentally challenged adults have a right to vote. And I usually have a sample ballot ahead of time as well, WITH notes on it. It’s called being informed.

  8. conner43 says:

    wmcb…maybe you had to be there…the Haitians that came here after the earthquake , are a very different group. They are very loud, very rude, and have been committing a fair amount of crimes, some violent, in Sol Fl. They are here on emergency visas. They are nothing like the peaceful, beautiful Haitians who have immigrated to Sol Fl. in the past.
    I doubt the young lady in line in front of me could tie her own shoes, we don’t let four year olds vote, she was like a tall four year old, who are notoriously hard to ‘inform.’
    With respect,So.Fl. is a third world country, and if you voted here, you might feel less noble.

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