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    The Economist's take on Mitt Romney ... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:13:43 PM EST
    ... is both blunt and caustic:

    "[C]ompetence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character. Would that Candidate Romney had indeed presented himself as a solid chief executive who got things done. Instead he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected. In some areas, notably social policy and foreign affairs, the result is that he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop; in others, especially to do with the economy, the lack of details means that some attractive-sounding headline policies prove meaningless (and possibly dangerous) on closer inspection. Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind. America won't vote for that man; nor would this newspaper. The convention offers Mr Romney his best chance to say what he really believes."


    "Mr Romney may calculate that it is best to keep quiet: the faltering economy will drive voters towards him. It is more likely, however, that his evasiveness will erode his main competitive advantage. A businessman without a credible plan to fix a problem stops being a credible businessman. So does a businessman who tells you one thing at breakfast and the opposite at supper. Indeed, all this underlines the main doubt: nobody knows who this strange man really is. It is half a decade since he ran something. Why won't he talk about his business career openly? Why has he been so reluctant to disclose his tax returns? How can a leader change tack so often? Where does he really want to take the world's most powerful country? It is not too late for Mr Romney to show America's voters that he is a man who can lead his party rather than be led by it. But he has a lot of questions to answer in Tampa."

    BTD (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:40:54 PM EST
    you have a nice radio voice. I finally got to listen!

    Yeah, kind of a hybrid between Click and Clack... (none / 0) (#6)
    by magster on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:19:31 PM EST
    ... and Paul Harvey.

    Not making the news much... (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 08:58:45 PM EST
    is this crazy bit of right wing terrorism.  If these guys were Muslim, it would be front page news.

    Right wing sedition. (none / 0) (#21)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:05:56 PM EST
    Juan Cole writes about this today in (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:08:51 PM EST
    "Informed Comment."  Same conclusion plus, where were those dedicated to "keeping us safe"?  

    Informed Comment: (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:11:31 PM EST
    I will definitely listen to this podcast. (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 09:34:26 PM EST
    Thanks for the heads up.  

    Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:02:09 PM EST
    ... of Politico scored an interview with Mitt Romney, in which he ostensibly outlined his plan for governance.

    Now maybe it's just me, but I'm at a loss to find much discussion of any such plan in the article itself -- titled, strangely enough, "Mitt Romney outlines his governing plan to POLITICO" -- with the possible exception of the following parapgraph:

    "Romney pledged to bring corporate order to the West Wing. He promised to issue a checklist for his first 100 days, similar to the printed scorecard he used in Massachusetts; treat his Cabinet like a board of directors; and try to restart the economy using the hands-on management style that made him hundreds of millions of dollars."

    For the rest of the article, Romney mostly talks about himself and the campaign. Of note, he dismisses talk of him not being likeable, mentioning that he was elected president of his college fraternity at BYU:

    "They don't call them fraternities at Brigham Young University. They're called Service Clubs. It was the Cougar Club. But you don't get voted to be head of your group if you don't get along with people, if you don't connect with people."

    As my late grandmother would say, Politico is all meringue, and no filling.

    How bad can the threatened mutiny (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:29:24 PM EST
    at the Republican convention get I wonder?

    It's not (none / 0) (#11)
    by jbindc on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:22:49 AM EST
    They reached a deal.  

    But it was great theater on a slow news day for the talking heads to dissect!


    Smoking pot b/4 age 18 may (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:20:41 AM EST
    lower IQ as an adult:


    8 points! (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:45:09 AM EST
    It's a wonder I'm not drooling on my keyboard and howling at the moon!

    How can we know you (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:02:23 AM EST

    [Cryptic-ism intentional.]


    Because if I was drooling on my keyboard... (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:06:28 AM EST
    chances are it wouldn't be working properly.  As for the howling at the moon--well, I guess you'll just have to trust me on that.

    Don't sweat it bro... (none / 0) (#18)
    by kdog on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:10:55 AM EST
    I think any decline would be due to the IQ test being culturally biased;)

    You'd score through the roof on a wisdom quotient test!


    Stupid sexy Kiwi's! (none / 0) (#19)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:29:34 AM EST
    I would think any decline would likely be from being under anesthesia so many times before I even hit 13 than the kind bud.  

    Or, maybe I was just a super genius to start with.


    Super Genius... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by kdog on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:56:42 AM EST
    that's the ticket, I concur.  

    IQ, like money, ya can't take it with ya!  F*ck it;)


    I guess we need to send more teens to (none / 0) (#9)
    by observed on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:52:54 AM EST
    jail/detention, to save their IQs.

    Likely so! Perhaps Kdog and (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:57:19 AM EST
    Dadler will shed some light. Or something.  

    How the Catholic Church (none / 0) (#12)
    by jbindc on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:37:07 AM EST
    Has mismanaged their finances so badly (especially the American Catholic Church).  It's really a shame, especially since it is the largest charitable organization in the country and approximately 1 million people depend on Catholic institutions for employment.

    Karl Rove was on ... (none / 0) (#13)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:31:24 AM EST
    C-Span Monday. And in the interview one could see flashes of what it would look like if the Republican were seriously contesting this election. But, either by incompetence or design, they just aren't.

    Only flashes because you could tell his heart wasn't really in this race. The only time he came alive was when Bill or Hillary came up. Or when defending W.  

    But in those flashes you saw a bit of the attack dog, but mainly how Rove can knock off the rough edges of the Republican party to appeal to suburban voters. Something the Romney campaign seems incapable of doing. And why Obama, barring something truly unforeseen, is likely to virtually run the table on the swing states.

    Listening to DKos radio today (none / 0) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:58:30 AM EST
    David W reports that the ring leader of the crazy soldiers at Fort Stewart who were planning to take over Fort Stewart and I guess kill the President too was a page at the 2008 Repubican Convention.