I was on Daily Kos Radio, on my own today.Podcast here:
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"[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."
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.
But it was great theater on a slow news day for the talking heads to dissect!
You'd score through the roof on a wisdom quotient test!
Or, maybe I was just a super genius to start with.
IQ, like money, ya can't take it with ya! F*ck it;)
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.