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NPR Asks: 'Did the Wheels Just Fall Off the GOP Campaign?' ...
NewsBusters.org ^ | September 22, 2012 | Tim Graham

Posted on 09/22/2012 6:14:18 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Friday's All Things Considered, NPR anchor Robert Siegel wasn't mincing words about wanting the 2012 presidential race to be over after the secret Romney tape surfaced: " What do you make of that shift, E.J.? Is it just a terrible week with several more weeks to go in the campaign or did the wheels just fall off the Republican campaign?"

Dionne temporized a little before saying the speech was "really harmful" to Romney's chances. But he was almost polite compared to "conservative" David Brooks, who dug a grave for Romney, saying he's not a "plausible alternative' to Obama and carries higher unfavorables in polls than losers like Al Gore and John McCain:

E. J. DIONNE: First, that 47 percent speech was really harmful, and there were a lot of conservatives who wrote very powerfully. David, for one, Mike Gerson for another in the Washington Post, Henry Olsen at the American Enterprise Institute; all these people said there is something just terribly wrong about saying that half of Americans are effectively takers and not makers, that they rely on other people...

ROBERT SIEGEL: Think of themselves as victims.

E.J. DIONNE: Yes. And it was just an awful statement. And so, that hurt him, but he's had a whole series of other troubles. And that the swing states have been moving Obama's way for quite a while. These polls simply confirm that. And I think some of it is something that came out at the two conventions, which is in the end, the Republican Party really has moved quite far to the right of where most Americans are, and as more information has gotten out, more Americans realize that. And I think that's a real problem for Mitt Romney.

ROBERT SIEGEL: David, what do you think about that? Is it really an issue of substance or is it terrible messaging and terrible appearances?

DAVID BROOKS: I think it's mostly Romney, frankly. I think the country would like to vote against President Obama if they had a plausible alternative. But Romney is the only candidate in modern political history where his unfavorables are higher than his favorables. John McCain, Al Gore, people who lost, had double-digit advantage in favorable. So people just don't like Romney. And the core problem is he's insincere. It's an insincere campaign. He's a non-ideological person in an ideological age and he's pretending to be something he's not.

Then NPR shifted to how the Democrats are allegedly surging in Senate races. Brooks was even pulling for Heidi Heitkamp's campaign: " I'm looking at North Dakota, which is a surprising Democratic possibility."

Brooks was a little less rough on Romney in his stint on the PBS NewsHour, as they discussed Romney's compassion in his personal life. But he had to repeat the mantra of the Mitt the Fake Ideologue, working in that Romney is a "cartoon" and even looks "stupid" in his impersonation:

BROOKS: He's faking it. I think he's a non-ideological guy running in an ideological age who is pretending to be way more ideological than he really is. And so he talks like he has this cartoon image of how I'm supposed to be talking. And, as a result, it is stupid a lot -- half the time -- not half the time, some of the time. It's an impersonation. And, so, if I were -- knowing it's too late to change who he is running as, but just be the more boring manager you are. He is a competent manager. We thought he was.


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To: Kaslin

NPR = The “Reasonable” Isvestia.

Fodder for the comrades.


41 posted on 09/22/2012 7:28:54 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (This Message Contains Privileged Attorney-Client Communications)
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To: Kaslin

From Gallup Poll data.

42 posted on 09/22/2012 7:30:54 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Kaslin

Richard Nixon was run out of office because his administration supposedly lied and covered-up an attempt to sneak a peek at a Democrat paper. The Obama Administration has lied and covered-up to evade their responsibility for the gross incompetence which resulted in the death of four Americans including a United States Ambassador who represented all of us. Which is worse? Ask your Democrat friends. Obama should resign immediately.


43 posted on 09/22/2012 7:51:48 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

I’m glad these commies are overconfident. They’re going to be in a severe state of depression on Nov. 6th.


44 posted on 09/22/2012 8:04:22 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Kaslin

Since they’re in a dead heat, we could just as easily ask why the wheels fell of the Obama campaign. Of course we all know the myriad of reasons for that. Who needs to ask?


45 posted on 09/22/2012 8:23:56 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: Kaslin

Oooh the secret tape. Its so terrible. We are doomed I tell you. What a crock. If every pollster wasn’t over sampling Dems by 11% Mitt would be winning in a landslide.


46 posted on 09/22/2012 8:25:48 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin
Here it is:


47 posted on 09/22/2012 8:30:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Huskrrrr

David Brooks knows he’s fake conservative. How is it he constantly vote for Democrats and hope they win if he’s really a Conservative


48 posted on 09/22/2012 8:36:04 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Kaslin

Romney’s not a very plausible alternative, until you think about the only other potential winner in the race, who is a godless, anti-American marxist.


49 posted on 09/22/2012 8:46:12 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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To: jjotto

It would be very unlikely Romney would veto the stopping of that funding if the Congress sent it to him. It would be very unlikely Obama would NOT veto it. It’s doubtful Romney will lead on conservative “pet issues,” but if we can get the Congress to lead on them, he’ll almost certainly follow, unlike Obama.


50 posted on 09/22/2012 8:50:01 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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To: TChad

Looks like a divining rod pointing to victory that’s shaped like a “V” which stands for victory!


51 posted on 09/22/2012 8:52:06 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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To: Huskrrrr

Oh, it gets even more fun. When NPR wants to talk about a given subject in Washington, they find a liberal Republican to come on and say, “Boy, these Tea Party types are wacky.” Then, one someone says they’re biased, they say, “Ho could we be, we have so many Republicans on!”


52 posted on 09/22/2012 8:58:45 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Reagan @ only 39/Mondale +5/Dukakis +17/McCain +3...panic is unwarranted. So is complacency.)
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To: Kaslin

Evidently the White House has sent out a new talking point memo.


53 posted on 09/22/2012 9:12:32 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: TChad
Nice visual with those graph lines.

It reminds me of a hand with the fingers poised to SNAP!

54 posted on 09/22/2012 9:13:05 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Kaslin

EJ Dionne is a cheerleader for the liberals.

He wrote off the Tea Party many times, just like he is doing to Mitt now:
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_tea_party_is_yesterdays_news_20110525/


55 posted on 09/22/2012 9:38:49 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: TChad

So Romney closed a 4 point gap in 3 weeks.

If current trends continue until election day, Romney will win by 8.


56 posted on 09/22/2012 9:48:51 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: Kaslin

Let me see — the Middle East is on fire,the US economy is in the tank and the Obongo Bozo administration can’t get their stories straight about our dead Ambassador and the Moslem riots.

And, somehow, Romney’s campaign is over because he spoke the truth about moochers (my words — which is why I am not a politician!)!

The gang that can only lie has got to go!


57 posted on 09/22/2012 9:53:28 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: GeronL
The Eastwood empty chair and the 47% thing HELPED Romney

Now, there's an idea for some centimillionaire out there who'd like to do something academic.

Endow a chair of poli sci at some PC university and specify that it is to be "The Eastwood Chair of Conservative Political Apologetics". They'll hate it, they'll stroke out, but they'll take the money -- esp. if it endows a teaching/research chair worth north of $200K/year.

58 posted on 09/22/2012 11:02:14 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: WOSG
If current trends continue until election day, Romney will win by 8.

Something like that. I expect Romney to really start pulling away after the debates, since voters who usually avoid politics will pay attention. They will finally get around to comparing their rosy 2008 fantasies about Obama's presidency with the dismal 2012 reality.

59 posted on 09/22/2012 11:21:52 PM PDT by TChad
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To: jjotto
And there’s no hint that Romney finds this kind of funding the least bit objectionable.

You're dead wrong. Romney flatly stated months ago he would cut the funding. Perhaps you should take your own tagline's advice and look stuff up?

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"Friendly questions from five participants ranged from how he'd rein in medical costs (jettison Obamacare and sell health care like shoes and food and other consumer products) to where he'd cut government spending (his list includes the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides some funding to NPR.)"

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/05/18/153016190/romney-phones-his-campaign-message-into-swing-states

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60 posted on 09/22/2012 11:35:52 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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