Skip to comments.Vanity: Nice Guys
Posted on 11/06/2012 10:52:06 PM PST by Wuli
If the opposing candidate is a thug, and your candidate refuses to admit that and thinks all that he has to do is be mister nice guy, to win, you can be sure he won't.
Human decency needs no defense.
Let Obama have the poisoned chalice of his victory. He has NO mandate and no right to do anything in our name.
Add in the fact that our nice guy holds some of the same positions as their bad guy, and only wants to do what the left wants to do at a slower pace and then you really have the recipe for the Mega-disaster we are seeing.
Romney had a better chance playing mister nice guy than not.
This country is split down the middle and slants to squishy. If he was to gather any goo to pack the bearings— he had to play it nice.
I hated him and said awful nasty things about him and his family during the primaries. I was wrong, Romney is a good guy.
I still don’t like his politics but the politics I prefer are in the minority and can’t win. It is just a sad reality.
He wants revenge.
He has the whole government to punish his enemies, the American people.
America as we used to know it has passed to a former age.
It’s interesting. While I thought Romney would win, I was perpetually bugged by his passivity. Rather than attacking Obama, he would use phrases like “He tried, but it didn’t work”. That gave the impression that Obama was trying to improve things. Thus, in many minds, Obama just didn’t have enough time to correct Bush’s mistakes.
Illegal immigration has turned us into MEXICO-LITE, but WE GIVE THEM FREEBIES!!
Romney was the wrong candidate. I said that from the start. I hoped for the best...but as late as August it seemed to me that Romney wasn’t even trying.
“Human decency needs no defense.”
Romney was a class act even in debate #1, but he still laid into Obama.
“He has NO mandate” His mandate is to keep birth control legal and show up on The View every four years. The GOP House has a mandate to stop his tax hikes.
I guess we could dissect this until the sun burns out, but we don’t need to tear Romney down for this loss.
Romney did not lose this race against Obama.... Romney lost this race against the greatest enemies of our time, the MSM. These vicious bastards have deliberately caused more damage to our country/society than any terrorist has ever done and likely ever will.
It doesn’t matter who our candidate might be, if we don’t figure out how to eliminate this threat, we will never see victory.
“Romney lost this race against the greatest enemies of our time, the MSM. These vicious bastards have deliberately caused more damage to our country/society than any terrorist has ever done and likely ever will.” ....”It doesnt matter who our candidate might be, if we dont figure out how to eliminate this threat, we will never see victory.”
Reagan did it, and he was excoriated brutally in the MSM, as a candidate, every time, and while in office, and more viciously than any of the attacks on Romney.
What he had that Romney lacked was the onservative intellectual depth and the communication skills to use it well, to make a Conservative argument in the plain langauge of the everyday man and woman, without bogging them down in policy minutia that only becomes grist for the MSM mill.
“but as late as August it seemed to me that Romney wasnt even trying.”
I think the “Independents” and Libertarians and Conservatives outside the GOP saw that too. The way the GOP Convention was staged it could have came across to the unconvinced as if Romney was acting as if getting the GOP nomination was all he had to do.
We supplied the crowds at his campaign stop rallies, but we were not the ones he needed to campaign TO.
“That gave the impression that Obama was trying to improve things. Thus, in many minds, Obama just didnt have enough time to correct Bushs mistakes.”
That was ONE of Romney’s big mistakes.
The thinking of Obama and his biggest supporters was that everything that was wrong was due to (a)things George W. Bush did and (b) conditions “Obama inherited”.
But Obama did not “inherit” Obamacare, or Dodd-Frank, or his attacks on traditional energy producers; or his wasteful spending on “alternative” energy companies; or his non-stiumulating drunken-spending “stimulus”; or his joint engineering with Harry Reid of no real Federal Budget legislation in 2010, 2011 or 2012; or his intellectual and legal morphing of Roe-V-Wade from a right to abortion to a right to abortion with someone else required to pay for it, even when that someone is a faith-based institution to whom abortion is against their moral principles; or a zillion other things that have collectively held the economy hostage to his economy recking policy agenda.
That - present conditions are not Obama’s fault (but they are evil banks, evil Wall Street and evil Bush’s fault) - was a major mindset among the vast uninformed in the country as well.
Romney NEVER strongly countered it; he let it slide “off him”, but that only suggested it was not Romney’s fault “either”, it did not strongly dispute the premise.
We knew the premise was wrong, Romney knew the premise was wrong but we were not the ones that needed convincing and Romney had no big move to get that across to those who did.
One of the big “communication style” differences between Ronald Reagan and Romney is that Reagan knew that it was not he his opponent was talking to - ever - it was those listening his opponent was talking to and he knew when his opponent was relying on their ignorance, and that was why he gave the listeners what THEY needed to hear.
Sometimes Romney acted as if the whole population knew Obama was lying, as if EVERYONE was seeing that, when far too many people were drunk on Obama’s koolaid and Romney never showed them Obama was the naked emperor. Romney acted as if NO ONE needed any convincing of that. Reagan would not have seen it that way. He never took his audience for granted.
“Romney had a better chance playing mister nice guy than not.”
Romney may have needed to be Mister Nice Guy in the personal way; but he took it too far and was too much Mister Nice guy ON SUBSTANCE.
He needed to channel Ronald Reagan who could be Mister Nioe guy while ripping his opponents ideas to shreds.
Romney lacked the communication skills to treat Obama personally as an O.K. guy, while eviscerating a policy argument of Obama’s.
“Human decency needs no defense.”
I know Mitt is a very decent guy, and I respect that and I respect that he needed no campaign strategy wonk to get him to come across that way to Obama, personally.
And I have no problem with that - the personal.
But Mitt was too much Mister Nice Guy ON SUBSTANCE.
As I said in another response on this thread, Ronald Reagan was a nice guy, a really decent man and he treated his opponents with decency on the personal level, but he knew how to do that AND still eviscerate and shred their ideas and their policies - their substance; Romney did not.