Mitt Romney just isn't that into partisan politics, and it shows. So says New York Times columnist David Brooks. "Mitt Romney does not have the passion for the stuff he's talking about," Brooks said on NBC's "Meet The Press".
"He's a problem solver. I think he's a non-ideological person running in an extremely ideological age, and he's faking it." Brooks says the Republican presidential nominee has limited options. "I'd go to what he's been for the last several decades of his life: be a PowerPoint guy. Say 'I'm making a sales pitch to the country here are the four things I'm going to reform.'"
Over at The New Yorker, writer Nicholas Lemann has a similar diagnosis of Romney's political woes. Romney is "a product of a series of interconnected, tightly enclosed worlds, with their own rules: Mormonism, business school, management consulting, private equity." Rather than backslap on the campaign trail, Romney's "a transaction man: someone who moves assets around with a speed and force that leaves many of the rest of us bewildered."
Mitt Romney is a liberal, but he'll have to do for now. As long as we get him a Tea Party congress/senate he will do the will of the people. The senate/congress races are what's most important. People, please vote wisely and remember it is the money of your children and grandchildren that Democrats want to squander.
@MongoAPillager Massachusetts is a funny state. It likes its Congressional reps to be guys like Ted Kennedy and Barney Frank but seems to really like conservative Republicans for governor.
My point is that Mr. Romney is pretty conservative and his success in Massachusetts doesn't contradict that. Before you leap to the keyboard in rebuttal, I understand you disagree, but you know, being to your left isn't the same as being liberal - there's a whole lot of less conservative people over here, too.
@AceLuby I'm sorry, but you've been misinformed, I'm sure by the public school system, but obama is by no means center- right. He is to the left with karl marx. Bill Clinton is more conservative than obama. No one who was truly center-right would ever push for a mandate from the government telling you what you must buy.
More passion, less passion, either way nothing is going to change in washington. And Romney is not a step in a better direction, just another republican step away from the ideals they talk about. What a dissapointing election season. it cant even be dumbed down to the lesser of two evils. its just depressing that of all the bright folks out there and this is the best we can do
Personally, I think this entire campaign season is a scam. I thing the "powers that be" (and control the White House, etc. in this country) have decided that Obama should have a second term -- which would totally explain why they're running Mittens, who is such a weak, clueless candidate.
Yes, that's correct. But I think we can count on him nuking Obama in the debates. And I'm sure Ryan will make Biden look like a complete moron in the VP debate. I think the only way the Republicans would do badly in the debates is if the liberal moderators act biased against them.
A bit more self-disclosure, yes, but please, more offhand critiques of aeronautical engineering, like this,“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous." (LA Times)
I sure don't see a lock of passion. In fact I think he has great passion and I don't think for one moment he is faking his passion. I believe Romney is a good man who thinks he will be a great President. But as one of the 47% he insulted, he isn't the man I want to see as President.
I think those criticisms are accurate. The problem is, he can't just fake passion for the campaign trail because people will see through it.
Romney is at his best when he talks about things he knows well and doesn't worry about saying what he thinks his audience wants to hear. Unfortunately, that's rarely the case. But for example, if you ever hear him tell a story about his family, you can really hear the sincerity and get a feel for his genuine love for them. I wish he'd do that more often.
"Romney's "a transaction man: someone who moves assets around with a speed and force that leaves many of the rest of us bewildered".
This statement alone. ALONE. Sounds good to me. I'm not sure how much more passion people want. I sure know what I don't want more of, and that's Obama trying to tell that we are better off then we were 4 years ago. If you ask me we have had four years of "Bumps in the road".
Romneys got my vote. I would like to see some smooth sailing for a while. And I'm willing to give someone else that chance.
Mitt is what he was raised to be... an aloof elitist. So when he doesn't seem to understand the lifestyle or concerns of common citizens, it's because he really has no experience in this area. He never had to count the change in his pocket to see if he could afford a hamburger. He never had to apply for a job that he wasn't assured of getting because of his family connections. He thinks Dressage and yachting are sports. He just doesn't get it and never will.