Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Did Mitt Romney cause Hurricane Sandy?

The proof is clear and it is time for the television attack ads: Mitt Romney caused Hurricane Sandy!

Actually, this notion is nonsense and it is not time for the attack ads, but I seek to make a point. It is no secret that since the Democratic convention I have disagreed with the tactics of the Obama campaign to be so overwhelmingly negative. I have written columns with titles such as “The great USA comeback” and “Reagan 1984, Obama 2012” and most recently “Morning in Ohio” offering reams of facts and data points about how the economic crash under Bush has become an economic comeback under Obama.


Taking a leaf from Bill Clinton's playbook

When Bill Clinton was elected and before he was inaugurated, he convened a group of experts to meet in Arkansas and plan how to deal with the "stupid economy" he'd campaigned against. He wanted to hit the floor running, and the meeting, televised to the public, projected his intention to act on his promises made during the campaign. He was a working president before he was actually the president; the opposite of a lame duck, he was a charged-up horse out of the gate.


Money and politics

Why is it that tens of millions of Americans abstain from voting, or that the majority of Americans think elected officials are not true public servants, and that barely 15 percent of the population think Congress is honest and ethical?

Why is it that so many people feel alienated and apathetic about politics?

Well, if you get out and talk to people, and if you do legitimate polling, you find that these people feel betrayed by their elected officials at the expense of big donors, lobbyists, the media, big business and special interests. And as journalist Bill Moyers says, "When so many people drop out of a system they no longer respect and which they think no longer represents them, democracy loses its legitimacy."


Knowing your candidates

Candidate Mitt Romney was born and raised in Michigan by his governor father and senatorial-candidate mother. He was governor of Massachusetts, and summers in New Hampshire. His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, is a congressman from Wisconsin.

This pair of candidates are behind in all polls in, among other places, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Their opponents are carrying their states, Illinois and Delaware, easily.


Mitt's ‘quiet on Benghazi’ strategy is smart

Since Monday night's debate, I've heard scores of Romney supporters express disappointment and surprise that Mitt Romney did not hammer away at President Obama on growing scandal regarding the attacks in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.
But it likely wasn't a Romney gaffe — Romney's near-silence on Benghazi was on purpose.


Mitt Romney campaigns for the Nobel Peace Prize!

In the third presidential debate, America was treated to the latest, newest Mitt Romney.

The former neocon sounded like the newborn pacifist. Who was that masked man who kept agreeing with President Obama, and then moving to his left?


Romney, the flip-flopper in chief

For those of us following American foreign policy, last night’s debate provided quite a surprise. Whatever happened to Mitt Romney, the gung-ho neocon challenger who has consistently criticized the president for weak leadership?

Here he was, agreeing with every policy the president had. Syria? Check. Romney agreed that there is no case for military intervention. Iran? Check. Romney agreed that military action against Iran to curb its suspected nuclear weapons program would be “the last resort” and approved of the course of “crippling sanctions.” Afghanistan? Check. Romney agreed that all American troops should be out by the end of 2014.


Foreign territory

Romney was presidential during last night’s debate: He had a staggering number of statistics available off the top of his head. The president didn’t have many of his own (any, actually, that I can recall), and couldn’t challenge Romney’s factual assertions.

The left seems exasperated at how often the two candidates agreed, and are criticizing Romney for agreeing with the president, but they shouldn’t feel that way. Foreign policy has never been a purely partisan issue. Even during the worst months of Vietnam or during the summer of 2007, there were hawkish Democrats and isolationist Republicans. There are ideological divides in foreign policy, but they do not cut evenly between the political parties. This is the one area in which we have not become polarized.


Romney’s human side

At last week's Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York, Mitt Romney further deflated the bogus image of him painted by the Obama campaign’s attack ads. The campaign’s ads almost succeeded in characterizing him as stiff, disinterested, boring and unintelligent. They did, however, forget one thing: They were all lies.
Team Obama actually began to believe their own propaganda until they faced a reality check in the first debate. The Democrats have no contingency plan for a Mitt Romney who continues to prove himself as a normal, compassionate, funny, pleasant individual.


Obama’s crowd shrinkage

In the days of yore, Obama’s appearances caused class cancellations; excited crowds of breathless students lined up early in the morning to just be in the presence of the great man.

Obama’s visit to George Mason University on Friday revealed a new normal that is devastating for his hopes for reelection.

In Northern Virginia, in the heart of the territory that Obama must do well in to have a chance at winning the commonwealth’s electoral votes again, a small, tepid crowd greeted the president on a warm October morning.