Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Romney Needs A Booster

Mitt Romney needs a shot of testosterone. Those of you reading this column in the newspapers on Thursday will have seen the Wednesday evening debates and will know if he’s gotten one. Up to now Romney has been passive - allowing the Obama campaign and it’s Mainstream Media Minions to define him. I observed him up close at least six times and interviewed him once during the 2008 election cycle, and my impression has been that Romney is a smart guy, but that’s not enough. He’s a good administrator, manager and he’s well informed, but that’s not enough either. He’s a nice guy as well, but one thing always nagged at me when I’ve been the room with him and that is: He lacks chutzpah. He knows what the country needs, but I don’t get the impression that he feels it in his gut. I haven’t sensed fire in his belly.

I wonder if he’s ever been in a physical fight and I sense that he hasn’t. When you’re punching it out with someone, rolling around in the dirt trying to hit the other guy, you know how he’s feeling. You know how much fight is in him and you know if it’s greater than or less than how much you feel in yourself. I want Romney to win, but I know he has to man up if he’s going to thrash his opponent.

He should have known the Mainstream Media would be protecting Obama and would be gunning for him - but rather than fight them, he has allowed the media to control him and his message. He’s reacted to them rather than emphasize his own vision. For example: when Radical Muslim Arabs attacked the US Embassy in Cairo, burned the American flag and raised the al Qaeda flag, our staff there kissed up and apologized for an obscure film trailer on Youtube that had only 300 hits worldwide. Mitt Romney rightly criticized the Obama State Department for groveling, but when Obama’s media lapdogs jumped on Romney, he should have responded to them saying: “Hey. Why are you all following me around? Enemy flags are flying over our embassies! Go ask the president why his Middle East policy is disintegrating! Do your job! When I get into the White House, I’ll fix it but until January you have to ask Obama what’s going on instead of kissing his butt. He’s supposed to be in charge here!”
"Hey! Do your job!" he said. I wish.

Can you picture Romney doing that? I can’t. I could picture Newt Gingrich doing it, but not the Romney I’ve known so far.

When Obama’s media minions asked Romney about his 47% remarks, he should have said something like: “Well, when half the country doesn’t pay federal income tax, they don’t have any skin in the game. They can vote for a congress and president who would tax money out of other people’s pockets and into theirs. That’s the Democrat Party’s base. We need to close down the IRS and institute a flat tax so everybody pays the same percentage. The rich still pay the most, but if you vote in people who raise taxes yours will go up too.”

He could follow up by pointing out that less than 2% of Americans do the fighting for all the rest of us. During WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, all males were subject to the draft and would have to fight when our nation went to war. That made our involvement in any war much more vital. If we still had a draft, would people tolerate half-assed wars like we’re fighting in Afghanistan? Would they put up with it when our wussy commander-in-chief gives a pull-out deadline whether we’ve won or not? He defines ‘victory’ as training the Afghans to fight for their own country, but the people we’re training are killing our own soldiers! Romney should say, “Either we smoke out and kill the Taliban, or let’s just get out of their right now!”

And, while he’s at it, Romney could bring up the $450 million we’re sending to an Egypt ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

He could tell the Mainstream Media to go ask their hero why gas prices more than doubled during his presidency, or why the national debt has gone up by 50% in the past four years, or why unemployment stays above 8% for more than three years after spending nearly a trillion dollars to prevent it from even reaching 8%! Or how about asking him why he has no plan to address looming bankruptcies in Medicare and Social Security?

During the debates, Romney could point out that liberal biographer David Maraniss found 38 fabrications in Obama’s memoir “Dreams From My Father.” As Investor’s Business Daily recommends, Romney could ask Obama: “If readers can't trust you to be honest in your autobiography, why should voters trust you with another term?”

 If Romney can do all that, he’ll win in November.


The Commodore said...

Unless Romney does this at the debate, he will lose a great number of independents. The prez is a loser, but seemingly supported by losers, and he adds to their number daily.

Texas Transplant said...

A decent man is always at a disadvantage in a fight with an unscrupulous opponent. This election is a classic Good vs. Evil confrontation. Romney will win because not all voters are stupid enough to believe the media attempts to declare the fight over before it has gone to the ballot box.

Jules H said...

I certainly hope Texas Transplant is right about who will win, but I think The Commodore (and you) are right about Romney needing to show some real guts at the debate. I'm hoping he will come through and surprise his critics with bold and incisive answers.

Anonymous said...

I am a registered Republican.....but I must say that the choice between these two is like picking your own switch.....it's gonna hurt!

Anonymous said...

Good vs. eveil indeed. And the evil Romney will lose.

Just imagine how much worse his bad poll numbers would be if the mainstream media wasn't so soft on him. Again, see the media watchdog organization, 4th Estate Project, and the infographic showing that coverage of the 2012 presidential election is biased toward Republicans, even in outlets traditionally considered part of the “liberal media.”


Or just stick your head in the sand, pretend it is not true, and cry victim. Oh, woe is me, it is so unfair...whine, whine.

Buck up, ya baby.

Rick said...

It's Tom that needs the testosterone. I picture him writing his columns wearing a big pair of diapers - WAAAAAHHHH!

Brian said...

Oh, if only the Republicans could have come up with a candidate that was as wise and manly as Tom. He has all the answers! He makes it sound so simple for what Romney has to do to win. It must be frustrating for Tom to have to deal with the ignorant, lazy masses that make up mainstream America. Ah, life as an elitist is tough.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, are we better off with an incumbant or is an absolute sitting duck to be unseated, or with a candidate who is too incompetent to knock off a sitting duck?

Or to put it another way, who's the bigger fool - the fool or the man who can't beat the fool?

Bob said...

To not be able to beat Obama in this election it takes people who are INCREDIBLY out of touch with the pulse of America - people like Rmoney, Ryan, and mcLAUGHlin.

Anonymous said...

About Obama's book - it subtitled "A STORY of race and inheritence", and in it he explains that the characters have been condensed and combined.

Anonymous said...

There was a great cartoon I saw the other day that showed a young Paul Ryan in school. His teacher is handing back a math paper with a bad grade, and telling him "Your numbers don't add up." Ryan is upset and thinking "@(#*# liberal media bias!"

Anonymous said...

Some years back Republican party chair Rich Bond explained that conservatives' frequent denunciations of ‘liberal bias’ in the media were part of ‘a strategy’ (Washington Post, 8/20/92). Comparing journalists to referees in a sports match, Bond explained: ‘If you watch any great coach, what they try to do is “work the refs.” Maybe the ref will cut you a little slack next time.’”

William Kristol, a neoconservative commentator was even more blunt:
‘I admit it,’ Kristol told The New Yorker. ‘The whole idea of the 'liberal media' was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures.’”

Tom know this. But he uses the old strategy of repeating a lie often enough until people start to believe it.

A dishonest man is a shameless disgrace.

Doug said...

“The biggest lie fed the American people by conservative pundits is that the United States is dominated by the ‘liberal media.’ As if Rupert Murdoch, Michael Eisner, General Electric, Time-Warner AOL and Viacom are owned and operated by liberals.

“Not only are these folks ultra-conservatives, but the people they hire to voice their opinions are so far to the right, they give independent journalism a dirty name. No, my friends, the corporate media is in the hands of right-wing kooks parading as moderates and pushing the political envelope further and further to the right.”

But don't be too hard on Tom. Maybee he really is just ignorant, and not a dirty liar.

Tom McLaughlin said...

One of the numerous posters remaining anonymous above said:

"About Obama's book - it [sic] subtitled "A STORY of race and inheritence", and in it he explains that the characters have been condensed and combined."

I should point out that the book jacket also indicated that its "Author" Barack Obama, was born in Kenya. That little factoid remained in subsequent reprints well into 2002.

So, who was the originator of the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya?

Obama himself.

I put "author" in quotes because Obama's old buddy, the left-wing terrorist Bill Ayers - whom Obama tries to deny knowing - claims to have written "Dreams From My Father."

Barack Obama is a chronic liar. You support him? What does that make you?

Doug said...

You are claiming you saw a "book jacket" that said Obama was born in Kenya? Or did you read about it on a conservative website? In the words of Willard Rmoney., I bet you $10,000 you can't produce one of Obama's books that says that. You have just proven beyond a doubt that you are a sucker to the utmost degree of the neocon Lying Machine.

The fact that you responded with this stupid accusation, and couldn't deny all the other posts shows just how pathetic you are.

Anonymous said...

Just watched the "debate".

So much for chutzpah.


Tom McLaughlin said...

It was a companion booklet by Obama's literary agent - part of the promotional literature. You can see it here:


Anonymous said...

Ah, so now it is not a "book Jacket", but some supposed promotional crap put out by a literary agent.

Still waiting on replies to other posts...

Alex said...


Just what popped up at the top of my first Google search. Obviously the Huffington Post has a bias, but the author states at the end of the article that he can attack Obama on his policies rather than this point. Just figured I'd post it.

Anonymous said...

Boy, Tom sure shut up quickly after being called out for his lie. What does that make him?

Awake said...

..."I often hear the uneducated and unaware claim that America and its principles have been a bane to the rest of the world. They say America is at the center of the vampire squid, flailing its vicious tentacles against innocent foreign civilizations. This is an oversimplification at best. The crimes that these well-meaning but na├»ve activists scorn cannot be attributed to “America” because the American ideal has been completely abandoned by those in the seat of power in our modern era. We do not live in “America” — at least, not the America that the Founding Fathers and authors of the Constitution created. Therefore, the original philosophy that gave birth to America is not the issue, the abuse and neglect of that philosophy is.
America has been ransacked and deformed into a hideous lampoon of its former self. This has been done for the most part through the destruction of the guiding principles we pretend we still hold onto as a culture, but in reality have cast aside. If we are ever to undo the damage that has already been done, we have to rediscover what the original design of America was. Wailing and growling about the inadequacies of the present does nothing unless we also establish where it is that we have fallen from grace. What is America supposed to be? What did the Founders truly intend?
America Is Supposed To Be Controlled By The People
The concept of a Republic revolves around a reversal of the traditional narrative of power. Throughout most of history, government stood at the top of the pyramid, where the hands of a few dominated the destinies of the citizenry. The future was a matter for the elites, not the peasants, to be concerned with. The American Republic, as designed by the revolutionary colonists who defeated the old oligarchy (at least for a time), flipped the role of government to servant rather than master. The goal was to make government tangible and accountable rather than abstract and untouchable. The America of today has no such accountability anymore.

We have a two-party system that pursues the mechanizations of globalism in tandem, not in contest. When both parties have the same desires and goals, when both parties collude to remove civil liberties rather than protect them, and when both parties are funded by the same corporate backers, there is no such thing as change through the process of elections. Anyone who claims that government corruption can be punished through the ballot box hasn’t the slightest clue how our system really functions. They think we are still living in the original “America,” one that values the voice of the people.
When the government decides to push through banker bailouts, the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, etc., all while ignoring opposition by a vast majority of citizens, it is clear that the paradigm has shifted and the American value of representation by and for the people is lost..."

Continued at prisonplanet.org

Anonymous said...

Nowhere in the site that Tom referred to did it say anything about the book jacket to "Dreams of My Father" as Tom claimed.

How typical. Standard operating procedure for Tom to take some information and twist and spin it, with no regard for the truth, until it says what he wants.

Tom calling people chronic liars is like Romney calling people insensitive to the Middle class.

Anonymous said...

Romney contradicted himself several times, both on his tax plan (claiming he wouldn’t raise taxes, while simultaneously claiming he would eliminate deductions) and his health care reform record (claiming his plan covered pre-existing conditions when, last week, he explicitly stated it didn’t). Romney won the debate, but he wouldn't have if Obama had effectively called him on it. No 47% remarks or attacks on his "loop hole eliminations" to eliminate the deficit, even though there aren't enough to cover his tax cuts that he so conveniently changed his mind about last night. He told the people what they wanted to hear and didn't back it up and Obama didn't capitalize. Romney bailed from Baine after the 08 event, he's a quitter and a liar, altering his appeals to gain mainstream support. You support him? What does that make YOU?
By the way Mr. McLaughlin, class was fun and it helped me out a lot. I might not have agreed with you on everything, but you were definitely a great teacher to me.. - AJ Worcester

Rick said...

Tom tends to dissapear when he is caught in a fib...the LIE and FLY technique common with chickens.

Tom McLaughlin said...

It's almost as if Romney read this column. He kicked Obama's ass all over the stage. I loved it.

My condolences to all you leftist harpies. Must have been tough for you to watch.

Obama had to come out of his protective cocoon last night and answer some real questions. He had to stand there while his sorry performance over the past four years was hung up for all to examine.

And he couldn't use his teleprompter.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Thanks AJ. Nice to hear from you.

Rick said...

"...come out of his protective cocoon and answer some real questions"

Something you are unwilling to do. lol.

The debate was a joke, or as awake said, a "hideous lampoon". Neither one answered the questions asked, instead just blurted out their tired old stump talks.

Will there be a bump in the polls because of the debate? Maybe a little, but it won't really matter.

No response to AJ's critique of Romney? Oh year, you avoid the truth.

Fly on my little chicken.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the many pundits saying that Romney wasn't great, but did no real damage to himself, and that Obama obviously lacked in all the debate prep time afforded to a non-President. THe line that sticks out for me was..."five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big, bold idea is … never mind.”

Oh yeah, and Romney saying something goofy about Big Bird.

Anonymous said...

Wait a second. You're all bickering over an election that is simply not fair. Nor real. The electoral college? Seriously? Hahaha!!

Unless there is a popular vote these "elections" are an absurd affront to true democracy! A complete joke.

Come on people. Have we really gotten this dumb?

Anonymous said...

You should have been around in the time of our founding fathers and convinced THEM it was a joke. Or work on getting the Constitution changed. But until then we have to deal (and bicker) with it.

Anonymous said...

Hey genius, the electoral college WAS necessary 200 years ago when people traveled by horse. Not now!

Get informed, please.

There is no reason we shouldn't be using a popular vote. None.

Go ahead, cast your "vote", which doesn't count. The only "vote" that counts is by your super secret electoral college rep. I honestly can't believe people participate in this.

Anonymous said...

From nytimes 2008

.."America's outdated Electoral College

On Dec. 15, the United States will endure a quadrennial ritual born in the economics and politics of slavery and the quill-pen era. Members of the Electoral College are scheduled to meet in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to formally choose the next president.

There is no real doubt about how the electors will vote, but it is disturbing that they have any role at all in making this vital choice in the 21st century. The Electoral College is more than just an antiquated institution: It actively disenfranchises voters and occasionally (think 2000) makes the candidate with fewer popular votes president. American democracy would be far stronger without it.

There is no reason to feel sentimental about the Electoral College. One of the main reasons the founders created it was slavery. The Southern states liked the fact that their slaves, who would be excluded from a direct vote, would be counted - as three-fifths of a white person - when Electoral College votes were apportioned."

The founders also were concerned, in the day of the wooden printing press, that voters would not have enough information to choose candidates. It was believed that it would be easier for them to vote for local officials, whom they knew more about, to be electors. It is hard to imagine that voters thought they did not know enough about Barack Obama and John McCain by Election Day this year.

And, while these reasons for the Electoral College have lost all relevance, its disadvantages loom ever larger. To start, the system excludes many voters from a meaningful role in presidential elections..."

Con't at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/opinion/20iht-edelect.1.17997223.html?_r=0

Anonymous said...

I never said I agree with the electoral college, I actually would much prefer a popular vote. But until the Constitution is changed, it is what it is.

You seem to think the solution is to have nobody vote. Brilliant. How does that make anything better?

The Supreme court may be in the balance over the next president's term. Maybe some voters care not to have abortion rights taken away, or vice versa. The winner of this election could pick justices that determine this, could they not? That is just one example. It is fine and dandy that you don't like the system - fight to change it. But insulting others for making personal choices that may matter to them is obnoxious.

Anonymous said...

Insulting? Really?

You'd "prefer" a popular vote but don't want to do anything as crazy as protesting,or any other form of civil disobedience, because you don't want to rock the boat?

As it is the current system is a comete joke. The corporate media are complicit in selling the lie . Civil disobedience is what we have left. That's it.

Abortion rights? Whatever. Supreme Court? Whatever.
The president does what he is told by his corprprate banker backers. Period. It's time for us to put an end to this. Seems like you enjoy being a slave though. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Once again you are being obnoxious and condescending.

Who says I, or others who vote, are not protesting?

Just because the right to life, or freedom of choice, is not important to YOU, then you poo-poo it for all? How can you not see how obnoxious that is?

Instead of riding in here on your high horse and start mocking people and calling them slaves, why not do something constructive here. I would be genuinly interested in finding out what civil disobedience you have found to be most effective. In your experience, what can we do that will best help change this awful system?

Anonymous said...

Abortion is not a priority right now. Not even close. We have far graver issues to deal with before abortion. It' isn't that I don't care,it's that we have much bigger fish to fry. Much bigger. The list is long. Ending the fed is a great start. As is a common sense tax code for all Americans. Ending the electoral college. Getting rid of the corporate grip on congress as well as AIPAC'S..Corporations cannot be considered people. Super pacs have to go. Our foreign policy, which is pushed by the corporations who reap vast profits, has to change.we do to police the world. Drone strikes have to end in country's we aren't at war with. Congressional approval is constitutionally necessary before we land in foreign soil. Back to the gold standard. Enough madness. Patriot act has to go. Banking regulations are a must. Gitmo? You have to be kidding me. And on and on. So, no, abortion, while important has no place I. The conversation right now. None. The only reason it is is because the corporate media loves an emotionally charged distraction. A distraction from the unconstituional madness running through dc. How about healthcare? The most powerful nation on the planet can't take care of its own in a reasonable way? My health is a commodity!! Please.

Where is the media? What has happened? Where is the journalist with the integrity to hold Obama,a responsible for his actions, which are in line with the neo con agenda.

What to do? Well for one. We all need to stop playing along with this corprprate nightmare. How? I think about that constantly. Never said I had the answers. But I feel compelled to try and help people see that we are complicit in the lie by playing along with such bs as the presidential election. Divide and conquer. It's easy to get people to bicker about something as horrific as abortion. Meanwhile the illegal fed continues to print money at will. Or our president is running guns and drugs in Mexico!

I am completely baffled as to why the majority can't see that it doesn't matter who wins an election.. Actually, i think most do, but wont let their ego take the hit,or its just easier to go along. dont rock the boat.The agenda will be carried out either way. Just look at the past four years.

Anonymous said...

Abortion is just one area which the election could effect. Another is pollution and global warming. These are extremely important and which president is elected WILL make a difference. Plus, the make-up of the Supreme Court will affect very important parts of our lives for years to come.....Corporations are people> It needs to be overturned.

Why should people who care about these issues NOT try and vote accordingly? Do you think the "protest" of not voting will affect anything? Sure I think it is a great idea to fight and try and change our system, but until we are successful I see no reason to take other actions (like voting) that can help, even if just a little, with issues we care about.

Anonymous said...

What part of this do you not get? There is NO difference! It doesn't matter who wins because both candidates answer to the same money!!! Divide and conquer!!! Hello!!!!

Do you think they give a s$&@ about global warming or abortion? Please...come on......this explains a lot

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are really dense if you do not see that some politicians fight harder and create more anti-pollution regulations than others, or if you don't realize that which Supreme Court justices are chosen DO make a drastic difference with the decisions made.

Too dense to carry on this conversation. Go bury your head back in the sand.

Anonymous said...

Uh, yeah, if the president is a puppet then that means the puppet masters are really picking the Supreme Court candidates. Do I really need to connect the dots? My god...for example, look at how many ex Monsanto employees work for the FDA. Gee, I wonder why???

It's all a lie. Supreme Court? Whatever. When congress lets the constitution get shredded, especially by mr constitutional scholar Obama ( Ndaa, wiretapping, gitmo, drone kills, etc.) then what's the point? You think they matter? Please....

Keep hittin snooze........

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing people as dopey as you don't vote.

Get back in your cellar with a shot gun, you have said too much, they are coming for you......

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Please, refute any of it. You can't, I know, but go ahead and try.

Typical. Can't respond so play the crazy card...ha!

No really, look into the FDA and Monsanto. The same Monsanto that uses GMO seeds that cause cancer. Please. Learn something useful.

Obama. You know he has lied and killed the constitution.

Back to sleep. Get ready to " vote" er, I mean, recommend a candidate to your states electoral college. Hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Here it is again. Please read....this is no conspiracy or daydream here people. Please, wake up

...."But perhaps the most egregious assault will be carried out by the fossil fuel industry. Obama, who presided over the repudiation of the Kyoto Accords and has done nothing to halt the emission of greenhouse gases, reversed 20 years of federal policy when he permitted the expansion of fracking and offshore drilling. And this acquiescence to big oil and big coal, no doubt useful in bringing in campaign funds, spells disaster for the planet. He has authorized drilling in federally protected lands, along the East Coast, Alaska and four miles off Florida’s Atlantic beaches. Candidate Obama in 2008 stood on the Florida coastline and vowed never to permit drilling there.

You get the point. Obama is not in charge. Romney would not be in charge. Politicians are the public face of corporate power. They are corporate employees. Their personal narratives, their promises, their rhetoric and their idiosyncrasies are meaningless. And that, perhaps, is why the cost of the two presidential campaigns is estimated to reach an obscene $2.5 billion. The corporate state does not produce a product that is different. It produces brands that are different. And brands cost a lot of money to sell.

You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is."

Chris hedges truthdig.com