Too nice to win
Posted by aogFriday, 10 May 2013 at 11:46 TrackBack Ping URL

The Hill has published a claim that the Romney campaign actively avoided airing an advertisement about Benghazi and the utter failure of the Obama Administration. This is precisely why the GOP is the stupid party — they hold back for frankly no rational reason in attacking their opponents on substantive issues like this. I think one reason for this is for fear of a bad reaction from Old Media. If the GOP could actually understand that Old Media is basically a Tranzi propaganda machine that is never going to be supportive or even fair to the GOP then the GOP would be far more likely to campaign on actual issues.

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Robert M Mitchell Jr. Friday, 10 May 2013 at 12:46

I don’t know about that. We saw how the Press reacted to Benghazi in the debates. I’m pretty sure that such an ad would have been ripped apart and used by the Press for endless attacks on Romney right before the election. The Press has gone crazy, and, alas, the sane get the blame when the crazy go off. Just an ugly fact of life, and one I don’t know how to fix.

erp Friday, 10 May 2013 at 13:48

Hi Robert. You are unfortunately right.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 10 May 2013 at 15:15


I am sure that would have happened, because it happened to the advertisements and statements Romney did make. My point is that will always happen, regardless of the content, so the GOP might as well go for the throat. Better to have something damaging to the opponent associated with that, as opposed to just letting them get free shots.

Robert M Mitchell Jr. Friday, 10 May 2013 at 19:24

I am aware of that, but it’s a tricky thing to deal with, and I hate to be a back street driver. The man got closer to President then I ever will.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 10 May 2013 at 19:30

Here’s the payoff from that restraint — the White House implies that Benghazi is just a trumped issue because Governor Romney brought it up during the campaign. There is no upside to restraint, only the downside of not getting the issue out.

Robert M Mitchell Jr. Friday, 10 May 2013 at 20:36

Yes, but it seems to be failing the laugh test. Second, alas, we don’t elect “mean” guys in this country, and pushing it issue would look “mean”. Romney did want to get elected. We would be having quite different hearings now if he had, yes?

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 10 May 2013 at 21:09

We don’t elect “mean” guys in this country? What about Obama? Even former President Nixon wasn’t as mean as Obama. What about Governor Chris Cristie who, while not nearly in Obama’s league, is nationally famous for being not nice? Beyond that, are you implying that Romney was not portrayed as “mean” despite his restraint? My point again is that the restraint shown in the original post gains nothing. All the bad results you claim from it happened anyway. How exactly could it have been worse than Romney giving cancer to former employee’s wives? Why not take advantage of it, since he paid the price?

Robert M Mitchell Jr. Saturday, 11 May 2013 at 10:38

Obama was the cheerful guy, smiling, “Hope and Change”, the Unicorn Rider, Mr. Bipartisan. You and I know better, but that is what the Press showed the country. Remember all the “Halo” pictures? Heck, you brought up Nixon. Don’t you remember the “New Nixon”, the kinder, gentler one that actually got to be President? And, of course, the Press tried to make Reagan “mean”, but couldn’t. Thus, the “Teflon President”, remember. That is what Successful Republican candidates are aiming for. There is no guaranteed formula for winning the President, but the winning formula seems clearly in the direction of “Happy Warrior”.

Bret Saturday, 11 May 2013 at 22:59

aog wrote: “We don’t elect “mean” guys in this country? What about Obama?

It looks to me like most people view him as being nice in the personal and charismatic sense. You clearly don’t like him, but that doesn’t mean that he appears mean to most people.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 12 May 2013 at 09:12

I think Obama has no shortage of comments that reveal as a mean spiteful man (e.g., “I won”, “bitter clingers”). The key is that Old Media plays them down and plays up any comments on the other side. My point is that this happens regardless so any restraint (such as in the original post) makes no difference. The better choice is to make Old Media work harder at covering up.

For instance, what could be meaner than leaving those men to die in Benghazi, having someone thrown in jail to provide political cover, and then bald faced lying about it in front of the coffins of the victims?

erp Sunday, 12 May 2013 at 09:53

aog, and then to rub salt in the wounds, bar Christian or Jewish clerics and have only a Moslem cleric to pray over then who said horrible sladerous things in Arabic about the victims. Apparently someone there understood Arabic.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 13:54

President Obama, insult machine. That’s what passes for “nice” these days, apparently.

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