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Romney Rises

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The Apple Pie Conservative

At last there would seem to be a way beyond the Obama nightmare, a way beyond a nation divided against itself.

I read today in the Sunday Telegraph that until recently Barack Obama’s re-election was regarded as inevitable. Really; after what must count as four disastrous years and conceivably one of the worst presidencies in American history? Surely there was only one explanation for this: the focus was not on Obama at all but on his potential Republican opponents, none of whom looked particularly good in the primaries.

More than that, they were representatives of a party that seemed to be more at war with itself than focused on the legacy of Obama; a party many of whose members were determined to push a social and religious agenda that took them far from the American mainstream.

Things change. Mitt Romney, after a hesitant start, is emerging as a credible challenger; the gap narrows; the margin of difference gets closer and closer. There is desperation in the Obama camp. They are trying so hard to turn attention away from the dire condition of the American economy. Here the mantra has to be ‘it’s anything but the economy, stupid’. What’s it about, then? Why, it’s about gay marriage and such, the sort of fashionable causes that means so much to ordinary American voters. The heck it does!

As far as the economy is concerned the outlook really is bad and getting worse. The jobless total is stubbornly high while Obama has added to a mountain of debt that will take generations of Americans to climb, assuming they ever see the top. I have no figures to hand but my hunch is that interest payments alone dwarf most other areas of public expenditure.

To take the public eye off this particular ball Chairman Obama has launched his own version of the Cultural Revolution. This has involved an attempt to force Catholic employers to provide contraceptive advice to employees as part of the state-sanctioned insurance plans. Then there is the biggie; there is gay marriage.

This is an issue, for want of anything better, that is being pushed by the present coalition government in England, which took comfort from the fact Obama also embraced it as a jolly good thing. The fact is, beyond a vociferous minority, few people here have any interest at all in the measure. In the States attitudes seem to be even clearer. So far thirty-two states have voted on gay marriage; so far thirty-two states have rejected it, including hyper-liberal California.

One can hardly expect Republicans to be enthused by Obama’s cultural wars, but what about Democrats? Well, I see that in presidential primaries held last Tuesday Obama was rejected by 39% of Democrats in Arkansas and 42% in Kentucky. That’s nothing: in West Virginia 41% of the state’s Democrats put an imprisoned criminal before Obama!

Then there is the Mitt factor, uncharismatic, undemonstrative…and reassuring. He is the one thing that the Democrats fear most – a caring conservative who does not really appear as a conservative at all. He was never going to set the earth on fire; he is not the harbinger of a new American Revolution. Rather it is his no nonsense ordinariness that seems to be appealing to more and more Americans, people who have had enough of the Great Helmsman; they just want a helmsman, a sure hand on the tiller. After all, this is the man who won over Massachusetts, the state I associate most of all with hyper-liberal mannequins of The West Wing!

In 2008 Americans were sold charisma and little besides. The same package is being offered in 2012, now tired, unconvincing and tawdry. There is a real alternative; there is “a focus-group tested model president from 1965”, at least that’s how the pro-Obama journalist Andrew Sullivan described Romney recently.

And so he is: solid, good-looking, successful and dependable; an apple pie conservative, as Tim Stanley noted in the Telegraph, who recalls an age marked by low unemployment and stable families, something obviously beyond the comprehension of the likes of Sullivan. It’s an American dream. At last there would seem to be a way clear of the Obama nightmare.

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By Humble Opinion on May 28, 2012 at 12:42 am

To take the public eye off this particular ball Chairman Obama has launched his own version of the Cultural Revolution.

Chairman Obama? Oh my God. I suppose you'd like to see his birth certificate again also. You know, just to be sure.

He is the one thing that the Democrats fear most – a caring conservative who does not really appear as a conservative at all.

As Romney destroyed the lives of thousands of Americans in order to line the pockets of himself and his fat cat friends at Bain. Or would he be really caring as he signed off on the Ryan Budget, which would give hundreds of thousands of dollars to the richest people in the country while imposing higher tax rates on the lowest wage earners in order to help pay for it? Oh yes, and don't forget cuts to education, food stamps, infrastructure repair, and any non defense related spending he can dream up.

Conservative? Hardly. A huckster who is willing to pander to the most extreme elements in American society in order to get elected? You bet. Unpaid for tax cuts that the CBO estimates will raise the deficit by 3 trillion dollars are not my criteria for a conservative anything.

You also blame Obama for causing the massive increase in debt. this is a simplistic argument that doesn't tell the entire story. Besides inheriting an economy destroyed by Bush and his rich buddies, Bush never factored into his budgets the costs of the wars he started. He made believe the costs of the wars didn't count as national debt. Obama changed that when coming into office, which is the only reason the debt has ballooned.

New CBO analysis also shows that since the Reagan years, Obama has increased spending the least of all presidents since Reagan. Spending during Obama's term has increased at 1.7 per cent, while under Bush it increased 8.2 per cent.

I know. Never let a little thing like facts get in the way of a good 'paint em all with the Commie brush' straw man argument.

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By Uttam Gill on May 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

Anastasia, all arguments are valid as long as it addresses the aspirations of common man...

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By Massa on May 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

While Anastacia doesn't need a defender of her well-thought-out comments, I thougt the imprecisions, strawman arguments and outright lies of Humble merited a short response.

Birth certificate strawman? Really? Humble, we are older than seven; those tricks do not work anymore.

Private equity bad? Even Democrats are disowning that one.

Romney a panderer? You must be kidding, you supporter of Barack "These are my principles but I have others" Obama.

Last but not least, the so-sad-it's-funny attempt of the Obama camp to make Obama appear as a fiscal hawk. Did you know, Humble, that this trickery was achieved by putting all of Obama's first-year's expenses in GWB's tab? Without that obvious lie, Obama is the president who has increased debt the most in the last 50 years.

So, Humble - how does it feel to have had a second Carter? (Reminder: a guy so inept he ushered in 12 years of Republican presidents). Looking forward to seeing the failure today is in the White House go for good. Remember, Humble... remember.

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By Randy Mitchell on May 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I second this, Massa. Obama is the most pro big government, liberal, socialistic, anti-business Pres we've had since Carter. Romney is a business man. And like ALL businesses, sometimes the business model doesn't work, just ask Obamas great supporter, Warren Buffett whose conglomerate owns several companies who've, at times, laid off many. But, I can assure you, Romney created more jobs in the private sector than Obama could've ever dreamed of doing. Obama isn't a businessman, never was, never will be, only an idealist whose policies have failed miserably. A career politician who only understands, and wants, Government to control everything in its path. And prior to being elected, had zero business experience. Well, it definitely shows.

Obama's policies have crippled America in so many ways, and keep Bush out of this equation. He's gone, has been three and half years. This economy is on Obama, period. After all, he promised to have all the answers during the election, and be on the road to balancing the budget at the end of his first term-how's that working out? His rate of spending is faster than any predecessor's and will continue if, God help us, he's re-elected. I see our nations debt at around twenty trillion by the time he's shipped back to Chicago once he's done.

Like so many, I listened and shortly fell for Obama's message of "hope and change" during his election. All I can say is he's replaced H and C with huge unemployment, businesses afraid to hire because of his costly health care plan and threat of even higher taxes, an energy policy that's failed horribly, a bowing to leaders of enemy nations and mega-liberal supporters, and the inablity to connect with anyone. He's divided this nation further, racially. He hates the rich, but will gladly take their campaign money.

I could keep going all day long.

Romney may lack some charisma, but I'd take that anyday over one who's only talent is making good speeches. Sooner or later, you've got to back up what you say.

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By TonyBerkman on May 28, 2012 at 07:14 pm

It's time to get back to the business of America being the land of the free and the home of the brave and that means get government out of it. Enough of government overreaching into every area that they can when we already know they couldn't run a post office, an educational system. This country was founded by individuals and not the government. It will take someone that gets that to turn this mess around. To attack a successful businessman is a lame given that Bain has created more wealth for businesses and individuals than almost any strategic management consulting firm on the face of this planet.

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By Anastasia on May 28, 2012 at 08:33 pm

Uttam, I think he is.

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By Anastasia on May 28, 2012 at 08:34 pm

Massa, you say it all very well; thanks. I have nothing to add, other than I have no time for carpet chewers. :-))

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By Anastasia on May 28, 2012 at 08:35 pm

Randy, yes, so would I.

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By Anastasia on May 28, 2012 at 08:35 pm

Randy, yes, so would I.

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By Anastasia on May 28, 2012 at 08:36 pm

Buffy, it may have escaped your attention but I'm a Brit. I can assure you I am not laughing. Well, I am now. :-))

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By Anastasia on May 28, 2012 at 08:38 pm

Well said, Tony. The business of America is business, or it used to be. Now the business of China is business, while the business of Obamas Land is socialism. :-)

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