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Romney's Lack of Principle, 'Weirdness' to be Obama 2012 Focus

Obama's reelection team has a plan to destroy Mitt Romney, Politico reports:

Romney The character attacks on Romney will focus on what critics view as a makeover, both personal (skinny jeans) and political (abortion).

“People already knew that he’s a political opportunist of the highest order — changing his positions to suit the day’s polling,” said Bill Burton, Obama’s former White House deputy press secretary who now heads Priorities USA, an independent group expected to lead Democratic attacks on the Republican nominee. “But the last couple weeks, this lack of principles has translated into a total lack of leadership on issues like the debt ceiling.”

Burton said his group has begun conducting polling and focus groups on perceptions of the Republican candidates and had found doubts about Romney’s character.

Democrats also plan to amplify what Obama strategists described as the “weirdness” quotient, the sum of awkward public encounters and famous off-kilter anecdotes, first among them the tale of Romney’s once having strapped his dog to the roof of his car.

The dog story was always the clincher for me. Aside from his negative LGBT rights positions, anybody who can be that willfully cruel to an animal or just plain idiotic should not even be considered.

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  1. The man is so desperate for power that he'll say or do anything. It's hard to tell if he has any real viewpoints of his own... at all. He makes my skin crawl.

    Posted by: Married in MA | Aug 9, 2011 10:55:44 AM


  2. Get used to that wierdness....im a huge obama supporter but after his disastrous decision to compromise with the GOP over the debt ceiling and the downgrade the right wing have all the ammunition they need to worry the plebs enough into voting for repubs again. Remember Obama got in basically because the Economy was crappy and John McCain made the mistake of saying it was fine. Urgh..President Perry or Romney...yuk.

    Posted by: paul | Aug 9, 2011 11:06:00 AM


  3. Willard's magic underwear gives him the power to change from one position to another automatically whenever the political winds shift. You might call him shifty.

    Posted by: Ninong | Aug 9, 2011 11:10:33 AM


  4. Obama has alienated his own base and, whether or not it is his fault, the economy has not improved at all on his watch--indeed, it has gotten worse--so lame attacks on Romney for what he wears or for having tied his dog to the top of his car once upon a time will simply make Obama look like he has no issues of substance to make a case on.

    Unfortunately, he threw away his strongest argument with the debt deal--opinion poll after opinion poll demonstrated that the vast majority of the population wants Medicare and Social Security left alone and for taxes to be raised on the wealthy, but if Obama promises those things now, nobody will believe he is sincere.

    He had better hope that the Republicans nominate some extremist like Rick Perry, because if they nominate Romney, it is probably all over.....

    Posted by: RIck | Aug 9, 2011 11:25:08 AM


  5. A Republican hasn't been legally elected President since the first Bush. A Republican won't be legally elected President again any time soon. It's not legal elections you have to worry about.

    Obama won because our corporate masters knew nobody was going to sit still for a third stolen election in a row and he was as much in their pockets as McCain was. McCain lost by as wide a margin as he did because those same corporate masters forced him to run with Palin, who they knew would insure crazy old McCain's loss.

    Obama will win in 2012 -- either legally or not. He's been a good corporate employee and they have no reason to let him go. But the choice in 2012 will be what the choice always is now: between a corporatist posing as a Republican or a corporatist posing as a Democrat.

    If you don't think it's all business as usual, then you aren't paying attention.

    Posted by: ohplease | Aug 9, 2011 11:26:39 AM


  6. RICK

    LOL

    sorry, Romney has hit his peak support for a while now 1/4th of repub party and those majority mormons in repub party. romney can't get anymore support amongst the fundies because to them he is a cultist who wears magic underware while worshiping a different jesus. The majority of america pretty much agrees with repub fundies on the mormon issue and see mormons as some crazy cult

    Reality is what it is and a mormon at this point in time can not win

    Side note, ALL religions are crazy cults and the adherents should be treated with therapy and drugs since theism is a non-rational mental disorder

    Posted by: say what | Aug 9, 2011 11:30:52 AM


  7. What OhPlease said X2

    Posted by: Really? | Aug 9, 2011 11:54:35 AM


  8. The article says that people see Romney as a political opportunist who will change his views with the day's polling and that Obama's campaign managers plan to exploit that. Oh don't kid yourself, the public sees EVERY candidate the same way. Even the dumbest of voters understands that politicians always tell you what they think you want to hear (except for maybe the most extreme ones like Santorum who speak their crazy mind and are under the illusion that everyone in the world agrees with them).

    When it comes down to how the public votes, a belief that a candidate is a political opportunist will not necessarily turn voters off. If the candidate agrees with a voter on most issues where the voter has strong feelings one way or the other, or if a voter happens to buy the candidate's sound bites from campaign speeches, that's enough to earn his/her vote. I suspect it's very rare for a voter to think beyond that. And I also suspect that this pool of undecided voters is blown way out of proportion. Most voters will make up their minds probably no later than a week or two after the official nominations.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 9, 2011 11:57:13 AM


  9. Mormon underwear (he probably wears it), his god lives on a planet called Kolob in the center of some galaxy or solar system and has a wife, Mrs. god. They have sex to produce spirit babies (Jesus was their first born)...and continuing making spirit babies. They believe in baptising the dead into posthumous mormons and what else???? oh yeah, they only suspended the principle of poligamy and did not abolish it. And as man is, god once was and as god is, man may be...so if he were to be elected president over all that, the christian reich just elected a non christian to be president.

    Posted by: Todd | Aug 9, 2011 12:20:57 PM


  10. Isn't emphasising the horrendous policy stances of the RNC and Tea Party enough? Didn't they try to default the nation not so long ago? And destroy healthcare? And unions? and the Senate? I mean it's a pretty long laundry-list of f-ups.

    If that's not enough to get the DNC over the line and only bits about a Mormon telling crazy anecdotes will do the trick then I'm at a loss. Either the DNC is excruciatingly bad at communicating policy decisions, or the American public are far more stupid than initially observed.

    All I'm saying is that Republicans do petty far better.

    Posted by: Philippe | Aug 9, 2011 12:42:22 PM


  11. Let's see... you're upset that you haven't gotten every last thing you wanted on your agenda, so your solution is to let the guy who will obliterate every small gain you've made win?

    Stop being a navel-gazing moron and look a few steps ahead in the game.

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 9, 2011 12:45:45 PM


  12. for the curious

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garment.jpg

    mormon magic underware or as my grams used to say, "magic petticoats"

    The symbols stitched into them are masonic symbols which joseph smith stole when he was a Master Mason at Nauvoo Lodge of Free Masons columbus ohio

    "The LDS Church instructs its members who have been endowed to wear temple garments during the day and during the night.[20] Members are told that they should not partially or completely remove the garment to participate in activities that can "reasonably be done with the garment worn properly beneath the clothing".[20] When necessary, the garment may be temporarily removed, but members are told that after the activity "they should put it back on as soon as possible."[20] Swimming is given as an example of an activity that would justify removal of the garment.[20]"

    many mormons claim temple garments provide physical protection from danger

    Thus why no Mormon will ever be president any time soon. Too crazy for crazy america

    Posted by: say what | Aug 9, 2011 12:47:13 PM


  13. While this is true of Romney, I'm afraid it could backfire on Obama. After two years in office, I'm still not sure what his principles are.

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 9, 2011 12:50:49 PM


  14. Romney's religion does not matter to me. I don't care if he's Mormon, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddist or anything else. What matters, the ONLY things that matter, are his policy positions, his political history, whether he would push his religious leanings into law or the nation's bedrooms, and what leadership he could offer the nation. I don't really care for Romney (and I'm from Massachusetts), nor do I support him, but of the current stable of Republican candidates, he's better than most of the others. Or, maybe I should say he's the least bad of the bunch. I agree with all the others who say he changes his positions often in a protracted effort for voters to like him.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Aug 9, 2011 1:57:09 PM


  15. I guess he's got the cat vote locked in.

    But I wonder why so many human voters think that a billionaire has their interests at heart?

    Posted by: An angry dog | Aug 9, 2011 2:34:17 PM


  16. I've been fascinated by all the concern trolls that have invaded Towleroad's comment section lately. Faux-hand wringing designed to make Obama's supporters waver can be seen right through. I won't even say "nice try," because it's patently lame.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Aug 9, 2011 3:38:36 PM


  17. There's no way millions of "blue collar" Americans will vote for a man who fired groups of people once he took over their company! He is a heartless "Horrible Boss"!

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 9, 2011 4:52:53 PM


  18. If Obama uses these tactics to "destroy" then he is climbing into the republican way of doing business. One of the things I liked about him was his steadyness and sensse of fair play. I need another party to be affiliated with.

    Posted by: judi marcinko | Aug 9, 2011 7:35:18 PM


  19. If the Democrats were Republicans: Romney pals around with polygamists who sexually abuse young girls. Repeat repeat repeat.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 9, 2011 9:54:41 PM


  20. This is also Bachmann's strategy for defeating Romney. Too bad Obama won't ever get to use it.

    Posted by: Skye Winspur | Aug 10, 2011 10:21:06 AM


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