The media elites sneer that Romney couldn’t dispatch the so-called “weak field” of three governors, two high profile house members, one former senator with deep ties to the conservative movement and a charismatic businessman. But Romney has clinched it, and even though the ex-chair Michael Steele intentionally set up a fractured, absurd system intended to stop anyone from clinching it.
Read the transcript of my interview with Politico’s Mike Allen about his new eBook, written with Evan Thomas, to see how far removed the two views of the current political situation are.
Allen and Evans believe the three months of primaries weakened Romney, as do most Beltway scribblers. Romney managed to lock down the nomination with everyone in America calling him “too moderate,” which is exactly what you want to be as you head into the general: A conservative with a reputation for moderation.
The media elite think Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts is an anchor, but his approach was constitutional, bipartisan, small, and popular in the Bay State as it is appropriate for the conditions in Massachusetts, while Obama’s deeply flawed monstrosity is unconstitutional, intrusive, wholly ineffective and a fiasco from start to finish.
Romney thinks Russia is a bad actor on the world stage and Putin a dictator. Obama has a secret deal with them pending.
And Romney knows how to turn around the fiscal mess. Obama wants to dig the hole deeper.
Joe Scarborough has uttered the 2012 equivalent of New Yorker movie film Pauline Kael’s famous puzzlement over how Nixon won, the accurate version of which was tracked down by John Podhoretz: “I live in a rather special world,” Kael said. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”
What a surprise awaits not just Joe but all the sharpies who talked to Mike Allen and Evan Thomas, who hang on the president’s every bracket pick, who think their teleprompter-challenged POTUS can rail at SCOTUS and stop the oceans from rising.
Want to know how clueless Jimmy Carter was in 1980. Study Barack Obama. Real change is coming.