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Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:51 AM

Another reason that Romney shouldn't be President

He doesn't seem to know how to hire key executive staff needed for a campaign.

The puzzling thing about Romney's continued lackluster stump appearences and oddities, like continuing to sing 'America the Beautiful' is that it seems as if he doesn't have a Rove or Plouffe type that can speak with authority to the candidate.

Now key advisers are leaking their advice which is surprising on two fronts, a) that they are leaking their internal discussions with the candidate (something that has never happened on team Obama) and b) it is such poor advice.

The advice? He should "create 'small pictures' -- vivid imagery"

And there's more


One prominent adviser told the candidate to sharpen his use of conservative code words and create “small pictures” — vivid imagery, in other words — to connect with voters. Another flew to Boston to say that Romney’s message is too businesslike and broad to capture the passion of angry Republican voters. Still others have gone on television and written opinion columns to hammer home what is becoming a common theme this year: that Romney has not been able to ignite a cause when the GOP is primed to become part of one.

which has led to this observation


So we’ve gone from advisers taking credit (in the New York Times) for his turnaround in Florida, to now criticizing him (in the Washington Post) after his defeats on Tuesday. Folks, that isn’t characteristic of a winning presidential campaign…\\

The great 'inevitable nominee' candidate is now watching the wheels come off the wagon.

Incredibly if Romney does poorly in his birth state of Michigan (where the Republican Governor has not endorsed him and been dismissive of Romney) then that could spell the end of Romney being considered the 'front runner' and would just become the 'guy with the most money' running the year when having all that money isn't seen as such a good thing.

Remarkably Santorum seems to have been handed a gift by the White House. A ginned up controversy on Birth Control.

Now if that were to be the tipping point in derailing the Romney nomination and Santorum would become the candidate then an awful lot of commentators would remark how 'lucky' Barack Obama is because he is going to run against a guy who has one of the weirdest records in orator, stating that as a President he would campaign against birth control.

Right, lucky again. Just plain lucky. Funny how often he gets lucky.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:04 PM

1. I don't understand this Campaign OP at all.


The last thing you do is publicize tactics, operations, internals etc, but there they all were, after Florida, blabbing up hill and down dale to the NY Times. And the running commentary still goes on, minus a debating coach. I just don't get it. Romney would have had airtight security at Bain. What does he think he's doing?

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Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:15 PM

2. I think that he is in such great need of affirmation that he can only hire people that give him

positive feedback.

No one to pull him aside and tell him he's 'fucking up', something that I believe that both Obama and Bush had with their campaign people so that they could get honest feedback. In Bush's case he even wore an ear device so he could get it during the debates but that didn't work so well.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:30 PM

3. It's not the feedback, it's the feedout that intrigues me.


This is Mergers and Acquisitions 101: No leaks, no talk, everything on a needs to know basis. In investment banking the whole shebang is coded, nobody talks about the relevant corporations, or anything else significant, by name. And Mitt was CEO of one of the most successful private equity firms ever.

It doesn't add up.

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