Monday, August 27, 2012

New York Sun: Pansy Republicans and Off-Target Romney

From Ira Stoll at the New York Sun on Republicans canceling a day of the convention because of wind and rain:
So the Americans that survived Valley Forge and stormed the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima have gotten so soft that the mere threat of heavy rain is enough to cancel an entire day of a national political convention.

Here is the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, on “Fox News Sunday,” explaining the decision to call off Monday’s program at the Republican National Convention in Tampa: “the Secret Service took down the tents out in front of the forum. People would be standing in line in driving rain.”

My goodness. Have the Republicans not heard of raincoats? Umbrellas? If a mere tropical storm hundreds of miles away is enough to send Republicans running for cover, imagine how the Grand Old Party would deal with a genuine threat, like a major terrorist attack, war, or a federal fiscal crisis.

Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills fans regularly watch football games outside in snowstorms and freezing temperatures. Yet for a historically significant moment in an election to defend the free enterprise system and turn back a vast expansion of government spending and power that has mired America in economic stagnation, the Republicans won’t even brave raindrops on the doorstep to an indoor arena?
On Romney's class warfare:
So the Romney campaign Web site on Sunday featured a note from WMR himself that concluded with the less-than-rousing line, “It's time for the American middle class to have an unwavering champion in the White House.” He sounds like Senator Schumer with this “middle class” stuff. Since when did Americans divide ourselves up into classes? I’d happily settle for a president who championed freedom and economic growth and let the Marxists, Democrats, and college professors handle the class warfare.
Romney on more Medicare spending is better:
On the same “Fox News Sunday” show on which Mr. Priebus justified his surrender to the prediction of raindrops, Mr. Romney faulted President Obama for “the way the president cut Medicare, $716 billion for current retirees.” In fact these are future promised cuts against ten years worth of inflated baselines. Medicare spending has gone up every year of the Obama administration.

Mr. Romney went on, “one thing is for sure, putting money back into Medicare helps it, it doesn't hurt it.” Here Mr. Romney is campaigning on the promise to spend more on Medicare than Mr. Obama would. And he’s defining his choice not on the basis of what is best for the country or for the health of American seniors, but what’s best for Medicare. Imagine if, at Bain Capital, Mr. Romney had tried to launch Staples with the theory that it would help your company [to] spend more money on office supplies than the competition.
Romney is for campaign spending limits:
Finally, in the same interview, Mr. Romney said he’d prefer that the presidential campaigns had less money to spend on informing voters about the choices in front of them in November. “I would far rather have a setting where we had both agreed to the federal spending limits,” Mr. Romney told Chris Wallace. “Look, what — what he's done has meant that both of us have to spend an inordinate amount of time fundraising. We can't spend as much time on the campaign trail. And, frankly, it increases the potential of money having influence in politics.”

The last Republican who ran against Mr. Obama on a campaign-finance-reform (or, more accurately, campaign speech limitation) platform was Senator McCain, and we know how that turned out for Mr. McCain.
Romney's misunderstanding of the difference between a board of directors and a presidential cabinet:
In [a] . . . Politico interview, Mr. Romney is paraphrased as saying he would “treat his cabinet like a board of directors.” One significant difference Mr. Romney apparently did not mention is that a CEO works for and is hired by the board of directors, while the cabinet works for and is chosen by the president. Another is that the cabinet has nearly two dozen members, which is so large as to be nearly unwieldy for a corporate board. Anyway, whatever the case is for replacing Mr. Obama, his poor use of his cabinet probably isn’t at the center of it.
Sigh. How about Ira Stoll for president?


MAX Redline said...

Well done, TD!

As the media were spinning themselves into a lather over the (remote) possibility that a hurricane would destroy the Republican convention (one Lefty went so far as to claim that God would stop the RNC), I tuned them out, looked at the data, and laughed. Really? The thing's not even a hurricane yet, and I've been through much more severe storms without problem. You want a storm, let me tell you - when you've got manatees swimming on the state highway, then you have a storm.

The problem, I suspect, is that the Republican establishment actually listen to the media. I can't imagine why - NBC reported that astronaut Neil Young had died - but I think they do.

James Nicholas said...

Yes, but Mitt Romney's the candidate. I'm with you, of course, in terms of doubting the committment Mr. Romney has to conservatism and to the founding principles of the nation, but I must say I do like him a lot more than I liked John McCain. Does it stand us well to attack him from the right, right now? Let's get him elected, then argue from the right and hold his feet to the fire.

Neil Young?! Didn't he write Heart of Gold?

T. D. said...

JN, I hear where you're coming from. But, I don't remember a candidate that has run moderate-conservative turn more conservative once elected. Not Nixon. Not HW Bush. Not GW Bush.

For me, the main hope is to get the candidate to make more conservative promises (through friendly criticism) while running for office so that breaking the promises is costly when in office (e.g., HW Bush).

Once elected, Romney will assuredly tack to his normal moderate liberalism as the Medicare and campaign spending limitation comments and others such as indexing minimum wage indicate.

T. D. said...

Max, it's the NY Sun that's great.

Heh. Well, at least NBC didn't kill off Neil Sedaka.