Why Romney’s Attack On Obama Is Misguided

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March 18, 2014

I was going to let Romney’s misguided attack on Obama go by without comment; however, Mediaite’s Noah Rothman weighed in, so I thought I’d link that and add my two cents.

… Romney marshalled every ounce of that authority when he mounted a multi-pronged attack on the president’s handling of America’s foreign affairs.

Politically speaking – and Romney’s attack is all about politics – it’s a dumb move regardless of whether Romney is correct or not in his point of view.

I’ve seen nothing to indicate that the American people are interested in an approach to the current situation in the Ukraine other than the relatively weak line Obama seems to be pursuing. In fact, if there were to be some broad public sentiment for a tougher line with Russia, or anyone else internationally for that matter, it would fall to Obama as Commander-In-Chief to create it.

As he hasn’t come close to  doing that, there’s no audience one can reasonably expect to be ripe, ready and/or receptive to Romney’s attack. It shouldn’t take rocket science to understand that going after a sitting president during an international crisis requires at least some amount of battle space preparation, or at least more than Romney undertook by putting it all together and then framing it primarily as an attack – not a case, or rationale for a different approach.

Conversely, he, or surrogates, could have laid a proper predicate for an attack on Obama by first making a strong case for a harder line with Russia, spelling out why it was so critical. But neither Romney, nor anyone else did that. Simply going on offense against a sitting president during a time of international crisis without some reasonably well understood rationale makes one look petty and feeds into Rothman’s argument.

In short, instead of framing the piece as mostly an attack on Obama, it could have been framed first and foremost as a call for a stronger foreign policy, with any criticism of Obama implied, but not primary, or overdone. That may have been a bit of shrewd messaging leaving Obama looking weak and ineffective without going out of one’s way to say so. But then, as we learned in 2012, messaging has never been team Romney’s strong suit.

Consequently, I think they blew this opportunity and mainly played into Obama’s hands, just as they all too often did when it really mattered back in 2011 and 2012 – at least to the extent anyone outside of the GOP still cares what Romney thinks at this point. I’m not sure anyone really does. He had the platform and plenty of chances to make his case against Obama two years ago. If he couldn’t do it then under those conditions, there’s little reason to think he of all people can achieve it, now.



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Comments:
  1. Brad Ervin says:

    I thought Romney’s point about an easy action taken early being better than drastic action when it’s too late, to be a good point. And then tying it in with the point about wise leaders preparing for the future that surprises the less wise to be also a good point.

    You might compare this with the Venezuelan affair by Roosevelt or the speech by Churchill about fighting while there was a chance of victory instead of waiting till the only thing left was to die fighting for a lost cause.

  2. Ragspierre says:

    Dan, I don’t find but one mention of Obama by name in that whole piece.

    It was an attack…and a very good one, IMNHO…on the entire leadership from the executive on foreign affairs.

    Which has been embarrassing from virtually day one of the Pres. ScamWOW regime.

  3. Steve says:

    HILARIOUS!
    Obama and Putin Phone conversation spoof on The Tonight Show:

    http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2014/03/hilarious-obama-and-putin-phone.html

  4. Ragspierre says:

    Remember when the community college product was saying, “Drill, baby, DRILL!”?

    Yeah. She was right about that, too.

    The U.S. economy would be LOTS stronger, and we’d have a different geo-political picture right now if we’d done what she said.

  5. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/the-washington-post-responds-to-me-and-i-reply-to-the-post.php

    A great story of how the Collective simply lies, lets the lies bounce around their bubble, and then has a Mushroom Media organ puke them out to the public in a “news” story.

    It also covers their brazenness when caught, and their inbreeding.

    Makes Arkansas look like heaven.

  6. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/373961/symbol-lie-kevin-d-williamson

    GOTS to love anybody…like Williamson…who looks under the hood of popular mythology and brings us the facts.

    Wire coat-hanger abortions are a systematic lie.

  7. Ragspierre says:

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2014/03/well-that-makes-sense-nancy-pelosi-to.html

    Figures. Nanny Pelosi gets the “Sanger Award”.

    Kill the babies.

  8. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/22/No-Justice-Department-Charges-Against-Ohio-Woman-Who-Voted-Six-Times-for-Obama

    Yeah, well, the D o (racial) J is not about to go after such a good foot-soldier, down for the struggle…

  9. Ragspierre says:

    Last Thursday, the New York Times published a harsh editorial that unfairly condemned a Kansas federal judge for upholding the right of states to require proof of citizenship for individuals registering to vote.

    As I explained last week, Judge Eric Melgren ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change its state-specific instructions for the federal voter registration form to tell any residents of Arizona and Kansas using that form that they will have to comply with the states’ requirement to provide proof that they are U.S. citizens. The EAC had refused to do so, despite the fact that the Constitution clearly gives states, not the federal government, the ability to set voter qualifications for federal elections.

    The Times repeated its constant claim that the purpose of this proof-of-citizenship requirement as well as voter-ID laws is “to keep eligible voters from the polls.” No, the intent of these laws is to keep ineligible voters from the polls, like the thousands of noncitizens who are illegally registered to vote all over the country.
    —TheCorner

    Oh, hell, The New York Times KNOWS that.

    They just want to keep that vote fraud machine alive.

  10. Ragspierre says:

    Valerie Jarrett: We’ve had less increase in premiums than ever in last 50 years

    Except…naturally…that is a lie.

    Plus, weren’t we promised a REDUCTION in costs by Pres. ScamWOW…???

    Why, yes! Yes, we were.

  11. Ragspierre says:

    Mother Jones conjures lies about poverty in America.

    Williamson skewers.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/374234/debunker-debunked-kevin-d-williamson

  12. EBL says:

    Romney is entitled to a few “I told you sos” Beyond that America is not paying much attention to what Mitt says.

    • Ragspierre says:

      Which America does at its own peril.

      We need to listen to people who deal with reality, and Romney is one. Only one, but one.

  13. Ragspierre says:

    Here’s one rule to make it even simpler: If there’s a serious debate over a religious exemption to a proposed law, the proposed law probably reaches too far into people’s private affairs, and should be scrapped.

    By getting government out of people’s lives — how they run their business, whom they love, and what pills they take — we could accomplish peace in the Culture Wars. The question is: Does the Left want peace?
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/peace-in-the-culture-wars-if-the-left-wants-it/article/2546274

    Does the Collective want peace? HELL, no!

    Grievance mongering is how they live. Marching as participants in a St. Patrick’s Day parade is not enough. They HAVE to march as gay people under a gay banner.

  14. Ragspierre says:

    Life must be very bleak and particularly pathetic for Collectivist trolls just now.

    Watching all I’ve been saying come to pass.

    Sad.

  15. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.newser.com/story/184361/screw-obamacare-i-want-my-dogs-insurance.html

    Another ObamaDupe self-identifies.

    Dirty, Filthy Harry Reid will call him a liar.

    But we know that Reid is the crook and liar. Hey…he could start a stupid blog!

  16. Ragspierre says:

    “2. Obama will make everything worse.”

    That isn’t predicting.

    That’s just reporting.

    Something the press used to do, before Obama successfully repressed it.

  17. Ragspierre says:

    http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/03/26/dnc-police-blotter/

    Yep. This is what you get when contempt for the rights of others and the law is central to your Collective.

    More to follow, btw…

  18. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/374303/untruthful-and-untrustworthy-government-victor-davis-hanson

    But this is what you get from the Collective, who…remember…made propaganda a “science” that was essential to the success of the BIG GOVERNMENT models they use.

    Plus, with Pres. ScamWOW, every possible organ of BIG GOVERNMENT is a political weapon.

  19. Ragspierre says:

    http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/03/26/did-the-post-coordinate/

    Looks like the WaPo was in pretty open collaboration with the SMEAR KOCH crowd.

    Hardly surprising.

  20. Ragspierre says:

    Texas works.

    And it is not rocket surgery…

  21. Ragspierre says:

    President Mitt Romney wanted to talk about his meeting with the Pope today, but instead he was besieged by a swarm of reporters shouting questions about the remarkable string of high-profile Republicans arrested by the FBI, or resigning under federal investigation, over the last few days.

    “President Romney, several prominent Republicans were arrested yesterday, including the mayor of one of the nation’s largest cities, on charges ranging from corruption to purchasing weapons from international terrorists,” a reporter shouted from the crowd. “Does your Party have a problem?”
    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/03/27/President-Romney-hounded-by-media-after-string-of-high-profile-Republican-arrests

    Yep. Instead, you’ll find AP stories about the busts/indictments/allegations that never mention “Democrat”.

    Search some and see.

  22. Ragspierre says:

    http://theothermccain.com/2014/03/28/you-cant-spell-liberal-without-l-i-e/

    Yep. So true. Collectivists are simply liars. They have to lie, even…or especially…to themselves.

    They live in delusion.

  23. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/joe-biden-undocumented-immigrants_n_5044613.html

    No, moron. Illegal invaders are NOT Americans.

    Joe Biden isn’t merely stupid. He’s criminally stupid.

    Ask SEAL Team Six’s survivors.

  24. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140325/METRO01/303250066/Detroit-homeowner-kills-2-suspects-home-invasion

    So. Law-abiding citizens saving themselves from criminal predators with firearms.

    Seems sort of right, dunnit?

  25. Ragspierre says:

    http://michellemalkin.com/?p=154861

    Nanny Pelosi gives us chocolate for Lint, but accepts award named for racist eugenicist.

    Figures.

  26. Ragspierre says:

    Ebony has apologized to Republican National Committee deputy press secretary Raffi Williams “and the Black Republican community” a day after Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux attacked Williams, along with other black conservatives, on Twitter.

    On Thursday, Lemieux spouted off a series of disparaging tweets towards Williams, and incorrectly assumed he was white (Williams is black) because of his political affiliation, after he encouraged a “diversity of thought.” The magazine’s apology comes after RNC chairman Reince Priebus called for one earlier in the day.​
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/374482/ebony-apologizes-rncs-williams-andrew-johnson

    Well, “Ebony” did what was right.

    Which, of course, had the moonbattery in high loss-of-bowel-control-mode.

    It will be a great day when all…or most…Black Americans can vote for ideas, rather than skin color.

  27. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/374489/big-win-women-texas-thomas-m-messner

    Yeeeeup. The 5th is one of the best circuits, too.

    Also, I think it was an all-women panel.

    Heh!

  28. Ragspierre says:

    Sometimes, we are preoccupied with the moral midgets who populate our “elites”, and we lose sight of the genuine heroes who are all around us.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/when-hell-was-in-session.php

  29. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/29/maryland-to-reportedly-abandon-125m-obamacare-exchange-for-new-system/

    The entirety of ObamaDoggle is beyond repair.

    This is what you get when you predicate a take-over of America’s health-care system on a fabric of lies and delusional “thinking”.

    Just as we said years ago.

  30. Ragspierre says:

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/29/key-for-vulnerable-democrats-run-like-a-republican/

    They almost always do. The Collective has to run for office as a false flag operation.

    Because Americans would never support the Collective if it came out under its real positions.

  31. Ragspierre says:

    Everybody gets along. Everybody eats at the same three local diners. Everybody is polite. Everybody is smiley and friendly, even teenagers! Why?

    Because everybody is armed to the teeth – cowboys, geezers, Iraqi vets, tattooed Latinos, nuns.
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/thoughts-from-the-ammo-line.php

    Funny AND poignant.

    Join me in honoring the departure of Anglo- nudje Piers Morgan with a day at the target range!

    Gun control through practice.

    Heh!

  32. Ragspierre says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/bombshell-afghanistan-iraq-vets-prefer-george-w-bush-over-obama-by-two-to-one-ratio/

    And that’s reporting from the WaPo.

    Hardly a surprise. People with skin in the game know who to follow.

  33. Ragspierre says:

    http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2014/03/30/great-idea-a-film-project-worth-supporting/

    Gosnell is the American record-holder for mass murder.

    But he didn’t fit the narrative, so…
    crickets…