Bill Kristol doesn’t think Romney can win unless he can convince more voters he has a plan to fix economy

Romney is getting hammered as of late by talking heads on the Right because of his poor messaging and his inability to gain traction with voters. This morning on Fox News Bill Kristol hammered him even more by saying that even in a bad economy like this one he doesn’t think Romney can beat Obama with such bad poll numbers indicating that only 27% of voters believe he has a clear plan to fix the economy.

He also dumped on the Romney campaign’s apparent theory of winning this election, that the incumbent will be blamed for the bad economy and Romney just needs to get out of the way. Kristol boiled the strategy down saying that Romney is essentially playing prevent-defense in the 2nd quarter when the game is all tied and that is a risky strategy even in the fourth quarter when one is ahead and that kind of strategy is one that makes him very nervous about Romney’s chances of beating Obama.

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  • WordsFailMe

    Bill Kristol’s number of invitations to Manhattan cocktail parties must be falling off. You can always tell when he goes on TV and starts making that sucking sound again.

    But, alas, he’s right. Romney cannot win this election.

    The American people who love freedom and abhor arrogance, lies and depravity, can.

    • Yeah I think he makes a great point. Romney will only be a strong alternative when people believe he has a clear plan to deal with this terrible economy. Until then he’ll only get mixed results.

      • WordsFailMe

        All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

        – Sun Tzu, the Art of War

        • n8sebaka

          Nice. I agree.

          Also, in the grand scope, (and the specific question asked in the poll quoted by Billy), a president shouldn’t have a plan to save the economy other than getting the heck out of the way after ending unnecessary over-regulation, lowering corporate tax rates, and working on entitlement reform.
          Like your point about we the people winning the election, it is we the people who will save the economy once the gub-ment gets out of the way.

          • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

            “We the people.” You are so right.

            The movie ‘Act of Valor’ reveals the depth of character, courage and sacrifice of our armed forces defending our rights abroad. It’s appropriate that we the people defend Americans’ rights at home – it’s so much less hazardous and the least we can do to repay them.

            Minimally, attend Tea Party rallies and contribute $$s to candidates!

        • librtifirst

          If I believed that Romney was approaching this in the same manner as a war, I could go with what you said. The problem is that he is turning off his own troops in the process. Once a commander loses the support of his troops, his battle is lost.

          I agree with the war analogy though.

          • WordsFailMe

            I think the troops have already decided on their direction. Even if Romney has to be tied onto the saddle, like Spartacus and forced into the WH, he going our way.

            • librtifirst

              This will require conservatives to rebel when he does the opposite of what he campaigned on. By rebel, I mean nearly insurrection. Otherwise he will just tick us all off until they replace him for the next guy.

          • Rightstuff1

            I agree – his ridiculous comments on the Obamacare tax being a penalty and not a tax. Excuse me? What was that? Stupid, nonsensical and inconsistent. This crapola about Obama being a nice guy. God I’m so heartily sick of that line it makes me want to puke.

            Obama is an extreme leftwing idealogue who has wrought incredible damage to our country. Howse about dem apples Mitt??!!!

            For goodness sake get cracking please.

            I knew this was going to happen. The only one that ever wanted to take this fight to Obama was Newt but all the establishment crows were dead set against him. Now we have Romney.

            God help us all !!!!

            • librtifirst

              Every time I see Romney, I think “democrat”. That is hard to get past. It has come to the point that I don’t even want to listen to what he is saying. The same thing happened with Clinton and Obama. I would rather read what is being said, than listen to it.

        • M_J_S

          Correct. That is why you should never eat the pepper, just the chicken.

          -General Tso

        • Freempg

          WFE, your Sun Tzu quote could very well be Axelrod’s strategy. We are overconfident of victory. We are underestimating the enemy. Fatal.

          • Rightstuff1

            I just don’t think Romney is doing the job. I don’t think its overestimating I think its worse. I think he feels he cannot lose. Obama will be in the ditch and Romney will race past. Romney needs to get the hell going and figure out a battle plan.

            You can have the best troops and the best equipment but if you don’t have a plan the enemy will destroy you.

      • wodiej

        What’s better-knowing what another 4 years of obama would do to this country or hoping romney will do better? Romney’s clear plan is in detail on his website. Why don’t people ready to chuck our country overboard, go read it.

        • las1

          Because Romney’s just not articulating it. If he’s not saying it… running to his website is pointless.

          And another thing… everyone is FIXATED on the economy. Economy economy economy!!! He’s got to attack Obama where Obama lives and that is in the radical left-wing community organizing snake pits. Levin ranted about this a few posts back here at RS. Obama is out to destroy the “economy” … and he does this using radical Alisnsky and Marxist strategies. And those strategies have very little to do with “the economy” other than running it into the ground.

          Romney will lose if he thinks he can win the hearts of America on the “economy”. Obama doesn’t win hearts on the economy… that’s why he is using every other left-wing Alinskyite tactic in the book. And Romney’s clueless on this.

          • librtifirst

            There are many who don’t even see the economy as the biggest problem. Many are tired of having a centrally planned economy dependent on the Fed. This crowd is growing. As our liberties are melting away, the economy is becoming a joke of a subject. Even the liberal media is getting it out there. I guess they have to tell some truth once in a while.

        • Rightstuff1

          Wodiej – pleaseeeeeeeeee. This is the age of instant communication. You want to refer someone to a website!!! Are you on Team Romney? This is death, instant death. He needs to get a message out not refer people to a website. Honestly, I’m trying not to explode.

          Can you imagine Reagan referring folks to a website? No? Right.

          Message the masses Romney. Tell them what you plan to do. You are running out of time. November will be here and opinions will have hardened quickly.

        • capelady

          Romney must articulate his plans in a simple and succinct way so that all of the voters who will never visit his website can understand what he plans to do. Platitudes are not going to win this election.

          • WordsFailMe

            So here’s Mr. soft-spoken. rational conservative, three years into the fight against communism and racism, reaching out to his friends for a life line. Not quite the white flag, bullet parroting signals “no more offence.”

            There is nothing quite as despicable as a New England Republican when all the chips are in he pot.

      • maynardb50

        I think Romney can win as more voters begin to learn Obama has no plan!!

    • If you notice, Bill Kristol only repeats the Obama campaigns talking points
      I’ve been seeing them comment in blogs saying Kristols exact words for weeks

  • librtifirst

    If the establishment puts Romney in, then I believe that they will be ready to crashs the system. If they keep Obama in, I believe that it is probably because they need more time to do so. Obama is their key to creating unrest and bringing on more crisis’, where Romney would be the guy to manage the collapse.

    It is hard to tell what the corporate media is attempting to prepare us for, but for now it appears that they are just bouncing back and forth until they are ready to give us the final sell, maybe a month before the election.

  • Yazz55

    I think the prevent defense analogy is quite appropriate. Romney does need to come out and throw some accurate bombs.

  • Don

    Kristol’s life is within the beltway. That automatically means he spews the talking points of the RINOs still in the GOP. Romney knows that the closer the election gets, the racial hatred and class warfare is going to be at heights never seen before. The manistream media will pull out all stops to crucify him on every level. Corrupt polls will show he has no chance at all. Liberals will spew hate and filth at ever opportunity. Boehner is right. This is a referendum on Obama. If he is re-elceted, the American way of life, as we know it, will cease to exist. Our country is at a crossroads and Kristol doesn’t have a clue.

    • Actually I think Kristol is right on the money with this comments. Romney hasn’t gained the traction he needs to gain yet and needs to make more clear how he will get the economy back on track.

      Also, that corrupt poll that he cited was from Fox News.

    • BSScoop

      Romney won’t save the republic either. ‘Not Obama’ is not enough to get me to vote for yet another liberal republican! -5 > -10 but it is still negative. 2008 was the last election that America could afford a RINO. It’s now over, hyperinflation here we come.

      What’s Romney gonna do, hike short term interest rates to double digits like Reagan and Volcker did? Yeah, right. The crushing sound you would hear would be 25% unemployment as a result. Even by the corrupt BLS numbers. The Dollar is dead and no president can save it. Better get your food, water, gold, and guns while you still can.

      Don’t Tread On Me

      • detectivedick

        Interest rates peaked at 21 percent under Carter. Reagan’s policies lead to lower interest rates. Look, LIAR Obama is managing the USA into the NWO thru his Progressive policies of destroying work and rewarding and redistribution of the National Treasury to his base. In his second term the USA will default, so it is either Romney or revolution. So fasten your seat belt and get a rubber suit for the mud storm. You can sit home on election day but stop complaining because you will be a co-conspirator.
        DON’T TREAD ON ME! Take action

        • Patriot077

          Thanks for correcting the info on the interest rate. I well remember the Carter years … and my husband and I were buying our first house during that high interest period. I thanked God for Ronald Reagan and what he did for our economy – and our morale.

      • capelady

        The economy is a huge issue, but it is still only one issue. Obama is working overtime to surrender our national sovereignty to the UN with the LOST Treaty and gun control – those are things Romney will not threaten us with… so there are plenty of reasons to vote AGAINST Obama even if you can’t get excited about Romney. I want Romney to win, and then if he doesn’t perform I want to find a way to replace him with a true conservative in 2016… but we MUST GET RID OF OBAMA for the sake of this nation. Romney may not be what we want or need, but at least he is not a Marxist!

      • Interest rates are being held artificially low. Volcker allowed rates to rise to their appropriate levels. We were the world’s largest creditor nation.

        If rates were allowed to rise again, the interest payments alone on the massive debt we now roll over continuously would be crushing.

        The Fed is backed into a corner this time.

  • mder4thegov

    What a bunch of whining little sissies the RINO, GOP establishment have become.
    They (Krauthammer Ingraham, Kristol, Will, Rove and the rest) couldn’t wait to hand Romney the nomination…and now they’re having second thoughts.
    Geniuses, you “forced” Mitt on us, I’ll vote for him…because he’ll still be 10 times better than Obama, but so would Daffy Duck. You jerks really jeopardized our future as a country–by making us hold our noses…knowing we will not survive another 4 years of Obama.
    With friends like you and John Roberts, who needs liberals.

    • Right_Wingnut

      Not to defend Kristol, but he was never a Romney backer in the primaries. He was the one begging for others to get into the race….specifically the loudmouth from New Jersey, and Paul Ryan.

      • StrangernFiction

        You’re right. Mitt was shoved down our throats, but not by Kristol.

    • librtifirst

      I keep asking people how Romney is going to shore up our currency problems. Nobody can answer that, because he won’t. He supports the Fed, as stated in the debates. He will utilize the Fed to continue debt spending and keep the abandonment of the dollar in full swing.

      There is no ideological battle going on here. They are both big government guys with slightly different views on how to manage things. If Romney wants to put up a fight, he will have to go back and listen to all of the Ron Paul speeches, then mix that in with his differing foreign policy rhetoric to appeal to the base.

      He needs create a clear contrast with Obama. His problem is that he has the same ideas on foreign policy, the Fed, socialized health care, etc, etc, etc,. The only difference is that Romney wants to pass a bunch of little bills taking over health care through regulatory tyranny. (repeal and REPLACE) His work as governor negates anything he says on Obama Care, because he has proven that there is no ideological difference, just a legal president that it should not be done by the feds, and the supreme court just negated that argument.

      The only way that Romney will win is through election fraud, or the inability of the conservative base to go into the convention and kick his butt out for a better candidate.

  • Right_Wingnut

    Why does this surprise anyone? He didn’t give anyone a reason to vote FOR him in the primaries either. It’s always been a referendum on the other guy. He can’t run on his own record in Massachusetts.

    If the alternative wasn’t the worst president in the history of our country, he wouldn’t have a chance in hell.

    • Nobody said it was surprising. But you are right that he didn’t run a positive campaign during the primaries either. I think those days are over and he’s got to switch it up.

      • Right_Wingnut

        I didn’t suggest that you were surprised by it. I’m referring to the slew of talking heads who are scratching their heads over Romney’s lack of ability to connect with voters with a positive message. I know that you get it.

  • n8sebaka

    Although I agree Romney has to talk about how he plans on fixing the economy, with the MSM so in the Kool-Aid tank for Dear Leader, why should he come out now? I believe he should stay out of the way. Dear Leader had a crappy June (notice no disclosure of fundraising totals) – why not stay out of the way and let him choom away on his Canadian bus? Let the bad economic news pile up.

    I think these so-called conservative pundits need to keep their focus on Dear Leader’s un-accomplishments and stop hammering Mitten. For chrissakes, it’s the beginning of July! Why would Mittens come out with concrete plans so early, when the MSM and Dear Leader’s hacks will sharp-shoot them?

    • WordsFailMe

      Obama will be remembered as the “Dogs*** President.”

      Not since Jeff Spicolli has a Democrat had to do more “shoe-scrapping” than this skinny, pimp-moron wearing that commie-blue suit. That alien-looking, commie president, Gorbachev, also favored the commie-blue suit.

      Let Obama keep on pirouetting for the libs for another month or so. It’s just a matter of time till he finds another pile.

  • What is there to say that hasn’t already been said?

    Mitt can’t stand by and let everyone else do his bidding. The RNC cocktail elite got us into this position by forcing this man on us. Now everyone wants to complain and say Mitt is a loser which we already knew.

    You reap what you sow. Lay down with dogs and you get fleas.

    • KarlRogue

      We’re all scratching! Pass the powder

  • If he can’t see Romney’s plan, then he’s refusing to see it. Every time I hear Romney speak, he talks about what he’s going to do. I think the problem is that there is SO MUCH to be done that the long list goes in one ear and out the other. I’ve said it before, Romney needs to focus on ONE point per ad.

    The reason is simple. I’ll give an example when my brother played hockey. Whenever the coach gave a timeout, he had 30 seconds, but he only ever mentioned ONE thing to the team to fix, and then the other 25 seconds, they would just wait around. The players would always ask, “Ok, but what else should we be doing?” The coach would answer: “Who’s going to forget the ONE point I just mentioned? Fix that and we’ll work on the others later.”

    IOW, he wanted certainty of moving forward instead of risking nothing getting through to the players. Romney should do the same thing.

    Also, it’s way too early. These pundits are not helping. If the polls were a stock on the NYSE, this is a clear consolidation waiting for a break to happen. You don’t want it to break right now. And if Obama isn’t moving up drastically by now, he never will. You don’t want to peak too early. Romney knows this. Still, I think there is one point they are right. Romney should not leave any attack unanswered. He’s apparently doing that in Ohio.

    • librtifirst

      I suppose that his debate performance with Obama will tell us a whole lot. If he is willing to throw down and destroy the O, then he might get a kudo or two from me. I have never seen him do it, so I don’t know that he is willing, or capable.

    • WordsFailMe

      Wet-Blanket Conservatives

    • Freempg

      We should not delude ourselves to believe Romney is playing chess when most of us think he is playing checkers. If he cannot get traction during this quiet time, this is nothing that should be explained away, or discounted for any reason other than Romney is not up to the job. If he continues to blunder through, maintaining a 27% likable rating, the delegates in Tampa had better take another look.

  • BostonBruin

    The most important people in the country right now are the 2000+ delegates who will vote at the RNC convention. If it becomes clearer and clearer that Romney cannot beat Obama, then they need to nominate someone else – delegate math be dammed!

    If they nominate Romney anyway and he loses in November, then those delegates will be responsible for the destruction of our republic.

    • librtifirst

      The Ron Paul people have been addressing this issue for some time now. Even though they knew that Paul would not be nominated, they have been working hard at the caucus’ and conventions to impress upon other delegates the importance of having a liberty minded candidate. They are still working to figure out how to get past the establishment. The last big fight is in Nebraska next week. The establishment is gearing up for a fight. They have been breaking the rules and changing the vote counts all along.

      The liberty people are debating whether or not to storm the Nebraska event next week end to keep them honest. One thing that can be said for these people is that they are doing the work. I believe that they will be considered the last great effort to change the system before it collapses.

      There is a law suit in progress to free up the delegates based on federal law. It is time that main stream conservatives kick in with the liberty people.

      If anyone wants to track this movement, they can visit .

  • Alborn

    Bill Kristol does not know crap. Look at what he had to say about the Arab Spring and you will get an idea of how out of touch he is with what is really going on in this country and around the world. I firmly believe people are much more awake than they were in 2008 and the media will not elect Oblamer-liar-in-chief again. We are not listening to them. And no matter who wins there will be some violence in the streets and challenges of voter fraud in some states as always. At least Romney will say he loves this country and thinks we are exceptional and that is enough better than o for me to campaign vigorous for him and vote for every R on the ticket in November.

    • Nukeman60

      Other than his ‘brilliant’ assessment of the Arab Spring, of which Beck is still rubbing his nose in, let’s think about what other prognostications Kristol has had – oh, yeah, he claimed there was ‘no way’ Obama would beat out Hillary. He was right on top of that one. And then there was that McCain fellow he backed so strongly. Hmmm…

      Methinks I don’t listen to much of what Billy has to say. When the election is over and Romney is getting inaugurated, he will say he told us all along.

  • Romney always did have a tendency to wade out into the weeds of policy nebbish-ness.

    He can focus like Reagan did on people’s comfort levels. Then hammer this line over and over:

    What’s the point of blaming the other guy when you only made things worse?

  • This is exactly why he needs to select Congressman Ryan as his running mate. If Romney taps Rubio because he’s charasmatic, young, and only picking Rubio to attract Latino voters, then you can forget about winning the White House. Paul Ryan has a plan to save us from bankruptcy, a plan that balances the budget, saves medicare and medicade, so on and so forth. I’ve consistantly have said this election is going to be strictly about the economy, and if we have a candidate or a vice presidential running mate who doesn’t have a plan to fix the economy, then we will lose.

  • Personally, I don’t understand what all these whiners are talking about. Romney has already made it very clear that if he’s elected president, he would repeal Obamacare (which would save literally billions in new taxes), he would reduce capital gains and dividend taxes, he would approve the keystone pipeline, he would encourage and support domestic energy production (like oil and coal), and he would reduce the size of government, saving the taxpayers billions of dollars. Not bad for the first few months in office. And the most important thing Romney could do to encourage corporations to do more hiring is to provide a stable economic plan so that corporations would know what’s coming down the road four years from now. One of the major reasons corporations are not hiring right now is because they don’t know what to expect in the next few months. If you give the country some economic stability, that would encourage the corporations to do more hiring, thereby creating more jobs. I really don’t know what Romney could say or do right now. After all, better to be realistic in your plans than making wild promises you can’t hope to keep. That’s what Obama did in 2008 and look where he is now.

  • puma_for_life

    Romney just comes across as weak. I was appalled at his response to the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare; he actually said it wasn’t a tax. He agreed with Obama’s line of response. It’s like Romney has no clue what he should say because he is one of the establishment, and that is who put Obama into office, so he must agree with whatever the establishment guy says. It’s like he has no brain or thinking power of his own. (I guess he has since flipflopped and figured out that he should agree with the SCOTUS and call it a tax, but so weak, too late, another flipflop). I consider him a real loser. A pathetic candidate.

  • SaraPFan

    I think Romney wants to announce and detail his plan closer to the debates. That way he knows that he has an audience tuned in and the media spin will not be quick to rip apart his policy proposals. Also, if Romney details his plan he will have to defend it during the debates. Obama should be on the defense. He’s spearheading this economy. What is his clear plan? If Romney jumps the gun, the media and the DNC will do him like they did Paul Ryan’s budget and Social Security plan. These establishment elites are always concerned about new policies and plans for Harvard studies instead of defeating Obama.

    • wodiej

      Well said. I was thinking the same thing. Cripes, give the guy a chance. He’s got all of his policies in detail on his web page. It is well known that voters do not pay attention until a few weeks before elections. There have been tons of ads out pounding obama. After the bad jobs report the other day, Romney came out a short time later and talked about it. Is Kristol some type of expert political analyst that knows all? Don’t think so.

  • Sorry to inturrupt, but there’s a big fire in the land behind us- please pray it doesn’t turn this way. This is not normal for this time of year, but we’ve been dry with a lot of lightning and not much rain. Thanks everyone!!!

    • MaxineCA

      Good luck Duckie friend. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers that you will stay safe. Please keep us posted, OK?

      • Thank you Maxine!! there are 3 fires, all in thick brush, but thank God (and thank you for prayers!) the wind has died down some. I guess we were seeing the northern fire- still don’t know exactly where it is, but it looks like it’s not so thick and black now. It might be getting put out now. They said no homes are threatened down south where the other fires are, so that’s good too. They don’t have it contained yet, and will have to watch it, but if the winds die down and don’t shift, we should be OK. Thank you everyone for prayers, I sure do appreciate it. I was having flashbacks of the last big one that came through here in ’07, and our neighbors and us get a little skittish when these happen in the bush close by and emergency vehicles start showing up… I hate evacuating.

        • MaxineCA

          Well, if I could, I would give you 100 “Likes” because of the good news! Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you guys are safe.

    • Rshill7

      Come to our house kid.

      • thanks mybear! Some day I just might show up on your doorstep with mr. Duck and Duck Jr. But I think we’re gonna be ok this time. Read my update to Maxine. Thanks mybear for prayers. I sure do appreciate it.

    • NoToTyrants

      God Bless! You and your family are in my prayers.

      • Thank you NoToTyrants! I do believe it’s out for now. It’s settled for the night anyway, and hopefully we’ll have no flare ups tomorrow. God Bless you too! Thank you my friend!

  • Rshill7

    If Romney simply rolled back all that O’ has done, the economy would skyrocket.

  • So George Will and Bill Kristol are all over the Sunday talk show circuit being critical of Mitt Romney and his campaign. These are the same “conservative” media elites who told us we couldn’t vote for Newt Gingrich…we couldn’t vote for Rick Perry…we couldn’t vote for Rick Santorum. Maybe those of us who didn’t want this guy as the nominee knew what we were talking about after all.

  • KM

    I have a sneaky suspicion that the Romney and GOP internal polls are quite different than the polling numbers discussed here.

    The most logical deduction tells me that the obama doesn’t have nearly the support that the beltway boys think… That includes economically and/or likeability.

    • Freempg

      I’m not willing to stake the future of the republic on a hunch, especially when my gut tells me the same thing about Romney’s likeability. I can’t stand him.

    • sDee

      The internal polls are always different than the ones for public consumption. It does not change the fact that Romney is weak and has no message.

      Deception remains exactly that, regardless if it is the elephants or the donkeys running the game.



  • capelady

    Conservatives warned the GOP establishment and media that we needed a true conservative to beat Obama – somebody with conservative convictions and real solutions! Romney was running for president for eight years and still could only spout platitudes and use his money and the GOP machine to destroy any conservative Republican who challenged him. Now, all of a sudden, they are shocked that he doesn’t have much of a message? He never had one!!! I would give anything to have Newt running against Obama now, because in spite of his “baggage” he is a great communicator with real plans and innovative solutions for the problems this country faces, and he would be putting Obama on the defensive DAILY!!! If we lose this election it will be the fault of people like Kristol and Krauthammer, the RNC and the GOP leadership… because we warned them and they refused to listen. Romney was the only moderate and so they backed him! Now they are having buyer’s remorse??? God help the U.S.A!!!!

    • NoToTyrants


  • Rocco11

    Kristol is morphing into David Frum, ignore him.

  • lilium479

    Billy……in comparison to Obama doing nothing is a vast improvement.

  • sjmom

    The establishment wanted Romney and now they have him. Unfortunately, once again they picked a loser, but it’s not all the establishment’s fault either. It’s the voters who believed his campaign’s lies about the other candidates and then voted for him who will be responsible for four more years of Obama.

  • anyonebutbarry2012

    Romney has no spine, never has exhibited one. I did not vote for him, could care less what is on this wishy washy mannequins web page. shame on the one’s who pushed, promoted and voted for him.

    • NoToTyrants

      Romney is a the candidate Fox News built. They labeled him the “front-runner”, “electable”, and “inevitable”, long before the first primary or caucus. They continued pounding this message throughout the primaries. It was so intense, I began to wonder if Romney had put all the Fox News “Conservative” pundits on his campaign staff.

      • KarlRogue

        Faux News, yes, GOPE Central. All Romeny all the time.

        But what about the dolts that bought it? Don’t they have responsibility for continuing to swallow the FNC bait?

        • NoToTyrants

          Short answer:

          Long answer:
          Too many Conservatives rely on the opinions of self-proclaimed “Conservative” pundits and talking heads on Fox, rather than researching and educating themselves on the policy positions and records of the various candidates.

          Like it or not, Fox News has a huge influence on many Conservatives, just as the New York Times has on Leftists.

          • sDee

            Yes, no one thinks any more. The complexity is all artificial. If folks just read up a bit and understand the principles of limited government and the Constitution, we could govern ourselves and do away with all this chatter and useless pundits, left and right.

  • GOP has always had a messaging problem.

  • Mitt, you’re doing great, keep the GOP base in the dark. They screwed up the last election with their know it all attitude. Listen to your own coaches.

    • KarlRogue


  • KarlRogue

    Cast No Shadow, Mittens!


  • xjesterx

    I heard an add about Romney’s tax plan today…it was “Okay”…35% to 25% capital gains, blah blah blah blah. Nothing bad. But nothing with a WOW factor.

    He needs three points. He needs to hammer them….and point #1 needs to have a “wow” factor. Why not 35% to 1% capital gains? Or 15% flat tax. Throw away the IRS code. This time forever. The first 100 days….the 15% flat tax will be implemented. Something like that.

    This is what Reagan did. He had a couple of points, and said them over and over. Stop the Soviets. Cut taxes. Etc. That’s it.

    Of course….he HAS to be willing to answer attacks and let loose the dog’s of war on Obama like he did against Republican candidates. (ads). He has to be willing to bring up Rev. Wright and Bill Ayres. Yes, in debates if need be, but don’t call for a stop to PAC’s running those ads, etc.

    I know a lot of people don’t like Christie, but his recent video clip where he asks a reporter if he’s “stupid” is what people want. They want someone who just says it like it is and doesnt appear AFRAID.

    My God, do our candidates always have to appear timid?? Enough already.

    • librtifirst

      It is all rhetoric and lies anyway. Why not go for the gusto? All he would have to do is introduce his new Romney/Paul domestic plan and get everyone behind him. If he would just spout off about closing down federal departments and cutting the budget $1T the first year, all the people who want to believe him probably would. Reagan got away with it, why not him.

      He needs to go back and listen to the applause that Paul got on these comments in the debates. The “new conservatives”, as 911infadel would describe them, would cheer him on from here to November, and he might even pick up the Paul bots that are refusing to vote for him.

  • Sandra123456

    Would you buy a car from Bill Kristol? I don’t think he has ever been right about much of anything and is a RINO in my opinion.

    • NoToTyrants

      Once upon a time, The Weekly Standard, Kristol’s publication, along with National Review were reliably Conservative. They promoted Conservatives, Conservatism, The Constitution, and were once the epicenter of Conservative revolution. Alas, how the landscape has changed. Today they are unreliable at best, and subversive to Conservatives and the Conservative movement at their worst.

    • JRD1

      I wouldn’t buy anything from Etch-a-sketch. He is the snake oil salesman.

    • librtifirst

      From what I understand, Kristol and Krauthammer are both tied into the global government network, such as CFR and Bilderberg. They are simply pundits who thow around the establishment rhetoric for the furtherance of the establishment’s agenda.

      • sDee

        Seems pretty oblivious just listening to them. All of the beltway and Manhattan crowd’s very existence relies on control of the government and central banking. The political establishment needs people like them to keep the narrative, the Kabuki game, going for the people’s entertainment.

        The truth is simple. What we have to do to take our country back will be ugly and necessarily brutal for these elitist talking heads. Will we do it or will we let these deceptive pseudo-intellectuals continue to run us?

  • hongryhawg

    The pathetic takeaway here is that Kristol is beating up on Romney because he cannot present a clear plan to economic success. I say just shut the f up and let the pretender’s policy do the talking.

  • kamiller42

    Fox News commentators critique Romney’s messaging, which happens to fall in line with their boss’, Rupert Murdoch, messaging on Romney’s campaign. Wow… Color me surprised.

    Look Fox News, you got the candidate you wanted. Stop your whining.

  • Hilarious and sad how fox news shilled for Romney the liberal statist the whole primary, and now are whining about how lame he is. lol

    Why didn’t they know that before?

  • kong1967

    I don’t know what these “plans” to get the economy back on track that they want to see. Romney has stated a lot of things he will do to get government out of the way, which is all I want government to do. I don’t want government dictating to businesses what they should do. Just get out of the way and stop killing business. What other “plan” is there? We aren’t liberals. Government doesn’t create jobs.

    • sDee

      The economy is not the problem. It is a symptom of the root cause problem, that the sum total of government (local, county, state and federal) has passed critical mass. It now is consuming our productivity instead of promoting it.

      This is Romney’s Achilles Heel. He was the “businessman” sent in to fix “the economy”. He can paper over it perhaps, but it is far too late for cosmetic fixes. Unless he stands now against the root cause, as Reagan so boldly did, our socialistic condition will become permanent. It only leaves one to wonder if that is the real end game.

      • kong1967

        I agree, but Romney has listed some things that do go to the root of the problem and arent’ about applying a band-aid or addressing the symptoms. Government is the problem. There are so many violations of “good” governance that Romney will not possibly be able to address them all, but now’s a good time to get started. For one, stop trying to fix the economy using the federal reserve by screwing with the natural interest rates, by printing money, and etc. Stop using Keynesian economics. Take care of the trillion violations the government makes against a friendly busininess environment and the economy will take care of itself. Might even have a hard time finding enough workers to keep up with it!!

  • deecal

    The audio on the video is awful to the point of being unintelligible.
    Nevertheless, Romney will not win unless he chooses Marco Rubio to lock in the Hispanic/Latino vote.
    If he goes with another white bread and mashed potatoes establishment jerk, it’s over.
    It’s John McCain de ja vu all over again WITHOUT a Sarah Palin who made that race far more interesting than anything zombie McCain did.

    • sDee

      Rubio is mashed potatoes. He can host a fine tea party but toes the establishment line when called upon..

  • sDee

    2 words: Win Congress!

    Forget the White House race. It has been decided. The executive branch is above the law and neither candidate has any intention of changing that. We have to put our time and money where we can make a difference.

  • These are the same talking heads that bashed Romney’s opponents, dishonestly I might add, with the blessing of Fox News evidently to cram Romney down our throat. What a joke…I quit watching ‘Special Report’ and ‘Fox News Sunday’ because of these ASS-hats!

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    Does anyone think Bill Kystol is a conservative? He is doing his best to get Obama elected.
    Remember he gave us McCain. I think his is a closet liberal.


    Romney plan is to do the opposite of everything Obama did. If he does that he will succeed.
    Bill Kristol does not want Romney to win. Who does BK want to win?


    Obama had made the safety net , a Hammock.

    Truman said the buck stops here, Obama says the buck ended here