posted on August 03, 2012 10:11
A prominent Democrat asked this question: “With the economy so bad, why is Obama even close in North Carolina?”
Three theories: (1) Voters like him; (2) they don’t like Romney; (3) they’re afraid the Tea Party has taken over the Republican Party. Maybe all three are right.
A poll found Obama leading in three big battleground states – Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania – because of “his empathy and personal appeal.”
Romney may have a lot of good qualities, but empathy and personal appeal aren’t it. The more he campaigns, the more he looks like a rich, ruthless, unprincipled, cold fish.
Then you have Republican primary races like Texas and Wisconsin, where conservative Republicans with impressive credentials lose to or lag behind Tea Party candidates who are way more conservative and totally uncompromising.
Being likeable can go a long way in politics. (See Ronald Reagan.) Sometimes likeable is better than capable. (See, again, Reagan.)
Romney may be capable, but he sure isn’t likeable.
And, to most Americans, there’s nothing capable or likeable about the Tea Party.
Friday, August 03, 2012 10:44 AM
Poor Gary, still can't get over Reagan. How pathetic that, after all these years, pure partisan pig-headedness still blinds him to the reality of one of America's greatest presidents.
Friday, August 03, 2012 3:22 PM
Are you kidding me? Obama is the incumbent president. North Carolina has a majority democratic voter registration. And yet, it's close? Nice spin, Gary. Romney is, in fact, "likeable" whether or not you think so or the polls say so or not....especially in North Carolina where Christian values are paramount even among our African American and Hispanic population. Oh, yeah, the blacks and the browns will vcte for Obama because...well...hey, he's promising all kinds of entitlements and ways for people to "get things". But, not ALL blacks and browns will vote for him...so, get a clue, Gary. Romney will win NC, like him or don't like him personally. Obama has not done anything to help our state with its massive unemployment...much of it in the minority population. Think again if you are Oh-so-sure that Obama is going to win NC or that the down-ticket races will go democratic. Now, if something horrendous for Romney and the repubs here changes...well, the, yeah, you'd be right. Save that, you're doing nothing but "hoping". 2010 told us what the Tea party could and can do. It's still a VERY solid force in our political environment...and like them or not (which, of course you don't, Gary) they are damn good at getting people elected.
So, regardless of your particular liberal/progressive beliefs...a crap-load of North Carolinians don't agree with ya, my man.
***** Oh, if this is posted twice, it's because I waited 5 minutes for my original post to be "accepted" here....so, not trying to make a "double-post". TAP has a bit of a problem with its site here on these kinds of things.
Friday, August 03, 2012 11:47 PM
Good points, dap916. By the way, did you get the information on concealed carry laws I posted to am earlier thread? Very important.
Saturday, August 04, 2012 2:13 PM
Oh, and one last thing. You say that "there's nothing capable or likeable about the Tea Party." Granted, the Tea Party represents a minority of American political opinion. But which group do you think more Americans would identify with: the Tea Party, or the Occupy Movement? If you had to live in society led by one or the other, which would you choose? Which do you suppose more Americans would choose?