September 18, 2012

Desperately Spinning Romney: Reuters Says ‘Gaffe-Plagued’ Romney Campaign (Gaining and Ahead in Non-cooked Polls) Is ‘Reeling’

Let’s see. The supposed consensus at Real Clear Politics shows Mitt Romney trailing Barack Obama by less than three points. As shown yesterday, one of the most recent five polls used in RCP’s calculations from CBS and the New York Times is so cooked that it weighted registered Democrats over registered Republicans by 35%-22% — so you can easily knock more than a point from Obama’s lead for that item alone. Rasmussen has Romney up by two, and Gallup has gone from Obama +6 to Obama +1 in just a week.

So naturally, according to John Whitesides at Reuters, it’s Romney’s campaign which is “reeling” (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

Romney struggles to steady campaign after secret videos

Republican Mitt Romney struggled on Tuesday to stabilize his reeling presidential campaign after a secretly recorded video showed him belittling President Barack Obama’s supporters [1] as victims who are too dependent on government.

The video from a closed-door fundraiser in Florida in May sparked another wave of criticism of Romney’s gaffe-plagued campaign [2] and raised fresh questions about his ability to come from behind in the polls [3] and win the White House in November.

In the video, the first part of which was published on Monday by the liberal Mother Jones magazine, Romney tells donors that 47 percent of Americans will back Obama no matter what and “my job is not to worry about those people.”

The video capped a difficult two weeks for Romney [4], who has fallen slightly behind Obama in opinion polls, taken heavy criticism for a hasty attack on the president during assaults on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt and Libya and faced damaging news reports about infighting in his campaign team.

It also reinforced criticism that the millionaire former head of the private equity firm Bain Capital is out of touch with average Americans, a theme the Obama campaign has hammered home all summer through advertisements.


[1] — He did not “belittle” Obama’s supporters. He observed that they “believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.” His brush stroke was too broad, but his observation holds for far too many Obama supporters.

[2] — Let’s see; “The private sector is doing fine”; “You didn’t build that”; “Egypt isn’t an ally or enemy” ….

[3] — If Romney is indeed behind, which is open to question, he’s well within the margin of error.

[4] — If Mitt Romney has two more weeks like this, given his polling gains, Ann Romney will be measuring the White House drapes on November 7 — if Michelle Obama will let her.

The proper take on the release of a tape which it is reasonable to believe the Obama campaign has known about since its creation four months ago is that Corn has been holding it in reserve in case he had to use it in October to tamp down a late Romney challenge. Oops. He had to release it now, because Team Obama knows it’s in a dogfight, is losing its control of the narrative, and is desperately trying to get it back. Whitesides’ pathetic write-up at Reuters betrays how over-the-top the press feels it must go in an attempt to keep their guy from sinking further.

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  1. I don’t think his brushstroke was too broad, I think it was all too accurate. Besides, considering this was meant to be an informal private talk I think the debating over whether the schematics of his speech was exact enough is irrelevant.

    Also, why is this getting the faux MSM/liberal outrage treatment (when it is provably true and most people know it and even some Democrats have admitted it) when Obama dismissed a much bigger portion of the American people as ‘bitter clingers?’ Now THAT was a broad stroke.

    Comment by zf — September 18, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  2. The percentage is right, but the at least implied characterization of the 47%, which includes Social Security recipients, was too broad, as was Obama’s bitter clingers — in Obama’s case, in a truly belittling way.

    Comment by Tom — September 18, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

  3. #2, If you view the comments in their entirely, it’s clear that is not what he meant to imply. Again, he was speaking at a private event, and like most people at such events, they don’t go out of their way to parse everything distinctly as they would at a more public, formal function. It’s obvious he was not using the same 47% who don’t play income tax and the same 47% who have the entitlement attitude as being the exactly the same people. He was using the 47% number as a baseline and talking off the cuff (instead of a teleprompter like some) he mentioned 47% not paying income tax as a way to point out that talking to those individuals about lowing taxes won’t resonate as much. I don’t see anything that suggests that he meant that all those who pay no income tax are leechers.

    Of course, there *are* seniors and SS beneficiaries (there are non seniors who get SS money) who do feel entitled to more than what they are getting and want more money (despite the fact that they are getting more benefits than the actually payed in already) and do have the attitude described, but that’s beside the point.

    Comment by zf — September 18, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  4. so whatever became of objectively unfit mitt anyway?

    Comment by Unfit Mitt — September 19, 2012 @ 10:15 am

  5. He still is, so our choice is the lesser of two objectively unfits.

    Comment by Tom — September 19, 2012 @ 10:30 am

  6. #4, So just because someone may not like Romney, they have to agree with every criticism of him by his opposition, no matter how stupid or inaccurate it is and despite the fact that the opposition has done everything they accuse Romney of and much worse? Sorry, I refuse to engage in such destructive and spiteful nonsense.

    Comment by zf — September 19, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

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