Romney running a 'depressingly inept' presidential campaign


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  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    The factor that beats Romney will be self inflicted. With the economy in shambles Mr. Obama should be 15 points behind.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Remember when Obama said that rural Americans had to choose between their guns and Religion? Did it harm his chances?

    Pitting the elderly and against young families is low.

    There are plenty of other entitlements that could be talked about, but are ignored. Business entitlements, illegal immigration/cheap taxpayer subsidized labor/multiple organizations doing the same thing, etc.

    We need a house cleaner, not someone that adds to the mess.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    He is lacking in community organising experience.

  • Oh My Heck! Vernal, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    I think that Mitt should not listen so much to all the various voices telling him to do this or do that, or this way or that way. He is a smart guy, and even though public speaking seems to be a weak area for him, and he continually puts his foot in his mouth, I still think he would do well to follow his own instincts on his campaign. His campaign started out much more positive and issue-oriented than it has become. I am tired of all the finger-pointing on all sides of the campaigns. I want to know what Mitt plans to do, in as concrete terms as possible at this point, and I'm sure others would want to know the same thing.

    He needs to be definite, precise, tactful, careful to not offend various voting groups while still getting his message across. He should approach this like he would a business that is in trouble, and plan and organize his campaign accordingly. It is painful to watch him continually shoot himself in the foot when I know he is more capable than this.

    Sept. 18, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    The only reason that it appears that Romney has made any "gaffes" is because of the media. The Dominant Liberal Establishment Media is looking for anything it can to make Mitt look bad. President Obama is not that good of a speaker without a prompter, but you would't know it from the media. They did the same thing to Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Anything a conservative says is downplayed or labeled "kooky." Clint Eastwood did an excellent "off the cuff" performance at the RNC, but all we hear about is how "crazy" he sounded. No credit was given for the memorization, or performance. Bill Clinton is a master speaker, and can work any crowd with ease, but with Clinton is on board with all the left wing causes.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    Re: "Romney running a 'depressingly inept' presidential campaign"

    So, that's it? Liberals believe they can "DanQuayle" their way through this election? Examining this obvious, disingenuous little liberal ploy, the term "one-trick pony" springs to mind.

    But, it won't work, this time. To few people even watch the "mainstream" media, and there are just too many media outlets liberals don't control.

    And WAY too many people who don't care how a candidate spells "potatoe" since there are real, critical, even existential issues to worry about in this election.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    "The only reason that it appears that Romney has made any "gaffes" is because of the media."

    Ah, yes. When all else fails, blame the media.

    You may want to look a bit closer. Last I checked, these folks were not part of the "Dominant Liberal establishment Media"

    "But that shouldn't blind us to the fact that Romney's comments, like those of Obama four years ago, are stupid and arrogant." Bill Kristol

    "On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board slammed Romney for being too vague on his health care policy proposals"

    Laura Ingraham said, "If you can't beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down. Start new, with new people."

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:11 p.m.

    I've often wondered if folks like David Brooks, Chris Matthews, etc. are PAID by the Democratic National Committee?

    If not; WHY not?

    All they do is spout the Democrats' talking points.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    @Mark, procuradorfiscal, fitness freak

    wow you talk about playing the victim. The only bias Romney is a victim of is his own.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    Nice article in the New York Times by the moderate conservative Brooks.
    How on earth can anyone expect Mitt to run the entire country, when he can barely pull off a convention, and his campaign has been a mini disaster?

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 11:10 p.m.

    Are David Brooks, Bill Kristol, and Peggy Noonan sudden supporters of Barack Obama? To listen to the conservative defenders of the faith in this thread, one would have thought they had jumped ship and joined the Liberal Left after their criticism of Mitt Romney.

    Now we know that deep down, Romney agrees with Paul Ryan and considers anyone living off the federal government, particularly retired people collecting social security and receiving medicare, are moochers and parasitic ne're do wells taking advantage of those exemplars of American values who can afford $50K fund raising dinners for the Republican candidate. The only problem is that many in the 47% mooch category are people who will vote, regardless of how they may be insulted, for him. One must only accept that they do not mind the mistreatment as long as it is a Republican shooting from the hip.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 12:19 a.m.

    Or one could say the United States has spent too much on wasteful and unnecessary wars.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    Inept campaign by an inept candidate. Hmmm. Wouldn't one think that would translate into an inept President should he be elected?

    So far:

    Mitt's foreign policy: inept
    Mitt's national policy: unknown ("trust me" isn't a policy, sorry Mitt)
    Mitt's public relations: inept
    Mitt's religion: the ONLY thing we really know about him

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    Quoting David Brooks as a basis for the DN opinion insures immediate lack of credibility

    Obama lies about Libya being premeditated - shifting the focus to to a media manufactured Romney gaff

    Is that the Deseret New's idea of a competent campaign? Because it is my idea of a fundamentally evil campaign.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    But..there have been some great, unforgettable moments!
    The public service segment of the Republican Convention ....Clint Eastwood sharing knowledge no one expected!
    Clint provided information that will be passed down from parents to their children for generations to come.
    A chair can provide safety in times of anger and violence.
    Educators, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, social service agencies, families, and multitudes of citizens will remember this.
    Society has now learned that when becoming angry, frustrated, or violent, one only need to grab the nearest lightweight chair. One can then "take it all out" on that chair.
    No more worries about loved one's feelings being destroyed, no more violent attacks on one another. Hopefully, deaths will be averted, as well.
    Besides Clint's theatrical talents, he will now be revered in our society for helping his fellow men.
    Thank you, Republican Conventions planners, for including this public service masterpiece!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Personally --

    I felt the Clint Eastwood / empty chair routine was symbolic of the modern Conservative movement.

    An angry old white guy,
    Blaming an imaginary Harvey Rabbit that only he can see,
    While the rest of us either nod our heads in agreement, or shake them in embarassment for him.

    No differnet than listening to AM radio...

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    Wasn't this the very same Mitt Romney who bragged about firing those who he said were inept?

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    For the Romney true believers, he can do no wrong. They insist his is misunderstood by the 47% of the public who will vote for Barack Obama because they are "moochers and irrespondible ne're do wells" who refuse to take control of their lives. It doesn't matter that the vast majority of these ingrates have worked all their lives and now, retired, enjoy they system they paid into during those years.

    Nobody likes a free-loader. But the Romney true believers especially don't like anyone they feel they are having to support, especially retirees, poor people, the infirm and handicapped who are not still working. They want a return to the workhouse policies where those who needed help were forced to work at menial jobs until they died.

    For people who have benefitted significantly from the work of others, these Romney true believers have given new meaning to the definition of "selfish". They want government to provide for them, to help them in their own success, but complain bitterly if they are asked for something in return. Yet, they refuse to see that aspect of being a "free-loader" that they enjoy in our society.

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    "Inept campaign." Don't blame the independent press. The liberal media has been saying this, yes. And the conservativve media has been denying it as much as it can. But conservative pundits writing for a conservative audience, including David Brooks, Bill Kristol, and Peggy Noonan have called it "inept".

    Go figure!

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    Part of Romney's problem is that he has backed himself into a very tight right wing corner. The other is that he is a plutocrat, mostly interested in retaining or improving his class conscience federal tax advantages. (see the Ryan Romney plan to eliminate the capital gains tax)

    This gaps and misteps are hurting my not nearly as much as his publically and privately stated policys and views toward the American electorate.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    "In 1980, about 30 percent of Americans received some form of government benefits. Today, as Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out, "about 49 percent do".


    The proper way to reverse this is to distribute income properly in the first place. A society where 1% of the population takes 1/3 of all income is not a society with proper distrubiton. A society where the average CEO of a company takes 500 times what their workers do is not proper distribution of income.

    Since 1980, this has gotten worse. If we are going to talk about one side of the coin, lets not forget the other side of the coin. It is not proper to dispose of one side of the coin without also disposing the other side. Once income is distributed properly in the first place, the governmental need to redistribute income will be reduced.