What Romney’s Campaign Can Learn from Newt Gingrich

Back during the Republican debates, I often thought to myself that Newt Romney (a monolithic character coined by Michele Bachmann as a method of criticizing her GOP rivals) would actually be a really good presidential candidate for the GOP. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich’s best qualities seemed to fill the void of where the other was lacking. Mitt Romney was smooth, both in his appearance and delivery. He had little political baggage, a solid business background, a good record of achievement, and he oozed confidence and competence at ever pore. Newt Gingrich showed an uncanny knack for delivering the kind of dialogue conservatives were starved to hear. He was well-researched, blunt, full of ideas, and showed a genuine passion for returning this country to greatness.

In the end, after a bitterly-contested primary, Romney came out on top and secured the nomination. What he hasn’t secured, however, is the passion and messaging it takes to become a strong candidate in the eyes of the electorate.

In a perfect country, candidates would be judged primarily on their experience, their vision, and their records of achievement. But we don’t live in a perfect country. We live in a media-driven country where talking heads can muddle facts and logic so effectively that all it takes is establishing an emotional connection with voters to become the leader of the free world.

In my last column, I described how the Obama campaign has been successfully employing television advertisements in swing-states that are striking a chord with voters. The ads seem to be having the most significant effect in Ohio, where state-wide polls now show that the president has pulled up to an eight point lead over Mitt Romney. Not so long ago, the two were essentially tied in that state. Despite the numerous, non-partisan fact-checking groups that have debunked the content of the Obama ads as works of fiction, there’s no doubt that they are working with voters.

Again, in a perfect country, you could rely on the national news media to conclusively expose such falsehoods. As we all know, however, most of the news media has a vested interest in Obama winning re-election, so they’re not going to be particularly helpful.

For those of us who understand just how terrible of an economic situation this country is in, the current, prevailing narrative of the presidential campaign is beyond frustrating. We’re watching President Obama turn the United States of America into Greece before our very eyes. We see $16 trillion of U.S. debt, European levels of unemployment becoming the new norm, anemic economic growth, and new entitlement programs being added to our already failing ones. Yet, the administration’s defense – a defense that actually seems to be a winning one at the moment – is that Mitt Romney is rich and he doesn’t care about you!

It would be laughable if the stakes weren’t so high.

The commercials have put Romney on the defensive, and thus far his campaign hasn’t figured out how to deal with the slander. It makes you wonder if Romney’s guys honestly believed that all they’d have to do to win in November was point at Obama’s abysmal economic numbers and offer up a competent alternative in their guy. It’s far from that simple, of course.

The Romney campaign needs to get it through their skulls that while the facts play to their advantage, they won’t guarantee their candidate a win unless he bluntly addresses the nation’s monumental problems with the passion and dedication that they deserve.

Newt Gingrich was a master at this. In the Republican primary debates, while Romney was choosing his words carefully and stating a logical case for his candidacy, Gingrich was expressing absolute appall over the consequential failures of the Obama administration. He framed his arguments not just with facts and figures, but broke them down into what those facts and figures meant to the average American. He spoke to different trades and age demographics, using the word “breathtaking” over and over again when describing our country’s downward spiral under the leadership of President Obama. With Gingrich, you were left with the impression that he was legitimately alarmed with what was happening to his country. His passion was infectious. So much so that whenever he competed in a televised debate, his poll numbers would jump up significantly the next day. That passion even won him the South Carolina primary.

What Gingrich proved is that if you deliver a message that is not only strong but also personal, you can effectively combat whatever stigmas you’ve been branded with. The narrative becomes less about you as a person, and more about what you’re running on. As we know, Newt obviously had a lot of well-known personal and professional baggage that would have made most presidential candidates a non-starter. For that reason, no one believed that he stood any chance with voters in the socially-conservative state of South Carolina. He proved them wrong.

In Mitt Romney’s case, the stigma that’s hurting him isn’t nearly as tall of hurdle to overcome as Gingrich had to deal with. Romney’s not on his third wife. He’s never had to deal with a public, messy divorce. He’s never been brought up on ethics charges. The only stigma he has to deal with is that of being really, really rich. And if he fixes his messaging, no one will care about that stigma.

What does Romney need to do?

First of all, he needs to stop being on the defensive. It’s not his leadership that is presiding over a nation in rapid decline. It’s President Obama’s.

Romney needs to start expressing outright appall over the mind-numbing lack of urgency coming from President Obama when it comes to dealing with the most dire challenges our country faces. He can no longer go the route of simply saying that the president is just in over his head. He needs to sound the alarm, and frame exactly what Obama’s neglect and failed policies have done not just to the country as a whole, but to individual Americans and their families. He needs to explain why it’s going to keep getting harder for people to find employment, provide for their families, and leave their children with the same opportunities that they grew up with.

He needs to stop worrying about differentiating Romneycare from Obamacare. Massachusetts is not the United States of America. Instead he needs to explain, in blunt terms, the burdens Obama’s law places on the quality of our healthcare and the costs it places on our family budgets.

He needs to stop assuming that people understand what $16 trillion in national debt means to them and their families, and actually explain it to them.

He needs to explain to parents why their kids who just graduated from college can’t find jobs, and why the job market will continue to struggle until the president stops standing in the way of pro-growth policies.

He needs to speak out against the political polarization that has left Americans at odds with Americans. He should tell voters that as their president, he won’t waste a single breath blaming others for the country’s problems. Instead he’ll commit to fixing those problems. He should tell voters that he won’t create false controversies to distract them from the very real challenges our country faces.

Most importantly, it’s not enough that he directs people to his website and speaks in generic terms about his alternate vision. He needs to make the case, and show some gusto as he does it. I don’t buy the repeated notion that Romney’s just not that kind of guy when his supporters try to defend his lack of enthusiasm. That’s bologne. I’ve seen the man show some some heart in past debates. I know he’s capable of it. We just don’t see it nearly enough. My guess is that his handlers are worried he’ll come across as angry or condescending if he tries, but that’s a chance I think they’ll have to take.

This election is absolutely winnable for Mitt Romney. He still has time on his side. He certainly has the failed record of President Obama on his side, and that’s not going to change between now and November. All he has to do is take a page out of the Gingrich playbook, and make a strong, impassioned case for why the country desperately needs him right now. If he does that, his personal wealth becomes a non-issue.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • steve

    What Newt was talking about during his campane,,is he didnt want what the rest of past President we vs. them is,,work with what works..The demos are very smart,,they want u to need them..example..The Anti-American President wants thoughs who make over 200 thousand to pay most of the taxes…My family makes around 30…And im agianst this y???i have never worked for someone who makes less than me..His plan to drive people who can buy and supply people to work,,are in that category…If they need him,,thats Y  he will makes more than every body…WITCH MEANS WE NEED THE DEMOS IN OFFICE,, TO MAKE IT EVERY DAY…STANDING IN LINES FOR EVERYTHING,,INCLUDING HEALTH NEEDS,,IS WERE PEOPLE WILL GET MAD BECAUSE THEY WANT HELP NOW…NOT BLEEDING IN A LINE…HEALTH CARE NOW RUNS ON ONE SYSTEM..THEY WANT U TO GET BETTER SOONER THAN LATTER,,BECAUSE THEN U HAVE TO PAY THEM…THAT HOW THEY SERVIVE…THE ANTI- AMERICANS DEMOS WAY IS STAND IN LINE AND WE WILL GET  TO U…WHEN U DONT COST US MORE THAN THE PERSON NEXT TO U..MORE TAXES…THEN I CANT PAY THE HOSPITAL BILL I HAVE…PEOPLE LOVE TO BE INVENTIVE…NOT POOR,,OR GETTING THE BANG FOR THE BUCK ON FOOD STAMPS…LOOK AT THE COMERCIALS THAT ARE BEING SHOWN MOST OF THE TIME..SOME LITTLE ITEM THAT CAN FIX SMALL PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE,,OR SOMETHING THATS ENDURES FOR A LONG TIME TO MAKE THINGS SIMPELER…IVE WORKED FOR A SMALL ROOFING COMPANY,,THEY GO THROUGH 2 HUNDERD THOSAND DOLARS IN A WEEK…AND THATS WITH HAVEING 35 PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM..200 THOUSAND DOLLARS IS NOTHING IN TODAYS BUSINESS WORLD..THEY ALSO LIKE PLAYING THE SHELL GAME TELLING US THEY CAN DO THIS..AND THAT BY MOVEING MONEY HERE TO THERE..AND DONT KNOW WHERE IT IS OR,,IF IT CAN WORK WITH MONEY NOT HERE,,OR THERE???THE DEMOS DONT WANT U TO HAVE MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET,,BECAUSE THEN THEY CANT MAKE DECISIONS FOR U,, U NEED THEM…LOOK AT MEXICO,,ALL THE MONEY THAT THEY MAKE GOS TO THE GOVERMENT…THERE PEOPLE ARE POOR..AND SO THE IDEA FOR THEM IS TO COME TO AMERICA AND SEED THE MONEY HOME..SO THEY CAN SERVIVE..I ASKED A MEXICAN WORKER THAT I WORKED WITH,,WITH SUCH A GREAT WORKING CLASS OF PEOPLE,,Y DONT THEY TAKE OVER THE GOVERMENT THERE..HE SAID,,BECAUSE THERE AFRAID THEY WOULD KILL THERE FAMILYS.. MEMBERS..SO THEY LIVE IN FEER,,OF THERE OWN GOVERMENT…IS THAT WHAT WE WANT…NEWT  BEEN INVOLED IN THE GOVERMENT PROSSES A LONG TIME,,AND LOVES RONALD REAGEN  WITH ALL HIS HEART,,BECAUSE HE KNEW HOW TO PUT PEOPLE IN THERE OWN STRANGHS,,AND FELL SUCCESS  FROM THERE OWN IDEAS AND WORK,,AND TIME TO LOOK BACK AT WHAT THEY ACCOMPLIISHED…AND HAVE SELF WORTH..IT TAKES     TIME….TO GET FROM A TO B TO C…BUT WHEN we ARE IN CHARGE,,U SUCCEED…THATS CAPITALISM…FREEDOM….THAT SEPERATES US  FROM  THE REST OF THE    WORLD…AND THE DEMOS…AMEN…     

  • nrobyar

    We need a candidate with the passion and oratoral skill of Newt Gingrich, but who has been vetted…we need a candidate who motivates, inspires, lives by example of his convictions..we need a candidate with charmisma, charm and the ability to win over even the people most adverse to his ideilogical views to compliment him on being fair and listening to the other side.  Republicans cannot warm to Mitt’s inconsistencies, his bland delivery and candidacy.  He needs to do something for those of us who just don’t trust him.  Put Mr. Charm (Mike Huckabee) on the ticket and “make our day.”  He fills all the needs so badly missing in Mitt.

  • TheAztecPatriot

    This is a great article. The author is spot on! Too bad Mitt Romney or his handlers will probably never see it. I hope Romney can put his ego aside long enough to take constructive criticism, such as in this article, and implement its ideas. Otherwise, we may all be screwed – not just in November – but forever!

  • El-sid

    I agree 100%  and would add that Romney should pound away at the waste in government. Take a page from Stossel on his program. Spell out how he plans to tighten up the government agencies that allow the millions we lose in greed and fraud. Especially in Medicare, Medicaid, Tax loop holes. This is what the people want to hear. The government is not doing its job. eliminate wasteful programs, put more into the control of  waste.  Give examples like Newt does. 
    Also think about how we could jump all over the comment Obama made to the Russian when he thought he was off mike–about he will deal better when he gets elected. He will give in.
    Someone needs to do a better job with the republican response.       

  • FloridaJim

    Romney is our candidate but he is somewhat like John McCain to me I would like him to be more forceful and have his messengers all on the same page. It is embarrassing for Romney to say it is a tax and another spokesperson say it is a penalty, that is basic in campaigns and despite Romney running many campaigns you would think he would have that basic message down. Obama/Axelrod just waits for the least foul up and they pounce making Romney look like a dunce. It is the economy, it is the massive tax increases with Obamacare, it is Obama’s daily lies or , charitably, his constant miss-statements …..pound him on every one. Obama gets by with these lies everywhere and someone on Romney’s staff should counter them humorously. “There you go again” Reagan said to Carter and Carter was done.

  • anti_nihilist

    Romney is a disaster, a monument to milquetoast mediocrity.  His popularity with the media is easily explained as he was the least impactful candidate to the leftist agenda. Romney voters are unimaginative lazy people with no critical thinking skills and no real interest in, or understanding of, the current political climate.  Backers of all other Republican candidates have demonstrated more passion and offered more compelling arguments than the Romney “because the other guy can’t beat Obama” campaign.  Was there  ever any substance? Nope. Will there ever be any? Probably not. If you find Romney’s floundering surprising then you truly are stupid. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-H-Fromme/1629370162 Christopher H Fromme

    Newt had a plan to bring back the Reagan years.  Mittens needs to show people why they should vote for him because he has a vision to allow small & large business to hire.  Make America energy independence, can you say $2 gas.   Don’t make this an election that you hope you win because Obama has tanked the economy  

  • falling321

    Ya’ll never learn…the debate is not what won South Carolina for Newt.  If that was all it took, he would have won every primary close to every debate.  Sarah Palin’s endorsement just before the SC primary brought conservatives out to the polls and that is what won SC for Newt.  One day the GOP is going to wake up and recognize her worth, but by then it will probably be too late for them.

    • John Daly

      It wasn’t Palin’s endorsement. She never really endorsed him anyway.

      It was the fact that the debate was RIGHT before the primary election. With the polls not showing Newt as a serious threat, Romney didn’t bother to run his anti-Newt tv ad campaign that hammered Gingrich on all of his baggage.

      In the other state primaries, the debates took place many days before voting night. During that time, Romney was able to run his ads early and often, and Newt’s campaign didn’t have enough money to combat them and hit back at Romney.

      Romney doesn’t have that problem. He’s raking in the money. He can compete with Obama in the realm of television advertisements. He also has far more of a public platform right now than Newt did, now that he’s the general election candidate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E4C65QOIQ4XH67F6MEHWTXGODY Alan

    On most points I agree with the article but that’s because I am a Gingrich supporter.  Where the article delves into the personal past of Gingrich it’s a little unfair to have that criticism because none of us know what happened in the two marriages.  Like Newt has said, everyone has known personal pain, and has made their share of mistakes.  He has since repented of his sins and is happily married to Callista.  But enough of that.

    People expecting the fire in the belly from Mitt Romney it just won’t come.  He’s not a conservative and you can’t expect someone to articulate conservatism when its not in their background.

    Besides, Obama and the mainstream media have loads and loads of “files” on Mitt.  A friend of mine who works in the media industry told me that they will unload a bundle of documents that will make your head spin and its all true.

    Personally speaking, Mitt is the weakest candidate the GOP offered us and they will be sorry they did that to America.  Newt was the best candidate who had the fire in the belly and had the bold solutions for America.  He would have followed Barack Obama around everywhere and debunked anything that the President said without a seconds thought and certainly no teleprompter.  When you are a conervative, it just flows from your mouth.

    What else can I say but you reap what you sow.   Money may not be able to buy this election for Mitt.

    • John Daly

      I’m not judging Newt. I’m just saying is that the baggage I listed is largely what hurt him as a presidential candidate.

      • redfish

        I think if Democrats ever used his marriages for politics, it would have backfired. Romney has plenty of “baggage” too, and when Democrats use it, it backfires. What eventually made it look like Gignrich had exploitable baggage which Romney did not, imo, was the money and voice of Romney supporters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.o.r.jackson Mike Jackson

    Great article John (who is NOT Bernie nor Burt)
    I’ve taken the liberty to forward your article to the Romney Campaign and am encouraging them to stoke some coals and get the iron hot.  Something that camp has yet to do.
    Gingrich and to a lesser extent Santorum showed deep seated fire in their bellies which made the primary season more than interesting.  But I am still not seeing this from Romney.
    If that doesn’t change, we’ll be stuck with a second Obama term.

    • John Daly

      I appreciate you passing column on. I’m certainly not the only person who has written lately about this same problem with the Romney campaign, but I think the remedy to the problem needs to be vocalized as often as possible until they start listening.

    • grover94

      Romney is non-campaigning himself into a loss.  He loses, we lose.  I hope they listen.  I’m frustrated as hell at his doormat strategy.

      • James King

        He’s going to lose and you can kiss America goodbye. It will be much worse than Woodrow Wilson with the unconstitutional amendments passed in 1913, TR before him and then FDR. Uninformed citizens have been standing in line to get the goodies politicians have been passing out for much more than 100 years. The founders would not be able to recognize our nation today if they could come back–then they would throw up when they found out how ignorant millions of our fellow citizens are.

  • Roadmaster

    We haven’t seen many Romney ads here in AZ because Obama has very little chance of winning this state.  But the ads I have seen are very timely, responding within hours of a specious claim or false narrative advantaged by the other side.  Some are especially affective and some not so much – that’s just the way a campaign goes.  I do think Romney has some mighty smart people working for him, and duplicating Newt’s strategy should work for them.

    The amount of skepticism and cynicism towards Mitt is not a good thing.  I didn’t support him (I’m a big Newt admirer precisely for the reasons Mr. Daly outlined) but we’re all in now.  It’s just too damn important not to.

    And we are working very hard for every conservative candidate from Senator down to local dog catcher.  If anyone wants to see what liberal progressives can do to a vibrant economy and thriving city, come see what has happened in Tucson in the last 20 years.  Corruption, kick backs, cronyism – we used to be like Chicago but now our future looks more like Detroit’s.

    Friends don’t let friends vote dhimmicrat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allen-Joyner/1513208342 Allen Joyner

    I know it usually doesn’t affect the outcome in the election….maybe Kennedy-Nixon and Reagan-Carter the exception….but this year may be different. I believe if Romney can passionately outline the failures of the Obama Administration directly to what should be a huge TV audience, it will swing the election his way.
    And I hope he does pick Marco Rubio for VP. Can you imagine Marco debating Wild Joe in the VP debate? I like his chances!

    • John Daly

      Unless there’s some dark past about Rubio that we have yet to know about, I think he NEEDS to be the VP pick. Romney already comes across as competent. He doesn’t need a “safe”, seasoned VP. He needs energy and attention behind his campaign.

      Unlike with Sarah Palin in 2008, Rubio’s been a player on the national scene for a couple of years now. He’s had a lot of debating experience on national issues. He’ll get the attention of demographics that currently aren’t interested in the GOP right now, and he’ll help win Florida.  There are just too many positives to overlook him.

      • James King

        As much as I like Rubio I think a governor should be selected. Look at what has happened when a senator becomes president! I would choose Martinez of New Mexico. She at least has some executive experience.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allen-Joyner/1513208342 Allen Joyner

          You’re right. Almost every President in the past 100 plus years has been a governor (or a VP and one General) prior to becoming President. All where in charge  of something before becoming President. Senators are not usually the best qualified because they ran nothing.  You see where it got us the past 3 1/2 years!  (I believe Kennedy is the only other President whose only experience was a Senator in the last 100 years or so).  
          So Rubio can  get his additional experience as VP and take over for Romney when his term(s) are up!!! :)

        • John Daly

          Not President… Vice President. I don’t think Obama’s been so bad because he was a senator. I think he’s been so bad because he’s a left-wing ideologue who hasn’t a clue how the economy works.

          • James King

            John, if I said pres. I meant vp. As for Obama, I think you are wrong. In many ways Obama wants people to think he doesn’t know much. The problem with him is he is not just a left-wing idealog, he is also a Chicago thug, and when they get started they don’t let up. He was schooled and educated to be a Marxist, and that’s what he is. But he doesn’t want you to know that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allen-Joyner/1513208342 Allen Joyner

        Been saying that even before Romney secured the nomination. Romney-Rubio. Even sounds good! As you said, there’s just too much upside to him on the ticket. Appeals to the Tea Party Repubs, Latino, Florida, charisma, and handsome, beautiful young family.  You’re right John, he could very well be the difference maker too. 
         

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-H-Fromme/1629370162 Christopher H Fromme

      Marco Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen and thus cannot be VP.  His parents were Cuban citizens when he was born in 1971.  They became American Citizens in 1975.  Same deal for Bobby Jyndial & Barak Obama

  • Drew Page

    It’s not that Romney’s political ads are weak, they are non-existent.   I haven’t seen any Romney ads on TV in weeks.   Although it isn’t his style,  he needs to get down and dirty.   He needs to attack Obama’s false and broken promises showing how he lied to the public.   He needs to ask the public why they would believe and again vote for a man who lied to them.   He needs to talk about what he will do to replace Obamacare, not just say he will repeal it.   He needs to point out what he will do to create jobs and revitalize the economy.   He needs to make changes in his campaign staff and hire the people who brought Chris Christie into office.  

    Not being Obama will not be enough to win the election for Romney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.wight Ted Wight

    I hope Gov. Romney or some of his close advisors read this column.  Republicans seem to believe that “right” will win.  But if the electorate doesn’t understand what is “right” they will not know and will go for Obama’s lying ads.  Yes, Republicans’ beliefs — especially the conservative ones — are correct for this country.  But that fact gets you 80 years of Liberal/Progressive wins, with a brief time-out for President Ronald Reagan’s terms.  If Romney is too polite or too filled with “right” and “wrong” instead of basic salesmanship, he’ll be another Republican loser.  As will the nation.  We as a nation are on the cusp of losing the tenets of what made this country great through hubris and/of a belief that “right will out”.  NO.  Right needs to be sold and sold hard.  The wrong of socialism needs be vented continually.  The raw desire of power of the Elite Progressives over the rest of us needs be exposed again and again.  The harm to the country is real and needs to be understood.

    Get Mad Mitt!

    http://www.periodictablet.com

    • James King

      Ted, I agree with some of your ideas but not all. Conservative beliefs are not all right and liberal beliefs are not all wrong. Even some of Obama’s beliefs are right, though it makes me sad to say so.

      American’s have gotten used to goodies and want them, never understanding that they come from one of their own pockets or the pockets of their posterity. Yes, Romney really does need to break away from politeness, but he probably won’t. And if that is so it is because of his religion. Not because his religion is wrong and the other ones right, but because they are all wrong much of the time and his religion is famous for producing Romney-type people. Fortunately that did not apply to Glen Beck, and I think he would be a good speech writer for Romney.

      Socialism does need to be vented continually because it is always wrong. But so also are a vast number of politicians, newspeople, etc., and this can be easily shown by the use of the word democracy to describe America instead of the correct discription, constitutional republic.

      You do not say, “and to the democracy” when you recite the Pledge. Democracy is about majority rule. This was denied by our founders in several ways in the writing of the Constitution, beginning with the Electoral College. If we were a democracy Al Gore would have been president. Thankfully he wasn’t.

      Also, it is not just the Elite Progressives who desire power over us. It is also the Elite Conservatives, both of whom need to go to the Objectivist classes held by the Ayn Rand Institute, Cong. Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul excluded because they are already aware of and practice Objectivism while having disagreements with Rand. 

  • James King

    John, your article is well-written and insightful. But Romney is going to lose because typical Americans are not even qualified to vote, muck less to see that the Oval Office is occupied by a Chicago thug, and I am from Chicago and also the Chicago area.

    I think your analysis is brilliant, but I also think it doesn’t matter. The “we will bury you” line from Nikita (I can’t spell his last name) was right. Obama was raised and educated by committed Communist’s and he became one. The dangerous part of that equation is he did it from Chicago, where thuggery in elected positions is the standard.

    As for Romney, even if he wins he has openly said he will not cut spending, only the rate of growth. America had the chance to nominate the one candidate polls showed could defeat Obama and chose not to do so. That was Ron Paul. And as I write this I see below a comment from Robert Macchia that Bernie is brilliant. He apparently doesn’t even know that the article was written by John Daly, not Bernie Goldberg.

    It is my hope that the Romney campaign will wake up, but don’t count on it. The way the GOP works it was just his turn, and maybe the next time they will nominate the bigot Rick Santorum to keep their losing streak going because he came in second and it will be his turn. That’s the GOP way.

    I say again, Romney is going to lose. I hope he doesn’t, but I am certain he will. As for America, even the Tea Party is not strong enough to stop this creation of the United Socialist States of America. Stalin would be proud.

    • John Daly

      I think I’m a bit more optimistic than you are. Romney still has four months to get it right. I think the well-funded PACs are going to do a number on Obama. Romney’s campaign just needs to stop playing it safe. Mitt’s got to show some fire, make his case, tell Americans why they need him right now.

      As for being mistaken for Bernie, it happens ALL THE TIME. lol.

      • James King

        John, you are more optimistic than I, but just look at responses you have had addressing you by a different name. This tells me, though not scientific, that I was right in saying many Americans are not qualified to vote. Listen, if you can’t get the name John straight, what can you. But keep on keeping on. I will as well in my replies. And even though Bernie actually made a comment to me this way (I could tell it was by his phrazing, he writes like he speaks) not sure I spelled that right.

        Anyway, I am new to all of this and oh, by the way, I visited your own site but the pages never seemed to come in all the way. You might want to check that out. This site never does that.

        • GlenFS

          James, I do hope I’m qualified to vote.  I posted after a night in the ER.  Not everyone who flubs is a dolt.

          • James King

            Understood. My daughter works ER. But the sentiment is sure true of too many people.

        • John Daly

          My own site? I don’t have one.

          • James King

            Sorry John. It was someone else I was thinking of.

  • GlenFS

    Michael,

    Another good assessment. His campaign showed enough mojo to bump off all GOP rivals, now they need to take Obama down… he’s bristling with soft spot.  Target them with vigor.

    • John Daly

      Michael?

      • GlenFS

        Sorry, John!  I was on call and called in middle of the night.  A bit loopy from loss of sleep.

        • John Daly

          lol. No problem. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-L-Macchia/649373637 Robert L Macchia

    Bernie is brilliant, I agree wholeheartedly.  Gingrich was my first choice, but his baggage ruined him.  Romney should study Gingrich more closely and he will win.

    • John Daly

      Agreed on Bernie. But I’m not him. ;)