Tag: Romney

Romney got it right on Putin and Obama

Friday, 13 September, 2013 0 Comments

Mr Putin on the smile “Two decades after the end of the cold war, Mitt Romney still considers Russia to be America’s ‘No. 1 geopolitical foe.’ His comments display either a shocking lack of knowledge about international affairs or just craven politics. Either way, they are reckless and unworthy of a major presidential contender.” So thundered the New York Times on 28 March last year. The cause of its outrage was a piece that the Republican presidential candidate had written for Foreign Policy magazine titled Bowing to the Kremlin. Romney’s summation of Obama’s Russia strategy was devastating:

“Unfortunately, what they are getting is a sad replay of Jimmy Carter’s bungling at a moment when the United States needs the backbone and courage of a Ronald Reagan. In his dealings with the Kremlin, as in his dealings with the rest of the world, President Obama has demonstrated breathtaking weakness — and given the word ‘flexibility’ a new and ominous meaning.”

And so it has come to pass. “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers,” says Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. President Obama now finds himself in a position where he must depend on the kindness of strangers, like Vladimir Putin. But that strategy didn’t work out very well for Blanche DuBois.


Obama vs. Romney: Round 3

Monday, 22 October, 2012 0 Comments

Here we go. The final round and it’s even-Steven on this judge’s card. Rainy Day got it somewhat right on the first round, in that Mitt Romney came out swinging for the KO, but we erred on the second round by counting out President Obama before the bell had sounded. This means that the third […]

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Obama vs. Romney: Round 2

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 0 Comments

When the bell rang on 3 October in Denver for Round 1, it seemed as if American voters were willing to tolerate the guy defending the title. Sure, they weren’t thrilled about his performance on the job and things weren’t going that well overall, but there was no great clamour for “hope ‘n change” thanks […]

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The night Mr Obama met a very serious, very prepared candidate

Friday, 5 October, 2012

Snippet: “Mr Obama’s descent into the gutter has been especially tawdry. Rather than defend his own record or lay out what he wants to do about the deficit, the erstwhile candidate of hope has set his attack dogs on such weighty issues as how much tax Mr Romney paid or how many jobs were lost […]

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Obama vs. Romney: Round 1

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012 0 Comments

Writing in 1821 of a “milling cove” named Bill Neat, the immortal Pierce Egan, the Dryden and Pope of the old London prize fighting ring, said, “He possesses a requisite above all the art that teaching can achieve for any boxer; namely, one hit from his right hand, given in proper distance, can gain a […]

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Weakness and wimpyness and Voo Doo

Monday, 27 February, 2012

A quick look through the e-mails hacked from Stratfor by Anonymous and “published” by Wikileaks reveals little of importance and nothing dramatic. However, three’s a thread from 2009 that shows one of Obama’s billionaire backers, Penny Pritzker, cooling rapidly on The One. She is very disappointed about Obama’s “weakness and wimpyness” towards China. And his […]

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The Economist speculates and hedges

Friday, 13 January, 2012

Mitt Romney CEO “Mr Romney has something that the president and his Republican rivals sorely lack: business experience. For 25 years he made himself and the management consultancies BCG and Bain a lot of money by making companies more efficient which, yes, sometimes means firing people, but also drives economic growth. So far, Mr Romney has done a poor job of defending himself against attacks which are really aimed at the creative destruction which is the essence of capitalism itself. He says he created a net 100,000 jobs during his time at Bain. That figure is impossible to prove, but he could do more to argue that the benefits outweigh the costs. His task has not been helped by disgraceful attacks from fellow-Republicans on corporate restructuring.”

The question mark is a most useful device when the fog of electoral war covers the field and “America’s next CEO?” is typical of the kind of speculative hedge that employs it when fence sitting seems to be the best option. Punctuation aside, The Economist seems to be warming to the leading Republican candidate for the White House: “Mr Romney seems sure-footed. It is hard to think of a single misstep in this campaign. He may be wooden, but no scandal has ever attached to him. His family life is impeccably monogamous and progenitive. Those who have worked closely with him tend to admire him. On both the economic and the foreign-policy sides, he has already put together impressive and above all sensibly moderate teams.”