The Blood and Guts election

New York Magazine

The US presidential election this year is shaping up to be the blood and guts election:

But if the Obama 2012 strategy in this regard is all about the amplification of 2008, in terms of message it will represent a striking deviation. Though the Obamans certainly hit John McCain hard four years ago—running more negative ads than any campaign in history—what they intend to do to Romney is more savage. They will pummel him for being a vulture-vampire capitalist at Bain Capital. They will pound him for being a miserable failure as the governor of Massachusetts. They will mash him for being a water-carrier for Paul Ryan’s Social Darwinist fiscal program. They will maul him for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt on a range of issues that strike deep chords with the Obama coalition. “We’re gonna say, ‘Let’s be clear what he would do as president,’ ” Plouffe explains. “Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.”

The Obama effort at disqualifying Romney will go beyond painting him as excessively conservative, however. It will aim to cast him as an avatar of revanchism. “He’s the fifties, he is retro, he is backward, and we are forward—that’s the basic construct,” says a top Obama strategist. “If you’re a woman, you’re Hispanic, you’re young, or you’ve gotten left out, you look at Romney and say, ‘This fucking guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that.’ ”


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  • Razorlips81

    I would gladly vote for Romney based on this article!

  • thor42

    “They will pound him for being a miserable failure as the governor of Massachusetts.”
    Really? They would be foolish to do so.
    A quote from the Wikipedia article on him –
    “Upon entering office in the middle of a fiscal year, he faced an
    immediate $650 million shortfall and a projected $3 billion deficit for
    the next year.  Unexpected revenue of $1.0–1.3 billion from a previously enacted
    capital gains tax increase and $500 million in unanticipated federal
    grants decreased the deficit to $1.2–1.5 billion. Through a combination of spending cuts, increased fees, and removal of corporate tax loopholes, the state ran surpluses of around $600–700 million for the last two
    full fiscal years Romney was in office, although it began running
    deficits again after that.” 

    Then there were the 2002 Winter Olympics – 
    “Before Romney came on, the event was running $379 million short of its revenue benchmarks. Plans were being made to scale back the Games to compensate for the
    fiscal crisis, and there were fears the Games might be moved away
    entirely. Romney was chosen by Utah figures looking for someone with expertise in
    business and law and with connections to the state and the LDS Church.” 
    “Romney ran the planning for the Games like a business.
    He revamped the organization’s leadership and policies, reduced
    budgets, and boosted fundraising, alleviated the concerns corporate
    sponsors and recruited many new ones.”
    “Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up clearing a profit of $100 million.”

    If that’s what the Democrats call a “miserable record”, then jeez – send that guy with a “miserable record” down here to fix OUR economy! 

    • thor42

       Romney only has to say one word to fend off any attacks on him.

  • Mitch

    Mitt “Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss” Romney is far from guaranteed to be running against Obama. All those supposed 1144+ delegates that he’s racked up for Tampa RNC, legally, cannot be bound to vote for him – they don’t even have to abstain in the first round of RNC voting – they can vote in the first round how they wish. To force those delegates to vote in a particular way is in violation of Republican Party rules, Federal Election laws, and the Constitution. This situation happened in 2008, when delegates who supported Romney, but were bound to McCain, voted for Romney against their binding.
    What does that mean? It means that while the State Primary wins have translated into delegates being allocated (bound) to Romney, which is where the MSM reports is 1144+ delegates needed for securing the RNC nomination, they’re actually delegates that support Ron Paul, and will indeed vote for him. Romney’s best case scenario is a brokered convention, and having to adopt some of Ron Paul’s policies. His worst case scenario is that Ron Paul annihilates him in the Tampa Convention, and Obama is set back months by fighting the wrong opponent.

    Check out to see where the delegate count is ACTUALLY at.

    Can’t wait for August, hopefully there’s a live web stream of the convention.

  • Mediaan


    I knew we had to wait for the convention, but didn’t understand how it worked.   Our lazy journalists have been using terms like “confirmed” and “final” and “all over” etc., but it’s not.

    What would it take to get America turning to Ron Paul, short of a “patriot movement” revolution?
    Might Santorum or Gingrich still come through?

    I have about 50p on each of them, from memory, to take the Republican nomination.   Might be facing grievous financial loss.   Nothing on Paul or on Romney.   Serious matter.

    • Mitch

      Some are lazy, but in general the biggest news media companies like Fox have had their reporting slant decided long in advance. This isn’t just some paranoid conspiracy theory.. pro-Paul articles get deleted, pro-Paul comments as well. Commentators have been blatantly omitting his name in talk show pieces.. it’s really scary to see how controlled the MSM is getting. When it all comes to a head, they’re going to make the News Of The World scandal look paltry in comparison.

      The ‘rEVOLution’ is what you’re looking for – the term the RP campaign is using for the Liberty Movement. There’s a bunch of different groups that all come under that broad umbrella, all in support of Ron Paul, or more importantly his message – returning to the constitution, ending the Federal Reserve and returning to sound money. The DailyPaul site is one of the most active sites for his supporters. on Youtube, MatLarson10 and AdamKokesh are two good sources. Doug Wead is campaign advisor to Ron Paul, and runs a blog which is providing good information from time to time.
      As far as I can see, Gingrich is too far in debt to return, Santorum has said he has family problems, and both have issued statements supporting Romney, so I don’t think you’ll see them come back in. People are still voting for them in Primaries and such, but when the Convention comes around most think that the delegates each got will split around 50/50, more likely tipping in Paul’s favour.

      And you’re right, it’s extremely serious. Romney will keep the US (and by proxy, our) troops out in the Middle East, he’s quite vocal about getting into Iran. He’ll keep printing off money and getting us deeper in shit so that when the next big financial crash comes, we’re all gonna suffer so much more.

      I’m honestly getting to the point where I don’t really want to bring kids into this world unless someone like Ron Paul gets into the Whitehouse and starts putting the brakes on the shit they’re getting us into.