Are the Republicans Losing It?
Yesterday we saw the spectacle of Mitt Romney making reckless, baseless attacks on both President Obama and the presidency itself, the sort of thing that would have been met with wall-to-wall coverage and indignation if a Democrat had said them and likely entailed groveling apologies today.
He accused him of running a campaign of "division and attack and hatred,' and said he would "do anything to get re-elected." Apparently, he confused his last meeting with Sheldon Adelson with a presidential speech. Given the voter suppression across the country, it's clear which party will "do anything" to win elections. And apparently Romney has forgotten he has never roundly condemned his many followers who constantly lob fabricated slurs at the President for being a Muslim operative who was born in a foreign country.
But it seems like the more Romney looks at potential defeat in a race he felt it was 'his turn" to win, he seems to be in panic mode. He's doing something now that is bound to turn some supporters against him: He's whining. He's whimpering. He's sulking that President Obama is being MEAN to him and negative and harsh.
He's apparently forgotten this:
Yup. he spent the whole primary season telling the opponents who complained about the tens of millions in sleazy attack ads he was running again them to shut up and man up.
Look, this is a campaign. We've got to have broad shoulders. You can't spend your time whining about the fact that people are drawing attention to your record in the past. I’ve been attacked. It's fine. Get used to it. It is going to get a lot of worse.
Really. And now he's crying like he's skinned his knee on the playground. Waaaaaaaaa.
Meanwhile, Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel appeared down in southeastern Ohio with Romney yesterday and ... well, listen to how he opens his speech. Seriously, did they teach him to talk like that at Beachwood High School?
I'm sorry but he comes across as a little brown noser running for high school student council. I noticed that while there was dutiful applause here and there from the miners assembled for this photo op, when he said the big line "Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown are waging war on coal," there was silence and no hands coming together. Maybe mine owner Bob Murray turned to remind Rob Portman (who can be seen at side briefly) of his promise to eliminate all safety regulations on cola mines and forgot to hold up the "applause" sign.
Obama's campaign brushed off Romney's wild slurs with a terse statement saying,
Governor Romney’s comments tonight seemed unhinged, and particularly strange coming at a time when he’s pouring tens of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false,”
Of course, that gives the media an opening to say that "both sides" are sinking to new lows, because of course the Democratic side is supposed to smile wanly and accept out-of-bounds personal attacks that the media would be condemning itself — if Democrats has launched them.