Skip to main content

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney poses for a photograph with workers at a Chipotle Restaurant in Denver, Colorado October 2, 2012 ahead of his first debate with U.S. President Barack Obama.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder
"It's that dick from teevee!"
Talking about debate strategy, Mitt Romney's team let loose this laugher:
“This is really about introducing him to the country,” a Romney adviser says. “It’s the largest audience he has ever had. Everybody’s watching.”
Introducing him to the country? Isn't that what positive introductory bio ads are for? That's how candidates typically introduce themselves to voters!

But wait, what's that? Romney never ran any positive ads? You mean all of his ads were negative and designed to destroy his opposition, first in the primaries, and now in the general election? Oh.

I guess talking about growing up rich and powerful and entitled, then pretending he has no religion and that he was never governor of Massachusetts gave them little material to work with.

But how about the convention? Isn't that where Romney would introduce himself?

That's kind of the big point of conventions: give the candidate an hour to talk about who he is and why voters should give a shit. But of course, Romney made history by becoming the first presidential candidate to get got no real bump out of his convention. Oh well. Maybe things might've turned out differently if 1) Romney hadn't been overshadowed by that awesome Clint Eastwood spectacle, 2) if he had a compelling story to tell, and 3) if he hadn't shit on the troops by ignoring them. I mean, those are the guys that will have to die if Romney gets his pet war with Iran started.

So here he is, a month from the election, and his advisers are claiming that now, he finally has a chance to introduce himself to the country? That's not his problem, dudes.

The country knows who he is. They don't like him. They don't like how he loves to fire people. They don't like how he mocks their non-Kenneth Cole jackets. They don't like how he shits on the gourmet cookies that cute old ladies give him. They don't like how he makes $10,000 bets when they're all getting fired by the Mitt Romneys of American industry. They don't like how he dismisses 47 percent of America as a bunch of moochers. They don't like how his wife barks at people as if they're the help. They don't like how he "jokes" about crying when writing a check (from his ample treasury) to a church in which he's a bishop. They don't like how he's a jerk to his own family.

That's why his unfavorability numbers have gone up and up and up the more people get to know him:

Sure, his favorables have improved, but that's just conservatives pretending to like him. Watch that black line plummet after the election (if anyone bothers to poll him).

What this all means is that Romney is the most unpopular presidential candidate since Walter Mondale, and as far as I can tell, the most unpopular Republican candidate since they started polling these things. And that matters.

For example, note how Obama's current polling surge in Ohio came after Romney and his running mate spent three full days campaigning in the state. It's clear: The more people see Romney, the less they like him. His problem isn't that he hasn't introduced himself, it's that people have already decided he's a dick and want little to do with him.

His best strategy at this point would be to spend time at Dick Cheney's undisclosed location. Because his obnoxious smirking mug and even more obnoxious words aren't winning anyone over.

Originally posted to kos on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site