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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bloomberg Endorses Obama

Posted by on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

As Charles told you this morning, Mitt Romney's momentum argument from before Sandy is basically gone. Now, news that Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorses Obama comes at a critical time.

Endorsements don't generally matter, but coming as this does on the heels of Sandy, the Bloomberg endorsement adds to the glow surrounding President Obama going into the weekend before the election. And all Romney has done to try to change the state of the race is to continue his negative stump speeches. That's not enough.

Here's the thing: Mitt Romney desperately needs to change the narrative. And he can't change the narrative with ads, or with attacks from behind a podium. Just about the only way Mitt Romney can change the narrative is by giving a candid interview to a non-Fox outlet. I think his campaign knows this, but they've also calculated the risk of a Romney personal appearance, and they've decided that it's more likely that Romney would fuck up an interview.

Not counting the debates, Romney hasn't made a personal appearance with the media in over a month. I think it's been even longer for Ryan. If he could just make a single appearance where he looks like a realistic human being, Romney would garner some much-needed positive attention. But he can't do that, because he's terrible at extemporaneous interviews. Unless he's been coached to within an inch of his life, Romney always says something his campaign has to walk back, or he makes a joke that falls flat, or he drops an obvious and unfortunate lie. I almost feel bad for the Romney campaign: The one thing they really need right now, their candidate simply can't deliver. Mittmentum is just a memory now.


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Pope Peabrain 1
It's that smug, arrogant smirk. It's irritating as hell. He always looks like he's pulled the wool over your eyes and loves doing it.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
"I almost feel bad for the Romney campaign: The one thing they really need right now, their candidate simply can't deliver."

Meanwhile, they've spent their whole campaign refusing to deliver anything.
Tax returns.
Policy specifics.
Specific loopholes to be closed.
And so forth.
Why? Because they already gave "you people" enough.
Anything more would just be giving "ammunition" to their political opponents.

Romney chose to run as the "I'm not Obama" candidate and nothing else.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on November 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
The republican ticket is just coasting now.

My guess is the next time we'll hear anything more than a few sentences from Romney is election night. After that, we'll either hear from him a ton over the next four years or he'll completely disappear.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM · Report this
It's too late to change the narrative (short of a truly spectacular - in the bad way - event). Mitt will go down in history as the half-assed candidate we've seen all year. "I'm not the other guy" continues to be a loser's strategy.
Posted by MRM on November 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
eclexia 5
Fox news is darkening Bloomberg's skin tone as we speak. From Jew to swarthy Turk by 5pm, Kenyan by morning.
Posted by eclexia on November 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 6
@ 3, all the support and unity he's getting from the GOP is simply a matter of hate for Obama, not love for Romney. Remember, he's the guy who just couldn't close out the opposition from Rick frigging Santorum, and who had more challengers take over 2nd place than any major candidate has in the TV era. It's because hardcore conservatives don't like him.

If they're so willing to have George W. Bush (the recent two term president) disappear, Romney will be a nonperson among Republicans by Thanksgiving.
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this
GlennFleishman 7
@5 or maybe they'll magenta him up to Boehner and then full Oompa-Loompa.
Posted by GlennFleishman on November 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
@3, We'll hear from them tomorrow when the job report comes out.
Posted by anon1256 on November 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Big Sven 9
Mitt Romney is this decade's Al Gore. A shitty candidate who was incapable of conveying any sense of leadership or humanity. And this will be a close vote, but his opponent will win, and his supporters will howl about it for a decade.
Posted by Big Sven on November 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM · Report this
If Romney loses, it will be terrible for those around him; he will be an angry crumpled puppet. Even Nixon had the core to become somewhat of an Elder Statesman but Romney has no core. If he wins, it will be terrible for the country because Rove will be in charge again.
Posted by sarah70 on November 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM · Report this
@9 Gore was a fine, if boring, candidate facing a hostile media. He was Cassandra and the country preferred Eddie Haskell. Gore's supporters were right to howl as their disenfranchisement before (voter purges), during (disparate voting methods) and after (court decisions) the 2000 election has been well documented.

Romney is nothing like Gore and if he loses his cries of voter fraud will be pure fantasy.
Posted by dirge on November 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Bloomberg is a likely pick for Secretary of Commerce or even State if Clinton resigns.
Posted by Smartypants on November 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
pfffter 13
@12 I can't see Bloomberg as Sec of State. Commerce, yes, but State, no.
Posted by pfffter on November 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM · Report this
pfffter 14
Also, please don't feel even almost sorry for Romney. He's the most disgraceful person to ever be a presidential candidate since I've been old enough to pay attention, ie, since around 1980.
Posted by pfffter on November 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM · Report this
C'mon @2, they're delivering canned goods, aren't they?
Posted by chris in dk on November 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 16
@ 14 he's the most disgraceful person to ever be a presidential candidate since i've been old enough to pay attention, ie, since around 1960.
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on November 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM · Report this
@16 worse than Nixon? Wallace? Nah.
Posted by shabadoo on November 1, 2012 at 7:32 PM · Report this

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