Why We Lost: In a Word, Timidity

I was right about one thing. It was over by 11 p.m. Central. Unfortunately, I was wrong about Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado. I was really, really wrong, and I was very surprised. It was more 2004 than 1980. Like you, I am disappointed, however, I am not one to dwell on disappointments. After all, life is full of disappointments, and given that the human mind can focus on only on thing at a time, if we ruminate about events that have happened, and that we have no power to change, we waste time and mental energy that we could use to do something constructive. What is constructive in the face of bad outcomes is to learn from them. So what have we learned? Why did Mitt Romney lose? In a word, timidity.

Mitt Romney is not, and never was, a conservative. Be honest. We all knew that. That’s why he wasn’t our first choice during the primaries. Up until that first debate, our support was anti-Obama, not pro-Romney. We all figured he was a much better choice than the current occupant of the Oval Office, and that once he was ensconced in office, we’d ride herd on him to make sure that he wouldn’t backslide into “moderation.” Mitt tried to play the role, but we should have known when he told that CPAC audience that he was a “severely conservative” governor, that, for him,  conservatism was a second language. No true believer would have ever said that. Mitt Romney is a pragmatic, businessman, a problem solver, but not an ideological conservative. He is that dreaded “Massachusetts moderate” that we feared. He had a genuine conservative on the team, Paul Ryan, but the Romney campaign muzzled him because they feared opening a can of worms on the issue of Medicare.

I think that their lack of ideological commitment is one reason that the Romney campaign allowed the demagogic attacks about Bain Capital over the summer to go on. Mitt underestimated the effectiveness of the class-envy card because he doesn’t understand the Left the way authentic conservatives do. It’s also why they didn’t paint a picture for the voters. The average voter, and not just the typical Obama low-information type, doesn’t understand what Bain Capital does, and how what it does creates jobs. It was incumbent on Gov. Romney to explain that. He didn’t.

Perhaps we can trace the loss to that third debate. Remember how we all were waiting for Mitt to take it to the One on his Benghazi coverup? It never happened. Why? I believe because he feared the inevitable bleating from the Lame Stream Media, accusing him of “politicizing” the murders that Obama’s failed policies caused. It’s easy to blame the Jurassic media. Yes, CBS facilitated the coverup by withholding part of the interview that Barack Obama did the day after the attack on the consulate, and yes, Candy Crowley gave her guy cover behind her ample skirts in the second debate, but those things were to be expected. Like those hard-working illegal aliens that many moderate Republicans want to give amnesty, it’s up to the GOP to do the work that the LSM won’t do; specifically, to make sure the people have the truth. His failure to do so on Libya, no doubt fearing antagonizing those precious “independents” and “suburban women” was fatal.

In his concession speech early this morning, Mitt said he put it all on the field. I’m sure he believes that, but in retrospect, it’s clear that that isn’t true. When Republicans are timid, they lose every time. When they articulate a clear conservative vision, they win. Ted Cruz won. Michele Bachman won. It can be done, but you can’t steal home with one foot on third base. Better to lose being bold than to lose with a craven campaign, walking on eggs and hoping people will figure out the reason they should vote for you.

I hope that we’ve learned once and for all that we shouldn’t nominate any more moderates, especially those from Massachusetts. Timidity is a non-starter, and always will be, in politics and in life in general.

More taxes, more debt, means more of the same. So it’s a sad day for our country, and a great day for Putin, the Iranians, those who want something from Obama’s stash, and fans of big government, but it is only one day.  Still, as we always have, we will persevere.

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Does Santorum’s Showing in Iowa Guarantee That Romney is the GOP Nominee?

On last Sunday’s show, I told you that Iowa doesn’t pick winners. It picks loses. It eliminates candidates. Last night, Romney beat Santorum by 8 votes, having eliminated both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich

Im afraid that Rick Santorum is this year’s Huckabee. I like him. I was happy to see him win, but I don’t think it’s possible for him to replicate these results in a national election, and I’m not alone. From Roger Simon inPolitico:

What if the “anti-Romney” vote did coalesce around one candidate? Couldn’t Santorum come charging out of Iowa with a first-place finish and then go on to win New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Nevada? Wouldn’t that be the end of Mitt?Almost certainly. But now tell me how Santorum pulls that off. His campaign in Iowa has been based on spending a huge amount of time here — a strategy that has failed many previous candidates — and telling Iowans how very special they are.…How many times can you reproduce that on a tight schedule in other states?“Santorum has run here like he was running for governor of Iowa,” a senior Romney aide told me Sunday evening. “He can’t replicate that in other states.”
Iowa is about eliminating Gingrich and Perry without us having to spend a lot of money to do so,” the aide said. “Last time, we spent $2 million just on the [Ames] straw poll, $10 million on television and had over 30 paid staffers. This year we’ve been on TV for only a month and have not spent much on ads, we’ve have five paid staffers and we didn’t do the straw poll.”
So, since he will probably win New Hampshire, it’s looking like Romney is the guy, which is not the result I was looking for. What say you?

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Last Night’s ABC GOP Debate Unpacked, and Obama Said It Himself-One and Done! Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

Did you miss last night’s ABC GOP debate? No worries. You know that I watch so you don’t have to. Since you no doubt have a life, and therefore something more interesting to do on a Saturday night, tune in and hear all about it. Who won? Who lost? Who set the Twitterverse on fire with one remark? Did Mitt deliver a knock out blow to the man who threatens to ruin his Christmas, Newt Gingrich? How did Newt handle the thinly-veiled references to his, shall we say, colorful personal life?

 

Here he goes again: Barack Obama is making promises about reducing unemployment again, whining about what he inherited, and inadvertently admitting that his goal for America is not opportunity, but–I hope you’re sitting down–income redistribution.

 

Tune in Sunday for the rest of the story.

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Top Three Mitt Romney Cringe-Inducing Moments from the CNN GOP Las Vegas Debate

Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, what happened in Vegas last night won’t stay in Vegas because I watch so you don’t have to. Just in case you missed our live chat room, it is now my pleasure to recount the Mitt moments that set off my cringe-o-meter, all of which occurred during a particularly prickly exchange between Romney and Rick Perry.

Romney’s Faux Uncomfortable Laughter

After Rick Perry accused him of demonstrating the “height of hypocrisy” on the issue of illegal immigration because Romney had hired illegals and had them working at his home for a year, an allegation that may or may not be true, he broke into laughter, but not real laughter, the sort of laughter you might emit if your boss had caught you cheating on your expense account. YIKES!

Romney Pleads for Help from–Really?–Anderson Cooper

Yesterday before the debate, I jokingly speculated about whether Anderson Cooper, who for some reason seems obsessed with the issue of bullying (playground pantsings, perhaps?), would spring to Herman Cain’s defense when the other candidates attacked him. Of course, as I noted, I don’t see Mr. Cain needing help from some effete, blow-dried, pencil-necked Lame Stream Media metrosexual. Little did I know that Mitt Romney would actually appeal to the moderator when Rick Perry jumped on him about some illegals cutting his lawn. More about that in a minute, but this “Mom, he’s hitting me” moment was not a good look for the former Bay State governor, especially when his champion looks like he’d lose an arm wrestling contest with Helen Thomas.

Romney Confirms His Critics’ Accusation That He is an Unprincipled Douchebag

Could it possibly get any worse? Sadly, yes, and it did, when Romney, trying to put to rest once and for all the idea that he would hire illegals, said this:

[W]we hired a lawn company to mow our lawn, and they had illegal immigrants that were working there …So we went to the company and we said, look, you can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals. (emphasis mine, because I couldn’t believe my ears)

Oh, no, he didn’t really say that, did he? Yes he did. (Here’s the video of the whole cringe-inducing 4 minutes. The above-referenced douchebaggery occurs at ~ 3:33.) So, in other words, if you weren’t running for office, it would be ok? I can’t imagine where people have gotten the impression that Mitt Romney has what George Will charitably called a “versatility of conviction.”  Maybe I’m being too hard on Mitt because, after all, there are worse things that he could have said. For example, “Principles, sminciples. That Boy Scout stuff is for losers! I am going to say and do what it takes to get elected,” or “You know that story about how I mistreated my dog by strapping him to the roof? Damn right, and I ate two puppies for breakfast.”

Mitt, I know John Huntsman wasn’t there. Was his lame campaign advising you? Did you take an extra megavitamin before the debate?

Having said all that, if he’s the GOP nominee, I’m on board. There is no more important objective than sending Barack Hussein Obama back to some Chicago law firm, college or other location where he can stop working on destroying the country we grew up in.

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They Are Stealing You Blind: The Teri O’Brien Show, 7/24/11

B. Hussein’s embarrassingly petulant performance at last Friday afternoon’s Unhappy Hour presser, parts of which left many observers wondering if they were watching a president of the United States or one of the Cheerios from “Glee,” whining about her boyfriend’s failure to call her, and hoping that we wouldn’t notice that, for at least the 300th time, he failed to answer the question” what is your plan is to solve the “debt crisis, oh Great One?”

Barry’s press conference featured an episode of “Democrats and Their Imaginary Friends.”

A way that Michelle can help poor, starving Americans

My new nickname for Debbie Blabbermouth Schulz

Michele Bachman’s surprising defender, and an even more surprising fact: I agree with her characterization of Rep. Bachman’s treatment by the LSM and her fellow Republican Tim Pawlenty, who is looking more and more like a milquetoast with every passing day. Note to T Paw: if you are going to talk smack about someone, say it loud, say it proud, and stand by it. Just as “it’s the coverup, not the crime,” the backpedal is worse than the criticism. Makes you look weak, spineless and stupid. George Will agrees that T Paw stepped in it, and Clarence Page reminds us that JFK was “doped up: most of the time.

Sex-crazed wackjob/Oregon democrat congress critter Wu (H/T Mensa for that handle) is not the same guy as Ronnie Woo Woo who used to hang out a Wrigley Field

Special guest Iain Murray of the Competitve Enterprise Institute joins us to discuss his terrific new book, Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off You. Did the City of Los Angeles really spend $1.1 million from Barack’s Stash (aka his ridiculous February 2009 “stimulus” bill) to create 55 jobs? Mr. Murray tells us that indeed they did, and also tells us how some of our money was used to study the size of …shall we say, the “manhood” of homosexuals? And if you can think of a better use for tax dollars, I’d like to hear it.

The story behind the partial shut down of the FAA (short answer: it has something to do with one of the most evil, destructive forces ever to inflict itself on America, Jimmy Carter)

Christiane Amanpour’s odd, even for her, pronunciation of “migraine,” and her even more odd close to an interview with Michael Bloomberg

Author Sally Jacobs agrees with Chris Matthews that Newt and Teri O’Brien Show guest Dinesh D’Souza could not possibly be more wrong about Barack Obama and his anti-colonial anger since his putative father B. Hussein Sr. left after 9 months. Wait a second …what happened to that heart-warming story about the happy, albeit unconventional for the time, little family formed when two college students, one from Africa, and one from Kansas, met in Russian class, married and lived together for two years? In another stunning development, Chris didn’t ask that question. Nor did he remind us, as author/journalist and Teri O’Brien Show guest Jack Cashill has, that in 1960 most typical American college students didn’t take Russian. People like Lee Harvey Oswald did.

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Gaffe Clown Gaffe: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show, 6/26/11

Liberal journalist (please forgive the redundancy)/professional metrosexual Michael Kinsley once famously stated that in Washington, a “gaffe” is when someone accidentally reveals something embarrassing, and true. While this wry comment does capture the essence of the word “gaffe,” that is, a blunder, it focuses on politicians’ tendency to avoid speaking plainly, lest they tell us what they really want to do with our money and our freedom. The mistake to which Kinsley refers is letting the cat out of the bag, but there is also there is also the plain, old garden variety humiliating mistake. Think Joe Biden. Or Barack “57 States” Obama, who just a few weeks ago, signed a remembrance book at Westminster Abbey with the date “24 May 2008.” (Doesn’t he wish.) Here he goes again. His off-PrompTer adventure make his cringe-inducing “the Cambridge police acted stupidly” remark seem almost funny by comparison. Despite his mouthpiece’s attempt to sweep this latest gaffe, committed Thursday at Ft. Drum, New York, under the rug as just another time when “the President mispoke,” confusing two Medal of Honor winners, Sergeant First Class Jared Monti, who was killed in action in 2006 with Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the MOH to serve in Afghanistan, is a very big deal. It reveals a disregard, even a contempt, for our military that a thousand Dr. Jill Biden and Michelle Obama PSA’s can’t cover up. It says “One dead military guy, another dead military guy, whatever, I’ve got to get to Broadway for another fundraiser.” After dropping in to insult the troops at Ft. Drum, our Dear Reader did travel to the Big Apple to collect some big bucks and chow down on some sweet victuals with some Wall Street fat cats. We have the menu for the $35,000+ soirée, so if you can’t afford lobster salad and seared Kobe Beef and zucchini pomponette, perhaps you can get a vicarious thrill knowing that the One and his rich pals seemed to have a wonderful time. Or maybe you’re thinking like I am: “afford it? I can’t even pronounce most of it.”

Barack Obama doesn’t know the difference between two Medal of Honor winners and Michele Bachman is “the flake?” This morning, Chris Wallace actually asked the former tax attorney, successful business woman, mother of five, foster mother of 23 and member of Congress whether she is in fact a “flake.” Has he been hanging around Jon Stewart a bit too much? Did he ever ask candidate Obama a similar question? And what of Obama? What accounts for his disgusting mix up? Could he be using drugs again? Just asking … What’s your favorite Barack Obama gaffe? Call the show or send me a direct message on Twitter with your pick.

Speaking of adventures, Michelle Obama and her entourage will return from their latest thinly-disguised luxury vacation tomorrow. The Lame Stream Media couldn’t get enough of covering this trip, yet somehow managed during all its slobbering reports to avoid pointing out that Michelle’s “busy schedule” consisted of all the same tourist destinations that any American vacationer would visit when traveling to South Africa and Botswana. The only difference is that we are footing the bill for this latest holiday/ Obama campaign trip. That, and the fact that she met with Nelson Mandela. It must have been interesting to hear the conversation between someone who suffered so much due to a country’s evil racist policies and felt so much justifiable rage, and Michelle Obama. While in Africa, in between doing sets of pushups with Desmond Tutu and thanking those who struggled against apartheid for making it possible for her to live large as FLOTUS, Michelle had to respond to criticism that her husband hasn’t shown sufficient concern for that continent. You’ll never believe what she said in response.

Finally called out by N.J. Governor Chris Christie, Barack Obama can no longer vote present on the looming “debt crisis,” which is not an actual “crisis,” but what Rahm Emanuel meant when he said we shouldn’t let one go to waste; that is, an opportunity to raise taxes, impose bigger government on more people, and terrify old ladies with endless demagoguery. So, tomorrow, he will take over from Joe “Three Letter Word JOBS” Biden on the budget talks. Note to BHO: as the Congressional Budget Office just said last week, a speech like the one you gave in April is not technically a budget. We know that your professors let things like that slide, but real life ain’t Harvard.

Chicago’s new top cop Garry McCarthy’s traveled to Father Michael Pfleiger’s St. Sabina Church and delivered a race-baiting speech, in which he laments the killing of “black and brown children.” Has he mentioned his concern to Planned Parenthood? He also took the opportunity to lash out at the Left’s favorite monster under the bed, Sarah Palin. Perhaps someone can explain how pandering rants about gun control and a former Alaska governor will  stop marauding gangs of wilding teens from robbing and terrorizing innocent residents and visitors to the city of Chicago.

Tune in later for the rest of the story.

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Top Ten “This or That”s Rejected by John King

During last night’s CNN GOP debate, in a bizarre attempt to lighten things up or be hip enough for the kids, or God knows what, anchor/possible Tourette’s sufferer John King chose to bracket each segment with disconcerting questions like “Coke or Pepsi?” and “Leno or Conan?” We just discovered the list of choices that CNN producers rejected, and present them here for your consideration (and, I hope, amusement):

Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Meghan McCain?

Casey Anthony or O.J.?

Tiger Woods or Anthony Weiner?

Michelle Obama or Tyler Perry?

Cher or Madonna? (or you if want to choose both, Lady Gaga)

Barack Obama’s birth certificate or the alien autopsy?

Charlie Sheen or Eliot Spitzer?

Barack Obama Speech or Poke in Eye with Sharp Stick?

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” or “Cost of Livin’”?

And of course:

Boxers or Briefs?