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    Romney’s “hide and hope they don’t seek me” media strategy

    Romney’s “hide and hope they don’t seek me” media strategy

    LI reader and blogger Jeff Dobbs has a post up about Romney’s media strategy, which can be termed “hide and hope they don’t seek me” (that’s my term).  Jeff compares it to Obama’s strategy in 2008 of carefully controlling his exposure to the media.

    The strategy worked for Obama because he didn’t need to interact with the media for the media to adore him.  In effect, Obama received all of the upside with none of the downside.

    But I don’t think it’s working for Romney.  I assume his advisors would call it a “long game” or something similar, but at the rate he’s going, it’s hard to know if there will be a game unless he gets out there unscripted and mixes it up.

    I feel like screaming, “get out there and fight, damn it, show us what you have.”  Romney’s cloistered campaign life has him on the verge of becoming Tim Pawlenty.

    While I support Newt, I am not anti-Romney.

    If Romney does wins the nomination, I want him to be a better general election candidate for the challenge.  So far, that’s not happening.


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    WarEagle82 | December 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t know who will do best among independents but I am fairly sure actual conservatives will avoid Romney like week-old clam chowder. If the conservative base sits out the election because of Romney then the GOP will lose.

    Frankly, I suppose the GOP establishment is working their butts off to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2012…

    CenterRightMargin | December 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Professor, you “advice” to Romney would be disastrous for him. Essentially, you are suggesting that he follow the Bachman plan – attack, attack, attack. That got her…. Nowhere. Newt’s success has been in not attacking. Pawlenty’s failure was not in not attacking, but in 1) dropping out too early due to silly shortsighted punditry, and 2) trying to attack in a manner that didn’t suit his personality. Mitt needs to focus on building the case FOR Mitt. That’s something he, quite frankly, hasn’t done very well. And he needs to get better at dealing with questions he doesn’t like. And, of course, he should distinguish Newt and himself (and vice versatile), but not in an attacking or unfair way (which Mitt tends to do), but in a matter of fact comparison and analysis, with both grace and charity to Newt (and other candidates, too).

    Same Same | December 6, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I worked on his Senate campaign in MA. At one time he was leading Kennedy in the polls. The problem, then and now, is that Romney is a horrible campaigner. He knows that, and has decided his best strategy is to hide from voters and hope to win by default. If he is the nominee, Obama and the MSM will turn him into a laughing stock, and they won’t even raise a sweat.

    Romney garnered the Lisa Murkowski endorsement. Tonight Lisa Murkowski was one of the few Republicans to vote with Democrats attempt to move a radical judicial nominee.

    ” Ms. Halligan’s confirmation has been vigorously opposed by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and Committee for Justice. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously rejected her confirmation earlier this year. In 2003, as Solicitor General of New York, Halligan attempted to hold gun manufacturers liable for criminal acts committed with handguns. She filed briefs in federal court arguing for the unconstitutionality of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which the National Rifle Association described as providing “essential protection…for the Second Amendment rights of honest Americans[.]”

    Halligan also filed an amicus brief in arguing that federal RICO laws should be used against pro-life groups. She repeatedly attempted to hijack the federal court system in order to impose her own political beliefs on the general public.”

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