We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, I don't know what you mean by high road - from where I'm standing, being a classic liberal who believes in rule of law, limited gubmint, sovereign individual rights means that I'm already on that viaduct.
you acknowledge the value of perception; and the usurper does look whiney. But that perception is as easily dispensed with via a 4 or 5 day stretch of "non-news" remarks form the media about his whinyness... especially if during that stretch, they get a gotcha on Romney that he takes the bait for and starts defensively explaining himself. Then the news cycle repeats itself - the same cycle that shuts down or dampens any negative feedback on their darling radical-in-chief - revs up with multiple pings, each one punctuated by Romney's "i'm sorry".
I say Romney should slam him every chance he gets, but there's a way to do it. Take the attack head-on, but spend no more than a sentence or two on it, and MAKE SURE the segue is REDIRECTED towards a weakness on the usurper side. And if he can also show up the media's hypocrisy/bias in the redirect, so much the better.
Case in point: recall just recently how the media went after Romney for doing something bullying in high school. Recall that Romney, being the gentleman that he is, apologized for it. And nothing else was perceived about this, save for another brick now placed in the "republican gets to apologize" meme that the MSM loves to feed on.
Now try this on for a change:
Reporter: "governor, can you speak to when you bullied someone X years ago"
Romney: (brings out a picture of obambi tokin' on a joint) "yes, I have done some dumb things when I was young and in high school", and he can choose several options:
1) "... judging from this picture, I don't think youthful indiscretions will disqualify me for President..." or
2)"... though it's probably not as bad as getting high on a regular basis..."
3) "... I don't recall you media types making such a big deal when my opponent's indiscretions surfaced..." followed by, "... where can i get some of that media buffer protection like you gave obama?"
4) and these counterattacks can all be wrapped up by something along the lines of "... instead of bringing up minor youthful indiscretions from 30 years ago, why don't we talk about the real problems affecting Americans today... jobs... economy... America's strength abroad..." and so on.
and so many other ways to turn what is an obvious media attempt to put romney back on HIS heels, and turn that around on them so that (A) the media is back on THEIR heels, and by extension, so is obama, since the media and he are the same... and (B) NEVER let them leave him on the defensive - that is the path to McCain-losersville.
Once he's addressed/turned the attack, he can then proceed to pound the usurper on his record. Again. and Again. And Again.
I want to see the usurper crushed, and if it's all the same to you, I'd just as soon forego the gentlemanly handshake afterward. You need two gentlemen for that to happen, and there's only one in this race.
if they bring a knife, you bring a gun
On Day 2 of a Romney presidency there should be an Executive Order issued that VOIDS every Executive Order ever promulgated by Obama. The way to end the dictatorial policies put in place by Obama is to undo them swiftly in the same way they were imposed. What was done by Obama without the consent of Congress or the People can be undone by his successor with the signing of a single document.
i second that, coop - would that all regulations pushed by EPA these past several years be undone as well and as decisively...
if they bring a knife, you bring a gun
I'm about halfway through a fascinating book about the Obamas entitled "The Amateur" and I recommend it highly. It's really well written. Edward Klein, the author, has done an extremely well-researched job. He interviewed at least two hundred people for his factual material, organizing the material very well and producing an entirely damning picture of a woefully unprepared President who has made so many wrong decisions that the country is now trillions more in debt than it has ever been before, and also at odds with other countries who have traditionally been our friends. It gives me pause, because it lists every wrong thing Mr. Obama has said and done that I already had noticed and commented upon, including his cancellation of our country's solemn promise to have Israel's back. It's like "A Child's Garden of Verses" only instead it's a nightmare assemblage of mistakes in governance.
I recommend it ... but fortify yourself with a nice Scotch or a tasty margarita before you begin.