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.
Even so, is Romney enough of an SOB to handle Chicago politics? Or are his gentlemanly instincts and moral constitution just too strong to play this already very dirty game? I suspect Romney already feels like a punching bag. He needs to remember that these people do not play by Queensberry Rules. They already said their intention was to kill him and, when it comes to Democrats, the media refuses to play their supposed role of Referee.
To mix sports metaphors, the MSM is running interference for Obama. Everybody knows that. Without websites and Krauthammer, there would be no truth to be had.
One of the greatest things I learned in the past twenty years is that "people accuse you of being, or doing, what they themselves are, or would do." When you lead a quiet life, tending to your knitting or horse-shoeing, other folks aren't jealous of you because what you're doing is hard work and may not pay off well even if you are doing it perfectly. But as soon as you start receiving kudos and maybe selling well what you make, they want what you've got. And then the character-assassination begins. That's the stage Obama is in. He says that we are too stupid to understand what he's saying, that the big world is just not bright enough to understand complicated little him. But he'll forgive us anyway, if we'll just shut up and get in the back of the bus.
It's hard for me to keep my mouth meekly shut, but as Macchiavelli once said, "never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
If winning is his goal he needs to get a campaign manager that doesn't just respond to Obama's roll in the mud tactics but comes up with pre-emptive strikes. Carpet bomb. Scorched earth. Go for the jugular and when you get your teeth in it don't let go. This is the first time in my adult life I don't care how he does it, I want my guy (Romney wasn't my first choice, but he's the guy so I am all in) to do ANYTHING he has to do to win.
One tactic the Romney campaign is not using and that it should is that wealth only matters when the candidate is a Republican. Look at some recent Democratic presidential candidates: Edwards, Gore, Kerry and some older ones: Kennedy, Roosevelt, Johnson. And Mr. Corzine, who was not a presidential candidate, but with whom Obama appeared frequently and claimed as an advisor.
Also, it appears that Patrick Caddell's article about how Obama can only win with a highly negative campaign and winning in this way, cannot govern, has come to pass.
Further to this comment: Ross Perot was the richest candidate ever with wealth totaling 3.5 billion. Kerry is about as rich as Romney. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and others were also very wealthy.
Good points by all. Another, since the O's campaign keeps harping on overseas investments, is to get all the top Dems to release their tax returns on investments. This harping only proves The Won (i.e. Axelrod) knows nothing about Econ 101 (a high school class as I recall) -- diversify, diversify, diversify -- which includes parking some of your investments in the global market. Nor does The Won's understand the task of companies such as Bain to pare down the market, thus funneling money to companies with the best business plans and opportunity to succeed. Sinking money into buggy whips just won't make buggy whips a viable business, no matter what.
Never again should we elect a person who has had no, nada, nil, zero experience in the for-profit business community. In addition to being a "natural born citizen", the candidate must prove he/she understands a balance sheet.
Back when Hillary was running against Obama, some pundit pointed out that Obama had never met a payroll, never run a company, never run a city, never run a state, which made him a complete tyro as far as experience in governance was concerned. His sole attempt at running or governing anything was when he and Valerie Jarrett ran The Annenberg Challenge. Walter Annenberg was a successful businessman who donated a huge chunk of money to improve housing and other conditions in the slums of Chicago. In short order Obama managed to take that chunk of money and make it disappear.
And that's the man we managed to put in charge of our precious country.