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.
Mr. Romney also should remind Americans of Mr. Obama's lofty words from his 2008 acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention in Denver. There he said, "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from."
Mr. Obama attacked such a strategy then. Lacking any fresh ideas or a record to run on, it's the strategy he's adopted now.
--re the Buffett Rule, that 0bama has seen fit to make about ten 'cross of gold' and Mussolini Hotspur speeches on in the last week or two:
"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded- here and there, now and then- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as bad luck."
Why is President Obama personally more popular than his policies? I take a cynical view. First, Americans (especially white Americans) like to think of themselves as being openminded. They feel the need to congratulate themselves for having elected someone from a minority group as president. So this is less about Obama being popular than it is about Americans desperately wanting to feel good about themselves.
And second (not to channel my inner John Derbyshire), white America seems to have lower expectations for black America, as evidenced by our discriminatory double-talk about Affirmative Action, whereas Obama has shattered that pernicious stereotype: he's well educated, a loyal and dedicated family man, ambitious, and even personally noteworthy for having come as far as he has. Again, however, this is less about Obama as a person than a reflection of white America's neurotic attitude towards black America, a case of collective guilt that keeps white America from applying the same standards to Obama that would apply were he a white person.