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Buzz Bissinger Endorses … Mitt Romney?

I can’t help but think this latest endorsement of Mitt Romney means that Paul Rahe might be right.

When I think of Bissinger, I think of Friday Night Lights and

  1. Douglas
    Todd:”Romney finally…acted as the moderate he is.”

    I’ve heard this a few times now, yet I don’t know any conservatives who watched the debate who feel as though he has abandoned them.  

    So either Romney was able to “thread the needle” and appeal to both groups by speaking out of both sides of his mouth, or perhaps, conservative ideas, when articulated well, have a very broad appeal.   · 2 hours ago

    Edited 2 hours ago

    I don’t think he abandoned conservatives because I don’t think he IS one, and never has been. He just has no principled conservative bedrock beliefs other than “markets are good”. What he HAS done is promised to govern in a conservative manner. And while I did indeed perceive a move to the middle in his speech, it was definitely center-right. The guy did, after all, straight out promise to repeal Obamacare and eventually put Social Security on a voucher system. Sounds like his argument was “other than Obamacare, I won’t change much right now, but as time goes by, we’re going to shrink government”. Not exactly CPAC stuff, but better than what Obama is selling.

  2. Nobody

    Defections like these are delicious to see. I want Obama to lose big. I want him to eat a humiliation sandwich with extra shame. Because he deserves it. The more liberal defections, the more shame. Pile it on, ladies and gentlemen.

  3. Pencilvania

    Bissinger does a local radio show here in Philadelphia which I occasionally attempt to stomach, and the main reason for his flip, according to everything he’s said in the last week, was Obama’s mailed-in performance at the debate.  Bissinger wants a president who at least wants the job.  So those 90 minutes of lame from Obama may prove to be the last jenga block he pulls before the tower comes down. 

  4. ctruppi
    Todd:”Romney finally…acted as the moderate he is.”

    I’ve heard this a few times now, yet I don’t know any conservatives who watched the debate who feel as though he has abandoned them. 

    I put this under the heading “rationalizations”.  I have a very liberal Georgetown sister who has been complainig about Obama’s abilities for over a year now, at one point calling him incompetent.  She could never pull the lever for a true “conservative” but could pull the lever for someone that she convinced herself is “moderate”.  I think that’s what’s going on here.  Romney talked about small gov’t, states rights, getting rid of Obamacare and PBS, lowere taxes, entrepeneurs, oil drilling on gov’t land, etc.  Anyone who gets a moderate message out of this is an idiot.  No, what we have here are people who know Obama is terrible and can’t admit it so they make up a new reality that fits their world view.  Rather than blame the liberal agenda they blame Obama and fall back on a refreshing moderate alternaive.  This gives them the out should ROmney track right that he fooled them during the campaign.

  5. ConservativeWanderer

    Don’t worry, we’ll soon have the usual suspects assuring us that even with this endorsement and the sentiment behind it, Romney is doomed to lose.

  6. Nathan Harden
    C

    Obama allowed himself to be built up as a messianic figure. He’s paying the price politically now, as his followers come to grips with his falability for the first time.

  7. Scott R

    Mollie (and Rob and Prof. Rahe if you’re there),

     Do you suppose Mr. Billinger understands that the 47% number will increase under Romney, not decrease, given that his 20% across-the-board cut will cause fewer people to meet the net-income-tax-payer threshhold and have “skin in the game” as he (wrongly) defines it? No, I don’t suppose he does understand.

    Uncle Milt, Reagan, Gingrich, W, Santorum, Perry, et al – and, yes, Romney — are not wrong to encourage the poor and just-gettin’-started young families to hop on those first rungs of the economic ladder by keeping their taxes low or non-existent (income taxes, that is — they pay plenty of others) at those early stages. It’s good, conservative policy: get ‘em climbing, and they’ll pay their share soon enough.

    Crazily, Republicans have become the party that quietly, even secretly, institutes policies that help poor and young workers with tax relief, but uses rhetoric that indicates they’d like to increase their taxes (?????!!!!!), while Democrats do precisely the opposite on both counts.

    We’re now one month into the “47%” discussion, and the ignorance is as pervasive as the day it started. Painful. 

  8. Patrickb63
    Nathan Harden: Obama allowed himself to be built up as a messianic figure. He’s paying the price politically now, as his followers come to grips with his falability for the first time. · 7 So minutes ago

    This puts a picture in my mind of Harry Reid raising his head and beginning to sing “My mind is clearer now, at last I can see where we all soon will be” 

    Edited for spelling.

  9. RightinChicago

    This endorsement is sure to create a bit of a buzz.

  10. Scott R

    And if anyone thinks the 47% riff is good politics because it manages to eek out support from one rich lefty, imagine the politics if the Republican party openly, loudly trumpeted itself as the party that wants income taxes low for one half of the population and nonexistent for the other half.

    Yeah, I think that would be good politics.

  11. Leslie Watkins

    More please!

  12. Amy Schley
    Scott [roy-sir]: 

    Uncle Milt, Reagan, Gingrich, W, Santorum, Perry, et al – and, yes, Romney — are not wrong to encourage the poor and just-gettin’-started young families to hop on those first rungs of the economic ladder by keeping their taxes low or non-existent (income taxes, that is — they pay plenty of others) at those early stages. It’s good, conservative policy: get ‘em climbing, and they’ll pay their share soon enough.

    Yeah, I sure wish I had option of choosing between losing 15% of my paycheck for income taxes, that actually do things I might benefit from, and “payroll” taxes, which are nothing but old people welfare, old sick people welfare, poor sick people welfare, and I-won’t-take-a-job-that’s-beneath-me welfare.

  13. Valiuth
    Todd:”Romney finally…acted as the moderate he is.”

    I’ve heard this a few times now, yet I don’t know any conservatives who watched the debate who feel as though he has abandoned them.  

    So either Romney was able to “thread the needle” and appeal to both groups by speaking out of both sides of his mouth, or perhaps, conservative ideas, when articulated well, have a very broad appeal.   · 8 hours ago

    Edited 8 hours ago

    What people want is a leader. Probably  more than anything else, our country lack leadership either liberal, moderate or conservative. That is Obama’s greatest weakness. Last Wednesday on that stage Romney showed that he can command. I think that is naturally appealing to anyone who realizes the mess we are in. 

  14. Aaron Miller
    DocJay: People are sick of partisan games.    Obama claimed to be cooperative and he’s been just awful to interact with.  The problem will be how to dismantle his government monster with his highly positioned minions while staying polite and cooperative for the most part.  

    Well said. That is what Bissinger probably means by Romney acting like “the moderate he is” — he means Romney’s talk of working with Democrats in the state legislature of Massachusetts (“reaching across the aisle”).

    It’s a foolish dream to think cooperation with Democrats on the core issues will bring us anything other than what it has brought us this past century (more powerful, centralized government), but it is still an attractive dream which many voters latch onto.

    Bipartisanship is killing this nation. It’s fine among allies, but ruinous among ideological enemies. The America we hope to preserve and restore is nothing like the America liberals seek to impose.

  15. Jeff
    Douglas

    I don’t think he abandoned conservatives because I don’t think he IS one, and never has been.

    Right on. No conservative, even at the state level, would have enacted RomneyCare.

    We’re not getting a conservative, the RNC saw to that.

    We’re getting a guy who might be able to beat Obama. Right now, that’s enough to get my vote. I fully expect to oppose the majority of President Romney’s policies as President. This is better than opposing all of the policies of Obama.

    That’s the best this election offers.

  16. Freesmith

    Bissinger, like most Upper West Side Democrats (no matter where they live) really wants Hillary Clinton to be President.

    That is the true story of the Wednesday debate shellacking, a narrative that, if Obama wins a second term, you will see played out in Democrat and media circles for the next four years.

    Obama will be “pensioned out” and the so-called Democrat realists – Hillary and Bill – will make their return, trumpeted by a chastened media elite.

    Bad times do not birth stronger desires for liberty. As the New Deal showed, and as America’s inner cities continue to show decade after decade, bad times make people hunger for security, the safe old thing.

    As America’s position internationally erodes so blatantly that even Democrats are embarrassed, and as the economy tanks in the double-dip recession we all fear is baked in the cake , the response within the establishment  and the country will be for compassionate competence, not Tea Party revanchism, vouchers and economic free marketeering.

    Sorry fellow conservatives. We’ve forgotten to demonize the third-rate mediocrity we have for Secretary of State. We’ve left the line of retreat open. 

    Elect no Democrat anywhere, ever. 

  17. DocJay
    Patrickb63

    Nathan Harden: Obama allowed himself to be built up as a messianic figure. He’s paying the price politically now, as his followers come to grips with his falability for the first time. · 7 So minutes ago

    This puts a picture in my mind of Harry Reid raising his head and beginning to sing “My mind is clearer now, at last I can see where we all soon will be” 

    Edited for spelling. · 2 hours ago

    Edited 2 hours ago

    “And all the Bad you’ve done, will soon be swept away, you thought you mattered more, than our whole country.”

    I love the reference by the way.

  18. Arahant

    Has he been talking to Rob about skin in the game?

  19. Liberty Belle
    DocJay

    Patrickb63

    Nathan Harden: Obama allowed himself to be built up as a messianic figure. He’s paying the price politically now, as his followers come to grips with his falability for the first time. · 7 So minutes ago

    This puts a picture in my mind of Harry Reid raising his head and beginning to sing “My mind is clearer now, at last I can see where we all soon will be” 

    Edited for spelling. · 2 hours ago

    Edited 2 hours ago

    “And all the Bad you’ve done, will soon be swept away, you thought you mattered more, than our whole country.”

    I love the reference by the way. · 1 hour ago

    “You have set them all on fire They think they’ve found the new Messiah And they’ll hurt you when they find they’re wrong”……

    or will they?

  20. Travis McKee

    The most important line you excerpted was about Romney ” embracing his record as governor of Massachusetts.” Indeed. For months, a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking the nominee went directly from private equity into politics.

    Obama was doing his magic trick again. You know the one, where he puts a cloak around the bulk of an adversary’s C.V. I remember how John McCain vanished entirely, and so did the “governor” part of Palin’s resume, until all Obama faced was a small-town mayor. Kudos to Romney for owning the full body of his work.

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