Somebody else compares Mitt to Meg

Oct. 1, 2012

By John Seiler

On Sept. 25, I pointed out the similarities between Meg Whitman and her 2010 campaign for California governor and Mitt Romney and his 2012 campaign for president. I wrote:

“Remember Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor in 2010? You probably want to forget it. She certainly does. Its campaign theme was similar to Romney’s: “I’m rich. I’ll create jobs. Vote for me.”

“So far, it seems like Romney in 2012 is channeling Whitman in 2010.”

The meme seems to be catching on. On Sept. 30, Josh Whitman wrote in the Mercury-News:

“Super-rich, sucker-punched by a “September surprise” and still stuck courting a hard-to-please conservative base while trying to connect with everyone else.

“That’s been the story of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in recent weeks, but it also was the story of the 2010 California gubernatorial campaign of Meg Whitman, whom Romney hired three decades ago at the Boston-based Bain & Co. consulting firm.

I think a lot of it is that Republicans don’t care much about winning anymore. Getting the nomination is enough.

They also just don’t have good candidates. They had Reagan, of course, whom they constantly cite while ignoring his actual policies as president (not as governor, where he boosted taxing and spending). But Reagan was a former Democrat who always admired FDR. Eisenhower was pretty good, but he had beaten Hitler, then didn’t even decide to run as a Republican until a few weeks for declaring his candidacy.

Nixon resigned from office. Ford never was elected in the first place. The Bushes have been unmitigated disasters.

Of the losing candidates, Dole was “the tax collector for the welfare state” and McCain was unstable.  Goldwater was great, but 16 years early; he helped spawn the conservative movement that elected Reagan in 1980. Goldwater also faced a hyper-booming economy in 1964, and was stabbed in the back by liberal Republicans Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney, Michigan governor and Mitt’s pa.

Right now, Republicans just aren’t a good fit for the current electorate. That could change next year when the economy collapses.


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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 1 October, 2012, 15:35

    All these politicians from political families, like Moonbeam, Gore, the Bushes and Romney, are a bit out of touch. The were born on third base and thought they hit a triple.
    Reagan, Clinton and Obama came from nothing and know how to relate to the rest of us not in the political upper class. Tho Clinton and Obama were and are superb lier’s, they speak our language.

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 1 October, 2012, 15:46

    From 1952 through the 2004 election there was a Dole, a Nixon or a Bush on every republican presidential ticket. Is there anyone else in the party. That was the reason for the Tea Party.
    Oh, that’s right. There was 1964 with Goldwater and Rockafeller.

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  3. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 2 October, 2012, 09:22

    I said it before and I’ll say it again – Stick a fork in Romney, he’s done. I didn’t realize that the nexus between Romney and Whitman involved such a long relationship. I had no idea that Whitman got her start as a crony capitalist with Bain. Not too surprising though.

    Republicans just don’t get it. They keep looking for the next Reagan without realizing that the real Ronald Reagan was nothing like the mythical Reagan. He talked a good game and then gave the democratic socialists everything they wanted. I guess being an anti-communist is enough for the GOP.

    One more time – Reagan was a successful politician because he was a first rate political actor, entertainer and communicator. That’s what most voters want, someone who is affable, buoyantly self confident, funny and spontaneous. In other words, voters don’t respond to stiffs like Whitman and Romney.

    I usually avoid presidential debates like the plague but I might tune in tomorrow just to see if Romney’s handlers had the back side of the cardboard cutout painted. Maybe they put an add there for Ryan/Rubio 2016 🙂

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 2 October, 2012, 10:44

    Its interesting, I think, that Romney got Whitman started, and she is now about four times richer than he. I would not have been surprised if she had been his VP choice.

    Most of the pundits and commenters who talk about Reagan, purposely omit the fact that he was the first public official in CA to permit public employee-collective bargaining.

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