6 Awful Pieces of Advice the Right Is Giving Mitt Romney on the Eve of Debates
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The American conservative movement appears to have swallowed its own propaganda hook, line and sinker. Many, if not most people on the right believe that there's a huge silent majority who think a lot like Rush Limbaugh, and are poised to rise up and dispatch the Kenyan Interloper. The only thing holding back a landslide of support for the “natural” government run by white Republicans is the perfidious news media and their lackeys conducting polls.
As such, they see the debates as a moment when Mitt Romney can land a knock-out blow, cutting through the media filter to connect directly with the American public. They're terribly, almost comically wrong, and it shows in some of the advice they've been offering to Romney on the eve of the debates. Let's take a look at some of the worst.
1. Go Big, Go Birther!
Donald Trump thinks that Romney should angle for the huge number of voters who are supporting Obama despite their belief that he's a Kenyan anti-colonial Manchurian candidate put up by the New World Order.
In debate, @ mittromney should ask Obama why autobiography states "born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2012
The truly sad thing about Trump is that – unlike people like William Shatner and Adam West, who have fun with it – he doesn't have enough self-awareness to grasp that he's become an object of scorn and ridicule.
2. Newt: Mitt Should Do Exactly What I Did When I Lost to Him in the Primaries
You have to believe that the whole country is indistinguishable from the GOP base to offer advice like this:
Be assertive and be on offense against both Obama and his media
You can be on offense without being offensive.
The strongest reactions I got to my debates came from people who were desperate for someone to stand up to the media and redefine the questions and reframe the assumptions.
Americans are sick and tired of the unending liberalism and suffocating groupthink of the elite media.
If you look at my strongest applause lines virtually every one was taking on the media.
Yeah, the GOP base loves that, but they'll be voting for Mitt anyway.
Also, too, let's remember Romney's reaction to Newt's big applause lines:
Charging that attacking the media is an easy trick to curry favor with the “home crowd,” Mitt Romney on Wednesday took a shot at New Gingrich over the memorable moment from last week’s CNN-sponsored GOP debate when the former speaker lashed out at moderator John King.
“It’s very easy to talk down a moderator. The moderator asks a question and has to sit by and take whatever you send to them,” Romney said on Fox News. “And Speaker Gingrich has been wonderful at attacking the moderators and attacking the media. That’s always a very favorite response for the home crowd.”
3. Benghazi Truthers
If you're not a member of the right-wing tribe, you may not think of Jimmy Carter as History's Greatest Monster. But the appeal on the right of seeing this race as one between a hapless Democrat stumbling on foreign policy who's about to be broadsided by a 21st-century Ronald Reagan is too great to pass up.
Jennifer Rubin thinks Obama's Achilles heel is foreign policy. Here's what she thinks Romney's line should be:
Under President George W. Bush after 9/11 there were no attacks on America and no deaths as a result of terrorist attacks on Americans. President Obama can’t say the same. Four Americans are dead in Libya. He call them “bumps in the road” and blames a movie. I call it outrageous.