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Joe Klein on Mitt Romney

Dean Barnett at Hugh Hewitt has a negative review of Joe Klein's negative review of Mitt Romney:

The point of Klein's article is that Mitt Romney rubs him the wrong way. There's really nothing more substantive there, or certainly nothing more substantive that you haven't already heard 8 million times before. As required by the Time Magazine style-book, Klein hits the flip-flop thing (breathtaking originality!) and misstates Romney's past immigration positions which are the same as they are today, but big deal. Such things are all in a day's work for a media Bigfoot. Fresh insights and reporting accuracy aren't job requirements at dinosaurs like Time Magazine. No newsflash there.


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As with the rest of Klein's piece, it's breathtakingly clichéd. In the eyes of super-smart reporters like Joe Klein, successful Republicans have only succeeded because they were so skilled at hoodwinking the unwashed masses who couldn't recognize hokiness and "sleight of hand" when they stared them right in the eye.

Ronald Reagan got the same kind of relentless criticism from enlightened lefties for decades. Oh, how his purportedly empty platitudes about the greatness of America and the American people maddened the media. He, too, was labeled an anachronism, one that came straight out of the 1950's. Why, the simpleton Reagan even selected "Family Ties" as his favorite TV show, a program that was frighteningly redolent of anachronistic 1950's family values.

The fact that Romney has emerged as the candidate who most irritates the left is an unmistakably good sign for his campaign. Liberals by nature loathe their opponents. (Conservatives, on the other hand, mock their opponents.) The fact that Romney so angers adversaries like Andrew Sullivan, Joe Klein, and the Boston Globe is a good thing; for whatever reason, the only Republicans who ever get into the Oval Office are the ones who really rub lefties the wrong way.

Indeed. Dean's post is worth reading all the way through.


Comments (16)

Until I see more of Fred T... (Below threshold)

Until I see more of Fred Thompson (assuming he ever gets brave enough to actually campaign for office, the big sissy), Romney is the only Repubbie today with a chance to defeat the Decocrats in November 2008, imho.

I don't think he has much chance of actually winning the election, but in the last month or so he's the only candidate who strikes me as potentially capable of doing so. I was impressed by his honesty leading into the last Debate, and the way he handled himself in the debate.

only Repubbie today with a ... (Below threshold)
pretzel_logic:

only Repubbie today with a chance to defeat the Decocrats in November 2008, imho.
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Like whom?? A brothah from the southside of Chicago or a screeching hag from New York?
You honestly think either will win one state in the south?
Another smarmy head-in-the-sand liberal.

Rudy and Fred. those two wi... (Below threshold)
LorenU:

Rudy and Fred. those two will be left standing. Although my prediction of four political parties by nov 2008 is looking better by the day. If the Republicans can stare down the far right on immigration they have a chance in 08. No anti-immigration candidate will win in 08. Granted the current immigration reform bill is flawed, the Republican Party cannot write off the hispanic vote by perception as Goldwater did to the african-american vote in 1964 by opposing the civil rights act which passed with many Republican votes. But looking at the last few elections, Goldwater's stance is remembered more than the votes of congressional republicans.

Currently, the POTUS and a few other Republicans (Rudy included) are saving the Republicans from a 5% of the hispanic vote in 08 result. The far right may field a candidate in 08 and it could be Romney.

The racists on the right ar... (Below threshold)

The racists on the right aren't going to back down on immigration. Now that it's so painfully obvious that the racists concerns are purely motivated by a hatred for hispanics, and has nothing to do with border security and the global war on terror, this issue is doing more than just tearing up the Republican base - it is further exposing the far right's bullshit on "fighting terror" and pushing moderates away from the party -- who can now see a lot of the concern over "terrorism" has all been "code" for "screw anyone who isn't white".

According to the latest Ras... (Below threshold)
sadie:

According to the latest Rasmussen report those white republican racists who are against the current immigration bill, are at least 60% of the population of every state in the uniom except Massachusetts. In MA., only 58% of the population are white racist republicans.
Just think, if everyone against this bill is really as "Lee Ward" asserts, that must mean the end of the Democrat Party!!

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Posted by: sadie at May 31,... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Posted by: sadie at May 31, 2007 06:47 PM

Sadie, rational posts based on facts and logic have no place when lee goes on a rant. He/she was inculcated with circa 1967 liberal beliefs/ideas/"facts" and is impervious to that which occurs in the real world.

"Klein hits the flip-flop t... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"Klein hits the flip-flop thing (breathtaking originality!)"

As I recall, "flip-flop" was CHANTED by the Republican crowd at the Republican convention numerous times. Strange but true - only progressives can hold that term.

Lee:Now that i... (Below threshold)
marc:

Lee:

Now that it's so painfully obvious that the racists concerns are purely motivated by a hatred for hispanics, and has nothing to do with border security and the global war on terror,

And your evidence is....?

"The racists on the right a... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"The racists on the right aren't going to back down on immigration-Lee"

Lee: La Raza means "The Race"

I really don't think it is ... (Below threshold)
LorenU:

I really don't think it is racism. It is more the anger over the failure to enforce current law. The one thing the far right fails to understand is that economic law trumps man written law. But the far right should understand this? They do when it comes to environmental law. Why they go blind to the free labor market when it comes to immigration is beyond me? One thing I did read was that if we had not had so many abortions in the last 35 years we would not have needed the influx of foreign laborers.

I guess the only kind of po... (Below threshold)
Dirk:

I guess the only kind of politicians the Democrats like are the slow talking, unpolished ones like..um..George Bush?

Lee:Racist for wan... (Below threshold)

Lee:

Racist for wanting people to follow the rule of law? You're a jackass.

Lee, you absolute idiot, I ... (Below threshold)

Lee, you absolute idiot, I have personal hispanic friends that have followed the rule of law and received their citizenship...proudly and they want all immigrants, hispanic or otherwise, to go through the process. Same as they did. You're calling them racist as well.

Jackass.

I don't disagree with anyth... (Below threshold)

I don't disagree with anything Barnett wrote on this, although he is a bit chummy with Romney from way back and admits it.

The problem I have is swallowing that Barnett or any other sober and sane person takes anything Joe Klein writes seriously, if they waste the time to read it at all.

I think he means "racist li... (Below threshold)

I think he means "racist liars."

You honestly think eithe... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

You honestly think either will win one state in the south?
pretzel_logic

The Southern Strategy is a thing of the past. John Kerry almost won w/o any southern states (all he needed was Ohio). And with Dems making gains in the Mountain West, the need to win the South is in no way vital to win the presidency.

This upcoming election will probably come down to Pennsylvania/Ohio again, or possibly Colorado/New Mexico/Arizona.




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