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Sunday, January 6, 2008
posted by jason | 8:41 AM | permalink
I am about to do the worst thing s Romnot could ever imagine...quote Hugh Hewitt. But before I do, I just want to ask Romnots to think about the substance of his comment:

Roaming through the blogs, the overwhelming impression of this debate is a negative reaction to John McCain, a deepening feeling that reflects a politically disastrous fact: John McCain lacks the essential graciousness towards his critics and opponents that a president must have --the Reagan touch, the iron discipline that Bush has shown never to attack even his most partisan and harshest opponents in personal terms.

I truly believe this is what most voters will take from the debate: a snarky old man who was more interested in making school yard burns than debating substance. Gathering from my readings, New Hampshirans love the policy contrasts, but could go without juvenile behavior. And frankly Hugh is right. John McCain lacks the temperament to be presidents. Remember back in the spring the line was McCain couldn't even get his senatorial colleagues to go with him, they all hated working with the guy.

When I posted my notes from a Romney event at Principal Financial Network in Des Moines, I noted a plan Romney laid out in how he dealt with the opposition in Massachusetts's. It's classy, effective, and frankly flies over the head of someone with the mindset of John McCain:

1. Never attacked Character of opposition in the Legislature.
2. Met regularly every week, personal relationship of trust. Dinners with wives”
3. Looked for common ground. Ex. Health Care Bill
4. Less score settling, shared credit, good for future negotiations
5. Recognition we need to act now

When you read Romney's plan in dealing with the opposition, and then read McCain's way in the next quote, you wonder if what really saved us from the Amnesty Bill in the summer was actually McCain's inability to work with others:

Defending His Amnesty Bill, Sen. McCain Lost His Temper And "Screamed, 'F*ck You!' At Texas Sen. John Cornyn" (R-TX). "Presidential hopeful John McCain - who has been dogged for years by questions about his volcanic temper - erupted in an angry, profanity-laced tirade at a fellow Republican senator, sources told The Post yesterday. In a heated dispute over immigration-law overhaul, McCain screamed, 'F--- you!' at Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who had been raising concerns about the legislation. 'This is chickens---stuff,' McCain snapped at Cornyn, according to several people in the room off the Senate floor Thursday. 'You've always been against this bill, and you're just trying to derail it.'" (Charles Hurt, "Raising McCain," New York Post, 5/19/07)

It's stuff like this, low class verbiage that is better left for the honky-tonk than the halls of congress, that really demonstrates that McCain's lack of emotional control leaves him unsuited for the job of the presidency.
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In business, you recognize that life is long and relationships are measured in terms of careers, not news cycles. Mitt comes from this world so takes a fundamentally different approach to governing than lifelong politicians like the Axis of Weasel (Huck, McCain, Rudy).


The last thing we need is a crotchety old man running this country.

Governor Romney may have changed his mind on some issues, but I think that is perfectly legitimate! If someone never changes their views we call them stubborn or unwilling to change. If they change their political views, we call them a flip-flopper. There is no way to win.

Not many people realize this but a large part of Romneycare was devised by the heritige foundation,not exactly a left leaning group.It couldn't be cheapened even more if the Dems hadn't loaded it up with mandates.

He got attacked on mandatory coverage but would any of his opponents be willing to say that car insurance he voluntary? People hate paying car insurance also but it's a necessary evil. The one thing missing fro getting the costs down is tort reform. This has to be addressed to get the costs down. Malpractice insurance has gone through the roof while the standards for a lawsuit have fallen well below gross negligence.Texas has put a cap on punitive awards and doctors are flocking there.

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