Quit Whining and DANCE, Mittyboy

A few days ago, poor old Mittens was bereft at the prospect of the campaign ahead:

“There will be an effort by the, quote, vast left-wing conspiracy to work together to put out a message and to attack me,” Romney said in an interview with Breitbart.com’s Larry O’Connor. “And they’re going to do everything they can to divert from the issue people care about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes. That’s what people care about,” Romney said.

A few things strike one from this quote, “Welcome to politics, Willard,” “You can dish it out but you can’t take it,” “WTF is a prospective president doing hobnobbing with a bunch of deranged racebaiting death-cultists who can’t write for toffee?” and “Don’t get me started” being just a few of the more obvious. Romney found eager ears at Breitbart.com for his complaints about their favorite “vast left-wing” boogeyman Media Matters, of course.

As Jason Easley at Politicususa observes, at the weekend David Gregory at NBC’s “Meet the Press” and Candy Crowley at CNN’s “State of the Union” grilled David Axelrod—a rare non-Republican among the weekend pundit lineup—about the beastly Obama campaign’s “grinding negativism” in the face of what Axelrod had the audacity to describe as the beleaguered Romney campaign’s “grinding negativism” in the primary and beyond—a complaint I believe we may have heard from a few of Mitt’s opponents from time to time.

And as noted elsewhere, the New York Times’s Public Editor Arthur Brisbane joined the fray:

“Now, though, the general election season is on, and The Times needs to offer an aggressive look at the president’s record, policy promises and campaign operation to answer the question: Who is the real Barack Obama?” Brisbane wrote. “Many critics view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion. Like a lot of America, it basked a bit in the warm glow of Mr. Obama’s election in 2008.” Brisbane lamented that “a strong current of skepticism holds that the paper skews left ...

I just love that “many critics” from a supposed ombudsman, as if his own unsubstantiated views from his exalted position can’t stand up on their own without the anonymous cavalry galloping along in support of them.

Meanwhile, Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism—which may or may not be related to Sweeney Todd’s Project for Excellence in Pastry Products—is keeping a close eye on the tone of the various candidates’ treatment at the hands of the media, and most recently found:

Even though Mitt Romney moved closer to clinching his party’s nomination with wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, no presidential candidate fared well in the campaign news narrative last week.

The best Romney could say was the narrative about him in the press was mixed last week, but that was better than his rivals, according to the Campaign 2012 in the Media, a weekly tracking of the tone and volume of coverage of the candidates by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Romney’s portrayal in the press was also better last week than the one received by the sitting president, Barack Obama, who endured a third consecutive down week after a period of somewhat improved coverage in February and early March.

For the week of April 2-8, 35% of Romney’s coverage was positive, 33% was negative and 32% was neutral, according to the weekly tracking, which combines a mix of human and computer algorithmic coding of news content. That represents a downturn from the previous week when 41% of his coverage was positive compared with 29% negative. It also marks Romney’s worst week since February 20-26, when he was still reeling from Rick Santorum’s wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.

Now, all Mitt’s got to do with his time is exactly what he’s done for most of his days since he gave up working for a living and made being a losing presidential candidate his life’s mission—campaign. His own pratfalls and self-inflicted wounds in that effort alone probably account for a fair percentage of the “negative” coverage. Obama, on the other hand, has to double up on serving as President as well as starting his reelection campaign, so it’s inevitable that events in the real world—not just campaignland—will lead to coverage that’s often critical, when it isn’t warped beyond recognition.

I’m beginning to wonder if Mitt has the intestinal fortitude for the rough-and-tumble of a full-blooded campaign against an opponent with access to resources that rival the millions of dollars he and his superPAC pals have had to throw at beating the weakest, wackiest, and worst-organised GOP field of candidates in living memory.

I guess Brisbane’s right. If the media want a prolonged horserace that’s not over before the starting gun’s even fired, with the concomitant loss in advertising revenue and raisons d’être, it behooves it to pile in and level the course a little out of a sheer sense of fair play. Poor little Mitty can’t be expected to do it all on his own.

Posted by YAFB on 04/23/12 at 12:23 PM • Permalink

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Did Mittens actually say “vast left wing conspiracy”?  That rings a bell…Nixon, was it?

GOP candidate Mitt Romney is under attack by a vast left wing conspiracy led by Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Well, he might be petrified at the prospect of featuring in a crappy “American Extremists” cartoon (Lambert‘s already on the case).

Though it seems more likely he was reappropriating and mirroring Hillary’s “vast right-wing conspiracy,” not that he’s the first to do so by a very long chalk (Byron York wrote a book with that title, for example).

It might be a saving grace if he’d said it with a knowing twinkle in his eye. But we’re talking Mittens here, so a sense of humor’s out of the question. And he was talking to a right-wing shock jock from Breitbart News, so in all likelihood he thought he saw a button labeled “Pander” and decided he’d better press it.

I wonder if a certain narrative that Rmoney has been using isn’t particularly inclined to backfire—the whole “first you have to have a job” joke he uses about Obama’s experience. Obama has been president for nearly four years, and before that, was a US Senator. During that time. Mitt Romney was, by his own admission, unemployed.

I’m sure Romney’s hobbyhorse about being a businessman has a pleasing gait and can sidestep some of the obstacles that actually dealing with real world issues will put in his path. But tempermentally, he will have to avoid running as if it were, as his helpmeet so charmlessly put it: “His turn”. Attacks on his record and economic plan (such as we’ve been privy to) are signs of no “conspiracy”—it’s called “politics”. People who have garnered more than one term for a single political office may be more familiar with the concept. Whinging about it is admitting he’s a poor widdle victim.  Nice display of leadership skills—Obama gets called a Kenyan Islamo-fascist Communitard Anti-Colonialist Atheist Long-Legged Pimp Daddy on the daily—and sucks it up. Romney can’t deal with being called awkward and rich.

I should be so awkward and rich! Would I complain?  This schlemiel! I look forward to seeing him made a bigger fool than he even makes of himself. Regularly and as soon as possible.

Why is it that mittbot can pal around with the likes of breitbrats and nuges and receive no criticism, while the Pres pals around with terrorists like a church pastor and Bill Ayers and is raked over the coals for it?

I blame the librul meedjah.

Obama gets called a Kenyan Islamo-fascist Communitard Anti-Colonialist Atheist Long-Legged Pimp Daddy on the daily—and sucks it up.

Not only that, he jokes about it! Even roping in the death panels horseshit. Now that’s a politician.

I should be so awkward and rich! Would I complain?

Likewise - I suspect we’re both the kind of peasants that think a million dollars is a lot of money. But I think a lot of people who make or are born into that kind of scratch have no concept of “enough.”

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