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Archive for August 12th, 2012

Obama, Romney & the Likability Index

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Obama, Romney & the Likability Index
Maureen Dowd, New York Times
ISN'T it amazing? Two introverts facing off in the brightest spotlight of all for president.Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are at their most appealing when they are with their families.Unfortunately, we don't often get that vantage point. And beyond those circles of trust, both men can seem as if they are sealed in their own spaceships.The big difference, the one that will probably decide this presidential race, is this: Barack Obama is able to convey an impression of likability to voters. Given how private he is, an enigma even to some who are close to him, it's an incredible…

Does Obama Want to Take Over Other Industries?
Devin Dwyer, ABC
It’s no secret President Obama is proud of the taxpayer-funded government intervention that rescued U.S. automakers GM and Chrysler back in 2009. He regularly takes credit for the companies’ resurgent profitability and hiring as one of his top achievements.Now, Republicans say Obama is suggesting on the campaign trail that he wants to do it again, this time in other sectors of the economy, in order to “get the hand of government driving every industry in America.”

How Romney Decided on Ryan–and Kept the Secret
Alex Altman, Time
Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate was the product of months of meticulous planning marked by locked rooms, deceptive flight patterns and surreptitious forays through the Wisconsin woods. Hours after Romney unveiled his new No. 2 Saturday morning at a decommissioned battleship in Norfolk, Va., close aides lifted the curtain on the secretive selection method, as well as the elegant subterfuge that preserved Ryan’s identity until the night before the Janesville native emerged from the decks of the U.S.S. Wisconsin to raucous applause.The process began in…

Suddenly, A Historic Election?
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest
With Governor Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, the vague contours of the presidential race have suddenly become sharper. Up until now, partly because Romney’s image has been so fuzzy, we were looking at a referendum on President Obama rather than a clear-cut contest between political philosophies. Now, given Ryan’s prominence as a budget hawk and entitlement reformer, the public has a choice to make.