Has President Obama Turned Mitt Romney into John Kerry?

Thursday, September 13, 2012


In 2012, Is Gov. Mitt Romney Sen. John Kerry’s Doppelganger?

The Week asks the intriguing question: Has President Obama Turned Mitt Romney into John Kerry?

The parallels between Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney and the Democrats’ 2004 standard-bearer, Sen. John Kerry (D), are striking: Both men are multimillionaires who call Massachusetts home, have reputations as flip-floppers, vacation at inopportune times, and are widely perceived as stiff, remote, not terribly personable, and a little out of touch.

Here’s another similarity: Both men faced incumbents with strong poll numbers on national security, an advantage that both George W. Bush and President Obama haveĀ pressed. Plus, by trying to define Romney by attacking his perceived strengths, President Obama is borrowing pretty liberally from the Bush/Cheney 2004 playbook.

Is Obama trying to turn Romney into Kerry?

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11 Responses to Has President Obama Turned Mitt Romney into John Kerry?

  1. feminazi says:

    It worked for George W. Bush in 2004. Why wouldn’t it work for Obama in 2012?

  2. DMason says:

    I agree Christopher, it’s an intriguing question it’s an insult to John Kerry? I mean, yes, he’s very rich and yes, he can be a blowhard, but underneath, he’s a decent guy who supports gay rights and he sponsored legislation to stop bullying. Mitt Romney is just a rich douche.

  3. Sally says:

    I really think Mitt is destroying himself. The Obama camp responds when Mitt is truly off base and lying, but they are not swift boating him in any way. Mitt is his own worst enemy. And I hear Kerry may be the next Sec. of State, so I don’t think Obama is trying to put him down.

  4. The Real Adam says:

    The American people are losing ground. The middle class is shrinking.

    Romney is more than successful: he’s so rich he hides money in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland and the Ilse of Man. He’s arguably the least transparent presidential candidate in history. I think when regular Americans see Romney, they see a man who wants to be king.

  5. Stephen Iversonn says:

    John Kerry, while as boring as a silver platter, his reputation was swiftboated by far-right operatives.

    Mitt Romney, is his own worst enemy. No serious candidate would race to beat the President of the United States to make a statement first when a member of this nation’s diplomatic corp was murdered all for political expediency.

    To my thinking, Romney is self-destructing. The debates will be the final nail in his political coffin.

  6. Rachel says:

    I’m waiting to hear Mitt Romney reference his military record that doesn’t exist.

  7. ChiTOM says:

    This is the one time you will ever hear me quote Peggy Noonan but she had the best comment about Mitt Romney’s appalling remarks about the slaughter of Libyan ambassador Christopher Stevens.

    http://live.wsj.com/?category=opinion#!B8B3D9D4-3880-4382-8FEB-917038CCC7EA

    “Romney looked weak today. At one point, he had a certain slight grimace on his face when he was taking tough questions from the reporters, and I thought, ‘He looks like Richard Nixon.'”

    Ouch!

  8. Peace Nick says:

    I saw Willard on TV this afternoon when I got home. He was “mourning the of death Ambassador Christopher Stevens and he was radiant, grinning and beaming. Is he insane? I mean, the words flowing from his mouth don’t match the expressions on his face.

    Sorry but Romney makes the hair stand up on my back. He’s a creep.

  9. Brigadoon says:

    I’m not a psychiatrist but somehow along the way, Romney’s internal wiring became severely crossed and today he confuses integrity with greed.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    Good point, Brigadoon.

  11. fran says:

    ROMNEY “SWIFTBOATS” HIMSELF. Remember his big campaign pitch to get rid of Obamacare…
    now after the DNC, with people talking about the positive/lifesaving elements of this health care reform start up, Romney, who once treated Obamacare with full disrespect, now says he would keep parts of it.

    Here is a great quote I read today:

    “It is also noteworthy that the Romney campaign’s instinct is to attack the president on foreign policy but then refuse to articulate its own policy positions as a useful point of contrast. This “attack and distract” approach to politics is beneath the office; when you criticize there is an obligation to propose new solutions to the problem.” – John Avlon

    Plus Romney’s grab at getting political points in a time of crisis, is a cheap shot.
    No sense, no class, no clue as to when to *shut up*.
    The man is entirely out of touch.

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