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There's no doubt that we've seen a shamefully gullible press in action over the last few years.

However, the truly gullible would be those who think that Romney is going to bring back the jobs to Michigan:

"From 1984 until 1999, Romney led Bain Capital, a Boston-based private equity group that earned jaw-dropping profits through leveraged buyouts, debt hedge funds, offshore tax havens and other financial strategies. In some cases, Romney's team closed U.S. factories, causing hundreds of layoffs, or pocketed huge fees shortly before companies collapsed." [Los Angeles Times, 12/16/07]

This is funny because I remember thinking while watching the NH Republican debate that Romney was so nice! He complimented every single person throughout the debate. Of course, he argued some of their points, but he complimented them just the same. Nobody else did that. If anything, they just looked for ways to throw barbs at the poor guy. What's even worse? The headline about the debate over here in California was "Romney gets defensive during debate".

The media is very vocal about who they hate this election.

That's something that I've never understood about politics. They call it an "attack ad" if the candidate points out the statements or policies of the opponent. It's not like they say "So-and-so is a poopie-head".

I also note it depends on which party is involved as to how much consternation an "attack ad" causes...

Romney doesn't have the war hero biography or the evangelical network and has to compensate with spending money to get his message out.

His "attack" ads have been the the wimpiest I recall seeing. I don't think he's accusing McCain of dragging African-Americans from his truck or of dropping an A-bomb on a little girl in a flower field.

The media has a general bias against "negative ads" and so does McCain and Huckabee since they haven't raised the funds to run them. If they did have the money, I think they'd be singing a different tune.

I think Romney is being faulted for wanting to talk issues and not pose and posture like the substance-free campaigns of Mick and Huck.

The biggest guffaw I've had so far is the "complaint" that McCain made about Romney spending his fortune.

Is he clueless?

McCain/Feingold is THE reason guys with fortunes are gravitating to elections.

Yea, whatever happened to wanting the candidates to stick to the issues? If it is Romney, sticking to the issues seems to translate directly into "negativity" and "attacks." I have been scratching my head about this, glad to see I am not alone.

Talk about meanness--

Everyone of those guys (with the exception of Ron Paul, I think) had something poignantly negative to say about Romney at last week's debate--especially McCain!

Here's what Romney should say to avoid being accused of attacking:

"I agree with everything the other candidates have said. In fact, I think their ideas are better than mine. And their better leaders, and better people, and more electable. You should really vote for one of them."

Note that he should not point out who to vote for, because that would be an attack on all the other candidates.

I do not agree with Romney on the issues but I too have noticed how quick the media is to accuse him of being mean. Watching the campaign coverage is better than a soap opera with all the drama the media drums up.

"Wait Wait don't tell me" (you can get it off itunes podcasts too)
had pollster/consultant Paula Begala on today. He singled out Romney as being unworthy of respect.

Democrats for Rommney in Michigan. Now this link is pretty cool while disturbing. http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/1/10/2713/87225/55/434206
McCain is not going to be happy with this.... hehehe

You hit the nail right on the head! There's some real prejudice against Romney, and it's not because of his political views.

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