The luxury of likability

Vision, not charisma, is more important aspect of a president

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He has to define himself. He has to appear at ease, even funny if possible.

Most of all, the pundits are telling us, Mitt Romney has to be likable in his acceptance speech this week.

That’s all very nice. But it’s also a ploy to become class president – not the president of the most powerful nation on Earth.

Barack Obama’s public persona is arguably the most affable we’ve seen in some time. But what has that done for your pocketbook? What effect has his smile had on unemployment numbers? Did his beer summit improve race relations? Do his quips have an impact on the stock market?

Liking, even loving, our commander in chief is a nice luxury, but how in the world does that put food on the table?

The rest of the world, much of which depends on our economic and military strength, would be absolutely horrified if it contemplated for long the frivolous, superficial and inconsequential criteria upon which this country’s presidential elections seem to hinge.

Really? We’re worried about likability? How someone makes us feel is as important, if not more so, than how he’ll affect our lives?

This cult of personality is no way to run a lemonade stand, much less the world’s superpower.

Republican National Convention speeches leading up to Romney’s on Thursday will be designed to set the stage, and to help frame the man – particularly for voters who’ve not paid close attention until now. And there will be a concerted effort for people to get to know him.

It’s a good bet that at the end of the convention, the country will know considerably more about Gov. Romney’s background than we did, or perhaps still do, about the current president’s.

Thankfully, though, Romney wants to concentrate on his vision and his plan to get America back on track, as he should. “I’ll describe my views and issues and concerns,” he told one media outlet, “but I don’t have a plan to take everybody to my childhood home and say, ‘Here’s where I rode my bicycle.’”

It’s infinitely more important where he wants to take the country.

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TParty
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TParty 08/29/12 - 12:58 am
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Romney is funny. Remember

Romney is funny. Remember that joke Romney said the other day of no one questions his birth certificate? Funny guy!!

Street smart
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Street smart 08/29/12 - 02:34 am
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On the same day that Mitt

On the same day that Mitt Romney cracked his birther " joke, " new evidence indicated that he and his partners at Bain Capitol have used questionable methods to avoid federal taxes - including a scheme that transform corporate stock into untaxed offshore " derivatives," and a practice that converts management fees into capital gains, which are taxed at a far lower rate. While nobody has asked to see the Republican candidate's birth certificate, as he said at Michigan rally on Friday, everybody has a renewed interest in examining the tax returns he continues to withhold.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/29/12 - 05:30 am
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Bland presidents

Some of out greatest leaders have been pretty beige. Only since television did we really care what they looked like or how they sounded.
Can you imagine Taft on TV? If television makes you look 10 pounds heavier they would have had to use a wide angle lens.

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carcraft 08/29/12 - 05:31 am
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On the same day Romney

On the same day Romney cracked his "birther " joke we found out unemployment had inched up, manufacturing had shrank and Obama's shovel ready jobs weren't "shovel" ready ( this is, after all, the third summer of recovery). Oh did I mention Obama brought up Romey's taxes? You guys worry about Romeny's taxes, I am worried about trillion dollar deficits,(Obama has more in deficits in three years than Bush did in years), 8% unemployment, Obama's war on coal (already shut down one plant in Georgia), war on states trying to fight illegal immigration, underemployment, expanding entitlments, and no budgets in three years. Yep we really got to look at Romeny's taxes. Are you guys worried Romney may have lied? Well so has Obama , that doesn't seem to bother you! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Techfan
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Techfan 08/29/12 - 06:30 am
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The coal industry loves

The coal industry loves Romney so much that they shut down a mine and bussed the miners in to his rally. Oh, by the way, it was an unpaid day for the miners and attendance at the Romney rally was madatory. Such nice folks. Why would they need regulating?

Street smart
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Street smart 08/29/12 - 07:15 am
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The New York Times called it

The New York Times called it " mean - spirited," " aggressive," and " intolerant." They are referring to the Republican Party platform. And surprise, suprise: The Los Angeles Time reported that it was " written at the direction of Romney's campaign." On national television this week, we'll be hearing different story, as the Republicans try to convince voters that the Romney - Ryan ticket is on the side of the middle class. It's on as to make sure the millions of Americans who are just tuning into this election for the first time don't buy it. But knowing these Republicans moron they probably go to sleep with President Obama on they mind every night fabricating baseless attacks on President Obama until November 6.

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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 07:25 am
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Hurt the little feelings of the Democraties?

Did we hurt the little feelings of the Democraties? We sorry. Tell you what if anyone had any knowledge of Romney breaking tax laws, I'm sure the IRS with Obama's extra 800 newly hired agents would find it. If Obama releases his school records like every other presidential candidate in history has done, Romney will release two more years of tax returns. Deal?

Techfan
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Techfan 08/29/12 - 07:46 am
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The Ron Paul delegates love Romney too.

Look it up on your own. I'd get an abuse warning if I posted it.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/29/12 - 07:47 am
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Peanuts.

Peanuts.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/29/12 - 07:50 am
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Techfan....got any proof of

Techfan....got any proof of your 6:30 comment......I doubt it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 07:52 am
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Hey, don't be getting on me

I said 800 agents. Even your link implies it will be in the thousands, but not 16,000. Actually most sites I saw say it will be in the thousands, but probably not 16,000 because other employees will also be hired by the IRS, not just agents. Then you have to account for other costs.

I read one source a long time ago that said 800 and I figured I'd use it being the conservative type guy I am. Then you criticize the comment? Ha

Angie H
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Angie H 08/29/12 - 07:57 am
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"The GOP can't keep its lies

"The GOP can't keep its lies straight"

Riverman....I didn't realize that YOU were the GOP.

I thought calling other posters a liar got you banned....I guess the standards aren't the same for everyone.

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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 08:06 am
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Angie, no problem. TechFan is

Angie, no problem. TechFan is cool for a Dem. Look, there are few posters on here who haven't called me a liar once or twice. Truth is they may have been right now and then, too.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/29/12 - 08:10 am
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The claims have been mostly

The claims have been mostly denied by Rob Moore, Chief Financial Officer of Murray Energy Company, which owns the mine. He acknowledges that workers weren't paid that day but says no one was made to attend the event. Well, kind of. Huffington Post

"Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend," he told local news radio WWVA, which has received several emails from workers claiming that the company records names of workers that don't attend those types of events.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/29/12 - 08:17 am
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So no proof?

So no proof?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 08/29/12 - 08:33 am
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Tech, Tech, Tech
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Regarding your 6:30 comment, maybe its because Obama has vowed to put an end to the coal industry, which will put THOUSANDS of people out of work. So much for Democrats being friends to the working man.

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TannerManor 08/29/12 - 08:40 am
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The coal miners I saw on

The coal miners I saw on stage looked like they were happy to be there. Better to lose a DAY'S pay at a Romney event than ALL their pay if BHO gets a second gig.

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faithson 08/29/12 - 08:43 am
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proof of the pudding is in the eating...

and just where was ole mittens before the tea party raised it's head. This guy is a political chameleon, hold your nose when you pull the lever for him, I can't get passed the smell...

Angie H
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Angie H 08/29/12 - 08:53 am
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The smell of the other lever

The smell of the other lever is far worse!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/29/12 - 09:23 am
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Spin it anyway you want to but this is true..

He has to define himself. He has to appear at ease, even funny if possible.

Most of all, the pundits are telling us, Mitt Romney has to be likable in his acceptance speech this week.

Likeable people get the votes....personality counts....Romney needs to lighten up some...he is too stiff........he might be the smartest man in the room but that doesn't go far enough.....
jmo but I'm sticking with it..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/29/12 - 09:26 am
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Ole saying is true

Make me laugh & I will remember you....

faithson
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faithson 08/29/12 - 09:29 am
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i know, i know

I'm just puttin' on one of those nose plugs, as the whole voting precinct will have an aroma of 'gutlessness' (see Senator Colburn's comments). (and obviously, I think your lever smells worse)

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rmwhitley 08/29/12 - 09:37 am
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Unions will never
Unpublished

vote for a conservative. What do you suppose the price of a chevy or a ford would be if built in a "right to work" state"? What would it cost to attend a professional sporting event if the players were non-union members? What salaries would tax-payers have to pay for non-union guvmint workers? obama plans to keep these "middle-class" workers exempt from higher taxes. Who does this leave to pay the higher taxes?

Angie H
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Angie H 08/29/12 - 09:38 am
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Yeah.....a proven successful

Yeah.....a proven successful leader is a far worse choice than a proven failure and a proven liar.

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allhans 08/29/12 - 10:05 am
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Liberals complain about the

Liberals complain about the TEA Party taking over, then they say that the TEA Party is against Romney...Not that it matters..Let them have fun while they can.

allhans
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allhans 08/29/12 - 10:14 am
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As someone said..and I am

As someone said..and I am repeating...

{What does likability have to do with understanding the private sector economy and how to grow it and create jobs?
Government hand outs are not the long term solution to what ails this country..}

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SAPCS 08/29/12 - 10:31 am
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Unfortunately

Entire nations have been built on the back of a charismatic leader. I wouldn't care if he was the most arrogrant man on the face of the planet--he's got my vote simply because he's better than the alternative, but he does have to find some way to appeal to the masses. Hope he's got one hell of a speech writer.

SAPCS
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SAPCS 08/29/12 - 10:35 am
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Fortunately

Our illustrious leader will face the difficult task of convincing those of us with common sense and forethought that the next four years will be better than the last four. And his speech writer sucks.

TParty
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TParty 08/29/12 - 10:52 am
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Angie: An answer to your 7:50 comment.

Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2012/08/coal_miners_lost_pay_whe...

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