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February 5, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

ROMNEY'S SPEECH....Matt Yglesias comments on Mitt Romney's post-election address tonight:

Right now I think he's delivering a pretty damn good speech. Education policy expert Sara Mead says "this isn't a winning message for him" — too negative — but it taps into my anti-Beltway rage (anti-Beltway rage only gets worse when you move all the way into the District of Columbia and realize that the country is run by jerks who ride the Orange Line).

I'm with Sara. Anti-Beltway populist spleen might work from, say, Mike Huckabee or even John McCain. But Romney? The guy looks and sounds exactly like the well-coiffed, bespoke-suited, technocracy-loving financial executive he is. The Huey Long act just doesn't work for him. The whole thing sounded phoney from beginning to end.

Which, of course, is exactly how he's sounded throughout the entire campaign. So I guess it's only fitting that he sounded that way tonight too.

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He was also sounding like he was running on amphetamines. It was just plain weird.

Posted by: gasjojoasg on February 5, 2008 at 11:43 PM | PERMALINK

But you really have to admire a man who publicly admits that he can only win the states where he has actually lived. I thought he was going to say he wished he had moved around a lot more.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on February 5, 2008 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, that "I'm proud to say I've won all three states that I've lived in" thing was really weird too, and I was actually going to comment on it, but his bizarre speedhead-like delivery made me forget about it until you just mentioned it again.

Obama's speaking now. This man can give a speech.

Posted by: adsgasg on February 5, 2008 at 11:49 PM | PERMALINK

Second Kevin's comments about Romney being a phoney. It reminds me of all his pandering about his dad's civil rights work. Seemed to me like patronizing from the son and maybe from the dad, too. Similarly, Republicans may court the Hispanic vote, but that doesn't mean they like Hispanics.

Posted by: Swan on February 5, 2008 at 11:50 PM | PERMALINK

MSNBC projecting Clinton wins CA

Posted by: DNS on February 6, 2008 at 12:12 AM | PERMALINK

McCain takes it. Religious conservatives and 'values voters' are found wanting. Big Money Republicans discover that their Discover Card won't take their purchase.

We witness the formal cracking-up of the Republican strange-bedfellows marriage of convenience.

Mainstream secular small-l liberal policies have been more popular for a while and will win in November. Everyone who doesn't like them banded together for a while and supported GWB. But they don't agree with each other. And now we see the result. Driven home and made painful by the excruciating, ridiculous failure of the Bush Administration.

Requiescant in pace.

Posted by: DNS on February 6, 2008 at 12:23 AM | PERMALINK

what's an orange line?

Posted by: anonymous on February 6, 2008 at 12:23 AM | PERMALINK

MSNBC just said their best guess for delegate count (including guesses on California etc):

Obama 841
Clinton 837

Posted by: ddgasdfas on February 6, 2008 at 12:49 AM | PERMALINK

yeah, I saw that in MSNBC too. I looked back at the thread where we were trying to guess the delegate counts, it looks like "Ca Pol Junkie" came closest.

Posted by: anonymous on February 6, 2008 at 12:53 AM | PERMALINK

Romney could serve as a model for the groom on wedding cakes. In fact two such models would be great for a gay wedding cake.

Posted by: Shag from Brookline on February 6, 2008 at 6:47 AM | PERMALINK

I didn't see the speech, but there is a difference between "inside the beltway" and "well-coiffed, bespoke-suited, technocracy-loving financial executive[s]". One group can--and sometimes does--complain about the other.

I'm not a big fan of either group, and I hate it when they get together (using either major party), but they are not the same group and they don't always like each other much--except when they get an opportunity to put the screws to the rest of us.

Posted by: TFisher on February 6, 2008 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

FYI - the orange line is the metro line that runs from the western suburbs of Northern Virginia into downtown DC. It also heads out eastwards across the Anacostia river and into Maryland's Prince George County, but the people MattY is referring to get off by the time the metro gets to the L'Enfant plaza. This is the subway line most likely to have the rich Virginia suburbanites, as compared to the other NoVa metro lines which are trafficked by transient members of the military, 30-something professionals, and people who live in NoVa's less expensive suburbs.

Posted by: Tyro on February 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

Shorter Romney speech: "We Republicans need a 'they' to hate. As failures we need a "they" to blame. Look, over there. That's them. The Republican party in DC."

Posted by: Tripp on February 6, 2008 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

Re the anti-beltway rhetoric ...the best summary: Inside the Beltway - CYNACISM; Outside ...OPTIMISM! Too many 'inside,' believe from many years of experience, nothing meaningful can get done. 'Outside,' there's hope for change. Just look at the mandate of the 2006 election. It will be repeated in 2008 when R obstructionist's tactics are magnified in the 2008 senatorial elections. Watch today's cloture vote on the stimulus package. McCain's strenth lies in the fact that he fights for the optimistic bold solutions needed to improve the issues confronting our country. And so it is true with HRC & Obama. Romney is just a pandering flip-flopping clown. He know's nothing about the dynamics of DC. As a corporate raider, he knows little about the economy other than his self-serving interests to make huge amounts of money.

Posted by: officious humilitas on February 6, 2008 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK



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