- Posted September 12, 2012 by
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The Cornfield Standings - Romney Goes Down - September 12th
Since coming out in support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on June 28th a lot has happened.
I am still in support of Romney for election in November, but a change is warranted in Romney's Ear of Corn rating.
The choice was between President Barack Obama, the incumbent Democrat, and Romney, who are vying to answer the question, "Who's Running to Be My President".
Islamic extremists attacked the US Embassy in Egypt and the American Consultate in Libya. The attack in Libya resulted in the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 others. This is a tragedy that affects all Americans. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of those who have suffered such loss.
Romney came out early yesterday evening to make a statement about the attacks. If Romney had simply condemned the attacks and voiced his concern and condolences to the families, all would have been good.
But Romney stepped on his own tongue by making the situation into a political attack on the Obama Administration was inappropriate during a time when the attacks were still occurring and all facts were not yet known. Romney should have waited to make any type of rebuke of the President's policies until more was known and the attacks had concluded. By turning a tragedy into a moment to attempt to regain a hand up on foreign policy issues, Romney made himself look buffoonish and not ready for the nuances such a situation demands.
For this reason, Romney deserves a drop of 2 ears of corn in The Cornfield Standings.
This was not acting in a manner we expect from a presidential candidate nor from one who is president. Sometimes silence or patience is the best path. In this case, Romeny stumbled and failed.
I still believe Romney's business accumen coupled with Ryan's financial acumen are more suited to lead the nation over the rough economic seas which continue to rock the ship of state.
However, I am disconcerted with the tone of both campaigns and the utter lack of integrity and civilty both sides are showing. This is especially true with the ad wars being forced on American voters.
My consternation and disgust led me to file this report: Campaigns, Super PACs, Ads and Lies. The text version can be read here: http://fromthecornfield.com/blog1.php/ca mpaigns-super-pacs-ads-and. The video version here: http://irep ort.cnn.com/docs/DOC-826448
Romney - My Choice
2 Ears of Corn
Romney, 2 ears of corn, a decrease of 2 ears. The reason I have decreased Romney's standing is based on what I stated above.
Romney has talked about his economic hopes and laid out a 5-point plan that is lacking substance. Romney must be more specific. The hope is that more details, more specifics and real discussion will occur soon. With the upcoming presidential debates in October, Romney must do a much better job in fleshing out his plan for America.
With the statement last night on the diplomatic crisis and the deaths of our embassy staff, Romney has a lot of road to make up in the next few weeks.
Romney still needs to be much more commanding on peripheral issues such as reaching out more to Hispanics, GOP leaning GLBT members, and moving more to the center. Romney needs to be firm about distractions, be resolute in dismissing sideshows. As now the leader of the Republican Party, Romney needs to rein in those high profile individuals to stay on message: the economy, jobs and the unsustainable debt. While he should not put muzzles on anyone nor expect all or anyone to all be on the same page as to his policies, shiny object distractions need to be hidden away not to see daylight.
Obama - No Longer A Choice
1 Ear of Corn
President Barack Obama stays at 1 ear of corn. With the distortions, the caught lies that the President seems to have no problem with Team Obama or the Super PAC, PrioritiesUSA, making on his behalf, it keeps his standing low. His convention speech last Thursday accepting the Democratic nomination for his re-election bid, while good technically, left out any substance. While he decried the lack of substance from the Republican National Convention the week before, he did not provide any substance of his own.
The President refuses to disavow personal affronts such as the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid making patently false statements on the Senate floor, even when debunked and proven false. The President and his Team lie about not knowing anything about the story in an ad that suggests that Romney is indirectly responsible for the death of a woman from cancer, even though the story was discussed on a conference call months ago. The President did not denounce a charge raised of commission of a felony that was unsubstantiated. The President won in 2008 proclaiming he was a different type of politician and to be the most transparent President in history. The reality has shown the current Administration one of the most secretive in history only bested by the failed presidency of Richard Nixon.
The President can still change my mind, though doubtful, between now and election day. As I have stated each time I have updated The Cornfield Standings, the only way I can say a 2nd term for the President is if there are Republican majorities in Congress to provide adequate checks and balances. The President has once more been found to have mislead the American people by claiming that the Affordable Care Act would not raise taxes nor would it raise costs.
From the Cornfield, that's The Cornfield Standings for this 12th of September.