Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dole Fellow says Romney has good shot at unseating Obama

August 29, 2012


Nancy Dwight, who has been involved in the top levels of Republican Party politics for nearly 40 years, believes GOP candidate Mitt Romney needs to provide a detailed explanation of what he wants to do as president during his nationally televised speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

“He needs to tell us in specifics, the direction he wants to take us,” said Dwight, who is a fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University.

Dwight believes Romney is well-positioned to defeat President Barack Obama in the November general election.

“The campaign starts after the conventions,” she said, adding that the presidential debates in October “will make a huge difference. It will be who can convince the undecideds, or who can create more undecideds.”

Dwight, who lives in Boston and is chair of Dwight Partners, a consulting firm, didn’t go to the convention in Tampa, Fla., but has attended GOP national gatherings as a staff member or delegate since 1980.

She knows Mitt and Ann Romney personally and finds it ironic that many people think of Mitt Romney as having a stiff personality. “He is very funny; he is very loose,” she said. “The whole side of him caring for other people is absolutely real,” she said.

Dwight gave Ann Romney’s speech on Tuesday a big thumbs-up. “She has an inner core and strength that is almost unparalleled,” she said.

But Dwight said the next speech, given by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, may have missed the mark.

“The transition between Ann’s speech and his speech was so abrupt. To put his style after hers, in hindsight, was probably a bad idea. It wasn’t his night. It was her night. The message she was delivering was so powerful,” Dwight said.

Dwight and another Dole Fellow, Steve Hildebrand, who served as Obama’s deputy national campaign manager in 2008, will be leading a weekly study group this fall at the Dole Institute on the Obama-Romney campaign.


Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

Ann Romney, No doubt a wonderful person and a great mother and wife, Is not running for President. I did not vote for Michelle Obama who is no less of a wonderful person and great mother and wife than Ann Romney. She was not running for President either.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh Yes! How can you forget "The one who shall remain Nameless". They are not in a hurry to bring him up are they? What happened to Karl and Dick? Condi Made the Cut.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

Shoot! Hillary Clinton would hand Mitt his hat in a debate. Definitely not worried about a debate between Mitt and Barack. I would not want to miss that one.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

That WAS the Point. She Lost.(to Obama) And don't count her out for 2016. Tough Lady.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

Are you aware this country is in the worse shape ever? And.......Clinton could whip up on Romney.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 9 months ago

No doubt that somebody said it, Ag, but damn, even Rick Perry got over on the Mittster once in a while. Remember that 'bet you $10,000' gaffe? If he can't even see that far down the road about the perceptions of such a remark, how much of a chessman is he really?

My wish is for a prime time debate in a room about the size of my kitchen televising the two candidates & the moderator(s) of their choosing & nobody else. No audience, no applause & no theatrics, only the participants - with all of us as the flies on the wall.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

Man! Your Medication appears to be stronger than Mine!

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

Cool. You Guys Have a great Night. Love Chatting with you. Seriously, I do.

Orwell 5 years, 9 months ago

I see FHNC's random word generator is hard at work again. The really scary thing is that he might think he knows what he's saying.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

So far, all Mitt has to offer is the same crap that put us where we are right now, and he's pretty much painted himself in a corner in that respect.

Orwell 5 years, 9 months ago

Worse, he wants the voters to accept his "hide the ball" strategy – elect me President, and then I might actually tell you what I'm planning to do. If I told you now, why, you might not even vote for me!

If he's not willing to spell it out and trust the voters to make an informed judgment, particularly given his willingness to abandon anything he's said before, he doesn't deserve the job.

Orwell 5 years, 9 months ago

Also, big surprise – a Republican says the Republican candidate could win. In the journo business this is called "dog bites man." If she really thinks he's going to tell us what he'd do, she's way out of the loop. His speech will be more generalities, false claims and gratuitous personal attacks because that's all he's got. He only discusses specifics with the Big Money boys in quiet rooms.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

RyanRomney are telling us exactly what they'll do. They're just lying about what the result will be, including continued transfer of wealth to the already wealthy, continued offshoring of jobs, a race to the bottom for the 99%, an accelerated trashing of the environment, a headlong rush into an uninhabitable world due to global warming and a full-out attack on democratic rights and participation in government by average citizens.

The new GOP (Grand Old Plutocracy.)

Scott Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

What rock are you folks living under? Do you not feel the pain in this nation? Do you not wonder why families are suffering? Unemployment, fuel inflation, crucial day to day spending rising, housing bust, and just a national morose to boot.

and of course Joe Biden plus a goofy Michelle and her preaching about eating healthy. Michelle Obama recipes = expensive. Obama is as good as gone.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 9 months ago

Newt was right. Candidates should be required to participate in a series of Old style debates. No audience, moderators or notes. An empty stage with no audience. Do a topic a week, let them go at it, then show the videos on TV and the Internet. Maybe we'd get some idea what the candidates are thinking.

cowboy 5 years, 9 months ago

Politics as sport , the debates should be very entertaining , who craps himself when pressured and who is cool under pressure. The camera shots of Romney will be quite telling.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 9 months ago

I guess that's what we want, a guy who won't defecate on himself when Putin comes calling. A debate would be nice. Now we have staged press conferences where the candidates rehash their stump speeches and never have to answer a real question.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

Queen Elizabeth did something with Michelle Obama I have never seen before. She put her arm around her shoulder. The Queen doesn't touch people. Ever. Even when she is in reception lines where she may have to shake hands, she wears gloves. That spontaneous gesture, one not afforded to any other First Lady of this country in the 60 years the Queen has been on the throne, spoke volumes to me. And somehow, I just don't see plastic Barbie doll Ann Romney with her botox injections and nylon hair getting the same kind of treatment.
Can wives win elections for their husbands? They can. Eleanor Roosevelt (who was no "beauty") was as much of a factor in getting women to vote for her husband as was his policies toward the aged and children. Jackie Kennedy, with her shy, natural prettiness and breathless voice enchanted a nation. But I don't see Ann Romney resonating with the country, especially it's women, the way that Michelle Obama does. She lives in a rarefied world and has no more idea of how to talk to the suburban housewife, slapping sandwiches together for her kid's school lunch, than she does of how to talk to a kangaroo. Michelle Obama is peanut butter, PTA and coffee klatches. Ann Romney is prep schools, shopping trips to Saks and tennis dates at the club.

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