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N2K Presidential Race: Romney Works at ‘Getting His Success’

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

July 30, 2012

An important technique in winning elections is picking the right whipping boy. Mitt Romney learned this in London, where he chose poorly, and then on the brighter side in Jerusalem, where he chose wisely.

Is there a better rhetorical opponent in American politics than the Palestinians? Taxes, maybe, but Romney long ago dispatched that foe. If you can get on the right side of Israel and, as a fringe benefit, swat back an odd Newsweek cover questioning your intestinal fortitude, all in one blow, you have exhibited your internalization of the lesson of choosing wisely.

Romney exhibited his grasp of this technique on Sunday, firmly siding with Israel in its quest to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Romney’s decades-old relationship with Bibi Netanyahu, who addressed the GOP candidate by his first name, only underscored the lack of daylight between Romney and Jerusalem.

And, today, onto Poland, yet another overseas bastion of democracy. “Get your success,” effused former Polish President Lech Walesa after meeting with Romney in Gdansk.

And that’s the other important technique: knowing where to pick your allies. After botching both tasks in England, injecting a little critique into their “long island story,” Romney got it right in his next two stops.

-- Jim O’Sullivan
@JOSullivanNatJo

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’S PRESIDENTIAL RACE REPORT

Romney’s Comments at Fundraiser Outrage Palestinians
[Associated Press, 7/30/12] Romney told Jewish donors on Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, sparking outrage among Palestinian leaders, who called the remarks “racist” and out-of-touch. On the positive side, Romney did get a warm welcome from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Candidates Look Overseas for Campaign Cash
[Associated Press, 7/30/12] Obama and Romney have been aggressively courting Americans living abroad at fundraisers far beyond U.S. shores, galvanizing a largely untapped group of voters while simultaneously raising money. Experts say the practice is legal and has been used for decades.

 

Romney's Whiff-a-Thon: He and His Advisers Are on Different Pages
[National Journal, 7/30/12] A number of Romney's advisers have recently gone a bit off-message in the public sphere, unwittingly miring Romney in gaffes he did not create nor want and causing the GOP presidential nominee to frantically backpedal to avoid further incrimination.

Obama, Romney Teams Vie For Early Voting Edge
[National Journal, 7/30/12] National Journal’s Naureen Khan writes that the 2012 election will begin in September, when early voting starts in many states. The Obama campaign has some practice in this arena, but don’t expect Team Romney to be nearly as outgunned as John McCain was four years ago.

Romney's Rules of Diplomacy: Some Slipped Out of the Briefing Book
[National Journal, 7/30/12] For any man who would be president there are unwritten rules of foreign diplomacy. Mitt Romney seems to have internalized some, while others apparently slipped out of the briefing book on his flight across the Atlantic to debut as a potential leader of the free world.

Democrats to Officially Back Gay Marriage
[National Journal, 7/30/12] The Democratic Party has for the first time decided to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform, according to reports. The move comes after President Obama announced his support for gay marriage earlier this year.

Lech Walesa Wishes Romney 'Success'
[National Journal, 7/30/12] Lech Walesa, the Nobel Prize winner and former Polish president, on Monday expressed hopes that Mitt Romney would win the presidential contest during a meeting between the two men on Romney’s first overseas trip as the likely Republican nominee.

McCain Stages Romney Intervention 
[Newsweek, 7/29/12] Howard Kurtz reports that Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Romney in January objecting to his “self-deport” immigration remark and subsequently got Romney to tone down his rhetoric.

Candidates Look Overseas for Campaign Cash
[Associated Press, 7/30/12] Obama and Romney have been aggressively courting Americans living abroad at fundraisers far beyond U.S. shores, galvanizing a largely untapped group of voters while simultaneously raising money. Experts say the practice is legal and has been used for decades.

2012 Is Very Different From Kerry vs. Bush  
[National Review, 7/30/12] While it has become trendy to invoke 2004 as a mirror to this year’s race, Michael Barone isn’t so sure, noting that voters have become Increasingly volatile, the president’s job rating is weaker, and the Democrats are less united.

New Romney Ad Takes Obama Quote Out of Context, Again
[Washington Post, 7/30/12] This is the second week in a row that The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has had to examine how the Romney campaign is using one of the president’s quotes. Glenn Kessler gives the ad four Pinocchios for clearly ripping Obama’s words out of context.

Romney Courts Campaign Donors in Israel
[New York Times, 7/29/12] Romney’s visit to Israel presents the candidate with an opportunity to raise money and offer top donors an unofficial mini-retreat abroad. At a fundraiser on Monday, nearly four dozen high-dollar donors, including casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, were treated to a lavish breakfast and a Romney speech, bringing in more than $1 million for the campaign.

Bill Clinton Gets Prime Time Convention Speech
[New York Times, 7/29/12] Former President Bill Clinton is slated to deliver a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 5, and will place Obama’s name in nomination.

Romney: Too Wimpy for the White House?
[Daily Beast, 7/29/12] In a Newsweek story headlined “Romney: The Wimp Factor,” Michael Tomasky explores how Romney’s many faux pas in Britain raise questions about how he will handle himself when representing our nation on the world stage. For his part, Romney says he doesn’t care what the media says about him.

Romney’s Fundraising Boost Stems From Unique Tactics
[Roll Call, 7/30/12] Individuals are limited to contributions of $2,500 to Romney for President and $30,800 to the Republican National Committee. But maxed-out donors can contribute through the Romney Victory Inc. joint fundraising committee to the Republican parties of Idaho, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Vermont — states on which Team Romney and the RNC has much influence.

Olympic Athletes Praise Romney in Super-PAC TV Ad
[The Hill, 7/30/12] Pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is out with an ad today that features Olympic gold-medal winners Kristi Yamaguchi, Jimmy Shea and Derek Parra praising Romney for his work turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The spot will air during the Olympics.

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