- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

“Smaller, simpler, smarter. Believe in America.” That was the official motto of “Office of the President-Elect,” a website launched by Mitt Romney’s campaign in late October 2012. It was publicly visible for a time, but quickly deactivated after Mr. Romney lost the election. Now the public appears to have had a Romney renaissance of sorts. They just might miss him, or the president he could have been. Among registered voters, Mr. Romney bests President Obama in a theoretical rematch, 49 percent to 47 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News.

Mr. Romney also won independents — 49 percent compared to Mr. Obama’s 39 percent. Among women, Mr. Romney received 46 percent of the vote, Mr. Obama 49 percent. The pair tied among all Americans, 47 percent to 47 percent and there were predictable partisan divides. Mr. Romney won 90 percent of Republicans, Mr. Obama 89 percent Democrats. Distinct demographic preferences also emerged.

Mr. Romney garnered support of “whites,” men, those 40 to 65 years old, voters with a high school education or less, those with some college, conservatives, conservative Republicans, voters with annual incomes between $50,000 and 100,000 plus those who make more than $100,000. Voters in the South, white evangelicals, Protestants and Catholics also support Mr. Romney, the poll found.

Mr. Obama won among “non-whites,” moderates, those 18 to 34 years old, liberals, liberal Democrats, those with postgraduate educations, voters in the Northeast and West and those with “no religion.” The pair tied among college graduates and Midwestern voters. And the 2012 reality? Mr. Obama topped Mr. Romney, 51 percent to 47 percent.


Romney fans should not get their hopes up, however. “We are not doing that again,” Mr. Romney told CBS News during a Sunday appearance with his wife, Ann, who reached over and made her husband shake his head “no” for emphasis.

OBAMACARE NEWS: THE BEST OF THE WORST

Many journalists embraced the feel-good pitch for Obamacare without question for years, responding with affectionate coverage that did little to inform an increasingly alarmed public. Do news organizations owe the nation a mea culpa now that health care reform needs reform?

“The past, so-called reporting just proves the American public would have been better served listening to the warnings from tea party politicians than nearly anyone in the news media. These journalists should be embarrassed and owe their viewers and readers a big apology,” Brent Baker, vice president for research at the Media Research Center, tells Inside the Beltway.

The conservative watchdog has issued a Top 10 list of “things the media wish they hadn’t said about Obamacare.” In first place, it’s MSNBC host Ed Shultz, who told his audience in late August: “Make no mistake. Obamacare saves lives and it is good for America. So much of what we see in the news is negative. But you know what? It’s not negative. This is the most positive thing that this country has done since the civil rights legislation that was passed back in the ‘60s.”

After delivering endless accolades, the liberal media finally is acknowledging Obamacare woes, says lead researcher Geoffrey Dickens.

“That’s not what they were predicting about the Affordable Care Act when it was first introduced. Not long ago, they assured viewers that they could keep their health plans if they liked them, predicted Americans would embrace ObamaCare once they experienced it and even claimed it would reduce the deficit,” Mr. Dickens recalls. “They also warned any obstruction of ObamaCare by conservatives would result in the death of children and the end of America as a ‘world power.’”

See some of the reporting, which dates back to 2009, here: Newsbusters.org.

PERRY’S SPECTACLES SPECTACLE

Texas Gov. Rick Perry donned a pair of spiffy horn-rimmed glasses in August, drawing fire from an unfriendly press who say it is Mr. Perry’s shameless attempt to rebrand himself as a serious presidential hopeful. The news media predicts the “hipster cowboy” will fail. Lone Star State observers, have other thoughts.

“Rick Perry is in transition again, wearing glasses, playing the elder and running just a tiny bit to the left of Sen. Ted Cruz and a notch or two to the right of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie,” observes Ross Ramsey, executive editor of The Texas Tribune.

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