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This morning's Palm Beach Post reprinted a column today written by Albert R. Hunt who is the Washington Editor for Bloomberg News.  Here is the link:
Mr. Hunt opens with this:

There may be only one impediment to President Obama maintaining his small lead over the next week: arrogance.
Let us ignore the first intimation that this will not be an even handed editorial by ignoring the words "his small lead"; we can surmise that Mr Hunt is a true Villager, desperate to maintain the meme that Mr. Romney should have no problem defeating the incumbent, or that the polling is skewed.

He goes on to write that while President Obama had genuine respect for Senator McCain, no such respect for Mr. Romney exists... and therein lies the risk in the first debate.  If President Obama shows a lack of respect for Mr. Romney, it means he is arrogant and it will be a great danger to his re-election.

Hunt goes on to discuss facets of the JFK/Nixon, Carter/Reagan and Gore/Bush debates.  He specifically states that because of Mr. Gore's "audible sighs and disdainful exasperation toward his rival" he began to lose support in the polls and eventually the election.

Well, maybe so and maybe not.  I personally think that Mr. Gore's loss had a lot more to do with his pedantic speaking style, his refusal to acknowledge President Clinton during his campaign and his basic lack of humor.

Mr. Hunt continues:

Yet, most good politicians also possess a healthy, if begrudging, political respect for an opponent.
Clearly, Mr. Romney has shown a healthy respect for President Obama with statements like these:
"I think the challenge that I'll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren't true," Romney said in an interview that aired Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Maybe his Libya statement is grudgingly respectful:

"I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."
Nope, not that one either.

So, I find Mr. Hunt's lack of evenhandedness a little offputting.  President Obama is expected to avoid any criticism of Mr. Romney, lest he be deemed "arrogant" (read uppity n----r) but it is fine for Mr. Romney to spend his entire campaign telling lies about the President and even going so far as to issue a statement before the official US response criticising the sitting Commander-in-Chief. No mention is made of Mr. Romney's arrogance when criticizing the 47% that will "never take responsibility for their lives" or Mrs. Romney's arrogance when telling us that "we have given you people all you need to know" about the Romney tax returns.

Oh, and let's not forget my personal favorite, when speaking at a fundraiser in Palm Beach:
"It's our turn."

And the dog whistles continue.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy ( inaugural address, January 20, 1961)

    by Outraged Mom on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 11:38:51 AM PDT

  •  President Obama is confident. (5+ / 0-)

    President Obama is competent.  Mitt Romney is neither of those things, and he is the only one who is arrogant.

    Writing columns that say otherwise is simply wishful thinking on Albert R. Hunt's part, and he can kiss my ass just go suck an egg.

    Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

    by sjburnman on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 11:48:32 AM PDT

  •  There Should Be a Few Mentions of "Angry" Too (2+ / 0-)
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    wildweasels, luckylizard

    before tomorrow night.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 11:59:00 AM PDT

  •  that's the Romney campaign talking (2+ / 0-)
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    wildweasels, luckylizard

    point, they want to goad the President into appearing arrogant or smug.  I'm suprised they didn't say foreign, too.  Maybe that's tomorrow's talking point.

    The problem is,  that only plays to their base.   And if this were a base election, maybe that's ok.   But Romney has systematically pushed away chunks of the base, even conservative women have their breaking points, apparently seniors in the GOP base meant it when they said keep your gubmint hands off my Medicare (who knew),  Latinos find opposition to the Dream Act and self-deportation off putting, and well, 47% of Americans are free loaders, nothing you can do about those working class people who barely make enough to pay for food, they just won't take responsibility for themselves.

    What Romney is doing is trying to shore up his base.   Way too late to be doing that.

  •  Ignoring the fact that elections are a voter (1+ / 0-)
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    action makes it really easy to write all kinds of fantasies about heros and dragons and arrogant argonauts.

    As a voter, I just want to ask, "what are we, chopped liver?"

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 12:06:10 PM PDT

  •  But according to the media (0+ / 0-)

    Al Gore did come off that way. (and Gore's sighs were annoying)

    If they're comparing Obama to Al Gore, then I think that's wrong but not necessarily racist.

  •  If the piece was more honest: (1+ / 0-)
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    There may be only one impediment to President Obama maintaining his small lead over the next week: he's still uppity.
    The Village is a cess pool. We can never forget that.
    We have Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as "Very Serious" candidates because of the Village.

    We have had to (and still have to) listen to Birther shit for four years because the Village, like it did with 'Vince Foster was Murdered' back in the day, both decries Birtherism with one side of its mouth while never failing to make time for those bringing it up over and over again with the other.

    Paul Ryan is literally setting a record for lies and obfuscation. Mitt Romney is trying to run for President without ever offering a single detail of his agenda.

    But... Obama is still black. So. We get shit like this.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 12:08:18 PM PDT

  •  Classic Rovian strategy... (1+ / 0-)
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    Project your candidate's own Achilles Heel onto your opponent.

    Has there been a presidential candidate more arrogant than Willard "Mitt" "Mr. 47%" Romney?

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