If Nobody Likes Mitt Romney, Why is He Leading Obama by Five in the Gallup Poll?
April 17, 2012
RUSH: Let's go back to the audio sound bites and Mitt Romney. Back to Diane Sawyer. She's already asked him, "Are you too rich to relate?" (imitating Sawyer) "Look, recycling! Are you too rich?" Now Diane Sawyer wants to know why the family drove around with the dog on the roof of the car. It's on Good Morning America today, and it was more of Diane Sawyer's interview with Romney last night on World News Tonight. They're having a discussion about the Romneys traveling around with a dog on the roof of the car and this is how it went.
SAWYER: Would you do it again?
ROMNEY: Certainly not with the attention it's received. (laughing)
SAWYER: You said it was the most wounding thing in the campaign so far.
ANN ROMNEY: It's crazy. The dog loved it.
SAWYER: But the dog got sick, right?
ANN ROMNEY: Once. We travelled all the time and he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean he had the runs.
RUSH: That's Ann Romney, describing the dog. Don't you understand what's going on here? The Romneys are out of touch, they're rich, plus, as is the case with all rich people, they're cold-hearted and cruel. They put their dog on the roof of the car while they're driving around. That's just mean, don't you understand, Snerdley? It's just mean. Oh, this is chump change compared to what's coming. That's nothing compared to what's coming. There's a way of dealing with all of this, but it isn't happening yet, and I don't think the Republican establishment has the slightest idea how to deal with this stuff. I'm gonna tell 'em how, in due course. It's still only April. If I tell 'em now, they'll forget it by June. Here's George Stephanopoulos, also on Good Morning America today. It's self-explanatory. Just listen to it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: One poll shows Romney still faces this challenge getting voters to like him, but the Gallup poll dead heat with the president.
BERMAN: Romney's favorite issue is serious. He's the first nominee in our polling to be underwater at this time. More people have an unfavorable view of him than favorable.
RUSH: Look, there are a couple of polls out here. The Gallup poll has Romney ahead overall by a couple points. The Gallup poll has Romney ahead massively with independents. Then there is a CNN poll that shows almost the exact opposite. A lot of people have looked into that CNN poll. Do you know what the CNN poll does not tell us? The CNN poll did not break down what percentage of their respondents are Republican, Democrat, and independent. They don't tell us that. And that happens to be very important in a poll like this. I don't have time to get into all the details of this.
I'm gonna ask those of you in this audience to trust me, as I always do. The CNN poll... If you look at the cross tabs, if you look at the questions, if you the look of information that they provide, the CNN poll is worthless. It doesn't mean anything. We don't know what the sample sizes of the various self-identified parties are, why it's a sample of 800-some-odd. The CNN poll has Romney down by nine points. It was probably done by their employee over there, Hilary Rosen. She's who probably did the poll. The Gallup poll has these people scared to death. Let's go to the Washington Post. This is a better way to illustrate this.
Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake: "Why the presidential race is going to be closer than you think." Now, this Gallup poll (we shared with you the results of it yesterday) has started some fear in the Drive-By Media. And the ABC/Washington Post poll a while back didn't help, either. That came out at the same time the New York Times poll came out that showed Obama with a 41% approval number. That's about a month ago now. "In Gallup’s first tracking poll of the general election, Romney took 47% to Obama’s 45% nationally. Both men won 90% of their self-identified partisans, with Romney’s overall margin coming from his six-point edge among independent voters."
The rest of this Washington Post story warns their readers: Don't think this election's a slam dunk. This election's nowhere near over. This election's gonna be closer than any of us thinks. (This is from the perspective of people that think Obama should win and they want him to win in a landslide, and they're a little bit upset.) Here's some more liberal poll the jitters from The Politico: "Obama Lead Over Mitt Shrinking." It's a Reuters poll that shows Obama's lead now down from 11 to just above the margin of error. It's a poll of 900 registered voters, and a hundred who weren't registered.
Why that kind of sample?
Sometimes they do "adults," which is not very accurate in terms of election indications, or "registered voters." "Likely voters" is the sample you want. This is 900 registered voters and a hundred who aren't registered, and Obama's lead has plummeted from 11 points to four in this Reuters poll. LA Times: "CNN, Gallup Polls Find Opposite Front-Runners in Presidential Race." Now, this story's perspective looks at all of this, the internals and so forth, from the standpoint that Obama wins everything -- Obama's gonna win -- and they're shocked! They're confused. They think Obama's got this in the bag, maybe even with a landslide.
'Cause they think Romney's the biggest blithering idiot to come down the pike and they're gonna wipe the floor with him because of Obamacare and Romneycare. Yet these polls don't show that. And these people, remember, live and die by polls, even though the polls today don't matter. This is April, not November. But they still live and die by 'em. They rely on these polls to make news, to shape public opinion. From The Politico: "Working Class Whites Wary of Obama, Considering a Vote for a Republican for the First Time Since 1984." Quinnipiac has Romney up by three on page two of this story. The only poll out there that has Obama ahead is CNN. Every other...
Well, the Reuters poll has him up by the margin of error by four. Everywhere else he's down. This story, "Working Class Whites Wary of Obama..." For those of you new to the program, let me remind you that there was a story last November in the New York Times: "The Future of the Obama Coalition," by Thomas B. Edsall (who used to write for the Washington Post now president Pulitzer winning Huffing and Puffington Post). And it's all about how Obama has written off "white working-class voters." He doesn't have a prayer with the Reagan-Democrat types. "All precedence of..." I'm reading from it now.
"All pretense of trying to go win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up on the one hand of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of education -- professors, artists, designers, editors, humorous managers, lawyers, librarians," blah, blah, "and a second substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are African-American and Hispanic. Those are the voting blocs they're going for. "White working-class voters," quote, "have been jettisoned," and they know it because they're now showing up in polling as not supporting Obama.
But the Obama campaign is "jettisoning," writing off "white working class voters.
They know they can't win with that group.
What does that tell you?
hrow the race out of it: Working-class voters.
Obama's going after the elites in the academy, in Hollywood and entertainment, and minorities.
RUSH: As you know, Gallup started its presidential daily tracking poll yesterday. So today is day two of the Gallup daily tracking poll. Romney is up by five today, 48-43. He was up by two yesterday. He's up by five today. There's a Washington Post story today with this headline: "Romney is the Least Popular Presidential Nominee in Three Decades." And that's not even true. Even in their own article it's not true. They point out that Bill Clinton had worse numbers in his reelection run at one point in 1996 than Romney has -- folks, it is journalistic malpractice what's going on here.
Now, Snerdley, what did you just ask me about Romney and likability, what was the question you just asked me? It was about the dog. (interruption) No, no, no. You wanted to know how somebody is popular when they're not popular and disliked when they're not disliked. You asked me when somebody's gonna change that? Just five minutes ago, you were yelling at me in here. What was the question? Oh. Okay. That's what it was. Snerdley was beside himself with the Thomas B. Edsall story, this paragraph. "All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up," of elites in journalism and entertainment and academia, combined with African-American and Hispanic minorities.
The point being, this is Thomas B. Edsall and he's in the Obama campaign, he just writes a story that's in the New York Times last November, they're writing off white working-class voters. They're not seeking their votes. So Snerdley said, "When is somebody going to write what a mean guy this is?" This is my question. Every one of these polls where Obama is losing to Romney, every one of them, the network reporting it says, "But Obama's popularity is at an all-time high," or, "Obama's likability numbers are skyrocketing. People really like Obama. But they just are not hip to his policies." Where on the other hand, Romney's looked at as this mean-spirited, uber-rich guy.
My question is, I want to know what is there so much to like about Barack Obama? This guy says cold, mean things. He has policies which are destructive and very harmful to individuals and institutions. He's not a warm and engaging personality. What is this likability? Where does it come from? If Romney is not liked, why is Obama liked? None of this makes any sense to me. Romney's not dividing the country. Romney's not setting fires all over the place to create anger and frustration. Romney's not out there supporting bounties by the New Black Panther Party. Romney is not telling his attorney general not to pursue the Black Panther Party. Romney's not doing anything to divide the people of this country, and everything Obama's doing is dividing the people of this country.
Romney hasn't thrown millions of people out of work. Obama did that. Romney hasn't driven up the price of gasoline. Again, that would be Obama. We house, we feed, we clothe Obama. We pay for his General Services Administration to have drunken orgies in Las Vegas. We pay for his wife to take a Boeing 757 four hours before he takes a 747 to Martha's Vineyard on a vacation. We pay for his wife and daughters to go everywhere on vacation separate from him. Romney pays for himself. Romney has not played 80 rounds of golf in the middle of a bad recession. Obama did that. Romney isn't confrontational. Obama is confrontational. So where does this likability stuff come from?
What's Obama ever done but hurt the country? Romney's not around the world apologizing for the United States. Oh, wait, I forgot. Romney put his dog on the roof of the car back in 1983. That's a very hateful thing to do. You ever seen dogs riding around the back of a pickup truck? You ever seen dogs in a car with a window open and sticking their heads out? They love it. By the way, if the dog's got the runs, better on the roof of car than in the backseat. That's what Ann Romney said, but I just don't know where the likability -- I think it's another one of these things the media just says. Romney has not told nor has he instructed his campaign people to disregard a certain segment of the voting public. Obama's doing that. I just don't believe this likability stuff. I'm sorry.
Here's Charlie Rose. Let's listen to these two back-to-back. Especially for those of you who are new to the program. This is this morning, CBS News this morning. Charlie Rose said this about Mitt Romney...
ROSE: Mitt Romney's now almost certain to be the Republican nominee, but there's still a lot of questions about who he really is.
RUSH: Oh, is that right, Charlie? A lot of questions about who he really is? Well, let's go back to October 30th, 2008, the Charlie Rose Show, where he had as his guest the moderator (at the time) of Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw. And we put together a montage of what they were discussing just a few days before the election in 2008. Remember now, Charlie Rose just said, "There's a lot of questions about who Mitt Romney really is."
ROSE: I don't know what Barack Obama's worldview is.
BROKAW: No, I don't, either.
ROSE: I don't know how he really sees where China is.
BROKAW: We don't know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy.
ROSE: I don't really know. And do we know anything about the people who are advising him?
BROKAW: Yeah, it's an interesting question.
ROSE: He is principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational (sic) speeches.
BROKAW: Two of them! I don't know what books he's read.
ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?
BROKAW: There's a lot about him we don't know.
RUSH: It didn't bother 'em, though. There's a lot about him we know now! There's a whole hell of a lot we know now, but we didn't know then. The thing is, back then they didn't even care to answer these questions! This is October. This is a week before the election. Here's Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw -- two of the most proud members of the media establishment -- proudly admitting they don't know a thank about the guy they can't wait to elect! They don't know who his friends are, they don't know who his mentors are, they don't know who he listens to on foreign policy. "I don't know what books he's read."
They don't know diddly-squat! They're journalists and they admit they don't know anything. And furthermore, they didn't care. It didn't matter. But now? Now that Charlie Rose doesn't know who Mitt Romney really is, and you know what that means? It means, "We can make up whatever we want! Since nobody knows what Romney is or who he is, we get to tell you who he is. And he's mean, rotten SOB that puts his dog on the roof! He's gonna have an elevator in his garage for his cars." You know what? I'll bet Romney is even gonna have air-conditioning in that garage! Not to mention air-conditioning in the rest of his house.
"And who is this Romney guy? Well, he just came out of nowhere! Nobody knows a thing about this guy."
Wait, Charlie. He ran for president 2008.
"That doesn't count because we don't know who he is!"
You ever heard of George Romney?
"Yeah, but that's his dad. We don't know who he is, other than he puts his dog on the roof of his car."
Yeah, but that was back in 1983.
"Doesn't matter! He'd do it again now if he could."
Gayle King, the BFF of Oprah Winfrey. (That stands for "best friend forever," right, in girl talk? Right? Okay.) Well, she was on CBS This Morning, too. I guess she's one of the hosts; is that right? She's Charlie Rose's cohost. I haven't seen this show. I haven't seen the Today show. So I don't know these things. You can't hold them against me. The last thing I do is watch news in the morning. I arise each and every morning with an attitude of optimism and good cheer, excitement about the day ahead. The last thing I'm gonna do is turn on some morning TV show and have the day ruined. So I didn't know she's cohost. So spank me! She's cohost with Charlie Rose. The had a guest on there today, the author Jeff Benedict, who's the author of a book called "The Mormon Way of Doing Business." And during a discussion about the way... Hey, you guys ever think about getting a book about the communist way of taking over countries?
At any rate, during a discussion about the way Romney is being portrayed in the media, Gayle King and the author Jeff Benedict had this little discussion...
KING: What's wrong with the narrative, "Yes, I'm wealthy. I'm successful. I worked really hard. I've made some smart business decisions"? I don't know why that's not embraced in some way.
BENEDICT: I don't think it is a negative. I mean who...? We want a leader who's been successful --
RUSH: That's right, yeah.
BENEDICT: -- and right now the economy's the biggest issue, and it's gonna continue to be, and this is someone who's been at the top of that world for a long time. So I don't think it's a negative.
RUSH: Right. You don't, huh? Well, you're one of five. But here's Gayle King. Do you find it interesting? I do. Gayle King, Oprah BFF: "What's wrong with being rich?" Gayle King knows where her bread is buttered, and she's not comfortable with all this rich bashing. She doesn't want people coming and taking her money, and she doesn't want people hating her because she's been successful or knows somebody who's rich. She doesn't want any of this. She knows that if they head after Mitt Romney with pitchforks, it won't be long before they are at Oprah's gate!