There’s no denying it: The National Rifle Association has won — again. Even though more than 3,000 Americans have died via gun violence since 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, the NRA has somehow managed to triumph. The victims’ families and gun-control advocates have lost. Forget an assault weapons ban — or any other serious gun regulation. It’s not happening.
The idea that Romney — who is running on the strength of his record as a manager to replace Obama — could keep titles at, earn from, and own a major company for years while at the same time doing nothing to run or manage it, is not something that will be easily absorbed by your average worker. That is not how most workplaces run (those no-show jobs on The Sopranos excepted). But at the very highest levels of American business, things work differently, apparently.
Explaining the complexities of this business arrangement to the American people will be as complicated for Romney as explaining away the overseas accounts he legally opened. It’s not the legality of the strategies that’s at issue so much as how foreign they will seem to most Americans.
Garance Franke-Ruta at The Atlantic
While we are glad that Governor Romney recognized the power of the black electorate, he laid out an agenda that was antithetical to many of our interests. His criticism of the Affordable Care Act — legislation that will improve access to quality health care for millions — signals his fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of many African Americans.
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, quoted in National Journal.
Thus, presidential politics 2012 style: Bonehead comment. Rival attack. Clarification. Repeat. Clinton, Obama, and Romney are, of course, at fault for saying such dumb things in the first place, but much of the media is also to blame for fanning the flames and pandering for viewers and pageviews by playing up the drama and not the substance of the matter at hand.
I think Obama’s record is such a burden to him that he has no real choice but to go negative and go negative hard, which to a great extent he has.
Fox News analyst Brit Hume
The economy isn’t careening into a ditch. It’s just stuck firmly in the slow lane.
A disappointing report on the job market Friday dashed hopes that a halting recovery would finally take off and generate hundreds of thousands more jobs every month. And Monday brought a report showing factory orders declining for a second month. […]
“2012 is beginning to look horribly like 2011 — initial high hopes that the recovery was kicking into high gear, subsequently dashed,” Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist of IHS Global Insight, said in a research note to clients.
Paul Davidson, Tim Mullaney and John Waggoner in USA TODAY