I keep reading about how wonderful the Netflix documentary “Mitt” is, what a nice guy it shows Romney to be, and how if only the film had been released before the 2012 election it would have made a difference.
Well, however fine a film it is, and however nice a guy it reveals Romney to be, I have to say that “they” (the media, the pundits, the left, the liberals) would have destroyed it before the election. They don’t need to do so anymore, and therefore they can afford to be magnanimous. They can even let little bleats of wistful praise escape: gee whiz, we didn’t know what a nice guy he was!
Of course they (the MSM, for example) did. They tried to make sure we didn’t know. And the Republican Convention had plenty of information available, too. But not many people watched it, and the networks didn’t even cover the parts about Romney’s bio and good deeds. That was no accident at all.
I’m not sure whether I’ll watch the Netflix film, because I’m not really a glutton for punishment.
Whoever is the Republican nominee in 2016, get ready for the full-court-press-press. Anyone who thought that what happened to George W. Bush or Sarah Palin had something to do with some special characteristics of stupidity, accent, word choice, does not understand politics and the press today, nor do they understand the opposition in general.
The opposition (and that most definitely includes the propaganda wing, the MSM) will find whatever vulnerability exists, and if it doesn’t exist they will make it up. They will do the opposite for their candidates, the Democratic candidates. People may say they don’t trust the MSM or don’t listen to them. But most do, and even if they think they don’t the message still seeps in.
It’s as though the Republican (and/or conservative) candidate starts a footrace carrying a 100-pound sack. What’s inside the sack may differ for one candidate versus another. But everybody on that team has got to carry the sack all the way to the finish line, and then for the rest of his/her life, and that person had better be very very strong.