Zakaria: Romney’s real problem
Republican U.S. presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images)
January 11th, 2012
06:52 PM ET

Zakaria: Romney’s real problem

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By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

Despite the tea party’s extraordinary energy over the past year, it looks like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win his party’s nomination.  At the end of the day, Republicans are following a familiar pattern: Nominating the mainstream candidate who has waited his turn. This is the party that’s had a Bush or a Dole on its ticket for 20 years. It’s a party that also had Richard Nixon on its presidential ticket for 20 years.

In 2011-2012, we’ve learned that the tea party’s passion was not enough to change the Republican Party. However, something else is changing the party, and you can see it in the attack ads Romney’s opponents are running against him.

Watch: Why we can’t cut our way back to more jobs.

His opponents have gone against Romney on two levels. First, they have called him a “Massachusetts moderate.” After deploying this epithet, Romney’s opponents point to specific positions of his that deviate from party orthodoxy: Romney’s health care plan is strikingly similar to Obama’s; Romney’s positions on abortion and gays used to be a lot more liberal than they are now; etc.

Even though this seems like a fairly coherent line of attack (Romney has described himself as moderate, after all), it’s not having much traction. Perhaps this is because voters think Romney would be more viable in a general election. Perhaps they feel he has genuinely changed his mind. Or perhaps they don’t care that he’s flip-flopped (I’ve often thought that hardcore activists almost like the fact that you are pandering to them; it gives them a sense of power).

Watch: What’s behind America’s jobless recovery?

Instead, a second line of attack has been gaining traction against Romney – that of Romney as job-killer or Romney as the private equity guy, who buys companies, hollows them out and outsources jobs.

Now it is striking that this attack is coming in a Republican presidential primary. After all, what Romney did while at Bain Capital was classic capitalist “creative destruction.” He took over businesses and tried to make them more productive and efficient. To do so, he often had to shed jobs.

Watch: GPS Special – Getting Back to Work.

Republicans should be celebrating Romney’s prior work as an example of how the market functions – driving out inefficiency, generating productivity and creating a lean, mean capitalist machine.

The fact that Romney’s past has turned into a line of attack tells you that something has changed in America. Even in the Republican Party, there is a huge concern about what globalization and technological change are doing to the average, middle-class American. There is a sense that the system is not working for the median American worker. 

Read: Fareed Zakaria on how to create jobs in America

If you look at job creation over the last 20-25 years in America, you’ll notice that we haven't been able to create any jobs in what is called the “tradable sector” of the economy - those jobs that are subject to global competition. The only jobs we’ve really created have been in industries like health care, government, and construction, which are basically local industries shielded from global competition. You can't outsource the building of a New York skyscraper to a Chinese worker.

America hasn’t been able to create jobs in any sector that’s subject to global and technological pressures. As a result, there is a huge sense of disillusionment, disappointment and pessimism among Americans.

Watch: Why Obama should declare a jobs emergency.

None of the Republicans are addressing this problem centrally. They’re simply talking about cutting government spending as if that is going to solve the problem of creating new industries, opportunities and jobs. Simply cutting government strikes me as a very inadequate response to a massive challenge.

Hopefully during the general election, we’ll have a substantive national debate about how to create jobs in America.

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soundoff (641 Responses)
  1. Onesmallvoice

    Whatever Mitt Romney's problems may be, he has one real asset like all the other right-wing politicians running for office. That asset is the ignorance of the general public coupled with their lack of compassion. This is why we're at war and will continue to be for some time!

    January 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Romney is the one candidate who can beat Obama, that is why CNN and the other left-biased media will bring out the knives. If there is any doubt as to the media bias, I would suggest reading what James Carville and the other Clinton supporters who went bonkers during the 2008 demacratic primary (and rightly so) when the media went after Hillary with knives in order to boost of Obama. This was a left on left fight and media media went for the more-left of the two democrats (of course)

      January 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
      • Jordan

        Romney can't beat Obama. Ron Paul can beat Obama, but none of these other "candidates" are going to knock Obama out of office. Don't fool yourself.

        January 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
      • El Flaco

        CNN has a duty to Time-Warner stock holders to run the stories that people WANT to read, thereby maximizing advertising revenue. It is not Time-Warner's job to be a nanny-corporation that tries to force readers to read things that are good for them. CNN's only obligation is to Time-Warner stockholders. CNN has no responsibility to you.

        If the customer wants a banana split, you sell him a banana split. You don't tell him that a bowl of spinach would be better for him.

        It's called capitalism.

        January 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
      • skarphace

        Bill: huh? It has been evident for some time that the media wants a Romney vs Obama matchup. Either way, it would remain status quo for the next 4 years. Who does the media have it's 'knives' out for? It isn't Romney so much as it is Paul.

        Ron Paul is the one candidate the establishment definitely does not want getting any more popular. And Paul is also the one candidate that has the best chance against Obama as he can pull the moderate and Independent votes that no other candidate can.

        Who won the battle for Independent votes in Romney's home state of NH? Paul got 31% while Romney got 27%. Paul is more electable than Romney.

        January 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
      • 2020

        Republicans talk the talk, American move in circle while the rest of the world move forward. Capitalism or not, American come to the point can't tell the difference between banana split to spinach. In God we Trust, yes, go back to the fundamentals. You will see where American drove itself to the ditch.

        January 12, 2012 at 9:44 am |
      • ApostasyUSA

        I don't like Mormons either but for different reasons than the Republicans.

        I don't like Mormons because they spent around 100 million dollars suppressing the rights of gay people in California.

        Want to see how crazy the Mormon church is? Check out "Prop 8: The Mormon Proposition"

        January 12, 2012 at 9:58 am |
      • Chris

        If there is/was anyone capable of beating Obama, it is/was Huntsman, plain and simple. Voters in the middle like me who may have voted for Obama before but who are upset with the current state of affairs are more likely to vote for someone who is more moderate in his TONE like Huntsman. There are many of us sitting on the fence that are more liable to vote for another term for Obama than someone like Romney, but would have voted for Huntsman. Oh well.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:07 am |
      • Sick of BS

        YAWN! Really? I think you watch way too much Fox "news." Liberal media is a myth.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • Damon

        RE:ApostasyUSA
        "I don't like Mormons either but for different reasons than the Republicans.
        I don't like Mormons because they spent around 100 million dollars suppressing the rights of gay people in California.
        Want to see how crazy the Mormon church is? Check out "Prop 8: The Mormon Proposition""

        Then you must not like black people either, then, since 58% of them voted in favor of Prop 8 while at the same time voting for Obama.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:27 am |
      • WarhammerTwo

        I'm right there with ya, Chris. I voted for Obama but am currently backing Huntsman. He's my top choice. He's vowed to break up the banks that are too-big-to-fail and wants Congressional term limits. These are two things have have been ticking off EVERYBODY (left, right, red, blue and everyone in-between) since W left office. If he got the nod and ran on those two platforms alone, Huntsman would clobber Obama in a landslide, becuase those are two things practically EVERYONE agrees on. Why he's trailing so bad in polls baffles me. If not Huntsman, I'd vote for Ron Paul. If anyone else gets the nod, then I'll have to vote for Obama again. You conservatives need to take heed. We left leaning independents are telling exactly what will get our vote. It's up to you to make sure it happens.

        January 12, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • dt

        Bill, you are exactly what is wrong in this country. All you can see is 'beating Obama'. You don't care about the society, the country's credit rating, or the kids that have been killed in Republican wars. Instead of thinking about WHO might be the president, why not think about HOW you would make difference yourself. Don't propose a PERSON, propose a SOLUTION. Think it over carefully, it is a very difficult task. What would YOU do to bring jobs here? How would YOU make middle class people have a livable situation? How would YOU solve the disaster movie of rising health care costs and no money for insurance?

        January 12, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • Jeebus $aves

        Romney lacks the backbone to stand up for what he believes. He ran Massachusetts as a liberal. He's all ambition and not substance.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Johnny

        Don't kid yourselves. I do not see one GOP candidate that can even come close to beating Obama. Romney would put up the best challenge, but would get buried if Obama changes the Vice President.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • Mark

        Agree with DT, Bill your obsession with beating Obama IS the problem. I will not vote for a candidate or party whose only desire is destroying a President. I have yet to see anything new from the GOP, seen it all before in the last 30 years. And spare me the media bias garbage, there are many media outlets, many with a conservative bias – get over it.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Jenna NYC

        I agree with Chris and Warhammer. that Huntsman would be the best candidate...Romney, however, really is a good candidate. People don't realize what Obama is doing because the media keeps it quiet....but he is really hurting this country is so many ways. The GOP needs to stop the social agenda too...I'm an independent.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • jon

        Romney is just one more millionaire Republican who thinks he can "buy" the next election. There were a number of those people in the last election running for offices in California. EVERY ONE of them lost. Democrats won every office which was up for grabs, including local dogcatcher.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • Gary

        Get a grip. No one likes the media when it reports things they'd rather not have said, left or right. Do you think Obama likes what the media does? Why don't you try being objective for a change?

        January 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • natespencersghost

        Romney should be congratulated for his expertise in finance.
        If you have a problem with taxes and debits, you don't bring in a basketball coach to fix things!
        We need a Romney and we need him now!
        Decent article though

        January 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • LJTurner

        I'm a left leaning liberal and the only Republican I would consider out there is Huntsman too. If the Repubs really wanted to get rid of Obama they would nominate Huntsman but I guess he's to "liberal" for them. I was a Hillary supporter who was never over infatuated with Obama since I did not consider him ready for the Presidency and I believe I was correct in my assessment. However, I will vote for him again over anyone on the right with the exception of Huntsman who would get my serious consideration. Anyone else on the Republican side is a nut job I would never vote for. Why is it the Repubs are totally overlooking their only decent choice? Baffles me.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • todaypost

        The problem is american citizens. They will vote "Yes" to build a billion dollar stadium for the rich on tax palyer money. But "NO" to a tax cut to manufacruring industry that create job. So the jobs were outsourced to oversea.

        The GOP goal is to beat Obama so that more trickle down to the rich. Do the GOP candidates care about the middle class, I said "No" but will let you make your own conclusion.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • john smith

        Romney can beat obama? what a joke. All Obama has to do is say "He's running against me?? Wow I was thinking of asking him to be my running mate". O'romney care and his Gordon Gecko image will just hand the Presidency to Mr. Obama which would make me sick since Obama has been so utterly lame and foolish. All I can say is I hope to God Ron Paul runs as an independent, he's got my vote!

        January 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Jariv

        Romney Can Beat Obama !! All he needs is the support of the people. He will get this soon after the nomination. Why? Because Romney has the intelligence and the money necessary to show all the defects in the democratic party and the Obama administration. He will probably not attack Democrats. That is because his main goal, as it has been his past accomplishments is in bringing people together. At the moment it is difficult to bring the Republican party together. That will happen after the nomination. But, truly there are flaws in the Republican party. To much ideology. As a conservative myself, I agree that the foundation can't be change, or at least should not be changed, yet there are new ways of doing things.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • skier99

        Right wing viewers continue to view CNN as some sort of Communist network, when in reality it is pretty middle of the road. No one else believes your view.

        And Fareed is correct – you can't just cut government and somehow have jobs appear like magic.

        He also gives way too much credibility to Bain's version of 'creative destruction.' Those of us who lived through the 1980s vogue for the 'leveraged buy out' which is what Bain did can hardly name one company that went through the process left standing today. The entire point of the LBO was to ransack asset-rich companies, load them up with borrowed debt, and then excape with the money. Bain did it very well. It created NO jobs and left companies and lives in ruins, like the planet eating robot of Star Trek fame.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • FLIndependent

        All of you left leaning Independents or Dems who say you would support Hunstman...do you want to have no medicare as he has stated he supports the Ryan voucher plan??

        January 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Peter

        Two important points:

        1) The media does not generally "have it out for Ron Paul". He is all over the Sunday shows, was given plenty of time at the debates, and is a constant cable news guest. The people who "have it out for Ron Paul" are the GOP elite, who are terrified that he will get the nomination and cut off (among other things) war profiteering so important to their base.

        2) because of the sports culture obsession in the USA, many people simply want their "team" to beat the other "team" without giving a lot of thought to the candidate's policies and proposals.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Kenny Wheeler

        only Ron Paul can beat Obama..

        January 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • MLP

        I agree with Jordan...out of the selection, only Ron Paul would beat Obama because he'll pull independents and others from the middle of the political spectrum. I voted for Obama, but I would really like the opportunity to vote for Ron Paul. Any of the others get nominated and I'll be forced to vote for Obama again.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • Ted Striker

        How can Ron Paul beat Obama when he can't even beat the other Republicans? lol

        January 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
      • Michael Lane

        I find it strange that any media that is not on the right is labeled as being on the left. While I am well aware of media manipulation, I am pretty confident that, like the majority of Americans, it is for the most part middle of the road. Romney is being touted as a viable candidate because he is a moderate as are the majority of the voters. Obama in office has been extremely moderate, unlike the rhetoric of Obama on the campaign trail. The real problem in this is the bizarre, irrational and extreme polarization of issues arising from the extreme right, and the lack of a counterattack from the moderate majority seeking to find a common ground.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • sean

        wawawa. Lefty media. No different than Fox. You are just worried that the undereducated abortion rights, evangelicals will not come out to vote for a centrist, flip-flopping democrepublican. He gets the nomination and Obama is guaranteed a second term. The Republican party is lost in the woods and feeding on itself. Yay for America. You all should vote for Paul. He is doing what many said could not be done.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • michael

        Really? You think that Christian Bible Thumper with the brains of a chimp and the moral incompetence to think for himself along the lines of equity for all (including Gay Americans) will win on his divisive and hatful rethoric designed to pander to the Republican mass of stupidity will win?

        You're wrong.

        You've overlooked the 10% of Americans that are Gay, their Families, their partners, their friends and those that now, more than ever 51% believe Gays should have the same rights as straights (divorce).

        So, Romney, take your Book of Golden Plates provided to you by your "alien leader" and use it to serve yourself a piece of crock pie.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
      • st. clair mellard

        Oh, shut it. You big baby. For the last decade Fox has led in veiwership – in every catagory. In all of cable tv Fox News is like 2nd. CNN doesn't even break the top 15. If I give you all news organizations are left wing nut jobs will you give me Fox might not be as fair and balanced as they claim – you know like how every Republican candidate used to either have their own show or was a commentator. Or Glenn Beck. Now since Fox has more viewers, we have to rename the media as a whole. It's now called the Right Wing Media. Tell a friend.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
      • snake

        romney cannot beat obama because americans want change. with romney, u.s. policy and decision making will go back to what we saw in the bush era. only RON PAUL will give us real, needed change.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Scott

        Isn't it fascinating how national polls show Mitt Romney has a chance against Obama, but they ignore the same national polls that show Ron Paul has the same chance as Mitt has to defeat Obama?

        Ignorance, I say.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • gerold

        You are responding just like you didn't even read this article. You and others like you are the reason the GOP are nuts right now. You just want someone who can "beat" Obama! Your lack of insight and depth of these issues are what the GOP candidates bank on. They can say anything and you will believe anything, as long as it comes from your party. Grow a pair and think for yourself!

        January 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • Scott

        Simple facts: Obama took the Independent, Young and Peace votes. Currently, Ron Paul carries most of these voters in Republican contests.

        There is also an ignorance factor going on. Ron Paul started the Tea Party movement in ideology. In polls saying voters facor Tea Party voting for everyone but Paul is about as silly as Republicans calling themselves conservative. I suppose the general public doesn't really know what the difference between ROmney and Obama is, or Paul vs everyone else.

        The real problem is that Democrats have more knowledge of issues than Republicans - and that's a bigger danger to Obama than anything else - because if Ron Paul carries the Independent and Issues campaign against Obama, it would be devastating to Obama's vote totals. Peace, Individual Liberties, Less Drug Laws, Less Bombing other countries, The Youth, The Independents...

        These are things Obama has slowly lost. Ron Paul has all of those going. Other Republicans do not.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • Bill in Florida

        Obama will win against Romney - and any other GOP candidate (with Jon Huntsman - who is going nowhere in the GOP primaries - giving Obama the toughest race). The lack of enthusiasm for Romney, and the support of losers like Bachmann and Santorum proves that the GOP is broken. Few Independents and no Dems are going to vote for Romney, and I suspect that most ultra-righties will stay home on election day, because they vie Romney as the GOP's answer to Obama.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • mark99er

        the truth is the truth unless it comes from fascist Fox News!

        January 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • Bill

        fat chance. besides, newt takes great exception to that – yes, and the other 4 musketeers too.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • BADGUY

        2020 – As long as Americans get more upset with a welfare mother buying steak with food stamps than a creep like Romney stealing millions from working Americans...it will be difficult to change or fix this country's problems. The Rich have successfully moved the lower and middle classes to fight among themselves and ignore THEM. If America keeps going "around and around"....THAT'S GOOD!.....for the Rich. They don't have to pay more taxes and they can keep their wealth! A Romney win will just forestall the inevitable. The longer the Republicans have ANY power, the more poor they create. It's just physics. Eventually people will wise up (or get p--d off and things will begin to change.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • david

        As a republican since 1983, I will never vote for Romney or Obama, To me their is no difference. So it wouldn't matter which got elected. I support views now, not people.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • jake

        Roney has NO shot, Bill. Obama will destroy him in the debates.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • Relictus

        I would vote for a corpse before I voted in a Mormon. Romney has no chance at winning.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • John N. Seattle, WA

        I am SICK AND TIRED of all of the nut job, conspiracy theorist, Glenn Beck watching, GOP blowing right wingers accusing CNN of being "liberal media"...just because they dont skew the news ala Fox, you are under the opinion that it is biased towards the left. Why dont you pull your head out and LEARN something about the world we live in, instead of complaining about how the world doesnt match your ideology! Better yet...if you dont like the news here, go somewhere else!

        January 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • choppy

        Sure he is "the one candidate that can beat obama" but that in and of itself does not tell us what he will do other than, "cut spanding and taxes to create jobs" and it definantly does not mean he is qualified to be president.

        January 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • ryan

        You seem to be living in a dilusional realm Bill. Keep drinkiing the cool aid and don't forget that it was your boy GWB who got us into this mess. Funny how none of the candidates ever mention his name or the good old days when the GOP had there PAWN running the White House. Your party is weak and so are your candidates. Good luck in Nov.

        January 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
      • Scat398

        Romney has zero chance of beating Obama in a general election 15 to 20 % of republicans will either stay home or wrtie in Ron Paul.

        January 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
      • Larry in Houston

        Romney will have a Very, Very Difficult time defeating Obama. Put Ron Paul into the mix, and he would defeat Obama. Mark my word. ( but only one problem : Ron Paul most likely won't make it that far) >unfortunately<

        Ron Paul 2012 (or) Obama 😦

        January 13, 2012 at 1:31 am |
      • Leif

        Perry must be working for CNN then, since he is using the same leftist arguments against Romney that the Occupy movement uses against the entire GOP. Did CNN put words in his mouth? The other GOP candidates are the ones pulling out the knives.

        January 13, 2012 at 2:47 am |
      • FactChecker

        Saying that James Carville's statements are proof of a "liberal bias" in the media is just like saying that Sarah Palin's statements are proof of a conservative bias in the media. We already know where those people stand and that they represent liberal and conservitive views. Every organization that reports their statements does not necessarily agree with them.

        January 13, 2012 at 6:25 am |
      • MK54

        Bill, you seem to be grasping. The Obama/Clinton primary struggle was a remarkably civil discussion when compared to the 2012 Republican back-alley go for the jugular brawl.

        January 13, 2012 at 7:35 am |
      • Billy Brasky

        Someone needs to explain to me how CNN is a left wing media outlet. David Gergon and Ed Rollins both work for CNN and so does Carvels wife. The Right loves to make the claim that all media is left and all educators are left, but we somehow live in a center right country. Have you ever just considered we are a center left country and the far right is the fringed? Next time you want to claim the media is in the tank for the left just turn on Fox News or AM radio. People have rejected all the social issues of the right, and they are moving left of center on economic issues as well. It’s called progress, and it’s why the GOP is about to nominate the most liberal candidate in the field. The Tea Party is not a real thing. It’s just the same far right/Christian conservatives/1%ers that have always tried to keep the country from moving forward despite where the country is as a whole.

        January 13, 2012 at 10:19 am |
      • truth Talker

        Bill – you have your facts wrong. Carville is a huge Hillary Clinton supporter and family friend. Carville went after Obama not Clinton. And yes, Carville is biased, he is a Democratic operative. All of the reporters on FOX are Republican agents, so things balance out. If you want to get your dose of anti Obama, go to Fox. Your mistake is that you expect any of these news outlets to be unbiased.

        January 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Shann

        Bill,
        I can bet (not like Romney though!) that Romney cannor defeat Obama; Obama prefers Romney for he knows how defeat Romney decisively. As long as the Republicans are considering that defeating Obama is the only criterion for selecting their candidates, Obama has already won 2012 Presidential election even before Nov 3rd 2012.

        To defeat Obama, the GOP candidate must have a roadmap for job recovery, deficit reduction viable options, budget balancing, and foreign policy. Romney will fail in everyone of the key issues. 1. He had been a proven job killer; he had bankrupted 22 companies; they are inhonorable deeds; he made money for his companies were excused (by the judges who heard the cases); he became richer by each bankrupcy; many lost their jobs in each one of his 22 bankrupcies. 2. Killing social programs will not reduce deficit; but increasing the revenue to the Government, and paying back to the 'lenders' alone will reduce the deficit. 3. Romney has no idea how he would balance the budget. The only technique he knows is by declaring Bankrupcy! No, no one including you will support his technique of 'Bunkrupting our own Nation'. 4. Foreign Policy: he is yet another war monger without knowing its consequences. We lost 000's of lives in Iraq besides 1.2 T$; Romney wants war with Iran; and wants to send troops again to Iraq.

        Above all, he had never been firm on any vital issues; he changes his mind as often as he wants. His flop-flopping frequency is even faster than the 'Gates' in the modern Intel Chips! Do you think American are idiots to handover Presidency to Romney? I am sorry you are out of touch.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:20 am |
      • James

        Romney approve rating in MA was low during his term. He couldn't handle it so he left with his pockets full. Several corporate businesses declared bankrupt because of him. I know this because I'm a MA resident for 40 years. So why let him be the president if he couldn't handle a small state called MASSACHUSETTS? Seriously if people decide to vote for Romney, its going to be another Bush era. Both Georges and Jeb Bush (Former Governor of Florida) endorsed Romney....All im saying is RON PAUL 2012!

        January 16, 2012 at 1:11 am |
      • Eldon

        Romney and Obama. The difference is one is wall street elite the other is supported by wall street elite. That is all. Romney is not anything that the vast majority of small government Republicans stand for. He is a compormised canidate that Obama knows he will beat.

        January 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Eric

        As other comments have stated: liberal media is a myth. I would like you to rationally explain to me the possibility of a news engine like CNN to be left leaning. Like a previous commentator stated: it is accountable to time-warner and its shareholders. Leftist ideology is not profitable, nothing about it is financially driven but rather humanitarian.

        To the extreme, a leftist leaning news engine would be funded by the government to spout propaganda in order to keep it in power as seen in soviet Russia or Nazi Germany.

        But that is not possible in a capitalist society such as the United States.

        As an educated center-aligned media theorist, I can tell you with 100% confidence that news engines like CNN are simply more balanced. Fox News is corporate propaganda and nothing more. It's bias and lies should be criminal, but that's topic for another discussion.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Stephen

      Fareed, I think you should be president, and not Romney or Obama. That would solve our problems.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        I agree, Fareed would make a good president. It's a pity he wasn't born in the U.S.

        January 12, 2012 at 5:35 am |
      • j. von hettlingen

        Fareed's suggestion of jobs in "tradable sector" makes sense. America should focus on high-end products in space tech, nanotech, cybertec etc.etc.

        January 12, 2012 at 5:37 am |
      • ldsmom02

        If Fareed Zakaria was President then you would no longer be living in America.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:16 am |
      • Mike R

        LDSMom must be on some medication (or should!)... pray tell, why wld I not be living in America if Fareed was pres?

        January 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
      • st. clair

        seconded.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • david

        I like him myself. I watch him often. But that doesn't make a good president, just people I like. Do you actually KNOW about his views on the Fed, crony capitalism, central economic planning, monetary policy, foreign policy, liberty and freedom?

        How can you support someone when you don't know their views.

        This is actually why i like him. he doesn't try to brainwash me into believing what he believes. But this also makes me unaware in what he believes. news caster shouldn't be giving us their opinions, they should be given us the information so we can form our own onions. And he is one of the best at doing that.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • schlammerhammer

      Romney claims to be a Mormon. What does that mean? He calls on Joseph Smith when he is in trouble? He made a ton of money by hurting other people through pant closure. Now, he calls it capitalism and free market. This guy is a crook like all the others. This guy did not serve on day in teh military becasue his father was a rich man and laied him out. I say no, if you wantt to be President than you must have served in teh US military for at leasst 3 years. This Romney caracter has taken the easy route to riches by hurting American families. Vote No on this guy, please vote NO to Romeny.

      January 12, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
      • Captain Correct

        so you have to serve in the military for 3 years so you won't vote for Romney? how many years did HIllary serve? How about Obama? How about biden? So I guess you won't be voting.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • KBear

        Hey, I thought Newt was the candidate known for "hurting other people through pant closure," or lack thereof.

        January 12, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • Michael

        Umm, I'm not sure what your comment about Joseph Smith had to do with, well, anything, but for the record: Mormons pray to God, not Joseph Smith.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • Mir

        I'm not voting for Romney. But Michael's right. Mormons don't "call on Joseph Smith". Mormons pray to God and believe Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • jalea2

        agreed

        January 17, 2012 at 8:14 am |
      • strikelightning

        notice how romney tries to distance himself from bain when the fact of the matter is that he STILL has an interest in the company and profited from bains actions weather he was actively employed there or not? romney cannot relate to the common man in america and will cater only to special interests groups and his big business cronies.

        January 17, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • ddblah

      Precisely!! And, it is perpetuated by media figures like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh.

      January 12, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • LWZRGHT

      Working in business and working in government are two different things. In business, a boss can do basically whatever he wants, as long as Board and shareholders are happy. In government, the President doesn't get to write the laws.
      I realize that Romney passed legislation in Massachusetts with a Democratic legislature. But it was liberal legislation. And despite that, he was governor only for his resume. We have to ask ourselves. Are we really willing to put this opportunist in office?

      January 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • Ray

        So voting "present" hundreds of times in the Illinois legislature is not "opportunistic"? If you are worried about electing an opportunist – you're a bit late my friend...

        January 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • BC

      Romneys problem is CNN and all of the other Liberal media out there that will do its best to destroy him once he becomes the GOP choice.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
      • todaypost

        GOP was formed on liberal ideas.

        For 21th century, we need new idea to solve today's problem, not same old same old like the trickle down economics. Unless more manufacturing jobs are created in US, cutting unless it is reduction of tax cut for the rich otherwise it will only speed up the destruction of US.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • Median American worker

        The GOP model has been diluted by more that 60 years of liberal progressive slop.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Daniel

        Typical conservative response...nah nah nah blame blame blame.....

        January 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • skier99

        If by "liberal media" you mean real news networks with educated columnists willing to interview experts and report on real news, with both sides covered without smearing and slandering, then yes we absolutely need more of that.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • jalea2

        Your getting confused...that is what Fox does...not CNN

        January 17, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • 1crusader

      You just could be right about that.The sad thing is that too many people allow millionaire radio talk show hosts that they have very little in common with(especially financially), and others with extremist views and agendas, to convince them that certain candidates and policies should be voted for, when, in reality, it's against their own best interests, but they either were too dumb or too lazy to find out the truth for themselves.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Raj Ram

      Its amazing to hear all these sounds bites. In a way most of you'll deserve Obama, and live with the same problems for the next 4 years.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • jake

        America deserves a POTUS who is intelligent, God-fearing, and just flat gets things done.
        Ask Bin Laden.
        We deserve another four years of THIS POTUS.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Kenny Wheeler

      The one guy who can actually beat Obama is Ron Paul..... He is the only candidate who can beat him in a debate....He has beaten everyone in a debate........Romney has no chance against Obama...if you want him out we need to nominate Ron Paul

      January 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • BC

        If Ron Paul ends up being the front runner...then he will get my vote. "ANYONE BUT OBAMA"

        January 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Triple A

      one small voice... Actually one good thing he has going for him is that Main Stream America is tired of being called so many names by the Left just because us as fellow Americans have a different opinion than the Left. For this your party of so called "tolerence" spew nothing but hate and name calling. That is not what America is made of no matter how hard the Left try to make it so.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • surfdog11

      What's clear is the desire to beat Obama for the White House has supplanted the issues that these politicans are running for, such as jobs and the economy. Now it's just hate. Beat Obama just to beat Obama. Nobody's voting because they want a better economy or better foreign policy!! Imagine the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on this election only to have their supporters completely miss the reason these Repubs are telling them why they would be a better president. Of course, these guys aren't offering much in the way of answers as to how they will fix the country.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
      • skier99

        You are absolutely right. In fact, listening to Romney discuss Obama's policies you have to know that they are completely divorced from reality. Just meat for the right wing attack dogs.

        Message to right wing: Do not presume that the independent voters whom you need to win agree with your talking points, or are too stupid to think for themselves.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • jalea2

        The repubs would vote in a cat if they "thought" it could beat Obama....

        January 17, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • RusTnuts

      Romney's real problem is...even if he claws his way to the top of the gop'ers pack....he still loses the prez election! This is all window dressing.

      January 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • Caesar

      Zakaria is about offshoring construction jobs to China. Part of those "local jobs" too can be unfortunately as technology advances. Look at California bridge project where Chinese firm gained the contract by offering low bid; they are pre-fabricating parts of the structure in China and shipping it here so that part work is done at lower costs. Uncomfortable side of technical advances...

      January 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • skier99

        You my friend are delusional. Zakaria has never once advocated off-shoring jobs. He strongly favors "on-shoring" jobs by focusing on things like improved education and manufacturing skills, and innovation. This is his message every week.

        January 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
      • Caesar

        correction – "Zakaria is wrong about protected nature of construction jobs and that they stay only locally." They too can be offshored to China as technology advancements allows it so...

        January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Johnny in NC

      Romney will lose SC and most if not all of the south. Social Conservatives are the rule around here. Most of the Republicans around her share a more liberal fiscal position than one may believe...they are socially conservative populist. The only reason they vote Republican at all is because of the "Godless" democrats. I just have this feeling there there is going to be a major populist movement within the next 10 years where the Tea Party marries the OWS crowd. When that happens, the entire liberal/conservative paradigm will shift.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • DoNotWorry

        I would like to see the OWS and Tea Party marry. Fully half of the electorate is unrepresented by either party. I just joined the Green Party, it is a blend of liberal/conservative ideas that fits reasonably well with my views. AND it refuses corporate donations. Time to get corporations out of Congress/Presidency. Time to be concerned about creating something better in this country than abusive corporate raiders.

        January 17, 2012 at 4:45 am |
    • alkarrk

      I'm so sick of hearing we're voting for Romney because he's the frontrunner, who has "waited his turn" and that no one is enthusiastic about him. FALSE! This is the liberal media's way of fighting him–making him seem undesirable. Note to idiots: people don't vote for the guy they DON'T want as president. And so far, Mitt has gotten the most votes–the most enthusiasm.

      I'm VERY enthusiastic about the candidate who has spent his life fixing organizations and turning them around for the better. He did it in the private sector, he did it for the Olympics, he did it for Massachusetts–when they were hundreds of millions in debt, he balanced the budget and created a surplus. He'll do the same thing for us as president! We're lucky to have him! Go Mitt 2012!

      January 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • Beffie

        Anyone who thinks that Romney fixed Massachusetts may want to find out what he actually did here and why he decided not to run again. He left the Gov office with a 36% approval and a lower approval by corporate executives.
        Tax rates on many corporations almost doubled because of legislation supported by Romney and he increased taxes, but called them fees, on the middle class.
        His job creation rate as governer was the third-lowest in the US post Hurricane Katrina Louisiana and Michigan. At the same time, wages in the New England state stagnated.
        I suggest anyone that thinks that Mitt is a good choice as the GOP choice to get us outof f our current economic problems read this.
        http://onforb.es/ygQQeM
        and this
        http://bit.ly/qw0sCf
        I live in Mass, I hate the guy. And his wife is an elitist jerk wo thinks people exist to serve her. Ask anyone in retail in Boston that had the unpleasent task of waiting on her

        January 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Natty

      Onesmallvoice You are so correct!

      January 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • JayJ7

      Romney's counter attack already seems obvious. He will say that government rules made his tactics profitable and that he will change the rules, having first hand knowledge of how they affect businessmen. Of course this is total BS but the average voter will lap it up.

      January 14, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • chefdugan

      His REAL problem is he is not going to be elected. Not n ow, not ever! The Republicans had better hope Hillary doesn't run the next time or they will face another 8 years of being on the outside looking in.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • sutleford

      OBAMA SUCKS

      January 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • rain

      Ron Paul 2012!!! No matter how many times the MEDIA tries to tell us it is Romney, the people will RISE UP against the millions of dollars in misleading 'journalism' and Ron Paul will be on the ticket, because he has the best plan, and is most electable because people in America now HATE THE ESTABLISHMENT. Obama is included in the establishment, as evidenced in his endless attacks on middle class citizens, and small business owners...

      January 17, 2012 at 5:47 am | Reply
    • ruthie

      regrettably, you are so right.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  2. Emperor Norton

    We all already know Romney's real problem. His hair has more personality and firmer positions than he does.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • PhilG.

      LOL!Emperor,You nailed it .Thread OVER.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Romney Un-Electible

      Exactly!

      January 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
      • MadinMichigan

        Amen! I heard Romney this morning on the news blaming Obama for the state of the country??...has he forgotten we were put here by eight years of George W. at the helm? You can't dig out of the mess George W. left in just a few years. Looking back five years....everything was worse, the economy, unemployment, gas prices, war, health care, and hundreds of billions of debt. At least Obama is doing something rather than making it worse. Let's sure hope Romney is un-electible. Another republican in office scares the crap out of me!

        January 12, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • runner305

      Fantastic!

      January 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • BC

        Have you forgotten that it doesnt matter what Bush did because we elected someone who was suppose to make our situation better but instead would rather be king Berry and hurt the economy with his failed poloicies? Or are you just a blind supporter ....Obamabot!! Wake up!! Get your head out of your a__!!!!

        January 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • freedog

      Typical Dumbocrat...votes based on hair and other superficial reasons...this is exactly why we got the most failed President of the 20th Century...Barack Hussein Obama....pitifiul

      January 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
      • kyle

        we live in the 21st century, dummy

        January 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • Das Shua

        I believe you mean 21st Century. And I hate to tell you, but Warren G. Harding already holds the esteemed position of "Worst President of the 20th Century"

        January 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • Sharon Lou

        Another brainwashed rightwing fanatic. Go ahead, think what is fed to you. But don't dare look at the facts and records of the last 10 presidents. If you have the ability to read and absorb, you'll be eating your ridiculous words. Happy tax hikes for you should, God forbid, a Repug makes it to the White House. Boy are you in for a huge, nasty shock of reality.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:21 am |
      • Chris

        And voting for Bush because he sounded like you and you wanted to have a beer with him wasn't superficial...? Let's face it; these days a lot of us vote for superficial reasons and that's why we're failing (abortion, gay marriage, etc., etc.). Our debate structure doesn't even give the time for politicians to back up their ideas after they've given their soundbite answer. So before you try to call a spade a spade, look in the mirror and ponder whether or not your just another spade cut from a slightly different mold.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:12 am |
      • Emperor Norton

        Chris more or less said what I'd have said. Bush managed to get himself elected in 2000 by pretending to be a good old boy from Texas who'd be fun to have a beer with. I don't see the logical contradiction in pointing out that Romney, particularly by comparison, is an unformed block of human clay.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • Jeff Deitering

        To the people who say Obama is the worst president in recent history. Really!! did you forget about Bush or should I say Cheaney, who was running the country then anyway? Although we would all like the recovery from Bush's failed policies to happen overnight, it's not realistic. Honestly, they should just change the name of the republican party to the "angry, selfish, biggoted, middle aged, white person party" You don't like Obama (because he's black), you don't like gay people( because you're too narrow minded to understand anyone that's not a redneck like you) you don't like poor people (because you despise charity and helping out anyone) you don't like minorities ( see Obama) you don't like sick people and Obama's health care reform (because god forbid we join the rest of the civilized industrial world and have a universal health care system , what the hell does the rest of the world know anyway) So republicans let me ask you this what are you going to do when your child brings home their boyfriend or girlfriend who is a minority? what are you going to do if one of your children or close relatives come out of the closet? what are you going to do if you lose your job and are forced to rely on the charity of others you despise so much? what are you going to do when you're spouse gets sick and you don't have the money or coverage to pay for their medical bills? what are you going to do when there are no more bootstraps to pull yourself up by? So come on republicans, lets hear some solutions, what are you going to do?

        January 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • sean

        that would be GWB bozo. lowest IQ( has followers), brain located externally (Karl Rove) and biggest cluster this country has ever been in as a result of his presidency. Stay home. Stop pretending to read and understand global-economic foundational principles.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Edwin

      Best post of the week!

      January 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • Pat in IL

      Whenever the camera is on him and his wife and sons, they look like the "stepford family". Just kind of robotic, with no personality. So it's hard to feel like we know him at all.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • Maersk

      His real problem is being a Mormon's moron and thinks he can win in the presidential iraqtion by badmouthing China. Since Oba Mao (not related to Chairman Mao) is known to have a lengthier and girthier kwok, the chance of Ronny winning the presidential iraqtion is nil. Furthermore, who would want another Curious George who thought iration, erection, and election were the same as president anyway?

      January 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
      • MacRen

        Come on OBAMA! I love the welfare state! Tax the rich and give me their money!

        January 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Captain Correct

      yea, that Barack Obama and his hateful wife really have great "personality" don't they....I think it was developed by hanging out with communists, racists and fools their entire lives.

      January 12, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • FLIndependent

        The Obama family has a ton of personality...you're just too willfully blind to see it. The FLOTUS has a wonderful demeanor and I for one (a white woman) give her major kudos for being so graceful under all the scrutiny and attacks. I would love to pit her again Sarah Palin...it would be no contest and Sarah would go down faster than you people can spin your lies!

        January 12, 2012 at 11:34 am |
      • Daniel

        You are truly an idiot....

        January 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • FLIndependent

        BC – it doesn't make me a racist..who are you kidding! I mentioned it so that the narrow minded don't automatically think I'm a black woman sticking up for another. Face it – the majority of the Repubs are White and so I felt it necessary to point out that there are many others who aren't Republican and support our President.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • sean

        captain koo koo. the truth is you do not possess the education, intelligence or understanding of the job. One person does not the country make. Congress is the problem, and you just wait and see what happens there in the next two cycles.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • mark99er

        Hey Captain Bigot, oh I mean rascist, oh I mean toothless, oh I MEAN WORTHLESS!

        January 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • Jumae

        Shame, shame on you, you sir seem to be the hateful one...try channeling that anger in a positive manor, you will feel better.

        January 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Veritas

      Ka-ching! Brilliant.

      January 12, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
      • BC

        @FLIndependent....Why did you have to mention you are a ("White Women")? That in itself makes you a racist!!

        January 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Bob C

      Vote Mitt Romney's hair 2012!

      January 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  3. Lee

    Let's WRAP our heads around this:

    President Mitt Romney, our first Commander-in-Chief that sat out a military draft on a Religious deferment

    Romney says his 5 sons of military age serve their country "better" by working on his endless political campaigns of the past decade

    So when he attacks Iran, religious deferment Mitt will have no problem sending YOUR sons to war, because his sons have better things to do.

    "Perfect family"?
    Illegal immigrants TO a Mexican polygamy commune in Chihuahua...
    Some Romneys still there are surprised by his recent immigration flip-flops... Bit I'm not – He will lie about anything just to gain office, ANYTHING!

    January 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Romney Un-Electible

      Hit the nail on hte head!

      January 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • PoBoy66

      You are my hero! I could not have summed up Mitt any better than that.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Makes me sick that he avoided serving his country.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
      • Matt M.

        Yet you probably voted for Clinton.

        January 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • Nathan

        It didn't hurt George W. Bush.

        January 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
      • Captain Correct

        yes, he should have served his country like Obama did.....Oh, wait Obama not only didn't serve his country he never had a job...Here's an idea-don't worry about someone's military training-worry if they ever had a job, met a payroll or hang out with racist ministers and domestic terrorists for most of their adult life.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • freedog

      You voted for Obama...he was the most anemically credentialed President in modern day history...and one more thing, Romney's earned it, unlike your community organizer.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • Qodex

        Two words got Obama elected: President Palin.

        January 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • JailedBird

        Dawg, don't you know people already stopped taking you seriously? Stop fighting it.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:30 am |
      • Anonymous Coward

        What Quodex said.

        McCain's baffling choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate was the best thing that ever happened to the Democratic party. It cost McCain my vote, among many others. It wasn't just the possibility of Sarah Palin as president; it was the fact that when he made his first major decision, McCain made a staggering error in judgement: picking someone with so much problematic baggage, so little experience, and nothing at all in her favor. Out of all the Republicans in the country, he picked THAT one?

        January 13, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • joe

      Guess Mitt will be following the tradition blazed by Obama's and Biden Military service

      January 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • El Flaco

      Which branch of the service were YOU in, Lee?

      January 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • ldsmom02

      And when did Barack Obama serve in the military? Your justifications are ignorant.

      January 12, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  4. DD

    The GOP have to choose someone who isn't an absolute extremist wacko (everyone but Romney), or they hand Obama another 4 years on one of their tarnished silver platters. Better the devil you know.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • sqeptiq

      There's no such animal in the Teapublican Party.

      January 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      Jon Huntsman isn't an extremist wacko.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
  5. Romney Un-Electible

    Independents like me, who actually elect the next President, will NEVER vote for Romney. Under Romney the Rich will get Richer and the rest of us get stuck with the check!

    January 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      What an independent you are!

      January 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      You mean those who work as opposed to those "occupy" and collect checks?

      January 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
      • Logix

        Bill: "You mean those who work as opposed to those "occupy" and collect checks?"

        Seeing as how you're commenting on CNN during traditional work hours here in the States, it seems as though you're either just "occupying" your desk at the office and collecting checks for work you didn't do or you're unemployed which means you're really collecting checks for work you didn't do. YOU ARE the problem that you're railing against.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Median American worker

      Sounds more like a progressive stance than an indy.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  6. MK54

    Romney's real problem...Americans want their President to care about them. Romney says he cares, but his record at Bain underscores that he really doesn't. Venture capital is like a marriage, it's great at the beginning, but if it turns sour all that is remembered is the pain. Bain even rhymes with pain....maybe on some level Romney understood.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • ldsmom02

      And how many people feel like the current president cares them?

      January 12, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • Mike R

        I can see your LDS connection, and think that is fair. However, I think many many more middle class Americans think this president cares about their well being than did the last one. I think Romney would care a good deal more than Bush did, but also think he's less likely to relate as well, or fight as hard, as Obama does.

        January 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • David L.

        I feel that Obama cares. I really do feel that Obama has the best of intentions, but I feel he was doomed from day 1. He's not willful enough to fight the established politics in Washington. I think if Obama was elected in a different time, he could have proven to be a wonderful president. However, he was dealt a bad hand, and all things considered, I think he's done much more good than bad with it.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • FLIndependent

        @David – I totally agree with you, however I would say we, the people that voted for Obama, failed him. We allowed the Tea Partiers to take over in 2010 to our detriment. Before that happened, things were moving along nicely...health care reform passed, gas prices down, many beneficial pieces of legislation signed into law (although you would never know it by the media), etc. Obama's campaign slogan was "Yes WE Can", not "Yes I Can".

        January 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
      • evensteven

        Because of Obamacare, my wife has been able to purchase insurance for the first time in 20 years, so yes, I appreciate Obama for that. She'd been previously denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Now instead of paying $15-20k a year on medical bills, we have a monthly premium that is manageable. What many people don't realize is when you're uninsured, you pay 5 -20 times more for non-generic drugs than insurance companies pay. It's discrimination against the uninsured—especially when you take over 20 medications.

        Sure, Obamacare has some problems that need to be worked out, but while primary care physicians are going broke and millions of American families take out bankruptcy for medical bills, the health insurance companies are upping their profits by 40-50% a year, while denying citizens coverage. Google "Health Insurer Profits"

        We need to take a good look at corporatism. Corporations have limited liability and assume little social responsibility. Many are just down right predatory. We don't have to get rid of corporations, we just need them to take more social responsibility and translate their policies into respect for consumers instead of predation. The current status quo is unsustainable as we're beginning to see as the middle-class goes by the wayside.

        January 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  7. Dixie Independent voter

    I don't want any Republican in the White House. Not this year anyway. When the GOP finally figures out what sort of party it wants to be - sane or wacko - I may consider them again.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Dum A repulican

      What the heck has Obama done for this world besides make a lot of empty promises who could never keep? You all talk as if you know it all...OBAMA the flipping savior of the world. He's just another politician like most of them all. Can you honestly say that you are better off financially and every other way since Obama took office. He has done nothing but ride on the wave of his wonderfulness....so go right ahead and hail KING OBAMA....you all are full of yourselves...you have all been deceived...at least Mitt can provide his long for birth certificate.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
      • Common Sense

        Donald, so nice of you to take time out of your busy schedule to join us tonight!

        January 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
      • Rags

        Wow! Rodney can actually do that? How fabulous!

        January 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • memyself

        "Can you honestly say that you are better off financially and every other way since Obama took office..."

        Yes. My company is hiring more people. My salary has gone up. My insurance rates have gone down. I don't worry so much about airplanes crashing into my office building. The value of my 401K has increased. The possibility of losing my health-care no longer chains me to my job. My mother pays less for her medicines. I see fewer American soldiers getting blown up in pointless wars. Etc., etc.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • David L.

      As a fellow independent voter, I COULD see myself voting for a republican, but only if the right one got the nomination. Romney is not the right one. The only way I could consider a Republican vote in the general election is if Paul or Huntsman got the nomination, and even then, Obama still might get my vote.

      This country is better off than it was 4 years ago. Obama may not be perfect, but he's got us going in the right direction.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • Median American worker

      And the communist wackos that Obama has installed as Tzars, they're not wacko ?

      January 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • Relictus

        I found a wacko =)
        Do I win a prize?

        January 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • Charlotte

        I wish people would take the time to understand words like "communist," and "socialist" before they try to use them. If Obama's "failed socialist policies" have in fact failed as socialist policies *it* *is* *precisely* *because* *they* *are* ***not*** *socialist* *policies.* To call the economic policies of this administration "socialist" is like calling a dog a mule because they both have four legs and tail. No communist would have bailed out an industry without nationalizing it, and probably no socialist would either. What you had instead were high interest loans that had performance stipulations other than interest terms and payment terms, and by the way, the government made a profit from those loans. It is not unusual for a bank to do exactly the same thing. Pure capitalism. And dare I say this? Capitalism is not the quintessence of Good or of Evil, nor is a socialist economic philosophy or any other economic philosophy the quintessence of Good or Evil. They are all just a means of getting something done, multiple tools in a toolbox. You do not use a hammer to turn a screw. When you have a system that is all hammers, all screwdrivers, all ratchets, a totalitarian system of any kind, that's when you have a problem. We are in the fix we are in now because we got out of balance, no brakes on the go cart, an now we have to deal with the consequences. We broke it, we bought it, and we are slowly getting over it.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Just another Wannabe

      It used to be anyone who started off as "I'm a republican, but..." was always just another progressive liberal lier. Now we have to contend with "I'm and Independent ...." too ? Give me a break!

      January 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
      • Relictus

        Pssst ... "liar" not "lier". Didn't I pay taxes to get you edumaketed and stuff? =)

        January 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  8. Zarzoor

    Romeny is the only qualified guy to lead this country with real life experience! nothing wrong with cutting GOVERNOMENT jobs and spending, while allowing the private sector to thrive.....look at our idiot in chief we have, he looks like a deer in the headlight when it comes to the economy! please! Romney will put us back on the right track people!

    January 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • snowyowl

      He's got real life experience all right– experience scr ***ing over average Americans.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
      • ldsmom02

        Have you investigated this information on your own or are you repeating blather that you heard through the media?

        January 12, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Rags

      The only track Rodney will put us on it the one heading into the blank wall.

      January 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • jv1298

      Cutting government is not the answer to our problems. It will not create jobs, it will destroy jobs. It will not create demand for products, it will cut demand for products. People who believe that cutting government will help a slow recovering economy need to seriously think about HOW that could possibly help us in a time where jobs and demand for products is low. The deficit is fun to talk about and blame all of our woes on, but it's actually costing us a lot less than major cuts in government will. And, when they make those cuts to government, if anyone gets more money out of the deal – you can be sure it will be those who need it the least.

      January 12, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Relictus

      Why not just vote for Obama instead of dragging down your own candidate by his association with yourself, Oh Mighty Lord of the Flies?

      January 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  9. Change

    Romney's real problem? Well, he gets elected and it either going to be the Empire State building, the Sears Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hoover Dam or the Golden Gate bridge collapsing to another terrorist attack.. And along with that would be another Middle East war, a bankrupt America and more dead American soldiers. These republicans and teabags are infidels and incompetent and backward confederates who would take this country back to the stone age.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • ldsmom02

      Are you absolutely serious? Romney would be better at standing up for America and Americans than the current President.

      January 12, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
      • FLIndependent

        I seem to remember the last terrorist attack we had on our soil was under a Republican president. Thank God for President Obama who has kept us safe throughout his entire term so far and, oh yes, was the one who got Osama Bin Laden!!

        January 12, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  10. RS,CA

    Zakaria's real problem : a LACKEY for Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • runner305

      YOUR real problem: Zakaria NAILED it, and you're pathetically jealous!

      January 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • clarke

      that is so NOT true.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • MacRen

      Zakaria is such a lacky

      January 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  11. a disgrace!

    obama's disgrace of a presidency is already over.the only question left is who takes over and cleans up the terrible mess he made.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • JN

      Uh..have you forgotten that Obama is cleaning up the mess that Bush/Cheney created? The disgrace started with, well, you know.....REPUBLICANS!

      January 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
      • ldsmom02

        Have you forgotten the totally Democratic Congress that Bush had to deal with? Before blaming Bush for everything, take a look at his Congress. And, take a look at the current Congressional mess with Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate, which means nothing is getting done because everyone is fighting and Obama is fueling the fire.

        January 12, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • Just another Wannabe

        Obama had only ever cared about his own agenda. Destruction of the American middle class. He and his communist friends want a two class system, no middle class.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • clarke

      Don't you know anything

      January 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • MacRen

      Yeah haven't you heard ITS ALL BUSH'S FAULT!!!! I wonder what we're going to say if he wins another four years, its all congress' fault?

      January 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • snowyowl

        No it's not all Bush's fault; Republicans started pushing us over the cliff beginning with Reagan.

        January 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
      • surfpunk

        Zakaria is Obama's sidekick. Dont be writing such a biased article you damned lackey!

        January 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
      • medicman

        It will still be bush's fault for a decade or so

        January 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
      • Rags

        Nope, BONEhRs fault cause he's a bigot and raciest.

        January 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • White Noise

        I blame the state of the economy on Taft. What a disgusting excuse for a president.

        January 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Big George in Big D

      You are so right. Nobama has made a much larger mess of things than Bush did in 2 terms! Spent more money than Bush did in 2 wars! Now that's a feat. The man has got to go.

      January 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  12. JDenver

    It is so ironic that people are attacking Romney for being a good leader and business man in capitalist America. He's a hard working guy and what he has done is not easy whatsoever. In fact, his accomplishments completely trump Obamas....except Obama is now president. I think the media needs to chill out and let the people decide what they want. All of these articles on why people should or should not vote for a candidate are so tainted that its creating those "pessimistic Americans" you cite.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      JD, just WHAT kind of "Hard Work" has ole Mitt ever done?

      January 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
      • MacRen

        A JD and MBA from Harvard, creating an investment banking firm from the ground up. Turning a corrupt and bankrupt olympics into a success, but maybe he should have been something really successful like a 'community organizer.'

        January 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
      • Megalith

        Everything MR did was motivated by putting more money in his and his rich buddies pockets, at least Obama was motivated by helping real people and trying to make a difference.

        January 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  13. Jane

    I believe Romney is a powerful alternative to Obama and thats why there are so many articles on CNN trying to undermine him. Im with JDenver, let the people decide. Stop trying to control us. These pieces are ridiculous. How much more American can you get than Romney. He's the perfect answer to our bleeding economy.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • JN

      The problem is: that's the exact same thing you Republicans said about Bush/Cheney. Why should we believe you now?

      January 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  14. CutThem

    I hope Romney is elected. And I hope he cuts the government in half when he does. And I also think the teaparty is more radical than an MSNBC liberal...thats all

    January 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  15. Burst Bubble

    Interesting things that Fareed talked about, yet he failed to mention that Romney does not have compassion for others. With that he was able to " downsize" companies. "Downsize" is a nice way of firing people I guess. It is the PC thing anyway. I don't like the fact that he can say anything and the media lets him get away with it. On one of these debates he mentioned "Clean coal" and said it was the way of the future. Fareed is missing the mark in this article. American can create jobs, yet when labor is competing with $5 a day labor. We can't compete. Politicians broke America allowing jobs to move overseas and removing tariffs. Reinstate tariffs on foreign manufacturers and jobs will come back. Penalize companies that ship jobs out. Read Howard Zin's book, the founding fathers used tariffs to protect American workers. Many Politicians today don't really care about the middle class, they just want to get elected and get their retirement.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • Just another Wannabe

      The real problem is America does not tax corporations for profits overseas. At first it was to stop headquarters from moving, they never foresaw jobs moving.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  16. Rethink

    Mr. Zakaria, while you had the microphone, it would have been nice if you had thrown out a few suggestions of your own for creating jobs. I would have been interested to hear them. Please post a comment as FZ or something.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  17. Change

    President Obama, the greatest President in US history. Four more fuc*king years baby.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  18. Vivek Chaudhary

    Hello Mr. Anti-republican. Romney should worry about people like you who in the name of intelligence disguise common people. How much ever republicans are showing differences, but they will be united come NOV to make Obama a one term President. Although personally, I think Obama is more conservative than Romney but because he has never shown spine, he will have to deal with this fact.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  19. talshar

    How much more American can you get than Romney. He's the perfect answer to our bleeding economy.

    ^ Explain why Massachusetts was 47th out of 50 in job creation when he was Governor.

    Explain why he then refused to run for re-election when his poll numbers were in the 30's.

    Hmmm.?

    January 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  20. Change

    President Obama's the greatest President in US history and he's goanna win by a landslide in November. Hahahahaha!

    January 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • Grannygal

      How many years of "U.S.History" have you lived through as a teen and adult? Otherwise, you are you just taking someone else's word for "hisotry".

      January 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • DR. Knowitall

      Hey there skippy, I think your grounds card pass has expired. Its back to the mental ward for you. Maybe you should suggest they up your dosage a little bit too ?

      January 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  21. Sharp

    Romney's real problem is that he is a sane center left Republican trying to fit in a party gone insane.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • Sharp

      Oops, meant to say center right, not center left.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  22. ditto

    The Republican party allowed Obama to be elected by the incompetence and dishonesty of their own leaders. You can rant against 'ol GW but he was just doing what his handlers wanted. That legacy will probably live on for another four years, as Republican demands haven't changed a whit from then til now. Tough for you, good news for the rest of us..

    January 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  23. Change

    What's amazing is when GWB was appointed to office by the US Supreme court, at least he inherited a surplus and a stable and thriving America. But unfortunately, when he left he left President Obama who was elected by the people with two deadly and costly wars along with an inflated national deficit and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. But inspite of all this mess President Obama has inherited along with the constant and deliberate roadblocks by the opposition, he has managed to thrive at home and abroad. But we all know President Obama will never get credit even if the unemployment rate was at zero % because you rightwing extremists are envious and jeaalous of the Black President being successful in overming all the obstacles to move this country forward. But just remember, God has endorsed President Obama, so he can't go wrong. Hahahahaha!

    January 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  24. mpagel

    Not exactly true that we can't compete for jobs that can be globalized. Our high tech jobs are unparalleled. The problem is that they usually cannot make short-term profit, so investors avoid high tech (e.g., 7 years to generate a new cancer drug vs. 3 months to create a new sports information web site). So ultimately we may lose our incentives for high tech as well. An alternative is non-profit high tech consortiums that spin off new companies, also known as research universities, but that is just socialism to the Tea Party.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  25. Cindy

    If this man Romney is elected, the only business that will be conducted in the white house will be how to clean out the rest of america. This man and his wealthy friends are set to make themselves billions. It will be the end of america as we know it.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  26. Anti Mitt Romney

    Romney, go home lamme. You can't compete with Obama, you have no brain, all u do is BS peoples... You have no American Future.. Ur same like the moron Bush.. who burned out America for his interest. Pack ur bags.. and Get a F.Out ...

    January 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • uhh...

      Read your post again and then ask if you are in a credible position to determine if someone has a brain.

      January 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  27. clarke

    In order to create jobs companies have to bring them back to the US from acrossed the ponds.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  28. Anti Mitt Romney

    AMERICA.... NEVER VOTE any of the NEW PRESIDENT CANDIDATE except OBAMA.. if it wasn't for OBAMA.. we would be Fu*K and from the TOP of the WORLD. we would be competing with Mongolia or God knows which cheap a$$ country. VOTE OBAMA and LETS HAVE THE FUTURE.. AS WE SEE THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.. VOTE OBAMA AND ONLY OBAMA

    January 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  29. Patricia Williams

    Good grief! What has this country come to. I don't know which is worse....the
    pathetic candidates we have to choose from or the stupidity and ignorance of the
    electorate displayed on this web site. From ghosties and ghoulies and long fingered
    beasties and things that go bump in the night, may be Good Lord deliver me.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  30. PoBoy66

    I see a few positives in Mitt being President..I could have as many wives as I want, blame all America's ills on Black Americans who are supposedly the decsedants of the evil Cain, deport 11 mil alleged illegals (not the ones who are maintaining my mansions) and voila, all our problems will be solved. Vote Mitt 2012, NOT!

    January 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Richard

      Do you even stop and think before posting all those lies or does it just come naturally to you?

      January 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
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