The Watcher’s Council has advice for Governor Romney

Yesterday I wrote a ridiculously long post comparing Romney and Obama to Ward Cleaver and Eddie Haskell respectively.  Many people had nice things to say about it but, in terms of garnering hits, it’s sunk like a stone.  Go figure!

I mention it now because the genesis for that post was the fact that the Watchers asked all the Council members to contribute a paragraph with advice to Romney for the upcoming campaign season.  In that paragraph, which I wrote several days ago, I said:

It’s easier to say what Romney should not do. He should not try to out cool Obama. Trying to be ‘hip’ will not work, both because it’s not part of his natural persona and because the media will savage him. Romney should cultivate a pater familias demeanor. We already know Obama is Eddie Haskell, the cool hustler who invariably gets you into trouble. Romney needs to project himself as Ward Cleaver, the wise parent who comes to the rescue after Eddie has done his dirty work.It’s a role that Romney is well suited to play, as long as he avoids condescension.

I wasn’t the only one chiming in.  Please check out the Watchers’ site to see what other practical, helpful advice Council members, all of whom pay close attention to the news of the day, and all of whom would like to see Romney win, have to say.

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  • Caped Crusader

    One explanation for poor hits may be that we have already been “Haskelled out” by the old maestro himself — Billy Jeff Clinton!

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  • Oldflyer

    Your advice for Romney is sound, and I believe the evidence indicates that he understands it.
    I have believed in Romney all along, and now I think that people will have an opportunity to see the man I envisioned.  He is mature, and cool.  Not cool in the Barack Hussein Obama, or even Eddie Haskell, sense; i.e. the kid out of his element, who tries to compensate with “hipness”.   Cool in the sense that he takes life in stride, and gives  the impression that he will be up to whatever task confronts him.


    Romney cannot let himself be distracted with “shiny” objects and diversions. I agree with you 100% Bookworm. Romney needs to be the mature adult in the room.  He would do well not to dignify every question with a response, particularly since most of them are apt to be vapid and manipulative, anyway. 


    Descriptive words for Romney: Suave and elegant. He must show that he is anything but a city-slicker community organizer.

    Oh yeah…he can feel free to flash his college transcripts.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Having resisted Romney during the primary campaigns, I can say that I am fully aboard the Romney wagon.