As Mitt Romney bombed in England, Bill O'Reilly held a chat with John Sununu, a Romney surrogate, about the Republican candidate's dismal likeability ratings. Not that they brought up any of his stunning gaffes that led the British press to characterize him as "worse than Sarah Palin." No, O'Reilly and Sununu kept their discussion to a recent poll that found Romney's likeability ratings in the tank at 30% - with President Obama's at 60%. "Independent" O'Reilly acknowledged that that's a problem for Romney and asked Sununu what could be done. Which is pretty funny given how most everyone (except on Fox) was thinking yesterday about what Romney should not be doing.
As O'Reilly introduced the poll results, he immediately noted, "To be fair” Obama is “much better known” than Romney. He added, "I know the governor for a long time. He's not like me or you - obnoxious guys."
Sununu, who undoubtedly appreciated O'Reilly not bringing up any of those embarrassing gaffes or using words like "car crash" or "beyond human understanding," called Romney a "warm guy," a “funny guy,” and a “smart guy.”
"What does he have to do?" O'Reilly wondered, to make the rest of the country see what a likeable fellow he really is? "Does he have to sing an Al Green song, too? …You don’t want to go into election with a 30% likeability. You want to get that up. Is there something he can do? Can he roller skate? Play miniature golf? Is there anything?"
Sununu laughably said, "Just let the people see him."
O'Reilly is nothing if not savvy and sharp. And you don't have to live in England to know that to see Romney is not always to like him. O'Reilly said, "But they’re seeing him in a speedboat that costs $300,000. I don’t think that’s the right way to go." He joked, "Maybe he gets a kayak."
Sununu replied, "Half the country hasn’t seen Mitt Romney, even in a political situation."
You mean like how he started off his foreign policy tour? For his sake, let's hope that half is not reading the British press.
As far as the talking heads on FOX “news”, while Hannity is completely out-of-the-closet with regards to his rabid hatred of Obama (and, in some sick kind of way, I can almost respect him in that he doesn’t pretend to be something that he’s not), I find the way BOR plays his hand to be quite dishonest and rather disturbing considering he has often referred to himself as a journalist and he’s supposedly FOX’s go to guy for “no spin” and “fair & balance”. BOR has carefully cultivated his “no spin/f&b” persona and he’s cautious about letting the “real” BOR out.
But, though BOR spends a great deal of time touting his so-called fairness, all one has to do is listen to the savvy way with which he words his statements or what facts he conveniently chooses to leave out or what stories critical of the right-wing that he deliberatly ignores (while hyping most anything that he can use to make the left look bad) to see what he’s actually all about. Yeah, BOR might claim that no one tells him what to say or that he doesn’t take direction from any right-wing talking points memos, but there’s no doubt he sets his show up (and his guests too with how he typically provides positive reinforcment to what his conservative guests say while deriding the liberal guests’ points and throwing in words like the “looney left”) in order to get the conservative POV to come out on top as the winner when all is said and done.
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In the middle, Sununu made a spectacular comment about how GW Bush’s popularity was very high “until the last 5 or 6 weeks”. Is Sununu aware that Bush’s popularity and approval ratings over 2008 were simply terrible? That McCain didn’t want to campaign with Bush based on how bad Bush’s numbers were? In what fantasyland is Sununu living?
Rather than responding to O’Reilly’s question about how Romney comes across as “placid”, Sununu showered Romney with compliments about what a great guy he is and then followed that up with the fanciful thought that half of the country hasn’t been paying any attention yet, and that the real campaign doesn’t start until 2 weeks before the conventions. So somehow Sununu thinks Romney can hit a reset button next month and then half 2 1/2 months to really run his campaign, as opposed to what he’s already been doing. Once again Sununu’s comments don’t make any sense in reality.
But he was sure to get in more swipes at Obama for the unemployment rate, along with a backhanded swipe about 2008 being “an election of style over substance” with the new thought that 2012 will be an election “of substance”. Once again, welcome to Planet Sununu. Where in 2008, people were blissfully unaware, apparently, that the economy was in freefall and that the GOP had no plan of what to do about it. Where people were apparently unaware that on Fox News, guys like Hannity were desperately yelling that there wasn’t a recession happening. Where people were apparently unaware that their retirement accounts and home values had been gutted. In all seriousness, if Sununu really believes what he’s bloviating, somebody needs to have a quiet discussion with him about reality in the USA.
At the end, O’Reilly tried to play the middle ground in saying that both Obama and Romney are nice guys. O’Reilly noted that he was very happy with the way Obama treated him and his daughter. Sununu, amazingly, refused to acknowledge this, saying only that most public officials are warm and friendly when they meet you. O’Reilly realized that Sununu wasn’t going to acknowledge anything complimentary about the President and immediately ended the segment right there.
So what did we learn? O’Reilly never got any real answers to his questions. Sununu just spouted talking points, took swipes at Obama and offered a few warm fluffies for Romney.
I personally think that O’Reilly is having major doubts about Romney, as he has for the past few months. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his comments about Romney, even from last night, adding up into part of the big “why did he lose” explanation to come in November.