Farewell, Mr. Romney

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Well, Mr. Romney made it official yesterday and withdrew from the 2016 Presidential race. He had tried a third re-invention, expressing empathy for the poor and the shrinking middle class, but it was just not in the cards for him. Thinking back to 2012 and the debates with President Obama, Mr. Romney got very close — after the first debate, momentum was on his side, and he could have sealed the deal with the second one, but made a number of unforced errors.

The one irreversible problem, however, was Mr. Romney’s rather awkward persona.

If Mr. Romney had become President, and the economy still performed in the same way, he would have been receiving accolades for the low unemployment rate and the drop in the price of gasoline — even though many of those changes in retrospect seem to have occurred due to the President’s stimulus plan and quantitative easing by the Fed.

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Introductory Public Relations Program

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Organizing a public relations program for a new client involves patience, perseverance and consistency. A white-hat structure, it will improve the client’s search engine ranking and create ongoing publicity far beyond a less organized approach.

This blog will immediately change the dynamics of the client’s website, providing new content on a regular basis.

The first element of publicity involves the publication of a weekly blog. The blog should be hosted on the client’s website and be posted on the same day every week. This blog will immediately change the dynamics of the client’s website, providing new content on a regular basis. Blog entries should be about 200-300 words to ensure they receive acknowledgement from Google’s search engine “spiders.”

The second element of publicity involves a monthly press release. The release should address a newsworthy topic, perhaps an event or company hiring, or an issue of larger significance. The release should be about a page and a half, definitely no longer than two pages.

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American Unity

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The sentence “politics stops at the waters’ edge” used to portray an American unity. It implied that no matter how bitter our internal arguments, when it came to foreign policy, we were united behind our commander-in-chief, the President.

The Republicans’ hatred of the President has so blinded them to our needs as a nation, they no longer hesitate to contradict the President in affairs of state.

That sentence no longer serves as a byword to our allies and enemies alike. The Republicans’ hatred of the President has so blinded them to our needs as a nation, they no longer hesitate to contradict the President in affairs of state. And that reality makes us weaker as a nation.

The recent invitation by John Boehner to invite the Prime Minister of Israel to speak before a joint session of Congress illustrates the new reality. Most importantly, it is a failure to follow protocol, because invitations to foreign leaders should be cleared through the executive branch and the President’s office.

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The Non-Existent Blizzard

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It always happens this way. Elected officials start to warn us about an imminent snowstorm; precautions are taken; and, in the end, nothing major happens. So was the Blizzard of 2015.

With dire warnings from Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio, the media bought into the hype and provided blanket coverage of the storm that wasn’t.

With dire warnings from Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio, the media bought into the hype and provided blanket coverage of the storm that wasn’t. I’m not sure about the city, but Westchester County got 6-10 inches. A relatively heavy snow, but not a close down the subway and ban all driving snow.

So what can we learn from this denouement?

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Republican Party Chaos

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Democracy is a messy process. Much as the Republicans would like to clean it up and follow Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment (thou shall not criticize a fellow Republican), there are a whole bunch of Republicans who want to be President, and they will be forced to draw lines of distinction among them.

It only takes one sentence for a candidate, or a nominee, to do irreparable damage to himself.

Meanwhile, the Republican debate audiences will want they share of “red meat,” and just as Donald Trump lashed into Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney at Steve King’s get-together in Iowa last week, other candidates will start to attack each other, too. We have only seen the initial skirmishes, and it will get much worse.

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Pivot to 2016

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address, panned as being unrealistic and without a chance of passing any of its proposals, was cleverly designed as a pivot to 2016 and a transferal of the Democratic baton to Hillary Clinton.

President Obama has given Hillary a nudge forward by talking about “middle class economics” and issues such as day care, free community college, family leave and other domestic issues.

Nothing would burnish President Obama’s legacy more than a pivot to the election to the Presidency of Hillary Clinton. Just as George H.W. Bush’s election has been widely referred to as President Reagan’s third term, so too would Hillary Clinton’s be the third term of Barack Obama.

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Back to Baseball

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With all the furor about the New England Patriots cheating to get into the Super Bowl, and the apparent foot-dragging investigation, obviously designed to conclude after the big game is over, perhaps it’s time to go back to a simpler pastime.

What would baseball have done if faced with the equivalent of the New England Patriots cheating? It would have them forfeit the league championship and installed the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl instead.

Baseball, the American pastime, has a no-tolerance policy about cheating, and its unfolding rhythms include a grace and finesse football will never be able to match. Because the game is not founded on violence like football is, playing the sport is a more profitable pursuit on a number of levels.

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Patriots Should Forfeit

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The New England Patriots should forfeit their place in the Super Bowl for cheating, and the Indianapolis Colts should take their place. There is no other just recompense for their deliberate breaking of the rules by deflating footballs.

The NFL has been under heavy condemnation for its reactions to concussions and domestic violence; only a clear and harsh punishment for cheating — forfeiture of the game and banishment from the Super Bowl — would bring them back into right standing with the general public.

Deflated footballs helped the Pats to beat the Colts because they rely more heavily on the air game, and even though many of the players were unaware of the cheating, their management and coach surely were.

To tack on a heavy fine or penalize the Pats by denying them a draft pick pales behind the opportunity to win the Super Bowl. If any team was given that choice: deflate the footballs and get to the Super Bowl, they would surely prefer it and be more than willing to pay the fine and forfeit the draft pick to do so.

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Our Idealistic President

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God bless President Obama. His idealistic State of the Union address last night gave us hope of a better future. Even if the current Congress will not enact his proposals, one day, after the Republican’s hypocrisy is exposed, the American people will want to move forward to achieve his vision of a better tomorrow.

Obama’s promotion of “middle class economics” provided an overarching structure to the oration and represented an encapsulation of his vision in a clear and poignant way.

State of the Union addresses are typically a “laundry list” interrupted by applause, but President Obama’s promotion of “middle class economics” provided an overarching structure to the oration and represented an encapsulation of his vision in a clear and poignant way. He was able to speak directly to the American people, and with 300 million viewers, most of the country tuned in to listen to him.

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Vagaries of Cable TV

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Cable TV is rapidly becoming a wasteland for objective journalism, and that’s a shame. 24-hour news channels abound on cable, but they have devolved over the past couple of years to become less and less objective. Shows that blend a narrative of the days events with faux journalism abound, and it’s not just Fox News, though they’re the worst offender.

CNN, whom you would expect to tread lightly between the two political networks, instead becomes easily obsessed by a single story which they will beat to death with exhaustive (and exhausting) coverage until the next big event comes along.

I am particularly incensed by shows like The Five on Fox News where, no matter what happens, you will never hear a good word about President Obama. The show is even stacked in its basic format where four conservatives gang up on the sole liberal on the show, who appears to be there only to provide token opposition.

And the one Democrat seems to have been selected because he is not well informed about events, is stubborn and definitely not quick witted like the conservatives who make mincemeat out of him on a regular basis.

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