Romney campaign reverses position, allows press to cover fundraiser in Israel

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The campaign of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney let reporters cover a fundraiser in Israel on Monday morning after first saying they wouldn’t be allowed in. The campaign normally allows pool coverage of fundraisers in public places. A press aide didn’t offer any reason why the campaign had wanted to keep the press out, but reports noted that billionaire Sheldon Adelson was expected to be there. (Not only was he there, he sat right next to Romney.)

The Wall Street Journal’s Sara Murray notes that Romney’s fundraisers can turn out to be pretty newsworthy:

The likely Republican nominee told donors in Florida this year that he would consider massively shrinking the Education Department and eliminating the Department of Housing and Urban Development to meet his budget goals. He also offered clearer details about which tax deductions he would scrap if he were president. That event, which was closed to the press, was overheard by reporters on a public sidewalk. Mr. Romney still has not offered any of those details in a public event.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro argue that the flap over access to the fundraiser is part of a larger issue of transparency with Romney.

Newsweek, meanwhile, says that Romney’s big problem isn’t transparency; it’s wimpiness. “The wimp factor: Is he just too insecure to be president?” reads the latest cover, à la George H.W. Bush.

Published 25 years apart, these Newsweek covers attach “wimp” to presidential candidates.

Michael Tomasky refers to Newsweek’s 1987 cover that declared that “the wimp factor” was George W. Bush’s “most persistent political liability”:

In 1987, this magazine created a famous hubbub by labeling George H.W. Bush a “wimp” on its cover. “The Wimp Factor.” Huge stir. And not entirely fair—the guy had been an aviator in the war, the big war, the good war, and he was even shot down out over the Pacific, cockpit drenched in smoke and fumes, at an age (20) when in most states he couldn’t even legally drink a beer.

In retrospect, he writes, Bush looks tougher than Romney, who spent Vietnam in Paris. Tomasky can’t seem to decide if “wimp” is really the right word. Among the words he chooses to describe Romney: “lame,” “annoying” and “insecure.”

Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp. Oh, there are some ways in which he’s not—a wimp lets himself get kicked around, and Romney doesn’t exactly do that. He sure didn’t during the primaries, when he strafed Rick Perry and carpet-bombed Rick Santorum (but note that they were both weaker than he).

In some respects, he’s more weenie than wimp—socially inept; at times awkwardy ingratiating, at other times mocking those “below” him, but almost always getting the situation a little wrong, and never in a sympathetic way.

New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait offers a thorough takedown of the premise: “Newsweek would surely love to cause another huge stir and to enrage the Romneys, but it’s doubtful they would even notice any more.”

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  • Dave Francis


    From my
    blogs people are just realizing what a terrible mistake they made, by voting
    for President Obama?  His czars seem
    unconcerned with the damage they have done to this country, in issues such as
    foreign policy and many other ideologies that would only stem from a hard left
    Socialist agenda, such as the leniency over illegal immigration?  That’s not saying that the plans of Mitt
    Romney’s people in many ideas are unfortunately any different. As an Independent
    voter myself, I can only hope that Obama gets defeated. But in addition to this
    a large representation the TEA PARTY is gaining unbelievable headway within the
    ranks of the Republicans. This is the only sure way that can change Washington
    for good, with moderate Conservatives representing the American people in
    Congress and not the special interest groups in both parties. I think the
    Democrats are beginning to get apprehensive and running scare so calling Mr.
    Romney a “Wimp’ is exclusively a Liberal sentiment, as they a very oral when it
    comes to name calling.   Personally I don’t think for one minute that
    Mitt is a ‘Wimp’ but a very cautious and secretive individual?


    I think most
    prudent Americans agree specifically Independents and TEA PARTY that (STEM)
    Science, Technological, Engineering and Mathematician immigrants who are not a
    threat to the United States. They will always be recognized for their
    education, technical experience and specialty skills that separate them from
    illegal aliens who either slipped past the border fence or just never left after
    their visitor’s visa expired. Stems are very important to America’s future and
    are sort after as students with top honors in these field or recruitment from
    other countries. We shouldn’t and cannot allow impoverished foreign nationals
    into this country, as most end up in the bread line which taxpayers end up supporting.
    However, while there are 8 % of Americans without employment, no corporation or
    business should be allowed to bring in extra people—other than the highest echelon
    of professionals—wherever no American can qualify with the skill to take that


    Already in a
    stunning incumbent election Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar was defeated by a Tea
    Party leader Senate nominee Richard Mourdock.
    In a upcoming an electoral battle TEA PARTY favorite Ted Cruz (R) is in runoff
    with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, for the outgoing seat of Sen. Kay Bailey
    Hutchison, with Cruz gaining momentum. Both ultra-left Democrats and the
    Republicans should be very worried, very worried indeed about incumbent politicians
    who hopefully lose seats to TEA PARTY growth?


    In leaps and
    bounds the TEA PARTY is no longer a group of wandering political nomads, but
    inspired to be part of the quiet revolution that does not conform to either the
    Democrats or Republicans plans.  The
    Constitutional TEA PARTY is a reaction of ordinary, everyday people who have
    risen to the detriment of both parties that for years have overlooked sky high
    federal deficits and the growing problem of an uncontrolled Congress, that’s spends
    the people’s money without any conscious thought. Before the coming November
    elections certain issues have come to light regarding the Democratic agenda, if
    Obama get a second term we are heading towards disaster just like the
    unsinkable ‘Titanic’:


    Clandestine plans
    that grant amnesty to even MORE illegal’s—all done through Prosecutorial discretion and agency directives to serve the
    Obama Socialist-Marxist agenda.


    1. New
    limitations for agents on apprehending illegal aliens, who will be opposing component
    of what they will call the “vulnerable population.” Vulnerable defined as
    anyone who provides support to minor children, parents or other dependants and
    those who have medical or mental health needs. That means this government will
    add to the American population of poverty, that US taxpayers will be forced to
    financially support.


    2. It would
    no longer be legal to detain a foreign  individual on the premises or in the vicinity
    of more than 20 public places – and don’t dare try to apprehend the pregnant or
    disabled illegal’s.   Hell! States are
    already forced by unfunded mandates to cater to anybody who enters America
    illegally, which is free health care, education for their children, low cost
    housing and a barrage of other welfare programs denied to citizens.

    3. Caps
    would be removed on highly restricted visas.


    4. Registration
    of illegals would be snatched from Congress and positioned with an agency in
    the executive branch. In other words if President Obama gets a second term, we
    will not be far off from being a Communist state, without ‘Checks and Balances’.


    5. Registering
    new illegal’s as voters. (Which the Liberal have a great record of doing,
    including notorious ACORN group—prosecuted but still very active?) There is
    already none citizens are voting whether intentionally or not and this could be
    a major determination especially in close races nationwide. This has already
    happening as any reader can discover if they surf the Internet under “Voter


    6. Government-funded,
    neighborhood-based programs to assimilate the newly amnestied immigrants into
    society, including education centers and health care hubs.


    7. A 21st
    century version of FDR’s Works Progress Administration program within the
    Department of Labor that would oversee a massive new bureaucracy and millions
    of new federal jobs.


    8. Swiping
    control of the military budget from Congress by placing an ”independent panel”
    in charge of military spending—while slashing our defense budget to a dangerous
    situation, where this country would be less protected from the enemies in the
    Middle East and around the world.


    9. The enacting
    single-payer health care legislation control, headed by the federal government;
    the same federal government that has never run a successful program in its own history?


    ObamaCare—the health care plan NO ONE sought, down our throats; Slapping
    Americans with the biggest tax in the history of our nation; Applauding the
    advances of the Muslim Brotherhood; Demanding government-paid abortions and
    blowing away religious freedom; Forbidding domestic oil, natural gas and coal
    production; Approving drones to fly over country; Defunding NASA and the space
    programs; Waging war on Libya without a cause; Demanding the U.N. obtain out
    guns; Taking on the second amendment, threatening again, our right to bear arms;  Running up the largest deficit in the history
    of America; Giving BILLIONS to solar companies that have since gone bankrupt
    and other so called green companies; Refusing to visit Israel, throwing the Jewish
    people under the bus; Giving illegal’s a free ride on the backs of hardworking citizens
    and legal residents.


    Further appointing
    45 “czars” into office, whose doctrines are mostly Communist; Putting the
    enforcement of ObamaCare in the hands of…the IRS; Sucking at the trough, taking
    19 vacations in 3 years on ‘THE PAOPLE’S tax dollars; Spending tens of billions
    in taxpayer dollars and breaking legally binding contracts to give Obama’s
    union buddies a big, fat payoff; Stimulating NOTHING with his stimulus plans
    except the wallets of big wigs on Wall Street—and his own narcissistic ego; 8%
    unemployment for 40 straight months; $4 billion in new debt EVERY DAY; Spending,
    spending, spending while lying and telling Americans we need to cut spending. NEED


    extremely urgent policies that the TEA PARTY would insist on being passed
    though the Senate and House of Representatives, if enough of the TEA PARTY
    leadership can gain seats in Congress?  With
    plenty of these moderate conservatives and true believers in our U.S.
    Constitution these laws would be enacted, opening up millions of jobs for low
    income Blacks, Hispanics, Whites Asians and all other legally here
    nationalities. It is passed time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R.
    2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? Isn’t it time that the
    state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and other in the 50 states,
    begin the removal of all pro-illegal alien lawmakers? Every state should be
    able to keep its public assistance money, instead of forced by insane unfunded
    mandates to pay for illegal aliens and their children?


    All those policy
    makers who bend the knee to the 20 million plus illegal aliens will be under an
    assault, when the TEA PARTY becomes an overall majority in the Republican
    Party. Every law that has been circumvented by Justice Department such as
    Sanctuary Cities and State policies, those elected officials will be held
    accountable. Chain migration and the never ending flood of sponsored immigrants
    will be re-assessed, as this ends up a taxpayer burden. The DREAM ACT will also
    be re-evaluated in the near future. Also not condemned by the mainstream
    Liberal Press, or Socialist Senator Reid of Nevada in the forefront refusing to
    terminate the annual payout of $4.600.000.000.000 taxpayers’ money in child tax
    refunds to illegal aliens, with many children not even residing in America.  Then another estimated 35 Billion dollars from
    illegal workers transferred to banks outside the United States, not invested in