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How Race Slipped Away From Mitt Romney - WSJ.com
November 8, 2012, 3:55 p.m. ET

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By SARA MURRAY And PATRICK O'CONNOR
Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012 
november 2012 by jerryking
Romney as a Manager - Unhurried and Socratic - NYTimes.com
By MICHAEL BARBARO, SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MICHAEL WINES.
Published: October 19, 2012
Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012  Socratic 
october 2012 by jerryking
Obama and the Racial Politics of American English - NYTimes.com
By H. SAMY ALIM and GENEVA SMITHERMAN
Published: September 8, 2012

In a multiethnic, multicultural America where Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority and Asians are the fastest-growing minority, national politicians also will have to be fluent in multiple ways of speaking. For too long, sounding presidential meant sounding like a white, middle- or upper-class straight man (with modest leeway for regional accents). In 2012 and beyond, it’s going to take a lot more than that to win over the hearts and minds — and ears — of the American people....Language is playing a role in this electoral season, too, but in ways most observers have overlooked. Because language is a primary factor in shaping whether a politician is seen as “likable” or “relatable,” the stark differences in speaking styles between Mr. Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, are probably contributing to the persistently higher marks for “personality” that Mr. Obama has gotten in numerous polls.
Obama  speeches  linguistics  Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012  languages 
september 2012 by jerryking
It’s Mitt’s World - NYTimes.com
September 4, 2012 | NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

Since the end of the cold war, the world has become not just more interconnected but more interdependent, and this new structural reality requires a new kind of American leadership. Why?

In this increasingly interdependent world, your “allies” can hurt you as much as your “enemies.” After all, the biggest threats to President Obama’s re-election are whether little Greece pulls out of the euro zone and triggers a global economic meltdown or whether Israel attacks Iran and does the same.

In this increasingly interdependent world, your rivals can threaten you as much by collapsing as by rising. Think of what would happen to U.S. markets and jobs if China’s growth slowed to a crawl and there was internal instability there?

In this increasingly interdependent world, we have few pure “enemies” anymore: Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Al Qaeda, the Taliban. But we have many “frenemies,” or half friends/half foes. While the Pentagon worries about a war with China, the Commerce Department is trying to get China to buy more Boeing planes and every American university worth its salt is opening a campus in Beijing; meanwhile, the Chinese are investing in American companies left and right. President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela is the biggest thorn in America’s side in Latin America and a vital source of our imported oil. The U.S. and Russia are on opposing sides in Syria, but the U.S. supported Russia joining the World Trade Organization and American businesses are lobbying Congress to lift cold war trade restrictions on Russia so they can take advantage of its more open market....The best way for an American president to forge healthy interdependencies is, first, to get our own house in order and gain the leverage — in terms of resources and moral authority — that come from leading by example. For instance, Romney is right: there are unhealthy aspects to the U.S.-China interdependency that need working on, but they are not all China’s fault. We would have more leverage to build a more healthy relationship if we saved more, consumed less, studied harder and got our own banks to behave less recklessly.
Mitt_Romney  U.S.foreign_policy  interdependence  leadership  leverage  interconnections  networks  vulnerabilities  frenemies  Tom_Friedman 
september 2012 by jerryking
The Real Reagan Lesson for Romney-Ryan - WSJ.com
August 30, 2012 | WSJ | By GEORGE GILDER.

George Gilder: The Real Reagan Lesson for Romney-Ryan
Follow Peter Drucker's advice: Don't solve problems, pursue opportunities. Like unlocking America's entrepreneurial value.
George_Gilder  Mitt_Romney  Paul_Ryan  Peter_Drucker 
august 2012 by jerryking
Mitt Romney’s Search for Simple Answers - NYTimes.com
By JARED DIAMOND
August 1, 2012 | NYT | Jared Diamond.

Challenges Mitt's level of understadning of role of culture in explaining why some countries are rich and powerful while others are poor and weak,
Mitt_Romney  Jared_Diamond 
august 2012 by jerryking
Why Not in Vegas? -
July 31, 2012 | NYTimes.com | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.
Mideast_Peace  Mitt_Romney 
august 2012 by jerryking
Romney Merged Law and Business at Harvard - NYTimes.com
July 9, 2012 | NYT |By PETER LATTMAN and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA.

When Harvard started its so-called J.D.-M.B.A. program in 1969, there were just a handful like it. Others have cropped up since, but Harvard’s has what may be the most successful alumni roster, particularly in finance....Students must be admitted separately to the business and law schools before applying for the program. That is a feat in itself, because the two student bodies are quite different.

The law school takes younger students, often straight out of college, putting more emphasis on academic credentials, while the business school usually wants work and leadership experience. Business students are often described as being more gregarious and at ease with numbers, law students as more intellectual and facile with words.
HBS  Mitt_Romney  business_schools  law_schools  alumni  Silver_Lake  J.D.-M.B.A. 
july 2012 by jerryking
To Boos and Polite Applause, Romney Speaks to the N.A.A.C.P. - NYTimes.com
July 11, 2012, 12:27 pm1 Comment
To Boos and Polite Applause, Romney Speaks to the N.A.A.C.P.
By ASHLEY PARKER
Mitt_Romney  NAACP  speeches  Campaign_2012 
july 2012 by jerryking
Road to Nowhere - New York Times
By DAVID BROOKS
January 1, 2008

...And yet as any true conservative can tell you, the sort of rational planning Mitt Romney embodies never works. The world is too complicated and human reason too limited. The PowerPoint mentality always fails to anticipate something. It always yields unintended consequences.

And what Romney failed to anticipate is this: In turning himself into an old-fashioned, orthodox Republican, he has made himself unelectable in the fall. When you look inside his numbers, you see tremendous weaknesses.

For example, Romney is astoundingly unpopular among young voters....But his biggest problem is a failure of imagination [jk: unimaginative]. Market research is a snapshot of the past. With his data-set mentality, Romney has chosen to model himself on a version of Republicanism that is receding into memory. As Walter Mondale was the last gasp of the fading New Deal coalition, Romney has turned himself into the last gasp of the Reagan coalition.

That coalition had its day, but it is shrinking now....The leaders of the Republican coalition know Romney will lose. But some would rather remain in control of a party that loses than lose control of a party that wins. Others haven’t yet suffered the agony of defeat, and so are not yet emotionally ready for the trauma of transformation. Others still simply don’t know which way to turn.

And so the burden of change will be thrust on primary voters over the next few weeks. Romney is a decent man with some good fiscal and economic policies. But in this race, he has run like a manager, not an entrepreneur....
David_Brooks  Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2008  anticipating  unimaginative  unintended_consequences  imagination  Reagan_coalition  rational_irrationality  mental_models  messiness 
june 2012 by jerryking
Portman Could Help Romney as Running Mate - WSJ.com
May 28, 2012| WSJ | By GERALD F. SEIB.

The Buzz Around Portman, the Un-Palin
Campaign_2012  GOP  Mitt_Romney  Gerald_Seib 
may 2012 by jerryking
Magazine - The Holy Cow! Candidate - The Atlantic
September 2005 | ATLANTIC MAGAZINE |By Sridhar Pappu

Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts, loves data, hates waste, and reveres Dwight Eisenhower. He's also the Next Big Thing in the Republican Party. But can anyone so clean-cut, so pure of character, and (by gosh!) so square overcome the "two Ms"—Mormonism and Massachusetts—to be our next president?
GOP  Mitt_Romney  Dwight_Eisenhower 
may 2012 by jerryking
Romney’s Former Bain Partner Makes a Case for Inequality - NYTimes.com
By ADAM DAVIDSON
Published: May 1, 2012

“Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong,

Now we’re at a particularly crucial moment, he writes. Technology and global competition have made it more important than ever that the United States remain the world’s most productive, risk-taking, success-rewarding society. Obama, Conard says, is “going to dampen the incentives.” Even worse, Conard says, “he’s slowing the accumulation of equity” by fighting income inequality. Only with a pro-investment president, he says, can the American economy reach its full potential.
high_net_worth  Bain  inequality  Mitt_Romney  books  innovation  unintended_consequences  incentives  income_inequality  Occupy_Wall_Street 
may 2012 by jerryking
One Way to Look at Private Equity - NYTimes.com
January 16, 2012 |NYT | By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN

Alan Webber
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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With all due respect, I think Messrs. Levy and Sorkin are missing the point: The question is not, does private equity play a valuable role in the economy? The question is, does Mitt Romney's experience in private equity represent a valid argument for why he should be President? Most people would say that private equity plays an important role--in the private sector. Of course, there are firms and individuals who have played the game fast and loose. Just as there are many who see the contribution that private equity can make to innovation and entrepreneurship. Not relevant, however, to the debate at hand. The debate at hand is over whether Mitt Romney's experience at Bain Capital has any bearing on his being President? Would you want the U.S. economy run like a private equity fund? (And if it were, wouldn't the President be picking winners and losers? Not very conservative, that idea!) Mr. Levy doesn't have to defend private equity. He needs to tell us whether being the head of a private equity fund in any way qualifies an individual to be President--a job which has to serve more stakeholders than just the financial markets. This column answers the wrong question and doesn't even ask the right one.
private_equity  Andrew_Sorkin  letters_to_the_editor  Bain_Capital  questions  financial_markets  Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012 
january 2012 by jerryking
Republican Attacks Have Racist Undertones - NYTimes.com
January 3, 2012, 5:36 pm
Nobody Likes to Talk About It, but It’s There
By ANDREW ROSENTHAL
Obama  Birthers  Mitt_Romney  Newt_Gingrich  Campaign_2012  racism  dog_whistles  race-baiting  bigotry 
january 2012 by jerryking
How Harvard Shaped Mitt Romney - NYTimes.com
By JODI KANTOR
Published: December 24, 2011

“You have the same question as General Electric,” said Mr. Romney, then a young father and a management consultant. “Your resources are your time and talent. How are you going to deploy them?”

He drew a chart called a growth-share matrix with little circles to represent various pursuits: work, family, church. Investing time in work delivered tangible returns like raises and profits.

“Your children don’t pay any evidence of achievement for 20 years,” Mr. Romney said. But if students failed to invest sufficient time and energy in their spouses and children, their families could become “dogs” — consultant-speak for drags on the rest of the company — sucking energy, time and happiness out of the students....early four decades ago at Harvard, Mr. Romney embraced an analytical, nonideological way of thinking, say former classmates and professors, one that both matched his own instincts and helped him succeed....Every day for an hour, the all-male group — there were relatively few women in the program back then — sat at a semicircular table outside the classroom and briefed one another on the reading material....The case study method “doesn’t start with the theory or even principles,” said Kim B. Clark, a friend of Mr. Romney’s who later became dean of the school. “It starts with ‘All right, what is going on? What does the data tell us?’ ”

The cases did not even lay out questions. Students had to analyze the material, sometimes just a paragraph long, figure out the company’s problems and pose solutions. “The case study method is like trying to train doctors by just showing them [sick] patients, rather than by showing them textbooks to depict what a healthy patient should look like,” said Mr. Brownstein, the former classmate.
business_schools  case_studies  finite_resources  Harvard  HBS  J.D.-M.B.A.  marriage  MBAs  Mitt_Romney  parenting  problem_framing  quantified_self  questions  resource_allocation  work_life_balance 
december 2011 by jerryking
Mitt Romney: Barack Obama’s match - The Globe and Mail
CLIFFORD ORWIN
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
Mitt_Romney  Obama  Clifford_Orwin  elections 
october 2011 by jerryking

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