Weekly roundup: BU experts on Romney, MA Senate race, Rick Santorum, & President Obama

March 9th, 2012

Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on The Road to Power:

‘Two old Brahmins going at each other’ (Boston Herald): “It’s like two old Brahmins going at each other here — you got the Lodges and Saltonstalls. They are both probably some of the dullest candidates you could ever find. Kerry doesn’t think too well on his feet, and he says weird things just like Romney when he goes off script.” Tom Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, College of General Studies

Warren Wages ‘War of Imagery’ to Recoup Senate Seat (Bloomberg): “She’s trying to paint him as politically out of step and he’s trying to paint her as culturally out of step.” John Carroll, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, College of Communication

Keller @ Large: Obama Campaign Trailer Trying To Re-Energize Eroding Base (WBZ-TV): “He saved the auto industry. He saved the whole Midwest. I mean, we would have had just the two coasts and a big hole in the middle. I don’t think it’s effective political persuasion. I think what it is is a way to kick-start some media coverage.” John Carroll

Obama plays hard on and off the court (The Hill): “He fancies himself as Mr. Drive-to-the-Hoop and almost always drips confidence — that’s the attitude he revels in. And he has every right to feel confident especially after what the last two years have been like, but he has to be very careful not to come across as arrogant. That’s something he could easily step into and it could be problematic for him. If he squanders his likability, he’ll have a hard time running for reelection.” Tobe Berkovitz, Associate Professor of Advertising, College of Communication

Bay Staters brush off primary (Boston Herald): “The Republican base isn’t enthusiastic about him. Even in his home state of Michigan, turnout wasn’t that high. In the general election, if he makes it that far, it doesn’t bode well for his candidacy. It’s complicated by the fact that when he left, he trashed the state, so there are still some hard feelings here.” Tom Whalen

We’re Talking About: Super Tuesday (WFXT-TV): Recap of Super Tuesday with Tom Whalen

Who really won Super Tuesday? (NECN): A breakdown and analysis of Super Tuesday results with Tom Fielder, Dean, College of Communication

Super PACs Help Fuel Primary Ad (WBUR “Here & Now): “Newt Gingrich has virtually no money and has very little organization. Same for Rick Santorum. If these billionaires weren’t keeping them afloat, they would have disappeared by now.” John Carroll

Why Santorum is no JFK (USA Today): “In an election cycle everyone thought was going to be about the economy, former senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., has steered the conversation toward culture war questions, including birth control and the separation of church and state. In fact, he seems to be trying to one-up other Republican candidates on matters of faith and morals.” Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion, College of Arts & Sciences

‘He’s not a favorite son’: In search of Romney Fever in Massachusetts, which votes on Super Tuesday (The Ticket): “He’s not a favorite son. This is not JFK in 1960.” Tom Whalen

For GOP rivals, a low profile in New England (Boston Globe): “They might as well set their money on fire.  A Romney victory feels like a foregone conclusion.’’ John Carroll

Politics 2012: Romney expected to cruise to Massachusetts (United Press International): “People are turned off by the process. They’re not energized like they were in 2008, and you have a lot of negative ads, which I think convince the voters that none of these guys are worth voting for.” Fred Bayles, Associate Professor of Journalism, College of Communication

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