Weekly roundup: BU experts on President Obama, Mitt Romney, political ads, GOP running mate, & Massachusetts politics

May 18th, 2012

Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on the road to power:

Over before it starts in Massachusetts (The Maddow Blog): “To know Mitt Romney is to dislike him. That is the moral of the story.” Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Common Cause seeks end to Republicans’ use of filibuster (Bloomberg): “It reflects the breakdown of any sense of collaboration between the Democrats and Republicans. Whichever party is out of power wields the filibuster like a mace. Whichever party is in power bemoans the degradation of Senate decorum due to the filibuster. This has made the world’s foremost deliberative body increasingly more dysfunctional.” Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

President Obama strikes at Mitt Romney on jobs (Boston Globe): “The Obama campaign is really putting on a full-court press to take over the conversation. When Obama looks at the competitive situation now, what he’s trying to do is get off the defensive on the economy and essentially paint Romney as a dangerous kind of capitalist promoter and redefine Romney in a way that will take the heat off Obama for unemployment and the sputtering state of the economy.’’ John Carroll, College of Communication

Political ad war (NECN): Tom Fielder, Dean of the College of Communication, discusses the latest headlines of Campaign 2012, including President Obama’s latest attack ad on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

Can Mitt Romney survive Bain Capital ad attacks? (PoliticoArena): “The Newsweek portrayal – and President Obama’s public support for single-sex marriage – will not trigger any shift in the electorate, nor will it alter the trajectory of the race.  That cake has already been baked.” Tom Fiedler

Campaign 2012: Who should Romney select as his running mate? (Professor Voices): Tom Whalen offers his analysis on who he believes Mitt Romney should select as his running mate and why.

Gov: Prez stance on gay marriage from the heart (Boston Herald): “It certainly raises an eyebrow whenever a politician says it has nothing to do with politics. Usually, that’s a good indicator that that’s exactly what it’s about, especially in an election year. … What underlines this for me is that Gov. Patrick, I think, has larger ambitions. He wants to go to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”  Tom Whalen

Has Massachusetts lost its political clout? (WFXT): “We were a giant in terms of the congressional delegation just a few short years ago, but now you get the feeling that with these retirements we’re going to become something of a political backwater for the United States.” Tom Whalen

In Mass. US Senate race, a question of ancestry (Associated Press): “The first rule of politics is when you’re in a hole, stop digging. She should have just done a mea culpa and hoped that it went away.’’ Tobe Berkovitz

Who should Romney tap for understudy? (PoliticoArena): “Gov. Bobby Jindal would risk repeating the Sarah Palin blunder – and he’d bring less passion to the ticket than she did to McCain’s.” Tom Fiedler

Malia, Sasha may be Obama’s most important advisers (New York Daily News): “Obama opens up a slippery slope when he refers to his children when at other times says he wants them to have a private life. You can’t have it both ways. I don’t think voters want to feel that (the girls) are being used as political surrogates on campaign trail. There could be a backlash.” Tobe Berkovitz

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