Reader comments on 'Romney and Obama, consultant vs. professor'
Obama is hopeless. Curse of America.
by Tom10/11/2012 12:15:13 PM
i think the press is discounting mr romney's accomplishments. the eyeopener in his debate was that as governor he found a way to work with a legislative body that was 85% democrat. woodward's assessment is correct. a good politician would find a way to work across ideological differences. mr o has not lived up to his promise. the spirit was strong but the flesh is weak.
by varun10/11/2012 12:21:40 PM
Again, Wente misses the point.
by paul_toronto10/11/2012 12:21:41 PM
Welcome back, Ms Wente... As to Rep. vs. Dem. leaders, the business of America remains business and not deocracy. Democratic stuctures for carrying out business is as close as one can hope for a nation which views social democracy as anathema. Canada at its best ( IMHO ) is a social democracy with a regualted and nearly free market system. The US ain't us...
by kdeluca10/11/2012 12:24:39 PM
Ms. Wente's apology for her actions (going back at least three years) remains self-serving, misleading, incomplete and woefully inadequate.
by Mark Shore10/11/2012 12:52:01 PM
thank you for this new format.
by i love Ms. Wente's work10/11/2012 12:52:09 PM
When commenting on Pres. Obama Ms Wente says "He believes the best way to solve problems is to have extremely smart people analyze the data and come up with the correct policy solutions." In what possible way is this bad?
by Michael Hogan10/11/2012 12:59:00 PM
So you are human like the rest of us. Congratulations! Glad to see you back.
by Paul Naish10/11/2012 12:59:06 PM
Without his Teleprompter and a crew of Sorkin cloned speech writers Obama shows his true colours as a not all that bright wannabe socialist who is clueless about economics.
by Fred10/11/2012 12:59:07 PM
I am so glad to see Margaret Wente back in the paper. Her columns are always interesting and thought-provoking. With is chapter behind her, I look forward to a regular dose of her take on the world.
by Libby Znaimer10/11/2012 12:59:33 PM
Frontline on PBS did a program this week on both candidates. It is very good and worth the watch to get a sense of what has made both candidates the people they are today. I wish we had the opportunity to look at our election candidates this closely.
by child of the north10/11/2012 1:02:54 PM
So glad to see Margaret back. She is the best the G & M has.
by Dan Green10/11/2012 1:04:00 PM
It's too bad GM is trying to get rid of the racist crazies - I always enjoy reading their comments in an anthropological sense. Its very instructive to know of the wacko ideas that are still out there in 2012.
by Phil MP10/11/2012 1:04:01 PM
I am glad to see some remorse
by I'm a little tea pot10/11/2012 1:19:20 PM
I have friends who work with President Obama. He is apparently charismatic, funny, and a real people person. I do not think that Bob Woodward--who
by Beans10/11/2012 1:39:39 PM
It's really not clear what Wente is apologizing for here, at all. This is a non-apology, and starting a column with 'my liberal friends' is kind of willful and spiteful-sounding. This isn't an apology-this is a brush off.
by mskapay10/11/2012 1:39:55 PM
Romney is an empty suit with loads of cost efficiency policies and Obama is an empty chair with loads of liberal beliefs but no polcies.
by The Work Farce10/11/2012 1:47:12 PM
I am glad you are back Margaret - missed your column, and am just fine with your apology and your attitude. As for Obama, he needs to be willing to actually fight with more than words.
by Laflaquita10/11/2012 1:51:30 PM
I am sorry to see you back Ms. Wente. As usual, this is a fluff piece. To present Obama as some great intellect, an academic of all things is wrong. He would make for a good news reader, and nothing more. He is devoid of passion and ideas, and basic public speaking skills. Mitt, you have rightly identified as being two-faced.
by sultana10/11/2012 1:51:31 PM
I don't think Obama has a problem with negotiating and "shmoozing". He was a successful community organizer for years. Obama's problem is Republican obstructionism. The Republicans swore from the start their top priority wasn't the American people or fixing the broken economy but destroying Obama's presidency and making him a one-tern president. In the pocket of Wall Street, Obama was more or less powerless to put through any of his agenda. It was obvious that would be the case long before Obama was elected. But few could have predicted he would be so sycophantic in his powerlessness.