Want to feel fired up and ready to go for the 2012 election? According to the outspoken Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Republicans should look to President Obama -- not Mitt Romney -- to get excited.
Speaking to voters at an event in Carpentersville, Ill., on Aug. 4, Walsh said he frequently encounters Republicans who want Romney to be more emotional and more passionate.
His advice? Don't hold your breath:
I say, don't look for Romney for your passion. Romney's a good, decent, smart man. I think he'll make a pretty good, decent, smart president. That's not where my passion comes from.
You want to know what gets me worked up every single day? It's the guy in the White House! That's where my passion comes from. I respectfully want to remove him. Because I do believe that every day he's there, he's destroying what makes this country great. My god, if that doesn't get you worked up, nothing will.
Walsh's comments were captured on video by a Democratic tracker.
Walsh is running against Democrat Tammy Duckworth for Illinois' 8th Congressional District seat. He recently found himself on the defensive after saying his opponent -- who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq -- was not a "true hero" because she discusses her service to the nation too often.
Walsh is also no fan of the "very liberal media." During his discussion with reporters, he called the media "stupid," "dumb" and "blind," and said he plans to take on the Chicago Tribune when he meets with the Tribune's editorial board about its endorsement in his race.
"Thank god the media's stupid. Thank god they're dumb and blind. They don't know what's going on in this country. They have no clue what hit us in 2010," he said. "And you know? They don't see what's coming now."
Walsh cited the controversy over anti-gay comments made by Chick-fil-A's president and the support they garnered from conservatives nationwide -- a fact that he claimed the media ignored. (They didn't.)
"In a week or two, the Chicago Tribune's going to meet with Duckworth and Walsh," he added. "I'm going to go into that meeting and look them in the eyes right when we start and say, 'This is silly. I know you're not going to endorse me,' and I'm just going to fire at them. They're clueless."
"Politically, I think that would help him," Paul said in a interview with <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78599.html#ixzz20w7ycTBE" target="_hplink">Politico</a>. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want."
"I have no idea on why he has restricted the number to this point," <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57474352/pressure-mounts-on-mitt-romney-to-release-more-tax-returns/?tag=socsh" target="_hplink">Lugar said</a>.
"I don't know why... he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest," Will said on ABC's "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/george-will-mitt-romney-bain_n_1674513.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HP%2FPolitics+(Politics+on+The+Huffington+Post)" target="_hplink">This Week</a>." "He's done nothing illegal, nothing unseemly, nothing improper, but lots that's impolitic."
"He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy," Kristol said on "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/mitt-romney-tax-returns_n_1674325.html" target="_hplink">Fox News Sunday</a>." "You gotta release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two."
"I just believe in total transparency," Bentley told <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/gop-governor-calls-on-mitt-romney-to-release-additional-tax-returns-and-show-he-has-nothing-to-hide/" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>. "In fact, I was asked today that question -- do you think that Governor Romney should release his tax returns? And I said I do. I said, I release my tax returns. I may be the only public official in Alabama that does, but I release mine every year and I just believe that people should release their tax returns. And if you get them out and just get past that, it just makes it so much easier."
When asked on "<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/barbour-romney-should-release-more-tax-returns-20120710" target="_hplink">The Situation Room</a>" if Romney should release more returns, Barbour said, "I would. But should it be an issue in the campaign? I don't think it amounts to diddly."
"If there's nothing there, there's no 'there' there, don't create a there,'" Steele said on MSNBC.
"Tax returns the next problem. Releasing returns under pressure: more weakness, more pain," Frum <a href="https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/224509505973661696" target="_hplink">tweeted</a>.