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Romney, The One Issue Pony

By tmcbpatriot | September 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

Is it November yet?

It is nauseating that we have had to endure what feels like years of this presidential election. We are now heading into the home stretch and, boy, the other side is truly pulling out all the stops.

Let’s see where we are:

1. Obama is going to remove God from the money

2. Talking about social issues is a distraction

3. Talking about tax returns and vetting a candidate is a distraction

Mitt Romney is going into November confident that he can win on one issue and one issue only, the economy. All other issues are essentially non issues. How will he enter the debates? Will he refuse all debates where anything other than the economy is discussed? I mean, he can’t talk about women’s issues, he can’t talk about healthcare, he can’t talk about gay marriage or immigration or tax returns or his past career as an outsourcer or his foreign policy experience compared to Obama’s record. So what then? Will every answer to every question, even if it is off topic, just be about how he will create jobs?

Debate Moderator: “Gov. Romney, in the past you said that Russia is our number one adversary and referred to them as if they were still the Soviet Union. Can you clarify your stance on Russia and how you woud approach relations there?”

Romney: “This election is not about Russia, the former Soviet Union or anything other than jobs for hard working Americans, and as President I will do a better job of bringing jobs to the American people than President Obama.”

Rinse, Repeat…for two hours! You can be sure there won’t be a repeat of the marathon debates we witnessed during the Republican primaries either. Romney’s handlers know this is a guy who needs to be kept on a short lease with very brief interaction with Obama.

And what is the latest distraction for Romney? I will let his foreign policy advisor explain:

“It doesn’t surprise me that they’re raising foreign policy because it’s another distraction from the Administration’s terrible economic record…They’re going from one shiny object to the next.” “Romney doesn’t want to really engage these issues until he is in office.”

Can you imagine an alternate universe where an Obama advisor said this out loud? Why is it that Republicans are held to such a ridiculously low standard in this regard?

Meanwhile, over at FOX “news”: “Early frost? White House gives chilly response to proposed Obama-Netanyahu meeting.” Hold on to your hats ladies and gents, Obama hates Israel! Let’s start the clock to see how long before Romney suddenly wants to talk about foreign policy.

As far as I am concerned, this election can’t happen quickly enough, but I do want to see is how the debates pan out. Will Romney try to talk his way out of a record of Obamacare-like healthcare, governing in a liberal state, hidden bank accounts, outsourcing, no foreign policy accomplishments and having to deal with flip-flops that are too many to count? Will Romney really continue to dodge every single issue going into the debates by saying over and over how he will create jobs and how Obama has hurt the economy?

For the sake of having something entertaining to watch on TV those nights, I sure hope so.

UPDATE: Turns out I did not even get a chance to start the clock. Looks like even Romney cannot escape the shiny objects.




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  • Frank Moraes

    I think you were right at the beginning: Romney will use the Palin tactic of giving prepared remarks, regardless of the questions.

    As for why Republicans get a pass from the media: they have to! Any reasonable Republican of 40 years ago is either now a Democrat or crazy. Republicans get a huge amount of affirmative action in the media. If it weren’t so, we might have liberal and conservative parties, instead of moderate and insane.