Earlier I posted a scathing Wall Street Journal (all the more significant because it’s owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp) editorial that whacked Willard M. Romney upside his well-coiffed head: “Mr. Romney is jeopardizing his chance at becoming President… Campaign looks confused… politically dumb.”
In that post, they confirmed the problems pointed out in Dueling Mitt Romneys, but the one who raised Massachusetts taxes wins: The mandate “is a tax.”
Willard’s strategy is to avoid, to dodge, to be all over the place, to flip flop. And per a new Weekly Standard opinion piece, not only is his vague, fuzzy gray zone getting really old, he’s also insulting voters by being stuck in autobot mode regarding the economy, stupid.
There’s so much gold here, and even *gasp!* truth, and from Bill Kristol of all people:
Is it too much to ask Mitt Romney to get off autopilot and actually think about the race he’s running? [...]
But his campaign’s monomaniacal belief that it’s about the economy and only the economy, and that they need to keep telling us stupid voters that it’s only about the economy, has gone from being an annoying tick to a dangerous self-delusion. [...]
The economy is of course important. But voters want to hear what Romney is going to do about the economy. He can “speak about” how bad the economy is all he wants… but doesn’t the content of what Romney has to say matter? What is his economic growth agenda? His deficit reform agenda? His health care reform agenda? His tax reform agenda? His replacement for Dodd-Frank? No need for any of that, I suppose the Romney campaign believes.