Mitt Romney continues to miss opportunity after opportunity — when he should be meeting with House leaders to save the defense budget and move on reconciliation.
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No one really knows how many Republican voters are still queasy about Romney, but the number has to be too high for him to ignore. He is now the leader of the Republican Party and he has to demonstrate to them, and to the “moderates” and undecideds, that he is the right choice in November in a way that will convince people to go to the polls and not sit this one out. Leadership has to be proven, and if Romney were to engage fully with House Republicans, he could go a long way to proving that he is worth the effort to vote in November.
Romney has endorsed the Ryan Budget Plan, which would reduce the federal debt and protect Pentagon spending from sequestration. (Ryan’s plan takes too long to bring spending under control but it’s at least a credible attempt). But Romney hasn’t done more than say he favors Ryan’s plan, and his own economic plan lacks the force and simplicity that the election demands. Obama has made it clear that the Ryan plan will be a big issue in the fall, regardless of whether Romney goes all-in on it or not. Better to go at it forcefully than to appear uncertain. And far better to link it to energy policy, defense, and jobs than to remain vaguely committed to both.
And there’s much more like that to be done. Why not ask Cong. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to revive and pass his patient-oriented substitute for Obamacare? We now have the highest corporate tax rate in the civilized world. Why not pass a House bill to reduce it and really stimulate economic growth? Why not pass a House resolution damning Obama’s deal with Hamid Karzai that prohibits us from launching raids from Afghanistan into Pakistan like the one that killed bin Laden? Or a bill to rein in EPA’s and other agencies’ regulation blitzkrieg on the economy?
All it would take is a few hours of meetings between Romney and House leaders and a few speeches by Romney in conjunction with their actions, which could be spread out between now and the election. That would demonstrate leadership and energize voters more than anything Romney is doing — or apparently planning — now.
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