Obamacare tax confusion a warning sign: the peril of playing it safe.
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Now the Message is Carrying Mitt.
No one but Obama underlings in Chicago give the proverbial rat’s rear end what Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts with Romneycare. As demonstrated in a blink by all those thousands who gave millions to the Romney campaign — unasked.
Back to the 1948 Dewey campaign.
By September, Dewey was out on the trail in earnest. Being, in Smith’s words, “reasonable.”
Said Candidate Dewey of his opponent, sounding distinctly like Romney aides on the tax/penalty issue:
I will not contend that all our difficulties today have been brought about by the present national administration….only part are deliberately caused for political purposes. It is not too important how these conditions came about. The important thing is that as Americans we turn our faces forward and set about curing them with stout purpose and a full heart.
In short, Dewey was flatly refusing to use Truman’s own highly unpopular record against him. No more Oklahoma City for him.
As the New York Times noted approvingly:
Governor Dewey is deliberately avoiding any sharp controversy with the Democratic incumbent.
The Times wasn’t the only journalistic outlet to pick up on this approach. The New Republic’s Richard Strout wrote that Dewey’s “bland refusal to deal with issues, (has) gotten under everybody’s skin.”
A Dewey refusal to deal with issues.
What did the WSJ say on this score of Romney? Uncannily, The WSJ channels the New York Times and Mr. Strout in 1948 on Dewey:
The Romney campaign thinks it can play it safe and coast to the White House by saying the economy stinks and it’s Mr. Obama’s fault. We’re on its email list and the main daily message from the campaign is that “Obama isn’t working.” Thanks, guys, but Americans already know that. What they want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the President’s policies aren’t working and how Mr. Romney’s policies will do better.
And what was said over at the National Journal? This:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?