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Romney battles the “Fat Jap Syndrome.”
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Because Obama and company have no intention of discussing Obama’s record — staying on the rock in the pond.
Because, politically speaking, they simply can’t survive if they do. If they stick with a discussion of the Obama record — a decidedly non-Fat Jap issue — they will be politically eaten alive.
So — Obama’s campaign and their media allies will try and “Fat Jap” the entire campaign. Running as fast as they can, stepping on the backs of the Fat Jap alligators — all in an effort to make it to the shore that is re-election. It momentarily riles the alligator underfoot — but if you can keep stepping on the back of the next alligator while the last is still trying to figure out what the hell just happened — you can make good your escape.
Mitt Romney understands this. And he refuses to play. He’s right.
But there’s more to it than this.
Team Romney is right to call attention to the game. They should refuse to play Fat Jap Syndrome. Why? Not unlike the nerve hit over the years when candidates from Spiro Agnew (who began the call’em-out strategy with his famous 1970 Des Moines speech attacking the media as “a tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government”), to Ross Perot and more recently, Newt Gingrich, there are millions of Americans who have an extremely negative image of the liberal media. They will recognize Fat Jap Syndrome when they see it — not to mention when Romney surrogates call their attention to the game.
But there is always constant need to remind that the reason Obama’s campaign is playing the game of Fat Jap Syndrome in the first place is Obama’s record. Both on the economy and with other issues such as Obamacare, Fast and Furious, the Stimulus, and so on.
Governor Sununu is turning out to be outstanding on this score — he should pound away relentlessly at this, as should other Romney surrogates.
The disturbing thing is that there are some conservatives who are all too willing to give a pass to the latest round of the game that is “Fat Jap Syndrome.” Worse — some are playing this latest round themselves.
George Will says: “The cost of not releasing the (tax) returns are clear. Therefore, he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.”
What Romney has correctly calculated, in fact, is that Obama and his media allies are trying to play “Fat Jap” with him. For whatever reason, George Will is playing too.
Our friend Bill Kristol plays the “Fat Jap” game as well, when he insists Romney should release the returns “tomorrow.”
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