Just what the Republican’s campaign needed to get back on message.
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Rather than allowing the media to drag him into late-night press conferences that make him look defensive, reactive, and unpresidential, Romney should tell them “I’ll be with you when I’m ready” and make no apologies for heartfelt and true statements of principle and policy. He could take a lesson from the words of (and reaction to) Newt Gingrich.
The Hill newspaper found a “former top strategist to President George W. Bush” who said that Romney’s comments “reveal a very cynical view” and are “pushing independent voters out the door.” Other “strategists” who spoke anonymously said that the comment “reinforced perceptions that Romney was an uncaring, out-of-touch millionaire.”
This is the kind of timid, back-away-from-principle view that led to Republicans getting much-deserved electoral shellackings in 2006 and 2008. Although I believe him to be a smart and good person, few Republicans have damaged the GOP brand the way President Bush did, with honorable mention to the GOP congressional leadership of the first half of that decade.
By talking about Romney’s words with phrases like “I don’t think we’ll know the full extent of the damage for another 48 hours,” these RINOs are playing right into Democrats’ and the media’s hands (sorry for the redundancy), giving the public an unjustified reason to believe that even conservatives disagree with Romney.
Another strategist, this one with the courage to use his name (Ford O’Connell), said that Romney’s comments “will cost [him] a week that he can’t afford to lose at this point in the election.”
I disagree. The release of this video should be like adding octane booster to a tank that was recently and foolishly filled with low-octane, low-quality fuel, now allowing Romney to downshift, step on the gas, and get back into the race.
On Tuesday night, Obama joined the debate directly in an appearance on the David Letterman show. While Obama is picking on the few inartful parts of Romney’s May fundraiser, the fact that Romney has drawn the president back into a discussion of entitlements is a good start for the Republican presidential hopeful.
The “secret Romney tapes” should become a primary campaign tool — especially but not exclusively to remotivate the conservative base disappointed by the campaign’s performance in recent weeks. Shout it from the rooftops, Mitt: “I love America and Americans. What I disdain is this president’s vision for our nation: a vision of both individual and international dependency and weakness.”
The secret Romney tapes should be Romney’s new not-so-secret weapon.
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?