Skip to comments.Mitt’s ‘marvelous’ misjudgment
Posted on 04/04/2012 6:55:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Mitt Romney, you got some splainin to do!
That was the gist of Presidents Obamas broadside against Paul Ryans budget in a scorching address Tuesday in which the president dubbed the GOP plan the kind of radical social Darwinism thats an affront to American values. He also noted conveniently for the assembled press that Mitt Romney has called Ryans plan marvelous.
Can Romney extricate himself from being tied to Ryan as Dole was to Gingrich? This kind of Houdini-style escape may be beyond even the skills of as brazen a flip-flopper as Romney, though it will be fun to watch him try.
After all, if the man who was for the health-care mandate before he was against it turns out also to have been for the Ryan budget before he was against that, hell alienate his base in an attempt to woo the middle. Meanwhile, Romneys support for Ryan will run in endless loops in the presidents and his super PACs ads, along with a devastating catalog of all of Romneys other switcheroos over the years.
....Does any of this mean an Obama returned to office on these terms can make substantive progress in a second term? Perhaps. Clinton was poised to do big Nixon-to-China entitlement reforms with the GOP until the Lewinsky mess exploded. Obama, one assumes, wont be facing such land mines.
To be sure, the campaign will be ugly, and partisan feelings more bitter than ever by the end. But if one were inclined to hope, one would say that calling out and beating back the crazy rightward lurch of the modern GOP, as Obama has now decisively begun to do, may well be a prerequisite to some genuine problem-solving after November.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Warning against what he said would be severe cuts to college scholarships, medical research, national parks and even technology to make accurate weather forecasts, Obama said the Republican budget was "so far to the right, it makes the Contract With America" Newt Gingrich's legislative manifesto of 1994 "look like the New Deal." Obama's scathing attack, in a speech to editors and reporters from The Associated Press, was part of a broad indictment of the Republican Party that included the President's likely opponent in the fall, Mitt Romney.
The House budget, and the philosophy it represents, Obama said, is "antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who's willing to work for it a place where prosperity doesn't trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class."............ Source
We’re still in the Primary.
Mitt going bare knuckles against Obama?
I don’t see that ending well.
For every caution the Establishment feeds us about the need to come together so as not to damage their brand [Romney] I could give them 10 reasons back why they need to listen to the base and get ready for a contested convention in Tampa.
Extricate himself? Bunk! He should do just the opposite and pick Ryan as his VP. Ryan's the only one who can articulate the conservative economic position clearly in a way that makes sense and is easily understood. He skewers Obama's demagogery and exposes him for the economic lightweight that he is. If Romney is truly the excellent manager he claims to be, he will surround himself with excellent people, and that means giving Ryan a top slot.
We know they will savage any nominee the GOP chooses.
Romney makes it very easy for them. His slips and gaffes...even his choice of vocabulary is an easy mark.
But the larger problem is that so very many of us have a severe problem voting for him, and we are the base.
If some voters want Obama lite, for every one like them, there are as many and more out there who would as soon have the real thing.
Newt said we don’t do well sporting big government, because that really isn’t us, but the Dems love it so, it’s truly who they are.
He should do just the opposite and pick Ryan as his VP.I agree.
Funny, watching Ryan pass out subs with Romney, I was thinking if Romney goes down in flames in the general, can Ryan extricate himself from Romney?
Good post! I like the idea of Ryan as VP!
It's better for the Republicans if the election is about the current administration's economic failures and the damage it's doing to the country than over birth control and the martyrdom of St. Trayvon.
Obama is the boy who cried wolf. When everything is unprecedented, extreme, etc., he has no credibility.
Typical Washington comPost “news” article. They make the NY Times look like the Bible in terms of honesty.
They really ought to get a room for all that Obama lovin’ at the end. “One hopes”? One hopes the comPost soons goes out of business along with Obama.