In an interview with the Associated Press, President Obama has accused Mitt Romney of holding “extreme positions” on the economy. In typical socialistic rhetoric, he made the point that Romney’s solutions to American economic woes will only hurt everyone but the “very rich.” Obama claimed that:
Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to “own up” to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president, and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in face-to-face debates.
I suppose Obama should know a thing or two about lacking serious ideas and factually dishonest arguments. It seems to be bothering Obama in a big way that Romney is essentially energizing his support base with the most important message of all: “Hey Ho Obama’s Gotta Go.” Republicans aren’t particularly concerned about what Romney is saying, simply because they are convinced that anyone is better than what we got now.
Later in the interview, Obama admitted that America “is not where it needs to be. Everybody agrees with that.” Uh, yeah. Where’s the award for understatement of the year? This is precisely the point that the Romney/Ryan campaign is making. Obama seems to think that “not being where we should be” after four years of failed big government intervention and runaway spending, is a good enough reason to give him another four, Romney/Ryan disagrees.
Taking the opportunity to play off the comment, Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said:
“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan agree. The American people know they aren’t better off than they were four years ago. He promised to change how Washington works, but he admits the nation’s capital is as broken as ever. He raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare and is proposing massive tax increases that will kill jobs and hurt our economy. Too many middle-class families are going to sleep each night worried about the future. This may be the best President Obama can do, but it’s not the best America can do. The Romney-Ryan plan for a stronger middle class will jump start our economy and create 12 million new jobs – and most importantly, give Americans hope for a better future.”
This seems to be the recurring tactic of the Romney/Ryan campaign. Wait for Obama to say something stupid (it doesn’t take long), and then respond in generalities. The strategy seems to be working, at least if annoying Obama is the goal. Romney/Ryan have the luxury of being able to constantly point to Obama’s record, while Obama has nothing much to give back. This was the Bill Clinton method of operation for eight years: speak in vague statements and admit nothing. And since Obama campaigned so heavily during the 2008 election for the economic stimulus, and since the stimulus did next to nothing but increase debt and inflation (surprise, surprise), Romney/Ryan really doesn’t need to say much besides “look at his record, it speaks for itself.” And apparently Obama isn’t very happy with Americans being reminded about what he said and what he has done. And an unhappy Obama is a very good thing.
Say what you will about Mitt Romney, but he seems to have a good understanding of what it takes to get under Obama’s skin. Keep it up, Mitt. You will have plenty of ammunition to use in face-to-face debates, so long as you stick to pointing to Obama’s record. This is where the campaign needs to keep its focus. Don’t let Obama set the rules of debate, and if he is already expressing frustration, then you must be doing something right.