Mitt Romney's Campaign Insults Voters
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Politics!
Washington Post holds no punches:
How, other than an assumption that voters are too dim to remember what Mr. Romney has said across the years and months, to account for his breathtaking ideological shifts? He was a friend of immigrants, then a scourge of immigrants, then again a friend. He was a Kissingerian foreign policy realist, then a McCain-like hawk, then a purveyor of peace. He pioneered Obamacare, he detested Obamacare, then he found elements in it to cherish. Assault weapons were bad, then good. Abortion was okay, then bad. Climate change was an urgent problem; then, not so much. Hurricane cleanup was a job for the states, until it was once again a job for the feds.
The same presumption of gullibility has infused his misleading commercials (see: Jeep jobs to China) and his refusal to lay out an agenda. Mr. Romney promised to replace the Affordable Care Act but never said with what. He promised an alternative to President Obama’s lifeline to young, undocumented immigrants but never deigned to describe it.
And then there has been his chronic, baldly dishonest defense of mathematically impossible budget proposals. He promised to cut income tax rates without exploding the deficit or tilting the tax code toward the rich — but he refused to say how he could bring that off. When challenged, he cited “studies” that he maintained proved him right. But the studies were a mix of rhetoric, unrealistic growth projections and more serious economics that actually proved him wrong.
This election will be decided by voter turnout.
Specifically the number of people who turnout to vote against Romney.
The knockout punch:
But Mr. Obama has a record; voters know his priorities. His budget plan is inadequate, but it wouldn’t make things worse.
Mr. Romney, by contrast, seems to be betting that voters have no memories, poor arithmetic skills and a general inability to look behind the curtain. We hope the results Tuesday prove him wrong.
Romney had a chance to show us he stands for something besides money.
He failed. Put him on Shark Tank, not in the White House.
Romney is the ultimate silicon valley venture capitalist; this is exactly how a VC running for President would act. And why should we be surprised?
What he does is simple; assess the data of what is most politically beneficial for him to say (e.g. focus on the "bottom line" or the "most important thing" or "metrics/data analysis") and says exactly that, ignoring what he says in the past.
And I guarantee this, most Silicon Valley VCs and private equity folks in general love Romney.