Quick. Without checking the Internets. Name a Romney proposal. Just one. Be specific.
Were you able to do it?
Tell me what’s in the Romney tax plan. Don’t think, just tell me. Say it out loud to your computer. I’ll be listening.
Well, if you had a problem with the Romney tax plan, that may be because they’re still working on it. He wants to cut marginal rates and “pay for it” by ridding the tax code of certain deductions. Only, he hasn’t specified the deductions he’d remove. Because that might make some people who take them unhappy.
If you’re having trouble naming any of his proposals, it’s because Dr. Romney has been following the physicians’ creed: “First do no Harm.”
His tentative campaign lacks a banner – other than “Obama Sucks.” Because promoting an aggressive agenda with real proposals people can like or oppose might make someone forget that they’re supposed to be hating Obama. Standing for something might make them hate on Romney too.
Romney’s latest tactic is to try to seize the foreign policy issue from President Obama. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday noted that Romney doesn’t say how he’d do it better.
Carney is right. Romney, for example, criticizes Obama on Afghanistan. Romney has a point. But what is he going to do, reverse the policy and create another “surge?” Seems like it might be too late to start again. We’re at war, and I really have no idea how the Republican presidential candidate intends to wage it.
There was a sad phone call Monday in which Romney’s advisers pledged to reporters to stick with their losing strategy.
From Politico, which was on the call:
The aides say Romney will lean into a single theme: “We can’t afford another four years like the last four years . . .
“Our message is very clear, which is we cannot afford four more years like the last four years. And we need a real recovery,” Gillespie said. “Whether it’s health care, energy, taxes and spending or debt, the message is we cannot afford four more years like the last four years.”
The Obama campaign is right. Romney and his people are out of touch.
The United States is a forward looking nation. That’s what we’re all about – the future, not the past. Americans want something to look forward to, even if it’s tough medicine for a tough time.
Always appearing kind of oddly jolly, Romney is not the one to tell Americans that their entitlement benefits are going to have to be cut. And his lack of an ideology prevents him from enthusiastically promoting his ideas
As the kind of executive who likes to get smart people in a room and fix things, he fails to understand that Americans want their leaders to create things.
George W. Bush understood this in 2000, when he offered up his “Compassionate Conservatism” agenda. He had within it a very specific tax plan that everyone knew about and understood. His campaign explained exactly how it would affect Americans of different incomes. And after he was elected, he drove his tax cuts into law. They’re still with us today.
The Obama people understand this too. That’s why their slogan is “forward.” Obama also has no proposals for us. But at least he’s faking it.
Don’t feel bad if you can’t name Romney’s initiatives or explain his tax plan. I have trouble doing so, and I cover this campaign every day.
Romney must explain what he intends to do. If he doesn’t, he can outline for us how he intends to spend his retirement.