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Friday, September 28, 2012

Go large, Mitt

Charles Krauthammer urges Romney to make the election about big things instead of playing "small ball." 
For six months, he’s been matching Obama small ball for small ball. A hit-and-run critique here, a slogan-of-the-week there. His only momentum came when he chose Paul Ryan and seemed ready to engage on the big stuff: Medicare, entitlements, tax reform, national solvency, a restructured welfare state. Yet he has since retreated to the small and safe.
The interesting thing is that Romney and Ryan are drawing large crowds, larger than Obama and despite an unrelenting attack by the MSM.  People are tired, no ... they are afraid ... of Obama.  Romney has a 50/50 chance of winning because he's not Obama.  If I were running the Romney campaign I would have two themes that would rally both the base and the undecided: domestic and foreign policy.  Here is how it would go:

This country has been in recessions before.  It has always rebounded sharply and come out better and more prosperous because the American people used their freedom and ingenuity and the American government has helped and encouraged them.  This time, under the Obama administration, that hasn’t been true.  Team Obama believed they were the smartest people in the room and decided they knew best by picking winners and losers.  But they squandered our money on their contributors and supporters.  On crony capitalists.  On windmills that don't supply power when the wind dies down and solar power manufacturers that go bankrupt taking your money down the drain with them.  So we did not recover, our people remain unemployed or have given up hope and left the labor force. And now economists fear that the anemic, the horrible so-called growth is ended and we’re headed into a even deeper recession when we never recovered from the first one.  This is not the fault of America’s people; it’s the fault of the Obama administration.  It's time for a change.
 This country has faced troubles overseas before. We have been attacked before, our embassies have been invaded before.  Americans have been killed before.  But the American government has never before apologized for our basic freedoms to the attackers of our embassies.  Has never asked our enemies to please understand that we allow free speech.  We have never had a government that tried to shift the blame from the people who killed our people to something that we did.  We have never had a President who told the Russian leader that once he won re-election he would be free to make concessions.  The Obama administration began with an apology tour to the world, has wasted our military lives and treasure with a failed strategy in Afghanistan and today is despised by our enemies.  In past we may have been hated by people whose idea of freedom is submission to an ideology, but we were respected.  Today we are both hated and despised.  This is not the fault of the American people; it’s the fault of the Obama administration.  It's time for a change.
That is a speech that would bring me to my feet and seal the win in this election.

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