I admit openly that I have no idea what Romney is doing right now regarding Bain. Obama, I get. No one cares that Romney is rich. Most don’t care that he made a lot of money leading Bain Capitol. The initial round of Bain attacks didn’t stick, in fact, they caused some Dems to balk. BUT if it can be shown that Romney oversaw job outsourcing at Bain…well…that’s a narrative that might stick. Team Obama is going full throttle on this one. It’s rough, it’s probably unfair AND Team Romney has – weirdly – decided to let much of it slide and is now playing defense.
With Obama offense is always better. If Romney can’t turn questions about transparency around on Obama then he ought not be running for President. Yet, Romney is on the defensive, demanding apologies...ha! Fat chance. After letting these attacks slide for too long Romney has no choice but to defend himself at this point. The question is: Why is he in this position? And it’s a bad position for Romney in particular. To kill his campaign in the crib all it would take is one overtly annoyed moment on television. He’s capable producing just such a moment.
Obama is the least transparent President since Nixon. Why in the world isn’t Romney demanding answers on Solyndra or Fast and Furious at every campaign event? Good lord, send some functionary out to talk about Obama’s mysterious college records.
I stated a few days ago that Romney was starting to feel like Dukakis. This week confirmed that hunch. The drum beat about Romney’s alleged lack transparency feels like the Willie Horton attacks. HE CAN’T BE TRUSTED is all one needs to take away emotionally. And many are. Can Romney get through this moment? Of course. Yet, it’s hardly reassuring to GOP partisans that he’s in this position in the first place.
The Romney people do not understand Chicago politics.