I can’t say for certain that Romney’s strategy is wrong. But I do think it’s far riskier than we realize. Treating Obama as a nice guy in over his head, rather than a smart leftist who knows exactly what he’s doing, leaves the Democrats’ bogus narrative about government unanswered. America is changing, and Republicans are naive to rely on the public to simply recognize the problems in the Democrats’ claims without significant help from our nominee.
— Stanley Kurtz, Are Republicans Fooling Themselves?
Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination with rabidly bitter attacks on his Republican opponents. Many commentators at the time wondered aloud whether he would attack Obama with anywhere near the vitriol that he heaped on his fellow Republicans, and speculated that he would not. It didn’t take long for those commentators to be proved correct as Romney quickly adopted the “nice guy but over his head” theme on Obama.
Kurtz is exactly right, the American people might reelect Obama knowing that he has been a terrible president if Romney reinforces in their minds that Obama is a nice guy. Many voters don’t follow politics and would not understand much if they did, so they vote for whichever candidate they believe is the nice guy.
Romney needs to get real. Obama is not a nice guy. The things he has done to the country and wants to do more of are horrific. Romney better soon begin to tell the American people exactly who Obama really is, and how they will be better off if Obama is sent packing back to Chicago. I wonder if Romney has seen the movie, 2016: Obama’s America.
Ironically, of the two it is Romney who is the nice guy. With further irony, his play-it-safe strategy for winning the election could backfire, making voters think it is Obama who is the nice guy.
The lawyer who expects the jury to understand the evidence he has presented, thinking they will figure out on their own that the other lawyer’s evidence is bogus, usually loses the case if he fails to explain to the jury just how and why they should not be swayed by the bogus evidence they’re hearing. This is especially true when the other lawyer is a master at making dog poop look like ice cream.