Danger Foretold — Romney Acting Like McCain

Romney repudiates a conservative group planning to make campaign ads showing Obama’s 20-year relationship with Reverend Wright.  Romney tells Townhall:

“I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they’ve described.  I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity — particularly for those in the middle class of America.  And I think what we’ve seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination.  I hope that isn’t the course of this campaign. So in regards to that PAC, I repudiate what they’re thinking about … It’s interesting that we’re talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]; I hope people also are looking at what he’sdoing, and saying ‘why is he running an attack campaign?  Why isn’t he talking about his record?'”

This is awful.  Just what we need, another McCain and another disaster in November.  The country can’t take anymore of this.  Obama is going to unleash everything under the Sun at Romney and if he doesn’t fight back he will lose simply because people will become sickened by him.  It’s programmed into our genes by 250,000 years of human evolution to stand by those who will stand up and fight and to despise those who refuse to fight.  If Romney wimps out he will end up like the chicken with all its tail features pecked away by the other chickens.  Even chickens don’t like weakness when boldness is called for.

The story of the new super pac and its plans to help defeat Obama in November come from this piece in the New York Times;

A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from.

Timed to upend the Democratic National Convention in September, the plan would “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” the strategists wrote.

Looks like Romney won’t let them either, if he has anything to say about it.  People, or at least many of them, seem to always think that success in business will translate to success in politics.  That is not usually the case.  Too often smart business types turn out to be political boneheads.  That is a feeling I’ve had about Romney from the start, nice guy but we all know what happens to nice guys. Especially in politics, a contact sport if ever there was one.

Daniel Henninger of the WSJ said over a year ago that Romney will always have to be “nudged to the right” because he just can’t get there on his own. He’s not a conservative, there are chasms between him and Reagan conservatism.  He’s much closer to McCain’s sellout-your-principles dealmaking style.

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