October 3, 2012 |
The strangest aspect of Wednesday night's debate was Mitt Romney's decision to change his tax policies on the fly. Having campaigned hard on a tax proposal that called for $5 trillion in tax cuts, he said flatly that he was not offering a $5 trillion tax cut. "I don't have a tax cut of the scale that you're talking about," Romney said — even though that is exactly the tax cut he has proposed. Was Romney for his tax plan before he was against it? Romney's willingness to remake himself one more time brought into sharp relief a...
August 31, 2012 |
TAMPA Candidates often say they write their own speeches, but in the case of Mitt Romney's convention address , it is a claim more plausible than most. It was highly personal, rhetorically unambitious and perfectly imaginable as the product of Romney's iPad. Assuming this to be the case, we have been handed an interesting artifact. Setting aside aesthetic and partisan judgments, what do his preferred arguments and illustrations reveal about Romney himself? First, at least stylistically, Romney is the retro candidate.
March 30, 2012 |
APPLETON, Wis. — Mitt Romney's advisers and top supporters have begun informally discussing potential vice presidential candidates and believe that the sooner he can put away the Republican nomination, the more flexibility he will have in picking his running mate. And although they are careful to note that the campaign is far from putting together a short list, key supporters and strategists said Friday that they are beginning to see the outlines of the kind of person Romney will choose — and the kind he will...
July 1, 2012 |
While the Supreme Court's upholding of the health-care law was last week's most important event in historical terms, it will not be the decisive event of the 2012 election. In the long run, polling in swing states suggesting that Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital is hurting him could have larger implications for where this campaign will move. It's certainly true that had the court knocked down President Obama's signature domestic achievement, the defeat would have been woven into a narrative of ineffectual leadership and...
August 24, 2012 |
Conventions are the seventh-inning stretch of presidential politics, a pause to consider the interminable prelude and the coming climax. Republicans gathering in Tampa face an unusual election in which they do not have a substantial advantage concerning the most presidential subject, foreign policy. This is not because their nominee has weak foreign-policy credentials, which are not weaker than Barack Obama's were four years ago. And it is not because some of Mitt Romney's policy expostulations during the nominating process...
February 6, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's defenders argue that he was taken out of context when he declared, " I'm not concerned about the very poor ," pointing out that he also said, "We have a safety net [to help the very poor]. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. " If anything, the context is more disturbing than the initial gaffe. To understand why, Romney needs to listen to the words of Ronald Reagan, whose birthday we celebrate today. In his farewell address at the Republican National Convention in 1992, Reagan laid out a parting vision...