Romney falls on his sword

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  1. I thought the most striking line of Romney’s speech was when he equated a Democratic victory to “surrender in the war on terror.” I think that’s a taste of what we’re in for in the general campaign. It’s one of the reasons I can’t admire his “devotion to principles” the way you do; it strikes me as more of a devotion to platitudes.
    I’m glad he’s out of the race; I think he’d have been a disaster as a president (unlike McCain).

  2. Funny you bring up platitudes. I just went through his speech (for grins and giggles), to see how many times he used the words “Republican” or “Democrat”, and “liberal or “conservative”.
    The word “Democrat” never appears. Republican does, once. Liberals, though, came up 4 times, as did conservatives. Here’s the full quote, though, that I think you’re referring to:

    And Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and the war on terror. They would retreat and declare defeat. And the consequence of that would be devastating. It would mean attacks on America, launched from safe havens that make Afghanistan under the Taliban look like child’s play. About this, I have no doubt.

    Yup. Definitely some nastiness in store. Gonna be ugly and divisive.  On the other hand…  I’m really sick of having Iraq held up as some kind of mythical place the US entered in this larger — and far more nebulous — conflict.  Some in the GOP use Iraq to blur all the lines, and a bit of sharp debate might bring it back into focus — at least for folks who are still listening.

  3. I think that the GOP will very much want to keep the focus on Iraq while conflating “Iraq” and “terror.” It’s what I would do in their shoes. I don’t think it’s a winning strategy, but it is the most executable one.
    Using “liberal” instead of “Democratic” is nothing new, of course…

  4. I think even better than “elect a Dem and the terrorists win” line was this.
    “Did you see that today, government workers make more money than people who work in the private sector. Can you imagine what happens to an economy where the best opportunities are for bureaucrats?”
    Got it? School teachers make more than hedge fund managers, cops make more than Doctors…
    The guy is totally nuts!

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