Romney gets real—not because he is real, but because he had no choice

It took the looming prospect of defeat to get Romney the management consultant to start speaking the truth about Obama. Stanley Kurtz writes at NRO:

By kicking off his Ohio bus tour with an unusually blunt attack on Obama’s big-government philosophy, Mitt Romney appears to have adopted a new strategy. Romney described Obama’s vision of government as “entirely foreign to anything this nation has ever known.” He decried “a larger government, taking more and more, intruding in your relationship with your doctor, investing, so to speak, in companies, picking winners and losers, or in his case, losers.” Then came the biggest applause line: “That is not the America I know. That is not the America that built Ohio.”

Romney’s attacks on Obama’s 1998 remarks about redistribution could have been dismissed as an effort to divert attention from the 47 percent flap. Today’s Ohio campaign-speech appears to signal a more serious pivot. This is how Romney has chosen to open his tour of the ultimate battleground state. Gone is Obama the likable guy in over his head. Now we have Obama the transformative ideologue. You don’t need to screen clips from 2016, or even bring up European social democracy, to make the point.

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Terry Morris writes:

Someone in the Romney camp must be reading VFR.

Whatever his reason, it’s good to see that a major Republican political figure is finally speaking a language I can understand. Could this be the beginning of a rebirth of the concept of “American Exceptionalism?” I very much doubt it, but I’ll take it while it lasts in any event.

Hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 26, 2012 12:30 PM | Send

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