How Obama Should Respond to Romney on Jobs

Mitt Romney has said that this election is about one thing: jobs. If I were drafting President Obama’s convention speech, here’s how I would re-frame and respond …

… Now my challenger says that this election is all about jobs — that what our country needs today isn’t all that complicated or profound. We need jobs.

So here’s something Governor Romney and I agree on: we need jobs. Lots of them. Continue reading How Obama Should Respond to Romney on Jobs

Romney Goal — Outsourcer in Chief?

Campaign rhetoric notwithstanding, it is often impossible to predict what problems will confront a new President (9/11 and the economic meltdown of 2008 were defining moments that came after voters had made up their mind). Voters are smart enough to realize they should instead focus on the philosophy and strategy habitually favored by the candidate. In essence, they seek a steady hand on the tiller when the unexpected storms inevitably arrive.

Mitt Romney provides an interesting challenge to such voters. He apparently has no philosophy beyond an agreement with whatever a majority of his voters want at any given time. On strategy, he apparently believes strongly in outsourcing, a tool regularly used during his Bain years. Will he be tempted to do so in the White House? Continue reading Romney Goal — Outsourcer in Chief?

Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Is Mitt Romney more like Gordon Gekko, the greedy anti-hero in the movie Wall Street, or Thurston Howell, the elitist millionaire in the TV show Gilligan’s Island? Is he a rapacious, heartless capitalist with no conscience, or a conceited man of privilege who doesn’t have a clue how the rest of us live but patronizingly believes he does?

The Obama campaign has chosen the Gekko frame to define Romney for the fall election and has staked its early advertising on it. But Howell may be an even better bet. Continue reading Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Is Mitt Romney A Serial Liar?

At a nationally televised GOP debate in New Hampshire last month, broadcast to a Sunday morning audience on NBC’s Meet the Press, Mitt Romney looked straight into the living rooms of America and told a lie.

It wasn’t a major lie, perhaps more like a fib. Continue reading Is Mitt Romney A Serial Liar?