Apparently Mitt Romney DOES know how to fight Democrats.
Republican Romney critics have long since complained that their party’s presidential hopeful only knows how to take it to other Republicans in the primaries, not to Barack Obama in the actual elections. They said that, for one reason or another, Romney was pulling his punches against his Democrat opposition.
And they were right. Though perhaps not anymore.
When Vice President Joe Biden told a largely black audience that Mitt Romney’s Republicans were “going to put y’all back in chains,” Romney came right back with some noteworthy – completely justified – jabs of his own, such as his comment that this is “what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like.”
A few other great excerpts from his responses include the call: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” And there was the statement that Obama’s “campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency… And the White House sinks a little bit lower.”
But perhaps my favorite was the following:
“This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don’t hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. That’s because he’s intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.”
Romney’s bold new tactic against his intellectually (Biden) and morally (Obama and Biden) inferior opponents has to have taken Team Obama by surprise. Sure, the White House barely hesitated before firing back some counterpoints (i.e. lies), but even the Hill noted that “The counter-punches mark a much tougher tone from TeamRomney, who have criticized the Obama campaign before… but never in such blunt or harsh terms.”
This is what we need on our side: Somebody who will tell it how it is instead of kowtowing to the ridiculous threat that any criticism against Obama equals racism.
Choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate was a great move in energizing the Republican side of the presidential race. But it appears that Romney has something to offer all by himself too.
So far, I’m liking what I see. And if I had to guess, I’d say that – after four depressed years under Obama – America will respond positively to the new Romney as well.