Romney: Decisiveness in action
Mitt Romney is decisive. Sort of. You see, he didn’t say that President Obama made the recession worse….but now he’s saying that President Obama made the recession worse. I swear, this sounds like I’m talking about John Kerry with his “I voted for it before I voted against it” quip. However, Romney is now apparently full on after President Obama….this week:
Speaking at the annual July Fourth parade here on Monday, Mr. Romney told a crowd of supporters and passersby,“the recession is deeper because of our president,” adding, “it’s seen an anemic recovery because of our president.”
Mr. Romney made a similar assertion earlier when reporters had pressed him on the point near the parade staging grounds, after initially seeming to limit his commentary to the president’s handling of the recovery, which he said, “has been slower and more painful,’’ But then he went ahead and said it, that the president “made the recession worse.”
The problem for Romney is that the experts say the recession ended in 2009 which most are taking to mean that it wasn’t so bad. He’s done a rather poor job of articulating what he means, unless he’s arguing that it ain’t over yet. He also said the recovery sucks because of Obama. On that note, he’s closer to right than the press wants to admit. I seriously doubt we’re going to see a good, solid recovery with what’s been done so far.
The problem here isn’t Romney saying Obama made the recession worse. In truth, he’s campaigning in a GOP primary where most of the voters already think that. The problem is here is a man who’s running for president who can’t seem to decide from one day to the next if Obama is to blame for the severity of the economic troubles in this country.
Is it the reality? Does Romney waffle back and forth in his own mind? Who knows and who cares? The perception is there, and Romney hasn’t exactly shown himself to be decisive on a matter that his base already has decided on. Personally, I think that’s a sign of potential trouble down the road. A clever candidate may well seize that and start pounding on Romney. He’s already vulnerable with RomneyCare as it is, so couple this issue with it and he could easily be toppled from the top of the polls.
The question is, will anyone in this field be able to do that?