Mitt Romney’s first name is Willard, which means that he is actually “W. Mitt Romney.”
And it was a “W” that did him in Tuesday night.
Katz admitted that she was “disappointed with the lack of progress I’ve seen in the last four years.” That sounded good for Romney, but then Katz added the “however…”
However, I do attribute much of America’s economic and international problems to the failings and missteps of the Bush administration. Since both you and President Bush are Republicans, I fear a return to the policies of those years should you win this election. What is the biggest difference between you and George W. Bush, and how do you differentiate yourself from George W. Bush?
There was never any question that Mitt Romney—who long ago abandoned the liberal Republican values of his parents—would throw the most recent Republican president under the bus.
That’s how Mitt rolls.
Unfortunately, he was so busy tossing Bush under the bus that he did not notice that it was dragging him down as well.
After being forced to answer the question by Crowley, Romney finally said that “President Bush and I are different people, and these are different times.”
For instance, Romney said, “I’ll crack down on China. President Bush didn’t.”
That was all Barack Obama needed.
“When [Governor Romney] talks about getting tough on China, keep in mind that Governor Romney invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing to China and is currently investing in…companies that are building surveillance equipment for China to spy on its own folks,” announced Obama. “Governor, you’re the last person who’s going to get tough on China.”
In the parlance of the Romney campaign, that was a “zinger.”
It stung because it had the ring of truth.
Again and again, on a night that saw Romney match the aggressiveness of his first debate performance, Obama stepped up. Instead of the listless performance that cost him so dearly in their initial encounter, this time the president was fighting.
When Romney abandoned the truth, as he did on a question about energy production, Obama abandoned the deference that had served him so poorly in the first debate.