What Mitt Romney Needs To Say
It’s Friday, and after an exhausting week of watching the Beltway Media act like they are the ones running against Mitt Romney instead of, you know, covering the news, I thought I’d offer Romney some advice. Unlike many of those in the conservative wing of the Beltway Media, I’m offering constructive advice, not sniping from the sidelines using anonymous “insider” sources.
Obama, for all intents and purposes, admitted in an interview that he sold the country a bill of goods in 2008. After a campaign of unicorn dreams about “Hope and Change” he finally said what those of us who opposed him back then already knew. He was never up for the job. Mitt Romney has to seize on this, and apparently he knows this because he hit Obama in a stump speech minutes after the President’s monumental gaffe.
But now he has to take it further. Romney has to use this in response to virtually every question asked of him by the Media from now until the election. He also has to weave in his unique set of qualifications for handling the problems we face in this country. Here’s an example:
Beltway Media Question: “Much has been said about your refusal to release more tax returns. Why won’t you release more?”
Mitt Romney: “I’ve released two years of tax returns. This election isn’t about my taxes. It’s about the future of the country. It’s also about the last four years marked by failure of leadership. The President himself has admitted he can’t change Washington from the inside. Four years ago, he campaigned on changing Washington from the inside – that’s why he was running for office. Since his election, more people are on government assistance. More people are in poverty. Unemployment has been above 8% for 43 straight months. Our economy is completely stalled. The Federal government has grown and is stifling entrepreneurship. Small businesses are floundering under its weight. Releasing more tax returns will change none of that.
The President wants to make this campaign about my taxes because he has a failed record and can’t run on that. Here’s what you need to know about me:
I’ve spent my entire life taking broken organizations and fixing them. I started Bain Capital to do just that, and by any objective measure, I was successful. When the Salt Lake Olympic Games were on the verge of collapse, I was asked to step in and fix that very broken organization. I was successful. I became Governor of Massachussetts and took a broken organization and turned it around. It is what I do.
Washington is broken. It is broken to a point where the Federal government is suffocating the private sector. President Obama is okay with that. It fits his government centric worldview. I’m not okay with that. I can fix Washington so that it can get out of the way of the American spirit of free enterprise and free people. I can take my experience in the public and private sector and fix Washington from the inside.
It’s what I do.”
Then he should drop the mic and walk off stage…
Seriously, though. Obama has handed Romney a golden opportunity to showcase his experience and record of success at doing exactly what this country needs right now: Fixing Washington.