Romney's brilliant campaign strategy. Make Bush look worse? Is it working?
Poor Mitt Romney. He might have the picture-perfect Hollywood
looks of a president, but he keeps stumbling, bumbling, and fumbling
along the campaign trail like he's in a Three Stooges slapstick comedy.
He recently traveled to Elyria, Ohio, for example, for a
carefully-staged photo-op meant to cast him as an economic heavyweight,
while simultaneously portraying President Obama as a pratfalling
economic lightweight. To give Romney's show a powerful punch, it was set
in a closed drywall plant owned by the National Gypsum Company. This
starkly-vacant scene, plus Romney's dark vision, delivered the desired
message: Obama's policies equal abandoned factories and lost jobs.
A boffo performance! Except for one detail omitted in the
candidate's script: National Gypsum's plant was shuttered in 2008, when
Republican President George W. Bush's disastrous financial deregulation
policies caused such a complete collapse in the housing market that the
homebuilding industry still can't recover.
But that's Obama's fault, groused Romney, right on cue. "If the
president's economic plans worked [this factory] would be open by now."
Even though he owns three homes and is presently tripling the
size of his California beach house, Mitt apparently doesn't know that
drywall is a product used chiefly in homebuilding. With home
construction in the dumps, so is demand for drywall. That – not Obama's
policies – is why National Gypsum's plant remains closed. And guess who
has truculently blocked even modest proposals by Obama to stop
foreclosures and put more capital into homebuilding? Republican
congressional leaders and Wall Street lobbyists, cheered on by Mitt!
Now, guess who’s proposing to return America to the failed
laissez-fairy de-reg policies of Bushonomics? Yes, the star of the
staged "farce in Elyria."
"Not dumb enough to believe Romney on Obama and jobs," Austin American Statesman, April 24, 2012.
"Mitt Romney blasts President Obama on the economy," www.chronicle.northcoastnow.com, April 20, 2012.
"Romney Visits Factory Closed Under Bush, Blames Obama," www.bloomberg.com, April 20, 2012.
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