In love with Michael Penn’s tweet from last night. This is it exactly, isn’t it? It’s a debate, not a stump speech. You have to be able to really discuss and work through complicated issues, not just repeat the same broad campaign promises you’ve been making on your tour. And I’m very concerned that some people won’t be able to tell the difference between the content of what someone’s saying and the way they’re saying it. Romney projected a lot of confidence last night, but the actual content of what he was saying was the same old tired bullshit we hear every year. Unnuanced, rehearsed. Are stutters and pauses actually going to lose an election?
Do people notice the methods Romney was using to drive his campaign to the middle? He kept referring to “trickle down government” which is a serious misappropriation of the term “trickle down economics” in which the government gives tax breaks and deductions to wealthy individuals and corporations with the supposed aim of them, in turn, investing it back into jobs and the economy. It’s incredibly hurtful to the poor. “Trickle down government” is used here to describe a government that wants to invest MORE tax dollars into public programs, which are often designed to HELP the poor. But when you call it “trickle down government” lower income backs hunch up and everyone thinks Romney is suddenly for poor people. He also, at one point, used Bill Clinton’s name to defend a policy he was proposing, claiming it was supported by Clinton’s ex-chief of staff. People think of the Clinton presidency and we think of surplus and a booming economy. But the policy in question had nothing to do with his economic plan or his budget. It’s Obama who wants to use Clinton’s methods most closely. But now he’s said Bill Clinton and everyone’s thinking he’s bipartisan economically.
Just fantastic prep work on the behalf of his speechwriting team. Less so on the actual content of his beliefs.