Romney on the run

4 thoughts on “Romney on the run”

  1. I’ve been watching the news on this, and I think it’s probably an issue that’s going nowhere. I also think it’s possible the Romney campaign knew they could show he wasn’t involved in managing Bain at that time, but that there was enough of a “hint” that he did to draw the Obama campaign into trying to make it into an issue. This has the result of causing the Obama campaign to go after something that will later make them appear to have been attacking incorrectly, allowing the Romney campaign to demand an apology. In short, it’s political bait, and it appears the Obama campaign has taken it. I don’t think they should apologize, but they should drop the Bain issue and focus on Romney’s tax returns. If there’s dirt, that’s where it probably is. On the other hand, he could be using that as political bait too. What we see of this battle is designed for us to see. Business is a nasty game, and Romney is used to playing it. It is possible that there’s something damning in his tax returns, in which case he will never release them. It’s also possible that there’s nothing damning about them and they’re a bag of fritos on a fishing hook, just waiting for the Obama campaign to case after them. If the bag is empty and the Obama campaign expends a lot of energy chasing after that bag, they’ll look like idiots. The same is true of the Bain issue. If you’re running the Obama campaign, you have the hard choice of deciding what to chase after. If you’re running the Romney campaign, you have the easy choice of deciding what to bait them with.

    If Romney gets elected without releasing any more tax returns, his tax returns will follow him like Obama’s birth certificate has. So what else has Romney got in his closet that he may use as bait? It’s hard to tell. Would it be surprising to find receipts to foreign banks pop up as bait? Will some other record or Romney’s show up as bait? Whatever it is, the Obama campaign has the hard job of figuring out what to do. Some issues could be legitimate mistakes on the part of Romney, and others may be empty frito bags. Bain, I think, is an empty frito bag, and he’s letting them chase it. Once it comes up empty, he’ll hold up the empty bag for the nation to see and demand the Obama campaign sheepishly admit that he didn’t do anything wrong. This will make it look like there’s probably nothing wrong with his tax returns either – a slanted riposte to a forward lunge.

    1. There’s a lot of merit in the baiting theory. But it seems to me he’s played that for about as long as he can; it’s starting to hurt him. If he’s going to brandish the empty Frito bag, it should be soon. Even if the empty bag proves he’s done nothing illegal, as he’s insisted all along, he’s gaming the system in a way that the little guy never could, and I think the voters are going to resent it. People don’t appreciate an already very wealthy person taking his money offshore so that he can become even more wealthy. How much is enough? And if he’s elected, is that the way he plans to conduct the nation’s business? By investing in and hiding money in offshore accounts, where there’s no accountability and no oversight?

      Of course, he may figure that his supporters are all very wealthy individuals who understand exactly what he’s done and why he’s done it. But I don’t think there are enough people like that to outnumber all the little guys who work hard to make ends meet from one month to the next. The last time I looked, it was still one man, one vote.

      1. It’s also possible I’m completely over thinking this and attributing far too much tactical intelligence to the politicians. One could go insane thinking about the what if’s and could be’s. And it’s all after-the-fact thinking, you know, retrospective. What’s really happening could be completely reactive and not planned at all. How many bites does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? I’m sure each side has a different answer.

      2. I find it disturbing that either side thinks negative and attack ads are the way to curry favor with or “inform” the voters. It’s gotten so deep here in Colorado, being a swing state and all, that I’m completely disgusted by both sides. I thought the nastiest ones would be from the PACs. Wrong. The candidates have backed some pretty distasteful stuff.

... and that's my two cents