Jonah Goldberg nails it for Mitt

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    Jonah Goldberg nails it for Mitt

    5/31/12 By Thomas Lifson


    The Mitt Romney campaign needs to follow the excellent advice of Jonah Goldberg in countering Obama's claim that compared to Bush he has raised spending very little. In The Corner:

    Obama wants to cast Romney as a return to Bush. It's nearly the only argument he knows how to make. Romney, in my opinion, should turn the tables on Obama and make Obama defend his continuation of Bush's spending binge (If Romney wanted to be really cruel, he could make the case Obama has continued many of Bush's counter-terror policies as well). Romney has the luxury of being the outsider. He can criticize both parties' records over the last decade.

    This is nothing short of brilliant political jujitsu that leaves Obama flat on his back. My, and most others' response was to argue the numbers and assumptions. There is an intellectual case to be made, of course, against the Marketwatch piece that tortured the data. That bizarre claim that Obama is not a big spender was immediately embraced by the president himself. But an intellectual response that requires focus and analytical thinking reaches only a small share of the electorate, while Obama's confident claim reaches nearly everyone now paying attention. Instead of confronting the claim, Zen Master Jonah counsels using the opponent's momentum against him.

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    so first it was McCain who was a carbon copy of Bush,,,,But Mitt? Mitts a Yankee,,,,,Bush is from the south,,,,when are we ever going to stop hearing about Bush's comparisons to all of Obamas failires? god enough of,,,,,"well bush did the same thing too !!!!"
     
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    Romney trying to run against Bush is not a brilliant idea. It's an interesting but ineffective idea. While no doubt the National Review regards GWB as a big-spending liberal that image is simply not going to resonate with independents. A hint that even Goldberg does not consider this an effective campaign strategy can be seen when he describes it not as "effective" or "clever" but as "hilarious".

    Goldberg is right of course that Romney shouldn't go out of his way to defend Bush in the general election. Of course, since Romney already got through a prolonged Republican primary (where Bush is much more popular than he is with the general electorate) without any candidates seriously praising Bush I suspect this advice will not be regarded as particularly insightful.
     
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    I see no reason he shouldnt ask Obama why he has magnified Bush's binge spending.

    If he goes after both parties and comes out saying reform is going to start with Presidential and Congression pay and cut pay and benefits (I know it's a dream), he could seriously change the tone of this campaign.
     
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    It's not like Romney has a bushel full of good options here, so I can see Goldberg's point. Only the most committed Republicans are trying to defend Bush's horrific presidency, but there are also plenty who were pissed off about his spending.

    Both candidates running against the same guy. That would be great fun to watch.

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    Although I (shockly enough) actually agree with Jonah Goldberg's mom here in terms of Obama being a continuation of Bush, I don't think Romney would have an easy time making that perception stick.
     
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    Mitt jumped to the attack today when he posed for a photo-op in front of the boarded up Solindra factory to illustrate Obama's crooked payoffs and phony green agenda.
     
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    The term is, he can etch-a-sketch it
     
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    Yeah.....Jonah Goldberg's quite the bad-ass......

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    What would you expect of......​

     
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    5.3% unemployment and a thriving economy-? Bush had 2 major blunders- Not following through on his push to crack down on the Fed Housing programs and not going after spending cuts to match his tax cuts. By doing this he compromised on spending cuts to pass military spending bills with democrats. He broke from Reagan conservatives over his lack of spending cuts.... still, economically; morally; emotionally speaking- Bush's economic realities surpassed Obama's 10 fold to the positive!
     
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