Sunday, July 15, 2012

What happened to hope and change?

In the interests of fairness and equal time, here's an ad from the Romney campaign:



You want to know what happened to hope and change, Mitt Romney? I'll tell you, since that has been my subject of special interest for the past four years writing this blog. The Obama campaign is still all about hope and change. Just listen to the president's campaign speeches. They are all about restoring the dreams of the middle class. Increasing fairness. Bringing manufacturing back to this country. And trumpeting the administration's accomplishments so far. Making health care affordable for all. Ending two wars. New financial oversight to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial meltdown. Equal rights for women, minorities, gays.

That's what the president has been talking about--a positive message of hope and change--while all you've been doing is lying about the president's record, running from your own record, and failing to present any alternative positive vision.

Now you can't handle it when the Obama campaign also wants to spend a little time talking about your career. You wish the Obama campaign would just play all nicey-nicey and stop saying all those mean things about you. You'd like to be free to spread nastiness and negativity everywhere you go, and demand apologies from anyone who has the audacity to raise questions about your record. You think you don't have to play by the same rules as everyone else, because that's just the way it's been for you. Well, sorry, Mitt. You're in the big leagues now. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

You'll hear plenty of positive messages from the Obama campaign for the next three months. But you're also going to have to answer a lot more hard questions about your own record. And you can't blame the Obama campaign for that, because the media is like a pack of wolves. If they smell blood, they don't stop coming after you. They will either hound you back to the ash heap of history, or you will learn to be a little more straightforward and a little less whiny.

UPDATE (7/16): Bob Schieffer is apparently unhappy about being used in a Romney campaign ad. According to this story,  Schieffer was just doing his job as a journalist, interviewing David Axelrod: "I wasn’t stating something there. I was asking somebody else a question."

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