|Could Romney be planning a major policy dump during the debates? Wow, that might be a great idea, if he is conniving enough.|
Just a thought.
Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans have been pressing Mitt Romney to release more details of his overall presidential strategy. The reality is that Romney has indeed had details available—why, the Czar himself has poked fun at the Mitt Romney 591.73-point plan, in seventeen parts, organized into systems and subsystems.
But no, what has been frosting people lately is the Romney approach of discussing five simple points to his presidency. Okay—five is good. People get five. And he will name them for you. But ask for details beyond that, and you don’t get much in the way of specifics.
Further, Democrats and Republicans are almost united on Romney’s foreign policy. Besides getting a little tougher on Iran, what on earth does Governor Romney propose to do differently than Barack Obama? And let us be blunt: even Democrats are increasingly convinced that an administration that capped Usâma bin-Lâdin and has done nothing else is not much of a foreign policy. But while Romney has been criticizing Obama (and rightly so) for the debacle raging across Africa and Asia, what the hell has Romney proposed?
You might suspect Romney has no idea. You would be wrong, actually: in fact, Romney might be among the most painfully detail oriented candidate in decades. Seen his campaign’s response to the scientific debate? Romney provided clear and concise steps for revitalizing science and math in the United States, and turned that into a profit-making venture again.
Paul Ryan is discussing plans to revitalize space exploration again. Days ago, he slowly won over an openly hostile crowd of AARP members into reconsidering their hatred of his plan.
Details are out there. But why not on the big tickets? Well, here is the Czar’s thought: he has learned.
So far, the Romney campaign has released detailed items on things the Obama campaign already knows and either rejected out of hand on policy differences, or on things that they could not or deigned not to debunk.
The big details are coming in the upcoming debtates: Romney has already announced his plan to expose Obama in the debates, which triggers this thought.
Rather than dump a ton of ammunition into the Obama campaign’s hands for them to pick apart, Romney will wait and surprise the President during the debates. It would be a great strategy: we have already seen that Romney knows Obama’s arguments and positions better than Obama knows Romney’s, and surprising the President live on stage will give Obama little time to do anything but react—effectively driving the President off his track.
The goal isn’t to make Obama stumble and sputter, Biden-like, and look like a goof. No, the Czar would recommend the challenger force Obama to do what he does best: make a self-damaging comment off-the-cuff—look at how well the Romney campaign milked the “You didn’t build that” quip, which we now know was technically unscripted. Imagine how much Romney can get Obama to damage himself by forcing him to respond without preparation—which we all know suits Romney’s sit-back approach to negative campaigning this time around.
This might not be quite the gamble you think it is. Reagan did it with “there you go again,” and Romney should know he has never had a better opponent to say something horrifying to the electorage. McCain, for example, made it all too clear what his policies were before the debates, and Obama smacked him around with it during.
We will see. You will, of course, stay with us to get the post-debate analysis, right? Thought so.