Mitt Romney's Presumption
The message seemed to announce that the November election was all over but the shouting, although he has yet to be nominated by a party still demonstrably cool to him, let alone anointed by the American voters as their next president.
Actually, all that was beginning that night in Romney's upbeat speech in
What began that night, or more accurately what continued that night, was Romney's unfinished task of convincing the party faithful, and now the general public, that he has the stuff to lift the nation's sluggish economy out of the doldrums. For all his repeated self-proclamation that his success in private enterprise proves he's up to the job, his specifics on how he'll succeed in running the public's business are still lacking.
His central cheer line continues to be getting rid of "government-run health care," which in reality is merely health insurance provided by the government through the private health-care industry. He also continues to trumpet an end to government regulation of
Romney promises to unshackle the American private business engine to create enough jobs to break the unemployment crisis. However, as he so promises, employers continue to squeeze more productivity out of fewer workers without an appreciable benefit to them, and certainly not to the millions of the formerly employed still left idle.
In reality, what began the other night in Romney's "A better America begins tonight" was an effort to put behind him the divisive and unconvincing Republican primary fight that has left scars on his aspirations, and on the party he hopes to lead in a more unified and optimistic fashion than it has been shown to be so far this year.
After any contested presidential nomination fight, a consolidation of opposing forces within the party obviously is imperative to enhance the prospects for election in the fall. But in Romney's case, his struggle for the nomination required excessive effort to assuage a doubting conservative base in the party, which still cannot be ignored as he now tries to reach beyond it to more moderate and independent voters.
His promise of a better America beginning now relied in the end on a repetition of the Ronald Reagan pitch against
Reagan's recitation of Carter's failures was more than enough to deliver him a landslide victory 32 years ago. But a much bigger difference between then and now was that Reagan truly embodied the
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