Mitt Romney Must Find Tactical Advantage
Now that it's a virtual certainty
-- The world isn't the same as it was when President Obama was elected at the outset of the economic crisis. The whiny protesters spilling into the streets all over the Western world hate two things:
To paraphrase former Canadian Prime Minister
-- Don't bother trying to dazzle with style; stick with substance. "Hope and change" isn't a threat anymore -- it's the political version of a used-car salesman's siren call. Voters have a thirst for the quiet depth required to solve today's challenging problems.
No one needs to be charismatic beyond having a pulse to get elected right now.
-- Every candidate for high office has advisors (or in Hollande's case, a politically savvy girlfriend), but it would be helpful for Romney to emphasize how much actual thinking he's done on his own, using concrete examples whenever possible. No one's expecting any politician to parse every detail and reveal the work done by all the little hands, but disclosing what he's been personally responsible for would refreshingly serve the same purpose. Revealing any foreign-policy positions that weren't concocted by a think tank, for example, would be a good start -- in the event that there are any. When running against someone who has struggled to discard his teleprompter training wheels, the value of bold claims of original thinking shouldn't be underestimated.
-- At a time when the
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