Turning the Other Cheek to Donald Trump
He was handed a golden opportunity to do so the other day at a major fund-raising event also attended by his celebrity backer
Romney had already said that he believes Obama was born in
This was what has come in politics to be known as "a Sister Souljah moment." The reference is to the way candidate
Clinton's attack was widely seen as a counterintuitive tactic, a willingness to court white voters by criticizing a favorite of black voters as he was fighting for the Democratic nomination against civil rights leader
Now, here was an ideal opportunity for Romney to seize a similar moment to chastise Trump for keeping afloat the so-called "birther" issue against Obama.
Instead, Romney fell back on the old "everyone's entitled to his own opinion" dodge, adding his acknowledgment that winning came first, no matter what the cost. The Obama camp immediately asked: "If Mitt Romney lacks the backbone to stand up to a charlatan like
Romney's limp response was in contrast to Obama's own choice to seize "a Sister Souljah moment" presented to him in his 2008 presidential campaign. It came in incendiary remarks made by his
When a recent plan to resurrect Obama's old ties to Wright was drawn up and submitted to the Romney campaign, it was wisely disavowed and disowned by Romney, obviously aware that it could backfire on him. But Romney's tepid response to Trump's reiterations that Obama's
Romney's own candid rationale for not cutting Trump loose seemed to be that he's willing to do whatever it takes to win the presidency. But it took him a long time to shake off a weak field of contenders because so many primary and caucus doubted his personal convictions. Throwing Trump over the side might have persuaded these doubters that he had convictions of his own.
From all recent polling, Romney has made good headway in consolidating support within the
But he remains a cautious, low-risk candidate whose chances of success rest in large part on the perception that Obama is mired in economic doldrums. Despite some signs that recovery is inching forward, the Romney campaign seems willing continue to cast him as Mr. Fix-it and not give offense to anybody, including
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