The “when it rains it pours” edition …
In his 60 Minutes interview broadcast Sunday, Mitt Romney gave many interesting answers. Here are a few:
Self awareness: Scott Pelley, with a reference to David McCullough, asked Mitt Romney about what he has “learned from the history of presidents in the White House”. Romney spoke a bit about McCullough’s biography of John Adams and approvingly described Adams as “an individual who was less concerned about public opinion than he was about doing what he thought was right for the country” and who “did what he thought was right for America” even though it cost him reelection. Presumably Romney sees himself in that mold, or at the very least aspires to it. If the American people saw him that way, he would be coasting to victory. They don’t, and that’s why he isn’t.
That was the Wall Street Journal’s A1 headline exactly four years ago, with the lede; “Fear coursed through the U.S. financial system on Wednesday, as hope for a resolution to the year-old credit crisis faded.” A true financial panic, with the proverbial chickens hatched during the Bush administration coming home to roost.
The Romney campaign has tried to recycle the question that helped propel Ronald Reagan to the White House: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Mitt should ask that question at his fundraisers. The financial services executives in attendance should be the first to answer.
~ John Kenny
Is Mitt ready? It’s a pretty simple analysis. Here is what Al Gore said in September 2001: ”George W. Bush is my commander in chief. … We are united behind our president, George W. Bush, behind the effort to seek justice, not revenge, to make sure this will never, ever happen again. And to make sure we have the strongest unity in America that we have ever had. … We come together tonight not as partisans but as patriots. We come together not only first and foremost, but solely as Americans at a time our county has been attacked.” (NY Times 9/30/01 “Bush ‘Is My Commander,’ Gore Declares in Call for Unity”).
Is Mitt Romney ready? Seriously?
~ John Kenny