Do as Mitt says, not as Mitt does

Today’s news brings Mitt Romney’s grudging repudiation of a Republican supporter’s plan to revive the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as an attack avenue on the president. quoted Mitt as saying, in part:

“It’s interesting that we’re talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]; I hope people also are looking at what he’s doing, and saying ‘why is he running an attack campaign?  Why isn’t he talking about his record?'”

Funny.  When there was last a Republican president running for reelection, Mitt gave a prime time speech at the Republican National Convention.  Based on Mitt’s comments today, you would expect his speech was about the then-incumbent president (whose name Mitt could not bring himself to utter in a speech this week) and his record.  Wrong.  Barely a mention of the then-incumbent, waiting until the seventh paragraph to mention him.  How long to attack the Democratic nominee?  Right from the very first sentence.  In Mitt’s world, there are different rules for presidents from different parties.

Mitt did mention his candidate, for the third time in the entire speech, in closing.    “My friends, we will move forward, safer, stronger and to better days under the courageous and compassionate leadership of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.”

~ John Kenny