Obama hits Romney for ... calling for increased defense spending
When is the last time a Democrat attacked a Republican for advocating an increase in defense spending?
This says a good deal about what the Obama team thinks about the state of public opinion right now. The ad’s goal is to associate Romney directly with George W. Bush — specifically, with the nexus of Bush adventurism abroad and the Bush deficit — without mentioning Bush’s name. The ad is about fiscal policy, but it’s also meant to suggest that Romney would continue Bush’s approach to foreign policy, and that we can’t afford to go that route again. The calculation seems to be that the war weariness of the American public — and the public’s awareness of the role of Bush’s wars in driving up the deficit — make it politically safe, or even a potential winner, to call out Romney’s proposed increase in defense spending as fiscally reckless.