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Wed Apr 25, 2012, 08:40 AM

"...it didn't contain an ounce of actual policy."

And yet the talking heads are raving (some of 'em) about this speech (Chuck Todd).


Wonkbook: Vote for Romney. He loves America.
Posted by Ezra Klein at 07:55 AM ET, 04/25/2012

You know what, wonks? This campaign is going to be a bummer.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes the stage at an election night rally in Manchester, N.H., April 24. (Jae C. Hong - AP) On Tuesday, Mitt Romney gave a speech billed as his big general-election pitch. It was a perfectly serviceable piece of work: competently written and competently delivered. But it didn't contain an ounce of actual policy. If this speech was all you knew of Mitt Romney -- if it was your one guide to his presidential campaign -- you'd sum his message up as, "vote for me: I think America is great."


I'm not a pollster. I don't know if the American people want to hear about policy. Perhaps they prefer gauzy generalities. Perhaps they're more interested in what candidates think of America than what they want to do for America. But if this is what the general election is going to be like, then it's not going to be a clash of visions. It's going to be a clash of adjectives. And in that case, it really will be the economy, stupid, as the American people will have nothing in particular to vote for.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 09:16 AM

1. I love Ezra Klein. He ain't one of the "adoring" crowds when it comes to Romney...

and thank god for that!

His stuff is almost always brilliant...

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Thu Apr 26, 2012, 08:00 PM

2. Romney is the Thomas Dewey of 2012. Obama is wise to play the role of Harry Truman.


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Response to Alexander (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 08:04 PM

3. That's what I've been thinking for a while now...

Romney runs on no substance and talks in platitudes and nothing more.

Difference is, of course, Obama is far more popular than Truman was when he beat Dewey.

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