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July 05, 2012


Romney as Dukakis and Kerry

William Kristol is the latest conservative to press the panic button on Mitt Romney's campaign.

"Remember Michael Dukakis (1988) and John Kerry (2004)? It's possible to lose a winnable presidential election to a vulnerable incumbent in the White House... Adopting a prevent defense when it's only the second quarter and you're not even ahead is dubious enough as a strategy. But his campaign's monomaniacal belief that it's about the economy and only the economy, and that they need to keep telling us stupid voters that it's only about the economy, has gone from being an annoying tick to a dangerous self-delusion..."

"The Romney campaign will answer that they're imitating Bill Clinton in 1992, who famously focused on 'the economy, stupid.' But Bill Clinton was a full spectrum presidential candidate, with detailed policy proposals on welfare reform, health care, education, and foreign policy. He also made real efforts to convince the voters he was different from the losing Democratic candidates who preceded him..."












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