September 21, 2012


Romney's Gaffe Strategy

Jonathan Chait: "Mitt Romney's campaign has been notable for its reliance on President Obama's gaffes. It built its entire convention theme around Obama's slightly disjointed disquisition about infrastructure ('You didn't build that') and has, at other points, seized gleefully on such lines as 'the private sector is doing fine' and 'our plan worked,' Joe Biden's 'chains' metaphor, among others."

"Yesterday, two gaffe-exploitation attempts collided somewhat awkwardly, when Romney had to interrupt his message about Obama's 1998 gaffe endorsing neoliberal redistribution to seize upon a fresh new gaffe in which Obama said change has to come from outside Washington."

"Has a presidential campaign been more reliant upon seizing on its opponent's words (and wrenching them out of context)? This appears to be the hallmark of the Romney 2012 campaign method."










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