Romney Ruffles Obama’s Feathers: “Sauce for Goose is Good for Gander”

“Sauce for the goose is good for the gander.”
- Mitt Romney (responding to Obama campaign tactics)
Illustrator/Rahul Vyas

We’re not surprised…

Mitt Romney is no namby-pamby.

All the distractions being slung at Romney by Team Obama – from dogs, to misogynism, to the p.u. of private-equity, to The Gov’s good refusal to dump Trump – has voters taking notice.

The Gov’s deft ruffling of the Obama/Axelrod feathers proves he’s more than ready for the challenges from our Choomer-in-Chief.

From Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Online (NRO):

Romney Fights Back
He has no intention of running a model, but losing, campaign.


What to make of the puerile back and forth? It would be easy to tsk-tsk the shallowness of such kindergarten name-calling, which diverts attention from domestic and foreign policies. Or political observers could argue that the Obama campaign is successfully creating all sorts of diversions from a dismal economic record; in each instance Romney’s handlers are forced to take their eyes off 40 months of 8 percent–plus unemployment or 50 million people now on food stamps.

But there is a far better lesson from the Romney counterpunching: Apparently his campaign is not going to be a repeat of Mike Dukakis’s smiley-face efforts when knocked silly by the late Lee Atwater’s no-holds-barred management of George H. W. Bush’s 1988 campaign. Nor will 2012 prove anything like 2008, when John McCain took all sorts of issues off the table — from Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers to scrutiny of Obama’s memoirs. Note in this regard the frequency with which an increasingly desperate Obama is now praising the McCain campaign, in contrast to the supposed extremism of Romney — as if an incumbent president George H. W. Bush would have admonished a “war room” Bill Clinton to emulate the more noble tone of Dukakis’s failed effort.

Romney’s ostensible point, of course, is not to allow scurrilous stories to linger in the press. And he probably wants to create deterrence by warning the Obama campaign that for each petty story of a teenager pushed down by Romney a half-century ago, there will be a middle-school girl whom a younger Obama rudely pushed away — and that was according to Obama’s own telling.

Anyone who doubts Romney’s capacity to fight has foolishly underestimated him (and we heard plenty of that during the primaries):

But the real significance of firing back is not just to balance impressions with the general public or to warn Team Obama of the boomerang effect each time they offer up a new diversion. Instead, it is to remind the Republican base that Romney intends to go all out, and would rather win a bloody fight than lose in noble aloofness.

Yes, “sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.“ “Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs?” “Solyndra! Solyndra!

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So when Romney refused to disown the mercurial Trump, he sent quite the opposite message from McCain’s or Dole’s — something like “I don’t need the associate of Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Tony Rezko to tell me with whom to appear.” Apparently, each time Obama issues a “How dare you?” Romney is not going to point fingers at his own backers, but rather will fire back with a “How dare you dare me?”

Romney is taking the gamble that whatever damage may be done by his overzealous supporters is hardly commensurate with the damage of sanctimoniously castigating them in order to win approval from the press and the Obama campaign. In other words, Romney would prefer winning in 2012 to being praised by liberals in 2016 for running a model, but losing, campaign.

That fact alone — not litmus tests of his conservatism or assessments of his style — will be the dominating factor in the Romney campaign, and it will make 2012 quite unlike 2008.

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Obama is realizing Romney won’t be goaded into responding to his team’s Alinsky honks and hisses.

He doesn’t go on wild goose chases.

Romney is no namby-pamby.

He knows when and how to launch some flight-stopping sauce on the squawking high-flying goose.

(emphasis added to article)

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