David Parker below references conservative voices of late that have been critical of Governor Romney, his campaign team, strategy, tactics, etc. If you have not read his piece, please take the time to do so — it is excellent.
David uses a military example to illustrate Mitt Romney’s strategy to focus on the Obama economy. I love this example as Israel was at a huge disadvantage against Egypt in the 6-Day War:
“When Israel was victorious over Egypt in the 6-day war. Notwithstanding the breadth of its border with Egypt, Israel’s strategy was to identify Egypt’s weakest point, line up its tanks and penetrate the border and then disperse. It was an elegant strategy for victory.”
We could cite many other examples of tiny Israel conquering superior forces, including those of Syria, in large part due to brilliant strategy.
One of Mitt Romney’s greatest skills is that of a strategist — he is a master of strategy design. His business career for the last 35+ years, including the incredible rescue of the Winter Olympics, involved the development of dozens of detailed, “elegant” strategic plans and the execution of those plans. We have all heard the term “turn-around artist.” Mitt Romney is one of the best this nation has ever known.
Why are some people worked up about Governor Romney not disclosing more details of his strategic plan? That would be like the Israeli press and its people asking the prime minister for details as to how they plan to defend against Egypt before the 6-Day War! It is foolish at this point in the election cycle to disclose strategic details when doing so would serve only to provide information to Mr. Obama’s team. It is well known that the TV voter and voters in general stop paying attention to politics in the summer months. In the year of a presidential election, they begin to really pay attention after Labor Day. Why blow through major cash during the summer doldrums attempting to disseminate major new information? From my perspective, that makes no sense at all.
I have no inside knowledge of the Romney campaign strategy, but I love the fact that Romney is staying focused on the Obama economy and that he is not providing ammunition to Obama that can be used against him right now. As with Egypt, Mr. Obama has no idea how Mitt Romney will outflank him for crippling attacks to be victorious in November. But we know Obama is worried about it and he is appearing ever desperate. In due time, Mitt Romney will strategically disclose details of his plans for our nation to augment his truth-letting of Obama’s dismal record as steward of America’s economy.
Never forget the old adage: “Timing is everything” (as in November 6th)
Rarely do I agree with statements made by The New York Times or its reporters. And who cares what the press/media demands of Governor Romney anyway? (I don’t think Mitt Romney really cares — he will execute to his strategy) There is no requirement to satiate pundits’ appetites for additional details. David Brooks of The Times makes this very excellent point in this one minute video clip:
American Values: “In God We Trust” — “Liberty” — “E Pluribus Unum”
Republicans forced the vote by offering the president’s plan on the Senate floor.
Democrats disputed that it was actually the president’s plan, arguing that the slim amendment didn’t actually match Mr. Obama’s budget document, which ran thousands of pages. But Republicans said they used all of the president’s numbers in the proposal, so it faithfully represented his plan.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, even challenged Democrats to point out any errors in the numbers and he would correct them — a challenge no Democrats took up.
“A stunning development for the president of the United States in his fourth year in office,” Mr. Sessions said of the unanimous opposition.
Amazingly, not one Senate Democrat has voted in favor of any budget for three years and they have not offered a plan of their own. Imagine that. For three years in a row, the federal government has operated WITHOUT A BUDGET.
On Hugh Hewitt’s national radio program last night, guest-hosts Guy Benson (Townhall) and Mary Katharine Ham (Townhall alum ) interviewed Governor Mitt Romney. Romney responded to Obama’s budget being bounced to the curb:
Guy Benson: Okay, Governor, last night, something extraordinary happened in the United States Senate. President Obama’s budget for the second consecutive year was defeated unanimously. This time around, it was 99-0. I’m curious what you think the implications of that vote are, and whether you see it as an indictment of this president’s leadership?
Mitt Romney: There’s no question in my view, Guy, but this is a underscoring of the president’s failure to lead. This is, after all, a body which is held by Democrats. If he wanted to see a budget passed, he should have worked with them. If they wanted to make adjustments, to make it more palatable, he should have found ways to make those adjustments. We’ve now gone on for three years without a federal budget? This is absolutely extraordinary. There’s not a business in this country that could operate the way the federal government is operating. And the fact that we have a president who is so inexperienced as a leader that he doesn’t know how to lead his own party, let alone reach across the aisle and work with Republicans, is a very unfortunate and potentially damaging element to our nation and to our economy. It’s something which I really think may well be unprecedented to have the president’s budget defeated in both the House and the Senate by unanimous votes. It’s very amazing.
GB: Right, right. It was 513-0 this year in those two bodies combined. You mentioned this failure over the last three years to have a federal budget, and this in an era of $16 trillion dollars of the national debt and growing. I know your campaign’s been spending a lot of time focusing on deficits and debt. So I really have to know, as you watch Europe, because the Euro Zone again is experiencing significant tremors this week. Greece appears to be teetering on the brink. I know the easy conservative talking point is to frame all of that, and the implosion of the European welfare state, as a cautionary tale for us here. But setting that aside, if you were president today, what would you be doing, what would you be watching over there, and how is it possible, if at all, for a president to help shield the U.S. economy from a potential damaging series of shock waves coming across the Atlantic Ocean?
MR: Well, when there is turbulence in industrial and financial markets, the best thing you can do is make America the place that people want to come both with their capital, with their innovations, with their business expansions. And so this is an opportunity for America to show that we have taken action that Europe did not take, that we have reformed our entitlements to make them solvent long term, that we are dealing with our budget crises, that we’re taking action to make America an attractive place for businesses and for job creators. This means that people will be looking to make investments elsewhere, and we want them to look towards us, not looking towards Asia, as in some cases they will be concerned about Europe. So the best thing we can do to help ourselves is to make America a more attractive place for enterprise. And unfortunately, what the president has done is make us less attractive as a place for enterprise, and he’s also failed to be willing to even address seriously either our entitlement crisis or our budget crisis. And so we will, if Europe goes through pains here, we’re going to suffer pains as well, in part because of the failure of this president to improve the attractiveness of America as a place for growth and investment and job creators.
In the 15 minute plum interview with Romney, the wide-ranging conversation not only included Obama’s failed budget, but included Jeremiah Wright, the Euro debt crisis, Biden’s hits on Bain Capitol, Obama’s personal assassination campaign strategy, and how Romney is approaching the task of selecting a vice president:
Excellent interview! Read the entire transcript here.