Today, Mitt Romney told Chuck Todd his desire for how the campaign should be run, which leads to his new campaign song:
“[O]ur campaign would be helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon business or family or taxes or things of that nature, this is just a diversion,” Romney said. He added, “I would love to have a setting where we only talk about issues.”
Right. So, as Steve Benen points out,
Regardless, this is quite an unexpected turn. Romney, very quickly, has gone from “Vote for me because of my business background” to “My business background is just a diversion.”
Romney is now saying we shouldn’t be considering his business record as part of the campaign. Why? Because suddenly his business record looks to be a liability. Questions about just exactly when he left Bain, how he ran it when he was there, and his role as the head of the audit committee for Marriott in the Son of Boss tax scandal, and his unwillingness to answer questions about his tax returns are all taking its toll on his standing. So he wants it “off the table.”
As many have pointed out, Romney has been avoiding talking about his stint as a governor. That’s because his record there doesn’t play well with the conservative base, particularly his signing of the healthcare law, which was a model for the one President Obama passed. So he’d rather those years not be mentioned. Benen points out:
What was once presented as Romney’s central qualification for the presidency is now an issue he wants off the table, free from all scrutiny.
So, according to Mitt, we – and in particular President Obama – aren’t supposed to bring up anything that supposedly qualifies him for office, or what he wants to do. Which leaves us with only one qualification he’s apparently willing to acknowledge: He’s white. After all, besides that, all Mitt has is … plenty of nothing.