Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Team Romney: Not gonna play repudiation game

I don't know if Byron York is 100% right with this, but I hope that he is, because it's the 100% right way for the Romney campaign to go...
Mitt Romney's refusal to repudiate Donald Trump sends a signal, both to Democrats and the voting public: With the nation's future at stake in this November's election, Romney will not accommodate calls that he disown supporters who make ill-considered, unpopular, or sometimes outrageous statements on matters not fundamental to the campaign.

Romney aides believe that cooperating with Democrats and media figures who are demanding a Trump disavowal would most certainly lead to more calls for more disavowals of other figures in the future -- leaving Romney spending as much time apologizing for his supporters as campaigning for president. Team Romney views it as a silly and one-sided game designed to distract voters from the central issue of the race, which they remain convinced will be President Obama's handling of the economy.
One of the ways that the media bias displays itself is in the never-ending demands of the press that Republican candidates and office-holders apologize for or repudiate comments made, actions taken or positions or attitudes held by actual, or even perceived, supporters, while Democrats are never tarred with the worst excesses of theirs. Just witness the media condemnation that descended on Republicans following the shooting in Arizona, or the (inaccurate) reports that Congressmen had been spit on in Washington, while the "occupiers" were clearly a Democratic constituency until their behavior became indefensible, and then they disappeared from the media's view. Today, they'll call on Romney to decry Trump's birtherism; tomorrow it will be the perceived racism of some state rep in North Carolina who refers to the President by his full name. It's a game that Romney cannot win, and must not play...

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