As it looks like Romney is pulling away with it in Florida, I can’t help but think Sarah Palin is right. Let’s keep things going a while longer. Gingrich is making Romney a better candidate, but not good enough.
I know this was posted earlier in the Corner but I think it’s worth revisiting. When Romney was on Laura Ingraham’s show last week he was asked if the economy is getting better. He replied.
Of course it’s getting better. The economy always gets better after the recession. There’s always a recovery. There’s never been a time anywhere in the world where an economy has never recovered. The question is how is recovered by virtue of something the president has done or has he delayed the recovery and made it more painful? And the latter, of course, is the truth.” “The president’s policies have made the recession deeper and have made the recovery more tepid and more difficult on the American people. This is the worst recovery that we have seen from a recession since Hoover. And President Obama wants to take credit for things getting better, he’s in fact made things worse. He’s made this recovery take much longer, but, will our economy get better someday? Of course it will.
When Laura asked Romney if that’s a hard argument to make — that “Obama is making the economy better, but vote for me,” Romney replied: “Do you have a better one Laura?”
Well, I do. First, while Ingraham was right and smart to ask the question that way, Romney should have rejected the premise that “Obama is making the economy better.” The whole upshot of his position is that the economy isn’t getting better because of Obama, it’s getting better in spite of Obama and the president’s policies are a drag on what should be a roaring recovery.
I’m no political consultant, but it seems to me that these are the sorts of no-brainer responses that come naturally to natural politicians. Mitt Romney is not a natural politician. If duking it out with Gingrich for another month makes him a better politician, then even if you don’t want Gingrich to be the nominee you should probably vote for Gingrich.