COMMENTARY | The score in the game that is the 2012 Presidential race changed Wednesday morning. Team Obama had better take notice. They are trailing, and Romney just went to a prevent defense.
Let's play a little game, shall we? I will give you some valuable biographical facts about a Presidential candidate, and you try to guess who he is. Simple enough, right?
I am a native New Englander, educated at one of Massachusetts' oldest and most famous institutions of higher learning.
I am a former Republican Governor of Massachusetts.
My take on business, described in my own words would be, "The chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with buying, selling, investing, and prospering in the world."
Some might call me a conservative, with an administration to be run based on the principles of Reaganomics, in favor of: low taxes, decreased economic regulation, low social services spending, and high military spending.
If you guessed Mitt Romney, you are incorrect.
The candidate described is our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge.
Coolidge came to be known as "Silent Cal" for his reticence to speak on issues, preferring to let his record, his actions, or his surrogates do the speaking.
It appears Mitt Romney may be planning a "Silent Mitt" strategy for the fall campaign.
On Friday, Romney said of Obama, "He wants to add more to government. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin?"
When asked by a reported on Tuesday to comment on or clarify his statement about firefighter and police jobs, Romney replied, "Sorry? I'm not going to talk about that," according to ABC News.
As MSNBC pointed out Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney has become silent on the issues on campaign trail, but makes an exception for Fox News. The article described the Romney strategy as, "We're going to talk about what we want to talk about -- and to whom we want -- and not talk about the rest."
In less than three days, Romney went from congratulating Governor Scott Walker on surviving the recall election to another in a long line of Romney gaffes, joining such classics as:
"Corporations are people, my friend." 4/11/2011
"I like being able to fire people who provide services to me." 1/9/2012
"I'm not very concerned about the poor." 2/1/2012
Despite being labeled a "political chameleon," there is one thing Mitt Romney cannot change: Mitt Romney. Best to not be Mitt for a while.
When you are the candidate trailing, you have no choice but to take chances, to make promises, to put forth a vision of why you are the right choice. But like a frontrunner that refuses to schedule anything more than the mandatory number of debates, Romney is now playing from ahead.
The Presidential race changed on June 13. Romney stopped talking. Instead of continuing to try to win, he decided to play conservative, and give Obama a chance to beat himself.
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