Candidates win when they're uplifting and give people hope. Yet the only thing that has been consistent in thecampaign is the relentless negativity.
If doom and gloom is all Romney has to offer when he meets President Obama on the debate stage in Denver on Wednesday night, that may be all it takes to seal his fate and hand President Obama a second term.
Romney will have a chance on Oct. 3 to show millions of viewers that he has ideas that aren't depressing. Negative campaigning may be effective in some instances, but it's not working for Romney. He has presented nothing voters can sink their teeth into as far as the future is concerned, except doom and gloom, heavy on the Obama-bashing.
During the Great Depression, Presidentoffered the people hope. He implemented programs that helped them feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. Then he gave them jobs with the WPA so they could earn a living and raise their self-esteem. History considers FDR a great leader in a time of great crisis. Without him, no doubt America would not be the powerful country it is today.
While he may never be considered in the same leadership class as FDR, Romney still needs to bring more to the debates than yet another boring round of “Obama did this, and Obama didn't do that, and Obama is a socialist”—blah, blah, blah.
There are a lot of people who would agree that President Obama has not brought about the changes they wanted. But a month from Election Day, does anyone really know how Mitt Romney would make anything better?
Romney has posted an economic plan on his website that sounds a lot like what the last Republican president did, which was to change the tax code to shift even more wealth away from the treasury and into the pockets of CEOs. Romney needs to tell America how he can propose the same thing Bush 43 did and expect a different outcome. And he needs to sound convincing while doing it.
It's easy to bash Obama on how the rich have gotten richer under his administration. But Obama is still essentially working with George W. Bush's tax rates.
Without the cooperation of Congress and the Senate, no one, not even Romney, will change anything. That is simply the nature of our government. It was designed to keep any one branch from gaining enough power to turn it into a dictatorship. It was also designed to work best with governing by consensus.
Romney has been facing an uphill battle in winning the trust of voters, partly because he has been inconsistent with his message, partly because he tends to put his foot in his mouth, and partly because there is an unnatural and insincere quality about him that has given late-night comics mountains of material to play with. No doubt, the presidential debates will give them even more.
Romney is a man without a message, and if he doesn't produce one at the first debate with President Obama, why should he expect to change any voters' minds?
After nearly four years in office, Obama is a known quality. And while the economic recovery has been sluggish, at least we avoided another Great Depression under his leadership after the 2008 Wall Street debacle, and in spite of a rigidly uncooperative Congress.
Furthermore, despite claims of conspiracy theories from the right wing, there is little physical evidence of anything “radical” happening under the Obama administration. In fact, the exact opposite is true. People wanted far more change than they have gotten so far, unless you want to include the Republican war on women.
That brings us back to, what exactly is it that Mitt Romney and on steroids,” then Americans would surely be better off with a second Obama term. A disaster repeated is still a disaster. Even Republicans have running away from their last president, who left office three years ago with one of the lowest approval ratings of any American president.are offering? If it is nothing more than the G.W. Bush administration's economic policy “
What Romney needs to do during the debates is stop trying to sell negative and depressing to an already economically weary public. Then he needs to explain exactly how more tax cuts for the wealthy and no additional tax revenue, coupled with slashing or eliminating government programs and the tens of thousands of jobs that go with them, will benefit the country as a whole. That is Romney's stated plan. Now he needs to explain it in a way that voters can understand.
Unfortunately for Mr. Romney, his budget plan fits all too well with the statements he made during a secretly taped video at a meeting with wealthy donors in May, which was published by Mother Jones last week.
It's hard to imagine that Romney will be able to get through three presidential debates without answering questions about why he called 47 percent of the American people government-dependent parasites who don't pay taxes and think of themselves as "victims."
Voters need to see something positive come out of Mitt Romney at the debates, or they will have no new reasons to trust him or vote for him over President Obama.