At some point in a debate, Obama is going to turn and challenge Romney, saying, ‘Mitt, you have nothing new to offer. In fact, on social issues, foreign policy, taxes, spending, Medicare and everything else, you have nothing different to offer than taking us back to what George Bush proposed. That’s what got us into this mess.’ Romney has yet to answer that question. He has until the first presidential debate Oct. 3, in Denver, to find a response.
During his convention speech, Mitt Romney came close to repeating Ronald Reagan’s line about whether or not Americans are better off now than they were four year ago. It was a fairly obnoxious moment given the fact that a Republican president presided over the economic crash that has been so hard to overcome.
Yet it is true that there is some fatigue that comes with Democrats constantly invoking George W. Bush’s name to draw attention to the economic mess left for Obama, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant piece of information.
Castellanos is right. I can imagine the Obama campaign is doing everything they can to tee up the moment in one of the presidential debates when Obama gets to ask the question posed above. And I can imagine the Romney campaign doing everything they can to avoid letting that happen.
(Cross-posted at Lippmann’s Ghost.)