According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Romney campaign has all sorts of policies Mr. Romney would put in place, but the voters just don’t know what he would do. So they have produced an ad to remedy that problem, and state specifically just what Mr. Romney would do on Day 1.
In the interests of fairness here is the ad.
Of course the notable thing about the ad is that it tells almost nothing about what Mr. Romney would do. It says he would do something about taxes, but not what or where or how much. And it certainly doesn’t address the huge deficit that would result from cutting taxes, assuming that is what Mr. Romney is proposing.
It says he would replace the Obama health care plans with something that is “common sense” based, which is a surprising commitment on the part of Mr. Romney as he risks offending the anti-common sense people. To be fair it does say he would approve the XL Pipeline, so no one has to worry about those troublesome environmental issues getting in the way of driving their gas guzzlers.
Of course none of this matters all that much anyway. If Mr. Romney is elected the radical Republicans in the Congress will be driving policy. All they want from Mr. Romney is for him to sign off, and not embarrass them any more than they embarrass themselves.
The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney's, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist's. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.
They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:
All we have to do is replace Obama. ... We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.
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president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the
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So Mr. Romney, why don’t you just change your ad to say on your first day, and every other day you’ll sign off on whatever the Republicans in Congress want. You have the five fingers on one hand to do the bill signing, so you are qualified for the office of the Presidency.