I had decided to wait a bit after the Supreme Court ruling to see how the politics would play out– insaneabsurdcrazydramaticized, as expected. I’m sure there will be plenty to cover on health care as the election pushes forward. Mitt Romney has been on a roll with promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, on “day one” of his presidency, if that day is to come. I’d like to focus on what he is trying to do for his campaign, and why it is simply the wrong approach.
Mitt Romney has run a crazy campaign so far, tackling, and avoiding, dozens of important issues facing the American people. The problem is that Romney is sticking to what he is comfortable with, and that is simply not the route he needs to take in order to defeat President Obama. On Sunday, a controversial tweet via Rupert Murdoch stated, “Met Romney last week. Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.” So basically, while Murdoch does firmly support Mitt Romney, he acknowledges the strength of the President’s campaign staff and the weeds within team Romney that need to be pulled out– and he also recognizes that this is unlikely to happen. While many do agree with Murdoch, there are plenty of offended republicans claiming that this tweet was an attack on Romney and his campaign staff. Yesterday Murdoch sent out another tweet for clarification on where he stands; “Romney people upset at me! Of course I want him to win, save us from socialism, etc but should listen to good advice and get stuck in!” I suppose some republicans can’t handle the criticism? (Not that hardcore democrats are any better!)I still do not feel that I strongly support either campaign, but for Romney’s sake, he does need to make some changes! While Murdoch has made his views known about the Romney campaign staff, I’d like to focus more on the decision to shine a light on Obamacare after the decision. I’ve yet to understand why Mitt Romney has decided to focus so much on the recent Supreme Court decision. Yes, it is very important…of course it is important! This decision has been the focus of the media for months, and then CNN decided to misreport the big event for awhile, but I’ll leave that mockery to Jon Stewart in his most recent report. So why is it a bad idea for Romney to focus on the issues? Well, here’s the obvious; he cannot simply repeal the law at will– it will be a long, drawn-out, miserable process for both parties and the American people. With all of the current media hype, it would seem like healthcare should easily work its way into election campaigns. This has given Obama plenty of bragging rights about how his big initiative was the right way to go, with the Supreme Court on his side. At the same time, it has also brought upon him the dreaded words ‘tax increases.’
As for Romney, his main point throughout this election has been to create jobs, fix our economy, and restore America to the prosperous nation that it once was. I suppose the tax increase can be argued to be a huge dent in desperate attempts to lead our nation to one of a lower deficit and a better credit rating, but it isn’t the only issue. There is no way that Romney will step into his office, have the time to repeal Obamacare AND push through a huge jobs bill– it just doesn’t work that way. Romney is making healthcare a huge issue in his campaign, and that is diverting attention from his driving point. He is supposedly the candidate with “real life” experience in business, the one that will get beyond silly political issues and fix the economy. Instead of continuing this image, he is trying to appease the tea party. Come on Romney, they hate President Obama, they are the least likely to vote for your opponent, so stop focusing on the radicals– worry about the independents that want to know when they will find job security and are willing to vote for either candidate to achieve it!
This is no time for Romney to shift gears, especially with polls showing that this decision has not swayed the public’s opinion of either candidate. This isn’t a surprise, since the issue was one of 2010. People are still concerned about jobs! Seriously, get back on the track to the presidency via job creation, and worry about healthcare afterward. If he wants to privatize healthcare, as he has been preaching (this year), he needs a stable private and public sector economy to make it work. I don’t know what his campaign managers are telling him, but maybe Murdoch is right…he needs some pros.