AND HE DESPERATELY NEEDS TO HIDE THAT FACT!
topixpolitix: Mitt Romney hasn’t given a media interview for 23 days, or answered a press question for 22 days, according to Lawrence O’Donnell. During that time, Obama has been interviewed on the Tonight Show, on MTV, and in Rolling Stone, among other outlets.
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent thinks the reason for Romney’s interview-shyness is more sinister: it’s a deliberate strategy to avoid “questions about the mounting instances of dishonesty his campaign has resorted to in the final stretch,” including his misleading auto ads in Ohio.
“In the race’s final days, Romney has adopted what you might call a Kamikaze strategy. His campaign is cranking out a startling number of falsehoods and sleazy attacks, drawing widespread condemnation in the media that could ultimately crash his campaign, because that condemnation dovetails with Obama’s closing character argument against him. [...]
All of this feeds directly into the final argument Obama is making about Romney’s character, integrity, and authenticity: He’ll shamelessly say anything to win and as a result you can’t trust him on anything, let alone to look out for your interests. Romney is banking that he can surf past all the media and Obama camp criticism on a wave of last minute ad spending. Refusing to answer questions from the press is central to pulling that off. If Romney were to take questions from reporters, he’d be asked to answer for all of this stuff.
After all, when reporters do press him on his dishonesty and/or evasions, the results aren’t pretty. Romney faced harsh criticism for his refusal to answer questions about whether he still agreed with his previous suggestion that he favors transferring FEMA responsibilities to the states. And as Steve Benen notes, the statement he finally did release on FEMA didn’t put to bed lingering questions about his position.
None of this is to say Romney’s closing strategy can’t work. But it’s a pretty massive and audacious gamble on his part.”
The Rude Pundit: “See, we use the cute phrase “flip-flop” to describe Romney’s change in positions. But they’re not mere shifts in position. They’re lies that get to the core of the man’s beliefs, such as they aren’t. And we could ask if Romney was lying in the past, when he was very moderate, then intensely conservative, or now, when he’s somewhat more moderate again. But, except for abortion, Romney refuses to admit that he’s changed his position. That’s the big lie, the one he has gotten away with more than any other, the one that’s winked at as if “That’s just Mitt.” It’s not that Mitt Romney has terrible policies. It’s that he’s a terrible human being.”