We know this about Mitt Romney…he’s not a job creator. When he was governor of Massachusetts, they were 47th out of 50 in job creation. His experiences in downsizing and outsourcing jobs and bankrupting companies and walking away with a lot of money for himself. His economic ideas are the failed economic ideas that we tried for eight years…their message is: You didn’t clean up our mess fast enough.
This is just brilliant messaging. “You didn’t clean up our mess fast enough.” The Obama campaign is functioning at peak levels of effectiveness, right up there with Clinton’s two races and Bush 1988.
Exposing Romney as an extremist is important. But just as important is exposing the fallacy behind Romney’s central claim: that he knows how to fix the economy. There is nothing in his record, whether as a leveraged buyout consultant or as governor of Massachusetts, to support the argument that he knows anything at all about how to fix the economy.
And (just as the 2004 Swift Boat ads were devastating to John Kerry because they undermined the war hero image he’d made a key part of his campaign) if Romney loses his central argument, knowing how to fix the economy, he’s left with… nothing.
I’m no Romney fan, but i do feel compelled to point out that Massachusetts didn’t create that many jobs because during Romney’s administration Unemployment ranged between 5.6% when he got into office and just 4.7% when he left.