Romney, Obama And The Vision Thing
After all that time and money in Tampa, Republicans have left a major question unanswered: Why the hell is Mitt Romney running for President?
The “generic Republican candidate” continues to be just that. Just generic as heck, unable to articulate uniquely Mitt Romney vision of just what the heck he wants to do if he’s elected leader of the United States.
On the other hand, one of the bigger myths about Obama’s run in 2008 was that he simply mumbled the word “change” ten thousand times and was magically elected (some conservatives pushed a conspiracy that Obama used neuro-linguistic programming transmitted via TV in order to win).
In fact, Obama campaigned on an avalanche of substance. Sure, he wisely used his biography and oratorical skills to sell these ideas, but he offered detailed policies in the course of the election on issues ranging from health care to foreign policy to the economy. Obama also articulated the America he sought to lead: one that was more focused on the bottom and middle than the top, that conducted a humble but strong foreign policy, and an America just overall more in line with out traditional trajectory than the perversion of the Bush era.
With Romney, the right continues to play their version of the Kerry 2004 campaign. As a guy who hated George W. Bush, I can understand how partisans think that “not it” seems to be enough. They believe that Romney is generic enough as a Republican that their visceral hatred of Obama is enough to pull his robotic husk across the electoral finish line.
As a partisan who wants to be able to successfully vote for a two-term Democratic president for the second time (my first vote was for Clinton in ‘96), I’m okay with that. But as an American I find it lacking. I don’t want to just have the guy who I support versus the empty vessel on the other side. I want Mitt Romney to give us something, something real, something from the gut. He’s had his chance to tell us why he wants to run America, and the best he could seem to muster is “I have a lot of money and an equal amount of free time.”
Not good enough. Not good enough for America.