Mitt Romney's most strongly held belief is that being president would be a great feather in his cap. All his other beliefs are situational and depend on who the audience is and who he thinks might be listening.
Did anyone notice that President Obama got all the blame while gas prices were rising and received no credit at all when they backed down? It's a sad fact and a very sad reflection on the American public that money does indeed win elections and that as much as we criticize negative ads, they work.
I also wonder whether anyone really understands how much power, or lack thereof, the president of the United States actually has. In every campaign, candidates don't seem to acknowledge the existence and power of Congress, or that other countries won't automatically bow to our wishes.
Romney's comments about Iran's nuclear threat or how we should have handled the issue of the blind Chinese dissident were clearly political grandstanding, though I wonder if anyone understood the ramifications of Romney's positions on either issue or noticed that quiet, behind-the-scenes diplomacy resolved the latter "crisis" to both countries' satisfaction, leaving Romney looking sophomoric. Campaigners can say anything, but presidents live in the real world.
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Martin Bensky, Richland