Murdoch Merciless on Mitt

Rupert Murdoch’s frustration with Mitt has moved from his Twitter account to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal.  The WSJ blasts Mitt today in “Romney’s Tax Confusion”:

“If Mitt Romney loses his run for the White House, a turning point will have been his decision Monday to absolve President Obama of raising taxes on the middle class.

“For conservative optimists who think Mr. Fehrnstrom misspoke [when he said the health care mandate was a penalty, not a tax] or is merely dense, his tax absolution gift to Mr. Obama was confirmed by campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul….  In any event, Mr. Fehrnstrom…wouldn’t say such a thing without the candidate’s approval.

“In a stroke, the Romney campaign contradicted Republicans throughout the country who had used the Chief Justice’s opinion to declare accurately that Mr. Obama had raised taxes on the middle class.

“Why make such an unforced error?  Because it fits with Mr. Romney’s fear of being labeled a flip-flopper, as if that is worse than confusing voters about the tax and health care issues.

“Perhaps Mr. Romney is slowly figuring this out, because in a July 4 interview he states himself that the penalty now is a ‘tax’ after all.  But…the campaign looks confused in addition to being politically dumb.

“The latest mistake is of a piece with the campaign’s insular staff and strategy that are slowly squandering an historic opportunity.    Mr. Obama is being hurt by an economic recovery that is weakening for the third time in three years.  But Mr. Romney hasn’t been able to take advantage, and if anything he is losing ground.

“But candidates who live by biography [Mitt’s reliance on his Bain background] typically lose by it.  See President John Kerry.

“The biography that voters care about is their own, and they want to know how a candidate is going to improve their future.  That means offering a larger economic narrative and vision than Mr. Romney has so far provided.

“Mr. Romney promised Republicans he was the best man to make the case against President Obama, whom they desperately want to defeat.  So far Mr. Romney is letting them down.”  Emphasis added.

Hey, Rupert, tell us how you really feel!  Although Mitt has four months to turn this around, I don’t see him making the kind of changes either in personnel or policy that he needs.  I see him plodding along in the same out-of-touch, soulless vein and losing.



Mittens Back in GOP Fold

It took him two days, but Mitt today backed off of his spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom’s statement that Obamacare was a penalty, not a tax, which put the Romney campaign at odds with, oh, just everybody else in the GOP.

Campaign spokesmen don’t make statements like that on their own, so Mitt today popped what was clearly a trial balloon, after realizing he couldn’t square this particular circle and had best scurry back into the fold.

It may be the Fourth of July, but Mitt is not about to declare his independence from the GOP machine, which now owns him and probably wishes they could return him.