Monday, September 24, 2012
Romney Tries to Turn 'Yes We Can' Into 'No, I Can't'
It was bad enough last week when Mitt Romney's started going after President Obama's "you can't change Washington from the inside" line without watching the video or considering the consequences. Now that he's had some time to think about it, Romney's campaign has moved forward with this line of attack in a new web video cleverly titled "No, I Can't." Get it? It's like the exact opposite of "Yes We Can!" The only problem is that Obama's quote from last week's Univision forum doesn't actually contradict his 2008 slogan. Rather, it confirms the sentiment that a President can't change the world on his own. The operative word, which Mitt Romney seems to be neglecting, is "we." Romney and the young people who appear in his ad seem disappointed that Obama didn't solve all of their problems for them. The great irony is that this new complaint against Obama runs completely counter to the last time the Romney camp took the President out of context with his "You didn't build that" comment. In that case, Republicans were up in arms because President Obama appeared to be taking too much credit for people's success. Now that Obama's saying we as a country can only "change Washington" if the American people take personal responsibility and demand cooperation from their elected officials, the GOP is labeling him a failure. Mitt Romney may have expressed outward confidence on 60 Minutes last night, but by contracting himself and his supposed principles to land any and all attacks on President Obama, he's revealing his desperation.