The Romney and Obama campaigns have released two talking head ads. Obama’s ad consists of a laundry list of things he wants to do, which begs the question why he didn’t do any of them in his first term. Two things struck me about the ad. First, where Obama says we should take the savings from not being in Afghanistan and use that money to pay down the national debt and for “nation building”, shudder, here at home. The mendacity of this is truly startling since with a trillion-dollar deficit Obama knows that there is no money other than borrowed money that will be freed up by no more involvement in Afghanistan. The statement screams the complete contempt that Obama has for the intelligence of most of his supporters. Second, the sinister phrase “economic patriotism”. It brings to mind the Democrat dream tax return. Question One: “How much income did you make last year? Insert answer in blank and send a check for that sum made payable to the United States Treasury.”
Romney’s ad was not nearly hard-hitting enough, and Romney seems to be unable to bring himself to go bare knuckles against Obama. Most Mormons I have encountered tend to be very polite. Romney had better work hard to lose a good part of that politeness before the first debate next week.
Update: Apparently former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin coined the phrase “economic patriotism”:
“I am absolutely convinced that France has exceptional assets and has nothing to fear from international competition. But our forces must by united, organised, and mobilised so that we have the will to win together, business chiefs, social groups, the state, and workers,” he said in an interview in Les Echos newspaper.”