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It wasn't only once, twice or three times that Bob Schieffer tried to get a straight answer out of Romney. It was four times that he tried, and each time, Romney pivoted to his talking points. First, he pivots to the fact that we need more accountability and that Obama had jumped the gun, bypassing Marco Rubio's version of the DREAM Act and "some Democrat senators", notwithstanding that the original DREAM Act died due to the GOP Senators' filibuster to table the issue. Second, he pivots to the fact that Obama is just attacking this problem now and not before. Third, now he's just rambling and not making much sense. The fourth and last time Bob Schieffer pressed on this, he just reiterates the former points that it should be a long-term solution and that President Obama has failed to enact such a solution. I must say, if there is an award for politicians, Mitt Romney would win as Best Pivoter and Redirection. But, other than the usual politics, why it is so hard for Mitt to just answer this seemingly simple question? Let's look what Howard Dean had to say later on the show:
Again, the transcript:
In short, indeed, it was a brilliant "10-dimensional chess" move by President Obama again. By giving the executive order (well, actually it's not an executive order but a "deferred action process" directive for the Department of Homeland Security, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Executive Branch, to implement the policy), President Obama has put Mitt Romney between a rock and a hard place. If he agrees, he will make those right wing supporters mad that he went back on his words. Remember that during the vicious Republican primary, Mitt Romney flat out stated that if the DREAM Act were to be passed by Congress, he would veto it. Now, as the general election requires him to reset and move towards the left, he is pressed to go against his former position. Yet, if he panders to the right wingnuts still, he risks further alienating the Latino community, where President Obama holds a 43-point margin over Romney as of June 2012. This morning on This Week, George Will says that if Romney cannot garner 31% of the Latino vote, he will lose. The chart in the link before shows Romney at 23%, with 11% undecided--but remember that this poll was before President Obama's announcement. Further alienating the Latin community is not an option for Mitt Romney at all.
In addition to putting Mitt in a difficult situation, he is also robbing Marco Rubio's potential for influence within the Latino community, especially if he was going to be the VP pick. Chances are, some time between last week and the General Election, Rubio was going to come out with his DREAM Act to help swing the Latino vote to Romney, pointing out that President Obama has not done anything to help solve the immigration issues they face at all. However, because of this executive order now, that is no longer in play. Mitt Romney and Rubio have missed their chances, and now it is truly questionable whether Rubio would be a good VP pick for Romney, having lost his greatest asset as someone who even pretends to care about immigration more than President Obama.
I think it was great today that Bob Schieffer pressed Romney to answer such straightfoward questions, even though in the end he did not get a straight answer out of him. It sure puts pressure on Romney and his campaign to finally nail down their positions. So far, they have not offered to the American public anything concrete or specific that people can scrutinize and discuss. I sure hope this is the beginning of the MSM being more critical of Romney's tendency to handwave questions away. No, if you are going to become president, you should be able to pick a position, stick to it, and explain yourself as to why you think this course of action will be good for the country. Play time with feeble candidates from the GOP primary is over, Mitt. From here on out, you're playing with the big boys now, and I can't wait until the presidential debates where there will be no room for pivoting with Obama. Hopefully, the MSM will now keep hammering him until he gives the public where he stands on all issues.