Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.
Romney's mixed-up message
Mitt-the-Ken-Doll Romney, in an op-ed for USA-Today:
In a time of national crisis, we look to our president to acknowledge, as Harry Truman did, that it is at his desk where the buck stops.
President Obama, two weeks before Mitt Romney's op-ed:
I am the president and the buck stops with me.
Dunno about the rest of you, but I particularly enjoy Mittens Romney invoking Democratic president Harry Truman two weeks late. Then again, The Man With the Fisher-Price Hair is so up to his earnest pursuit of presidential gravitas that he'll deny anything: He deplores his own healthcare initiatives now that they're done on a national scale. He's abandoned moderate stances on making abortion safe/legal/rare. He wore his religion on his sleeve, then had wander the news circuit denying that southern Bubbas voted against him for being Mormon.
And let's not forget RNC chair Steele's description of Romney:
“Yeah, but let me ask you. Ok, Jay, I’m there with you. But remember, it was the (Republican) base that rejected Mitt because of his switch on pro-life, from pro-choice to pro-life. It was the (Republican) base that rejected Mitt because it had issues with Mormonism. It was the (Republican) base that rejected Mitt, because they thought he was back and forth and waffling on those very economic issues you’re talking about.” (interview on Bill Bennett's radio show, May 2009)
Frankly, in the last 2 years, Ken-Doll Romney has cravenly sprinted rightward from his centrist record while Massachusetts governor as he courts his party's base (aka Teabagger) votes. And it's not a statistically-noteworthy sample, but my own family members that liked him are disgusted by him after watching this, but he's still tacking toward the right. What the hell is up with this? Did I miss the poll where 'Waffling, 'Spineless', and 'Pretty boy' test as very presidential traits amongst Republicans?
h/t: brooklynbadboy at dkos