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C3K columnist questions Gov. Walker's advice to Romney
As you might have observed, I don’t often feel sympathetic to Mitt Romney, but even Mitt shouldn’t have to take advice from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Walker went on “Fox News Sunday” to announce that the Republican presidential candidate needs to have more “fire in the belly.”
Yeah, Mitt. Scott Walker thinks you need a personality. That’s gotta hurt.
“I want to see more passion,” Walker said, adding that voters “want to know more than what’s wrong with the president, they want to know what’s right and what’s going to move the country forward. And I think Mitt Romney’s got that plan.”
Really, governor? Why do you think that? Have you been privy to some secret strategy sessions that impart the hidden plan?
In fact, the thing that struck me reading the complete transcript of Romney’s behind-closed-doors meeting with his $50,000-a-plate donors is the impression that he not only doesn’t have a plan, he doesn’t think he needs a plan.
This is what he said: “My own view is if we win on November 6, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We’ll see capital come back and we’ll see – without actually doing anything – we’ll actually get a boost in the economy.”
So far as I could see – and I did read the transcript several times – that is pretty much Romney’s plan. If you elect me, things will get better on their own.
And that’s kind of his plan for everything, it seems. His plan for Middle East peace is to “kick the can” down the road. His plan for Medicare is to restore an additional $716 billion to insurance companies and health care providers (who already had agreed to the cuts because of the promises of the Affordable Care Act).
If he has any plans for the country, he really hasn’t yet shared them.
Which brings me back to Gov. Walker.
Scott, it is really difficult to demonstrate “fire in the belly” when your plan for the future is limited to getting elected and, then assuming that the rich people will make things right by hiring workers who, apparently, they don’t now need.
It’s hard to show more passion when you don’t have anything you really want to accomplish.
But do you know what would arouse my passion if I was Mitt Romney? Having to take passion advice from the likes of Scott Walker.