National elections are not easy to win in the US, specially when you are a Republican. The worst President in history is still 50-50 to win it with his most important asset an American media that will never criticise for reasons that have become a mystery to me given how sensationally bad Obama is. But whatever the reason is, the fact of the matter is that the American media will virtually never criticise Obama with any serious heat and certainly will not lay it on the way they did with Reagan and Bush.
Even a bit of moderate carping about the debt or the potential effect of gutting the American defence capability would be a start. This virtually never seems to happen in any of the mainstream media outlets, except on Fox and The Wall Street Journal. It is only the common sense of voters who can see what is happening, perhaps only dimly because of the way the media works, but who are nevertheless able to discount the wall to wall positives of the President they are continuously surrounded by that gives someone like Romney a chance. And given how flakey and flawed ever one of the other major Republican candidates have turned out to be, I now feel fortunate that Romney has the temperament to stay the course.
One of the criticisms I had heard of Romney, and have now decided to investigate for myself, is that he did not call Obama a socialist when given the chance. You can watch it for yourself below and what you find is Romney refusing to get suckered into calling Obama a “socialist” which would divert attention away from policies towards the content of labels. I think he is underrated as a politician and a strategist.