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I've been worried the past couple of days that Ryan, Romney/ Koch might be making some headway on the Medicare attacks. The thing that might have gotten some traction was the linking of Medicare reforms to the dreaded Obamacare. I thought Obama was a little slow on the uptake. But what I didn't realize was that Joe Biden set a trap for Romney who just tee-ed up the ball for Obama to hit out of the park. Biden's faux pas was intended to put Romney on a high and loosen his tongue---because Romney can't keep his mouth shut. Especially when it comes to embellishing his argument.
My take on embellishments is that when a person is making an argument which he knows is faulty and he is not a complete sociopath, he is inclined to add things to strengthen his argument but which actually weaken it because he opens the door unnecessarily to counter attacks. Best to make short statements, give crisp answers. And don't anticipate. I attended a divorce case in which the woman so angered the judge that he said, "Please don't answer the questions before they are asked.". She kept doing it, and I watched him make a note or two. Can't say there's a connection here but in the end he awarded her the man's student loans--which at the time was a precedent in the state. (Now that anecdote was completely unnecessary).
I have noticed Romney getting ahead of the questions, which is a separate and annoying insult to the questioner. But he has also stepped on his own lines all throughout his campaign. Yesterday his lovely wife followed suit in her comments on the tax returns. She embellished her proviso---"you get nothing more from us" ( STOP Right there, Ann) ...."because it just gives people ammunition". Ah, why do you suppose that is? (Now, right there I myself could have embellished my comment with something like---"I think the Romney's keep embellishing because they are arrogant"---and invited an unnecessary attack on my post).
I thought the Romney attack---"and dump the $716 Billion into Obamacare" was a good one--- misleading, but effective. And while Obama did a pretty good job in fighting back yesterday, the arguments can make Obama look defensive as well as tax the listener's attention span---savings? reforms? where did he put this money? damned Obamacare!
Overconfident that his tirade on Biden had just won him the election, and riding high because his wife once again stiffed the pesky media on the question of more tax returns, Romney said he was going to restore the $716 Billion in "cuts to Medicare". The problem is that no one had yet gone down that path and Romney didn't need to. No one had asked him, "Will you restore the cuts?"
Well, Governor, since you mentioned it, by putting the $716 Billion back into your budget, you would increase profits for the healthcare industry but also increase the national debt. How are you going to pay for that?
Not to mention that Congressman Ryan had the very same cuts in his own budget. Oh, crap!