Posted on May 30 2012 – 7:00 AM – Posted by: Doug Brady
“The vision thing” entered the political vernacular when the first Bush ran for election after serving as Reagan’s vice president and was criticized for harping too much on short-term objectives rather than unifying themes.
In Bush 41’s case, he was running for an open White House rather than against an incumbent, so he could have painted with broad strokes on an empty canvass. But he instead ran as a more practical politician.
Romney is perfecting the art of the attack, using the speeches his campaign bills as headliners to slam the Obama administration.
But the GOP standard-bearer has been extraordinarily light on specifics, even on the economy, which he bills as his trademark issue. He touts the fact that he was a successful businessman and knows how to create jobs, but has to be pressed to outline specific ways he will transfer that know-how to the U.S. economy.
In an interview this week with Time’s Mark Halperin, for instance, Romney treated inquires into specifics about about spending cuts as president as a gotcha question.