How Should Romney Combat Smears?

Dick Morris has an idea on what Romney could do. He was on O’Reilly last night. O’Reilly said, “Look, if I’m Romney, I’d do the fact-check we just did and I say, ‘Look, this is what we did. That’s why we bought the guy’s company. This is what happened. We tried to save the company.'” See, this is the advice that people give Romney. Go out and tell the truth about the company. Go in there and say, “No, no, no! We took over the steel company because they asked us in!

“We saved that company for three to four years longer than it would have had a life. The people that worked at that company had jobs and health care for four years longer than they would have. If we hadn’t gone in there, that company would have gone bankrupt. This woman had health insurance from her own job, when her husband was laid off. He was offered a buyout.” There’s a theory that you go in and tell the truth.

And it sounds good.

But the problem with that is you’re accepting the premise and you’re always on defense. And what has to happen here is somehow Obama and his team need to be the one on defense. Otherwise, the Romney campaign is always defending themselves. Against lies! When you start defending yourselves against lies told about you… I’ve been there, folks. When people lie about you and you try to defend yourself, you’re still defending. You’re still on defense. And, in the process, you are accepting the premise.



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