In a brief, quiet editorial, the New York Times lays out the Republican failure to address the issues that concern America voters no less than they concern international investors and leaders. But it's not so much a simple, unexpected failure as much as it is an attempt of Republicans to counter the popularity of Obama and, surprisingly, his policies by making our choices as bewildering as possible, whether we're talking about taxes, defense, or health care.
If the first weekend of Mitt Romney’s general election campaign is any indication, the country is in for eight weeks of wild, often random answers to some of the most important policy questions. Voters trying to understand the positions of Mr. Romney and Representative Paul Ryan are going to have a harder time than ever. ...NYT
On issue after issue raised in the first weekend of interviews after the conventions, Romney and Ryan actively tried to obscure their positions, as if a clear understanding of their beliefs about taxes, health care or spending would scare away anyone who was listening. Aware that President Obama’s policies in these areas are quite popular once people learn about them, the Republicans are simply sowing confusion.
Mr. Romney thought the weak economy would give him a pass on specifics. But voters expect answers, and the Republicans are demonstrating only shallowness. ...NYT