Will the same media that plays "gotcha" with Romney, advancing the viewpoint that he is incapable, or unwilling, to connect with "average" Americans, hold the president to the standards he set for himself? The president says he tried to "reach out" to Republicans, but they refused. What they refused to do was give in to big government and his tax-and-spend agenda. This is the way Democrats play the game: if you agree with them and compromise your principles, you are bipartisan. If you stick to your principles, you're a polarizer.
Do the promises Obama made four years ago still matter? They should, especially when he has failed to fulfill most of them. But don't look for the moderators of the upcoming debates to hold him accountable.
Perhaps Romney might reference Vice President Biden's recent remark. Romney, he said, "...thinks the middle class is $200,000 to $250,000. Whoa! Whoa! Don't you all wish you were in that middle class? Whoa!" But isn't that the middle-class threshold used by the president? Is Biden disparaging the middle class?
During the Oct. 3 presidential debate, Romney might also reference a comment the president made last February: "One of the proudest things in my three years in office is helping to restore a sense of respect for America around the world..."
In light of the uprisings that have included the burning of American flags in the Middle East and the murder of Americans in Libya, that's one more broken promise that can be added to a growing list.
With comments like these, there's no need to go behind closed doors. It's all out in the open.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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