Romney may pay for going AWOL on debt debate Staff

8/1/2011 9:28:00 AM - Staff

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,” Theodore Roosevelt famously advised. But as is the case with many maxims, there are opposing viewpoints. With the nation deeply embroiled in debt debate, GOP front runner Mitt Romney appears to be following different advice: Keep your head down and your mouth shut.

This is not an absurd strategy. One of the advantages, after all, of running for president as an “unemployed” person (as opposed to running as an incumbent), is the ability to avoid controversial stands. Why get down in the weeds if you can remain above the fray?