Mitt Romney, Republican-Fail — August 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Romney won’t give you details because he thinks you won’t like them (and he’ll lose)


At last, an honest answer…

Turns out there’s a reason that Mitt Romney won’t give us details about any of his plans: he thinks if he does, Americans won’t like them and he’ll lose the election.

As Steve Benen put it at The Maddow Blog, “It’s better, he effectively argued, to hide the facts from voters until after the election.”

Advisers say the campaign has no plans to pivot from its previous view that diving into details during a general-election race would be suicidal.

Romney strategy is simple: Hammer away at Obama for proposing cuts to Medicare and promise, in vague, aspirational ways, to protect the program for future retirees — but don’t get pulled into a public discussion of the most unpopular parts of the Ryan plan.

“The nature of running a presidential campaign is that you’re communicating direction to the American people,” a Romney adviser said. “Campaigns that are about specifics, particularly in today’s environment, get tripped up.”

“Get tripped up” is a euphemism for “get clobbered in the election”. So a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for a blank book fresh off the store shelf. Don’t worry, he’ll fill it in later.

You know. With something