In 2008 John McCain refused to call Obama a socialist. How did that work out?
For months now, Mitt Romney has been asked in interviews and debates if he thinks Obama is a socialist. He has repeatedly refused to say that he is. The latest question on that topic came during a Romney sit down with Bill O'Reilly earlier this week:
But apparently Romney can call Newt Gingrich "zany" and "unreliable" without the angst so evident in all the interviews about whether he considers Obama a socialist. On top of that, Romney's Super Pac has been trashing Newt in television ads running all over Iowa.
Romney: Uh, you know, I consider him a big-government liberal Democrat. I think as you look at his policies, you conclude that he thinks Europe got it right and we got it wrong. I think Europe got it wrong. I think Europe is not working in Europe. And I’ll battle him on that day in and day out. But I’m probably not going to be calling him names so much as calling him a failure.
It's bad enough that Romney has no qualms about name calling when it's a fellow Republicans, but one of the ads from his Super Pac was so untruthful about Gingrich that the Washington Post Fact Checker gave it "Four Pinocchios."
Put aside for a moment that attacking a fellow Republican in such derogatory terms is a violation of Reagan's 11th Commandment ("Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."). You can expect that during a heated primary contest some things might be said that go a bit over the top. Yet, isn't it curious that Romney considers that tagging Obama as a "socialist" would be considered name calling?
Does Romney think that if he is the eventual GOP nominee that holding back on Obama will innoculate him from the slime storm the Dems will direct at whichever Republican gets the nod? Surely he can't be so naive!