The Wall Street Journal lit into the Mitt Romney and his campaign on its editorial page last week, describing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as timid and overly cautious, and his campaign as looking "confused in addition to being politically dumb."
For more than five years, through two presidential campaigns, Mitt Romney has been touting himself as the best candidate the Republicans could nominate, based on his experience as the governor of a large state, but more importantly, as a businessman who understands how the economy works and who can spur the creation of jobs in America. So you might think that now that he has a lock on the nomination, some of his biggest cheerleaders might be found on the editorial and op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal. But though the Journal is clearly in Romney's camp for the electoral battle against Barack Obama, it is just as clearly not a happy camper.
The paper lit into the candidate and his campaign on its editorial page last week, describing Romney as timid and overly cautious and his campaign as looking "confused in addition to being politically dumb."
In an editorial entitled "Romney's Tax Confusion," the Journal suggested that the campaign for the November election may have already reached a turning point — an ominous one for Romney. "If Mitt Romney loses his run for the White House, a turning point will have been his decision Monday to absolve President Obama of raising taxes on the middle class," the Journal warned, referring to an interview on MSNBC with Eric Fehrnstrom, a top-level Romney adviser and sometime spokesman. Fehrnstrom was asked if, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act falls within the taxing power of Congress, Romney still agreed with President Obama's claim that the charge levied against an uninsured person for not buying health insurance is, in fact, a penalty, not a tax.
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