Saturday, October 20, 2012


Barack Obama is having fun with a new term: Romnesia. Now I don’t know who coined the term, some say it was David Korn on “Mother Jones” although Korn doesn’t think so. Even so, like Big Bird and 47%, the thing seems to be resonating with voters.
And Mitt Romney is perfectly correct that Obama is playing “Word Games.” Substance should rule over style and one-liners in any election. However, I am willing to admit that many voters don’t see it that way, especially those that are still (astoundingly) undecided. These are the low-informed electorate that we have all come to know and hate. They wait until they hear something that resonates and then vote with their gut feelings. So while Romney is substantively right on this issue, he is wrong on the value of a glib remark at this point in the campaign.
So to me, it sounds like Romney is grousing that his campaign cannot come up with a glib remark that doesn’t make him look like a copycat. It sounds like he is already composing his concession speech.
Now, for those who have not been paying attention, here is a compendium of the President’s “Romnesia Rag:”
"If you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether you'd sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia."
“If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let employers deny contraceptive care, you might have a case of Romnesia.”
“If you say you will protect a women's right to choose but you stand up in a primary debate and say you'd be delighted to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases, then you have definitely got Romnesia.”
“If you come down with a case of Romnesia and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, here is the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions. We can fix you up. We've got a cure. We can make you well."

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