Last week’s Republican National Convention served to better connect the party’s candidate with the voters, to humanize a man wealthier than the country’s last eight presidents combined and who consistently is seen as less “likeable” as the incumbent in polling. It did not, however, offer many more specifics on Republican Mitt Romney’s plans for the country if elected. That fact did not escape the conservative opinion page writers at The Wall Street Journal.
In “Mitt’s Speech Gamble,” the Journal suggests that Romney is “brimming with ideas,” but by failing to explain his agenda, the candidate has left an opportunity for Democrats to define him and the Republican party.
“We wouldn’t be surprised to see [Democrats] pivot away from personal attacks on Mr. Romney and Bain next week and devote all of their time to assailing his policies,” the paper writes.
More from the Journal’s critique:
Neither he nor the entire GOP convention made a case for his economic policy agenda. He and Paul Ryan promised to help the middle class, but they never explained other than in passing how they would do it.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Romney tossed out his five policy ideas almost as an afterthought. Energy got one sentence, education scored big with two. Neil Armstrong received almost as much speech time as what Mr. Romney would do specifically to spur faster growth and raise middle-class incomes.