I’ve noticed lately that every time someone posts a discussion about Romney, the conversation ends up being about President Obama. Actually, I noticed this a while ago with some of the conservatives which whom I routinely have debates. I had hoped that it was a localized phenomenon, but sadly I was wrong.
Does this sound familiar to anyone who has tried to discuss Romney’s many failings with a conservative?
“But look at what Obama did!”
That’s all I seem to hear anymore. Romney economic plan a joke? But Obama increased the debt! Romney proving he is a complete failure at foreign relations? But Obama didn’t have any experience and look at the riots in Libya and Egypt! Romney obviously trying to hide something in the tax returns that he refuses to release? But Obama hasn’t given us all of his educational records! Romney dismissed 47 percent of Americans as not his problem? But Obama is a radical Muslim communist!
I like to call this recent tactic by conservatives, “slight of hand.” They are like magicians trying to hide what they are doing in one hand by making you focus on something else in their other hand. The problem is that they don’t really have any way to defend Romney’s complete inadequacy as a candidate because he is practically indefensible. By his own admission he doesn’t have any complete plans for the country. He is relying on certain “principles” to guide his policies and actions. But try to bring that up with a conservative and you’ll get a discussion of Obama’s policies.
I love debates. They are a big reason that I do this blog. I think that, as long as we keep an open mind in a debate, we open ourselves to new perspectives that help us learn and grow. But that doesn’t work if a debate is simply a forum for pointing fingers at Obama without actually discussing the issue. I would love to see a conservative debate something posted about Romney without using the word Obama. Just once. You never know, maybe if they had some good points I might look at an issue differently.