Romney’s Daring Right Turn Gives America a Clear Choice (Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsacé, France)
Do Americans have a political memory deficit when compared to people in other nations? For France’s Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, columnist Pascal Coquis writes that this capacity to forget has given Mitt Romney a chance to reinvent himself, and gives America a very stark choice to make in November.
For the Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, columnist Pascal Coquis starts off this way:
In politics, the here and now is all one needs to know. Memory doesn’t count for much, or at least very little, and in the United States it seems, even less so than anywhere else.
For Mitt Romney, this dictatorship of immediacy is a blessing. It allows him to radically change the course of a campaign that sorely needed a “hard-to-starboard” without fearing a wreck of the Republican ship.
With little more than two months before Election Day, this change of course is an audacious but double-edged sword. It may well rally Obama’s disillusioned electorate as well as frighten off both independent and moderate voters.
Meanwhile, as a candidate of the “Grand Old Party, the extremism of his program is on a scale not seen in a century, and has revived a campaign that was slipping dangerously. The former Massachusetts governor has silenced those calling him too wimpy, too vague, and lacking vision. That was his first objective.
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