A reader writes:
The interesting subtext in the speech that I think will be a factor over the course of the campaign: "honesty" and "facts". Romney is running a campaign with a completely postmodern approach to truth. Obama is betting that truth still matters and that voters will trust him more than Romney.
I was startled while watching Romney's remarks in Cincinnati an hour and a half ago to see him repeat the lie that President Obama has not signed any trade agreements. He even specifically criticized Obama for not pursuing agreements with Latin American countries. A quick Google search of "Obama administration trade agreements" by his speechwriter would have yielded several articles from this past October, including this one, which note the three trade bills Obama signed, of which two were Latin American. These were signed while he was campaigning in the primary! How does nobody on his staff remember this?!
They do remember it; and they have made a conscious decision to keep lying. Romney has decided how he will portray Obama – as a socialist who hates business – and any facts that go against that are not just ignored; they are actually inverted to their opposite. Romney did this in the New Hampshire debate. He'll do it as long as the press remains supine in their false equivalence.