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September 25, 2012

Romney, Ryan: Obama Doesn't Want The Public To Know What Happened In Libya

Getting sharper.

As CBS' political director said: You can't expect the media to point out Obama's failures on their own. You have to push it.

"I think they want to do their very best to keep the people of America from understanding exactly what happened. We expect candor, we expect transparency, particularly, as it relates to terrorism," Romney said.

"Why is he (Obama) not on the same page with his own administration officials who are saying that this is a terrorist attack? We'll leave it up to you to decide whether it's a coverup or not," Ryan said.

Video at the link.

Now: Something that's been bothering me.

I hear chatter from Team Romney that they no longer think that just hitting Obama on the economy will work.

I suppose that's true, in a trivial way. No one thing and one thing only will work.

But what I'm becoming a little unnerved by is the lack of a push on the economy anymore.

One highpoint of this campaign, for me, was Romney's whiteboard. I thought it signified that he'd be making the case against Obama on the economy sharply, cogently.

Instead, lately... I almost feel like they're conceding "We'll never convince people on this."

Maybe the economy alone can't win this thing, but without the economy as a pressing, top issue we are surely doomed.

I bring this up because while I approve of the toughness on Libya, I definitely do not want some "reboot" where they begin trying to emphasize issues other than the economy.

If you haven't won on the economy yet: You double down. You become more insistent. You rebut everything Clinton claimed. You begin running those Scare the Shit Out of the Public ads you once ran in the primaries.

The predicate for any decision to dump Obama is that the economy is bad and he deserves blame for that. The conclusion sought-- vote for Romney -- can only exist once that predicate is established.

If, as the polls indicate, people are starting to think the economy's okay, then that needs addressing. Urgently.

Maybe the election will not be won on the economy alone, but surely it will not be won on anything else.

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