Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Week asks the intriguing question: Has President Obama Turned Mitt Romney into John Kerry?
The parallels between Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney and the Democrats’ 2004 standard-bearer, Sen. John Kerry (D), are striking: Both men are multimillionaires who call Massachusetts home, have reputations as flip-floppers, vacation at inopportune times, and are widely perceived as stiff, remote, not terribly personable, and a little out of touch.
Here’s another similarity: Both men faced incumbents with strong poll numbers on national security, an advantage that both George W. Bush and President Obama have pressed. Plus, by trying to define Romney by attacking his perceived strengths, President Obama is borrowing pretty liberally from the Bush/Cheney 2004 playbook.
Is Obama trying to turn Romney into Kerry?