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Must-Read Op-Eds for August 16, 2012

ROMNEY'S RESPONSE TO THE VP
JOE SCARBOROUGH
POLITICO

There’s not a lot of time left for the Republican nominee to figure out how to talk straight to those voters who are hungry for leadership. If Governor Romney had the guts to answer Biden’s attacks honestly, he might say this: …”What’s so ‘gutsy’ about kicking the can down the road for another four years on entitlements? What’s so gutsy about letting Medicare go bankrupt because you don’t have the guts to tell Americans the truth about a program that will one day collapse under the weight of its own commitments? ...What’s gutsy about stealing $1 trillion dollars from your children and grandchildren every single year since Barack Obama became president? Americans have always sacrificed present ease for future strength. We’ve got bills to pay, jobs to create, priorities to reorder. It won’t be fun, but it’s what we do. Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan both noted that their generations had a rendezvous with destiny. So do we. It’s time we kept the appointment."

ROMNEY THE UNKNOWABLE
TIMOTHY EGAN
NEW YORK TIMES

This problem of who he is, Romney acknowledged last year, has plagued him ever since he became a public figure. ...I doubt you will hear anything of the real Romney because he is afraid of his own past. His life — even with prep school privilege in Bloomfield Hills, the draft-avoiding refuges of mission work in Paris and business school at Harvard, a founding role at Bain Capital from a mentor who guaranteed he would never fail financially or professionally — is not without drama. Yet that Romney story is laden with land mines of his making. Or rather, that of his party, which has turned so quickly against common-sense solutions to the nation’s problems that Romney’s real achievements, and prior principles, are now toxic to most Republicans.

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