WASHINGTON, October 20, 2012 — It appears that former Governor Mitt Romney has come down with a bad case of Romnesia [Rom-nee-zhuh]. Now while President Obama is not a doctor nor does he portray one on television, he does recognize the symptoms and has made his diagnosis. Let’s hope it’s not contagious, although it appears that some of electorate have caught a bad case of Romnesia (a combination of the words Romney and an amnesia).
In case you are wondering just what it is and what to do about it, look at what President Obama said in Virginia Friday while campaigning before a crowd of more than 10,000 (see video below):
“Now that we’re 18 days out from the election, ‘Mr. Severely Conservative’ wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year. He’s forgetting what his own positions are, and he’s betting that you will too. “We’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think — I think it’s called ‘Romnesia.’ ”
But Romney needn’t worry, explained Obama: “If you come down with a case of ‘Romnesia’ and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your Web site, or the promises that you’ve made over the six years you’ve been running for president, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers preexisting conditions.’’
Clearly relishing the moment, Obama continued his riff, saying, “I’m not a medical doctor, but I — but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure nobody else catches it.’’
The President then ticked off some of the symptoms so you can better understand his diagnosis and perhaps see if you too have been infected by Romnesia:
“If you say you’re for equal pay for equal work but you keep refusing to say whether or not you will sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia.
“If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let employers deny contraceptive care, you might have a case of Romnesia.
“If you say you will protect a women’s right to choose but you stand up in a primary debate and say you’d be delighted to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases, then you have definitely got Romnesia.”
The newly minted Romnesia went viral quickly with 18,000 tweets an hour on Twitter on Friday.
The Romney campaign wasn’t laughing, blasting back: “America doesn’t need a comedy routine; it needs a serious plan to fix the economy,’’ Romney senior adviser Danny Diaz wrote on Twitter.
Mitt Romney stepped into the fray at large Daytona Beach, Fla. rally, clearly irritated: “Have you been watching the Obama campaign lately? It’s absolutely remarkable. They have no agenda for the future, no agenda for America, no agenda for a second term. It’s a good thing they won’t have a second term. They’ve been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games. Just watch it.”
The Romney campaign added that Americans had perfect recall of the last four years and of the economic hardship that Republicans blame squarely on the president.
But the damage is done. Once Romnesia enters the political lexicon, expect it to stay there for a while or at least until Election Day. And it is apt to resonate with women whom President Obama is trying to remind what life would be like for them under a Romney presidency.
Sometimes the best way to fight an opponent is with satire and ridicule. President Obama just released such a zinger. And from the yelps by the Romney campaign, it looks like it found its target.
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