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President Obama attacks Mitt Romney for outsourcing jobs overseas while he was at Bain Capital. But when it comes to outsourcing, Romney may well be doing the same thing when it comes to his Presidency.
It is becoming apparent to some astute observers that Romney as President will be very much a figurehead in his own administration. If A Romney victory leads to a Republican Congress, which is more than likely, then Congressional Leaders from Eric Cantor to Paul Ryan to Mitch McConnell will pretty much control domestic policy. Romney’s neocon and nationalist advisers will control foreign policy through State and Defense. And for for good measure the Netanyahu government has control of Romney’s Middle East policy as well. Thus you will probably get the Ryan Budget and a war with a Iran.
It will be Presidency with no President, well a President who looks good in front of the cameras. That’s always been one of Romney’s biggest political strengths, the fact that he “looks like a President”. So if he plays to his strength and says his line on cue and supports the party leaders in Congress, he need not do more than that and call it a day. As Grover Norquist himself said:
“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate. ”
Wouldn’t being President prompt Romney to try to assert his powers? Not when it’s too politically risky to do so. Why upset the party factions needlessly when you have no strong convictions of your own? And as we all know, Romney is quite a risk adverse man.
The Romney Administration will be the first outsourced Administration is U.S. history, its power and policies lying outside the White House.