From our More In Sorrow Than In Anger desk
Perhaps aware that their presidential race is becoming too much of a smashmouth tilt, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are starting to take the not high – but soft – road.
New Romney ad:
Script (via Politico’s Playbook):
‘Too many Americans are struggling to find work in today’s economy. Too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. More Americans are living in poverty than when President Obama took office and 15 million more are on food stamps. President Obama and I both care about poor and middle-class families. The difference is my policies will make things better for them. We shouldn’t measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. We should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. My plan will create 12 million new jobs over the next four years—helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle class. I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message because we can’t afford another four years like the last four years.’
Then there’s Obama’s second 47% spot:
When Mitt Romney dismissed 47% of Americans for not pulling their weight, he attacked millions of hard working people making 25, 35, 45 thousand dollars a year. They pay social security taxes. State taxes. Local taxes. Gas, sales, and property taxes. Romney paid just 14 percent in taxes last year. On over 13 million in income. Almost all from investments. Instead of attacking folks who work for a living…Shouldn’t we stand up for them?
Might we be moving into a kinder, gentler phase of this scorched-earth presidential campaign?
Don’t count on it.