That’s what makes Mitt Romney’s message in Wisconsin this morning so curious. From a Talking Points Memo post titled “Romney: Elect Me Or House GOP Will Wreck The Economy:”
In what his campaign billed as his “closing argument,” Mitt Romney warned Americans that a second term for President Obama would have apocalyptic consequences for the economy in part because his own party would force a debt ceiling disaster.
“Unless we change course, we may well be looking at another recession,” Romney told a crowd in West Allis, Wisconsin.
Romney said that Obama “promised to be a post-partisan president, but he became the most partisan” and that his bitter relations with the House GOP could threaten the economy. As his chief example, he pointed to a crisis created entirely by his own party’s choice — Republican lawmakers’ ongoing threat to reject a debt ceiling increase. Economists warn that a failure to pass such a measure would have immediate and catastrophic consequences for the recovery.
The message here is that Republicans in the House are so angry at the president that they’ll certainly drive the nation over a fiscal cliff rather than work with him on the debt ceiling to avoid that economic catastrophe.
The message has the whiff of blackmail, eh? Not uplifting at all.
I really hope Romney’s wrong and the Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith and Robert Hurt wouldn’t play that game.
Does anybody think they would?