“Is it too early to say that Mitt Romney’s economy-only campaign isn’t working or should we wait until after Obama is re-elected? Social issues have huge resonance in Ohio and a refusal to play it up in that state — say, ads drawing attention to the Democratic Convention’s pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage extremism — will cost Romney the election.
“Likewise, a quick presser connecting our Egyptian embassy’s groveling statement to our Libyan ambassador’s assassination, followed by a return to all-economy-all-the-time, practically begs the liberal media to pile on Romney for his supposed insensitivity. You have to make a sustained critique of Obama’s Middle East policy, Gov. Romney, which has now cost the life of our ambassador and others. Contra the conventional wisdom, 2012 is not just about the economy. People still blame our economic woes more on Bush than Obama. So either you sell an across-the-board critique of the present administration or you will lose.”