Mitt Romney told Good Morning America that he expects President Obama to "say things that aren't true" during the presidential debates this fall.
That's actually made the headlines for many news outlets today, but I think what Romney followed that up with is equally noteworthy:
“I’ve looked at prior debates," Romney said. "And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, ‘Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?'”Yes, Romney's saying that that dastardly, conniving Obama is going to be slinging loads of false accusations at him, but Romney has no intention of actually defending himself from such charges.
As amazing douchey and sleazy as that strategy is, it actually may end up being effective. As a poster on Daily Kos astutely pointed out, this is the same strategy that the Thrilla from Wasilla pioneered four years ago:
PALIN: ... And I may not answer the questions the way that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.Wingnuts at the time, thrilled that Palin didn't faint, vomit or have a heart attack when Gwen Ifill asked her to introducer herself, declared the former half-wit half-term governor the clear winner against Biden (Hannity famously stated Palin "destroyed" him), as did most of the major news outlets. I imagine similiarly, the media will be giving Mittens the same amount of leeway, sadly. Cause our media, you know, fucking sucks.
VP Debate, October 2, 2008