Hey Mitt, Don’t Telegraph Your Debate Strategy!

Although I find the source to be questionable (Politico), is still raises a certain question: why telegraph your debate strategy?

According to Politico:

Top Republicans are telegraphing Romney’s hard-line strategy for his faceoff with Obama, according to Mike Allen’s Playbook in POLITICO on Thursday. The debate plan comes during a presidential cycle where media fact-checkers have held a high profile and where an earlier effort by Democrats to cast GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan as untrustworthy got results.

Romney himself was the first to signal the strategy.

“I think he’s going to say a lot of things that aren’t accurate,” Romney said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier this month, adding he would have to choose between correcting Obama and delivering his own message.

“I’d be tempted to go back to that wonderful line by Ronald Reagan, ‘There you go again,’” Romney said.

How could Romney NOT want to use Reagan’s famous quip? I would too!

But to construe from that a Romney strategy in the debates? I really don’t think Romney is dumb enough to assume an entire strategy based on Obama obfuscations, which are legion. After all, don’t forget that the first debate will be moderated by Jim Lehrer from PBS. Don’t you think Obama will be given a pass on hard questions?

My take of what Lehrer will ask:

“President Obama, what would you do in a second term about….”,

instead of,

“President Obama, what HAVE YOU DONE in your first term to….”

Don’t expect Lehrer’s questions to give Romney a chance to nail Obama on lies!