Troy Senik has commanded me to write a note about the first debate—invite a man to become an editor of Ricochet and he turns into a martinet—and for the last couple of days, I’ve been scratching my head, wondering what I might say that would prove at all useful or original. The best I can do, I’ve decided, is to suggest to Mitt Romney that from time to time during the debate he would do well to display a particular trait:
If Governor Romney truly believes that President Obama has damaged the economy, wasted billions of dollars, and enacted a partisan, divisive, and utterly unwarranted expansion of federal power that will only degrade American health care, then his demeanor toward the president ought to indicate as much. Mitt Romney needs to exhibit authentic emotion. He needs to get angry.
Doing so would enable him to connect with ordinary people. A very rich man, Romney need never worry about finding himself unemployed or underwater on a mortgage. For that matter, he need never worry about rationing under ObamaCare—rich people can always find doctors. When he displays indignation, then, Romney will do so not on his own behalf but on ours.