Politics don’t always make sense, but sometimes the logic behind a campaign strategy is completely baffling. Politicians might not give members of the electorate much credit for their intelligence (the sentiment is typically mutual), but the current attempt to sell the Republican candidate is so faulty that anyone paying attention should feel insulted.

For months the Republican mantra has been that President Barack Obama cannot run on his record. The talking points look something like this:

“Unemployment is high and growth is slow. Things could be better. Things should be better. Regardless of extenuating circumstances, a leader needs to be held accountable for results.”

For blind followers of the GOP, this argument is far more than what they need to vote against the incumbent. The big “D” next to his name is already sufficient for that. And to be fair, the “R” next to Mitt Romney’s name is enough to earn the ire of many steadfast Democrats. But neither of these are the kind of fickle voters that campaigns spend time, money, and energy to court.

The independent and undecided voters for which campaigns are designed are those who tend to think for themselves rather than rely on an unquestioning loyalty to a political party. With this obvious reality in mind, it is mind-boggling that Republicans are playing the can’t-run-on-his-record card.

Such a strategy logically implies that the Republicans have something better in the way of a proven record to offer. It implies that Mitt Romney can run on his record—either as CEO of Bain Capital or as Governor of Massachusetts, or both.  It implies two sides to the “x is greater than y” equation.

Now, I have been following both campaigns, and there are two phrases that are conspicuously absent from Mitt Romney’s public statements: “When I was at Bain,” and “When I was Governor.”

The Republican candidate avoids mentioning  his most significant past leadership positions because of the devastating political liabilities associated with outsourcing labor, layoffs, a universal healthcare mandate, gun control measures, and job creation results  that ranked 47th nationally.

The bottom line: Romney cannot run on HIS record.

Despite this, Republicans continue to throw stones from their glass house–or if this is a Romney metaphor, their Waterford crystal house.

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