Over at BuzzFeed Politics, columnist John Ellis has penned a provocative column about the collapse of the blue social model and the failure of both President Obama and Mitt Romney to face up to it:
In a speech to the nation’s newspaper editors this morning, President Obama announced that he was running for re-election to preserve the Blue Social Model; pretending that it can be kept afloat long into the future and pledging to protect it from the dastardly designs of, among others, Paul Ryan, House GOP Budget Chairman and author of the so-called Ryan plan for addressing America’s fiscal emergency. . . .Mitt Romney has finally secured the 2012 GOP presidential nomination . . . But he did so without sketching out any design of what a new social model might look like. Indeed, Mr. Romney seemed to stand aside from the most urgent political and policy question of our time—what comes next—and instead bored us to tears with reassurances that America would be great again if only we elected him to its highest office.The key to a Romney victory is not to defeat President Obama; that would be a byproduct. The key is to make the case that the Blue Social Model is truly dead, that a new model is urgently needed and to present the first rough draft of what the new model might look like.
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