If you were on twitter or followed the news at all yesterday, you probably got a heavy dose of the Hilary Rosen/Ann Romney controversy. Hilary Rosen in an interview on CNN said Ann Romney “has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we-why we worry about their future.” She was roundly criticized for those comments. Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina spoke out against those comments.
Meanwhile, a sitting Republican Congressman, Allen West issues an outrageous statement that 78 to 81 Democrats are communists and no Republican has the guts to repudiate him? Since when did Republican leaders become so spineless? Since when did they become tongue-tied when it came time to criticize one of their own? Where is Gov. Mitt Romney in all of this? He is running to be the President of the United States but he’s also running to be the leader of his Party. He should start acting like it. He ought to begin to try to reshape the image of his party, what it stands for, what he as the leader will and won’t tolerate. But for whatever reason, he doesn’t appear to be politically nimble. He doesn’t seem to have the keen political instinct to recognize and take advantage of a political opportunity as it arises. He is too cautious and calculating. There are moments when a political leader shouldn't remain silent. One of those moments was when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and Gov. Romney failed to repond forcefully. In the case of Allen West, he is yet again letting another opportunity slip away. It doesn’t mean you swing at every pitch, but when one comes right down the middle, you go after it without hesitation and hit it out of the ballpark. Rep. Allen West’s deplorable statement is one of those moments, and it’s not too late for Gov. Romney to speak out.