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Opinion: Romney's Nixonian Secret Plans

The Buck Starts Here

Does Mitt Romney understand the job he is interviewing for?

After the speech he gave to Hispanic legislators yesterday in Orlando the answer clearly is no.

Like a financier spinning fanciful scenarios to investors, Romney referred to the Obama Administration's actions as a stopgap measure and insisted a Romney Presidency would provide an immediate and permanent solution.

He continued to avoid commenting on the implementation of the DREAM Act by executive order, as though it would not be an issue he would have to deal with. He provided no details, not even a hint, of what Mitt Romney's Immigration Plan is.

Either this is a lousy sales job, which is bad, or he has no idea there’s a difference between running Bain Capital and running the nation, which is worse.

Like Richard Nixon's secret plan to end the Vietnam War in 1968, this is a total con job.

Romney's secret plan for immigration joins his secret plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act as president. In both cases he provides no details about these plans. He has shared no thoughts about how he would deal with those affected by his plans.

All he gives is his ironclad guarantee that he can just put something in place immediately that will fix all the problems. Maybe that works in Mitt Romney's delusional world.

At Bain Capital this kind of sales-job-slash-con-job may work. People desperate for him to turn around their company may not have worried about all the details.

At Bain Capital, Romney was able to do as he wished by putting a bunch of his buddies on an acquired company's board to rubber stamp his plans.

Is Mitt Romney's real secret plan to abolish Congress and set up a United States Board of Directors to rubber stamp his other secret plans?

Not going to happen.

But without such a rubber stamp his words are a fantasyland of empty promises.

Even Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has grown tired of the lack of details. This week he complained that Senators were waiting for their leader to provide guidance on his immigration plans.

The voters may not be happy with the economy, but they aren't going to settle for secret plans.

About Bill Buck

Bill Buck is a Democratic strategist, President of the Buck Communications Group, a media relations and new media strategies consulting business based in Washington, DC, and Managing Director of the online ad firm Influence DSP. He has over twenty years of international and national communications experience. The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CBS Local.


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