Mitt Romney gave nothing short of a masters class in what I am trademarking ing the Nuh-Uh Strategy in his appearance in the debate last night. In doing so, Romney treated Obama to a cold dish of obduracy that had Malia and Sasha scrambling to take notes for future reference and more than a few political leaders dreading having to face it across the negotiating table when Romney becomes president.
So how does Nuh-Uh strategy work? Well, as it names implies, the primary rule is to deny. And not just deny some things. Deny everything and anything. Even if it’s true. Even if you had just said what the other person is saying you said, deny you ever said it. Case in point. Obama says Romney’s tax plan calls for $5 trillion in tax cuts. “Nuh-uh,” Romney says. It does, Obama continues. “Nuh-uh,” Romney counters. But it does, Obama states again half-heartedly. “Nuh-uh,” Romney chirps. Point Romney. A point won by the Republican nominee denying that he plans on cutting taxes. What is even better for Romney is that everyone already knows he is so planning on cutting taxes that much. But as any teenage girl will tell you, the truth doesn’t matter as long you look good lying.
And Romney, to all the left’s amazement and consternation, looked better lying than Obama did trying to tell the truth. Obama didn’t have a chance as he played the harried dad frustrated by the antics of Romney’s Gidget Incarnate (pre-pro-labor, of course) as he befuddledly fumbled about his answers as if he was just asked by a newly post-pubertal Romnette on her prom night how do you know if it’s the right time to, know you, do it.
And there you have it. Romney now have many people saying today that Romney never looked more presidential as when he acts like a spoiled 15 year old girl who really really wants that new iPhone.