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Long Primary is Nudging Romney Right


RUSH: Larry Kudlow has just posted this at National Review: "A Bolder Romney Tax-Cut Plan is Coming." Here's what Kudlow has posted: "Team Romney tells me there will be a bolder tax-cut plan released either at the debate tomorrow night (if Mitt gets it in) or more formally at his Detroit Economic Club speech on Friday."

Kudlow says he's "embargoed from releasing details until tomorrow. But I can say that the new plan will be across-the-board with supply-side incentives from rate reduction, and that it will help small-business owners as well as everyone else." Now, just yesterday... You think this is an accident? So Kudlow gets a call from the Romney people, "Hey, guess what we have to show you? You can't tell anybody about it 'til tomorrow, but we're gonna have some new tax proposals." Well, it was just yesterday on this program that we read James Pethokoukis' analysis of the first two points of Romney's economic plan, the 59-point plan. And the first two points were to "maintain" tax rates on personal rates, maintain business tax rate.

"Maintain." And Pethokoukis said: Now, that doesn't fly. If Romney's back in his Bain Capital days and somebody comes in with a proposal to fix a company they just bought, "maintain" is not gonna get you anywhere. The guy would probably be fired. Well, that begot a phone call from an angry Romney supporter who ripped me from one side of the room to the other for being anti-Romney, anti-conservative. And all I did was read what Jim Pethokoukis said his impressions of Romney's 59-point plan are. And, lo and behold, Kudlow gets a call today, and guess what? Supply-side tax cuts are coming in this week, in Romney's revised tax plan. That's cool. Fine. I'm just pointing out the confluence of events here, or actually the flow of events. So the 59-point plan is on the way to being revised.


RUSH: By the way, do you remember a piece by Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal not long ago, I quoted from it repeatedly.  Henninger's point was that Romney is not naturally a conservative.  He's gonna have to be nudged.  He's going to have be shoved in that direction.  And here we have a long campaign, and it looks like that's happening.  Jim Pethokoukis writes critically of Romney's 59 point plan.  The next day Romney calls or his office calls Kudlow and says, "Hey, big change coming on the economy. We got two new economic proposals, and it's all supply-side."  So Henninger was right.  He's being nudged to the right.  It's all good, folks, it's all good. The long campaign is just fine.  



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