Will’s criticism came on the heels of the Wall Street Journal editorial board criticizing Romney for not being firm enough in the face of attack. “The Romney campaign thinks it can play it safe and coast to the White House by saying the economy stinks and it’s Mr. Obama’s fault,” the WSJ editorial board wrote. “We’re on its email list and the main daily message from the campaign is that ‘Obama isn’t working.’ Thanks, guys, but Americans already know that. What they want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the president’s policies aren’t working and how Mr. Romney’s policies will do better.”
And, among others, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch has attacked the Romney campaign via Twitter over the past couple weeks. “Met Romney last week,” Murdoch tweeted. “Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.”
Department of Justice reform is but one of the many areas the Romney campaign has avoided completely, save for those few rare instances in which the former Massachusetts governor has attacked Holder.
Romney’s only real comments about Fast and Furious, other than his call for Holder’s resignation, came during the NRA convention — a controlled environment friendly to criticism of Holder — earlier this year. “I applaud Congressman [Darrell] Issa and Sen. [Chuck] Grassley for their work in exposing the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal,” Romney said then, according to prepared remarks. “And I applaud NRA leadership for being among the first and most vocal in calling upon Attorney General Holder to resign.”