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By Henry Gekonde

There’s no doubt Mitt Romney has some special insights into how the economy works thanks to his background in business. But the former Massachusetts governor is exaggerating his economic credentials, and the nation’s editorial pages are letting him get away with his arrogant embellishments. 

Repeating a refrain he’s been using a lot lately, Romney told a radio host in Illinois today, referring to GOP challenger Rick Santorum and President Obama, “We can’t replace one economic lightweight with another.” In Romney’s world, book knowledge about the economy apparently isn’t enough: “[T]he president learned about the economy by reading about it, not by living it,” a newspaper quotes him saying. 

Of course, Romney is way off, but let’s give him due credit: his “economic lightweight” refrain is a catchy and relevant campaign slogan — since economic insecurity is a top concern for the rabble, pandering to the fears of the electorate might just work. We just want to let him know that we know.

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