08/10/2012 08:46 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2012

Romney's Panic Attack

Republican candidate Mitt Romney told Chuck Todd of NBC on Thursday that he was upset by the attacks of President Obama's campaign on him. He now wants "an agreement" that both campaigns refrain from "attacks on business or family or taxes or things of that nature." What planet does Mitt Romney live on? This is a presidential campaign, not an academic discussion among college students where everybody genially exchanges views for their intellectual advancement.

This is a contest that will decide who will be on the Supreme Court, whether Obama's health care plan survives, whether we are going to revert to the George W. Bush economic policies, if we will start new wars overseas, how much in tax reductions the 1% of the U.S. population will receive, etc. These are real issues. Does Romney expect that the Democrats are going to unilaterally disarm and withhold their differences and hold his hand and just discuss their distinct visions in a cordial and friendly way? No. This is a fight over power, over who will control the direction of the country for the next four years. This is serious business. From this interview, Romney is starting to sound pathetic, that he can't measure up to the criticism that inevitably happens in a presidential race. Apparently he is growing spooked by his slow slide in the polls, his gradual loss in competitive position in key electoral states, and his increasing unpopularity among voters.

Now seemingly he wants to be treated gently by his opponent. He appears to be pleading to President Obama to pat him on the back and say, "That's OK, Mitt, we can agree to disagree, no hard feelings." This is the same Romney, by the way, who gave no quarter to his foes during the Republican primary campaign. Now he is in a panic, saying "enough... enough." His plea for an "agreement" with Obama is a way to save himself from himself and is publicly humiliating.