Not a lot to add to Chuck’s post below about the self-delusion of our Republican friends. Ultimately, I think the level of surprise about Mitt’s more-than-apparent cluelessness is more surprising to me than the fact that he really thought he had this one all sewn up. I know any number of people who have said, “I just don't see how anybody could vote for that man!” Such people tend to be rather uninformed.
However, one would like to think that the nominee for the office of President of the United States of America from one of only two major political parties in this country would be rather more perceptive than a suburbanite in a bowling alley. Which brings us to what I consider the real problem with Mitt, and the rest of his ilk: He was never running for President of the United States of America. Mitt was running for President of People Who Agree With Him. As were all the sterling political minds he beat out for the nomination.
Arguably, Mitt was never running at all. Oh sure, he made the campaign stops and bought the air time. But this was a man who never seemed to accept that it was his job to convince the electorate to support him. Rather, he seems to have genuinely believed it was the job of the electorate to recognize what he considered so obvious as to be beyond question: That it was time for High Lord Romney to ascend to the presidency of this country. Which is in line with his much-touted business experience: Mitt was always the one making the evaluations — he never had to learn what happens on the other side of the desk.
One would also like to think that reaching the heights in the business world that Mr. Romney did would require a little more perception than Mr. Romney has to date displayed. That was what struck me about his remarks about the 47 percent — not that they were callous (which of course they were) but that they showed so little imagination. But if we’ve learned nothing since 2008 (and it looks increasingly like we haven’t) we should have learned that imagination and perception have very little to do with reaching the pinnacles of the business world. It seems the people who believe government should be run like a business really don’t know much of anything about running either.
So farewell to Mr. Romney, for now. He’s not going away, and the things he represents are not going away. He has, in his way, much to teach us — though not in a way that he could imagine. The question now is how much of it we are willing to learn.