November 10, 2012
Willard, We Hardly Knew Ye…

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.


Posted by Kurt Weldon at November 10, 2012 11:22 PM
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Mitt is going to go away. Ann Romney has stated that they will "not do this again". The republicans won't have him back. He could go back to vulture capitalism, but we hope, this time around, that Wall street will be reigned in.

Governor of Utah sounds about right for him; but hey, the atmosphere in that league is hardly rarefied.

I wish him well. And far away.

Posted by: Bendra on November 11, 2012 3:32 PM

Far be it for me to argue with Ann Romney. But he's not going away. Look for him on Fox News often. Look for him on Meet The Press. Look for him, Trump-like, to keep flapping his big yap. Hell, look for him on Dancing With The Stars! Oh, wait - Mormon's don't dance... Well, he'll show up somewhere.

Posted by: Kurt Weldon on November 11, 2012 9:25 PM

If you haven't, you owe it to yourself to hear the Gregory Brothers' song-'n-dance take on the concession, "I'm Still Rich":

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on November 13, 2012 3:28 AM

And now he's changed his mind about changing his mind about the 47%; he told his donors he lost because Obama was promising free stuff to the takers, like contraceptives for women.

Posted by: JoyfulA on November 16, 2012 3:22 AM
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