|All the Fuss About Mitt Romney is Unsound|
|Written by Jeff Koopersmith|
|Thursday, 20 September 2012|
Yes, Romney stepped in it at Boca Raton -- but political strategist Jeff Koopersmith believes there is a more important point that the mainstream media has completely missed.
I’ve been writing and blogging about American politics since 1968 and on only a few occasions have I seen the pundits remain silent on what appears, at least to me, to be a colossal and unpleasant signal of illness from a presidential candidate that goes unmentioned.
Over the past few days, the Democrats have gone wild over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks about half the population of the United States. Romney painted them as feeding from the public trough, seeing themselves as victims when they are not, and paying no taxes while the rest of the people do their American best.
The whacky Republicans are divided over these tasteless and even racist remarks. The more normal among them -- including MA Sen. Scott Brown and CT GOP senatorial candidate Linda "Gorgeous George" McMahon -- are taking Romney to the woodshed over these statements, and leading staunch old-liners are embarrassed over his nonchalant kiss-off of half the country’s voters (including a not-insignificant number of Republican old-fashioned diehards as well).
Polls tell us as we are seeing some typically straight-GOP ticket voters start moving toward re-electing President Obama already.
The insane right wing -- led by the “Tea Party” -- takes a different route. This is evidenced by Fox News, Rupert Murdoch’s private international cable news channel, where his underling -- Roger Ailes, the despicable former poisoner of Ronald Reagan’s mind -- seems to have become the head of the official Tea Party Network. The Tea Party and its media clones have decided to bold and underline the Romney faux pas(-es). They shriek that Romney is right -- that 47% or Americans are truly sucking at the government teat and won’t vote for Romney anyway -- so why care about them?
Of course, the answer for both the stalwart longstanding GOPers and the Tea Party is that Mitt Romney is obviously just plain stupid.
In order to understand how I arrive at such a harsh conclusion, you must move back through time and examine the dozens upon dozens of misstatements that Mr. Romney has made and continues to make -- whether emanating from his own mind, or from the talking points memoranda issued by his ineffectual campaign non-gurus.
Recall that Romney organized the original Obama-Care for the State of Massachusetts before Barack Obama was a nationally known entity. He now wants to repeal the new health care laws -- which, of course, he can't. He speaks about foreign policy and knows nothing about it. He doesn’t work hard at campaigning, taking several days off between time spent running for president, and gives the public only a few chances to see him in action.
He has no idea of the extent to which a presidential campaign is scrutinized, and even admits this though he seems to forget that it thereafter. If Mr. Romney was “posing” for his rich friends in Florida back in May at the Boca Raton home of Mark Leder, a millionaire hedge-fund-godfather Republican notorious for throwing sex parties in Bridgehampton, couldn’t he watch his tongue knowing full well that someone in that room might very well videotape his comments?
No. He’s not that swift.
There is a reason for this. Romney knows he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer and that his staff is mediocre at best, but he is loyal to a fault, and will go down with the ship without changing crews if he must.
Some say he is uncomfortable with his positions -- yet that is ridiculous in that he doesn’t even understand what his “positions” are or what they would mean in the future -- especially on a national basis. He isn’t uncomfortable -- he’s just a nice grade C-minus student of human nature who was raised as a prince in a non-royal family and has never had to cope with the realities of life as have the majority of lesser earthlings.
Mr. Romney, I guarantee you, is not evil, not cruel, not vicious, not unfeeling, and not uninterested in bettering the nation and the world. He is incapable of any truly negative emotion, and certainly as competent to save the planet as, let’s say, Bill O’Reilly.
Romney also has a lovely and loving family. He has done many wonderful things for others. He has also done other things that have had negative consequences for thousands of people, yet these are merely a reflection of the size of his stack of casino chips and his lack of thought or ability to think, instead relying on others to do his thinking for him.
Mitt Romney is not a man of depth -- but he is a good man.
Yet even good men can be senseless, and many stupid people are very wealthy. It doesn’t take a genius to make money anywhere; it often simply takes a good lineage, great connections, and/or a lot of luck coupled with a hard day at the office now and then as most truly wealthy men and women will admit to you after a few martinis.
It takes one other ingredient, however; to surround oneself with very smart and industrious people -- even greedy people. Evidently Mr. Romney may have done this at Bain Capital, but he has failed to do so in politics today.
Lastly, the world, let alone America, cannot afford to have a puerile President of the United States. Nor can we allow someone fatuous or chock-full in order to appreciate and comprehend the solutions of massively complex societies and those with which we seem to be locked in battle over treasure and ideology that may not agree with ours.
Of the two candidates, we need Barack Obama to stay on because he is all the great things Romney is -- and then some!
It’s as simple as that.
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