Mitt, for God’s Sake, the Flop Sweat … .

I don’t know why I thought the final hours might be different — better — than Mitt Romney’s previous six years of campaigning, but they’re not. They’re worse.

As the man prepares to draw the closing curtain on one of most disgraceful campaigns of the modern era, rather than summoning some reservoir of moral courage and leaving the stage with a semblance of self respect, Romney has gone out of his way to remind everyone who despises him, alleged political allies and half the voting public, that he really is someone incapable of the common decency of personal dignity.

Four years ago, John McCain ran a campaign that was, put simply, inept. The fundamental factor between him and Barack Obama was judgment, and McCain blew his feet off with the choice of Sarah Palin. He then traumatized the stumps with his confused, tremulous response to the financial collapse. But McCain at least had a reservoir of good will to draw down. For a time, on the Straight Talk Express, he was confident enough in his own thinking and brave enough to take flak to say what he was actually thinking.

Romney, on the other hand, isn’t a man anyone other than his own family appears to like, and he doesn’t have the confidence or courage to go on Bill O’Reilly’s show much less allow himself to take questions from an actual reporter. And now …

… after the truly painful-to-behold ads about Chrysler moving “all” Jeep production to China, (an assertion more flagrant for its desperation than its dishonesty)

… after getting slapped down by top executives from both Chrysler and GM,

… after his repeated non-response to his current thinking on FEMA, (which he said should be privatized),

… after that pathetic, bogus “storm relief” rally in Ohio

… and now after weekend full of talk about Obama seeking “revenge”, Romney has only 72 hours to promise everyone a pony, accuse Obama of conspiring with Mullah Omar to impose Sharia law, or take a bungee dive off Trump Tower in his magic underwear.

At this point he’s done and said everything else dishonest and absurd.

I’m not one of those who sees Chris Christie going over-the-top effusive in compliments for Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg specifically mentioning Romney’s indifference to science and George W. Bush suddenly popping up at an investors conference in the Cayman Islands as happenstance.

Guys like that always calculate.

Christie needs federal help bad to save his career in New Jersey. But he didn’t have to go on … and on … like he did to keep FEMA focused. He knows Romney is a lost cause, and, I (very) strongly suspect he isn’t all that broken up about it. Sure 2016 looks like a cleaner shot with no Romney incumbency. But Christie, the uber Springsteen fan, prides himself in having a moral core, being loyal to the place he grew up and saying what he thinks. How much of ethical vacuum like Mitt Romney can a guy like that take before saying, “I’ve done enough for this team”?

Likewise, it may be years before we know what Bloomberg, the quintessential high finance politician, thinks of a guy who you and I imagine as a kind of peer-in-arms. But Bloomberg made a fat chunk of his dough in the news/media business, where reporting and interpreting reality is an essential virtue, not something to be ignored and distorted at will.

And then there was the business with Bain Capital and Delphi, the big auto parts supplier. A vulture move if there ever was one, but one that really begins to curdle in the wake of Romney’s revolving campaign duplicities.

As for George W., aka The Man Who No Republican Dares Ever Mention , several pundits thought it exceedingly curious that he would leave whatever gilded bunker he’s been in and show up … in The Cayman freakin’ Islands … practically dragging a banner behind his Gulfstream reminding voters that Mitt Romney’s entire fortune is based on slippery-to-sleazy and defiantly opaque tax manipulations.

Will anyone in the Bush family be all that sorry to see Romney defeated? Jeb’s options, such as they are considering intense, lingering Bush fatigue, are certainly brighter with no Romney to deal with.

The post-mortem on the Romney campaign will be far more interesting, and potentially illuminating, than McCain’s. Romney, a product of a highly insular “prosperity”-driven religious sect, with primary loyalties to its own kind, and an implicit discursiveness, bordering on misanthropic disdain for “others”, embodied almost nothing most Americans could relate to or admire… except of course that he wasn’t Barack Obama.

12 Responses

  1. sverrrrr

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Onion headline: unemployed douche atheist misanthrope pretty sure the prosperity gospel is a bunch of BS.

  3. Romney is exactly the kind of candidate you get when the people who fill the ranks of hard-core Republican activists are only worried about the Republican 4G – God, guns, gays and gynecology – while Wall Street wants one of their own. Romney neither has real business chops – except in the use of that word to mean cut into little pieces – nor the pained moralistic mantra of trying to figure out whether rapists have to pay child support and get visitation rights.

    I mean look at Minnesota as a classic Republican microcosm. They went nuts for Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum. One is a libertarian isolationist nut and the other is a religious nut who was soundly booted out of office.

    And despite the fact that there are obviously different kinds of Republicans, Christie is just not 4G enough nor is he a Wall Street type. For him to get the nomination in 2016, the Republican Party would have to shed half of its hillbilly Tea Partiers and half of its praying for menstruation crowd.

  4. BTW, the off the record stuff about Ryan being the second choice for Mitt’s veep slot (Christie was apparently the first choice) is yet one more example of the backstabbing that comes when a campaign feels it is going down….although the “blame it on Sandy” approach is actually pretty benign.

  5. OK, is this an example of rats deserting a sinking ship?

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/linda-mcmahon-vote-for-obama.php?ref=fpb

    Seriously, this is weird. I’ve never heard of any Senate Candidate deserting a Presidential candidate like this!

  6. Erik:

    Funny. Sad thing is most of the other lies spewed by the Obama campaign is believed by the “low information” liberal crowd, those who feel a tingle down their leg every time Michael Moore and other buffoons utter a sentence.

    Obama has consistently lied about Romney’s position on the auto bailouts, his record on “shipping jobs overseas,” his position on tax cuts and has repeatedly lied when not so subtly trying to tie the Bush tax cuts to the financial crisis, something only those lacking any critical thinking skills would buy.

    I sure have my problems with some of Romney’s positions….I don’t much care for the social issues on the GOP agenda, nor do I care for Romney’s sabre rattling regarding trade and China, but I’ll take Romney over Obama.

    A near obsessive focus, though, on tax cuts, I think has become somewhat of a losing proposition for the GOP simply because it only appeals to about half the country. With nearly 50 percent of Americans paying zero income tax, a tax cut doesn’t have the appeal it used to have.

    I love that Obama was campaigning with multimillionaires like Jay-Z and Springsteen.

    Now there are some regular folks that the liberal base can relate to…you know, people just like them.

  7. Feel the hate here. Wow.

    I’ve concluded that even liberals are capable of rational, enlightened self interest after 4 years of skyrocketing misery, and many of you will secretly pull the lever for Romney tomorrow.

    It was a fun experiment voting in someone purely on the basis of skin color, but we now know that now qualifications matter more.

    Being successful doesn’t have to be bad thing. It can and usually does serve the greater good.

  8. Oops, should have said most of the other lies ARE believed….long day.

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