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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mitt Romney Is A Crappy Politician

No, he won't get any better.

James Fallows found this.  Click thru and watch it.

One of the fascinating dynamics of the GOP primary has been that so many guys have been vying to be the Not Mitt, that they haven't bothered to really go after Mitt.  Newt's assault on Bain Capital is the first real potential haymaker laid on Mitt's glass jaw.  Of course, it might not hurt Mitt with the GOP base, but it's lethal in the general election.

Listening to Mitt say that anyone who questions wealth inequality or vulture capitalism is "envious"... Holy crap, were his political consultants hoping up and down behind the camera shaking their heads and mouthing "NO"!  Mitt looks like a TV President.  I got that.  But being handsome is not the same thing as being charismatic.  And being able to articulate a point is not the same as making a good point.  And you can't fake empathy.

I am increasingly convinced that integrity is the most important value a person can have.  I have been giving some thought to integrity since it was my Epiphany gift in church.  To me, integrity is being both true to yourself and being the same person to each person you meet, whatever their station.

I think that Mitt struggles with integrity not only because he's constantly flip-flopped on positions in blatant political calculation.  He also struggles with it, because he's a rich Wall Street prick who knows that people aren't really fond of rich Wall Street pricks.

His "envy" comment was the authentic Mitt.  And that shows me the authentic Mitt is a dick.

I know the polls say that the race is very close, but I can't see people getting to know Mitt Romney and voting for him for president.

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