In this election it seems the longer the race goes, the more we learn about the candidates. Separation of church and state makes Santorum physically ill, Ron Paul is actually a lot more crazy than originally suspected, Newt Gingrich…well…and Mitt Romney has no sympathy for the working class.
Yes, I know Romney has no compassion for blue collar Americans. His inability to communicate with the plebeians of American society has been a hindrance to the presidential hopeful since 2008, when he tried to be a president the first time. But unlike his voting record, Mitt Romney’s tendency to stick his foot — as well as the foot of one of his many billionaire buddies — so far down his throat it threatens the claim that he is full of crap, are not being challenged in the least. This time he took his foot-in-mouth speech to his homeland of Michigan. A prime example of how Romney is so disassociated from the people of America was evidenced when he gave a speech in Detroit to a crowd of auto-workers.
Romney was already in a bad position. He had opposed the bailout and criticized Obama for giving money to the auto-industry, saying “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” (in a ridiculously self-serving op-ed in which he touted his father’s accomplishments). But he loves American cars. He loves them so much, in fact, that he drives a Ford and a Chevy, and his wife — who does not work — drives “a couple of Cadillacs.” He said that. To Detroit. The city he wanted the government to abandon.
What’s most sad about this isn’t that, in 2008 and since, the Republicans have been yelling about how Obama is an “elitist;” a Yale graduate whose socialist policies and complete lack of good ole Ahmurican values leave him disavowed from the general populace. (Because they have…that was the big one before the “birther” movement.) What’s most sad is that this person is probably going to be the challenger to current President Obama after The Convention. It will be of the greatest disappointment to see Romney debate against Obama, rather than the farcical mess of ingrates he now faces.
Some may say it’s too early to tell. Santorum is giving him a run for his money. And people hate him so much that professionals who do what I’m doing right now, but for an actual paid living, think that if he is the most likely candidate at Convention time, the Republican party will literally beg Jeb Bush or Chris Christie to take the nod. But that party actually discarding the elected delegates is unlikely. Even more unlikely than a candidate —who says that a JFK speech makes him throw up — who is winning swing states.
The other candidates have basically accepted this, as well. You don’t hear too much about Paul and Gingrich now. I could speculate as to why, but let’s just be honest with ourselves: neither ever had a snowball’s chance in hell anyway. The real tell that Romney is the inevitable nominee is that during the Michigan primary, Santorum’s campaign issued a robocall asking Democrats and Independents to go to polling stations to vote for Rick. Seriously. It was essentially “Hello, Democrats. I hear you’re voting for Obama. I probably can’t sway you to my side, considering I’ve said you’re all going to hell. Knowing that, I ask you to vote for me now. Whhhhyyyyyyy, you ask? Because who would you rather face Obama in November? Someone who might be able to beat him, or my woman-hating ass?”
You might think I’m kidding…but I’m not. I’m sure the message was not said in those words, but that was the general intent. If you’ve never heard of cross-party robocalling before, CNN did a breakdown of the process, motives, consequences and legality of it. Or, you could watch The Ides of March, because is it much more entertaining
and factually correct than any 24-hour news network.
The gist of this is, there’s very little that can be done, except maybe nominating Susan Eisenhower. Except she left the party because Sarah Palin was the beginning of the end.
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