Monday, May 7, 2012
On So Many Levels...
Oh, man, what can you say? Would this be the time for the you can't make this stuff up cliché?
Retracing the footprints in the ashes: For a minute or two Rominee had an openly gay adviser and spokesman on foreign policy, Richard Grenell. And for those couple of minutes, I was sort of impressed, until I learned a little more about the guy. But within the time it takes a car to go up an elevator, homophobic wingers (aren't they all?) were screaming about teh gay and the guy was gone. Then, inadvertently revealing way more than he intended about himself, Mitt says that if it'd been up to him, he'd have kept the man on duty. If it'd been up to him!!
Which, seeing as how Rominee's the nominee, is a little weird, right? The guy who calls the shots, is what you'd think. But, okay. Turns out I'm not the only one who thought that it says a lot about the former governor, none of it good.
Proof of which, we see the above video, from the self-righteous and churchly scumbag who called for the pelt in the first place, trumpeted his victory, and now is crapping all over Mittens for caving to him. On so many levels it's rich beyond words.
See the problem with pandering, Mr Rominee? The problem with changing your opinion on things which for most people are based on what they consider important -- core issues, you might call them -- is that once you start, you can't stop. Because to pander you have to lie about who you are; and when you do that enough (in your case, you've been doing it all your political life), you start to forget if you ever were anyone, and -- assuming you were at one point -- what that person stood for. Other than, in your case, risking other people's money to get rich; some people don't think that really qualifies as a core value.
The only question is whether it'll become as obvious to enough people as it is to me that having in office a soulless liar, standing for nothing and willing to say anything, bendable like a ballon, would be a very bad thing. At some point, presidents have to decide what's right and say so; Barack Obama has, many times, and he's pissed off people all along the political spectrum because of it. But when your only value is saying what you think the person in front of you at that moment wants to hear, and you can't even hear yourself, the rest of your values have long since disappeared, like Newt Gingrich's first two wives. Which might be fine for running for president, which Mitt has been doing practically for his entire adult life. But for being president? Not so much.
Watching Mitt Romney closely, now, for the last few months, I don't think he's ever thought about that.
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