I guess I have to start blogging about Mitt Romney, now.

Since former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is definitely the person who is going to get the GOP nomination, I know I’m supposed to start blogging about him, but good grief he tires me. Gingrich, at least, is a scoundrel and a grifter. Santorum is a prig and a theocrat.  Ron Paul is a gold-bug and quite possibly has no earthly idea how social contracts work. But the same problem that prevents many conservatives from truly liking him, prevents me from figuring out how to really dislike him. Oh, don’t get me wrong--I do.  I think he’s a privileged phony who doesn’t even know that he’s both privileged and phony. But I can’t penetrate the surface of MittBot 2.0 to pick at his software bugs. All I get is “awkward”.

There’s something about him that is merely anecdotal. Take the past 24 hours. He went on Leno and demonstrated that, contrary to his record, he doesn’t actually care how health care works:

“People with preexisting conditions — as long as they’ve been insured before, they’re going to continue to have insurance,” Romney explained.

“Suppose they were never insured?” Leno asked.

“Well, if they’re 45 years old, and they show up, and they say, I want insurance, because I’ve got a heart disease, it’s like, `Hey guys, we can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you’re well, and if you get ill, then you’re going to be covered,’” Romney replied.

“I know guys that work in the auto industry and they’re just not covered because they work in brake dust,” Leno pressed. “And then they get to be 30, 35, and were never able to get insurance before. Now they have it. That seems like a good thing.”

“But people who have had the chance to be insured — if you’re working in an auto business for instance, the companies carry insurance, they insure all their employees — you look at the circumstances that exist,” the candidate explained. “But you don’t want everyone saying, `I’m going to sit back until I get sick and then go buy insurance.’ That doesn’t make sense. But you have to find rules that get people in that are playing by the rules.”

When Jay Leno makes more sense than you regarding policy—quit.  Romney is assuming an awful lot of stupid things: that people can always afford health insurance, that there is always a “before” for a pre-existing condition, and that people “wait” until they are sick to get insurance coverage.  But there are many people who work low-paying jobs right now that don’t have employer-provided benefits, and also can’t afford to get their own—in the service industries like hospitality and retail.  Also, some conditions do exist from birth—it’s like he has no grasp of what the human condition is. Also—do people time their illnesses? Could a person really decide “I’ll just get insurance coverage when I get sick”—then get sick (the bastards, as if on purpose!) and then try to get coverage?

His reasoning seems wrong to me—worse, I think he knows it’s wrong. Can’t prove that he knows it, though. Again—I can’t penetrate the surface.

And what about his remarks today in Wisconsin about how his dad closed the Michigan plant for American Motors? Ha ha ha, his Dad sometimes liked to fire people too, and sometimes people resented it, but he and Romney fils laughed….

I have nothing to work with there. I protest. He’s making my point about him being a privileged phony for me. He’s got an elevator for his cars. How am I supposed to work with that? Hur hur, because cars can’t climb stairs—THAT’S TOO EASY! I should have to work to make this asshole look like a privileged clueless boob living on an alien planet of privilegitude,  Which isn’t a word—I know. He jokes about being unemployed. (Difference between unemployed and independently wealthy? Considerable.)

His awfulness is too obvious. His own party doesn’t like him.  The Etch-A-Sketch thing is also too easy.

I ask you—how can I hate a GOP candidate who writes my own unfunny jokes for me? Well, I can’t love him either! All that I have left is corny photo-manips and pointing out his obvious fails. It feels lazy and cheap.

I’m not even Republican and I want a better Republican candidate—for the sake of political humor,everywhere.

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 03/28/12 at 10:39 PM • Permalink

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All that I have left is corny photo-manips

He’s even made that redundant

Comment by Lancelot Link on 03/29/12 at 02:31 AM

I know! I tried to work with that, then Bill Maher made the same connection and I was like, “Damn—it’s already played out.”  Same goes for Romney-bot pics. It starts feeling hacky.

Romney is an easy target, and I assume that Obama’s campaign team will keep hammering home the fact that Mitt lives in an ivory tower and is clueless as to how us peons live. He’s more steeped in privilege than any candidate I can recall.

Republicans will bluster and claim that they want a successful businessman as the leader of our country, but even they must be squirming in their seat every time he opens his mouth. It must suck to have a list of candidates who are so inept and unappealing.

When you’re in the alone in the booth and it’s down to Obama (Baptist) vs. Romney (Mormon) and you’re not sure about who to vote for just ask yourself “What would Jesus do?”

But there are many people who work low-paying jobs right now that don’t have employer-provided benefits, and also can’t afford to get their own—in the service industries like hospitality and retail.  Also, some conditions do exist from birth—it’s like he has no grasp of what the human condition is. Also—do people time their illnesses? Could a person really decide “I’ll just get insurance coverage when I get sick”—then get sick (the bastards, as if on purpose!) and then try to get coverage?

On top of that, the braintrust backing Ryan’s “budget” when it first came out came up with the idea that if you are currently less than 55, then you’ll be excluded from Medicare forever as they wind the program down; only those older than 55 would get it.  Their reasoning?  That anyone younger than 55 would have enough time before retirement to make enough to be able to save for all their future health insurance purchases.  At this point I realized how out of touch they all are in DC (having their lifetime gold plated health insurance must cloud their vision).  How many people can afford health insurance NOW, much less once they are no longer working and are elderly? 

I am always reminded of the hedge fun guy I got in an argument with over retirement.  Wall Street’s view is that guaranteed retirement was an aberration, and no one should expect it from now on.  Except the Wall Street guys and the rest of their rich friends.

He should be beaten about the head and shoulders just for saying, “Hey, guys, we can’t play the game like that.”  People have to choose between drugs and food; people have their entire financial lives crushed by a disease no one could predict or prevent; people put off going to a doctor because they can’t afford it—and to this loathsome plutocrat, they’re “guys” playing a “game.”

Vixen, the only consolation I can give you is, once he gets the nom, every day will be bright with the possibility of new surprises coming from this hateful boob’s mouth.  He’s already a parody of a clueless, chirpy, boyishly blithering rich child-man, and it’s only March.

Nobody’s ever been able to explain to me why Romney’s running at all. He doesn’t seem to be an ideologue, I don’t get the sense that he sees himself as on a mission to change America in any particular direction since his positions have changed with the wind, and his rhetoric when he tries to appear impassioned is synthetic. OTOH, he does have some pretty shady advisers from the old neocon stable in his foreign affairs team. The problem with electing a cypher is the administration he’d gather round himself, and we’ve all seen what the contenders are like.

Perhaps when you’ve made enough money to be ultra-comfortable, you need a hobby. Y’all should club together and get him a train set.

I’m not even Republican and I want a better Republican candidate—for the sake of political humor,everywhere.

I don’t. I want the entire party to burn to the ground and i want to salt the earth of their platform so that nothing so foul and evil grows in its place. And then i will laugh.

Nobody’s ever been able to explain to me why Romney’s running at all.

I think it’s just expected of him.  His family and his community assumed he should try.  He was told that his dad paved the way for him becoming the first Mormon president.  His goal is making Mormonism less scary for Americans.

He clearly dislikes campaigning.

Nobody’s ever been able to explain to me why Romney’s running at all.

I don’t know for sure, but I’m going to guess for the same reason Dubya did what he did: daddy issues.

His goal is making Mormonism less scary for Americans.

I have seen an explanation of this in terms of (I think it was termed) “bridges”—steps to the acceptance of Mormonism into the mainstream.

The daddy issues and general patrician air of “If I want it, I can get it” sound plausible parts of the mix, too.

I’m not even Republican and I want a better Republican candidate—for the sake of political humor,everywhere.

I know what you mean.  I’ve been inconsolable since Bachmann, Perry and Cain left the race.  I mean those were people you could laugh at!

His goal is making Mormonism less scary for Americans.

As someone who has grown up with Mormons and known them all my life, I can guarantee you that this is his “higher” moral calling in all this unpleasantness. 

His main reason though is for money; for him and for all his cronies.  We libs screw up when we think that rich means rich enough.  For the truly rich, it is never, ever enough; there must always be more manipulation, maneuvering, “working”, etc to gain more wealth.  Like sharks, the rich must keep moving and hunting or else they die.

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