Economist: Mitt Romney “Appears as a Fawning PR Man, Willing to Do or Say Anything to Get Elected”

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Economist: Mitt Romney “Appears as a Fawning PR Man, Willing to Do or Say Anything to Get Elected” (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Right-leaning Economist magazine has a scathing article about Republican presidential nominee saying instead of being an accomplished business man, he ”appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected.” Damn, they just kicked him square in the butt, didn’t they? Ripped  him to shreds. To be honest, I don’t dislike Mitt Romney as a business man and as a moderate Republican. But his flip-flops on issues he stood for four years ago have left me dizzy and disappointed that he continues to show he has no backbone and is quite content to ‘pall’ around with birthers such as Donald Trump (carnival barker) and Maricopa C0unty sheriff Joe Arpaio. As the Economist accurately points out, as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney “supported abortion, gun control, tackling climate change and a requirement that everyone should buy health insurance, backed up with generous subsidies for those who couldn’t afford healthcare.” Well, he has made a 360 degree swing to the other side — the extremist fringe of the Republican Party — to appease the social conservatives. Mitt Romney seems that he would literally sell his soul to win the presidency, including caving to his side-kick’s controversial budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it.

But competence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character. Would that Candidate Romney had indeed presented himself as a solid chief executive who got things done. Instead he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected. In some areas, notably social policy and foreign affairs, the result is that he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop; in others, especially to do with the economy, the lack of details means that some attractive-sounding headline policies prove meaningless (and possibly dangerous) on closer inspection. Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind. America won’t vote for that man; nor would this newspaper. The convention offers Mr Romney his best chance to say what he really believes. Source: Economist

Mitt Romney seems to be stuck on revisiting the Cold War era by isolating the U.S. in relationships with China (who we owe a shitload of money) and the Russians, who we need to work with. He has also rankled the British, our staunchest ally and has alienated the Palestinian people by kissing Benjamin Netanyahu’s derriere as though we depend on Israel and not the other way around. My favorite singer, Patti LaBelle, says we must ‘stand for something and not fall for anything.’ That sums up the very essence of Mitt Romney. He stands for nothing or else he would not have allowed then-presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and now the Democrats to define him on the basis of his flip-flopping ways. He has since taken a sharp right turn to the land of right wing extremism, so much so that he can now be considered a ‘birther’ from his birth certificate dig against President Obama. It’s a real shame because I much preferred the version of Mitt Romney as the moderate Republican governor who could work with Democrats and Republicans to get things done. Well, so it would seem. Much of what Mitt Romney has accomplished is shrouded in secrecy — from Mormon faith, draft-deferment days in France to the massive shredding of documents are his administration wounded down in Massachusetts to his reluctance to release more than two years tax returns because his tithes to the Mormon Church are private.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
  • labman57

    Romney judges a person’s qualifications to lead based on the depth of one’s wallet rather than the depth of one’s wisdom. He evaluates a person’s net worth based on the value of one’s portfolio rather than one’s value to their community.

    Gordon Gekko wasn’t modeled after Mitt … but he could just as well have been.

    At the same time, Mitt the Master Panderer from Massachusetts will feign kinship with local constituencies bydeclaring his adoration of whatever stereotypical aspect of their culture that he learned about the night before.

    In addition, Romney is an ideological chameleon — he has a long well-documented history of flip-flopping on a whole host of important issues, as he uses his political weathervane to sense which policy stance will best serve his personal ambitions.