Mitt Romney-uniformly disliked, poorly disguised phony-wins NH Primary

Mitt Romney-uniformly disliked, poorly disguised phony-wins NH Primary

As expected, Mitt Romney, fresh off last week’s 8 vote win in the Iowa Caucus, won the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday,  becoming the first Republican to sweep the first two primary contests in a competitive race since 1976, further cementing himself as the likely Republican Presidential Nominee.

So, needless to say, it’s been a good week for Mitt…right?

I mean, whether you call them tainted, asterisk type wins or not, (or if pedantry is your thing- pyrrhic victories) Mitt, despite being attacked from all sides of the ideological and political spectrum, was nevertheless 2-0 on the week.

That said, this week also saw Mitt make a very specific, and at this point recurring mistake:

He was himself.

First, while campaigning in New Hampshire on Sunday, Mitt said

 “I’ve learned what it’s like to sign the front of the paycheck, not just the back of the paycheck and to    know how frightening it is to see whether you can make payroll at the end of the week … I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.”

Then came this Freudian slip :

“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. If someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I’m going to go get somebody else to provide that service to me.”

The former needs not be subjected to a lengthy critique, this simple response will do : it’s blatantly and embarrassingly disingenuous.

The latter comment, to be fair, was made while discussing the need for consumers to have choices with regards to health insurance providers-so yes, context matters.

However, the exact terminology, and its cut throat sentiment, are no doubt reflective of the man beneath the populist mask, of the unfashionable white collar which he so deliberately and yet unsuccessfully attempts to hide.

Simply, Romney is a thinly veiled phony, a fake-and everyone-and I would say “forgive the hyperbole” only it‘s not warranted-everyone knows it.

To many GOP voters, weaknesses like being crazy, or painfully ineloquent, or unmistakably clueless, are seen as lesser evils than Romney’s most blatant shortcoming – “being a fake”.

This isn’t an issue of “class warfare” or “ demagoguing success and wealth”, this is simply an issue of what type of person Americans want in the Oval Office.

Shamelessly opportunistic, a chameleon, a real life Leoanard Zelig, a man of malleable ‘convictions’, a “vulture capitalist”, a man who didn’t climb corporate ladders-but burned them from the top, and fired those who swept up the ashes.

Much the way Superman’s costume does little to hide the fact that he also Clark Kent, Mitt Romney’s disguise-namely campaign rhetoric, full of historical revisions, and audience contingent anecdotes, serves as nothing more than a futile exercise in deception.

Make no mistake, Romney, whose ’true self’ is the embodiment of all that led to the near collapse of our Country’s Economy , will be the 2012 Republican Nominee for President.

And just as he has in the Primary, as the General Election heats up, Mitt Romney will do and say whatever it takes to overcome his biggest challenge-the fact that it’s hard to hide that he’s Mitt Romney.

He’ll campaign, state to state-treating each stop as a “phone booth” to change into his transparent disguise.

Unfortunately for Mitt, American voters are skilled at spotting a phony.

We’re also obligated-like it or not, “to fire” Presidential candidates.

My guess is Mitt will eventually get that pink slip after all.

Be Good Friends,



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  • I have it on good word that Mitt's mommy likes him, though she is voting for Ron Paul.

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