Sunday, February 26, 2012
Mitt's Ford Field Fumble--I could feel sorry for him, almost.
Ouch. Romney's performance as a campaigner in Michigan, one of his "home states", really has me wondering if, how, or why he wants to even run for president. I think most people who saw his run for the GOP nomination in 2008 knew he'd try again in 2012--but if he knew that, why did he write the op-ed regarding letting Detroit go bankrupt, and furthermore, why has he reiterated it? It's one thing to score points off an opponent, it's quite another to score them at your own expense.
He keeps ringing the wrong note time and again. His campaign makes an ad specifically for Michigan where he's driving a car made in Canada, and which features a picture of him purportedly with his dad, a former governor of MI, in Detroit--which turns out to be at the World's Fair in NY. He can't even fake his authenticity.
It gets down to a very odd point where his own wife is saying that she had forbidden him from further debates. Of course, she means it as a loving joke, with which I sympathize--of course it has to be difficult for a spouse to watch her loved one be judged for every little thing he says, while just cringing at anything that sounds "off" or "false", and it's natural to want to defend him--but at the same time, it's like an admission that she's also on tenterhooks about whether he'll say something truly awkward. All of this part of the campaign. which should have looked so natural, has looked brutal, and a lot of campaign money has been spent on this ground which shouldn't had to have been.
I'm with Jason Alexander--if Romney was the same guy who was Massachusetts governor back when, I'd like him better. But he isn't, opting to try and run to the right of Rick Santorum. Rick Santorum? The Opus Dei candidate?
What does this kind of thing say about Romney's electability later on, in the general election, if he's trying to win by running to the right of Savonarola, I mean Torquemada, I mean, Santorum?
Exactly. He could approach Santorum by making, for example, birth control, a Sister Souljah moment, since he had an experience just like the birth control mandate in Massachusetts with his health care plan. He'd be calling on his experience, touting a real thing he did, and showing moderates he can buck his party--except, except, except--he can't. His party won't let him. They aren't "falling in line" yet. And I have a feeling that by the time they do, if they do, it will be too late.