Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Refreshing Honesty of Mitt Romney

"I’m not concerned about the very poor."
"I like to be able to fire people."
"The economy is getting better."

Almost everybody tells us who they are, if only we listen closely. Professional politicians manage to obfuscate more seamlessly than most, but Mitt Romney is a pleasant exception. Perhaps a touch of the amateur seeps through in his obtuse declarations – after all, he has served only four years in public office, a lack of experience that his supporters will champion loudly until the very day of his defeat, at which point they might consider that a professional could have conceivably been more skilled than a non-professional at this whole Running For President thing.

"I’m not concerned about the very poor."

When let out on his own, away from the people who scriven his speeches and twitter his tweets, Mitt Romney makes quite clear to us what he’s all about. He’s not concerned about the very poor, for instance. And why should he be? It’s sort of their own fault, isn’t it? Anybody in America can make it – look at his own rags-to-riches story as son of George Romney, CEO of American Motors Corporation and 1968 Republican presidential primary candidate. With such a Dickensian background, it’s hard to imagine how Mitt Romney ever got accepted into Harvard Law and Harvard Business. Fortunately, affirmative action for wealthy white people was in effect at the time, and Mr. Romney managed to find a place at the table of such an elite institution.

Why should he care about the poor? He himself managed to overcome his background. Let others do the same! Quite the bootstrap lift, Mr. Romney – we say, Jolly good!

"I like being able to fire people."

Such remarkable honesty from Willard Mitt Romney. He manages to get the word "fire" into a sentence almost every other time he opens his mouth. Most professional politicians would excise that word from their vocabulary, but Mr. Romney just can’s help it. He’s always firing people, or wanting to, whether it’s health insurance providers, undocumented help around the house, or hypothetical executives who might suggest the wisdom of building a moon colony. We suggest he consider Donald Trump as running mate. The junior partner could say the words, "You’re fired!" and the senior member could implement the directive. Again we say, Jolly good!

"The economy is getting better."

We could not have said it better ourselves. Barack Obama, dealt the worst hand of cards since Franklin Roosevelt as an incoming president, has managed to bring an American economy back from the precipice and kick-start it toward something approaching functionality. We are pleased that his likely opponent in the general election recognizes this stellar achievement. Mr. Romney, speaking to Laura Ingraham, deserves to be quoted at length:

INGRAHAM: You’ve also noted that there are signs of improvement on the horizon in the economy. How do you answer the president’s argument that the economy is getting better in a general election campaign if you yourself are saying it’s getting better?

ROMNEY: Well, of course it’s getting better. The economy always gets better after a recession, there is always a recovery. […]

INGRAHAM: Isn’t it a hard argument to make if you’re saying, like, OK, he inherited this recession, he took a bunch of steps to try to turn the economy around, and now, we’re seeing more jobs, but vote against him anyway? Isn’t that a hard argument to make? Is that a stark enough contrast?

ROMNEY: Have you got a better one, Laura? It just happens to be the truth.

Remarkable! So much do we admire Mr. Romney’s acknowledgment of Mr. Obama’s successes that we suggest he not be allowed to forget his words at any point in the general election.

Thank you again, Mr. Romney, for your refreshing honesty and willingness to let the voters know The Real Mitt.  And again we must say, Jolly good!

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