Can Mitt Romney even reach ... much less survive ... the Republican National Convention?
Strange Fruit -- "Mitt" (and) The Parents. Sometimes the fruit does fall far from the tree. AP photo
Mitt's a nit-wit. A superlative political hot mess. By now it's beyond doubt, even among many Republicans. Being a resident of
Over the past several months, Mitt struggled to reach presumptive GOP presidential nominee status against a similarly lame-brained collection of blockheaded hard-right ideologues, pulling it off only because, unlike most of them, Moneybags Mitt is rolling in cheddar. Newt Gingrich might have a half-million dollar line of credit at Tiffany's; but he ain't got no mansion with a built in car elevator in which to house all that bling. And while Professor Newt might be an animal lover, it's Romney who owns the million-dollar trick ponies.
Not surprisingly, Mitt's campaign model is a brute force representation of simple-mindedness: lie about his opponents; overwhelm them by using his vast financial resources to flood the airwaves with negative ads, pander to the political, cultural or economic philosophy of whomever stands before him (except NAACP conventioneers) and to never, never, (did I say never?) provide specifics about how anything he promises would be accomplished.
Mitt could neither out-spend nor outfox Kennedy which is why Teddy trounced him in "94. So, in furtherance of the pursuit of his father's presidential aspirations, Mitt honed in on a slightly less significant office and far less formidable opponent. Massachusetts State Treasurer Shannon O'Brian held a steady lead over Mitt in the polls for weeks during their 2002 gubernatorial contest. Then Mitt did a Monty Burns and released the hounds, unleashing a desolating barrage of negative advertising that helped give him a less than 5 percentage points victory over O'Brian. He then enacted his term in Sarah Palin-like fashion "governing" for maybe half of his four-year tenure, utilizing what remained of it to line up his ducks for the ultimate goal -- the White House.
Indeed, as the 2012 GOP nomination process has unfolded, the larger voting public has come to realize what we local yokels here in