After all of Donald Trump's buffoonery, Newt Gingrich's demagoguery, Michelle Bachmann's vacuity, Rick Santorum's sanctimony, Jon Huntsman's invisibility, and Herman Cain's sexcapades earlier this year, the GOP in August anointed their 2012 presidential standard bearer: Willard Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. (Or is it Michigan? Or Utah? Or New Hampshire? No wonder Ted Kennedy called him "Multiple-choice Mitt".)
Mitt Romney, the serious candidate. Mitt Romney, the Bain Capital turnaround artist and savior of the 2002 Olympics. Mitt Romney, the man who will fix things. The man to whom a handshake means something. A man whose word is his bond.
Mitt Romney: loving husband, devoted father, astute businessman, former governor, bulwark of his church -- a bishop, even.
Mitt Romney: truly, a man of character if ever there was one.
But not so fast: in the last two months we have learned a lot about Mitt Romney. And what we have learned tells us that Mitt Romney was not and is not what he appears to be. Most of all, we have learned the Romney's many character flaws make him unfit to hold the office of President of the United States.
A young man who assaults with scissors a fellow student because he is gay is not a man of character; he is a bully.
A man who avoids the draft while advocating war is not a man of character; he is a coward.
A man who straps his pet in a carrier to the roof of the car before a 12-hour road trip is not a man of character; he has a sadistic streak.
A man who fires people and shutters businesses for his own enrichment is not a man of character; he is a man of treachery and greed.
A man who decries his own principal public health achievements is not a man of character; he is a hypocrite.
A man who misrepresents facts he knows to be true for political expediency is not a man of character; he is a liar.
A man who contemptuously calls 47% of his fellow Americans moochers, freeloaders, and bums is not a man of character; he is an arrogant elitist.
A man who reshapes his policy positions as needed to please his audience is not a man of character; he is a cynical opportunist.
A man who recasts those same policy positions differently to appeal to financial backers is not a man of character; he is a hustler, a rent-boy.