The real Romney

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Ashland today

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Ashland today (Photo credit: tvnewsbadge)

In coming days and months, there will be hundreds of discussions about who is the real Mitt Romney. The question should not be who is the real Mitt Romney. The question should be, “is there a real Mitt Romney? Mitt was one person at Bain and another as Governor of Massachusetts. Now that he is running for president, he is willing to cast aside his past and remake his positions as the wind shifts and the far-right demands. So the proper question is, is there a real Mitt Romney and only after that question is answered will it be proper to discuss who that person is and what he believes in.

Fatal flaw

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t enjoy attacking Mitt Romney. I think that he is basically a good man with a fatal flaw., and all of us are flawed in one way or another. Mitt’s flaw is that he wants to be president so badly that he will say and/or do almost anything to be elected. In my opinion, what he should do is reject the nomination offered by the GOP as it is presently oriented. My estimation of his character would be greatly increased by that unexpected action.

I would be happy to see policy discussed in this election rather than all the negative ads. Based on his time as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt has some valuable insights on health care and education to share. He really has nothing to say about national defense or foreign relations, being a complete novice in those areas as well as many others.

Practical politics demand that Mitt’s attacks be answered in kind and volume. It would feel good to turn the other cheek, but that action might very well permit him to win the election. Mitt’s wealthy supporters have no qualms at all about what lies they tell about the President. Hardly a day passes where no new lies don’t make their debut. As a member of the Barack Obama Truth Team, I feel compelled to wade through the filth produced on some blogs written by the Right. When I try to offer corrections and truth, the usual reaction is to be shouted down. Facts and the truth are not welcome.

When the GOP debates started, there was only one qualified candidate on the stage, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and he dropped out of the race early. I am sure that the Republicans have qualified men and women candidates waiting in the wings. None has come forward seeking the nomination because they know that the GOP would not nominate them and because Barack will likely be re-elected.

P. S. This is post 1,000 on this blog. It took 54 weeks to reach this point. When I was blogging on my.barackobama.com, it took 4.5 years to reach 1200+ articles, but then I didn’t have the freedom to write about whatever I pleased as I do now.

New and improved

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We Americans are suckers for the slogan “New and improved.” We take it as an article of faith that any product that is “new and improved” is better than what it replaces. Mitt is portraying himself as the “new and improved” candidate to replace the tried and true President Barack Obama. We know Barack and he has demonstrated his worth to the nation. Mitt is making a lot of promises without giving us specifics or a chance of a test drive. He does not talk about his four years as Governor of Massachusetts which is the most relevant information that voters could use to decide his fate. In the words of a Texas axiom Mitt, you’re all hat and no cattle.

Romney’s VP

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,...

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, 2008 US presidential candidate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Someone recently suggested that Mitt needs someone on the ticket who is capable of attracting women voters. He needs President Obama on the ticket as his VP. Alternatively, Mitt could fill both slots on the ticket, as the severely conservative presidential candidate and as the more moderate, former governor of Massachusetts as the VP.

Please see GOP VP | GOP VP part 2

Experience

Mitt Romney - Caricature

Mitt Romney - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Mitt Romney is a good man and he was a good governor of Massachusetts, as far as I know. As governor, he gained experience in the fields of healthcare and education. Good areas for expertise, but those are areas that the national GOP wants the federal government to return to the states and local governments. So Mitt’s experience there will be of no value to a Romney presidency, if he were elected.

At this time, Barack has three years of experience as president; Mitt has none. Barack held a variety of jobs after he was a community organizer. Barack spent four years as an US Senator while Mitt spent four years as governor of Massachusetts. Barack won the nomination and the presidency on his first try with a two-year campaign. Mitt is on his second try and  has spent at least five years campaigning. Mitt is improving as a campaigner, but he still can’t match Barack for connecting with the voter.

Mitt defeated his GOP opponents by outspending them with the help of his friends and supporters. Whether that will work in the fall campaign is an open question. Mitt’s true positions are unknown since he changes them to follow the polls. According to Grover Norquist, that does not matter, since as president Mitt will sign anything that a Republican Congress sends to him. If that were to come to pass, heaven help the country.

Please see Grover Norquist | Romney cares