Why Mitt is running

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This quotation is from Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson. When I saw it, I said to myself that may be why Mitt will say and do almost anything to be elected. His father, George Romney, lost the 1968 nomination to Richard Nixon because George had offended the Goldwater wing of the GOP in 1964. Mitt is taking pains this year not to lose the support of the GOP base.

“A career politician finally smelling the White House is not much different from a bull moose in the rut. He will stop at nothing, trashing anything that gets in his way; and anything he can’t handle personally he will hire out–or, failing that, make a deal. It is a difficult syndrome for most people to understand, because few of us ever come close to the kind of Ultimate Power and Achievement that the White House represents to a career politician.

“The presidency is as far as he can go. There is no more. The currency of politics is power, and once you’ve been the Most Powerful Man in the World for four years, everything else is downhill–except four more years on the same trip.”