Oh, Mitt Romney, you are such an enigma! First with the creating of Romneycare and then with the running on the promise to repeal it, we just cannot quit you.
As Mitt Romney’s election day of reckoning gets closer, I think we can actually see what the Real Mitt Romney is all about. Kind of thinking he is a centrist in disguise, one trying as hard as he can to appeal to a — let’s face it — low-information base of GOP voters while not actually espousing many of the ideals for which he purports to be committed.
The Mitt Romney who said ten years ago he’d never muck with a “woman’s right to choose” (his words) is probably actual Mitt Romney. But so feverishly polarized has America become, he knows Real Mitt Romney has no chance of winning.
So we have the bungling Mitt Romney, the one that knows while he might sway a bunch of voters on issues like cutting “entitlements” and so on, has to pretend to be a Teavangelical in disguise, and it comes off as inauthentic and weird. Also, the guy has a car elevator so we’re not talking Mr. Relatable to the Autoworkers here.
Witness Mitt’s recent comments about Obamacare — the policy he is basically running on repealing — and his role in inventing it:
“I have experience in health care reform. Now and then the president says I’m the grandfather of Obamacare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment but I’ll take it.”
Then, Romney admits, he only pushed away the Obamacare accolades because they were politically inconvenient:
“This was during my primary, we thought it might not be helpful. But, um, I’ve actually been able to put in place a system that fit the needs of the people of my state, and I’m proud of the fact that in my state, after our plan was put in place, every child has insurance, 98 percent of adults have insurance, but we didn’t have to cut Medicare by $716 billion to do that. We didn’t raise taxes on health companies by $500 billion as the president did.”
And thus is the core of our political issues at current, as illustrated by Mitt Romney, speaking in one of his rare moments of “this is what I really think.” Solutions do lie in a place that both parties can access, but we’ve devolved so wholly into Mean Girls politics that sidesism prevents them from being implemented.
After Romney’s No Good Very Bad Horrible Month of Flubs, you almost feel bad for the guy. And it seems indeed, his campaign is tanked. But if we learn anything from Romney’s campaign, it’s that while an appeal to a small but vocal minority within the party is good for a short boost, there is still far more to be gained from compromise and willingness to acknowledge the merit in your peers.
Do you think Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have more in common than American voters realize?