TeeJaw Blog

Roger Kimball Nails Mitt Romney

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Sunday, November 13, 2011, 8: 41 AM

This is one of those “I wish I’d said that,” quotes:

Now let me acknowledge, what I’ve said before in this space, that if it came down to it, I’d vote for Mitt Romney. Indeed, if it came down to it, I’d campaign vigorously for him (at least, I’d be vigorous against his opponent). But, my, what a page out of politics-as-stasis. As I’ve said in this space before, Mitt Romney is our Bob Dole, a company man at a moment when the problem is the company. We are living through a serious crisis–really, multiple crises — and many people look at old Mr. Business-as-usual, “is-it-my-turn yet?” Romney and wonder whether he is really up to the job. He deploys a sly, knowing smile when Rick Perry forgets how to count from 1 to 3. He certainly has competent hair — the most competent, I think, of the entire campaign. But what, besides competent hair, can be said for him? That he’s not Obama — true enough, and that fact should not be minimized. BUt think of the relatively small proportion of people who are Obama. That cannot be the distinguishing feature of the successful Republican candidate. What we need is vigor, leadership, and wisdom, not the path of least resistance dolled up with an attractive herbaceous border.

— From Roger’s Rules, 11-12-2011

This line from the above, “Mitt Romney is our Bob Dole, a company man at a moment when the problem is the company,” how brilliant is that?   As brilliant as it ever gets, I’d say.  Read it again and let it sink in and you’ll agree.  “A company man when the problem is the company.”  That, exactly and precisely, is Mitt Romney.  That is the Mitt Romney problem.

Roger Kimball wrote The Long March; How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960’s Changed America, a must-read book for anyone with a desire to understand the political world we live in.  It’s the best primer to contemporary American politics you’ll find and deserves to rest on your bookshelf next to Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind.

Advertisements

3 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Larry Bone said, on Sunday, November 13, 2011, 9: 33 PM at 9:33 PM

    Mitt Romney might not be Obama, but he put Obamacare in Massachusetts so he”s definitely not going to work at repealing Federal Obamacare. He definitely is a company man at the wrong time. The Company is going broke and will continue towards going broke if Obama is reelected. Unfortunately too many people believe that if only the rich were fairly taxed that miraculously the states and Federal government would have enough money and we would no longer be trillions of dollars in debt. We still need an “outside” candidate who won’t cow-tow to a failing political system.

  2. TeeJaw said, on Sunday, November 13, 2011, 9: 53 PM at 9:53 PM

    Romney’s refusal to admit that Romneycare in Massachusetts is a disaster and was a huge mistake, and that Obamacare was modeled after Romneycare, is all we need to know. His promise to back the repeal of Obamacare makes no sense in light of his continued defense of Romneycare. He will never support a repeal of Obamacare. He’s lying about that.

    On taxing the so-called rich (anyone who makes over $250K a year) the money that might have been invested in new businesses or expanding existing businesses will instead go to the government. How anyone thinks that helps anyone needing a job is beyond me.

    • Larry Bone said, on Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7: 02 AM at 7:02 AM

      Teejaw said in a post, “On taxing the so-called rich (anyone who makes over $250K a year) the money that might have been invested in new businesses or expanding existing businesses will instead go to the government. How anyone thinks that helps anyone needing a job is beyond me.”. This is a spot on observation. Government for whatever reason seems grossly incapable of creating new jobs. It follows that new jobs can be created outside of government in the private sector in which there are still responsible individuals who are taking effective action. As an example, the head of Starbucks Coffee has partnered with the Opportunity Finance Network to collect money to extend loans to small local businesses to expand, create new jobs and sustain existing jobs. Typical thinking is that only big businesses can create new jobs in volume. But a small business in order to survive has to expand above a certain point, sometimes called the make-break point. There is more how this program works at createjobsforUSA.org. Traditionally grass-roots programs organized and executed by dedicated individuals funded independently are far more effective than government in accomplishing difficult goals like creating new jobs in a bad economy.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: