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Friday, December 01, 2006

The hits just keep on comin'

I want to stop picking on Mitt and his cronies. I really, really do. He's leaving and he becomes America's problem. I doubt he could be worse than the current occupant of the Oval Office. Well, maybe...

But every time I want to shift gears and look at Deval Patrick and what he brings, I get hit right between the eyes by the latest piece of drivel from the Belmont Bloviator and his trusty sidekick, Eric the Evil. For example.
"This is an opportunity for Governor Romney to learn more about an important region of the world,'' said Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesman for Romney. Fehrnstrom added that the governor, who will meet with Asia-based representatives of Massachusetts companies, was also hoping his trip will promote "cultural, educational, and commercial exchanges'' with the state.
Just who exactly do you think will believe that horse hockey one month before the wandering one leaves office? Assume for the moment it is true -- and not designed to assist the presidential campaign he isn't waging despite hiring a host of Republican operatives.

Why should we believe he is finally trying to bring business to the state after three years and 11 months of no effort -- and two years of tearing Massachusetts down on the campaign trail. Lots of business opportunities in the Korean demilitarized zone, I guess.

When you get right down to it, Mitt's biggest failing is presumption that people are stupid -- that they cannot see how shallow he really is. He is a potential candidate in 2008 because he has good hair and looks good in a suit. Beyond that, there's no there there. Certainly not the ability to level with people.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt's biggest failing is presumption that people are stupid

Of course, Mitt's entire campaign 4 years ago was based upon the proposition that people are incredibly stupid, and that worked out shockingly well for him.

December 01, 2006 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Word of Caution. A little over six years ago a friend of mine from Texas told me not worry about George Bush becoming president. He didn't have a chance, she said, because the more people got to know him the less they would like him. I know, I know, he didn't technically win. Or maybe I should say he didn't actually win but he did technically win. Either way, never underestimate the electorate's ability to vote for turkeys.

December 01, 2006 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt plays the press like an expert violinist. Bush did, too, during his campaign. Clinton did, too.

See a pattern? The problem is not stupid candidates or candidates without a moral center.

The problem is that the public and media have the attention span of a prairie dog.

December 02, 2006 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt doesn't need to play the press, he has them at hello. That's the problem. They turned on Clinton with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, but their love for Vapid Reaction will withstand anything he does or doesn't do.

December 02, 2006 6:40 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

The national press becomes uncritical when it falls in love (e.g., John McCain), then has a hard time turning it around to see the full picture. Boston' political media has learned to be a little more critical of their candidates (Kerry and Romney are certainly getting closer scrutiny than Dukakis or Tsongas). But with 24-hour news cycles and lots of gaps to fill, cable news (and opinion) really overlook flaws (and serious reporting) for the kind of antics that Romney is specializing in. The violon analogy is right on target.

December 03, 2006 9:48 AM  

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