Jewish World Review Oct 4, 2011 / 7 Tishrei, 5772
Romney looks like The One
By Ann McFeatters
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | OK. We must take Mitt "Eat Your Peas" Romney seriously. It looks as though he might be The One.
Romney has been saddled with the image (in the New York Times) of the overbearing adult who tells you to stop complaining and scarf up those veggies. The image fits. We should eat our vegetables, and it doesn't bother Romney to drill that into us although we really don't want to hear it.
Despite Tea Party passion for blunt-spoken Chris Christie, he has been New Jersey's governor for less than two years, says he doesn't want to run and is not ready to be president. He should know.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was hot -- last month. But his stumbling performance at the Tampa GOP debate was similar to the Red Sox blowing a nine-game lead to lose to the Orioles, and the Yankees losing to the Tampa Rays. (Guess where the GOP nominating convention will be in a year? Yup. Tampa.)
GOP donors don't want a candidate who fires up the base but loses the general election when independents outnumber Tea Partiers. Rainmakers are thinking, as is the White House, that Romney is the only serious challenger to President Barack Obama.
So let us ponder Mitt anew.
He is his father's son. George Romney was a successful businessman and Mormon who became governor of Michigan and ran for president in 1968. George Romney lost to Richard Nixon, in part because Romney said he supported the Vietnam War after he was "brainwashed" by the U.S. military.
Romney's lines best left unsaid may be his insistence that corporations are people or perhaps "I am not a flip-flopper." When Romney ran in 2008, he outraged many for trying to reinvent himself as a social conservative when he was known as a pragmatist.
Romney as governor of Massachusetts is credited with implementing health care overhaul there, helping inspire Obama's 2010 national health insurance changes. But Romney's efforts to embrace/disavow/explain his plan have been painful. ("It was OK for my state, maybe not for yours or the nation,")
Romney is also famous for shipping his company's jobs overseas. He argues he should be president for promising job creation by not raising taxes, cutting spending and getting rid of those pesky regulations supposed to protect consumers and keep the marketplace honest.
Arguably, Romney's best accomplishment is saving the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Park City, Utah. He raised so much money that Park City is still able to train athletes from all over the world. Now that's cool.
Romney's big problem is that he has been kind of politically tone deaf. He boasted about tying the family dog to the station wagon on a vacation to Canada, thinking it showed him to be a good father.
In the midst of this current campaign, after one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history, he applied to tear down a $12 million, 3,009-square-foot beachfront home near San Diego and replace it with a 11,062-square-foot mansion, a Western White House for five married sons and 16 grandchildren.
Romney is getting better. He's smoother. He didn't let himself be photographed while courting Donald Trump. In Tampa, he insisted Perry's tenure as a job-creating Texas governor doesn't mean much. Romney said Texas has no income tax, restricts unions, has a GOP legislature and a lot of oil and gas -- but none of that is Perry's doing. "If he tried to say that it would be like Al Gore saying he invented the Internet."
(Kind of clever; Perry once campaigned for Gore.)
Romney says he's a "real" leader who believes in America's greatness and resilience. "A (money) contribution from you, today, will go towards advancing a campaign that is centered on job creation and economic growth."
Yawn. But we'll keep watching as Mitt jogs right before he jogs left. And please pass the fries.
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