Everyone in the world is paying attention to Mitt Romney's hilariously gaffe-tastic trip
to the U.K. My favorite example was his remark about "looking out of the backside" of 10 Downing Street. What an ass!
The "Anglo-Saxon heritage" remark wasn't really a gaffe, since Team Mitt clearly meant it for the stateside
audience. In 2008, the Obots falsely accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of sending racist dog whistles. In Romney's case, the accusation isn't false; that's his act
. The Republicans don't even put much effort into denying the obvious.
I like the Telegraph's comment
Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.
Given the many failures of our current administration, Romney should be at least ten points ahead of Obama. Yet Mitt continues to struggle. Why? In part because the insanity of the Republican party frightens many Americans -- and in part because Mitt Romney is the most repellent, most unlikable humanoid ever to seek the country's highest office. He makes Nixon seem charismatic.
Female readers, I ask you seriously: If you had to kiss either Romney or Nixon, which would you choose? (Before you answer, consider this
.) The two men make for an interesting comparison: Nixon, born poor and not particularly attractive, always seemed to worry about his likability. Mitt Romney, born to wealth and blessed with good looks, doesn't give a crap about whether people like him. And nobody does.
Even Republicans cannot defend Romney's personality; they don't care for him either. Although many will vote against
Obama, few will vote for
Romney. He has never said anything witty, intelligent, artful or memorable. He has never performed a single noble or courageous act. He has never given the world a new idea or a new product. He wears his humanity as if it gave him a rash.
Had the gods granted this man any endearing qualities, he now would be coasting to an easy victory. If he wins the election -- and I think he will -- he'll do so by relying on devious methods.
Is the fix in?
I'm intrigued by Romney's not-so-secret meeting with the head of MI6
. Has this ever happened before? I can think of no precedent. When was the last time Britain's chief spook met with an American candidate who isn't a serving politician and isn't even his party's official nominee?
I suspect that MI6 knows something about Mitt Romney that the rest of us do not.
Rich is never having to say you're sorry.
One amusing aspect of Romney's trip is that, no matter how badly he screws up, he cannot apologize for anything he does. After all, he titled his book No Apology
. That volume -- no doubt written by the finest ghost money could buy -- is founded on the mythical proposition that Barack Obama has gone around the world apologizing for American behavior. In fact, he has done no such thing.
Frankly, I wish he had. After the Iraq and Afghanistan debacles, after our disastrous attempt to establish an empire (which some Republicans openly called
an empire), and after our Wall Streeters did so much to destroy the world economy, a few mea culpas
might have helped.
Everyone knows that only insecure creeps refuse to apologize. If you know who you are, if you have the confidence that comes with decency, you can admit fault without feeling threatened or diminished. A man of reason and honor understands that the ready apology provides the grease that keeps the gears of civilization turning. In better days, humility was considered a virtue.
argues that Mitt's arrogance hurts him overseas:
Alas, diplomacy is hard. It's no less hard when approached with the sort of chest-thumping, non-apologizing American exceptionalism (don't call it nationalism!) that Romney described in his book.
Still, it's hard not to see this incident as a reminder of the potential pitfalls of a worldview that sees thoughtful diplomacy as "apologizing" and emphasizes American dominance through American strength.
He may have nice suits. But he isn't civilized
I have a theory about why Mitt feels so attracted to the "no apologies" meme. Psychologically, he remains at war with his father, George Romney, who famously admitted that he was wrong about Vietnam -- and thereby derailed his own quest for the presidency. The elder Romney later headed H.U.D., in which capacity he helped many poor people find housing.
This, I think, is Mitt's dark secret: Like Dubya, Mitt Romney has daddy issues. He seeks the highest office because he feels compelled to outdo -- to best, to conquer, to vanquish -- his father.