Romney’s Not Right for That Three A.M. Call

In his article “The Romney Economy” for New York magazine, Benjamin Wallace-Wells offers quotes from Mitt Romney’s former Bain Capital colleagues that I found disturbing.  “Mitt was always worried that things weren’t going to work out — he never took big risks. … I think Mitt has a tremendous amount of insecurity and fear of failure,” says one.  “I never viewed Mitt as very decisive,” says another.

To be an effective commander in chief, you have to take risks, conquer your fear of failure, and be decisive.  If Mitt were president now, I think bin Laden, Quadaffi, and al-Awlaki might well be alive, as well as many other terrorists whom President Obama has killed.  My gut feeling about Mitt is that he lacks guts.

The article reinforces my sense that Mitt wouldn’t be any great shakes when it comes to the economy either, unless you’re part of his 1%.  Mitt took over American Pad and Paper (Am Pad), a company that ended up going bankrupt.  Maybe the company couldn’t have been saved.  But what troubles me is that Mitt and his investors ruthlessly plundered over $100 million from Am Pad as it lay dying.

Capitalism is about creation and destruction.  Steve Jobs created the iPad, Mitt Romney destroyed Am Pad.  We need leaders like Jobs, not Mitt.

Can Rick Perry Come Back?

Rick Perry is hiring take-no-prisoners senior staffers, rolling out new policy designed to turn the conversation away from tuition breaks for illegals, and dipping into his $15 million stash for anti-Romney ads.  Can he climb out of the Texas-sized hole he’s dug for himself?  Yes, he can!

Much of Perry’s lost support went to Herman Cain.  It’s not going to stay there, given that Cain is a moron, it has to go somewhere else.  If those Perry-t0-Cain folks had liked Romney, they would have shown that already.  So Perry has a good shot at winning them back.

Perry’s hope comes from a look back at the 2008 race.  McCain was in more trouble in the summer of 2007 than Perry is now because, aside from his staff implosion, Johnny Mac had no money.  Basically Mac was wandering around New Hampshire, just him and his garment bag.

How did Mac turn it around?  Much of it was that people simply couldn’t stand Romney.  That’s Perry’s ace, he’s lucky enough to be running against that same unloved guy.  Sure, you can hide Mitt’s tie and put him in jeans, but you can’t give “casual Mitt” the personality transplant he needs.

John McCain was not a great candidate, Rick Perry is not a great candidate.   The GOP may seek greatness, but it will surely settle for “not Mitt Romney.”


Occupy Wall Street Picks Up the Tea Party’s Dropped Mantle

The Tea Party started with outrage about the bailouts.  That outrage had three ways to go:  blame the government for doing the bailouts, blame Wall Street for receiving the bailouts, or blame both.

The GOP skillfully channeled Tea Party anger into anti-government sentiment.  They dangled shiny objects before the Tea Partiers, things like the debt ceiling and the EPA, which had nothing to do with our economic collapse, but successfully distracted the dumb asses with tea bags stapled to their tri-corner hats.   The Koch Brothers and Dick Armey and Fox News successfully led the Tea Partiers into the anti-government sheep pen, closed the gate, and breathed a sigh of relief.  They almost figured it out!  Almost…

Now comes Occupy Wall Street to remind us that hey, we forgot to punish the bankers who stuck us with their gambling debts and blithely went back to the roulette wheel with a fresh pile of chips.

Occupy Wall Street is what the Tea Party could have been and should have been.  I hope they keep their eye on the ball and away from shiny objects and that they successfully evade the sheep pen.

I hope they tell Wall Street, “Rien ne va plus.”

How We Know Herman Cain Is Dumb As a Post

There is an inherent contradiction in the message of the GOP.  They are all for individual freedom and government staying out of your life, except of course, for the stuff they believe the government should totally control.  Stuff like whether or not you become and stay pregnant, whom you can marry, making sure that you have lots of exposure to Jesus in the public square and schools, etc.

When politicians miss threading this needle, you instantly see in their faces that they know they stepped in it, and furious scraping begins to get all traces off their foot.

But when Herman Cain said both that government should stay out of abortion and that abortion should be illegal, he didn’t understand that he was talking utter nonsense.  He is embarrassingly and excruciatingly stupid.

Rick Perry’s Shout Out to the Birthers

Just as in a horror movie, when you think the monster is dead, and he gets up again, the birthers are back.  Rick Perry’s saying he’s not convinced President Obama’s birth certificate is real.

I know Perry is desperate, with his crappy debate performances and his plunging polls, but birtherism?  Really? That’s his comeback issue in an election about  job creation?

Perry’s sudden interest in beating this dead horse is thanks to his having dinner with Donald Trump, who apparently whispered in his ear about the Communist Kenyan Muslim.  What other idiots would Perry listen to if he were in the Oval Office?

Perry’s embrace of the fringe just helps Mitt “I’m Also Unemployed” Romney.  Was that Trump’s plan all along?  Both Mitt and the Donald are all hot for a trade war with China.  Trump isn’t smart, but he’s clever, kind of like Sarah Palin.

What Herman Cain Believes

Herman Cain would trade all the prisoners at Gitmo for one American held by Al Qaeda, but he would never negotiate with terrorists.

Herman Cain is pro-life, but believes abortion should be up to a woman and her family, never up to the government.

Herman Cain says President Obama is wrong to withdraw from Iraq, but says he can’t articulate a policy on Afghanistan without access to classified material.

Not ready for prime time?  This guy isn’t ready for the middle of the night.

Rick Perry Blames Obama for Bush’s Decision

Criticizing President Obama on our withdrawal from Iraq, Rick Perry said, “Most importantly, you don’t tell the enemy what your timetable is going to be.”

But President Bush set this timetable for withdrawal by the end of 2011, President Obama is just going along with it.

The American people can’t wait to get out of Iraq, and the Iraqi people can’t wait for us to be gone.  Sounds as if we have an agreement!

Michele Bachmann wants the Iraqis to reimburse us the trillion dollars for the cost of the war.  Hold your breath, Michele, please hold your breath till they pay.