Thursday, November 8, 2012
Mitt needed a lift from the pizza man
I, and apparently a lot of other people, couldn't quite get past the notion that Mitt was unable to break from the mold of a powerful businessman who wanted to incorporate every store front (and pizza shop, maybe) in America. From body language to scripted repetition of thought-lines - "I've done it before and can do it again", he repeatedly pledged, as though we hadn't heard him the first thousand times - never convinced a majority of the 99 per centers that he could relate to our worlds.
By all previous notions of winning politics, he should have coasted to the White House. A slowly recovering economy, the every-present racial undercurrents, a flood of more campaign money than could be restrained by Hoover Dam, or more succinctly, the three Rs of this year's campaign - racism, religion and Rovism. Obama was undermined by the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Republican Jewish Coalition, evangelicals and countless religious broadcasters, including Mike Huckabee, who loudly protested the nation's movement toward a more liberating social gospel that accepted same-sex marriage, contraceptives and other individual lifestyle choices. "Sociocultural rot," cried Plain Dealer deputy editorial page editor Kevin O'Brien, a fully accredited Hard Right thinker, in another weepy outburst on today's Op-Ed page labeled "It's twilight in America".
Clearly, even for the stubborn CEO like Romney, he ecountered more on his plate than he could handle and raced to the tall weeds in the Tea Party for cover. Whether it was personal choice, health care, climate change or the auto industry, Mitt remained a Tea party captive and never deviated from the script - at least his current one, not the older one as governor of Massachusetts. On Tuesday, the same state rolled over him , with 61 pct. favoring Obama.
Now, the post-mortems are piling up from the right, declaring him to be a traitor to the conservatives' cause, that he wasn't really one of them.
Oh? Then who was he?
We may never know.