I can’t think of a political candidate I’ve liked less than Mitt Romney.
Is he smart? Probably. Accomplished? Sure. Wealthy? Beyond a doubt. But there’s just something … off about the man. His insincereity is jarringly transparent; his lack of understanding for the average person is tragic. He fits the suit perfectly—handsome, distinguished, well-spoken. And yet he strikes me as more wind-up political doll than genuine human being.
Throughout his campaign, he’s repeated the same lines about Barack Obama, and they ring hollow. Words like “socialism” and “failure” escape his mouth every eight seconds. When good things have happened—the death of Bin Laden, the most recent employment reports—he’s either avoided them or given credit to anyone but the president. He raves about his own ability as a job creator, when his history is that of one who takes apart corporations.
Worst of all, he’s an opportunistic fraud. I’ve never, ever, ever seen a politician take more positions on more issues. How can a man who once ran on a gay rights platform now call for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage? How can a pro-choice governor now be stridently pro-life? How can the nation’s leading voice on universal health coverage now bemoan universal health coverage?
How can anyone take this fraud seriously?
Is Barack Obama a great president? No. A good one? Yes. And, most would agree, if nothing else he’s a sincere one.