Mitt Romney’s biggest problem

Mitt Romney has a resume. A pretty impressive resume. He was the governor of a large state, and worked pretty well with both parties. He took over an Olympics and handled it smoothly. He has decades of business experience and (whether the actual results are good or bad) can talk about experience Barack Obama never had.

And yet …

Mitt Romney’s biggest problem is a huge one: Insincerity. I don’t know if, literally, Romney is an insincere human being. But he certainly comes off as one—to Republicans, to Democrats, to my dog, Norma, who stops wagging her tail whenever Romney appears on our television. He just lacks a certain … something; that “I care about you”-ness that most presidents either have or pretend to have. I’ve never been one to praise George W. Bush, but he undoubtably had it. He looked at people, and as they spoke he seemed to genuinely care. Bill Clinton was another master of the trade. And while Obama is less warm and cuddly than his immediate predecessors, his ear is certainly not made of tin.

Romney has a tin ear. And a plastic smile. And hair that never moves. Were any other candidate to spew the moronic, “I’m not worried about the poor” line, it would be used, then forgotten. But Romney genuinely seems disinterested in their plight. Hell, in anyone’s plight who makes less than $5 mill annually. The GOP likes to compare all their candidates to Ronald Reagan and, indeed, Romney bears a certain resemblance to No. 40. But Reagan—again, not a man I particularly admire—made people feel good. And empowered. And strong. And confident. And rugged.

Romney doesn’t.

And, I suspect, never will.

PS: One more thing: Mitt Romney ran for governor on a pro-choice platform. Now he’s saying Komen shouldn’t fund Planned Parenthood. He is a staggeringly unprincipled man.

5 thoughts on “Mitt Romney’s biggest problem”

  1. Just curious about the homeless man that you photographed and posted (probably without his consent.) Did you throw him a couple of bucks or at least buy him some food?
    Truth is, he probably doesn’t care much about politics and probably can’t vote (due to lack of ID or residence)
    You are trying to use him as a prop to make a point about Romney when all he really cares about is getting some food and keeping warm for the night NO MATTER WHO OCCUPIES THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!

  2. So Jeff, answer my question. Did you help out the man in the photograph of this post? Or did you already do your 1 good deed a week minimum and skip this guy? Just curious.

    1. Bobby, fair question: I did not give money to the man. Generally speaking (and this might come from being from New York) I don’t give money to people asking for it. I prefer to buy food or give gloves, hats, etc. That said, I think you raise a fair point. Was it righteous to take his photo? And to do so without compensation? Probably not. Can’t argue your words here.

      1. Oh, one thing: By “people asking for it,” I don’t mean charities, obviously. I mean homeless, those begging on the street. I have given, obviously. But truth be told, a huge number of these people suffer either from addiction or some form of mental illness.

  3. I agree with you about giving food, hats, gloves etc. to people on the streets instead of money. That way, you are genuinely helping them survive and it gives them some temporary comfort.

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