July 14, 2012

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

Rather than registering underclass, doddering, and carefree adolescent voters as fast as it can, the Democratic administration is reacting with colossal stupidity. Holder is trying to challenge as many laws as he can by dragging up the 1965 Voting Rights Act (a measure that GOP Congressmen overwhelmingly supported and have voted periodically to renew). Under this law certain districts in the South can be kept from changing voting laws in a way that would depress the black turnout. But this draconian measure can only work in a very limited number of places that have enacted voter-identification laws. When (no longer if) Corbett signs the voter-ID bill in Pennsylvania, Holder will not be able to stop the law’s enforcement in this state or anywhere else north of the Mason-Dixon Line. 

Still, all these GOP efforts on Romney’s behalf may not serve to counteract his dreary, platitudinous character. Every four years GOP primary voters continue to surprise me with the lackluster, narcoleptic standard-bearers they choose. These candidates only seem to have strong convictions about launching new crusades for democracy or creeping back into old conflicts that should never have been started.

On domestic issues, Romney is strictly a one-noter. He tells us night and day he’s against Obamacare, although he enacted similar legislation in Massachusetts that is saddling the state government there with enormous debts. From what I can tell, Romney has nothing against “€œcomprehensive”€ legislation that would legalize illegals in the US, but this may change as he flips back and forth. The same holds true for his opinions about “€œevery…sexual orientation.”€

Romney’s courting of Condoleezza Rice as a vice-presidential candidate would be electorally disastrous if the wooing succeeds. A socially liberal remnant of the unpopular Bush Administration, Rice has no appeal to black voters because of her GOP identification. Besides, she is known to hold views on abortion and affirmative action that turn off the right.

Romney offers the American right nothing but waffling in place of Obama’s authentically leftist politics. As a campaigner Romney is so bad that even the neocons on Fox have begun to complain.

The right may vote for Romney in critical numbers if Obama sucks up too obnoxiously to his constituency of aggrieved and illegal minorities. The right is not going to embrace Romney with any enthusiasm, but it can be made to vote for him if Obama makes a jerk of himself and if GOP hacks call attention to this loudly enough.

But whatever smarts Romney may have shown in business are clearly lacking in his presidential bid.

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