As I was watching the Republican Primary (grade school) debate Thursday night I felt like I was watching a Saturday Night Live skit or maybe not even that good, more like a bad circus act. I figured pie throwing would be on the agenda at any moment. My mind could not comprehend that these were indeed real honest-to-goodness potential presidential nominees and bore no resemblance to what I grew up thinking was democracy in action. The antics of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were like the school yard bullies yelling “sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I’m leaving John Kasich out of the fray because he basically played nice. Boring but nice. In his case though boring was like a breath of fresh air on the political debate stage that can only be described as a circus.
While Trump kept calling Rubio “little Marco” and once again the size of Trumps hands and lower appendage came up (Rubio has claimed Trump’s hands and other “things” were small). Trump claimed he was fine in “that department” I found myself astounded that this was being discussed in a political arena (TMI). This debate was supposed to be about issues that are important to the American people that pertain to the economy, jobs, climate change, health care and more but our issues were secondary to the circus clowns verbally knocking each other down as they told each other to stop talking, stop lying and at one point Cruz telling trump “breathe Donald, breathe.” This, as they all talked over each other just as children are inclined to do. A more stately sight would have been any man, woman or child anywhere across America or any of the “uneducated poor” (Trumps quote) with manners and class that the potential nominees lacked.
I guess I was embarrassed and couldn’t imagine Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or a host of other past presidents (some that I didn’t even like) acting like bottom feeders in a frenzy to get our vote and doing it on national TV. The office they are trying to attain somehow seems tainted by the mere fact that they are clawing for that brass ring that they have tarnished. None of these guys are presidential material. It is extremely hard to think of the word President in any kind of context that includes their names. These three clowns are all small men in every possible sense of the word.
Word on the street and everywhere else that prints trilogies is that Mitt Romney is considering throwing his hat into the circus ring that is the Republican Presidential wanna-be tent. More accurately for him the “third times a charm” ring. Those in the know, mainly his “advisers” who helped him lose the last election because they kept telling him how great he was doing, said in unison “but this time will be different.”
I was wondering what “different” actually meant to someone like Romney and his ill-advisers. Is it the kind of different that us 99% think of? Is it the kind of different that will allow someone like himself who grew up isolated by wealth and privilege get a clue about the realities of life and economics affecting us “little people”? Like when he said college kids should just borrow $25K from their parents for school as if we all have that kind of money sitting around or do we forget that his car has an elevator and many Americans don’t have a car, job or food? What could this man possibly do “different” that would make me forget his remarks about 47% of the population being moochers and suggesting undocumented immigrants “self deport” or his paying only 13.9% federal income tax on 15 million in income, for the one year he was made to reveal his tax return?
He has been telling potential campaign donors (some of the same people Jeb Bush is courting) that his focus would be to help the poor and support the middle class. But poor or middle class people might be low on funds or assets but their memories are sharp enough to remember the effects of his Bain Capital sending jobs overseas, his offshore tax dodging accounts and his $60 million 401K. And it’s going to take more than a quick trip to Target or Costco to buy a shirt to prove he gets what it’s like to be middle class. And his wife is certainly way to uppity for such nonsense. Remember her famous pompous words “just stop.” As if she was more than a little used to people obeying her commands, like she thought she was practicing for a Monarchy.
According to Politico, The Washington Post and a host of other media outlets his “this time will be different” campaign isn’t just idle interest. They claim he is “aggressively” seeking a route into the 2016 nominee field. Politico even reports that his fresh new campaign is devoid of substance. Imagine that, it’s just like 2008 and 2012 all over again, kind of like that movie Ground Hog Day–every time he runs.
It’s like Mitt Romney wants to be president so bad, he will try to re-invent himself into the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker but he doesn’t know who or what those things are. But, no worries, his advisers will fill him in.
P.S. Just in case you have forgotten Mitt Romney’s typical tone and style when speaking about and to the American people from his ivory tower, here is a direct quote from the last time he ran in 2012;
“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what……who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it…..These are people who pay no income tax…..And so my job is not to worry about those people…” Wow! Is this not a Presidential caliber statement or what?