Thursday, 27 December 2012

Romney Delusion – A Family Condition

The latest development in the ever-changing Why Mitt Romney Lost narrative being spun by the Romney campaign and family is frankly bizarre. Here’s the relevant part from the Boston Globe article, quoting Tagg Romney (the eldest son):

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

He’s been running for president for a decade. You don’t do that, and you don’t do the things Mitt Romney did, unless you want to be president. His issue flexibility was the clearest sign: he was willing to do and say anything to win votes. This latest claim is just another example of a Romney family reality deficit.

The Globe article has a lot of other information and details about the Romney campaign, and is well worth reading. What I took away from the piece was not that Mitt Romney didn’t want to be president (I’m afraid nothing will ever convince me of that), but that he and his campaign staff were astonishingly arrogant, feckless, unprepared for running a proper presidential campaign, and as politically tone-deaf as their candidate.

“a reconstruction by the Globe of how the campaign unfolded shows that Romney’s problems went deeper than is widely understood. His campaign made a series of costly financial, strategic, and political mistakes that, in retrospect, all but assured the candidate’s defeat, given the revolutionary turnout tactics and tactical smarts of President Obama’s operation.”

Exit polls told a stunning story. The majority of voters preferred Romney’s visions, values, and leadership. But he had clearly failed to address the problem that Romney’s own family worried about from the start. Obama beat Romney by an astonishing 81 to 18 percent margin on the question of which candidate “cares about people like me.”

Lawrence O’Donnell covered this latest ‘revelation’ from Tagg, too. The segment is… typical Lawrence, really, in that the snide comments are a little mean-spirited. At the same time, though, he and his two guests make some good points:

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