For the life of me, I cannot figure out why Mitt Romney really wants to be President. I mean, there have been other wealthy people like Mitt Romney that have wanted to be
president. Steve Forbes in 1996 and 2000, and Ross “Can I Finsh” Perot, in 1992 and 1996, come to mind just in my lifetime. They purportedly wanted to be president to return America to the principles and values they advocate for our country.
But Mitt Romney cannot possibly aspire to the Presidency because of his principles or values. I honestly don’t think he has any. Not because he’s a bad person, but because principles and values are important to some people but Mitt’s change with the wind direction; or the town that he’s in; or the group he’s speaking to at the moment. So that cannot be the reason. It just can’t.
For Mitt Romney, principles and values are superfluous. Nonessential. An unnecessary means to becoming president. Which leads me back to the question: why does Mitt Romney want to be president?
The Mormon Gambit
There seems to have been a moratorium on many questions for Mr. Romney that weren’t afforded Mr. Obama during his campaign, but the question of Mitt Romney’s faith is certainly a big one. An immediate explanation may relate to his father, George Romney, who ran for president in 1968 and lost the GOP nomination to Richard Nixon; maybe Mitt Romney just wants to win what his father lost.
Another possible reason is that presidential ambitions stem from Mitt and Dad, George Romney’s Mormonism, whose founder Joseph Smith encouraged the idea that our government should be run according to Mormon beliefs and ran for president himself in 1844.
Ever since Joseph Smith was killed during his own 1844 campaign the Mormons have been considered a text-book definition of a cult. They were forced out to Utah, and since then, generations of Mormons have been trying to vindicate their founder and bring his presidential dream to reality.
As a result, there have been a disproportionate number of Mormon congressmen, senators and governors over the years. Even today, while Mormons make up only 2% of our population, 6% of current US senators, including Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, are Mormons. Two of the 25 original candidates for President this cycle were Mormons. So, 8% of the presidential candidates were members of the text-book definition of a cult, whose leaders get their own planets when they die, and whose wives must be “approved” by their husbands in order to get to heaven. I guess that could explain Ann Romney’s adamant defense of Mitt. Her eternal damnation could depend on his “approving” her entry into heaven–his very own planet.
Everyone Has A Reason
In 2008, I felt like I unmistakably understood that the serious candidates wanted to be president for unambiguous reasons.
- John McCain believed national security challenges were overriding factors and that the divided country needed someone willing to work with both sides, a description he believed he fit well.
- Hillary Clinton saw herself as a pioneer, which she undoubtedly was, who could level the playing field in the country not only along gender lines, but as a supremely intelligent and savvy leader as well.
- Barack Obama believed he was a potentially transformative figure for this particular apparently transformative time, what with the economy and confidence in our country’s ability to survive, much less lead the world, in complete shambles due to George W. Bush’s malfeasance
Agree or disagree with any or all of them, but there was a clear sense that each of them was running for a reason they believed was bigger than themselves.
Sadly, Americans have shorter memories than most dogs if they’ve forgotten which party and which leaders formed possibly the worst administration in our history, because all of Bush’s former advisers are now on Romney’s team. Should he win, it would unmistakenly be George W. Bush 2.0.
From the abject failure to protect our own shores on 9/11, to botched administrative failures during Katrina, to two wars based on lies and greed, and the ONLY TWO UNFUNDED, VOLUNTEER-MILITARY WARS IN OUR HISTORY, including the Revolutionary War, and to top it all off, the near-total collapse of our under-regulated and corrupt banking system, Republicans depend on and are banking on the short memory of American voters. And they have the absolute gall to come begging for you to give it back to them again with GWB, the sequel!
Why do you think that George W. Bush isn’t welcome at the Republican Convention next week? Someone besides me might make the connection that GWB and WMR are the same person! Mr. Romney might have some formal education advantages and at least George W. Bush had a personality, doofus as it was. But they are essentially the same person with the same team of advisers that will be speaking through a hand-puppet President should Mr. Romney be elected.
I realize that Mr. Romney talks about being some miraculous businessman and a turnaround artist and believes President Obama has failed. But does anybody believe that Romney will step into office and transform all of the economic problems we have nationally and internationally simply because he’s had success in the private loan-shark market? The budget he released is total crap and any decent businessman would see it as such.
Beyond that, other than simply wanting to live in the White House, why does Romney want to be considered leader of the free world? We still haven’t answered that mystifying question. Be patient. I’m getting there.
People Who Have Actually Excelled
When I think about Steve Jobs all those years that Apple wasn’t profitable; or Michael Phelps, who swam every single day for 2-5 hours from age 11 until last week; or Jack Nicklaus, who every single day, rain or shine, heat or cold, would hit 200 practice balls, I wonder what drives REAL “achievers.” Ambition certainly manifests in many diverse ways. But at its purest, it’s a good thing, not a bad one.
And to give Mr. Romney the benefit of the doubt that he would NEVER give a peon such as myself, if you look over Romney’s entire life, you see a glimmer of that ambition. Hell yes, he was born with significant advantages, but he didn’t just go to the prep school; he didn’t just go to Harvard; he didn’t just join a church; he didn’t just work at the first Bain; he didn’t just manage the Olympics.
But there’s a distinct indication that he wanted the Olympics engagement because he was thinking of aiming even then for the presidency. He became a Republican governor of a blue state, and although he’s loathe to admit it, he and fellow Republicans at the Heritage Center ultra-conservative think-tank initially perceived the very health care system, with broad consensus, that is currently being implemented for the entire country; The Affordable Care Act.
My Spidey Sense Just Won’t Stop Tingling
I also think he’d like the power. He probably even feels entitled to it. You can tell in his and his wife Ann’s mannerisms that they are appalled that they have to answer questions and provide facts that EVERY OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE has to do. It’s as if in the Romney’s minds, it’s his “turn” to be president and Ann wants to get into Mitt’s heaven for pete’s sake. If he can just display sufficient contempt and disgust for Obama to the satisfaction of the right-wing, nut-jobs of his party, Romney seems to be convinced that OUGHT to be sufficient. After all, he has spent countless hours memorizing how to be a conservative…the part he’s currently playing.
But that’s why we get an occasional glimpse of the REAL Ann and Mitt Romney. The stay-at-home mom who surely had 24/7 nannies, drivers, and diaper-changers for those handsome, clones of Mitt. It’s seen ever-so-briefly when she instinctively purses her lips and decries having to answer to “You People” about their damn tax returns! For goodness sakes, “You People” do not DESERVE to be so “uppity” and presumptuous to ask such questions.
But is that it? After five years of national campaigning, can I admit that I have a feel for what really drives Mr. Romney to run for the position of leader of the free world?
No, I can’t. And I don’t think you can either.
You don’t have to be a professional shrink to figure out that Mitt Romney’s refusal to fully divulge his finances and remove his money from offshore tax havens represent a classic case of self-sabotage. It’s painfully obvious to me that, deep down, Romney really does not want to be President. Oh he wants the title alright. But the day-to-day work of being President will almost assuredly be like it was for George W. Bush. Others will running the OFFICE of the Presidency, but Romney would be the public persona.
Romney will be the face of the Presidency, but the people behind the scenes are the same ones that were behind Bush. Among the advisers on Romney’s team are several well known neo-conservative ideologues and former Bush administration officials, including Eliot Cohen, Robert Joseph, Robert Kagan, Eric Edelman, Michael Chertoff, Dan Senor, and the real neo-conservative elites, Karl Rove, John Bolton and Frank Carlucci.
FACE FACTS PEOPLE: A VOTE FOR ROMNEY IS A VOTE FOR GEORGE W. BUSH–AGAIN
Listen closely. Can you hear it? Mitt Romney, striding to the Presidential Podium after some earth-shattering screw-up saying: “Hey, I’m the Decider!”
It would be a helluva lot more interesting for all of us if there were some great mystery here, but I don’t think there is. Romney reeks of privilege. Every time he says something off the cuff he says something horribly obnoxious. He refuses to talk about anything but what HE wants to talk about. And usually on neo-con central, FOX “NEWS”.
Here are my Top 20 personal favorites Romney off-the-cuff remarks, in no particular order:
- “Corporations are people, my friend.”
- “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
- “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”
- “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” –Mitt Romney, on the American auto industry, despite having written a New York Times op-ed in 2008 titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” in which he said if GM, Ford and Chrysler got a government bailout “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye”
- “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” —Mitt Romney,
- “[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.”
- “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.”
- “PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.”
- “I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.” —Mitt Romney, after being asked whether he follows NASCAR racing
- “There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip” –Mitt Romney, attempting to identify with the problems of average folk
- “I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.”
- “I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.”
- “We have a president, who I think is is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.” —Mitt Romney, who has two Harvard degrees
- “I love this state. The trees are the right height.”
- “I’m running for office for Pete’s sake, we can’t have illegals”
- “I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.” —Mitt Romney, who earned $374,000 in speaking fees in one year
- “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” —speaking in 2007 about killing Osama bin Laden
- “Who let the dogs out? Who, who.” –Mitt Romney, during an awkward photo op with a group of African Americans kids at a Martin Luther King Day parade
- “I’m Mitt Romney—and yes Wolf, that’s also my first name.” —Mitt Romney, getting his own name wrong (his first name is “Willard,” and his middle name is “Mitt”)
- “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.”
Look at the substantiation: As opposed to events out of a single politician’s control, like the European debt crisis and the unemployment rate, Mitt’s problems are problems of his own making! Mitt could resolve the doubts about his patriotism and finances with the snap of his finger.
He could repatriate all of his money to a U.S. bank, disclose his tax returns for the last few years, and answer any lingering questions about his money in the half-hour that he’s spends dissing some poor woman’s cookies or talking about cheesy grits.
Yet he refuses to. Could it be that Mitt Romney just wants to check a little box on his personal Bucket List? Could it possibly be that’s all there is to this?
No, I’ll tell you exactly why Mitt Romney wants to be President of the United States. With all of his money, and power, and car elevators, there can be only one logical answer to why Willard Mitt Romney wants to be President of the United States.
I think he bet Rick Perry $1.00 he could win.