With less than 100 days to go before
the presidential election, the public opinion polls would have us believe the
race is close. Romney is neck and neck with Obama.
I'm not so sure. And after
watching Mitt Romney embarrass himself repeatedly on his overseas trip, I'm
even more convinced that Obama is going to win this election easily.
It's a hard job to make the
British unite in hatred an American politician. They're America's lapdog. They
export reality shows and pop stars to us as repayment for saving them from the
Nazis seven decades ago. In exchange, they kiss the butts of every president.
Romney angered them on the eve of
the Olympics by suggesting London was unprepared for the games. By implication,
he was saying that nothing could compare to the excellent job he, Romney, did
organizing the Salt Lake City Olympics.
Even though this was a minor
incident, it's emblematic of the reason why Romney will blow this election
that, by all rights, he should win in a landslide. It's not just that he's out
of touch with the American people, boasting about his Cadillacs during an
economic depression. It's that he doesn't care that he's out of touch.
Ironically, when Republican
activists seem to be the most engaged and passionate they've been in the last
30 years, they're about to nominate a man who takes palpable pride in his
complete utter lack of any beliefs on any issues whatsoever except his own
ambition for power.
He's always been the CEO of
everything he's ever done, he's waited his turn and now he feels he deserves to
be elected the CEO of America merely because he's Mitt Romney. Americans have
punished that sort of naked greed in the past and will likely do so again in
Instead of being a referendum on
the past four years of Obama's presidency, the election is going to be instead
a decision as to whether Romney deserves this promotion to which he feels so
In a sense, Romney embodies what
the Republican Party has become: a confederation of rich and powerful
businessmen with a rich sense of entitlement and a belief in making things
easier for rich people.
He is literally the man whose job
it was to buy companies, fire everyone and then go enjoy a round of golf. His
job was to make his corporation more profitable for its shareholders no matter
what the human cost. Because of him, thousands of Americans saw their jobs
Romney made himself and his
His job-cutting policies hit
Indiana workers hard. Go talk to the former employees of Ampad, a paper company
Romney purchased in 1992 in Marion. Hundreds of workers were laid off and wages
for the remaining workers were cut. The company later went bankrupt. Romney
profited from the deal.
To the candidate, these
accusations seem unfair. Isn't it a capitalist's job to make money and more
money? If a few thousand people have to suffer because of business decisions,
that's just how the game works. Economic Darwinism.
Romney is the less charismatic,
less polished version of Ronald Reagan, who so firmly believed in the
unalienable right for the rich to get richer that he helped dismantle all the
regulations that once protected us from people like Romney.
If you could build a time machine
and tell voters that electing Reagan would usher in an era of unbridled big
business that would end up destroying small businesses, labor unions and local
ownership, many of them would have voted for the Gipper anyway.
As Reagan helped provoke the
collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, he was building a similar capitalist
dictatorship at home by freeing up large corporations to exert even more
economic control over our lives. Reagan tore down the Berlin Wall and wrecked
local banks, manufacturing sectors and small businesses here at home.
He brought us the freedom of the
economic slave, forced to buy cheap, foreign-made goods at Wal-Mart, bank at
Chase and watch idly as people like Mitt Romney bought their businesses and
That's one of the many reasons
that this election won't even be close. The past four years haven't been
paradise but, given a choice between someone who understands average Americans
and someone who doesn't, the electorate will make the right choice.
Romney's arrogance, lack of
convictions and country-club persona would serve him well as the commissioner
of baseball. He would also make an excellent bankruptcy judge, since he's
helped create so many indigent people in the private sector.
So enjoy the Olympics, try and
get in a few days' vacation somewhere nice and forget about the election for
the next few months. No matter what Fox News or Drudge try to tell you, Romney
has less than a 30 percent chance of pulling off a miracle and winning this
election. Our country is still safe from a return of Reagan cutthroat economics
for at least the next four years.