"The president needs to take responsibility for his failures,"
-- Mitt Romney (R-MA) on "Fox News"
God love Mitt. Sometimes you just want to take the self-delusional and give them a nurturing hug. I don't know what it is about losing candidates for president, but there's something whimsical about them thinking that the public thinks they are wise and prescient, despite having voted against them. It's sort of the Bob and Ray Syndrome. (They have a sketch where a losing candidate, who spent a "fortoone" of his own money, is giving a concession speech and goes All-Bitter, noting how one day the public is going to say, "We should have voted for you. The other guy's a bum. He stinks. We should have voted for you." He then goes on to add that, "You know what I'll say to them? I'll say, 'NUTS! You had your chance. You could have voted for me, but you blew it. Nuts. I an't never gonna run again.")
I just love Mitt Romney saying saying that the winning candidate has to take responsibility for his failures, yet he himself couldn't even take responsibility for his 47% comments that were recorded on video, coming up with a wide range of regularly-changing explanations to suggest that he didn't say what was there on the screen for all to see. For that matter, Mr. Romney has acknowledged he was unable to take responsibility for losing, so certain was he that he was going to win on Election Night, yet being crushed the Electoral College vote in a landslide.
The president should take responsibility for his failures?? Mitt Romney couldn't even take responsibility for his successes. He ran away as far as possible from his "Romneycare" health laws in Massachusetts that you needed the Hubble Telescope to find him. He refused to take responsibility for his own actual positions, flip-flopping on most every one that even had a taint of being seen as moderate, let alone liberal. Which is ultimately not taking responsibility for who you are.
Actually, though, his interview on Fox wasn't limited to this one gobsmacker, but filled with great quotes, any one of which could have been the Quote of the Day. Like him saying of the Obama presidency that there has "not been a level of competency." This from a guy who ran against an incumbent president during a recession and high unemployment, and couldn't win. The incompetence of losing under such conditions was near unprecedented. Especially against a black man who your party spent four years painting as a a Nazi, anti-American, foreign-born socialist who hates white people and it was their #1 job to defeat.
Yet he had even another quote eligible for Quote of the Day. Speaking about VA Director Eric Shinseki and Congressional hearings, Mr. Romney said it "would be nice to grill him over the coming weeks and months." This from a man who refused to release his tax returns, something that presidential candidates have done dating back half a century to his own father who may have been the first to start the practice. Perhaps Mr. Romney has grilling on the mind because it's summer and the Fourth of July is around the corner, but Mitt Romney is so averse to the concept of hard questions that "How are you doing?" might get his press secretary to step in and say that "Mr. Romney answered that yesterday and believes the issue is an old one and has been addressed."
Mitt: a glove heavily padded to protect the body from feeling any discomfort.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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