Romney’s One Principle

You know, I find Mitt Romney a most detestable politician, whatever are his personal qualities. And I find Donald Trump to be, as I have related many times, a cretinous buffoon who continues to hold, for reasons I cannot comprehend, a grievous grip on a segment of the Republican Party that either fears him or worships him, or both.

So, because I find both men abominable as public figures, it’s not surprising that I am gnashing-my-teeth annoyed by what Romney told reporters:

(CNN) – Mitt Romney said Monday he wasn’t concerned about Donald Trump’s commitment to the “birther” conspiracy, one day before the GOP presidential candidate hosts a fund-raiser alongside the celebrity business magnate.

Asked on his charter plane whether Trump’s questioning of President Barack Obama’s birthplace gave him pause, Romney simply said he was grateful for all his supporters.

“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney said. “But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

Now, we have here a situation in which a man, who on Tuesday in Las Vegas may wear sacred skivvies to a high-priced campaign fundraiser with Trump and Newt Gingrich, has admitted to the world that he will keep the company of anyone, so long as it might bring him a vote or two.

Romney’s entire political life has been organized around that one principle, which is why, throughout his various campaigns, his position has traveled from one end of an issue to the other, in search of that moment’s electorate. And which is why there are still more than a few conservatives out there who simply don’t trust him.

But for me the issue goes deeper. There is something stunningly insensitive about the way Mitt Romney conducts himself, beyond the simple political reluctance to not offend even the tiniest pocket of voters. When given a chance to publicly correct Rush Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown student a “slut” and a “prostitute,” Romney said with cowardice aforethought:

I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.

Apparently there is a nicer, more Mormon way of calling a girl a whore.

Earlier this month a supporter prefaced a question to Romney with the suggestion that Mr. Obama “should be tried for treason,” a comment that provoked not even the slightest moral twitch in Mitt’s Mormon flesh.

So, given what we have seen, who would expect Romney to paddle away from Donald Trump?

Yet, if Trump were selling, say, radical Islam instead of his asinine birther conspiracy, would Mitt Romney and his campaign sell chances—three bucks a pop—to have dinner with him? Well, no, and that is the point: Romney just doesn’t find Trump’s creepy fascination with birther fanaticism all that creepy. He’s “appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people,” he told us.

Except that Donald Trump is not “good people.” Nobody can be who is trying to do to President Obama what Donald Trump is trying to do to him. Through his promotion of birtherism and his assertion that Obama wasn’t good enough to get into Harvard Law School on his own merits, Trump is using racism in a wretched attempt to stigmatize the President, to do to him what was done to the black man at the time of our founding: regard him as a being “of an inferior order,” who has “no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

That’s it, you see. Our black president, sitting in the White’s House, has no rights which palefaced people like Donald Trump—and now by extension, Mitt Romney—are bound to respect.

It is a sad state of contemporary American politics that we find the soon-to-be head of the Republican Party sharing a campaign bed with such a man as Donald Trump, cuddling up with his conspiracies.

But given who Mitt Romney is as a politician—and I am beginning to think who he is as a man—it by now surprises no one.



  1. janice reed

     /  May 29, 2012

    There are lots of reasons to question Romney’s character, from my perspective. The reason that tops them all, is his treatment of a fellow student from his high school days that says it all for me. His rationalization that he doesn’t even remember the incident, speaks volumes. If he had commented that he remembered and regretted the incident, at least you could respect the fact, that he, as others in their youth, did things that they regretted. But he DOESN’T REMEMBER !!!! To me that says a lot about his lack of character.


    • Janice,

      I found the same thing wrong with Romney’s response. How could a man remember that he didn’t single out the kid because he was a homosexual, but not remember the incident? He should have just confessed to the whole thing and used it as a teaching moment. Instead, what he taught is just how shallow is his would-be presidential character.



  2. ansonburlingame

     /  May 29, 2012

    To all,

    And thus the DIVIDE continues with no attempt to “heal”. It is pure and simple raw politics when Duane leads off a blog saying, “Mitt Romney a most detestable politician”!

    Why should any conservative read any further? You know it will simply be another diatribe, in this case lambasting a politician to not firmly rebuke statements or actions by potential supporters, which all politicians do from time to time, let the outrageous go unchallenged when the outrage comes from potential supporters.

    Take the recent outrage from black politicians and leaders, and Duane as well, when the Martin case first hit the news. Obama tactily supported that outrage with his statement that Martin would look like his own son. We Hell, if Micheal was Hispanic, Zimmerman could have looked like his son!.

    Does Obama support evertying that the New Black Panthers proclaim? Of course he does not, I HOPE, but I have yet to hear him “slap them down”, have you? Same for Sharpton. Has that man ever exaggerated an issue and has Obama ever publicly countered him? Not that I have ever heard.

    there is ONE key point where I have great “trust” in Romney. He will NOT let the radical right govern America if he is elected any more than Obama will let the OWS crowd govern America. In that sense Romney is the best GOP candidate, across the board in my view.



  3. King Beauregard

     /  May 29, 2012

    “And thus the DIVIDE continues with no attempt to ‘heal’. It is pure and simple raw politics when Duane leads off a blog saying, ‘Mitt Romney a most detestable politician’!

    “Why should any conservative read any further?”

    And thus we come to your definition of civil discourse: saying what the conservatives want to hear.

    Perhaps Duane is right that Mitt IS a most detestable politician? I seem to recall a lot of people on the right used to think so, until they decided he was The Last Best Hope To Take The White House.


  4. ansonburlingame

     /  May 30, 2012

    Well King,

    If you think Mitt is despicable, that is your choice. So don’t get your pants in a wad when some conservative calls Obama despicable. I won’t do it but many will.

    Is Romney despicable because he does not slap down the radical right, publicly. If the answer is Yes then how about Obama and OWS, Sharpton, even taking a back seat related to “fast and furious”. Monkey see, monkey do it seems.



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