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Mitt Romney is a Tool

This may count as the “Who am I? Why am I here?” moment of the 2012 campaign season.

Flip Flopper

Mitt Romney took a hard break from his Republican opponents for the presidential nomination in an interview with a New Hampshire newspaper Monday.

Unlike much of the rest of the GOP field, Romney’s not ready to condemn the booing of a gay soldier at the last debate.

…“You’d have to look at it,” he told the New Hampshire Union-Leader, according to the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know when they booed, and I don’t know why people booed. I will tell you that the boos and the applause has not always coincided with my own views.”

“You have to look at it,” he says? OK. Let’s.

It’s possible that Romney left the stage for a bathroom break, or suffered some kind of temporary insanity at that precise moment. It’s possible he was rendered blind and deaf by a sudden stroke at that precise moment, only to recover fully about 30 seconds later. It’s possible that aliens abducted Romney from the state at that precise moment, beamed him up while simultaneously replacing him with an amazingly lifelike decoy, probed him, and beamed him back down (retrieving the doppelganger) without any of the other candidates, the moderators or the studio audience noticing the difference.

Any of these might explain how Romney could have been there at the debate and still not know when or why people booed. After all, the sequence of events went something like this:

  1. Gay soldier serving in Iraq questions Rick Santorum, via satellite, about what he would do regarding “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as president.
  2. Members of the audience boo.

Now, it’s also possible that those audience members were booing something else. Maybe it was a delayed reaction to Rick Perry’s body count record of executions.

But I think this is one of those occasions when the simplest explanation is most likely the right one. It’s as simple as this: Mitt Romney is a tool.

tool

a fake person. someone does things to impress people

After all, if one wants the GOP nomination in 2012, one must appease our modern barbarians.

Has anyone noticed that the political air is wafting rancid lately? That is the smell of modern barbarism.

Modern barbarism is a malodorous umbrella concept. Underneath the umbrella are lots of fetid phobias, isms and other behaviors: Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, semi-fascism, scapegoating, stereotyping, bullying, libeling and a growing, aggressive intolerance of everything and everyone who is not to the liking of the modern barbarian.

At the Republican debates it is not only Islamophobia that is on display, but rabid reactions to gay rights, scorn for the vulnerability of the uninsured, and calls for the blood of those on death row.

… Who are these people who give tea a bad name and show up at presidential debates only to behave as if they are enjoying a bear-baiting exhibition?

Actually, they are Richard Hofstadter’s politically paranoid, Eric Hoffer’s true believers, and Ortega y Gasset’s revolting masses. They are people who are always with us even in the midst of modernity. And they obviously feel that here in America, it is now their time.

Maybe they are correct. They have captured one of the two main parties in the U.S., taken at least temporary control of the House of Representatives, and fashioned a slate of Republican presidential hopefuls in their own image.

The only question is whether the folks for whom Romney is so cravenly flip-flopping will notice his hypocrisy, or whether his vacillating will be enough, for now.

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