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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Why would we think a candidate who acts like Barack Obama could beat Barack Obama?

Here’s the Nonsense:  Mitt Romney is the candidate who will be the hardest for Obama to beat.  He’s the polar opposite of the President and will give voters a true choice.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Mitt Romney is more like President Obama than any of the other GOP candidates, so why would a voter choose someone who is like Obama when they can get Obama? 

When Rick Santorum recently decided to use the open primary in Michigan to get an advantage in the primary race it unsettled Mitt Romney.  Santorum chose to have robocalls made with a message to Democrats in the state asking them to vote for him in the Republican primary.  Romney reacted bitterly whining that it was dirty politics.  I’m puzzled how telling Democrats that he’s a conservative, pointing out the truth about Romney’s position on the auto bailout, and asking them to vote for him makes Santorum one who is playing politics.  It smacks more of childish pouting on the part of Romney.  But then again, this shouldn’t be a surprise.  Romney often acts childish when things don’t go his way.  It’s much the same as how President Obama acts when he doesn’t get what he wants.

Whenever President Obama doesn’t get his way or feels cornered he reacts with childish antics like those of an elementary school student.  For example, when asked about the poor performance of the economy it is always the fault of George W. Bush, the evil Republicans, or anyone other than himself.  When questioned about his refusal to approve the Keystone pipeline his administration is quick to point out it isn’t his fault, it’s the fault of the Republicans (I’m still trying to follow that logic).  He bullies his opponents and practices Saul Alinsky’s politics of personal destruction.  The list goes on ad nauseam.  We see a president who acts more like a spoiled child than like the leader of the greatest nation ever conceived by the mind of man. 

In Mitt Romney we see a very similar immature attitude.  He bullies his opponents using those same left wing Alinsky tactics when he feels he cannot walk away with an easy win.  Then if he doesn’t have the success he desires or his opponent has unexpected success, he acts like a child crying that things aren’t fair when they haven’t gone his way.

As I observe this I have come to realize that Mitt Romney has given away the secret to his success.  If you’ve paid attention you’ve learned that he succeeds using a three point plan.  That plan is:


  1. Outspend your opponent by 2:1, 3:1, and even 5:1.
  2. Use the vast majority of that money to bully your opponent using attack ads and the politics of personal destruction to undermine them and avoid discussing the issues and your track record.  (This will also keep you from having to provide any  substantive answers about how you will fix things.  You’ll be able to get by on rhetoric and no one will be able to hold you accountable if you don’t live up to what people think you are saying.)
  3. Whine and act like a spoiled child when things don’t go your way hoping to get sympathy from those who hear you.
A friend of mine taught first grade for over 2 decades.  We have talked about this very thing.  She saw it many, many times over the years while teaching.  Far more times than even parents see it.

When a child is not well disciplined or well behaved and they don’t get their way they throw a tantrum.  They try to use whatever power is at their disposal to get things to turn their way.  With children this is often throwing things at others, blurting out harsh and cruel words, and/or calling upon the power in their lives (usually a parent, older sibling, or a person in authority like a teacher) to take action to make things go their way.  How often have we heard of children saying something like, “I’m going to tell my mother!” or “I’m going to have my brother beat you up!” or whatever? 

In a similar way Mitt Romney does the same thing.  He doesn’t use the same resources a child does.  Rather, this is a man who comes from wealth and is very wealthy himself.  He’s probably never really had people question him because of his money and position in society and business.  As a result, he’s used to things going his way and not against him.  For a person with his background the power he would call upon to make things go his way would be to use his money (which is power) to turn things to his favor. 

And this is exactly what Romney has done against anyone who threatens his lead in a campaign.  We saw him do it to Newt Gingrich and now we’re seeing it with Rick Santorum. 

And also like a child, he whines and cries unfairness to everyone and anyone who will listen.  This is very much the same as the childish antics of our President (who is so childish that he’s earned the nickname of the “man-child" president). 

It appears that with Romney we’d have the same type of president that we have now.  Childishness is not a trait of a true leader.  In fact, it is a disqualifier for being considered a true leader.

Romney's record and positions on the issues should be enough for us to stop, take notice, and seriously think about his viability as a candidate for the GOP nomination.  But if that isn't enough, then we need to ask ourselves about his behavior in the campaign and how that impacts our decision.  We must ask some hard questions.

Can we really trust good decisions will be made by someone who is so childish?  Why would we vote into office a candidate who is much like the one we want to vote out?  Romney resembles Obama in childish demeanor, bullying campaign tactics, policies and positions on issues, and his political track record.  That is not a winning candidate.  If someone wants that they’ll be more likely to vote for Obama than his clone.