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Outwit. Outplay. Outlast: Mitt Romney

November 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Survivor: To Remain Alive or in Existence.

With the Holidays upon us, and Primary Season around the corner, it’s time to check-up, Survivor style, on how the Republican candidates are faring the media ringer. So does Mitt Romney prove that slow and steady wins the race? Will the Conservatives accept his rational ideas? Or do nice guys and people who draw the ire of Occupy Wall Street finish last?
Note: Because of the length of this episode, we have to separate by commercial breaks, so make sure to seek out the previous two blogs focusing on Bachmann & Perry and Herman Cain.

The One Who Wins The Million By Virtue Of Not Screwing Up, Before Being Ticked That The IRS Claims Half Of It In Income Tax

This Hat Says It, So It Must Be True. Either That Or This Hat Is Trying WAY Too Hard To Get Its Intentions Across

I’ve alluded to this before in these Survivor-style blogs, but Mitt Romney’s been put through the ringer, not once, but twice. First time in 2008, he caved under the barrage of flip-flopping charges, and inexperience with running for President, and utterly failed. 3 or 4 years later, and he’s come back again for more, this time with responses to his flip-flopping charges. No scandals are coming out, no questions he hasn’t heard before, no surprises. If there were, they would have come out by now. But no, Romney kept himself out of trouble since 2008 so he would have nothing new to deal with. Master the old stuff, and you can look like a pro.

He doesn’t really have anything new in a good way, but at least he doesn’t have anything new in an old way. He can handle the media, and he can handle his fellow candidates fairly well.  He doesn’t have to surge ahead. He can just sit around and let the Primaries come to him. He’s even doing well in Iowa, which he’s historically terrible at. All that, and he’s already started going directly after Obama for 2012.

Essentially, he only has one big problem: His Own Party.

I was recently listening to an episode of “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” this week, a program on NPR, and its exploration of Romney’s relation with his own party entitled simply, “Mitt Romney and the GOP.” Talking with various Conservative and political commentators, as well as the callers into the program, it’s interesting to hear people’s raw opinions on the man. Basically, Conservatives and Tea Partiers hate him because he’s not true to their values. A lot of people of the Christian faith hate him because he’s Mormon.

Like the Picture, Dislike the Implication

Now, if worst comes to worst for them and they’re faced with the choice of Romney vs. Obama, they won’t say, but for now, as ridiculous and idiotic as their reasons are, Romney will not have their support during the Primaries. The question is, can he overcome the apparently massive hate for him? Can he overcome perceptions of flip-flopping?

His attraction to Independents won’t matter until the general election, so until then, if he can get there, his biggest challenge will be his own party, which so far doesn’t really have a viable alternative. Unless you can’t Ron Paul, which you can’t because The Media says that Ron Paul cannot be counted, and is just a black hole to be ignored.

See? Mitt Romney is Walking On Water. Mitt Romney Is Therefore Jesus.


Morbid Curiousity Killed The Country

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The 2008 election was decided by reasons kept behind closed doors. Not because there was a grand conspiracy, but because nobody wanted to admit it. Face it, did anybody REALLY vote for John McCain? Or were 45% of Americans just so swept up in the new Palin fervor that they went with McCain hoping something would happen to him to make him cede his position to make Sarah Palin the President? Two years later, this now seems stupid and absurd as John McCain is still up and kicking, but hey, 2008 was the year of hope.

Now with 2012 around the corner, it’s time to start examining our political candidates. By the time 2012 rolls around, we’ll certainly have a good idea of what kind of President Obama will be since a good amount of his new policies should have at least some consequences, and he’ll have already had 4 years under his belt. Rudy Giuliani is pretty predictable as to what kind of President he would be, as is Mitt Romney. In fact, pick almost any potential Republican Presidential choice, and you’ll pretty much know what type of person you’re getting. Except for one…

As The Onion points out in a recent video, at this point the Palin mythos has grown as such that we really don’t know what exactly she’d do as President, but the potential craziness almost makes us morbidly curious enough to vote her in. Would she declare war on the Pacific Ocean as has suggested? Would she require every person in the country to own a gun, and bring about the extinction of any animal you can hunt? Change the drinking age to 14? The voting age to 8 to ensure a 2nd term? Would she accidentally drop a racial slur, causing Russia to get mad, effectively bringing back the good old days of the Cold War? The possibilities are endless, and they’re all seemingly possible. It’d be like Jersey Shore: The White House. An international reality TV show where the stakes could always end in nuclear war.

I think what The Onion reports Mitch McConnell as saying as summing up my feelings about a Palin White House best.

“Having Palin in office would be like a four-year long whitewater rafting trip. It might kill us, but we’d all end up with a bunch of crazy-ass photos.”