October 27th, 2012
By Frank Byronn Glenn -- Poor Mitt Romney continues his bewildering angst-ridden relationship with the truth. I am
beginning to think that his campaign handlers must just be throwing crap against the wall and trying to create anti-Obama chatter in any way they can. But it does look a little desperate!
Today Romney attributed t0 "something I read somewhere" -- a story that Chrysler was closing its jeep plants in Ohio and moving them all to China -- and followed the remark up with something like "that is an Obama" economic revival for you.
The story, which was quickly denounced and denied by Chrysler itself, was actually originally a story talking about the
1000 or so new employees it was hiring in Ohio and another 1000 or so the company was going to hire in near-by Michigan. The mention of China in the story was actually a part of the story which also mentioned that demand for Jeeps in China had grown so strong that they were also planning a Jeep plant in China to meet that demand. All good news - right? But Mitt had apparently found -- or been handed -- an extreme right wing blog article from the Washington Examiner -- and simply went out before thousands of people at a nationally televised campaign speech and told the story as if it was fact. Once again -- a perilous absence of considered judgment and a steady hand that you would hope to have from the leader that you voted to put in charge of the countries well-fare and sent to the White House. You wonder if Romney knew it -- and said what the hell and ran with it because it re-enforced the message he wanted to convey about Obama. Or did his handlers read it, tell Mitt about it and tell him to just say he "read it somewhere", which would not -- in and of itself -- be a flagrant lie. Either way, though, it makes you uneasy when you think a moment or two about the internal processes that led to it being mentioned as if it was true. Not very Presidential, for sure!
Bu the sad thing for Romney -- 11 days out from the election -- is that the lie he told so closely resembles his flagrant
disregard for the truth throughout the campaign -- and even in the debates. There were something like 60 or 70 proven lies or flagrant misrepresentations in the last two debates -- and like a socio-pathic child with a coterie of pathological friends -- the Romney campaign runs full speed ahead holding their hands over their ears yelling "la-la-la-la" to all the fact-checkers who refute what they say or point out the de facto lies they are telling.
Romney and his people continue to crow about their "surge", and that they are "gaining momentum", and chant that they are "going to win".
But their actions do not look like the actions of a team of politicians whose tactics and strategies are working for them and they feel like they are zeroing in on their elusive prize. In fact, with the supposed bounce from the 1st debate and all the complimentary press coverage it got -- it in fact did not give Romney a big enough boost to completely close the gap and the vital swing states of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Nevada. And Romney is either behind or within the "margin of error" in virtually everyone of the remaining swing states -- which he would have to run the table on (if he lost Nevada, Wisconsin, and Ohio) -- and the prospect of him running the table on all the remaining swing states -- while possible -- seems highly unlikely. Particularly if, as I believe, that Romney's pendulum has swung as far as it is going to swing in this election cycle -- and will now start to swing back to where it was prior to the 1st debate.
It's pretty evident by now that Romney is an empty suit. Either that or he has outsmarted himself by deploying a
strategy which said that his best chance to win was to camouflage who he really was and what he really believed and advertise the hell out of everything -- claiming to be something for everyone -- and repeat a bizillion times that the "black guy" Obama was not only "black", but he sucked.
I mean if you are racist so much that it just bugs you that a "black man" lives in the "White House", and that means
something "different" and "foreign" is going on with this "unAmericanist" stuff is going on up there -- then I doubt very much if there is anything Barack Obama could say or do to change your mind and make you think -- "well, maybe I was wrong -- maybe he is the right man afterall". Happily enough, this may turn out to be an election in which a guy won the Presidency without winning the majority of the white male vote in this country. I certainly hope that turns out to be the case -- but believe me I understand how a white man who is bothered by a black man in the white house must feel if he gives it everything he got to get the "non-deserver" out of office -- and the Latinos, the blacks, the women and Asians and all the other weirdos out their in America these days -- gave it to him anyway. Would you feel alienated -- that your country had been taken away from you -- and your best effort "to take your country back" -- had failed. Time to quit suicide -- or leave the country. Either one will work for me!