Let’s come out and say the obvious: Mitt Romney is a doofus.
Yes, Rick Santorum is a bigger doofus and even a dangerous one, for he seems determined to impose a theocracy over us. But that doesn’t excuse Romney’s ever-escalating doofusness, and it’s time to call him on it. There’s his incurable elitism, of course – such as trying to connect with Michigan autoworkers by bragging that his wife drives “a couple of Cadillacs.”
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But I’m referring to Romney’s much more troubling dive down the right-wing rabbit hole, where he has embraced the dogma that government does nothing good. In particular, he bizarrely clings to the demonstrably-untrue position that the 2008 federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was a disaster. He first got lost in this ideological brainstorm when running for president four years ago, predicting that if the bailout happened, “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”
Wow – spectacularly wrong! Both corporations now make good profits, they’ve paid back the rescue funds, more than a million jobs were saved, GM is again the world’s largest automaker, the industry is re-opening plants and hiring thousands, and Michigan’s whole economy has been lifted from near-total collapse. Yet, Mitt is still lost in the mist of laissez-fairyland, constantly assailing President Obama for intervening (even though it was George Bush who launched the rescue) and still insisting that we’d be better off if this essential, iconic American industry had simply – poof! – gone bankrupt.
Such thinking might be okay… if he was applying to run a predatory takeover fund of Wall Street profiteers. But it reveals an alarming shallowness about what a government can and must do, and a foolishness about the public responsibility of a president. In other words, a disqualifying doofusness.
“A Million Jobs,” The New York Times, February 26, 2012.
“Automakers add workers, shifts,” Austin American Statesman, February 28, 2012.