I’ve reached the conclusion that Romney is a bad politician!
And, before all my liberal / pro-Obama friends jump up and down with joy, let me tell you why. You may not like what I say.
I don’t think that he’s a bad politician because of his positions re economy, budget, defense budget, cuts in social services or anything else, because I’m not even sure if he means it.
Let’s face it – most of the time, good politicians preach to the choir to secure their ‘base’; then they hope to solicit some converts, i.e. the independents. After all, he’s a Mormon, and they are supposed to proselytize. (Oh, just stop it! I’m just having a little fun, here.)
A good politician tells you what you want to hear, even when they are lying through their teeth – and if you don’t believe that, then you’re very young, naive and/or you need to read more.
Prior to going on his latest trip to England, Romney did a good job of pandering to the Tea Party (Do they really deserve Capital letters?); and the rest of the Republicans, who at this point have to like him because there’s no one else, and after all, they would rather be in a gay marriage with a communist, before they’d vote for Obama. Of course, Romney was also looking pretty good in his bid to attract some Independents.
But I guess something happened to him when he stopped breathing the smog laden air of the U.S.
Lo and Behold, he visits England and Israel; and he utters some very politically incorrect statements. In other words, some of his opinions or concerns made him unpopular, or less electable.
He was wondering about the security in London … Out loud!
In Yiddish you would say “What a shanda” i.e. what shame! How dare he wonder out loud about a possible breach in London’s security? It doesn’t matter that the same sentiment was expressed just a couple of days earlier by other naysayers; but he shouldn’t have said it, because he’s running for election.
When you run for elections you shouldn’t annoy anyone, except the opposing party! So the fact that he was in charge of the Olympics in Salt Lake City, and may have some experience in the matter, doesn’t count, because – if he wants to be a good politician he should know the drill: You’re in England. Say something pithy about the weather. Drink your tea and eat some scones. It really is just that simple.
And then he goes to Israel….
Again, not breathing U.S. air, he makes very strategic mistake. Bad politician!
He offends the Palestinians, which was really stupid. Never mind that what he said is an opinion held by some political scientists and economists. But, it is bad – very, very, very bad politics. Clearly, this isn’t the way to score points with the Middle East, where men sit in the shade smoking hookahs in their shirt-sleeves, while women work in the heat covered from head to toe. He may have misquoted from the book “Guns, Germs and Steel”, but between us, he should have read instead “How to Win Friends & Influence People”.
The irony for me is that we want our politicians to lie when they’re in foreign countries, but tell us the truth when they are here at home. Well, I have news for you, they lie all the time, and Romney is a bad politician by the very fact that – while out of the country, he had a “slip of a tongue.” Uh yup, the poor sap actually expressed himself, honestly!
A good politician wouldn’t state his opinion. Instead, he would be “politically correct”. That’s why we have the expression “politically correct” – it allows us to say things we don’t necessarily mean while scoring points at the same time.
Take Gun Control:
Consider that Romney used to endorse gun control, a position he relinquished once he got started in the primary process.
Obama, on the other hand – that poster child of all that’s good and liberal, has done nothing, and I repeat NOTHING, to ban any weapon. C’mon, his record is worse than Bush’s, but not many liberals want to look at that. Nope, that’s when the left becomes an ostriche.
And why doesn’t Obama do – or say anything about gun control?
Because, he’s a good politician.