I can’t really find anything to argue with in this NY Daily News assessment. Willard really does seem to have become worse then Mama Grifter, who at least was a consistently hateful shrew in public AND private.

Willard, of course, is all things to everyone. Or, at least he WAS, until the true Willard revealed himself, in living color, to the entire world. It is kind of funny that the two things he’s had to dig his heels in on are the two worst things he’s said.


Here is the Waldorf-Astoria in the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday, before President Obama would arrive to give a speech on the third floor, one more stop on what looked like a victory lap across the city, from the Letterman show to the Waldorf to Jay-Z and Beyonce.


Nothing really gets better in the country right now, and you look at what is happening in the Middle East and think the world is getting worse. But you have to say things are going great for Barack Obama, mostly because of the stiff he is running against, no matter how much money the guy has.


Just inside the Park Ave. entrance to the Waldorf, there is a sign in front of stairs leading to the main lobby that reads this way:


“Please pardon our appearance as we make enhancements.”


The hotel may need enhancements, and some overhaul, but not nearly as much as Mitt Romney does these days, as he continues to sound as if he began his run for the White House by being dropped on his head.


The name Sarah Palin comes up a lot as we discuss the Romney campaign, because John McCain picking her as his running mate four years ago was one more reason why McCain had no chance against Obama in the end.


But the problem for Romney right now isn’t that he’s running with Sarah Palin. It’s that he’s BECOME Sarah Palin.


He came into this looking like an out-of-touch rich guy who thought he could make $10,000 bets with Rick Perry, looking for all the world like the king of the One-Percenters. But that wasn’t enough for Romney, oh no. So now he nominates himself as the sworn enemy of the 47% of the people in this country “who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”



When the video of Romney saying that at some fund-raiser got out, he had to make a late-night statement explaining that his comments were not “elegantly stated,” maybe thinking that all the “victims” he had alienated with those comments weren’t able to figure that out for themselves, that they are all as dumb as he has been acting.


Or maybe this is what happens when you have built your entire candidacy around telling people what you think they want to hear, instead of telling them what you really think, and believe. Somehow Romney acts as if he can get to be commander-in-chief by running as the panderer-in-chief.


This is Camille Rivera, a Bronx mother and executive director of United NY talking Tuesday about Romney’s remarks about the 47%:


“(Romney) has repeatedly admitted that he’s not concerned about the poor, or ‘these people,’ as he noted in this most recent video. Well, Mitt, who are you concerned about?”


Romney pandered to his audience that night, maybe a roomful of people as obsessed with making Obama a one-term President as the Obama-hating segments of the media, and comes up looking like as much of a fool as he did talking last week about Libya before he had all the facts.


Four years ago, Barack Obama was similarly clipped with an offensive remark when he spoke at a fund-raiser of his own about Americans who clung to their guns and their religion. But that moment was noteworthy, especially at the time, because it was the kind of unforced error Obama had so rarely made as a candidate, first against Hillary Clinton and then McCain. Romney, on the other hand, seems intent on setting some kind of record for tripping all over himself.


You keep waiting for him to give you a coherent plan for the economy, his own form of a New Deal for this moment in America, keep waiting for him to tell you his vision for a foreign policy that might actually make the world a less dangerous place. Keep waiting for him to wake up. Really, you keep waiting for Romney to explain himself.


But maybe he already has.

I think he already has. I think we’ve seen him for what he is, or more precisely, is NOT. I don’t know why Willard even wants the Presidency, really. Look at the YEARS he’s had to prepare himself for this. And THIS is what we get?

There’s just nothing there. No good, no evil, no in-between. Willard is a shell, a man who is not, and never was. This is the incredible story of Willard M. Romney.



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