By Jack Jodell, Jan. 22, 2012
Mitt Romney just can’t seem to excite many of his wretched party’s members. In every single one of his caucus or primary challenges, he has never gone beyond 50% of the total GOP vote. That means, no matter who has run against him, the combined total of his opponents has always eclipsed his. The once-presumed Republican front-runner for the 2012 presidential nomination has screwed-up badly in recent days. Last night, this fabulously wealthy member of the 1% was resoundingly defeated in South Carolina by his mouthy, upstart, egomaniac rival, NUT Gingrich. Romney this time came in a distant second, 41%-27%.With his money, organization, and huge SuperPAC there to aid him, he should have done far better.
The fact that Romney is ultra-rich, a major and highly vocal proponent of capitalism, and has had a long time, stable family and religious life, yet STILL can’t excite the Republican base seemingly defies logic. For he has done everything a Republican could ask for: amassed a huge fortune, paid as little as possible in income taxes, and even placed millions in offshore tax havens. He has exported thousands of American jobs, supported right-to-work legislation, and publicly sparred with members of THE 99% who have verbally challenged him on his support for corporations. One would think Republicans everywhere would enthusiastically support and encourage his presidential bid. But alas, that has not been the case.
But Romney has not only transparently flip-flopped his way through nearly all of his political career; he has demonstrated little knowledge of or insight into the very wants and needs of the overwhelming 99% of those who reside beneath him on the income scale. Having displayed very little firm conviction pn most issues, is it any wonder, then, that he has been defined by his opponents as having “no soul”? He insanely accuses those of THE MAJORITY 99%, whose income has largely been stagnant for more than 30 years, of trying to “divide America”, even as he and other members of the 1% have seen their incomes skyrocket upward by 275% during that same time frame! Not only that, but he has failed to understand the very real rage, ALBEIT TOTALLY MISGUIDED AND MISDIRECTED, felt by members of his own political party, as they have been repeatedly outmaneuvered by a black President they absolutely and irrationally HATE in Barack Obama.
For this is not the more rational Republican Party Romney’s father George had actively also sought the presidential nomination from in 1968. That party, though never fond of labor unions or government regulation, understood and accepted their importance and absolute necessity, and followed the very prudent course of tolerance with them. No, today’s Republican Party has taken a very reactionary rightward turn back to the Gilded Age of the 1890s, with its domination by the unchecked power of banks and the major industries of the day, when big business ruled and labor had little or no voice at all. There were no social safety nets, and millions of people suffered needlessly. Then as now, there was great disparity in income, and then as now, the Republicans simply didn’t care, so they did absolutely nothing about it. Romney, though not as rash as Gingrich, fits in more with today’s far-right irrational GOP than he would with his father’s more sane version of 44 years ago. After all, George Romney had a soul AND integrity as well. He released a full 12 years of his previous tax returns in 1967, well ahead of the following year’s primary season. He did so because he was an honest man who had nothing to hide. He said that releasing only one year of returns could be viewed as “a fluke”, and he wanted voters to see exactly where he was coming from. Today, already IN primary season, his son Mitt has yet to release even ONE year of HIS returns, which will undoubtedly reveal the extent to which he has used ethically-questionable offshore tax havens to shelter his money from Uncle Sam. Today’s voters smell a rat, and justifiably so. After all, NOBODY likes a cheating rich man!
So Mitt Romney, once the proud front-runner for the Republican nomination, now finds himself to be a poor little rich boy in among a pack of extremist far-right crazies who are racist and favor the replacement of grown union workers with cheaper child labor. His SuperPAC may yet rescue the nomination for him, but the rest of us, the majority 99%, won’t care in the least because he will never get our vote. For Mitt Romney has sold himself consciously to the highest bidder, and has all but abandoned theintegrity and moral principles his father displayed in abundance 45 years ago. Now, it’s on to Florida, the next stop in this umprecedented up and down merry-go-round of crazy Republican presidential contenders.