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  •  Romney is a Zelig (1+ / 0-)
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    Woody Allen did a good film on Romney, but he called the lead character Leonard Zelig. Zelig was "a nondescript enigma who, out of his desire to fit in and be liked, takes on the characteristics of strong personalities around him."

    Romney differs slightly from the Zelig character in that Romney was the direct descendant of one of the Mormon Church's original apostles. So Mitt became a Zelig with a strong feeling of entitlement.

    The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

    by Rick B on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:58:46 PM PDT

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    •  Willard is, apparently, quite content (1+ / 0-)
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      not to be liked.
      I was a guardian for ten years for a child that was transitioned through a host of state institutions because she was un-manageable.  What finally dawned on me, after about eight years, was that she'd never been unmanageable with me for the simple reason that she mirrored how I treated her. That is, she took on the mannerisms and speech patterns of whomever she was interacting with.  So, with the treatment personnel she was polite and compliant and with her "keepers" she was obstinate and rude. She did to others what they did to her.

      Willard's got a mean streak that pops up quite unexpectedly.  From the very start, Willard was fueled by antagonism for the President, even as his campaign knocked the other Republicans out of the way. It's personal.
      We forget that Willard ran in 2004.  In Willard's mind, Obama got something he didn't deserve and now he's out to correct that. Perhaps he's blinded by jealousy.  The "hateful" campaign is a reflection of his own soul.
      Conservatives see themselves in other people but they don't recognize themselves. Like looking in a mirror and not seeing oneself. Like Narcissus -- except he fell in love with his image.

      Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

      by hannah on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 12:10:33 AM PDT

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      •  Interesting observations. (1+ / 0-)
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        As to Mitt not caring if he is liked, I think I concur. But I also think that he has lived an a bubble of religion all his life. He has always been a central figure in the LDS church and can't imagine not being treated as though he was liked and respected by those in the LDS. He simply doesn't care for anyone outside that LDS bubble.

        His mean streak seems to me to be triggered, at least in part, by people who do not treat him with the high level of respect he expects. He is also authoritarian in nature. He makes the final decisions and he does not take criticism from his staff or subordinates. As a result he makes errors because he is deciding without facts he needs. (It's a typical failing in autocrats, and most business is, by its nature, managed through an autocratic hierarchy.)

        His mean streak is, at least in part, his way of attempting to control people outside his own organization where he has no other effective ways of controlling how others treat him. Inside his organization he has always had control of the resources so that he can give or withhold rewards. His negative campaigning is an expression of his natural way of dealing with interpersonal conflict.

        The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 08:59:04 AM PDT

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