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Watching the Rethug primary process unfold over the last few months and then Mitten’s performance once becoming the presumptive nominee has given rise to, what I admit, is a highly speculative thought.

It is a thought that I have taken a few hours to look at in terms of whether it is possibly valid or just a flight of fancy. The results of those mental exercises after the orange sherbets.

Presidential politics is a game of pressure. Further, without a doubt, most would agree that the pressure involved in winning a national parties nomination, then followed by a national general election campaign; pales in comparison to the pressures of the actual job once the POTUS is  in the oval office (GWB not withstanding.)  

While the old Native American saying, “Don’t judge a man before walkng in his moccasins” probably applies here, there are not many who would not trade their Wal-Mart footwear for the “Gucci loafers” Mittens has sported his entire, privileged life.

I will, by experience, concede that being a husband and a family man is far from  a pressure free existence; so I have to give Mittens credit for the facing the pressures inherent in the interpersonal relationship with one’s spouse and the myriad worries and concerns of child rearing.

However, in Mitten’s case, a life time of always having millions in the bank or other assets blunts a major portion of those pressures. Most of us can only dream of what it would be like to know you have the funds to buy food, keep a roof over your family’s head, pay healthcare bills and cover the cost of educating our children, basically without having to lift a finger.

Sure, I believe, Mittens and Ann have had to “make ends meet” many times over their marriage.  However, when a shortfall means no more than having to lay-off the third gardener, or sell one of the vacation houses, or liquidate some investments or even bring some off-shore cash back stateside; there is no real pressure involved in the process.

Well, what about the pressures of the heady world of Bain Capital, Wall Street and high finance; surely, Willard faced tremendous pressure there?  I would contend, “Not really.”  

Again, I will give Mittens credit for his masterful job in developing and carrying through on a business model that, for the most part, risks other people’s money, business entities, jobs, pension funds and, ultimately, tax payer dollars.  Unlike real entrepreneurs who have to mortgage their homes and families future for their dreams of their own business; Mittens has sailed through on minimal investment of his own assets.  Further, where is the pressure if you are sure to make money whether or not the company you have raided succeeds or goes bankrupt?

Finally, Willard has been running for President for most of the last decade. Did the recent Rethug primary process make him sweat?  Not much.  

Consider that this year Mittens was the party establishment favorite in a party known for giving the chosen one “his turn.”  Further, he entered the primaries with national name recognition and a ton of personal cash which he could use if needed.  Finally, with the exception of Jon Hunstman, who in retrospect dropped out way too early, he literally faced a short bus of very flawed and/or very inept rivals.  Rivals he was able to easily smack down with the judicious application of negative advertising cash in whatever state wherein his rival was surging.

My point is that due to wealth, privilege and entitlement Mitt has had a largely pressure free life; to this point.  Granted in his runs for the Senate and Governorship of Massachusetts he might have been concerned a few times; but, again, he was running for jobs he did not need with almost every advantage a candidate could dream of.

His quest for the presidency, however, does finally appear to be subjecting Willard to some pressure.  I can only guess that he is driven by; raw ambition, bettering his old man or the need for the challenge of a tough conquest in an otherwise easy existence, or lastly, I would not discount Ann’s FLOTUS aspirations.  

In any event, Mittens is facing a tough, up hill challenge that he appears to be ill-equipped, except for money, to face.  He is just starting to learn that that using millions in smacking down the Texas hair do with nothing underneath, the wild-eyed Minnesotan, the randy Georgian, the Pizza maker, or the puritanical Pennsylvanian is not working so well on our smart,  savvy and relatively well-liked  POTUS.  Buying victories against multiple, inept and very flawed challengers in scattered state by state Rethug primaries is not effectively scaling up to a nationwide race against a seasoned and demonstratedly effective political machine.

(It will probably be noted that I did not speak of Ron Paul in the above paragraph. That is for a reason. Until the Rethug convention is over and even there after, the possibility of mischief detrimental to Mittens on the part of the Paulites is still very real.)

Herein lays the gist of my speculation:  “Is WillRMoney able to take the pressure of seeing his and Ann’s years-long dreams of the White House slipping away?”  

It is my contention, admittedly hopefully, is that he can’t.  Until demonstrated otherwise over the next 3 months, I feel that there are better than even odds we might see a very angry, frustrated “Mittens melt-down” in public. Where and when; I have no idea.  

I do know, however, Willard is facing pressure the likes of which he has never dealt with before and I for one don’t think he, and his campaign, are up to it.


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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 09:10:20 AM PDT

  •  I have taken the liberty of editing your tags (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    by adding appropriate commas.

    Drs are trained in sleep deprivation and lying. The same is true of our presidential candidates for much the same set of reasons. Our presidents are required to lie, fog, or dissemble quite a bit and the ability not to be obvious about it at three in the morning when confronted by a telephone call from a hostile foreign leader is critical.

    Mitt has been running for office many years now and seems unlikely to melt at this time. Some of his backers may not feel the same way.

  •  I agree (3+ / 0-)

    I don't think this guy can take a punch.  Plus I don't see any real driving force for public service.  I don't even understand why he's running.  

  •  too wooden to melt (0+ / 0-)

    and with such a huge mountain of riches to fall back on, will the failure to add the bauble of the presidency to his conquests really bother him all that much?

  •  Stress cracks... (7+ / 0-)

    I'm seeing stress cracks in Mitt's demeanor already. Granted, I haven't watched the idiot for very long and maybe he's always been a nervous Nelly but he looks like a nudge in just the right direction could send him spinning out of orbit in some great public freak out. A fella can hope anyway.

  •  his primary motivation in running for President (3+ / 0-)
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    Templar, BitterEnvy, cazcee

    may not be any of the things you mentioned. In my opinion, his primary motivation is something that the Mormon Church shares with a lot of evangelical Republicans (whether either wants to admit it or not): their commitment to try to establish a religious foothold for their church at the highest positions of political office.

    His church's founder, Joseph Smith, made it abundantly clear that his desire was for his church to actually take over control of the U.S. government. He even ran for president for that very purpose. The state of Utah was, essentially, created as a compromise by many Mormans who accepted their "own state" as a substitute for their real goal of taking over the entire federal government.

    That doesn't mean that Mittch-A-Sketch plans to put the entire U.S. government under the auspices of the Morman Church, at least not during his tenure. My guess is that, like all good Mormans, he sees it as a small, first step on the road toward that.

    In other words, religious zealotry, which is a basic principle and tenet of Mormanism, could well be one of the, if not the, most important motivations for Mittch-A-Sketch to crave the power of presidency so much.

    •  Actually, the final goal is taking over the world. (2+ / 0-)
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      Their world-wide missionary system and temple building program is laying the groundwork for this to occur.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Templar on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 10:06:50 AM PDT

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    •  Yep (0+ / 0-)

      "Ghosts," said in a half whisper. "I got ghosts." He went on to explain that he was a Vietnam vet and that he'd been on the streets 4 years. "And how are they gonna help all these guys comin' home now, if they haven't even dealt with Vietnam?" - Russ

      by BitterEnvy on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 10:20:53 AM PDT

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    •  Or perhaps church-related, but personal (1+ / 0-)
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      I think he wants to move up in his church. Not necessarily for the sake of Mormonism, but as a personal thing. Imagine how far he could go in the church if he were the first Mormon president, or even the first nominee. Quorum of Seventy?, certainly. Apostle? probably, if he wins in November. After that it's down to longevity, of course. He probably can't hope for church president, unless he hires assassins to take out the other apostles. That is probably further than he is willing to go. ;-)

      I don't think he gives a shit about the Presidency itself--it's a stepping stone. It's obvious that he cares more for the church than the country. His grasp of policy and politics is minimal, and he makes no effort to improve it.

      That why I don't think he would release the returns before the nomination, unless it was clear it would be denied him otherwise.

      But it means he playing for really big stakes. And the pressure will be on.

      Resistance to tyranny is man's highest ideal. --Emma Goldman

      by Siusaidh on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 12:34:43 PM PDT

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  •  It will be Epic (1+ / 0-)
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    Mitt is Already Messed Up because the Damned
    tax return issue will Never Go Away.

    Ten Years effort and the Deal is Stalled because all
    the Stupid, jealous, Meaningless Poor, Little People
    won't sign the Damned Proxy Statements !!!

    Mitt is Downright Angry and Confused.
    It was ALL suposed to be So Easy.

    When Reality finally intrudes into Mitt's private
    little world, He is going to Fall Apart.

    Well, Tough Shit for Mitt.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 11:27:46 AM PDT

  •  I'm so looking forward to (1+ / 0-)
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    the debates. I'm inviting a few friends in for chili and margaritas, I guess like some people get together to watch boxing on pay-for-view. I can hardly wait.

    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 12:50:23 PM PDT

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