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I recently posted comments about Mittens, which speak to his management style and personality, but I think I have enough now to make a diary of it.

That R-MONEY has been "personally" screwing up his campaign has been apparent for some time.

After the RNC, The New York Times ran a story about Clint Eastwood's debate with a chair.

For all the internal finger-pointing about Clint Eastwood’s rambling conversation with an empty chair on Thursday night, the most bizarre, head-scratching 12 minutes in recent political convention history was set in motion by Mitt Romney himself and made possible by his aides, who had shrouded the actor’s appearance in secrecy.
Romney extendied this invitation to Eastwood, with no apparent limitations on what Eastwood would say, no vetting of his comments, no requirement that his comments be  written out, or any actual knowledge of what he would actually say for a programmed five minute slot.  That suggest that Mittens thinks he "knows" stuff about people "just because."  I wasn't aware that Mittens had any training in "reading" people, but I could be wrong.

Mittens also had a hand in deciding what music Rafalca, Marie Antoinette Romney's horse, would dance to at the Olympics.  I am not aware that Mittens had any musical training, so again, I could be wrong.

What I am starting to see really scares me.  Mittens appears to be willing to trust his instinct when it comes to some deciding what to do and how to conduct some activities that would appear to be "important" (or at least very public)  in some sense.  I guess the recent flap cause by Mittens' misstatements which were personally reviewed (since Mittens held firm to his misstatements, I can't call it a FLIP FLOP) over the statement made by the US Embassy in Egypt before the US Consulate in Benghazi was attacked and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and others were killed is a demonstration of that flaw in Mittens.

Mittens was described by his son Tagg in a FOX News broadcast (so you KNOW it is FAIR and BALANCED). Please watch the video for yourself. I was particularly upset by the facial expression that Mittens pulls at the end. It says to me "Guilty as charged."

Tagg Romney describes Mittens as ALWAYS being the first in line to get food at family get-togethers, and that Mittens starts eating immediately and is often done eating before the rest of the family even gets to the table.

As a grandfather myself, this tells me a lot about Mittens. As Tagg says, Mittens can't be bothered waiting for his grandkids to take food.  Mittens gives his grandkids a LOUSY example of eating together as a family, which is often a time when you teach your kids and grandkids values, manners, and discuss with them how you, they and the world are "getting along."

Mittens seems to think that he is so superior that he knows better than all of the "experts" that he hires to ostensibly be responsible for the conduct of these "important" activities.  However, it would appear that the outcomes can range form "not so hot" to "disastrous," based on the conduct selected by Mittens.

There may be more such examples that I am not presently aware of.  Putting Seamus the dog on top of the wagon for a ride to Canada might also fit the pattern of "Mitt who knows better that the experts," at least in the eyes of Mittens.

I see this as a very dangerous pattern for a guy who wants to be in the most powerful job in the world, and who, if successful in the quest, would have his finger on "the button," as well as on lots of other military toys, and in command of hundreds of thousands of professional military personnel.

What if "Mitt who knows better that the experts" were to decide that he understands the strategy and tactics needed to convince the Russians, the Chinese, or the Iranians that they should do something "Mitt's way" instead of some other way.  What does this kind of personality, who is apparently willing to place some $10,000 bets based on his gut or his personal sense that he "knows," do when the pressure is on, and he has what seems to be one big chance to "make something happen?"

I personally have very serious doubts about letting such a person handle such enormous power, based on his demonstrable willingness to do things based on no apparent expertise at all.  I really think this guy could be dangerous under such circumstances. I would welcome your thoughts on this matter, especially if you are trained in assess behavior.

Jonathan Capehart reported some VERY interesting details, like the fact that R-MONEY is a "specialist" in stage design, having had the last say on the RNC podium, vetoing six different designs by professionals.

But today's New York Times has a picture that says VOLUMES (you know, a picture is worth a thousand words and all that).  This one is worth MILLIONS of words.

The caption says:

Mitt Romney’s staff wiping a ramp before his arrival Friday at a rally at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.

I can only say "WOW."  Mittens needs his flunkies to WIPE DOWN A RAMP before he puts his royal shoe bottoms on it??  Are you F'in kidding me??  

How "out of touch" and "entitled" is this ...  [put in YOUR OWN pejorative term]?

I think Mittens (who is also a lawyer, admitted to Michigan Bar 1976) is proving the old lawyer's adage:

"He who represents himself has a FOOL for a client."

I just can't resist; R-MONEY's campaign is SEMI-QUICK.  Or maybe, if that is not clear, I could say (enunciating VERY carefully) HALF-FAST.  Courtesy of  ... Mittens.

Since I am not a professional in the area of psychology or psychiatry, I would really like to hear what people with more knowledge and experience in those field might say about Mittens.  It could be very instructive.  Please weigh in (and you can tell me I don't know my elbow from my ... , if you think that is the case).

I have added some new material that was published in POLITICO on September 16 below the fold.

Update #2 - September 21, 2012 below

Update on September 17, 2012 12:30 AM EST

Funny thing.  After I wrote my diary on September 15, here comes POLITICO on September 16 with an article that describes the screwed up R-MONEY campaign.  While this article is long on discussion of Stuart Sevens, it does have some interesting comments about how R-MONEY manages his campaign team and operation.  It makes for an interesting read.

I will pull some excerpts from that article below, and I will provide my outline as we go.

Politico’s Disclaimer

This article is based on accounts from Romney aides, advisers and friends, most of whom refused to speak on the record because they were recounting private discussions and offering direct criticism of the candidate and his staff, Stevens in particular.
Whose Responsibility?
To pin recent stumbles on Stevens would be to overlook Romney’s role in all this. As the man atop the enterprise — in effect, the CEO of a $1 billion start-up — Romney ultimately bears responsibility for the decisions he personally oversaw, such as the muffling of running mate Paul Ryan’s strict budget message and his own convention performance.
The Republican National Convention speech
… Only one paragraph from the McConnell-Scully draft wound up being used, about a rose that Romney’s father had put on his mother’s bedside table each day. The speech that was actually delivered, it turned out, had been cobbled together by Stevens and Romney himself.
The hasty process resulted in a colossal oversight: Romney did not include a salute to troops serving in war zones, and did not mention Al Qaeda or Afghanistan, putting him on the defensive on national security just as the Middle East was about to erupt. It was also very light on policy specifics, much to the chagrin of conservatives who were certain the addition of Ryan and inclusion of Wehner meant a real battle of ideas was about to begin.
Other Blunders
… Last week, Romney diluted his repeal-“Obamacare” message by saying on“Meet the Press” that he would keep part of the plan. Then Romney’s incendiary late-night statement after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya led many conservative allies to say he had squandered credibility as a potential commander in chief.
R-MONEY runs the campaign … and that is the problem
But whatever Stevens’s shortcomings, presidential candidates get the campaigns they want. And Romney, who in an interview with POLITICO last month said his leadership style very much centers on having a variety of smart people offering advice and him being the decider, has taken a very active role running his own campaign.
In a way, that’s the problem. Romney associates are baffled that such a successful corporate leader has created a team with so few lines of authority or accountability.
 … the family, with his sons and Ann Romney involved in many decisions; …
R-MONEY is a “sticker”  [I would call that a bad personnel manager, but what do I know?]
A Romney official explained: “Mitt is a sticker — he stays with you. He had a reputation at Bain for sticking with people. They made a bad investment, he hung with them. … None of this is going to be fixed. This is the organization, and this is who Mitt is betting on to win. There aren’t going to be further changes.”
A person who recently was alone with Romney added: “Big changes would destabilize the thing.”
Blame R-MONEY, say the conservatives (and I would agree – yikes, I am agreeing with CONSERVATIVES! –not on message, on management style)
But Stevens is hardly to blame for what many conservatives consider a campaign that is specifics-free and lame. That blame goes straight to the man running his own campaign: Romney himself, according to a number of people in and out of the campaign.
Sept 21, 2012 Update

Now the story is coming out that Mittens had Peggy Noonan, Saint Ronnie's speechwriter, prepare a speech for the opening of the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Naturally, Mittens being Mittens, and knowing more than anybody else about EVERYTHING, dumped the speech he paid her to write and wrote and prepared his own speech.

Romney, during the run-up to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, wanted someone to help draft the remarks he would deliver to billions around the world as part of his welcome in the opening ceremonies.

Noonan, a well-known speechwriter for President Reagan with a knack for lofty phrases that live up to major moments, was a logical choice.

So she came up with a draft speech. Romney decided to scrap it.

When he walked to the podium in Salt Lake City, wearing a puffy jacket over his coat and tie, the text he carried in the binder under his left arm contained his prose, not Noonan’s.

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  •  Tip Jar (30+ / 0-)

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry November 6, 2012 MA-4 I am voting for my friends Barry, Liz and Joe (Obama, Warren and Kennedy)

    by BornDuringWWII on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:41:50 AM PDT

  •  Notice how Mitt (9+ / 0-)

    Is standing there stuffing his face while Tagg tells the story of how Mitt is King.  The King eats first.

    But what kind of moron, running for political office, stands there stuffing his face on TV.  Seriously.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:50:07 AM PDT

  •  Mitt Romney was born on third base (6+ / 0-)

    and he thinks he hit a home run.

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:51:09 AM PDT

  •  Ok, let's not be RedState- (13+ / 0-)

    I have to point out that, if you examine the crowd behind the ramp, they're mostly wearing hoods. It sure looks like it had just stopped raining when this photo was taken.

    The surface of that ramp is pretty glossy. If that ramp was being used in an event that I was responsible and liable for, it'd be getting wiped down before ANYBODY walked on it. This would be to prevent my being sued when said ANYBODY went down on their ass.

    C'mon- Rmoney's sucky enough. We don't need to make shit up, and it doesn't help.

    “I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.”
    ~ Harry Truman
  •  I have a bit of knowledge in those areas (10+ / 0-)

    R-money seems to fit the narcissistic personality type, which according to DSM-IV "The symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder revolve around a pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and sense of entitlement. Often individuals feel overly important and will exaggerate achievements and will accept, and often demand, praise and admiration despite worthy achievements.  They may be overwhelmed with fantasies involving unlimited success, power, love, or beauty and feel that they can only be understood by others who are, like them, superior in some aspect of life".

    That is so Mittens. I would add that part of being a politician is that you have to care about your fellow human beings, not just data points on a spreadsheet (or dollars in a Cayman Islands bank). Since I have yet to see any evidence whatever that Mitt gives a whit about humans that are not in his immediate family, I heartily second your observation that he is tempermentally unfit for the job as President, which last I heard was a very political position.

    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

    by MichiganChet on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:53:49 AM PDT

  •  If He Were Evangelical, the Lord Would Be His (0+ / 0-)

    instinct. I'm not very familiar with Mormonism to know if it's routine for members or leaders to commune with the Lord as it is in fundamentalism, but the question is always open for at least the Protestant side of the religious right.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:05:39 AM PDT

  •  I am the ruler of all that I see. (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Margd

    On the far-away island of Sala-ma-Sond,
    Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.
    A nice little pond.  It was clean.  It was neat.
    The water was warm.  There was plenty to eat.
    The turtles had everything turtles might need.
    And they were all happy.  Quite happy indeed.

    They were... untill Yertle, the king of them all,
    Decided the kingdom he ruled was too small.
    "I'm ruler", said Yertle, "of all that I see.
    But I don't see enough.  That's the trouble with me.
    With this stone for a throne, I look down on my pond
    But I cannot look down on the places beyond.
    This throne that I sit on is too, too low down.
    It ought to be higher!" he said with a frown.
    "If I could sit high, how much greater I'd be!
    What a king! I'd be ruler of all that I see!"

    So Yertle, the Turtle King, lifted his hand
    And Yertle, the Turtle King, gave a command.
    He ordered nine turtles to swim to his stone
    And, using these turtles, he built a new throne.
    He made each turtle stand on another one's back
    And he piled them all up in a nine-turtle stack.
    And then Yertle climbed up.  He sat down on the pile.
    What a wonderful view! He could see 'most a mile!

    "All mine!" Yertle cried.  "Oh, the things I now rule!
    I'm the king of a cow! And I'm the king of a mule!
    I'm the king of a house! And, what's more, beyond that
    I'm the king of a blueberry bush and a cat!
    I'm Yertle the Turtle! Oh, marvelous me!
    For I am the ruler of all that I see!"

    And all through the morning, he sat up there high
    Saying over and over, "A grat king am I!"
    Until 'long about noon.  Then he heard a faint sigh.
    "What's that?" snapped the king
    And he looked down the stack.
    And he saw, at the bottom, a turtle named Mack.
    Just a part of his throne.  And this plain little turtle
    Looked up and he said, "Beg your pardon, King Yertle.
    I've pains in my back and my shoulders and knees.
    How long must we stand here, Your Majesty, please?"

    "SILENCE!" the King of the Turtles barked back.
    "I'm king, and you're only a turtle named Mack."

    "You stay in your place while I sit here and rule.
    I'm the king of a cow! And I'm the king of a mule!
    I'm the king of a house! And a bush! And a cat!
    But that isn't all.  I'll do better than that!
    My throne shall be higher!" his royal voice thundered,
    "So pile up more turtles! I want 'bout two hundred!"

    "Turtles! More turtles!" he bellowed and brayed.
    And the turtles 'way down in the pond were afraid.
    They trembled.  They shook.  But they came.  They obeyed.
    >From all over the pond, they came swimming by dozens.
    Whole families of turtles, with uncles and cousins.
    And all of them stepped on the head of poor Mack.
    One after another, they climbed up the stack.

    Then Yertle the Turtle was perched up so high,
    He could see fourty miles from his throne in the sky!
    "Hooray!" shouted Yertle.  "I'm the king of the trees!
    I'm king of the birds! And I'm king of the bees!
    I'm king of the butterflies! King of the air!
    Ah, me! What a throne! What a wonderful chair!
    I'm Yertle the Turtle! Oh, marvelous me!
    For I am the ruler of all that I see!"

    Then again, from below, in the great heavy stack,
    Came a groan from that plain little turtle named Mack.
    "Your Majesty, please... I don't like to complain,
    But down here below, we are feeling great pain.
    I know, up on top you are seeing great sights,
    But down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
    We turtles can't stand it.  Our shells will all crack!
    Besides, we need food.  We are starving!" groaned Mack.

    "You hush up your mouth!" howled the mighty King Yertle.
    "You've no right to talk to the world's highest turtle.
    I rule from the clouds! Over land! Over sea!
    There's nothing, no, NOTHING, that's higher than me!"

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:13:14 AM PDT

  •  Tagg? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    agnostic, JeffW

    What happened to Rag and Bobtail?

    Continuing on a TV near you; "The Magical Mitt Sorry Tour (Underpants Edit)"

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:15:02 AM PDT

  •  the ramp was probably wet (rain) (0+ / 0-)

    Other than that, agreed.

    All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

    by subtropolis on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:09:02 AM PDT

  •  Sort of a detail-oriented W. (3+ / 0-)
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    BornDuringWWII, JeffW, llywrch

    One thing that Bush did right was to trust his henchmen and not micro-manage. In the cases where he had someone competent working for him it worked pretty well for him (I consider Rove and Cheney competent- not good or ethical, but competent).

    Romney has some competent people working for him but he ignores them. The good news is that this should make him unelectable. The bad news is that if he did get in he would make W look like a genius.

  •  He has run a terrible campaign. I imagine it may (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    become a text book study of how not win election in some future political science class.

  •  Hereditary Nobility is alive and well in the USA (0+ / 0-)

    It's like some kind of 1%er zombie - We just can't seem to kill it once and for all. It just keeps reappearing in all its inbred glory.

    I wonder if any of Mittens' "boys" have political aspirations.

    The Money = speech nonsensical decision by Roberts and the Supremes must be overturned or we will repent in leisure like the serfs they would have us be. In our hovels.

    Mitt Romney is to Successful Businessman as Serial Rapist is to Successful Ladies Man

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:23:51 PM PDT

  •  I think Mitt has some of the same problem (0+ / 0-)

    that Duhbya has.
    He has grown up privileged and has been convinced or has convinced himself that he has somehow earned the benefits that came with the wealth and influence that were earned by parents and or grandparents.

    Duhbya being pretty dumb was easily convinced that everything he did was preordained by God.

    Mitt belongs to a religion that teaches and enforces that the male head of the family is essentially perfect.
    And he deludes himself that using other peoples money, which is what Bain did, to make himself wealthy makes him as successful business man.
    He risked nothing at Bain, therefore he gained nothing other than dollars and vanity.

    Bush did what Rove and Chaney manipulated him to do.

    I fear that Romney is so vain that he would continue to think that any decision he made, however wrong headed, was ordained to be correct simply because it was him making it.

    He does not seem to learn anything and is incapable of admitting error.  That part is just like Duhbya, but Romeny has no Rove or Chaney who he will be lead by.
    Rove and Chaney may be evil, but they are not ill informed or stupid.

    Mitt is stupid and ill informed and will be unlikely to be influenced by those who are informed and intelligent, evil or not.

  •  Yup. (0+ / 0-)

    A truly shitty campaign, and he built that.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 01:04:49 PM PDT

  •  First in line - that's Mitt! (0+ / 0-)

    We had a saying at our home (jokingly) "next to me you come first!"  It certainly fits Mitt's behavior as well.  In fact to me it is very telling when someone thinks they are entitled to be first fed and he does not recognize the tremendous value of sharing meal time with his family.  Although that may appear to be an incidental, isn't it interesting that his son chose that tidbit of information to share about his father?  I guess it shouldn't be a surprise, because if he were to become POTUS (God forbid) I'm sure his first concern would always be to make sure he was the first one fed literally and figuratively.  What a pathic man.

    Obama 2012!!

    memasmar "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Gandhi

    by memasmar on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 03:25:20 PM PDT

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