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Well, okay, he is probably the worst candidate ever, but that's not the reason he's losing the election. Romney insiders are bemoaning the fact that because of his strange inability to relate to the average American, the voters can't see the Romney they know; decisive, strong, values oriented and even humorous, in short, a real leader. They maintain that if he could only find a way to show his true self to America, he would be among the best presidents we've ever had.

Although it's a nice theory that's probably going to be trotted out repeatedly to save face once the election is over, it nonetheless is complete balderdash. There are two reasons and two reasons only that Mitt Romney is losing this election and the top reason is that he has no true self. If ever there was a man who had absolutely no core belief, no center lode stone, or moral compass that guides him it is Mitt Romney. He will literally say whatever he feels he needs to say to any person or group he's appearing before if he thinks it will get him their vote.

He is not the least bothered by the fact that he may have taken the opposite position, not just at another time in his life, but perhaps that very morning or even two sentences ago. For a man who has made hundreds of millions of dollars putting together investment deals and company takeovers, he seems blissfully unaware that the video camera was ever invented and he is actually on record spouting his diverse and often conflicting views. Even worse, when he's asked to explain the constant contradictions, he stutters and stammers and complains that his words are being deliberately misrepresented by Obama, the lame-stream media and liberal leaning pollsters, which apparently now includes FOX News.

The second reason Romney has run afoul of the electorate is that when he does actually take a position, it is often to appease the far right base of his party who are under the misguided impression that the country is hungry for their anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-medicare, anti-middle class, anti-regulation, pro tax cuts approach to running this nation.
As a result, he continually finds himself spouting rhetoric and making campaign promises that the tea party wing-nuts and Rush Limbaugh may eat up with a spoon, but that the saner, rest of the country totally rejects.

Mitt Romney is losing the election not because he's run a lousy campaign, although God knows that he has. He is losing the election because he is straw man with no convictions to stand on, no plan to offer to the country to make our lives better, or at least no plan that differs from George W. Bush's plan that got us into this mess to begin with, and no rationale for running for office other than he'd like to hear them play Hail To The Chief every time he enters a room.

You can have the best campaign model in the world, but in this media saturated age, even a good-looking, financially successful candidate with a picture-perfect family has  to demonstrate that he exists an inch below the surface as a human being. When it comes to Mitt Romney, I think the great writer Gertrude Stein said it best . . . there's no there there.

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  •  The leadership of his religion prepped Romney (1+ / 0-)
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    Tam in CA

    to do this, so he has been on this track since his selection in 1999.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:25:09 PM PDT

  •  Mitt wouldn't have made it this far ... (3+ / 0-)
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    MsGrin, a2nite, GAS

    without moving sharply to the right. The fact that he even arrived this far is the result of him moving so far right. Herman Cain or Newt would be the ones in this position, if he didn't pander to Tea Baggers.

    Remember when Ann said "After the primaries are over, we will see the real Mitt"?

    Well, they never let him off the hook. They always made sure they controlled his message. It never took him more than an hour to correct his statements ... after the right wing media corrected him.

    After the First Debate, Mitten will need an army to fix his statements made during the debates. Rachel had a segment on it the other day on the Rachel Maddow show on msnbc.

    Don't forget to register to vote here: http://netrootsradio.blogspot.com/p/register-to-vote.html

    by bepanda on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:28:59 PM PDT

  •  For those who expect Mitt to pull a miracle during (0+ / 0-)

    the debates, the rule is "The best predictor of future performance is past performance."  I expect at least 3 major bloopers by Mitt during the debates and maybe the same number between now and then.  Mitt has given me much encouragement lately for this prediction.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 05:22:52 PM PDT

  •  Mitt is just a salesman (1+ / 0-)
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    consciousempress

    Not a very good one at that, but he was used as a figurehead for Bain (Governor's son and all that.)   He was the guy in the suit who could gladhand the other clueless rich stupid jerks while the techs behind him sucked out as much money as possible from anybody unfortunate enough to get near.

    He will say anything to make the sale.   He cannot comprehend the idea of a consistant position; for him that only means that you can perhaps twist the words of what you said yesterday to match what  you said today.

  •  Wish I could tip you (0+ / 0-)

    all of Mitt's off-shore accounts for this one:

    When it comes to Mitt Romney, I think the great writer Gertrude Stein said it best . . . there's no there there.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:10:13 AM PDT

  •  i don't think ANY republican candidate would even (0+ / 0-)

    be within 20 pts considering what the party has done to the country in our recent history. but much of that history has been rewritten and republicans  generally own the media.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 10:29:14 AM PDT

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