The Politico is reporting that the Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is in turmoil following several bone headed decisions by top campaign insiders including Romney himself.
According to the article, the final night of the Republican convention which was supposed to be Romney’s triumphal acceptance moment, turned into a disaster due to very shoddy planning by the campaign. It started when Romney talked with Clint Eastwood a week before the convention and decided to let Eastwood have free reign immediately prior to the acceptance speech. Eastwood’s rambling discourse with an empty chair was a schtick he decided to try after being handed a stool ten minutes prior to taking the stage.
Romney’s speech turned into a liability when the writers forgot to include any mention of Afghanistan or the men and women serving abroad. This oversight was caused by the original speech being junked a week prior to the event. The resulting scramble to cobble together the replacement resulted in the glaring oversight causing much trouble for a Romney campaign which was already weak on foreign policy.
The campaign trashed the original speech because they “needed a memorable mix of loft and grace if [Romney] was going to bound out of Tampa with an authentic chance to win the presidency”. The campaign hired John McConnell and Matthew Scully to write the final speech. That little factoid is only notable because these are the same writers who gave Dick Cheney’s speeches his noted “loft and grace”… if by loft and grace you mean fearmongering and brimstone.
The Politico story goes on to enumerate various other Romney campaign mistakes and missteps which is all quite entertaining from my perspective. However I would like to end this post by using Romney’s own logic on why he deserves to be elected and apply that logic to this stumble bumble affair of a campaign he’s running. According to Romney he’s experienced in running enterprise successfully and that experience makes him the right man to turn things around for America going forward. (Never mind that things have already turned around, and thus turning them around again would lead us in the wrong direction… but I digress!)
So let us consider what Romney did when the various enterprises he oversaw did not work out so well, much like the campaign. In many cases those companies were doing fine before Bain came along, sort of how the prospects for the Republican nominee to defeat President Obama looked good before Romney took the nomination. Time and again those successful companies were loaded up with debt while Romney and his cronies paid themselves millions. Then they would pull the plug resulting in mass layoffs, lost pensions and benefits and the smoking ruins of a once thriving business in bankruptcy while Bain cashed out.
Maybe it’s about time for Romney to pull the plug on this loser of a campaign and walk off with a boat load of cash. Let’s face it, the Republican party as it is currently constituted is bankrupt anyway. What more fitting end for the party that most represents unrepentent greed and mass delusion than for their titular leader to pull a Randism by simply taking what he wants from his own selfish interest while leaving smoking ruins behind?