I just watched, on CNN, the first tranche of Mitt Romney's evening news responses which he had earlier vowed to never deliver. And that, in itself, that perverse twist, pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
Has this man ever followed through in a consistent way? Has he ever lived up to his word? Is he ethically, intellectually, constitutionally capable of saying one thing and doing no other?
The interview was as distressing as the answers to those questions.
Bad Obama. Bad, bad Obama, a president who's letting us down because of his relentlessly negative campaigning. You read that correctly. That was Romney's "complaint."
Gone, forgotten, dismissed in their entirety, self-forgiven I guess, were Romney's months of shrill assaults on Obama: the president's a socialist, the president's an appeaser, the president's an enemy of the free market, the president labors to provide "free stuff" to the undeserving, the president is virtually evil incarnate etc. etc. etc. The list is well-known and almost endless.
However--say what?--that's not the sort of campaigning that Mitt Romney does. No, that's the sort of sad, underhanded trash that only President Obama dishes out. And Mitt just wanted us to know that.
This was some real Twilight Zone shit.
Appalling. I suppose if there's one singular, all-encompassing and yet targeted description of Mitt Romney the politician, of Mitt Romney the nominee, of Mitt Romney the man--indeed of everything that darkly radiates from Mitt's very personal "Romney-ness"--it would be that: appalling.