The Washington Post may not understand real estate transactions undertaken by Arkansas governors who become U.S. presidents or foreign policy fundamentals as mangled by amateurish presidents from Texas, but the paper sure has Mitt Romney pegged for the grotesque little guttersnipe he is.
WaPo frames its endorsement of Obama as more of a multi-count indictment of Romney, and what a masterful indictment it is.
This snake-oil artist, says the paper's editorial board, is but a human monument to the worst sort of politics: "a contempt for the electorate" couched in a failure to disclose bundlers or tax returns; "breathtaking ideological shifts" on issues of towering importance, from immigration to foreign policy to healthcare to gun control to abortion to climate change and finally to disaster relief; "misleading commercials," a secret agenda, and of course a "chronic, baldly dishonest defense of mathematically impossible budget proposals."
Yep, that's Mitt.
I would, however, defend him to this extent: his contempt for the electorate is not entirely ill-founded or unwise. After all, he's got nearly half of it rooting for a first-rate, bona-fide, shape-shifting snake-oil salesman.
And who's to blame for that?