Mitt Romney: The GOP Symbol Of Having Done Nothing Wrong
Barack Obama won the election. No, really, Obama won it. But that's not to say that the GOP didn't make mistakes that helped. And one of the biggies is covered in 'Crisis Management 101': Admit fault.
I am so sick of using the phrase 'The Great Recession', but that 'historically significant event that happened a few years ago, and whose effects are still being felt' is a bit of a mouthful.
Anyway, the GR was a test case in why the deregulating free marketeers shouldn't be allowed to swim in the adult pool.
As it was in the Great Depression.
Deregulating banking for example doesn't lead to good outcomes.
There has been a resurgence of good sense across the world about regulating entities that can bring down the global economy. And more over, a general mood that the so called '1%' aren't the smartest guys in the room, just the greediest.
Woo Hoo? Not so fast.
Oddly enough the GOP doesn't like the cut of this particular jib.
Enter Mitt Romney.
The Primary process in the USA is exhaustive and complex. But eventually a candidate is chosen. And who did the GOP pick?
Mitt. Mitt of the...
"Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend."
And then there's the 47%.
Mitt Romney was not just a candidate, he was a symbol to Americans and the rest of the world that the GOP thought it had done nothing wrong.
That the policies it had enacted over the Bush years (with a little help from Clinton), were good for the economy, good for America.
And yet, the country had accepted that those things needed to change.
Or as Bill Clinton said "we simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down."
Not according to Mitt or the GOP.
Mitt Romney was a symbol to America that all the GOP needed were the keys to the kingdom, again, and all would be well in the world.
Obama out organized and out campaigned, and the demographics have changed, but the GOP gave him a pretty good assist in Mitt - Symbol of all that is holy to the 1%.