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Maureen Dowd – ‘Will they Decifer the Cipher?’

Via: NYT

Mitt Romney doesn’t elicit passion, as Ronald Reagan did in Detroit. Or respect, as Poppy Bush did in New Orleans. Or excitement, as W. did in Philadelphia. Or admiration, as John McCain did in St. Paul.

The emotion he evokes is pity. Romney slogged and spent his way to the G.O.P. convention his dad craved for himself only to find that his role is not so much leading man as forgotten man.

Following an adulatory promotional video about himself, Chris Christie splashed in the Narcissus pool, giving a preening keynote speech that gassed on for 1,800 words and 16 minutes before he even deigned to mention “our actual nominee,” as Sarah Palin sardonically put it on Fox News.

Christie, who has already said he may run in 2016 if Romney loses, urged “sacrifice” and “tough choices” even though the blurry Romney beckons with an all-you-can-eat buffet of defense spending and tax cuts.

When TV cut away to Mitt in the hall to capture what should have been a thrilling moment, he looked as though his jelled skull might burst into flames.


This synthetic convention aches with the enormity of the effort involved in trying, and failing, to make Mitt alluring and compelling, the fruitless, endless hunt for the enigma code that will decipher the cipher.

It’s absurd that Romney is still working tirelessly to show who he is given that he has spent the past six years running for president. Ann Romney was straining so hard to come up with heartwarming, personal anecdotes about Mitt and her family, she actually hit on one with CBS News about her son mourning her miscarriage . . .

that a startled Mitt said he had never heard.


Even when conservatives try to defend Romney, they manage to insult him.

“If you’ve just been diagnosed with a brain tumor,” Mike Huckabee told Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast, “you honestly don’t care if your neurosurgeon is a jerk.”


David Brooks of The Times mocked press critiques of Romney, but the satire slashed the candidate, too: “Romney owns many homes without garage elevators and the cars have to take the stairs.”


Romney is seen more as maître d’ than nominee, ushering the party to a better table in the future. In Politico, conservatives referred to the placeholder Mitt as a transitional figure and “an ideal segue.”


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personal thought:

I predict Romney will lose by an even bigger margin than McCain did in ’08.

I think the wingnuts will then claim running moderates was a mistake; and they need to nominate someone who ‘believes what we believe’.

Their candidate will be Ryan, and he will lose by even a greater margin; and the GOP will become even more of a ‘fringe party’ than it is now.


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