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Mitt Romney: Styrofoam sandwich

Here’s some Larison bait for you: Matt Yglesias [1]points out that Mitt Romney, who graduated from Harvard, sent three of his kids to Harvard Business School, and who has Harvard economist  Greg Mankiw as a top advisor, has been gallivanting around the country trashing Obama for taking advice from the “Harvard faculty lounge.”

Honestly, that guy is such a Styrofoam sandwich. And to think he’s the most electable of the GOP field… .

Anyway, if you want to be in close touch with smart anti-Romney conservatism, Dan’s your man. [2]

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#1 Comment By Matt On September 26, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

Despite Larison’s belligerence, I’m warming to Romney. Oh yeah, he’s a fraud, but who isn’t? His lack of principles makes me think he might not try anything terribly unpopular. Someone who just blandly went with the will of the people would be preferable to Obama…not a high threshold I’ll grant.

#2 Comment By Brian On September 26, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

Romney’s not electable. His chances of getting the GOP nomination are zero. I don’t see why anyone pretends otherwise. His position on health-care mandates are as toxic to a GOP candidate in 2012 as a vote for the Iraq War was for Dems in 2008.

And I’m as anti-Ivy League (and anti-Mitt–see above) as anyone, but I fail to see why someone with Ivy League credentials can’t bash Ivy League faculty. It’d be like saying no one with military experience is allowed to bash the military. It’s an utterly unserious position.

#3 Comment By tbraton On September 26, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

I think we need someone who campaigned against the individual mandate as a candidate but then pushed and signed into law Obamacare. Or someone who pledged to close Guantanamo as a candidate but kept it open as President. Or someone who pledged to send 2 brigades (10,000 men) to Afghanistan but then sent more than 5 times as many as President. Or someone who pledged a speedy withdrawal from Iraq as a candidate, but then signed on to George W.’s more leisurely withdrawal schedule as President and then had his two Defense Secretaries lobby Iraqi officials for permission to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond 2011. Or someone who assured us that enactment of his economic stimulus program would keep unemployment from rising above 8%. I think what the Republicans need to do is start an intensive search for a Republican community organizer to run for President. If Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter, Obama has certainly proved that prior experience is not essential to be an effective President.

Here’s a question, Mr. Dreher. Which of the Republican candidates do you prefer to Romney? Bachmann? Perry? Santorum? Gingrich? Cain? Paul? Johnson?

#4 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On September 26, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

I would have voted for George Romney, except I was under 18 the year he ran. Mitt isn’t one tenth the man his father was. The only Republican running for president who displays some semblance of a functional mind is Huntsman. He might be good in 2016. Somebody who just blandly went with the will of the people… would be Obama.

#5 Comment By Charles Cosimano On September 26, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

Somehow I don’t think anyone running against Obama next year can lose. People vote their wallets and if the economy does not change it will not matter who the Republicans nominate.

#6 Comment By Thomas O. Meehan On September 26, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

None of you get it. Romney may be a phony, but he’s a sincere phony. And you can’t fake that.

#7 Comment By Rod Dreher On September 26, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

Oooh, good one, Thomas Meehan!

#8 Comment By MikeSJ On September 26, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

I think what Romney’s doing is just good theater…it doesn’t have to have any basis in fact but excites and entertains the base republican voter.

That Romney himself is a Harvard man is ultimately OK because, well, he’s a republican. This will also apply to Romneycare as well. If “Obamacare” had instead been “Bushcare” we’d be hearing the sound of crickets from those currently fothing at the mouth over this issue…

#9 Comment By tbraton On September 26, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

“None of you get it. Romney may be a phony, but he’s a sincere phony. And you can’t fake that.”

Unlike the long line of politicians going back 2500 years to ancient Greece (the birthplace of democracy for the benefit of those many posters here who appear to have been born yesterday). Romney is definitely the first.

My memory actually goes back to St. Ronald Reagan who, as governor of California, actually signed into law “one of the most enlightened abortion statutes of any state in the Union” (read pro-abortion), according to Theodore White. That, of course, was just a few years before he decided to run for President and became, GASP!, anti-abortion. (It surely couldn’t have been for religious reasons snce he was rarely seen going to church, except when it came to his own funeral.) And, if you go back a few more years, this politician who became the poster-boy of the conservative movement in the U.S. was a Hollywood cheerleader for, GASP! once again, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Gee, didn’t I read somewhere that Rick Perry, that darling of the Tea Party movement, was not only a Democratic officeholder until 1989 but actually the co-chair of Al Gore’s 1988 Presidential campaign. At least Romney has always been a Republican, unlike those other two notorious flip-floppers.

Speaking of startling flip-flops, you will have to check out my later post on Larison’s blog re Ron Paul. You can’t trust anyone these days.

#10 Comment By Lasorda On September 26, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

So if you graduate from Harvard you can’t criticize its current faculty? You have to spend your life praising all things Harvard? Can’t you graduate from Harvard, send your kids to its business school and still think that the faculty has a fair share of buffoons who have no business making public policy? I went to law school, but I wouldn’t want any of my professors defending me in a, say, a personal injury case. I would send my kids to Harvard, but I don’t think many of its professors belong in the White House. Does that make me a phony?

#11 Comment By Extollager On September 26, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

As with the last election, I’m a conservative who is done voting for the Republican just because the Republican’s not a Democrat. If the GOP wants my vote, they have to nominate someone better than this.

#12 Comment By Rod Dreher On September 26, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

Of course you can criticize the Harvard faculty. But nobody believes Romney, the patrician former Massachusetts governor, believes a word he says. Besides, if Harvard is so awful, why does he have a Harvard superstar as his economic adviser? If Perry went after Harvard, I may think he was engaging in demagoguery, but coming from an Aggie from Paint Creek, Texas, it would be authentic. Mitt does the populist thing about as well as Bush pere did. Then again, Bush pere won against a weak opponent (from Brookline, Mass.!), so maybe it won’t hurt Mitt.

#13 Comment By Lasorda On September 26, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

BTW, Romney is a total phony.

#14 Comment By MichaelS On September 26, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

Look, today’s Republican base positively embraces and celebrates their lack of education and pre-modern understandings of the world. Romney simply needs to work with what he has. Everyone knows he isn’t like the base, but he has to get elected by the base first. I’m actually looking forward to him getting the nomination. Maybe he’ll make being educated and modern acceptable and ‘cool’ for the Republican party again.

#15 Comment By Thomas O. Meehan On September 27, 2011 @ 12:52 am

Rod, Hell, I was once a speech righter for these pretend Solons. I may have much to atone for, and we may disagree about some things but as to the fatuity of both parties, we are brothers in arms.

#16 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On September 27, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

Charles Cosimano lives in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, and has to drive to the next county to meet a Democrat. When he talks about people voting their wallets, he means “our wallets are full to bursting, and we’re afraid Obama will take some of it away to build high-speed rail systems.” There is not question that anyone the Republicans nominate could beat Obama in Cosimano’s home town. For that matter, the county clerk will hold up the ballots for 24 hours to give her a chance to correct them if the vote goes any other way. He hasn’t a clue about the rest of America.