A November Harper's Magazine piece seems to suggest pretty strongly that Mitt Romney is not for real. Money quotes:
Earlier this year, the Boston Globe obtained a copy of an internal campaign PowerPoint presentation that outlined Romney’s strengths and weaknesses as he embarked on his presidential bid. One page—entitled “Primal Code for Brand
Romney”—explained that Romney should market himself as a foil to such Massachusetts liberals as Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, and also run against such “enemies” as Hollywood, France, and “moral relativism.” Problems identified by the campaign included the perception that Romney would not make a tough wartime leader and the possibility that voters would be spooked by his Mormon religion.
The presentation also acknowledged the problematic view that Romney is a “phony” and a “political opportunist”; but that view is due at least in part to the fact that by any reasonable standard it’s true. The basic contours of his opportunism are by now fairly well known. During Romney’s unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate against Edward Kennedy in 1994, he espoused liberal beliefs on a number of social issues. A politically damaging clip from a campaign debate that year has surfaced, inevitably, on YouTube; it shows Romney posing as an advocate for gays, women, and minorities, and—in perhaps his gravest sacrilege—distancing himself from the political legacy of Ronald Reagan. Romney, Brent Bozell wrote the day after the debate in a piece for UPI, had “demonstrated very clearly . . . that he has more in common with liberal Democrats than he does with Conservatives.” (emphasis mine).
The image of slickness is heightened by Romney’s appearance and persona, which might be genuine but—because he seems like a computer-generated composite—invariably appears contrived. Everything about Romney looks and sounds manufactured: the pretty blonde wife and five Leave It to Beaver sons, the jutting Dick Tracy jaw, the ramrod-straight posture, the “say cheese” smile, and the Reaganesque hair, which even the campaign PowerPoint worried might be too perfect. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Romney had spent several hundred dollars of campaign funds for the ministrations of Hidden Beauty, a California company that describes itself as “a mobile beauty team for hair, makeup and men’s grooming and spa services.” This did not help the governor’s reputation for being a prepackaged candidate, though Stacy Andrews, who owns Hidden Beauty, said he barely needed makeup. “He’s already tan,” she told reporters. “We basically put a drop of foundation on him . . . and we powdered him a little bit.”
And then they get really serious in calling his conservative credentials into question.
Significant of nothing except making me feel kind of good...I noticed when I was playing around with the site layout a few days ago that my hit counter was inching up toward 100,000. My intention was to call attention to it, blow some whistles and set off some fireworks when it got there. Alas, life got busy, and I lost track. It's now at 101,000 as I write this.
Anyway, thanks to those of you who read the site regularly, and to those who have passed the site on to others. Since I started blogging right right around New Year's, I consider this pretty good work for the first 10 months. As always, if you have suggestions, or comments, please pass them on to me. I may not use them, but I'll read them and consider whether it fits in with what we're trying to do here.
A note: our "home site" (which you can access along the side bar under "RedStateEclectic Home") is due for some major upgrades and updates--I just haven't messed with it for a while because the host for the site is in the process of doing some upgrades on the server and on the basic templates, and I figured I'd wait until they got that finished. The switches are supposed to be made in November. If you have any ideas for content, etc., I'd love to hear about those, as well.
I only listened to the Democratic debate half-heartedly last night--it was on, but I was doing some other things. I did notice (and apparently she did too) that Hillary Clinton--presumed frontrunner--was taking some hits. Well, you've got to expect that, and it will be interesting to watch Hillary if she actually gets "hit" in an uncontrolled environment, at a time when she's not really expecting it and doesn't have the spin machine going. From the Clinton Campaign:
A nice mention of Ron Paul's Tonight Show appearance last night over at The Hotline.Lew Rockwell has a nice, "from the front row" description of the day as well. The most touching part of that description:
As we stopped, supporters thronged Ron’s van, but to have a chance of keeping our next appointment, we had to go. Then a mother asked me if Ron could shake her disabled eight-year-old son’s hand. Ron hopped out and bent down to talk to the boy for a few minutes, then signed his t-shirt, as he had so many others.
In the van, Ron said he had asked the boy if he was there because his mother had brought him. No, he said, he had learned about Ron on YouTube, and had brought his mother.
O.K., I'll say it. Anyone who thinks Ron Paul is crazy...IS CRAZY. Who better to be our next President?
If I seem to be a little slow in blogging for a while today, it's because it's Ron Pauloween. I just got a batch of DVDs, and am going to be spending some of the day burning videos, which I'll lay out on a table on my front porch (along with some slim jims) with a sign for parents to "take one." Don't know if there will be big demand, but as a parent who takes kids out trick or treating, you're always kind of bored, and a little diversion--or treat--might be fun. We'll see.