Sunday, July 29, 2012


Maureen Dowd tries to figure out what makes Mitt Romney act the way he does:
As a candidate, he’s expected to stoop to conquer, to play a man of the people. But he really wants voters to know that he earned $250 million, and not even in the same business where his dad made a name for himself.

So he keeps blurting out hoity-toity stuff to make sure we know he's not hoi polloi -- about his friends who are Nascar owners, his wife's Cadillacs, how he likes to fire people and how he, too, is unemployed. And he builds a car elevator in the middle of an economic slough.
So does The New Yorker's John Cassidy:
Despite his four years in elected office in Massachusetts and his experience in two Presidential campaigns, he still lacks the political antennae of a lifelong politician.

... He is still naive or arrogant enough to think that when Brian Williams asks him a seemingly harmless question about the preparations for the Games, which have certainly encountered some problems, it is an opportunity for him to demonstrate his mastery of the subject.
If you put these together, I think you get a pretty good picture of what makes Mitt tick. Dowd emphasizes the pride in money, but really, as Cassidy says, Romney is proud of what he regards as his superiority in general, -- yes, he's rich, but that just means he's smarter than you, and better at getting stuff done, which is the real point. Hey, did he ever tell you about the time he singlehandedly saved the Olympics?

But it's odd: he's arrogant, but he's also needy. He craves reinforcement of his sense of superiority, so he keeps reminding you to acknowledge it -- and he does so in a way most people find noodgy and off-putting and sometimes insulting.

But maybe he's used to being surrounded by people who don't find it off-putting and insulting. Dowd writes:
In the Mitt-sphere, populated by his shiny white family, the Mormon Church and a narrow, homogenous inner circle, Romney's image of himself as wise, caring, smart and capable is relentlessly reinforced. That leaves him constantly surprised that other people don't love what he is saying.
They're used to him, and give him the praise he craves. Much of the time, we don't.

I feel he's running for president not because he wants to do anything in particular, but because it's the ultimate affirmation of his smarts and superiority -- he wants to be president just so he can say that other people also wanted to be president, and they're not in office and he is. So there!


Victor said...


I think you've hit the nail on the head.

Also, it's a way to top his Daddy - a man who actually EARNED some respect, unlike his son, who has to pay for his.

Raenelle said...

I think he has Asperger's Syndrome.

Steve M. said...

I think he may be somewhere on the spectrum.

Anonymous said...

Ann Romney put it best in the deeply-weird interview with Piers Morgan, available at Balloon Juice:

"They're going to have to trust and believe that this is the guy who is going to get the job done and get the jobs back, and they're going to have to make that decision about, an economic decision."

That's what it is. We are just going to have to. End of story.

Peter Janovsky said...

Typical Dowd. She cannot help including a dig at a Democrat in a column that is about Romney:

"But if we’re going to have someone who’s removed, always struggling to connect and emote, why not stick with the president we already have?

Better the android you know than the android you don’t know."

Neither Romney nor Obama is a sufficient "daddy" for troubled Maureen.

M. Bouffant said...

Both Dowd & Romney seem to have "daddy issues."

Let's see, who else in recent politics? Why, "Romney not on steroids" George W. Bush.

Also, we can figure, Clinton & Obama. Who seem to have done a little better (Obama much better,) resolving their issues than those who fathers didn't abandon them. Who'da thunk it?

Paging Dr. Freud.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

M.B., not to be Gloomy Gus or nothing, but each and every one of them 3 pretzeldents sold us down the river for big corporations.