Fri Jul 27, 2012, 09:25 AM
Raven (11,179 posts)
My take on Mitt's latest FAIL. [View all]
This is a long post, unusual for me. I hope you'll bear with it.
Up to now I haven't quite been able to figure out what makes Mitt Romney tick but last night while listening to the BBC, it all came together. Sometimes you learn things about people just listening to them, without the distraction of watching them too. You pick up nuances in their voice and what they are saying that you don't pick up otherwise. Last night I was awakened by thunderstorms at about 2 a.m. and, unable to go back to sleep, I tuned into BBC Radio. They were doing a segment on the Olympics (of course) and Mitt's magical mystery tour. I lay there in the dark, no distractions, and just listened to the man. Here are my conclusions:
Mitt is not a very smart man. Oh, he has the IQ and the degrees alright. I shared an office when I was a young associate at a law firm with a guy who was a Harvard Law grad and a member of the Harvard Law Review. Very bright guy but not very smart. He had absolutely no idea how to deal with clients and he did not know what he did not know. Not knowing what you do not know is a very dangerous thing. This guy washed out of law pretty quickly and, of all things, went into finance.
Mitt Romney reminds me of that guy. He does not know what he does not know and it showed in England. He had barely landed on that "little island" when he began pronouncing about how he thought England was doing with their Olympics. A smart man, in answer to Brian Williams' question, would have said: "Well Brian, I've just arrived here and haven't had time gather the information necessary to make a judgment."
Mitt Romney is a very insecure man with an over-inflated opinion of himself. Strange combination but we've all met people like this. I could hear both of these traits in his voice last night. Brian Williams' question about the Olympics played right into these traits and Mitt took the bait. What I could hear was a man who, because of his basic insecurity, couldn't resist the temptation of looking like the smart one at the expense of someone else...in this case, the entire English nation. And, because he ran an Olympics, he has convinced himself that no one else is capable of doing it as well. Insecurity and an over-inflated ego right there for all the world to see.
Mitt Romney doesn't understand people and he doesn't much like them either. He is simply not all that interested. He meets the Opposition Leader and promptly forgets his name. That tells me he just wasn't interested enough to remember it, or, that he's such an important guy, he didn't have to remember it.
Mitt Romney doesn't know what he doesn't know. This is a man who clearly didn't do his homework on the British security system. I listened to him blow that cover last night and could hear the braggadocio in his voice. He just couldn't help himself.
And finally... Mitt is not a loyal man. Perhaps the most troubling thing I heard last night was the way he dissed his wife. He was actually chuckling when he essentially said: "well, this is Ann's horse and I don't care enough to be interested in how it does." Now, we all know that, politically, he wants to distance himself from this horse, but it's a little too late for that. He could have said " I am very excited about Ann's horse, this is her passion and she is a very accomplished horsewoman. This horse has made a huge difference in Ann's health and I am very grateful for that." Opportunity missed. I'm guessing that his advisors told him to blow Ann and her Olympic horse off, and he did.
My bottom line: this is a man with a jumble of very bad character traits...seriously bad character traits. At this stage, he's only hurt himself...the English will recover quickly from his visit. I am convinced that we would not recover from his Presidency.
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