I recently took the time to read Peggy Noonan’s take down of Mitt Romney’s campaign. You should too. After I read it, I came away with a singular thought about this very partisan but highly respected journalist;
She cares about our country as much as I do.
Ms. Noonan and I are as far apart politically as anyone can be, but we are as close as twins in our love for our country. And she is right that the Romney campaign is incompetent for not pursuing a higher threshold of goals for the country instead of carving out “data points” for Romney’s handlers to build upon.
Like her, I am not a “data point”, and I don’t appreciate having some freshly minted political operative with a degree in statistics from MIT telling the Romney campaign which way the political winds are blowing this week so he can tack into them and away from trouble.
If Romney is doing this on his own, then he’s not the right person for the job. If he’s being “handled”, then he’s still not the right person for the job. By contrast, so many partisan things have been thrown in the current President’s way by a hostile Congress (no GOP/Tea Party, you can’t say his policies have failed when you never gave them a chance to be implemented) that I have no way of knowing if he can ultimately unite the country in the years ahead.
But I am looking for someone who can get ALL OF US TOGETHER and moving in the right direction – a better America for everyone. You don’t need to be consigned to a “data point” to figure out that anyone who looks at you (or anyone else) that way isn’t looking out for the good of the country. They’re looking to build a resume for the next election cycle.
Do I care if the people in that room Romney spoke to are rich or how they got their money? Nope. But I do care that they and their candidate value the rest of us so little they’re willing to pay great sums of money to share those “beliefs” in private and try to get their guy elected. That’s what I took away from listening to the tapes; Romney’s heart felt beliefs, shared by a room full of “friends”. Reality? Perhaps for them – but not for the rest of us.
Rush and his crew at Fox have been spewing poison and class division for years under the guise of ‘them against us’ dependency. You know the old tune…”We’re paying taxes while all the “welfare queens” make more babies and ride around in big cars.” Yeah, sure.
How many of you like me have worked all our lives, raised families and struggled to get whatever the current “American Dream” was for ourselves, only to see it frittered away by people who played by different rules – mostly no rules at all (do I really need to list them?) Those are the people who can now afford to pay fifty thousand a plate to listen to one of their own vilify the real American Dream by, in essence – calling the rest of us suckers.
Noonan may wring her hands over the trajectory the Romney campaign is heading, but I choose not to pick over the bones of that soon to be corpse. The moderate conservative branch of a once noble party must be more shocked than I am at what is happening to it. The radicals in their own party really do seem hell bent on self- destruction.
Once all the blood and guts of the next election have dried and the political operatives on both side go off either licking their wounds, or counting coo, I see a real opportunity for conservatives and liberals to finally drop the “Rush induced” labels of hate and division and actually come out of this election a more United States of America.