America should congratulate itself on dodging the proverbial bullet that would have been a Mitt Romney presidency. Thinking Americans out-voted a coalition of the avaricious, the singularly self-interested, the pridefully ignorant, the morbidly vacuous and the virulently bigoted to re-elect President Barack Hussein Obama to a second and final term in office. We must also thank republicans themselves for creating a life-or-death sense of urgency among women, Hispanic and black voters with their epic misogyny and their Southern Strategy messaging and tactics. Finally, a particular and directed shout-out goes to white working class voters in Ohio who rejected the Hate-O-Rade that the Romney campaign served up and voted their economic interests instead of the animosities Romney desperately attempted to foster. While the President lost the white vote handily, he would have lost the election if not for - among other factors - blue-collar whites in the Midwestern states.
I for one will never understand the breadth of Romney's appeal and I'm elated that, whatever the appeal was, it wasn't enough to put him into the White House. Never before Romney has a presidential candidate demonstrated such a casual relationship with his own beliefs and such a contemptuous relationship with the truth. From the automobile bailout to welfare reform, Mitt Romney lied throughout this campaign with a breathtaking frequency. He maintained an unprecedented stance of obfuscation regarding his taxes and his stated tenure at Bain Capital is wholly inconsistent with his official disclosures. In spite of his decades of business experience, Romney was unable or unwilling to cogently articulate how we could cut taxes, increase defense spending and bring our deficits down. He shook the "etch-a-sketch" on his own positions so frequently that perhaps he himself has no idea what he believes about same sex marriage, abortion, immigration, Middle East policy, same-sex marriage, contraception, equal pay and the federal role in disaster relief. Perhaps the most compelling debate of this election season would have been the one where Mitt Romney debated himself.
Mitt Romney was Grover Norquist's dream candidate, which guaranteed him being a nightmare for nearly everyone else. Norquist advocated not for a president who would think on his own, but one who would do whatever the far right wing of the party told him to do. Romney's malleability to the ideological fringe would have been consistent throughout every aspect of policy-making, from taxes, to SCOTUS justice appointments, to foreign policy, to fiscal management. Republibaggerservatives hypocritically attacked the President over his appointment of "Czars" to address discrete areas of domestic policy, something done by presidents of both parties. A Romney presidency would have gone far beyond the use of czars to the effective establishment of prime ministers, with Norquist controlling tax and fiscal policy, John Bolton reestablishing Bush's horribly conceived foreign policy and Brent Bozell driving the selection of Supreme Court justices.
Suffice to say, I am elated to witness Governor Willard "Mitt" Romney's transition to becoming the answer to any number of historical trivia questions. Though he failed in his quest to create a government of, for and by the plutocracy, no tears need be shed for him. With a large and apparently loving family, the admiration and respect of the investor class and great personal wealth, Mr. Romney clearly has everything that a great many Americans would want. Fortunately, enough Americans recognized that Mr. Romney was abjectly lacking in those qualities that this nation needs if it is to truly move forward.