Can someone tell me when it became vogue in the GOP to be an utter, complete, total, lily-livered, namby-pamby wimp? And no, I’m not talking about “manliness;” I’m talking about moral character, of which Mitt Romney has zero, zilch, and zip.
Okay, look, I get it. I get what it takes to become a GOP nominee for president in this new Republican era where social engineering outweighs the need for jobs and economic stability, where defeating President Obama, and belittling or denying his accomplishments, is front and center. One must never, ever trip over one’s tongue and accidentally say a kind word about President Obama. One must be true to the party line, that President Obama is a socialist communist Muslim Marxist Jeremiah-Wright-loving terrorist-embracing Kenyan who will bring ruin to the country and lead us right into a society where FEMA comes for our guns and the IRS searches our homes for people we forgot to claim on the census, where the USDA steals our childrens’ peanut butter sandwiches out of lunch boxes and terrorists are housed at Great America. The right-wingers know that sinister President Obama is simply biding his time, waiting for his second term, to unleash the demons of drive-through abortion clinics, 99% taxes on millionaires, government-run banks and the Robin Hood mentality of taking all the rich peoples’ money and throwing it out of car windows on the south side of Chicago. Gold is being buried in back yards in the richest parts of our nation as we speak.
Yeah, yeah, I get it.
The teabaggers ushered in the social engineering era; what I’m trying to figure out is who ushered in the era where wimpy moral character rules? The “presumed” or “assumed” or “presumptive” GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, has the wimpy moral character thing on lock. Nobody can touch it; it’s the one (and only) thing he’s standing firm on in this 2012 election cycle. Nobody will make him bend toward strength.
Romney’s gay foreign policy spokesman, Ric Grennell, was a casualty of Romney’s wimp factor. Grennell – who was a former spokesman for neo-con John Bolton, for Pete’s sake – was forced to resign after pressure from social conservatives against Grennell and his homo-cooties, and, in particular, right-wing homophobe Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. And yet, even in right-wing circles, there seems to be a universal cringe factor over Romney’s failure to stand for, well, anything. Following Grennell’s resignation, Fischer laid down a scathing attack on Romney for taking his marching orders from a “yokel”: “If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me? I don’t think Romney is realizing the doubts that this begins to raise about his leadership.”
It seems pretty obvious to those who aren’t in the ABO (Anyone But Obama) camp: Where there’s no spine, there’s no leadership.
John McCain ran a putrid campaign in 2008 because he folded and allowed the dimwit from Alaska to drive its rhetoric. But when the rubber met the road, he couldn’t allow a woman at a town hall meeting to call President Obama an “Arab.” Senator McCain pushed back, rejecting the woman’s accusation and telling her that then-candidate Obama was a “decent, family man.” (Although McCain’s heart was in the right place, I think it’s worth mentioning that one can be a “decent, family man” and an Arab too. But I digress.) Romney can’t even rise to that level, refusing to push back against some blithering idiot woman at one of his town hall events who claimed that President Obama should be tried for treason (a crime that’s punishable by death). Mentally recalling, I’m sure, the hisses and boos that John McCain received for defending President Obama in 2008, Romney chose instead to take the spineless route, ignoring the comment and moving on.
Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut,” and all this man who wants to be president could say was, “I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.” (Atta boy, Mitt, you tell ‘em.)
Instead of commending President Obama for capturing and killing the world’s most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, Romney laid a mocking, bitchy smack-down on Jimmy Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a giving, decent man, and a Naval officer, retiring as a lieutenant (where’s your military uniform, Mitt?).
Look, when a gay-hater like Bryan Fishcher thinks you’re a wimp; when the sitelords of the creepy, racist, homophobic website MofoPolitics.com think you’re a wimp; when the Obama campaign scores political points against you with its bin Laden ad and forces your camp to turn itself inside out defending you – a presumed hawk – on foreign policy issues; when all you can say against child-diddler and draft dodging Ted Nugent’s lunatic rant against President Obama (after chasing him down for an endorsement) is, “Divisive language is offensive” – then, dude, you’re a Class A wimp.
As Margaret Thatcher once said, “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.”