So Willard “Mitt” Romney, projecting his forward-thinking confidence as a pedigreed MBA vulture…
In an interview with Mitt and Ann Romney Monday by ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, Mitt Romney had two words for President Obama: “start packing.” After that quip, Romney explained that Obama’s “policies have not helped the American people.”
… has started the process of shopping around for a vice-president to show off in Tampa, if he can distract the delegates from the lap dancing emporiums. This guy has a new blood pump, but despite Cheney’s sterling CV, one can’t run a globalistic administration when one’s second-in-command is incapable of performing the traditional attendance-at-foreign-dignitaries’-funerals vice-presidential function for fear of being renditioned to the Hague for war crimes going back to the Nixon administration.
And Willard’s too personally dependent on Eric “Etch-A-Sketch” Fehrnstrom to let him get distracted from compiling Mitt’s master naughty-or-nice media list:
In late November, Mitt Romney sat for a rare interview, with Bret Baier of Fox News. It didn’t go well, and Romney returned to the set to complain to Baier about the questions. Baier went public with the encounter, making Romney seem petty and ridiculous.
From accounts of the episode, it seems that Romney’s staff tried to talk him out of going back to harangue Baier; what they didn’t do was volunteer to chew out Baier for him.
You need Eric Fehrnstrom for that. Fehrnstrom, who was not with Romney in New York that day, has no qualms about looking petty and ridiculous in Romney’s place. It’s become something of a professional specialty for him — and it’s what makes him absolutely invaluable, and irreplaceable.
That’s why I and other longtime Romney watchers shrugged off declarations by some pundits — and even a few Republican notables — that Fehrnstrom would have to be fired after last week’s Etch A Sketch gaffe. Romney didn’t so much as publicly rebuke Fehrnstrom…
Fortunately/fortuitously, there’s a Ladyface available among Romney’s “small circle of trust“:
In Mitt Romney’s steadily expanding corps of advisers, there remains a small circle of trust.
Beth Myers is in it, and that explains a lot about why the presumptive Republican presidential nominee tapped her to lead his vice presidential search.
Sure, having a prominent campaign woman heading such an important process is just another subtle jab at Democrats who criticize his policies toward women.
But that is also a critique that ignores Myers’s longtime association with Romney, as well as the repeated big responsibilities he has entrusted to a person who would equally want to be known in public as a wife and mother of two.
In sum, Romney knows that he can trust the 55-year-old Myers to lead a search that will be comprehensive, tactful, and – perhaps most importantly to him – discreet.
As the “decider,” as Myers described him in one interview, and as someone who likes to “wallow in data,” as the candidate has said of himself, Romney wants the first public expression of his presidential decision-making to be devoid of drama but acclaimed by would-be voters.
That contrasts with the chaotic process that led John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, but it echoes the way George W. Bush ran things as he marched from being governor of Texas to becoming president of the United States in 2000….
That would be this Beth Myers:
… Myers then became chief of staff for the unsuccessful 2008 campaign. This time, she’s a senior adviser and has overseen Romney’s debate preparations, among other things.
Prior to that, she was chief of staff to Massachusetts Treasurer Joseph D. Malone. She was also active in Texas Republican politics through the 1980s, working with Karl Rove, who was the top strategist to President George W. Bush, and more recently has been involved in the campaigns for US Senator Scott Brown, of Massachusetts.
Shorter Romney to the GOP Base: We have nothing to offer that hasn’t been already been tried, many times, and usually with disastrous results. But that should be a selling point, because, hey, you guys like outworn, venal, corrupt, kleptocratic, and gnerally disastrous!
Also, from Mr. Pierce at Esquire:
Meanwhile, while we’re all being careful not to injure Ann’s Fiandaca-swathed fee-fees, the Romneybot itself was setting out quite specific plans for the upcoming plutocracy. He also, unsurprisingly, lied his eyebrows off about the state of American politics….
He also vowed to stand up to teachers unions and warned that unions would funnel dues to Mr. Obama’s reelection campaign. “The unions will put in hundreds of millions of dollars,” Mr. Romney said. “There’s nothing like it on our side,” he said, and he encouraged attendees to get their friends to donate, as well.
“There’s nothing like it on our side.”
Rick Santorum must be busting a gut over that one. Newt Gingrich’s jaw may never come off the floor. A man who money-bombed his way to the nomination of a party a substantial portion of which looks upon him as a stubborn and unsightly rash is pleading poor-mouth to a bunch of go-zillionnaires in Palm Beach because that mighty 10 percent of the American labor force that’s organized is about to unleash its mighty wrath on poor widdle him…
If a single shred of honesty remained within the Republican Party, their slogan for 2012 would run along the lines of “Old-fashioned corruption, like buying off the Supreme Court, is just too timeconsuming. We want to buy the Presidency outright — and we want a discount, for cash on the counter.”