A strategy is emerging against Mitt Romney that is being conducted on several fronts – in the media, through the speeches of surrogates, even from the White House itself. It is a strategy I wholeheartedly approve of and that is to break Mitt Romney down not by vicious personal attacks, not by policy differences (Mitt Romney has been on five sides of every issue – I’m not sure if anybody knows where Mitt Romney stands anymore on anything) but by personal ridicule. By telling the truth about Mitt Romney, he ceases to be a person people take even a little bit seriously and consequently becomes someone people laugh at. I think this is far worse than being hated.
It started with Romney’s gaffes during the Republican primary – the 10,000 bet, we can’t have illegals, I like firing people, I’m not concerned about the very poor. A lot of these gaffes gave the impression of Romney as a let them eat cake plutocrat out of touch like Marie Antoinette.
Then there was the general weirdness – the dog on the car roof, trees are the right height etc.
This is not to mention Romney’s flip flops-too many to catalog here but basically on important issue he has held at least three positions and he has often gone back to prior positions and then changed yet again. John McCain and Mike Huckabee hammered him on this in 2008 Republican primaries and it was very effective. This has kind of died away recently but will come up again I’m sure in the campaign ahead.
Add in Romney’s Mormonism….As an Atheist, I believe all religions are basically crazy but Mormonism is like Scientology without the spaceships. I recently read a book about Joseph Smith, the creator of Mormonism and he was basically the David Koresh of his day-A man who used his position as a prophet to scam sex with a variety of women including underage ones (Yes he was a pedophile like Warren Jeffers). Like L Ron Hubbard, he created a religion to sucker people, to further his own ends. Romney being a Mormon is a fair subject to bring up and I think one that most people rightly will view negatively.
The final ingredient is the story that was published today alleging that when he was in high school Romney was a bully who picked on two possibly gay students. The comparison coming a day after Obama’s statement on supporting gay marriage is inevitable and I believe was planned.
In the end, Romney doesn’t come off so much as a hated figure (like Nixon for example) but as a ridiculous one – weird, uncomfortable, unintentionally funny, not to be taken serious in any way. When they stop attacking you and/or arguing with you and start laughing at you, that’s when you’ve really lost the battle.
Bill Clinton did something similar to Bob Dole in 1996 but he didn’t have to mention Dole so much-Instead, he made Newt Gingrich into a combination fool/boogeyman and it worked.
The bottom line is even though I no longer support President Obama and am still looking around for a third party to get behind, his re-election chances are looking good.