Romney’s “ocean” of regress, regret, and secret rage–update and conclusions

More on Romney’s “Nissan Infiniti Ad” titled Ocean, a video whose return-to-the-source, Epedocles on Etna imagery is eerily redolent of being suspended, helpless, in an amniotic sac.

The Brody File–like the “My Man Mitt blog” reported about here–plays up the ugly cynicism of the video by linking it to Romney’s Mariott pornography disclosures (discussed here)

Romney has come under a lot of criticism from pro-family groups because they say he didn’t do enough to curtail the Marriott Hotel chain from profiting off porn videos while he was a board member. Now he’s out with a campaign ad that takes aim at the current culture warmore

In a contribution titled Culture as a campaign issue, The Belmont Club discusses the impotence of Romney’s message by way of citing an argument posed by the Powerline web log:

I’m sympathetic to the message of the ad, but can’t help noting the complete absence of any suggestion as to what steps can realistically be taken to clean up the culture. With the Supreme Court still committed, seemingly, to the view that pornography and pole-dancing are the core activities protected by the First Amendment, and with the ability of a public high school to prevent students from unveiling a “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner a 5-4 squeaker, it isn’t obvious how any President can deliver much on this issue. … more

Tellingly, here was one of the comments to the Belmont Club post:

AB said…

Mitt Romney is running as a Cultural Conservative?

Is this the same guy who presided over the first Gay Marriages in Massachusetts?

Are we living in a parallel universe?

7/16/2007 08:44:00 PM

Well, are we?

The reviews are all in by now. The verdict: no one really understands Romney’s Ocean except as an alibi for the Mariott pornography disclosures.

yours &c.
dr. d.g.


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