“This is admittedly subjective, but Jonah Goldberg aptly summarized the way Romney often comes off in public by describing [Romney’s] demeanor as, ‘What Do I Have to Do To Put You In This BMW Today?'” writes the estimable Dan McLaughlin in a not-to-be-missed Redstate post titled The Trouble With Mitt Romney (Part 1 of 5)

I’ll discuss the specifics in more detail later, but the broader issue is that Romney seems unconvincing as the conservative he is running as; his calculations seem too close to the surface.

When the race kicked off, with Rudy and McCain as the frontrunners and the second tier filled with unknowns and/or candidates with their own issues with the base (e.g., Huckabee on taxes, Brownback to some extent on immigration), there was an opportunity for a candidate to build a market niche as the sane, electable conservative. Romney, to the credit of his business instincts, jumped on that opportunity like a starving man on a sandwich. The problem is that that posture is just not consistent with Romney’s history of campaigning and governing as a moderate, pragmatic, non-ideological Northeastern Republican, and specifically with numerous stands he has taken in the very recent past. Now, a good businessman, or even a candidate running principally as a competent technocrat, can get away with running on what the public wants today rather than on principles. But Romney is running a fundamentally ideological campaign, and he is doing so all too transparently as a businessman pursuing an underserved market rather than as a true believer.

Romney’s air of slickness and phoniness manifests itself in a number of specific ways I will get into later in this series, but the overall effect is an even more pronounced than usual (for a politician) tendency to leave people feeling like he will say anything to get elected. Democrats have, justly, suffered for that perception in the last two presidential elections, and they are almost certainly nominating a candidate who is legendarily calculating (Bill Clinton, by contrast, was a master at faking sincerity; but Romney, like so many others in politics, lacks Clinton’s talents in this regard and would do well not to try to imitate him). Republicans, having successfully and appropriately attacked Gore and Kerry and most likely Hillary as well on this basis, cannot afford to run a candidate who comes off as a phonymore [Emphasis ours]

Question: Does anyone like phonies?

Excellent metaphor: Romney as a “businessman pursuing an underserved market.”

yours &c.
dr. g.d.


  1. laserhaas

    There is a chance to battle big and see the issue in lights.

    Please look below at the foward message which was sent Directly to Colm F Connolly himself

    We have provided proof of over 100 statutory violations in the bankruptcy matter of eToys 01-706 (Del Bankr. 2001)
    The Dept of Justice did not seek disqualification of the attorneys who admitted to filing multiple, intentionally false, Rule 2014 affidavits.

    Contrary to their oath of office, 28 USC 586(a)(3)(F) and in direct violation of 18 USC 3057(a) the United States Trustee actually & speciously sought immunity for the felony violations and the US Trustee has aggressively sought to assist defrauding our Court approved contract work by seeking to strike and expunge our proofs of fraud and perjury by powerful law firms connected to Mitt Romney.

    The Asst US Trustee Frank Perch did motion to disgorge Traub $1.6 million, but mentioned nothing about the false affidavits of Morris Nichols (MNAT)

    The Director of the Dept of Justice EOUST emailed us that he would take care of the issues.

    The the US Attorney for the new Region 3 Trustee, Mark Kenney offered the right to circumvent the law and a “get out of jail free card” to the perpetrators.

    MNAT represented both Bain and eToys when it the court approved the selling of the eToys assets to Bain. This is Collusion to defraud the estate for tens of millions of dollars.MNAT now represents Bain in the KB bankruptcy case (Del Bankr 04-10120).

    We have now found the missing link, just this past week, that offers explanation of the “nolle prosequi” of the Dept of Justice, that being the reason why the US Attorney’s office has refused to prosecute MNAT. For the US Attorney for Delaware is Colm F Connolly. Connolly was (and may be still) a partner at MNAT when eToys sold the assets to MNAT’s other client Bain.

    Lawrence Friedman, Frank Perch and Debra Yang (Pres Bush Corp Fraud Task Force) have all subsequently resigned from their key positions at the Dept of Justice, without providing an sufficient remedy of the matter.
    The US Attorney in Delaware who has refused to prosecute MNAT or Bain is Colm F Connolly, who is now being considered for a Fed Judge position. As such Connolly’s resume is now public knowledge.
    While it seems to be a good career move not to investigate or prosecute your partners, associates and clients. Especially when such is connected to your future boss, a Presidential hopefull. (Miit Romney owns Bain,KB, eToys, Stage Stores, SanKaty)

    It is however, a matter of grave concern when eventually get “caught”!

    (please see http://www.wjfa.net/bk/etoys.html and the US Trustee Disgorge Motion eToys Docket item 2195, the Dept of Justice Settlement and immunity motion eToys docket item 2201 and the Court’s Opinion approving the Settlement motion docket item 2302 which can be seen here http://www.deb.uscourts.gov/Opinions/2005/EtoysMNATfees.pdf)
    The Disgorge motion only addresses 3 of the more than 100 statutory violations we have proven. They seek to cover up all the others with the Stipulation to Settle providing illegal permission to Circumvent the Law with the following clause agreed upon

    “WHEREAS the United States Trustee shall not seek to compel TBF to make any additional disclosures”

    Such latitude to deliberately circumvent the Law, specifically 327(a) is not even permitted of a Federal Justice, as can be seen in the cases such as In re Middleton Arms, First Jersey Securites and In re United Artist.
    Which states, the Courts are forbidden from contravening clear, unambiguous statutory mandates of 327(a).
    A finding of non disclosure of conflict of interest mandates disqualification.

    Laser Haas

    —– Forwarded Message —-
    From: Laser Steven Haas
    To: Colm.Connolly@usdoj.gov
    Cc: Roberta DeAngelis ; Kelly Stapleton ; Mark Kenny ; Greg Werkheiser ; Ronald Sussman ; James Garrity ; ptraub@aol.com; Mark Minuti ; grobinson@sec.gov; ssherrilbeard@sec.gov; Criminal Division US DOJ ; True Crimes White Collar Crime Website ; Richard Cartoon ; Roberta DeAngelis ; Barry Gold ; 3rd Circuit Bar Assoc N Winkelman of Schnader ; 3rd Circuit Bar Assoc J C Martin of Reed Smith ; Office of Inspector General US Dept of Justice ; Vice President White House ; Comments White House
    Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 2:32:41 PM
    Subject: I would not count on that Delaware Dist Court position if I were you

    Dear Mr. Connolly

    The attached item has already been received by the Post, the WSJ, the Times and 40,000 other entities
    including US Government entities, law professors and more.

    It continues to be broadcast at 5000 at a time.

    You can of course, put a halt to everything, state you made a mistake and stop the fraud.

    Or you can hope that those whom you have been protecting will get Mitt Romney elected
    and increase your powers, their powers and abilities to make this all go away.

    The failure to prosecute or appoint an independent fiduciary is a criminal violation when it
    involves over $300 million in fraud and perjury issues of multiple states, multiple cases, similar
    parties, over mutliple years by admitted false Rule 2014 Affidavits that has facilitated
    Racketeering efforts on a grand scale directly connected to your former firm and clients.
    (by the way, the former part is an assumption – I hope for your sake it is former)

    While it may be quite possible that the multiple threats against my life will be successful
    the fact that we have now discovered your conflict of interest in not prosecuting the etoys
    matter will not remain unaddressed.

    You can quash Haas as it is well established how little our significance is.

    Such logic is how all these nefarious acts were discovered.

    As it now seems that your staunch refusal to prosecute is an all or nothing
    refusal in reckless disregard of the facts.

    One must therefore assume thatI have little time left before the collective team of appellee’s, including the
    imprimatur of Washington D .C now entering full handedly in the Dept of Justice
    task of silencing us, one way or the other.

    Therefore we shall continue to shout from the rooftops until remedy or damnation.

    It is harsh enough a reality that our own attorneys are guilty of MisPrison in refusing to
    address the Fraud upon the Court to the proper authorities. Which was compounded by
    an email threat of a former Trustee Henry Heiman warning us to “back off” stating that
    Susan Balaschak of TBF warned me the failure to back off would result in our failing
    to be paid our Court approved monies, that our career would suffer and further retaliations
    would occur.

    Thus far all those threats have been achieved, combined with Paul Traub’s boasting of being
    “connected” one has to take the new series of threats as probable.

    When it crosses the line of “or else” threats of liberty and physical well being,
    with Dept of Justice complicity and breach of fiduciary duty, then we have no choice.

    If they had done the right thing, settled and made some amends previously,
    when we told them no to their gratuitous offer, this all could have
    been avoided. The closing of Kronish Lieb and Traub firm is not a sufficient remedy.

    You have violated your oath of office.

    We ask that you act appropriately or resign!

    If it means you will “get me” then by all means, let’s go at it!

    Laser Haas

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