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[…] “Let me be the bearer of good news: no, Mitt Romney is still not acceptable,” writes Alex Knepper in a blog burst titled The Case Against a Romney Vice-Presidency

Allow me to deconstruct the ridiculous fallacies that would lead one to support a Romney vice-presidential nomination […]

Please read and enjoy Knepper’s arguments, one by one.

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dr. g.d.


“A WEEK AND A HALF after its publication, the new book from Governor Mitt Romney — Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games (Regnery) — hasn’t exactly taken America by storm. As of Tuesday, it was stuck at 37,864 on Amazon’s sales list. By way of comparison, Leadership, the post–September 11 effort by former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, sits at 5789 nearly two years after it was published. Moreover, the initial critical response to Turnaround — which details Romney’s rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City — has been tepid. ‘The same traits that make Romney, now the governor of Massachusetts, an unobtrusive leader don’t always serve the book,’ Publishers Weekly observed delicately. The Deseret Morning News, the Salt Lake City daily owned by the Mormon Church, was more blunt, calling Turnaround ‘disappointing, politically self-serving, and remarkably dull for the most part,'” writes the estimable Adam Reilly in a reading of Romeny’s book for the Boston Phoenix titled Turnaround: A reader’s guide; Governor Mitt Romney bares his soul and sets the record straight between the lines of his critically defamed book

But Romney’s determined to do his darnedest to support his book, which he wrote with Timothy Robinson. The governor recently traveled to Utah to drum up publicity; today, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., he’ll sign copies of the 396-page tome at the Borders in Downtown Crossing, and talk it up on FOX News’ Hannity & Colmes program more

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And besides, the Romney clan suffers from noblesse oblige. “[S]omewhere deep inside, I hoped to commit myself to things greater than making a living or building a fortune. It was the spirit of service in one form or another — a family poltergeist that has haunted my ancestors for generations.” (7) …

Romney’s run against Ted Kennedy was purely symbolic. When he challenged Ted Kennedy for a US Senate seat in 1994, Romney knew he wouldn’t win. “We recognized that there was no way I was going to beat him. A Republican, white, male, Mormon millionaire in Massachusetts had no credible chance.” (14)

That said, Kennedy was a dirty trickster. “[Kennedy’s] ads reinforced people’s misperceptions about me as a money-grubbing businessman. He injected my Mormonism into the campaign in a highly visible way…. Ideas I brought forward were dissected and distorted to their illogical extreme.” (15)
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About the poltergeist claim, we are fully prepared to believe it on its face. Question: is Romney’s disastrous run the presidency now also “symbolic?”—and, if so, just what it is it a symbol of, may we ask?

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dr. g.d.

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