Romney has been running for president for about 12 years or so. During that time he has struggled to define himself. he has confused the whole process by reinvented himself multiple times, shifting back and forth between what passes for a moderate and panderer extraordinaire to the radical right. There are probably several reasons for a grown adult having such momentous problems of self discovery. The number one reason seems to be that what Mitt is, the essential Mitt is ultimately a shallow individual. His business career is what defines him. He mastered the art of the leveraged buyout – a modern-day form of theft via spreadsheet. Minimal effort, maximum profits. From the insular bunker of his office he ruined lives and claimed he was an unappreciated knight in shining armor. He claimed he did it all on his own as he benefited from government subsidies and loopholes in the law that allowed him to make a profit regardless of how badly he and Bain screwed up. The essential Romney is a cold calculating machine wearing blinders to issues of morality, community and simple good citizenship. From the outside it looks as though he asked himself what a patriot would do and done the opposite. Does that remind you of anyone, say George W. Bush. To say that Romney is like Bush is so obvious it is like commenting the sky is blue. Much of what Romney promises to bring to his role as King Mitt of Amerika is a replay of Bush ( same foreign policy team, much of the same economic advisers or carbon copies). Until they feel another craving for historical revisionism and decide that Bush was an unappreciated angel, for now the Right has generally decided that the Bush-Cheney era was an apparition ( during six of those years conservatives like Paul Ryan, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) controlled all three branches of government). When they look back on those years and the decisions that were made – like not paying for anything they put on the national credit card, they see a failure of personalities. They still believe that we can use tax cuts and deregulation to pave the way to the promised land of gold-plated toothbrushes and pixie dust pudding. Conservatives do not believe, and certainly Mitt Romney does not believe that Bush-Cheney failed because of conservative policies. Romney, Ryan and the conservative movement will never blame conservative orthodoxy. Conservatism is never wrong, never has to correct course. Unless upping the dosage of the same failed medicine is considered a correction. Certainly from Nixon to Reagan to Bush 43 and all the conservative federal officials in between, conservatism has been one massive institutional failure. Never mind that says the conservative psyche, some personnel changes will right the ship. So if Mitt Romney comes out in a debate, sprouts wings and flies, well that makes for an interesting performance, but what about substance. Why is he allowed to put some fresh paint on the rotten zombie of conservatism and call it a winning strategy for governing. And why is so much of the media calling this morbid rehash of failure the revival. At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes. Romney, like Bush thinks deceit is a contest and is determined to be among the champions. Facts Matter and Mitt Romney Didn’t Deliver. Some of the media actually did its job, “CNBC Fact Check: “Romney again tonight did not say specifically how he would pay for his proposed across the board tax cut.” As some other observers have already noted, performance, appearances always play a role in debates, but that does not mean that trying for an Oscar in mendacity and shameless hubris should win any accolades, The First Debate: Mitt Romney’s Five Biggest Lies. Not the entire public obviously, but much of the public and how they take measure of what is best for the nation is bewildering. They’ll test a watch to see if its real gold, they’ll send a badly cooked meal back and they’ll insist on a written warranty for their new car, yet so many of these same people will not raise one finger of objection to being victimized by another unctuous miscreant.
Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers
— @jack_welch via Twitterrific
Jack Welch’s secretary says the former chairman and CEO of General Electric is in meetings for the rest of the day and unavailable to discuss his Tweets.
In regards to today’s Jobs report—I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here…
— @AllenWest via web
I don’t think BLS cooked numbers. I think a bunch of Dems lied about getting jobs. That would have same effect.
— @conncarroll via web
The extremely bad news is that I don’t believe a word of the unemployment rate. Sad. The numbers are too illogical and don’t make sense.
— @stevelemois via TweetDeck
Ezra Klein gets it exactly right:
Let’s get one thing out of the way: The data was not, as Jack Welch suggested in a now-infamous tweet, manipulated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is set up to ensure the White House has no ability to influence it. As labor economist Betsey Stevenson wrote, “anyone who thinks that political folks can manipulate the unemployment data are completely ignorant of how the BLS works and how the data are compiled.” Plus, if the White House somehow was manipulating the data, don’t you think they would have made the payroll number look a bit better than 114,000? No one would have batted an eye at 160,000. [...]
Mitt Romney of course - who had one of the worse records ever as a job creator while governor, said they he could do better. We need more jobs and better paying jobs as corporate America continues to bring in massive wealth, but the voices from the tin foil chamber just can’t stick to being sane. US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low