I’m not in a position where I can interview Mitt Romney so I’ll have to make do with accounts of those who have. Jon Ralston had a chance to sit down with Mittens and his perspective is interesting and confirms what many of us have long suspected.
Mitt Romney is virtually unflappable, doesn’t reveal too much and seems effortlessly articulate. He is genial without being smarmy, glib without seeming shallow, and dexterous without seeming calculating.
Those are all good qualities to have in a president, and he seems as presidential as anyone I have interviewed. He also may be the scariest.
Huh? Read on.
You hear politicians described as “smooth” all the time. “Silky” is the frequent adjectival addition to enhance the cliche. Romney is so silky smooth that you interview him for a half-hour and you wonder afterward whether you were even there, as if he just slid by you – yes, smoothly, without much effort and looking coolly presidential doing it.
He’ll apparently say anything while actually saying nothing at all. Remember Bill Clinton?
Romney’s duality, which has been caricatured as flip-flopping and praised as evolution, surely is troublesome for the contender. The seriousness behind Stewart’s question – is this guy for real or is he a hologram of a candidate? – will become central to whether he can get the nomination and win a general election.
Jon goes on to summarize the interview and how slippery his answers were. It’s disturbing to say the least. Jon closes with this:
Even caught off-guard, he handled that fairly well, just as he seamlessly dodged (even when pressed) my question about whether George W. Bush has been a great president.
We also discussed Romney’s Mormonism, which caused him to launch into a soliloquy on secular leadership and religious influences. Indeed, he ultimately struck me as many LDS politicians here have – deliberate, modulated and opaque.
Scarily, and effectively, opaque.
Read the whole thing. And then ask yourself: “Is Mitt Romney human?” Does anybody knows where this man stands on anything, or do his supporters merely think he agrees with them? He takes so many sides of any given issue that everyone could find something to agree with. Only Mitt Romney knows where he stands or rather if he stands for anything at all, other than for himself.
So, is Mitt Romney human?
Update: See also The Many Faces of Mitt Romney.
I’m astounded. I don’t know how else to say it. I just continue to be amazed at the number of Republicans who are so easily conned, duped and hoodwinked by Willard Mitt Romney.
Update 2: If you love flipping and flopping and flopping and flipping, see Mitt Romney Watch: Mitt Flips on Abortion Again. Summary – 1994: pro-choice; 2001: not pro-choice; 2002: pro-choice again; 2004: pro-life; 2005: pro-choice; 2007: “effectively pro-choice”; 2007: “always for life.” Dizzy yet?
Conclusion: Mitt Romney is a dolphin.