I Never Think Romney is Doing as Bad as Others Think

I watched a little bit of the debate last night and I was glad to see Obama back on his game. But I just don’t know if it’s because we have Haslam here or what, but I never think that Romney comes off as bad as other liberals think he does. I mean, I disagree with him. But there’s some way in which I feel like we run around all “And now people will see what a slime-ball he is!” But he doesn’t really come across as a slime-ball, in general.

He comes across like a boss. And to me, that’s what it comes down to. If your feelings about bosses are that they are, in general, competent people who’ve worked hard to get where they are, and who maybe are sometimes a little out of touch with the struggles of people who work hard but haven’t gotten that far, but who are, in general, well-meaning, I think that’s how Romney mostly comes across.

If you feel like bosses think they’re better than you, what, with their fancy educations and all, and that they will say anything to get ahead and that they don’t understand what your life is like, then I imagine that’s exactly how Romney comes across.

How big the disconnect between his concerns and yours appears and how much that bothers you has less, I think, to do with him and more to do with how you feel about guys like him you already know.

There was one moment I am most curious about the implications of. Was I misunderstanding or did he claim he was the pastor of a church for some years? There aren’t Mormon pastors. They don’t use that word. Now, I don’t know if it grates the way someone calling themselves a Lutheran priest might grate–which is to say, it sounds wrong, but you can imagine an audience in front of which a Lutheran pastor might describe herself that way in order to bridge a gap in understanding if the people she was talking to only had experience with priests–or if it grates the way someone calling themselves a Baptist priest might grate–which is to say, there’s no fucking Baptist minister in these here United States whose calling himself a priest and, if one did, his congregation would be creeped out and pissed.

But I did wonder what Mormons made of that.

The women in a binder thing was hilarious. But I feel like this blogger says all there is to say about it, “I’m not at all worried that Romney organizes his women in a giant binder. It’s probably just a Mormon thing, because you know how they are about genealogy.” (The very next part of the paragraph I’m quoting is even funnier, but I didn’t want to steal two punchlines.)

The most troubling thing was this idea that we could reduce gun violence through marriage. First, violent crimes in this country are way, way down. Second, most of the parents of the famous spree killers folks are fretting about were married.

Neither a vagina nor a wedding ring a magic. I can’t make a baby into a killer with the power of my unmarried vagina and a little piece of gold doesn’t prevent it.

I know it’s a big change, but it is very important that people be able to choose who they marry and to not be pressured into marrying someone terrible just because a child is involved. It is better for everyone–including the child–that this change has been made.

Anyway, I thought Obama did great. I thought Romney did less than great, but not so bad that he frightened off likely Romney voters and I think it’s not necessarily going to be an easy victory for Obama. That frightens me, but I think that’s the truth.

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4 thoughts on “I Never Think Romney is Doing as Bad as Others Think

  1. Wouldn’t an ordinary person call the process he describes using “affirmative action”? He was presented with a lot of highly qualified guys and he deliberately went out to look for equally well-qualified women to put in the pool. Granted, I heard all this second-hand (didn’t watch the debate). I thought the GOP thought that this kind of behavior was wrong; he appears to think that it’s how things should be done. Although, if it was about his governorship, he probably didn’t have a choice. I think that MA is a state that requires a demonstration of affirmative action implementation in hiring for state offices.

    Which makes the whole taking credit for it even more bogus. God, what a manipulator.

    And he’s in the Priesthood of Melchizedek by virtue of being an adult married male LDS member, but he was referring to his experience as a bishop and Stake President — at one time, he was the highest ranking spiritual authority for the LDS church in Boston. That means at least a High Priest and probably holds a higher church appointment, though the campaign plays that close to the chest. There’s a theory among some religious historians that he’s not releasing his tax returns because he has not been honest in his tithe; the LDS take that VERY seriously and since he has ambitions of being selected to the next Apostle vacancy, he would pretty much be dead in the water.

    Here’s a good article about his church connections:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romneys-rise-through-the-ranks-of-the-mormon-church-in-boston/2012/08/19/bbb2ec96-cad3-11e1-aea8-34e2e47d1571_story.html

  2. Bridgett, this was about the composition of his cabinet as Governor. He had to have binders full of women because without them he just couldn’t think of any who were qualified. So, yeah, bogus and condescending all at once.

  3. He certainly didn’t come off like any boss I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some doozies. He came off like an entitled, privileged prick.

    BTW, the Binders Full Of Women thing was bogus anyway. He never asked for them, did not create them, did not pay attention to them when they were produced:

    http://blog.thephoenix.com/BLOGS/talkingpolitics/archive/2012/10/16/mind-the-binder.aspx

    “What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration — a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.

    “They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.

    “I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I’ve checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I’ve just presented it is correct — and that Romney’s claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.

    [...]

    “Secondly, a UMass-Boston study found that the percentage of senior-level appointed positions held by women actually declined throughout the Romney administration, from 30.0% prior to his taking office, to 29.7% in July 2004, to 27.6% near the end of his term in November 2006. (It then began rapidly rising when Deval Patrick took office.)”

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