Should Romney Cancel the Republican Convention?
He already has enough delegates. He is already the presumptive nominee. Every time Mitt Romney appears in public, he seems to step in it.
When he does, it’s not enough that he dirties his shoes. He also splatters it on all the people around him. Sarah Palin started the campaign at the Republican convention with her highest approval ratings, and went down from there. Romney started out being disliked as an arrogant, egotistic, part of the affluent elite. As his record at Bain became more widely known, it was clear that Romney lied. Romney said he left Bain in 1999 to lead the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Yet documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission show that he remained the firm’s “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president for at least three more years. The timing of Romney’s departure from Bain is a key point of contention in the campaign due to the bankruptcy of Bain companies and the number of employees who lost their jobs. Bain is the primary source of Romney’s wealth, which is estimated to be more than $250 million. But how his wealth has been invested, especially in a variety of Bain partnerships and other investment vehicles, remains difficult to decipher because of a lack of transparency. Suffice it to say, Romney is not only far removed from main-street America, but when he chooses one of his cars to drive, and takes it out of the elevator in his auto-garage, he doesn’t have to follow the same traffic laws that we do.
It’s really hard to offend the British, America’s greatest ally. Romney did. How could any politician say anything negative about the Olympics. Mitt Romney did. It was as if Romney handed Obama a “gift” by appearing in London, and talking.
Jason Easley of Politicus has documented that Romney now holds that title of “most hated politician” ahead of Sarah Palin. Jason identifies Romney’s lack of warmth, charm, and authenticity as only part of the problem.
The secrecy about his policies and tax returns rounds out his profile as the most hated political figure in the United States. That is saying quite a lot in light of Sarah Palin’s domination in that category of public opinion. If “most hated” politician was an Olympic event, and if Palin weren’t disqualified because she quit, Sarah Palin would be like the 2008 Gold Medal Winner, who has just taken Silver,
with Romney securing the Gold in the 2012 Games, in a decisive victory.
The Republican Convention is usually a time when the candidates generate enthusiasm in their candidacy. It would be an unusual convention if the nominated candidate didn’t speak. However in the case of Mitt Romney maybe he shouldn’t speak? It seems that every time he opens his mouth, he conveys who he really is; and it’s not a pretty picture.
Perhaps Romney should invite Palin to speak at the convention, and he should claim that he has laryngitis. In that way Palin’s popularity might fall even lower, Romney’s popularity could rise as there would be no new offensive comments. Palin could be Romney’s salvation if she, by her appearance, surpasses Romney as the most-hated-politician. If Romney invited Palin to speak at the Republican Convention, I bet she’d loan him her sign.