Mittens wants to be our Senator.
Not only that but he’s convinced that we share his enthusiasm.
However, Mittens does offer a useful representation of our feral elite. Romney is the sort of centrist politician that stands for nothing except for looting the republic under the benevolent gaze of the corporate media, whose owners profit massively from the ongoing operation.
There’s just one little problem for politicians like Mittens in 2018.
Everything changed after 2008—when for a lot of Americans the economy went in the crapper. Despite endless pearl clutching by wealthy liberals, racism, anxiety and the economy are all related. In my opinion, we have Trump as president because after the Wall Street crash Obama bailed out the banksters instead of the homeowners.
Indeed, Trump won by tapping into the anger and despair in the flyover regions of America by directing fury and frustration at institutions of the establishment — the leadership of both parties, mainstream media outlets, the banking and financial sectors. Liberals want to forget that Trump beat Clinton by running as an economic populist against an establishment candidate who raked in millions from Wall Street banks for speeches. It’s become apparent that he lied, but Trump promised to change course away from policies on trade, immigration, and international affairs that these establishments had championed and that had contributed to the decline and immiseration of communities across wide swaths of the country.
Trump is the monster that financial elites like Mittens created by embracing everything for the 1% and nothing for the losers that Mittens infamously described as takers. During a private fundraiser for his presidential campaign, Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors that he believes half of the population is made up of freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.
You do have to hand it to Mittens in that he’s entirely shameless. Any honest appraisal of Romney’s actions and behavior while at Bain Capital would offer a more useful description of the term takers. In fact, Mittens is the perfect embodiment of financialization, where America went from a productive economy that built things and employed millions of workers, to an extractive economy based on looting.
Rolling Stone’s gonzo journalist, Matt Taibbi, well describes the vast projection of Mittens world view.
“And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a “turnaround specialist,” a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.
By making debt the centerpiece of his campaign, Romney was making a calculated bluff of historic dimensions – placing a massive all-in bet on the rank incompetence of the American press corps. The result has been a brilliant comedy: A man makes a $250 million fortune loading up companies with debt and then extracting million-dollar fees from those same companies, in exchange for the generous service of telling them who needs to be fired in order to finance the debt payments he saddled them with in the first place. That same man then runs for president riding an image of children roasting on flames of debt, choosing as his running mate perhaps the only politician in America more pompous and self-righteous on the subject of the evils of borrowed money than the candidate himself. If Romney pulls off this whopper, you’ll have to tip your hat to him: No one in history has ever successfully run for president riding this big of a lie. It’s almost enough to make you think he really is qualified for the White House.”
It would be nice if the Utah media would explore the history of Romney’s time on Wall Street and the sheer hypocrisy of his worldview but I’m not holding my breath.
At least we’ll have the comedic value of Mittens.
There will also be ongoing comedy in that Romney is a notoriously tone death candidate.
But, in his defense, it’s hard to run as an actually feeling human when you’re a sociopath.
Update: If we’re lucky we could get a corporate Democrat to contest Romney.
Here’s Ajamu Baraka, international human rights activist, organizer and political analyst offering a warning about the faux resistance.
“I have to give it democrats. Trump is product of failure of neoliberal capitalism but democrats successfully coopted a potential resistance against the neoliberal system into safe politics of anti-Trumpism.”