Mitt and the Competition


Mitt greets crowds at campaign stop

With friends like David Brooks, who needs enemies?

Brooks, the sois-disant conservative writer for the New York Times, was on National Public Radio (NPR) on Friday, with the supposed purpose of bringing some balance to the left of center perspective that is all too often NPR’s take on things. Tim Graham of calls out Brooks for “trashing” Herman Cain and calling Mitt a “cold fish” to use Graham’s words.

This is from the NPR transcript:

There’s nobody in the number two spot, there are certainly weakness [sic]. I’m struck by the fact that a lot of people just don’t like him. I remember when he ran for office last time and four years ago, all the other Republican candidates really got along well with each other. But when Mitt Romney would walk in one of those pre-debate green rooms, the emotional temperature would just drop.


BROOKS: And so, there’s something about him. Maybe he’s too perfect, too good looking, whatever it is. And then the fact that he’s from Massachusetts, a lot of people think he’s too moderate. There is some resistance to him in the party. But at the end of the day, my own view is – and this week exemplifies it – no alternative.

People don’t like Mitt? He’s Too perfect? Too good looking? He lowers the emotional temperature of the room? (Whatever that means…)

Since when is it a bad thing (i.e. supposedly settling for the only “alternative!”) to have someone as smart as Mitt as the front runner for the Republican nomination? (He graduated in the top 5% of his Harvard Business School class and cum laude in his Harvard Law School class!)

This reminds me of junior high school where many of the players on the football team would make fun of some poor kid on report card day when he showed up on the bus with his report card stashed in his books. His only mistake was responding affirmatively to the question, “I bet you got straight As!” I guess the guy should have simply lied…

Well, getting good grades is not a bad thing, despite the view of all too many American students who cast aspersions throughout the halls of too many high schools today with the very descriptive term, “nerd.” And why is someone like Mitt Romney merely a non-descript, default candidate for the presidency, despite his incredible qualifications.

In addition to his being “wicked smart” as one Boston friend called him in a promotional video from 2007, consider his success in turning around:

  1. Bain Consulting
  2. The 2002 Winter Olympics
  3. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Does anyone doubt that the country needs turning around? Why can’t Republicans be happy with someone who is smart, experienced, and successful?

Too perfect? Sheesh!

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About Mike

Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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