So New York Times columnist David Brooks was on the NewsHour and said out loud what everyone else already knew: Mitt Romney is faking it.
“Several decades ago I had a chance to have dinner with Tom Clancy, the thriller writer,” Brooks said. “And he sat down — he had just toured a battleship and he had seen a new weapon system. And he was bubbling over with excitement about this new weapon system he thought was very interesting. And he was just talking about it with great passion. And I remember thinking, ‘You can’t fake it. If you don’t feel that, you can’t write Tom Clancy novels.’”
“And with Mitt Romney, he’s faking it,” Brooks continued. “I think he’s a non-ideological guy running in an ideological age who is pretending to be way more ideological than he really is. And so he talks like he is this cartoon image of how I’m supposed to be talking and as a result, it is stupid half the time — not half the time, some of the time. It’s an impersonation. And so, if I — knowing it’s too late to change who he is running as, but just be the more boring manager you are. He’s a competent manager — we thought he was.”
Look, Barack Obama is going to be reelected. I’ve been saying this to strangers in the street ever since the Republicans took the House. (Granted, I may be proved wrong if something goes wildly wrong in the Middle East. I mean even wronger than what’s going on now. In which case I will delete this post and deny ever saying that Obama was going to reelected, which I’m only going on record as saying in the event that actually happens.) And the president’s a phony too, playing like he’s some kind of centrist, when in fact, if he had his druthers, which let’s hope to mercy he never has, he would redistribute the fillings in your teeth to Pakistani metal workers and then apologize for Americans’ good oral hygiene. (While funneling taxpayer money to the likes of Solyndra. Quick question: how much energy does it take to clean up the mess of a failed green-energy company? And how much green?) Read the rest of this entry »