And we let him off the hook!
Listening to leaked videotape of Willard letting his Republican freak flag fly at a private fundraiser this last May I could think of only one thing: former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green.
Much hay is being made of this hour-long Freudian penis but this is no extended slip of tongue nor is it the earnest pandering that comprises much of Romboid’s campaign.
This is R-Money Stripped. None of this is a surprise. The surprise is how honest he’s been about who he is and how much we’ve ignored it.
The general consensus is that we don’t know what Willard stands for. But that’s not true. Look at how he sells himself. His entire candidacy is built around being a successful businessman (usually bolstered by some version of this wildly delusional addendum: “I’ve inherited nothing. Everything Ann and I have, we earned the old-fashioned way.“)
No doubt this version of Mittens (who channels Ayn Rand with such gusto that I expected him to light a smoke at then end of the speech and call for Alan Greenspan’s testicles) looks extremely familiar to underlings at Bain Capital. He is who we thought he is: an entitled blowhard businessman with a barely concealed disdain for the hoi polloi.
None of this is a surprise. The surprise is how honest he’s been about who he is and how much we’ve ignored it.
Think about the idea of somebody campaigning on being a successful businessman/businesswoman. What that conjures in your mind. Think about the “successful businessmen/women” you’ve met in your life. Think about the upper management of the companies you’ve worked in. Did you ever think to yourself: “Man I wish Gordon would get into politics. He sure sold a lot of widgets. Or managed a lot of managers. Or pushed the stock price up. Or gave a lot of speeches. That’s gotta translate to something.”
No you didn’t. Sure, the guy might be cool. Maybe he institutes casual Fridays (“That’s an epic sweater Kev. Really smart.”) or he seems really sincere at the Christmas party while he quizzes you on what it is exactly that you do at his company.
But watch this video. This is essentially every corporate muckety-muck in America talking to his boardroom. Just listen to him. He sounds like nothing so much as an upper management dick bemoaning the trials and tribulations of employing front line workers.
“Look we aren’t going to get any commitment from our entry-level and support staff on the importance of shifting health-care costs so that the company makes forecast. Luckily those meager skill sets are laughably replaceable with little detriment to the company. So fuck’em. Amirite?”
And all this would be fine if government were a business.
But this dipshit idea that a businessperson is best suited to run government is like saying an army general is best suited to be head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
There is some overlap in skill set but a fundamental dissonance in aim. You need only to watch the video and try not to cringe to feel it.