Friday, August 10, 2012

Quote of the Day

"These Romney campaign 'gaffes,' for lack of a better word, make me think of Freud’s concept of 'the return of the repressed,' in which the tension involved in suppressing an uncomfortable truth occasionally becomes just too much, and the truth rises up, either in what Freud called 'neurotic symptoms' or on the campaign trail as 'gaffes.' You don’t have to be a Freudian to believe that Team Romney’s trouble avoiding their candidate’s actual record reflects the Herculean – and perhaps impossible — effort such deception requires... I think the energy required to suppress the truth... is part of what forces Romney to behave like a robot and speak in bizarre faux-platitudes. Trying to avoid anything remotely controversial, he praises Michigan’s trees for being 'the right height.' Lemonade becomes 'Lemon. Wet. Good.' A chocolate donut becomes 'one of those chocolate, um, chocolate goodies.' The exhausting effort to hide the advantages that come along with a lifetime of wealth results in head-scratching screw-ups like talking about Ann Romney’s two Cadillacs or his NASCAR-team owning friends, offering to make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry, or making bizarre 'jokes' about being unemployed when talking to unemployed voters. The repressed inevitably returns, and often at the worst moment."

-- Salon's Joan Walsh

While there's no arguing that Romney is a bona fide weirdo, that he lies almost sociopathically and lacks even the most cursory hard-wiring that would allow him to exhibit actual human empathy, I think Walsh is definitely on to something. Romney screws up so wildly so often when it comes to the things he says because the space between his brain and his mouth is a tightrope he's constantly trying to stay balanced on. He can't tell the truth -- about anything -- and it's eating him alive.


Benjamin said...

I'm reminded of the "Wait, let me finish" moment of the debates in 2004. Who was Bush talking to? The little voice in his head. Or in his ear. Whatever.

Point being, Romney must be constantly at war with the voice in his head screaming at him constantly, "DON'T SAY ANYTHING CONTROVERSIAL!"

Because we all know what happens when someone says "Whatever you do, don't look down."

ZIRGAR said...

"...the space between his brain and his mouth is a tightrope he's constantly trying to stay balanced on."

Yeah, and that tightrope is only just high enough off the ground for him to trip over.

Anonymous said...

Its funny how when the President was originally running, his lack of a meaningful record was harped on as being a liability against McCain. The reality was that it was easy for the President to be a blank slate, where voters could create their own hopes and perceptions into the man. I think this drives a lot of the anger among liberals who expected everything from Obama even though he didn't promise what they expected.

Every once in a while, a president will come along who becomes the new norm. I would argue that Kennedy was the first to truly master the televised debate. Go back earlier, Franklin Roosevelt pioneered using the radio to directly address voters without going through papers (others had done it before, but Roosevelt made it a weekly thing). Clinton was brilliant at using non-traditional media sources (especially cable TV). And I hate to say this, but I think Obama has created a new archetype of candidates with as little as possible legislative or executive experience so that its difficult to pin anything, good or bad, onto a candidate.

Mitt is totally stuck. He has to get the crazies out to vote to even have a hope to make it in the election. But I don't think he is stupid. He isn't going to be able to do the same exact way that Obama has been totally stuck trying to get legislation through.

I have a hard time imagining my life changing much whether Obama or Mitt in President. Either way, the grid lock in Congress remains.

Jester said...

The lamestream media are leaving him alone about it, but today Romney introduced Paul Ryan as the next President of the United States.