Coining A New Term "doing A Romney", Thanks MittLast weekend some friends and I were discussing the difficulties that a common friend of ours is having selling his business consultant services. He's a really smart guy and he knows what he's talking about but somehow he fails to connect with people in a convincing way. We couldn't quite find a way to express what it is about our friend that is lacking although we could intuitively "feel it". Then I said, "he pulls a Mitt Romeny" and everyone said, "yes, that's it".
Somehow "a Romney" expresses a manner of relating to people that fails to convey some fundamental human quality that does not allow you to fully connect with people. For my friend it likely arises out of his Star Trek's Data like mechanical emotional appearance and his penchant for the abstract. For Romney, his failure to connect with people arises out of an ideology that fundamentally views people as an abstraction, the pawns on the free-market game board that he and others in the "productive class" control - for our own good of course.
Mitt's solution to everything is let the free-market, like some undeniable natural law, take its course. Mitt's solution to the housing crisis? Let the bottom fall out, let home owners go bankrupt. Mitt's flip-flopped solution to healthcare? Let the market decide. You will have healthcare so long as it contributes to someone else s inflated profits. Education? Vouchers for privately run schools - for profit of course. I could go on and on. But what is really human to Romney? Mitt said it best, "Oh no friend, corporation are people too".
As frustrated as I get with Obama for being a moderate Republican, I take comfort in knowing that this man "knows" what is like to walk a mile in my shoes.