The lame attempts by the press to paint Mitt Romney as a first rate-wuss are puzzling. This isn’t the first time that a Republican candidate for president has been portrayed in such a demeaning fashion. If what the media’s doing sounds familiar, it’s because they tried it back in 1988 with George H.W. Bush. In case you forgot, it didn’t work. Bush crushed Democrat Michael Dukakis in the general election by an eight-point margin. Why is the media implementing a previously failed strategy? Simple. People have short memories. Plus, Obama doesn’t really have much else going for him. What’s he going to do? Tout the economy, high unemployment, abysmal GDP growth? No, his hand is limited. Attacking, vilifying, and misrepresenting his opponent; this is what Barack Obama must do to avoid packing his bags in November and the media is more than willing to assist.
So what exactly is the charge against Romney? The cover story for the newest edition of Newsweek is titled Romney: The Wimp Factor – Is He Just Too Insecure To Be President? I know what you’re thinking? Newsweek is still in print? Unfortunately, yes, despite the fact that no one reads it. And yes, it was actually the same Newsweek that posed the same question about George H.W. Bush back in 1988 – with practically the same cover story.
In the article, Michael Tomasky writes:
It should be the easiest thing in the world for a presidential nominee: a trip to England. The mother country, the shared tongue, our firmest ally. And it should have been easiest of all last week, happening as it did on the eve of the Olympics. Just praise everything you see. Limn London as one of the world’s great cities, invoke the spirit of the British people that lives on from the glorious days of the blitz. Praise the bangers and mash and the pasties if you have to. Nothing to it.
And yet, Mitt Romney managed to alienate just about every living Briton. He didn’t merely criticize the organizers or bureaucrats—he questioned the people of Britain themselves: “Do [the people] come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?” He wasn’t sure. The Sun even went so far as to dub him “Mitt the Twit.”
Tomasky and the rest of the media have been attempting to make a mountain out of a mole hill concerning Romney’s trip to London and his subsequent “gaffe”. Sadly for them, the public isn’t buying it. Romney spoke the truth about the security situation in London, but these days, apparently even the politically incorrect truth is offensive.
Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp. Oh, there are some ways in which he’s not—a wimp lets himself get kicked around, and Romney doesn’t exactly do that. He sure didn’t during the primaries, when he strafed Rick Perry and carpet-bombed Rick Santorum (but note that they were both weaker than he).
In some respects, he’s more weenie than wimp—socially inept; at times awkwardy ingratiating, at other times mocking those “below” him, but almost always getting the situation a little wrong, and never in a sympathetic way. The evidence resonates across too many years to deny. What kind of teenager beats up on the misfit, sissy kid, pinning him down and violently cutting his hair with a pair of school scissors—the incident from Romney’s youth that The Washington Post famously reported (and Romney famously didn’t really deny) back in May?
Curiously, Tomasky purposefully ignores the fact that the Post story was completely bogus. There was no evidence, no witnesses, and even the family of the now-deceased “victim” claimed that the story had no teeth; not to mention the fact that the family was completely and utterly disgusted by the media’s attempt to use the man as political ammunition against Romney. Tomasky’s charges are weak and it’s pathetic that Newsweek has to trot out a losing narrative after 20-plus years. What’s even more pathetic is their trumpeting of the original cover story from 1988: the first failed template. These people will do anything to denigrate Romney and elevate Obama.
The funniest part about all of this is that Obama is the real wimp as was Dukakis back in the late eighties. We’re to believe that “Mom-Jeans” Barack Obama is Mr. Tough Guy. He’s courageous and motivated. He’s resilient and steadfast. He’s the bravest president in modern American history. Only Obama could weather an economic storm such as this and live to tell the tale. He’s pulled us back from the brink of destruction. Bush 43 really planted us in the ditch, but the Dear Leader has pulled us out of the mire. He’s leading the way as only a great uniter would know how.
As is the usual case, whatever liberals claim, reality reflects just the exact opposite. Obama is the weakling. Not Mitt Romney. Obama is the one leading from behind and unable to stand up to our enemies. Unable and equally unwilling to do what the job requires of him. Let me be frank. Even if he wanted to stand up to North Korea, China, etc., he doesn’t have the balls. Regardless, he doesn’t stand up to them, because he agrees with the communists and tin-pot despots of the world. He agrees, as do the Chinese and the North Koreans, that the United States need to finally take it on the chin. It’s about time we got knocked down a peg or two; especially after projecting our imperialism on the rest of the world for 200-plus years. Payback time has arrived and Barack Obama is the “chosen one”. He’s here to see it through. He’s here to manage American decline.
When your president can’t stand up to the world’s tyrants and he can’t throw out an opening pitch at U.S. Cellular Field without looking like a big sissy, it’s time to look for a real Commander-In-Chief.