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    Goldberg On Romney

    By Kyle | September 13, 2011

    “He has an authentic inauthenticity problem…There’s still something about that guy that makes people say, ‘There’s just something about that guy.'” Too true. But I think if Romney can remain as the only viable runner-up for a while, he will be primed to take first place if (and perhaps only if) Perry stumbles. The likelihood of Perry stumbling is not small. Moreover, I do think Romney (somewhat) grows on you after a while, or he’s become a slightly better candidate, or something. In any case, Romney seems presidentialish. It isn’t at all hard to picture him sitting in the Oval. And there can’t be anybody who likes Obama as much as they used to.

    Here’s the thing: Romney is hard to love. But he’s also hard to hate. Perry is the opposite.

    Topics: Politics | 9 Comments »

    9 Responses to “Goldberg On Romney”

    1. Hedge Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      “As it is, there are days where Perry seems like he could count on two hands the number of times he’s had to shoot a man for cheating at cards.”

      Great line …and good point.

    2. Kyle Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Will Perry’s shtick appeal longer than Perot’s did, though?

    3. K Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      In movie terms, Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” would be Paul Ryan. While Romney = Hubert Humphrey remake.

    4. Hedge Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      I’m with you Kyle…but Perry is actually saying some of the right things while Romney has the best hair.

    5. yankeefan Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      >>>Will Perry’s shtick appeal longer than Perot’s did, though?

      Not sure that’s the question. The question is more: Who will make the beating heart of the red-meat Republican base go pitter-pat right now? Manifestly, it is not a corporatist, flip-flopping, Massachusetts Mormon liberal. Nor will it ever be. Perry, on the other hand, is right there.

      I suppose Romney can find a path to the nomination that doesn’t include the deep South or the more socially-conservative-Christian parts of the Midwest. But man is that a tough road.

      I also don’t buy the Howard Dean parallel because I think the Tea Party has much more of a hold on the GOP than the Dean-Kucinich left had on the Dems. Dean was ultimately trounced by the establishment, but I think the Tea folk have much more anti-insider vigor. And something tells me the Rush contingent and the like won’t be excited by the author of Romneycare.

    6. yankeefan Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Some rather essential problems for Romney. One: Someone like me is instinctively comfortable with him. That means he’s pretty moderate, competent, and seemingly unthreatening. It means that regardless of what he says about a variety of issues, I suspect if he took truth serum he doesn’t believe 3/4 of the things he is forced to say. I suspect many GOPers suspect the same.

      Two: Kyle likes him. Not that your blessing is the kiss of death by any means, Kyle, but by today’s GOP standards you are politically and culturally a liberal: socially moderate if not outright liberal/libertarian; Ivy-educated, Upper West Side, Francophilic, atheist, cineaste…. Your worldview strikes me as more old-school New England Republican, which isn’t much closer to the GOP base than I am.

    7. Kyle Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Francophilic….the mudslinging has begun.
      I’m hardly a moderate, though. I’d love to shrink government to the point where you could drown it in the bathtub. I just don’t much care whether gays get married.

    8. Kyle Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      and my fave Justice is Scalia, not Kennedy.

    9. Jim Treacher Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Romney looks like the POTUS in a Syfy original about an asteroid hitting the Earth.