By Patricia H. Kushlis
Puck: “Oh, what fools these mortals be. - Act II, Scene II, William Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream.
If just about everything and anything could go wrong for the Romney campaign this summer – except for the continuation of seemingly bottomless special interest pockets shelling out money to keep their tax breaks intact, defense companies and casino holdings afloat as well as support for an even Greater Israel policy – it has.
Hurricane Isaac’s fury that stole headlines and diverted reporters from a supposed perfectly planned convention on the Florida sands is just the latest example of the dictum “if something can go wrong, it will.” On the other hand, why did the GOP choose Florida during hurricane season as the place for their convention in the first place?
Even Ann Romney’s horse “Rafalca” which competed in the dressage event at the London 2012 Olympics a couple of weeks ago didn’t make the dress circle let alone the winner’s box. Clearly, however, Presidential candidate Romney couldn’t have cared less about the horse or its chances. When interviewed in one of those rare times when a window cracked open just enough for reporters to ask the most innocuous of questions Romney responded that he didn’t intend to attend Rafalca’s race and, for that matter, didn’t know (and obviously didn’t care) when it would be held. For the record, it was held in Greenwich Park behind the Maritime Museum on the Thames just a short Underground ride from London.
I guess horses are just too large to be lashed to the top of even the largest SUV and forgotten. Besides his wife’s the animal lover and people person, not him.
The Kinder and Gentler Mitt Romney? Give me a break.
On August 26, the Financial Times Edward Luce argued in an almost fawning column that Romney’s a pragmatist who has shown he will do anything and everything to win America’s ultimate political prize but that the Republican Party’s current values are the real obstacle to good governance in the US: Luce argues that, therefore, it doesn’t matter who wins the White House rather the real problem and prize is Congress.
I’m not so sure that I agree. At least completely. Congress can impede or assist a president principally through the power of its purse but there’s a lot a president can do through regulation and executive order as Obama has finally learned over the last couple of years.