Mitt Romney:<br />
The Great Projector

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and his running mate, Paul Ryan (R-WI)

If Mitt Romney ends this race as one of the most despised presidential contenders in recent memory, we should all be so lucky.

As ideally as it might be to favor a civil, meaningful debate about the future of the nation and who’s best to steer it versus the nastiness we’ve been muddied in for two years now, one can’t help but take at least slight glee in someone who consistently goes out of his way to be contemptuous be given a dose of his own medicine.

The former Massachusetts governor is entitled, power-hungry, and remarkably wishy-washy about who he is and what he believes. In fact, to say Mitt Romney is spineless is like saying the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is only a little bit uninhibited. Worse is that no matter what instance of legitimate form of criticism you level his way, Mitt Romney and the pacifiers he hired to run his campaign carry on as if nothing ever happened.

Actually, no, Mitt Romney doesn’t simply carry on – he turns the other cheek and proceeds to spit his troubles onto the opposition.

Therein lies Mitt’s latest campaign strategy: “I know you are, but what am I?”

Last week, Romney assailed President Obama for being “intellectually exhausted.” While on the campaign in Chillicothe, Ohio, he claimed that Obama has made “wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency.” 

Romney was referencing comments made by Vice President Biden before a largely Black audience in which he warned that a President Romney would put them “back in chains.”

Maybe a poor choice of words to some, but at the core wouldn’t the Romney-Ryan ticket cater more towards the wealthiest of our nation at the expense of everyone – especially those already suffering? Would that not potentially ravage the chances of social mobility among the less fortunate (if not everyone already born better off)? Yes, yes, and then some and more people would know that if Romney ever bothered to open his mouth long enough to give specifics about his vision for the country.

Romney would rather keep going, though, and paint the president as a divisive figure in some unrealistic utopia he falsely calls the United States of America.

The candidate stated: “Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for liberty. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America.”

And then: “So Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”

If this is Romney’s view of this country, he’s not intellectually exhausted. He’s intellectually shot, stabbed, stomped, buried, and urinated on.

Most of the people behind these very monuments make no mention of race because the white faces on most of them convey enough. He talks about anger, but he has adopted nearly all of hate-riddled rhetoric and policies the conservatives who have taken the place of his jockstrap adhere to.

And Romney himself has taken culturally insensitive shots towards the Palestinians in addition to crying falsehoods about Obama wanting to remove welfare reform as a dog whistle to select whites hanging on to fairytales about [Black] welfare queens. Even in these recent remarks he’s perpetuating the very racial prejudices that have long divided this country.

Since Romney can’t win on his ideas, he’d rather go with 'Project Projection' and try to toss all the accusations that belong around his neck Obama’s way.

But as a not-very wise man who finally got it right one night said, “As a man who wants to run for president of the United States who can’t be honest with the American people, why should we expect him to level about anything if he’s president?”

That is from Nasty Newt Gingrich, who called Mitt Romney a liar before and after losing in the primary season. He is a liar. Not to mention condescending, snobby, and…oh forget it…Mitt Romney is basically everything they called John Kerry eight years ago.

I suppose the one compliment you can pay the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is that not many people have the chutzpah to be a walking crock.

Still, he’s awful. So much so that almost makes me miss the character of George W. Bush. Romney might be right about “hope and change” being a bit passé over at Team Obama's headquarters, though that’s all he’s right about.

He deserves to lose, and if he ends up being humiliated in the process, well, it’d be a far more honest outcome than if he won in his elected fashion.

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work