‘A Calculated Bluff of Historic Dimensions’

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

I generally avoid Matt Taibbi’s snark-and-snarl brand of populist journalism, preferring a bit more reason and substance.

But I have to say, he may have cracked the Romney code here, in a way that the rest of the press has missed.

By making debt the centerpiece of his campaign, Romney was making a calculated bluff of historic dimensions – placing a massive all-in bet on the rank incompetence of the American press corps.

The result has been a brilliant comedy: A man makes a $250 million fortune loading up companies with debt and then extracting million-dollar fees from those same companies, in exchange for the generous service of telling them who needs to be fired in order to finance the debt payments he saddled them with in the first place. That same man then runs for president riding an image of children roasting on flames of debt, choosing as his running mate perhaps the only politician in America more pompous and self-righteous on the subject of the evils of borrowed money than the candidate himself. If Romney pulls off this whopper, you’ll have to tip your hat to him: No one in history has ever successfully run for president riding this big of a lie. It’s almost enough to make you think he really is qualified for the White House.

Thanks to my very good (and very conservative) friend Howard Owens for flagging this piece.

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