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Evening Focus – Romney the Doormat? (Quick Take)

February 14, 2012

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Evening Focus – Romney the Doormat? (Quick Take)

“Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president,” Grover Norquist said in support of Mitt Romney. Ouch. (More)

Talk about “damned with faint praise.” As David Frum writes at The Daily Beast, Grover Norquist backs Mitt Romney for President of the United states because … Romney will do as he’s told. Frum offers these quotes from Norquist’s CPAC speech:

All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.

Oddly, I don’t remember team captains that way. When I played and coached, and on every team I’ve watched, team captains are the “go-to” players. When the clock’s ticking down and you need a score, or you need to hold a lead, the “captain of the team” is supposed to keep cool and step up with a big play. That’s why their coaches or teammates choose them as captains.

For example, when political opponents are howling “religious freedom” and even the media have picked up that meme – about an issue of employee compensation – a team captain is the one you count on to deftly sustain a good and popular policy, leaving the opposition demoralized and divided. That kind of leadership requires a bit more than “enough working digits to handle a pen.”

Grover Norquist seems to imagine himself a modern day Iago, never taking the duty of office upon himself but instead whispering in the ear of an conveniently pliant Othello, with government itself the Desdemona fated for death.

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t see these …

Romney 2012 – He’ll Do As He’s Told!

Romney 2012 – He Can Hold a Pen!

… as bumper stickers that inspire voters’ confidence. As Frum concludes:

Mitt Romney badly needs his Sister Souljah moment. Instead, he’s running as Jim DeMint’s doormat.

With a dog on the roof.

  • addisnana

    As for the dog on the roof of the car, protested outside of the Westminster Dog Show.

    Protest spokeswoman Kitty Hendrix said the Dogs Against Romney website that organized the demonstration has about 25,000 members. The protesters held signs that said “Mitt is Mean” and “Dogs Aren’t Luggage” and “I Ride Inside.”

    I am waiting for a prominent Republican to tell Grover Norquist to run for office or shut up.

    Is Romney by chance ambidextrous?

    • NCrissieB

      I would so like to see this too, addisnana:

      I am waiting for a prominent Republican to tell Grover Norquist to run for office or shut up.

      Grover Norquist has almost every Republican in the Senate and House signed on to his radical anti-tax pledge, although many want their names removed. He seems to think government consists of him telling Republicans in Congress what to do, and the president obediently signing those bills. But Grover Norquist has never run for elective office. If he wants to run the federal government – or drown it – he should campaign on that pledge and see how many votes he gets.

  • winterbanyan

    For all a certain president claimed he was “the decider” I truly believe he did what Rumsfeld and Cheney wanted for the most part. He couldn’t have spent that much time down on the ranch cutting brush for photo ops otherwise.

    We really need another one who will do as he’s told. Not.

    As for Norquist, STFU or run yourself.

  • Doremus Jessup

    Norquist wants Romney to win because he recognizes that quality that turns most voters off, that Romney is maleable. My nightmare scenario would be a Romney Presidency with Tea Party majorities in the House and Senate. Romney has proven that he can’t stand up to the extremists in his own party.

    • NCrissieB

      Welcome to BPI, Doremus! 😀

      And I agree that Norquist wants a president who’s malleable. Alas, we tried that from 2001-2009 and it turned out to be useful to have a president who was more intelligent than his pet goat. Whoodathunk?!?

    • Lake Toba

      Hey! Welcome to BPI!

    • addisnana

      Nightmare scenario is an apt description. We might end up looking like Greece.

      And welcome to BPI, Doremus!

  • Lake Toba

    Darn that’s one heck of an indictment of the Republican party and something we’ve suspected to one degree since Bush Jr (and the selection of Sarah Palin). The GOP establishment wants people they can control in the WH.

    • NCrissieB

      Pretty scary, isn’t it?

  • Doremus Jessup

    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    ICYMI – Christopher Orr at TNR had a brilliant epiphany regarding Romney’s “severe conservative” comment at CPAC. He reckons Romney let his mask slip and exposed the fact that he sees the average GOP voter as angry, simple-minded, xenophobic and jingoistic. The funny thing is Erick Erickson agrees.