Over the past two years I have been hoping that Mitt Romney stays strong. We need a business-savvy President to replace the manipulated, in-over-his-head apprentice in the White House. And Romney looked promising.
But to my increasingly-disgusted-about-the way-things-are going-in-Washington way of thinking, Mitt does not have the fire. And the “fire” comes from a sense of urgency about how poorly things in Washington are going: with the budget, with the spending, with the deficit, and with the truth. He doesn’t seem sufficiently fired up to motivate the electorate or Congress.
The pudding on the mashed potatoes came with Romney’s recent arbitrary declaration that Obama is eligible to be president. This comes despite that lack of a birth certificate, the doubts of 40% of the US population that Obama is a US citizen, and the fact of millions having been spent to keep his early years records sealed.
And who, really, was impressed with Romney’s recent performance in announcing his “exploratory committee?” I certainly was not.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, does exhibit the fire – a palpable outrage about not only the state of the union, but also the gross absence of candor relating to Obama’s birth and eligibility to be our president. Trump mirrors an outrage felt by a growing number of Americans. And his portrayal has gained traction among Republicans.
Yes, there is a lot more to learn about Trump’s sincerity, substance, and conservatism. And God help us if he runs as an independent, because we will witness another Ross Perot moment that elected Clinton.
But for now, he has energized the right and presents a promising option, who, compared to Romney, demonstrates a motivational connection with the American people.
UPDATE 4/15/11: But with BS like this from Trump ya’ gotta wonder about his sincerity (from NY1):
While he had harsh words for the outgoing president, he had a much different opinion of President-elect Barack Obama.
"I think he has a chance to go down as a great president. Now, if he's not a great president, this country is in serious trouble," said Trump.
"I think [Obama's] going to lead through consensus," continued Trump. "It's not going to be just a bull run like Bush did. He just did whatever the hell he wanted. He'd go into a country, attack Iraq, which had nothing to do with the World Trade Center and just do it because he wanted to do it."
Arrrgh!! From this statement would you guess Trump is:
- Creating a “set-up” to knock him down, e.g. “…he has a chance…”
- Wishful-thinking about Obama
- Waffling about Obama
- Really ignorant about what is going on with Obama
- Liking Obama
- Acting like a typical politician that we don’t need.