Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The REAL Romney comes out

From Conservative Superiority Blog

"Mitt Romney, You fooled me once, you will not fool me again!"

If this was an isolated incident of overlooking someone’s past, then perhaps I could be more understanding, but it is not.

Let me introduce those who are unfamiliar with him to Robert Lichfield. Lichfield is the Utah finance chair for the Romney campaign. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 133 plaintiffs have alleged that Robert Lichfield, co-chairman of Romney’s Utah finance committee owned or operated residential boarding schools for troubled teenagers where students were “subjected to physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.”

In fact, according to Reason magazine:

133 plaintiffs filed a civil suit against Romney’s Utah finance co-chair, Robert Lichfield, and his various business entities involved in residential treatment programs for adolescents. The umbrella group for his organization is the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS, sometimes known as WWASP) and Lichfield is its founder and is on its board of directors

And if that is not enough for you, let me introduce you to former ambassador Mel Sembler, the Romney campaign’s national finance co-chair, from the same link:

But the link to teen abuse goes far higher up in the Romney campaign.

Romney’s national finance co-chair is a man named Mel Sembler. A long time friend of the Bushes, Sembler was campaign finance chair for the Republican party during the first election of George W. Bush, and a major fundraiser for his father.According to the L.A. Times, California investigators said that at Straight teens were “subjected to unusual punishment, infliction of pain, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse… and interference with daily living functions such as eating, sleeping and toileting.”

It appears, to my eyes, that Mr. Romney is willing to name people with shady pasts to his campaign team. This leads me to two possible explanations. My first conclusion is that Romney is an incompetent judge of character. Remember, these are not just supporters whose actions should have no reflection on him. These are people that he named to personally represent him. This theory does not hold up under scrutiny though. Romney is running as the CEO whose accomplishments in the business world are near legendary. It reminds me of why I am not a fan of CEO candidates. Executives in the business world who reach the status of a Mitt Romney get there by ruthless, win at any cost type of tactics. They don’t make these types of mistakes repeatedly, which leads me to my second conclusion.

Romney, the CEO, is a stop at nothing to win candidate. To this type of nominee, winning is the only thing, whether it is making the sale or getting elected to office. They change their persona to fit their potential buyer’s preference. They are politically amoral. They are able to distance themselves from their personal feelings, so long as they win. Of course, to run the country one has to be able to make tough decisions that can cause pain to a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean using as long as they fit your need.

Romney is the type that gave us Mel Martinez, Trent Lott and the Immigration debacle (ans a border that is still porous), Larry Craig and his bathroom incident, and Ted Kennedy and his "hereditary" Senate seat. We do not need, nor do we want more of that sort.

Mitt, sorry, but you are not what I thought after originally being one of your backers; but you are what I figured out after learning more:

Romney, to me, is an opportunist, a fake, and a say-anything phony.

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