I have only recently come to appreciate what an utterly perfect candidate Mitt Romney is for the Republican Party.
Born to riches, he acquired gobs more money over his lifetime, not by creating something that people needed, or performing some worthwhile service, but by using money to make money in ways that are mysterious to mere laymen. He was called a “vulture capitalist” and a “vampire capitalist” by his Republican adversaries (now allies). He ruthlessly exploited vulnerable companies with the sole goal of making more money.
Yet he combines this merciless venality with a squeaky clean, über Mormon lifestyle. And movie star presidential looks. And an apparent lack of core convictions.
Far from sharing the proverbial beer with Mitt, one cannot imagine sharing a cup of coffee with him. A piece of white bread and a glass of milk, maybe.
Somehow he seems the very incarnation of the GOP: bourgeois morality cloaking a single-minded greed. Throw in his obliviousness to the plight of the poor (he says he doesn’t worry about them, remember?) and to workers, his hostility to labor unions and his hawkishness on foreign policy and you have the very embodiment of the Republican Party.
Really, the Perfect Candidate. He would be the richest, whitest president ever, and that is saying something.