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article imageOp-Ed: Looking Presidential enough for GOP?

By Sadiq Green     Oct 24, 2012 in Politics
At some point during Monday’s debate the Romney campaign panicked at the sight of their candidate taking a shellacking from President Obama, and frantically sought for the proper “spin” to camouflage what America – and the world was witnessing.
Immediately following the debate it was clear that the “talking points” had been distributed quickly as every Republican pundit on television, radio and over the Internet was claiming Mitt Romney passed the credibility test because he “looked presidential” while the President steamrolled him on the stage at Lynn University during the final presidential debate.
The idea that Mitt Romney is qualified to lead the nation because he looked “presidential” lowers the threshold for leadership and plays voters for chumps. It is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig and calling the animal beautiful. Republicans want to reduce the presidency to a beauty pageant and are trying to convince us that Mitt Romney is somehow qualified to sit in the Oval Office because he passed the personality portion of the pageant. The post-debate spin by the GOP is an implicit admission that their candidate is superficial and can only rely on appearance to make the case for his election to the highest office in the land and the most powerful in the world.
President George W. Bush walks across the tarmac with NFO Lt. Ryan Phillips to Navy One  an S-3B Vik...
President George W. Bush walks across the tarmac with NFO Lt. Ryan Phillips to Navy One, an S-3B Viking jet, at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego Thursday, May 1, 2003. Flying to the USS Abraham Lincoln, the President will address the nation and spend the night aboard ship.
Susan Sterner
This not the first time Republicans have engaged in “role play” in trying to convince the nation that they are credible leaders. Remember President George W. Bush’s stunt on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln when he tried to convince the nation that the war in Iraq had been won? Though the Navy ship was just off the coast of San Diego, Bush flew on a combat jet to the carrier to create the appearance of a warrior, the tough commander-in-chief coming to declare victory over the enemy. To top off that farce President Bush gave a thundering victory speech under a banner claiming “Mission Accomplished” hung across the aircraft carrier’s tower. This act of deception was complete with a camera angle that suggested the vessel was out at sea in a combat zone when a quick turn would have revealed the San Diego skyline.
Bush during his speech in the USS Abraham Lincoln  with banner at the background. May 01  2003
Bush during his speech in the USS Abraham Lincoln, with banner at the background. May 01, 2003
Susan Sterner
As much as Republicans like to crow about Hollywood and its liberal leanings, the party has perfected the art of political theater. Substance be damned, so long as the party can create the imagery of leadership it believes it can dupe an American electorate that is so dumbed down that it really believes folks like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are journalists. They could have put an Old Navy mannequin on that debate stage and Republicans would have declared their candidate looked strong and resolute.
Mitt Romney’s campaign has been a farce from the very beginning. This is a man who wants to be President but does not want to lead. His candidacy rests on the singular claim that he is qualified to serve because of his business background. There is no doubt that private sector experience is an asset but not the type that Mitt Romney brings to the table. His father, George Romney, the former governor of Michigan and presidential candidate, was a credible businessman because he led a company that actually produced a product and jobs. His son Mitt has engaged in the practice of corporate butchery, laying waste to companies, selling their parts and decimating workers, while producing nothing except profits for him and his Bain cohorts. That’s not business experience. It is greed and debauchery.
Americans must decide if they want someone who looks “presidential” or the real thing. If they fall for the logic that only appearances count we will suffer the consequences as a nation and lose whatever credibility we have left in the global community after the disastrous Bush years.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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