The PJ Tatler

Naive Mitt Romney Still Doesn't Get It: Obama Does Not Make Policy 'Mistakes'

Mitt Romney, once again, proves himself unfit to be a candidate for president of the United States. That’s not to say he wouldn’t be a good president. We’ll never know.

Never.

Barack Obama, on the other hand (the left hand), has shown himself to be an excellent candidate, but a disastrous president.

With apologies to DC Comics, Romney is BizarrObama. Perhaps it’s more faithful to the Bizarro World storyline to say that Obama is BizarrOmney.

On the surface, Romney’s poll numbers climb with each step of Obama’s descending popularity. Where Romney demonstrates towering competence, Obama’s executive effectiveness inhabits the abyss–he’s abysmal. Romney sees the Russian threat clearly, and stands against it. Obama sends Putin a shiny red “Reset” button which, when pressed, reboots Soviet territorial ambitions.

But it goes deeper than that. Romney inhabits a spherical planet on the opposite side of the sun from Obama’s cube, leading him to say things like this

I was not a big fan of the president’s policies, as you know, either domestically or internationally, but the results of his mistakes and errors, in my opinion, have been more severe than even I would have predicted.

The headline quote making the rounds is that Romney, at a West Virginia rally for GOP congressional candidates, said Obama is “a good deal worse than I ever expected.”

This can be explained only by positing the existence of Bizarro World, where everything is a flipped version of life on Earth. Otherwise, we’re left with the inexplicable scenario of a Romney who understands the darkness in the heart of Vlad the Impaler, but finds Barack Obama’s motives inscrutable.


Romney’s genteel locution that he’s not “a big fan of the president’s policies” constitutes a backhand where a punch to the bridge of the nose would be apropos. His attribution of those poisonous policies to “mistakes and errors” is naive approaching infantile.

President Obama does not make policy mistakes.

The 2012 election is over and, as he promised to Dmitry Medvedev, Obama has “more flexibility.” These were words of comfort which Dmitry intuitively understood and transmitted to Vladimir, who then waited and watched as the election-night returns rolled in. Putin has not been disappointed.

Obama’s first foreign speech, in Egypt, elevated a savage ideology and extended the hand of fellowship to people who sever hands, and heads. Now, ISIS rules an expanding caliphate in a U.S.-abandoned Iraq, Assad erases red lines with impunity, a U.S. major general and many others fall slain for a mission with no motive beyond a deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Israel shows itself out the servants’ entrance of the White House, stranded by President Scold.

Obama’s energy policy — a clusterdoggle of crony handouts and boot-on-the-neck regulations — is proceeding with effectiveness beyond Emperor Palpatine’s dreams.

Obamacare, which is Phase II of nationalized healthcare, has succeeded in forcing the responsible people to subsidize the others, in forcing companies to cancel policies and in forcing doctors into retirement. The clumsy roll-out looks like an error only if you posit goodwill on the part of the president. Barack Obama understands that freedom-loving Americans would not leap into universal, government-run, healthcare in a single bound.

First, cause the crisis, then offer the solution. Nothing goes to waste.

Democrats thrilled at the long-awaited rise of such a charismatic standard-bearer, but their ardor has cooled as even top Democrats find the man aloof, disengaged, and focused on his own leisure rather than on their perceived common cause. Their voter database and field force are now his. Organizing for Action (née Obama for America) can declare: “All your base are belong to us.”

President Obama does not make policy mistakes.

Any GOP presidential hopeful who fails to grasp this fundamental fact — gracious though he may be — is unworthy of the mantle of nominee.