Been trying to avoid the RNC as much as possible, but I can’t help noticing that the Romney camp is anxious that their candidate is coming across as a bit of a stiff on the TV. The other night I caught a clip of Mitt’s wife assuring us that one of his defining characteristics is his sense of humor. I’m sure he’s a riot in person, but something tells me the “who would you rather have a beer with” contest has already gone to Obama. Ol’ Mitty is the Republicans’ answer to John Kerry.
In that vein, this morning I caught some conservative talk radio host bemoaning this whole emphasis on personality. He said (paraphrasing), “What’s it matter if Romney is wooden. The only thing that should matter is whether he’s competent for the job. We’ve seen what Obama’s done. He’s destroyed America…” This was followed by some guttural noises and gnashing of teeth, then the signal went dead.
I guess you go to “competence” when you know you have a dud on your hands, because of all the meaningless ideas crapped out during these ridiculous campaigns, the notion that we’re looking for a “competent leader” or “the most qualified candidate” has got to be the worst. The president’s job is to do things like sign the checks when Wall Street comes asking for a bailout and order the troops to invade or bomb whatever country is next on the foreign policy establishment’s list of intolerable threats to freedom. He doesn’t need to be competent. He just has to be compliant.