Am I crazy? Am I the only one? For some reason lately I’ve been getting this nagging feeling that Romney doesn’t really want to even be president anymore. I remember watching him in 2008 campaigning, and such, and he seemed like he genuinely wanted to be president and had some decent ideas and motivations for wanting to lead the country.
Now, everything I hear him say, or read about him, he looks uncomfortable, unhappy, and just flat-out uninterested in being president. I almost wonder if he is actively sabotaging his own campaign sometimes, just as much as is tolerable. When you have very conservative columnists calling you out on stupid things you are doing in your campaign, you know you aren’t doing a very good job campaigning.
I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy. But I feel like Romney is just kind of going through the motions these days, and is probably secretly hoping to lose (not too badly, doesn’t want to be an embarrassment in the footnotes of history), and then be able to become a commentator or contributor somewhere for millions, cashing in on his prominence a la Sarah Palin.
And if Romney really did end up becoming president, I don’t see how he would be happy. Despite how much he promised he has turned around and seen the light on social conservative issues, and tea party issues, etc, I don’t think he honestly believes any of it. He panders because he has to, he is expected to pander (again, doesn’t want to be a complete embarrassment to history, that’s his ego). So if he did manage to become POTUS, he’d again just be expected to be a sort of rubber stamp president, going along with whatever the super conservative congress want him to do. I don’t think he’d have any political capital whatsoever upon being elected… and what personal issues are important enough to him that he would even want to push as president? Is there anything that he really, truly stands for?
He was happy and proud of his healthcare achievement in Massachusetts, and rightly so. I think he’d be happy if the whole country could follow that model. Of course he can’t honestly say that. And he can’t fight for it as president, if he makes it that far. The only other thing he really seems to care about is tax cuts… and, there you go.
I believe that Bush really had a vision and dream for America, and wanted to be president, and pushed for it and such. He had ideas, he had goals, and he used his political capital to push for things he wanted. He certainly wasn’t a great president, but at least, to me, it seemed obvious he really wanted the job.
I especially feel that McCain really wanted it at first too, had some strong passion to lead the country and implement his vision. I think he started to lose it, and lose the passion, when the tea party came up, and especially when he got booed by that crowd after he told that old woman that she didn’t need to be scared of Obama and arabs, or whatever.
Same with Kerry. Somewhat with Gore too. He wasn’t as passionate outwardly about it but I got the feeling in 2000 he really had some strong, innovative ideas for the country. I’m still young so I don’t remember or know much about any of the other presidential candidates.
So what do you think? Is Romney’s heart still in it (or was it ever)? Does he have some strong impetus for wanting to be president? Or is he just hoping to fade away gracefully and cash in on his name recognition with a book deal and some sort of pundit job?