As the Clay Bennett cartoon above indicates, the graduation season is upon us. As the sentiment expressed on the card indicates, in politics, stupidity is always in season. The Santorum "What a snob" remark, bizarre as it was, is old news. This week we have Mitt Romney taking credit for the recovery of the auto industry, most of the sentiments expressed in his November 18, 2008, anti-bailout "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"op-ed piece in the New York Times notwithstanding. I don't remember Mr. Romney doing much of anything after that, one way or another. Whatever the auto bailout ultimately looked like (and it looked a lot different than the solution described in the four sentences devoted to that subject in the op-ed), Mitt Romney had little, if anything to do with it. Mr. Romney's "I'll take a lot of credit for the auto industry revival", is a remark breath-taking in its arrogance, its ignorance, its condescension, its stupidity and on and on. It is a statement that should make even his staunchest supporters wince.
On a related note, I am reminded of a friend of my son, who, in 2008, who wore the same lucky underwear throughout the Stanley Cup play-offs, (four rounds), to support the Detroit Red Wings. He took a lot of the credit for the Red Wings eventual championship that year. However, Nick's underwear selection had about as effect on the winning of the Stanley Cup as Mitt's op-ed has had on the auto industry recovery.
Fortunately for Mitt, voters may forget this particular gaffe, lost as it may become among the "endorsements" that will come from Mitt's former Republican rivals. I look forward to seeing how Mr. Santorum explains his support of Mitt, in the face of his March 25, 2012 statement, depicted in the Steve Benson cartoon below: "Romney is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama." How will Rick Perry turn around his "vulture capitalist" moniker for Mitt. "He may be a vulture, but he's a capitalist vulture by God." From this it is but a short step to: "I know I said Romney was a nit wit, but he's our nit wit."
It is inevitable that a hard fought primary campaign will provide great material for any incumbent, but I can't remember an campaign quite like what the Republicans have put together. Let the good times roll.
For the past few months, I haven't posted much on this site. Most of my blogging has been to the www.bishopgallagher.org site, dedicated to the preservation of Detroit area Catholic school heritage. But, there remains much to do at www.attorneybutler.net. Stupidity continues to reign, at times, in the state's halls of justice. Some lawyers have been behaving badly. And there is the continuing crusade to stamp out frivolous advertising (tongue in cheek alert).
Back to work.