He's Gordon Gekko, but a new and improved version, with better PR – and a bigger goal.
A takeover artist all his life, Romney is now trying to take over America itself.
he great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the aisle, has always been that he doesn't stand for anything. He's closer to being a revolutionary, a backward-world version of Che or Trotsky, with tweezed nostrils instead of a beard, a half-Windsor instead of a leather jerkin.
It's almost enough to make you think he really is qualified for the White House."Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party," Romney told frenzied Republican supporters in Norfolk, Virginia, standing before the reliably jingoistic backdrop of a floating warship."He understands the fiscal challenges facing America: our exploding deficits and crushing debt." Debt, debt, debt.In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.By making debt the centerpiece of his campaign, Romney was making a calculated bluff of historic dimensions – placing a massive all-in bet on the rank incompetence of the American press corps.
The unlikeliness of Romney's gambit isn't simply a reflection of his own artlessly unapologetic mindset – it stands as an emblem for the resiliency of the entire sociopathic Wall Street set he represents.