In the campaign Mitt Romney has displayed a stunning lack of empathy and a cruel streak – saying he likes to fire people who work for him; referring to his wife’s “couple of Cadillacs”; celebrating the financial distress of a political opponent; and having good friends who are sports team owners – now it turns up that he is also a bully. As a senior at the Cranbrook School, he attacked a junior student, John Laubner. Laubner, who was already being ridiculed for his non-conformity and homosexuality, returned from spring-break with long bleached hair. Romney was so incensed that he organized a gang of students to hold Laubner while he hacked off his hair.
Rush Limbaugh thinks that the President, in announcing that he supports gay marriage, is launching an attack on traditional marriage. Rush should know about traditional marriage – he has tried it four times. Of course, Limbaugh ignores that the idealized traditional marriage is “until death do us part”.
The Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative gay group, derided the President’s support for gay marriage, saying “this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch”. Do they really believe that if Mitt Romney wins the presidency that they will be better off? And as for gay North Carolinians, they can thank their neighbours for the ban on their marriages – not the President.
The Tea Party is still a force in Republican politics. In Indiana 6-term Senator Richard Lugar lost to Tea Party candidate, Richard Mourdock, in a landslide. Mourdock’s previous political career was undistinguished, losing three times in House races, once in a run for Secretary of State and even in a contest for Vanderburg County Council. However, he has been elected state Treasurer twice. But his appeal to the Tea Party is his approach to bi-partisanship. As he says of it: “I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.”