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May 2012

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Is Mitt Romney His Father’s Son?

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Written By: Rik Sault


On Tuesday, George W. Bush offered his first endorsement of Mitt Romney, albeit offhandedly. After GW finished a speech on human rights in DC, the doors of an elevator were just about to close on him when he told a reporter, “I’m for Mitt Romney.” Romney got the formal backing of GW’s parents – George H.W. and Barbara – in March.

Mitt and Bush-the-younger exemplify how presidential aspirations sometimes run in the family. Mitt’s father, George Romney, had a storied political career, including a failed bid for the presidency. It has been said that Mitt grew up stumping in his father’s campaigns, and that he truly idolized his dad. Mitt himself has even said that he is his father’s son.

In some ways, their biographies are similar. Father and son both became successful business executives, earning millions, before committing themselves to running for office. George Romney headed Detroit’s American Motors Corporation from 1954 until 1962, during which time the company’s stock rose from $7 to $90 per share. He then became a two-term Republican Governor of Michigan, breaking a 14-year Democratic streak in that office, and eventually put in a bid for the presidency in 1968. Of course, Mitt’s claim to fame is that he spent many years at Bain Capital – whatever that is – before beginning his various forays into the political arena.

But their business records, and views on business, diverge on some points. George was described as a “a folk hero of the American auto industry,” and came to criticize what he saw as the twin evils of “big labor” in the Democratic Party and “big business” in the Republican Party. But Mitt eschewed the bailout of Detroit’s carmakers and, although he is no friend of unions, he seems to be a shining champion of big business. While head of AMC, George and other executives reduced their salaries by up to 35% and whenever he felt his own salary and bonus was too high in a given year, he gave the excess back to the company. As for Mitt, how long did we have to wait for his tax returns?

There may be differences, too, with respect to each man’s motivations and sense of self. At first blush it seems that George meant what he said and said what he meant; he entered politics guided by his own clear worldview. George, regarded by the GOP as self-righteous, was encouraged to run for president because of his views. He was a moderate Republican and he was favored as a counterpoint to the vexingly conservative Barry Goldwater. In 1964, George decided against running for president, partly because he promised the people of Michigan that he would stay on as their governor. When Goldwater became the Republican nominee, George did not hesitate to express his differences of opinion with the hyper-conservative (for example, George strongly disagreed with Goldwater’s antiquated disdain for the civil rights movement). During his gubernatorial campaign, if the press asked whether he was a Goldwater supporter, he would tell them, “You know darn well I’m not!”

Mitt, however, seems to adopt whichever views are best to win the race he happens to be in, including adopting the conservative GOP party line when it suits him. He draws constant criticism for being inauthentic, a notorious flip-flopper who changes his views at the drop of a dime. As pundits on both sides are quick to point, Mitt was a moderate as governor of Massachussetts (one term), but in the past year he had no qualms hiding those views under the couch so that he could puff out his chest as a “true conservative.” While pleasing most of the people most of the time may be a great skill for a business leader, when it comes to politics I really don’t see how Mitt supporters can abide by his lack of conviction on big issues – like abortion, for instance, or Obamacare (he may be aptly credited with inventing that one himself, in Massachusetts).

Mitt is not only a flip-flopper on his political views, but also on his political goals. After he left Bain in 1999, he considered the Senate or the governorship in either Utah or Massachusetts. One Romney aide offered this observation, “(Mitt) wanted to be governor. Whether it was governor of Massachusetts or Utah or Oklahoma, he didn’t much care. It was about winnability.”

Well, in any event, there is no question that he wants to be president. He is trying really hard, and spending an unfathomable amount of money. He has already gotten farther than his Dad did. Saying the right thing at the right time is a skill, I suppose. Although Mitt has had some gaffes, so far he has proved better at it than George, whose pursuit of the presidency ended quickly amid jeers at his claim that he was brainwashed by U.S. generals into supporting the Vietnam War.

Saturday

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May 2012

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Tabloid Gossip Roundup — Links & Things

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  • Russell Brand still loves Katy Perry (yeah, sure). Us Magazine
  • Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai didn’t lose her baby weight fast enough. Zap2It
  • Rachel Uchitel (A.K.A Tiger Woods‘ ex-mistress), gave birth. Rumor Fix
  • Lindsay Lohan bought a very expensive house. She’s also dating a really unattractive, rich man. Crazy Days and Nights
  • Joey Lawrence is a stripper. TMZ
  • Kirsten Dunst is dating one of my many man-crushes. Just Jared
  • Mena Suvari & her ex-husband reached a divorce settlement. Yahoo!
  • Linda Hogan broke up with her very young boyfriend. OTRC
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy is cheating on me. Wonderwall
  • NBC banned Howard Stern from Conan O’Brien’s last show. SternFanNetwork

 

 

 

Friday

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May 2012

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Conan Joins Letterman for Leno Bashing Session — Hilarity Ensues

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I love David Letterman, and I love Conan. So I was pleased to see the two titans join each other for a Jay Leno bashing session. Amongst the gems is the clip below, in which Letterman explains his joy in watching the Conan/Leno late-night debacle, explaining that he’s known Jay since his days in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store, and although he was the comedian everyone wanted to be, he was a “bit of a brat.” Leno explained that when the network infighting began, he thought, “Oh yes . . . this is the Jay I know.” And despite Conan’s misfortune during that sequence of events, Letterman refers to it as “the golden age of television.”

Friday

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May 2012

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Grey’s Anatomy Finale — Owen Fires Teddy

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The acting on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is the best I’ve ever seen on television. Series creator Shonda Rimes resurrected it from the dead, and then effectively duplicated the quality of the first two seasons. It’s a task I’m not sure any other series has executed. Watch below to see Owen fire Teddy. As an aside, I really hope Kim Raver gets her own series. I loved her on ‘Lipstick Jungle’, and I loved her on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

Friday

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May 2012

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Quote of the Day: Is “Mr. Jones” Adam Duritz’s Pen*s?

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“I rarely go for hidden meanings. I’m not writing riddles. Mr. Jones is not my dick. He’s a guy named Martin Jones.” Adam Duritz, on the identity of Mr. Jones, in response to a fan inquiry about whether he’s actually Duritz’s penis. Listen to the song below while imagining that it is in fact Duritz’s penis. I’m convinced it adds some extra enjoyment.

Thursday

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May 2012

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Billy Bob Thornton on Angelina Jolie: “I Was Insecure”

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My mother always told me that couples who constantly publicize their love are doomed to fail. I didn’t understand it when I was younger, but I get it now. If you feel the need to scream about your love from a rooftop — you probably feel as if you have something to prove. And the problem is — you’ll never prove it. That was the case with Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, who always used public forums to declare their affection. Jolie once vaguely said in an interview that when you’re with someone that needs something like that, you do it because you love them. It’s now become clear what she meant. In a recent interview, Thornton confessed that he blew the marriage because he felt he didn’t deserve her. Watch below.
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Thursday

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May 2012

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Brad Womack on Emily Maynard — “I Dodged a Bullet”

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Brad Womack was very close to staying classy while discussing his ex, Emily Maynard. When asked about Emily during an interview to promote the opening of his new bar, he called her, “One hell of a woman,” and then followed that up with, “I dodged a bullet with that relationship.” I’m not sure what that means — but my male-bulls*t-calculator thinks that it means he was constantly miserable, and he’s glad it’s over. Emily responded to his comment on Twitter, saying, “I’m sure they accidentally cut off the part where he said it was a diamond encrusted bullet.” At least someone can stay classy. Good work, Emily.

Thursday

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May 2012

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Grey’s Anatomy Plane Crash Spoiler — Watch the First Seven Minutes

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I’m not sure when Grey’s Anatomy became Lost, or how Shonda Rimes could dream up another catastrophe, but she’s done it again. As if a bomb in the hospital wasn’t enough? Watch the first seven minutes of tonight’s show below. Apparently one person dies — and if I had to place a bet — I’d put my money on Lexie. But that’s just me.

Thursday

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May 2012

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Thursday

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May 2012

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John Legend Insults Britney Spears & Demi Lovato — How Dare He?!

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Though I try to avoid throwing daggers at celebrities, I’ll make an exception for John Legend — who deserves it. When asked for his thoughts on Britney Spears and Demi Lovato judging X Factor, Legend said, “It’s interesting when people are judging singing competitions when they aren’t really singers.” Here’s my message to John Legend — at least Britney is interesting to watch. I’ve seen Legend in concert, and I missed most of the show because his music put me to sleep.
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