Romney’s Victory Speech is Hollow Mockery
Last night Mitt Romney pretty much sewed up the Republican nomination by sweeping the primaries in four states, and his most formidable challengers have left the field. With only two deluded old fools – Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich – attempting to block his path, and Newt just announced he is retiring from the race next Tuesday, Mitt is a shoo in. Assuming the mantle of Republican standard bearer, Romney presented a victory speech that gave us a glimpse of what he stands for…and as the writer Gertrude Stein once said: “There was no there there.”
The speech was stiff and rang hollow; it was a burlesque on a serious statement of vision for a nation facing monumental issues. After an introduction by his smiling blond Stepford wife, who thanked the audience for supporting “us,” Mitt the Stiff began his speech by enumerating a series of economic disasters that are consequences of the Republican destruction of our economy, and vainly attempted to hang the blame on President Obama, who actually saved the nation from a deep depression and turned things around.
Looking out on his adoring audience of New Hampshire airheads courting heartbreak – because win or lose it will be crying time – the Mittster said “I have a simple message.” And as he began to speak it was clear that he misspoke; he should have said simple minded.
Although a confederation of well-paid white male pundits are praising the speech as the best ever from Mitt, it was like saying Spider Man is better looking than Freddie Kruger. The Mittster’s monologue was characterized by vague promises, name calling, uninspired empty rhetoric and myriad absurdities.
It was all smoke and mirrors that attempted to confuse shadows with substance. His language reminded me of the “New Speak” George Orwell introduced in his classic novel 1984. Orwell tells us “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.”
It was as if Mitt used this as the model for his monologue, which was innocent of erudition or eloquence, and often perverted the meaning of words so that they appeared to be their opposite. Consider the following statement Mitt makes about President Obama: “he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.”
This is a perfect description of himself! Mitt’s campaign began with a television ad in which they took a clip of Barack quoting John McCain’s campaign manager in the last election, and edited it to look like a statement of the President’s position. This was a blatant amoral lie. Romney’s entire campaign is based on lies and distortions of the President’s record, and distractions, like the phony dust up over his wife.
Its quintessential Romney speak. The incoherent mutterings of a desperate man who has no substantive criticism of the President, and thus must rely on lies and distortions in an effort to so confuse people they will vote against their interest.
The most egregious perversion of language, and insult to his audience, is when he proclaimed “we’re not stupid” as he tries to convince them to cut their throats. Mittster the trickster could barely conceal his contempt for this howling untutored mob, who appeared to cheer on cue.
The New Hampshire Airheads Cheer Their Demise
Laughing on the way to the Graveyard?
Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
April 25, 2012