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Chan Lowe: Mitt Romney, in your face


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The cleverest description of Mitt Romney I’ve heard is that he reminds one of the villain in a Lifetime movie. It’s a little inaccurate, though, because for him to be a villain, he’d have to be interesting. For him to be in a television movie, he would have to be a successful actor, which he could not be with a voice that sounds like the computer-generated prompts in a corporate telephone menu.

I dwell on silly issues like these because they matter to people more than they would like to admit when it comes to voting for the person who will occupy their TV screens for the next four years. It’s like voting on a temporary member of the family who will be present when you’re sitting around the dinner table, getting ready for work, or feeding the dog. This person must wear easily.

Wearing easily will be Mitt Romney’s strength. He needs this strength because conviction, consistency, and dependability are not among ones he can claim. While his party remains indifferent and even hostile to him at the moment, he knows that his very lackluster qualities are what ultimately will endear him to GOP leaders. He does not irritate moderates, as Palin, Bachmann and Gingrich do. He is ruggedly “presidential-looking,” a term we cannot define, but which we know when we see it.

He tells people what they want to hear. This is both a blessing and a curse, for in today’s instant electronic world, what plays well with the right audience can easily be replayed by his opponents to the wrong one. He’ll have to be careful to sound mushily noncommittal and speak in meaningless platitudes, which⎯come to think of it⎯are two more of his strengths.

Wisely, Romney is amassing a fearsome war chest early in hopes of scaring off his adversaries. His final strength will rest in his being the only non-offensive candidate left standing after a long, grueling primary season. Grudgingly, and in desperation, the party will anoint him its single-combat warrior.

It will be a triumphant reaffirmation of the appeal of mediocrity.

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Romney is an empty suit?

and what is Obama? Romney has a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. he was a wildly successful businessman. he was governor. he ran the olympics VERY successfully. this is a guy w/ a fantastic track record, yet you dont think he stacks up against Obama?

Obama's business experience is apparent in GM. How many Volts have been sold? 1,800 nationwide?

Romney tells people what they want to hear?

how about no troops in Libya? 60 days in Libya? or just a few years ago Obama saying Jerusalem will not be divided...then his debacle speech about a contiguous Palestine yesterday prior to his smackdown from Netanyahu today?

watch Netanyahu speak in the oval office...if you wanna see an empty suit next to a master statesman...look at our president w/ his chin glued to his hand the whole time...he couldnt even reply. i guess someone forgot the teleprompter.


Get ready for the most vicious, most vile, most character assassinating presidential election in the history of US. Led of course by Obama's rear end kissing army, the lamesream media. Any prospect opposing the lamestream media's messiah will be vilified, brow beaten and marginalized. The republicans could run Ghandi or Mother Theresa against the empty suit in the white house and Chan Lowe and his ilk would paint them as baffoons or morally corrupt. In a normal world a president who presides over 10 percent unemployment, a housing market that continues to collapse, and says he would be happy with $7 per gallon gasoline wouldn't stand a chance.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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