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Chan Lowe: Mitt Romney, the Wild One


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I wouldn’t want to be in Mitt Romney’s shoes right now. The punditocracy is pushing the conventional wisdom that, despite having an empty account in the personality bank, all Romney needs to do is trumpet his business experience and sit tight while the economy continues to tank. No amount of Obamic charisma and charm will be able to save a president who can’t deliver the goods. In frustration, we will even turn to a stiff like Romney to save us. At least, that’s the theory.

Neither the chatterers nor Romney appear to have thought this thing through. Since he’s offering little or nothing in the way of specific solutions to our economic problems, what remains is a strategy that consists of betting on the president to fail. Unfortunately, if Obama fails it means the country has failed as well. This puts Romney in the uncomfortable position of cheering for higher (or at least, sustained) unemployment and deepening misery.


His campaign and legitimacy evaporate with our recovery, so if the jobless figures start to fall, he will be the last to join in the celebration. It reminds me of an ancient time, five or so years ago, when Americans still remembered we were fighting a war in Iraq. Since it was a major campaign issue, we were treated to Republicans accusing Democrats of wishing the war to go badly for their own partisan advancement.

Romney, from what I can tell, is a decent guy. I’m sure that, as a patriotic American, he wants things to improve for his country. For Romney the candidate, it isn’t quite so simple.

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Wasn't touting business expertise what got Governor Voldemort elected? (That and democrats being brilliant enough to pick a banker as his opponent at a time when bankers had just tanked the world economy - heck all Rick did was steal a few hundred million).


Can there be a bigger coward than Chan Lowe? This incredible weasel, runs anyone and everyone into the ground that doesn't agree with his twisted ideology. Now that, my friends, is a pipsqueak of monumental proportions!


Not sure I like Romney as much this time around, have to wait and see. But will he stick around long enough for us to find out what he plans on doing as President??????? I don't care about his "charisma" or "good looks". And don't tell me whats wrong with the country, I already know whats wrong. I want to know how you plan on fixing it and what you are going to do about cleaning up Washington too!


Earth to Chan, Obama is going to have to run on his record .Despair (HOPE)and no jobs (CHANGE) will do in this fraud.


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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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