Making It Up As He Goes Along

Much has been written here about just why exactly Willard McRomneyCare Mittens is nothing even resembling a conservative, no matter how much the Establishment Cocktail Party tries to convince us that he is, really, deep down, just give him a chance, any day now, got to elect him president so we can see what’s in him…

Blech.

However, DrewM sums up perfectly why Mittens is a disastrous candidate and, in His Imperial Majesty’s opinion, would never win a general election if he, heaven forbid, were to end up the nominee:

Every candidate gets messaging advice but as we learned with the whole “I don’t worry about the poor” fiasco, Romney’s instincts simply aren’t conservative. He really doesn’t have a default ideology that he can fall back on when new things come up. He simply tries to run through his mental lists of “messages” and tries to pick the right one. Sometimes he’s right but often…not so much. [Emphasis added]

And his instincts aren’t conservative because he is not a conservative. Never has been. And that will doom him in a general election campaign even worse than it’s giving him trouble in the primaries.

Nobody can possibly think up every question that could ever be thrown at them and, therefore, nobody can ever collect a complete set of flash cards with the correct answer to every conceivable question. It simply can’t be done.

But if you’re a conservative (or whatever other ideology you’re running for, assuming that you really are what you claim to be), that doesn’t matter. Because you have your core principles to fall back on, and those core principles, even if you’ve never heard the question before, will guide you to the right answer, “the right answer” being the answer that matches with your ideology.

It’s like math, really and yes, somebody may have told you there would be no math on the Rott, so we’ll keep it simple: You don’t have to memorize every single bloody mathematical formula ever written to be a great mathematician, we’re not even sure that that’s possible, you just have to have a firm grasp of the basics. Armed with that, you can deduce, logically, all of the rest. It all follows.

It’s the same with core principles. If you have them, finding the answer that fits them is no big problem and you will always come up with an answer that, although maybe not always popular, will always be consistent with your principles and what you’re marketing yourself as. And that’s important if you want to convince people to take you seriously enough to vote for you. If you’re obviously faking it on a bunch of questions (and yes, the average human being has a very good bullshit detector even though they may not be aware of it), how can anybody believe that you aren’t on the other questions that mattered to them where you came up with an acceptable answer?

Personally, I’d much sooner vote for a consistent candidate who agreed with me most of the time even though he managed to piss me off a couple of times too than I’d ever vote for somebody where I couldn’t even be halfway sure that he meant it when he said what I wanted to hear because of his other inconsistencies.

The best an obvious fake like Mittens can hope for is that his inconsistency and untrustworthiness doesn’t piss off potential voters enough that they’ll vote against him, and it’s a pretty pathetic candidate whose best case scenario is voters refusing to vote at all.

Thatisall.

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angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster
February 18, 2012 15:51

It gets worse for Mittens. He’s lost the dog vote. :em05:

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
February 18, 2012 17:11

And his instincts aren’t conservative because he is not a conservative.

The problem is, I could say the same for Newt. The difference is that it is more disappointing with Newt because he’s better at sounding conservative…at least until he gets to the heart of things and starts making government the solution to every problem…

LC Jackboot IC/A
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LC Jackboot IC/A
February 18, 2012 18:56

You don’t have to memorize every single bloody mathematical formula ever written to be a great mathematician Indeed, that statement is attributed to none other than Albert Einstein, who when questioned by an assistant when asked for formula. Einstein knew his theory, and where he was ultimately going and quite capable of deciding if a formula worked or not, to… Read more »

Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
February 18, 2012 20:43

LC Jackboot IC/A says: Romney does NOT have a handle on his core principles I see it slightly different. Romney is completely true to his one and only principle, he really wants to be President. He is willing to say anything, prostitute himself in any way to achieve that goal. He is more of a politician than even Obama, who… Read more »

VonZorch Imperial Researcher
VonZorch Imperial Researcher
February 18, 2012 20:52

And Mittens may be losing Maine :em05:
The major bummer in all this is that Ron Paul is actually the candidate that best represents me, but because of his idiocy on foreign affairs, I can’t support him.

Southern Libertarian
Southern Libertarian
February 18, 2012 21:00

VonZorch Imperial Researcher says: And Mittens may be losing Maine The major bummer in all this is that Ron Paul is actually the candidate that best represents me, but because of his idiocy on foreign affairs, I can’t support him. Tell me about it. When I supported him I tried the best I could to try to convince myself that… Read more »

redc1c4
redc1c4
February 19, 2012 05:15

LC Jackboot IC/A says:

Romney does NOT have a handle on his core principles

you can’t have a handle on something that doesn’t exist….

just sayin’

LC Proud Infidel
LC Proud Infidel
February 19, 2012 05:49

According to what I read on Drudge last night, Sen. Santorum has climbed to the top. I didn’t support him earlier, but he IS one I’ll gladly get behind. Prince Preppy Mittens DOES NOT unite or motivate the Conservative base, if he did, he’d be WAY out in front by now. The esatblishment insiders want us to have a milquetoast… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
February 19, 2012 07:56

Santorum will do. As said before, ABO is principle, ABR runs a close second.

LC FX Phillips
LC FX Phillips
February 19, 2012 10:21

The Emperor says @#10 When I say “too preachy” about Santorum, by the way, I’m not saying “he’s saying stuff that I vehemently disagree with”, but “he’s saying stuff that is pretty much irrelevant to a President since he has no power over these issues anyway and all it does is scare some people who’d otherwise be in perfect agreement… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster
February 19, 2012 11:39

What presidential candidate will say this is the reason to vote for him/her: My first act as President of the United States will to be shot. That’s right, SHOT. With a high-powered assault rifle. Immediately after taking the oath of office, I will be escorted about twenty yards away and be shot publicly in a non-lethal area of my body… Read more »

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
February 19, 2012 11:45

He’s also right when he says that contraception and abortion hasn’t done anything good for us, LEAST of all women. Making sex a readily available commodity because there are no strings attached anymore, no pesky babies that might pop up and land you with responsibility for your own actions, all of the rewards and none of the risks, get the… Read more »

Southern Libertarian
Southern Libertarian
February 19, 2012 12:36

angrywebmaster @ #13: Damn. That is a tough decision to make. The only personal experience I have that even closely compares is when I caught some shrapnel to my foot in 2003 and it was only a minor wound but it still hurt like a son of a bitch. Also, as a medic I have seen alot of people who… Read more »

February 19, 2012 13:34

Emperor Misha I says:

Santorum is absolutely right when he says that gambling is bad for you. It is. It never made anybody happy,

Emperor Misha I recently posted..Making It Up As He Goes Along

You either never gambled or you never gambled well. I had Portland and gave the points last night, it made me very happy.

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster
February 19, 2012 14:17

Southern Libertarian @ #:

Bottom line, don’t do it.

I’m not running for president so I certainly won’t be doing it. Of course, I think shooting a few Politicians in the foot might make them more reflective on the decisions they make. :em03:

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
February 19, 2012 15:27

Ohai, Duke.

You get that pinpoint citation for me yet?

February 19, 2012 15:51

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere says:

Ohai, Duke.
You get that pinpoint citation for me yet?

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere recently posted..…Meanwhile, At The Local Level…

Yeah,
494 U.S. 872, at Go Fuck Yourself.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
February 19, 2012 18:59

The best an obvious fake like Mittens can hope for is that his inconsistency and untrustworthiness doesn’t piss off potential voters enough that they’ll vote against him, and it’s a pretty pathetic candidate whose best case scenario is voters refusing to vote at all. Too late. The primaries are VITAL, the only option IF Mittens gets the slot is O’Bullshit.… Read more »

LC Jackboot IC/A
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LC Jackboot IC/A
February 19, 2012 19:05

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere says:

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere

Hey Brudda, How abouts dropping me a line to the gmail account. We need to get caught up a LOT.

My bad, very BAD.

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
February 19, 2012 19:17

Hey Brudda, How abouts dropping me a line to the gmail account. We need to get caught up a LOT.

My bad, very BAD.

No worries, my brotha from a different mutha, although you’re more than likely to find me on Facechimp these days. So many opportunities for interesting discussions there these days.

February 19, 2012 19:20

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere says: Yeah, I’m sure management can figure out a way to brassard your ID so that those of us who have been on walkabout for a while can know that there is no need to treat you as a serious player. As for my mistaking you as such, my mistake. Continue swirling the bowl. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere… Read more »

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere
February 19, 2012 19:46

*yawn*

Very clever. Now run along and ask Mommy for a cookie. The adults are talking.

LC FX Phillips
LC FX Phillips
February 20, 2012 05:47

Emperor Misha I @ #: I understand that. However the inference that can be made from such observations is that you should not display such core convictions for fear of scaring off those oh brilliant, sanctified and sensitive independents and moderates. I think instead of wringing our hands about these shrinking violets and their aversion to the truth we better… Read more »

Mark12A
Mark12A
February 20, 2012 08:55

I wonder how many people think we ought to just let the whole thing swirl down the bowl and start over again.

Oh, yeah…Angry Webmaster…I’ve got my rifle all prepped; now all I have to do is find my glasses. Let me know.

BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
February 20, 2012 10:20

Mark12A says:

I wonder how many people think we ought to just let the whole thing swirl down the bowl and start over again.

Here’s one.

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 20, 2012 10:30
LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 20, 2012 10:30

Worth even

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 20, 2012 11:34

Mark12A says: I wonder how many people think we ought to just let the whole thing swirl down the bowl and start over again. Oh, yeah…Angry Webmaster…I’ve got my rifle all prepped; now all I have to do is find my glasses. Let me know. This is going to be the most vile, negative, and possibly VIOLENT election in America’s… Read more »

February 20, 2012 11:44

Just returned from the Kar Kare store here in town, out of gas stabilizer, again,….seems to have been an increase in sales lately. He will have some tomorrow, and I will be there. Two five gallon jerry cans should be delivered to my home tomorrow…… We’ve been called some dumb hick little town by some of the elite types…., but… Read more »

Mark12A
Mark12A
February 20, 2012 13:25

Hey Gladiator…I was really just screwing with Angry Webmaster…with the comment about the glasses and all. During the course of my life, I’ve only shot people who desperately deserved to be shot, or it seemed at the time. But I have to grudgingly agree with you…no matter who wins, there’s going to be, um, TURMOIL in the streets. If Il… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster
February 21, 2012 04:54

Mark12A @ #: Hey Gladiator…I was really just screwing with Angry Webmaster…with the comment about the glasses and all. During the course of my life, I’ve only shot people who desperately deserved to be shot, or it seemed at the time. I didn’t take any offense. As I said, I’M not running for office. And now for something completely off… Read more »

Igor, Imperial Booby
Igor, Imperial Booby
February 22, 2012 12:59

angrywebmaster @ #35:
I don’t see nuttin’ wrong…
I’ve seen a heckuva lot worse! (Hint: got to People of Wal-Mart…)
:em06: