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The 2012 Dave Awards: Person

While Time Magazine may be giving person of the year to President Barak Obama, we know they are only doing so because he won re-election. Let’s face it; if he had lost they would be giving the honor to Mitt Romney. For me, the person of the year is the one that no one could stop talking about or the person for whom the news revolved around. In this case, it’s not about winners and losers; it’s about the players of the game. That’s why this year’s award has to go to, “Mitt Romney—the actual Mitt Romney.” Romney really shaped the news, inadvertently most of the time, but really this election was about one thing—whether or not he could beat the president. The president, as an incumbent, really has to not fuck up. That’s the goal. Conservative or liberal, you kind of have to admit that he hasn’t really had any major fuckups that the public really cared about. Romney’s goal was much more difficult he had to attain the presidency even though he was already a loser; he lost the nomination in 2008 for the GOP, which never looks good. He also had to represent a party that was extremely more conservative than his record even came close to. That he did not succeed should not be a mark on him, he tried, it’s time to move on or back to Bain or wherever people like him go.

Anyway, Mitt Romney always had a relate-ability problem. He did more to expose the view of the ultra-rich toward everyone else than any Occupy protest (whatever happened to them?) or reporter ever could. In his infamous 47% speech, in which he explained that almost half of all Americans are on the dole without paying taxes of any kind it, he failed to understand that a majority of that group are not just people living the high life on other people’s taxes. That group included veterans, the elderly, and people who are really trying to get on their feet. It always seemed odd to me that his platform was about how bad the economy is and how much people are suffering and his solution to that was to take away the safety net, but I didn’t vote for him so it doesn’t really matter. The thing about the 47% speech is that I really think he believes that those people are just freeloaders, who unlike him don’t have the connections to just get a job. He’s like a skinny person telling a fat person to, “just don’t eat the doughnut if you’re not hungry.” The thin person just doesn’t get it.

When the right wing decided to back him (despite their desire for literally anyone else—including crazy people) they had to make sure that he would distance himself from his main opponent—past Mitt Romney. Romney’s problem was always that he was as distant and out of touch as John Kerry was eight years earlier but now he had to placate an increasingly dumber and more zealous base of the party, a strategy that I never understood since those people were never going not vote against Obama. Without putting a distance between past Romney, it made little sense for present Romney to campaign on a platform of repealing Obamas Healthcare reform act since it was modeled after a past-Romney’s successful program in Massachusetts. He was pro-choice and that doesn’t work with the present GOP, but for some reason they still nominated him. What he thought was funny no one else did, just ask Big Bird. There were very few times that he was able to gain momentum, but whenever he did so his second big opponent was there to steal the spotlight away from him.

His second biggest opponent was not the President, the Democrats, or whatever liberal conspiracy you might think is out there (and if you do think there exists one, I’m surprised you kept reading this far): no—his biggest opponent was the Republican Party. I’ve said it before, that if it wasn’t for the religious zealotry, the anti-education, anti-science, black and white ideology—I could be a Republican. I don’t like an intrusive government but they apparently want the law to govern what can and can’t happen in the bedroom, who can and can’t get married and a whole bunch of other issues that don’t have any impact on the general population. I want less spending to pay for government programs, only I want that to come out of the military spending. We don’t need a base in Japan anymore; I think China will be safe from them. We don’t need a new aircraft carrier, we don’t need…I’m getting off track.

Whenever Mitt decided to gain momentum, whether it was from a really good speech or a really good debate, one of his fellow Republicans would swoop in to steal the spotlight by explaining to a camera what the GOP’s base’s position was on a social issue. From Rush Limbaugh verbally attacking a private citizen, to being thankful because god willed that you got a rape baby, Romney couldn’t hold on to the good because he always had to comment on the bad. He had to explain that he wouldn’t have phrased Limbaugh’s comment the way he wanted it, but he could never really build on his own momentum. Trump tried to bring back the birther debate right around the time Romney killed the president in that first debate. What Romney ought to have done was publicly tell his party to shut up; at that point, he really was their only hope. It’s perhaps why; he could never explain the details of his secret plan for economic recovery, even though that plan had a fluctuating number of points. Or that his plan to cut spending seemed to include increasing military spending.

What the whole campaign showed was that if the GOP is going to survive, then ironically it needs to evolve. It needs to not like a party of wrinkly old white men who don’t let women in when it’s time discuss women’s reproductive rights. The biggest irony though: was that when all was said and done, Romney was the one with 47% of the vote.

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  1. D. E.
    December 31, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Over all a good article even though it contains a couple errors.

    • rdxdave
      December 31, 2012 at 3:31 am

      Let’s just hope they aren’t spelling and grammar.

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