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Baseball Crank Reminds Us Why Guys Like Mitt Romney Treat Bloggers With The Affection Afforded A Wild Pitch

Posted on | March 5, 2012 | 6 Comments

by Smitty

You’re Mitt Romney. You’ve been running for POTUS for over half a decade now. And here is this anonymous blogger named Baseball Crank kicking north of 3,200 words worth of sand on your shoes while you’re up to bat. On top of that, he links ~15k of words from 2007 about why you were inferior to Senator John McCain even then.

Who is this anonymous guy? Where does he get off saying things like (emphasis mine):

A second problem I have with Romney, and which worries me greatly if he wins, is that he is precisely the kind of candidate that political consultants, campaign professionals and the campaign committees in the GOP love, and who lead us over and over again to defeat.
(Side note: if Romney’s the nominee, I will fight for him to win, because the stakes are too high to roll over and accept an Obama re-election. But that doesn’t mean I need to be blind to the costs of Romney winning).
Political consultants love candidates who enter races with a lot of money and not much in the way of a political record or political convictions. Such candidates can be tailored to a script and platform developed by the consultants, they spend money on the consultants and their businesses, and when the candidate inevitably fails because he or she lacks the natural political instincts and convictions to speak well off script, the consultant can just shrug, say there’s only so much you can do with a bad candidate, and move on to the next one. Over and over, Republicans have lost races with such people, and if Romney manages to back his way into a victory this fall, we shall never be rid of them.
We all know, whether or not we admit it, that Romney (who has heavily outspent his rivals in negative advertising in his key victories in Florida and Michigan) would not be the frontrunner in this race if he didn’t have the most money.

Oh, come on, BC! You know that guys in the Romney league buy the passion like they buy the votes. We’re talking about a league where it’s not about a paycheck or bills anymore. Money is just an abstraction; the game score on the X-Box of life. The money is just a distractor. What about the time spent building the team, the organization in all 57 states?

What a sad development, to have carefully sculpted such a fine traditional media image, from the Bruce Campbell good looks, to the poster-child children, to the gorgeous wife, to the speech tones so fine that they are measured with calipers in rehearsal, and then get trashed by some anonymous blogger.

You expect SNL to do something sophomoric, like a cold open with Sheppard “Norman Bates” Smith:

How do you respond to this sort of factual assault from a blogger? *sigh*

Bonus Bill Hader as James Carville having waaaaay too much fun (caution, this is PG-13 humor):


6 Responses to “Baseball Crank Reminds Us Why Guys Like Mitt Romney Treat Bloggers With The Affection Afforded A Wild Pitch”

  1. Adjoran
    March 5th, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    What, no Santorum bravado tonight? 

    I bet the number of people who will read BC’s 3200-word screed is somewhat short of 3200, all of whom already hate Romney’s guts.  Why would anyone want to interrupt their circle-jerk?

  2. smitty
    March 5th, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    I’m in Virginia. I’ll dutifully go cast a primary ballot against Mitt tomorrow.

  3. Bob Belvedere
    March 5th, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Man…sometimes you are one cranky son of a bitch.

  4. Adjoran
    March 6th, 2012 @ 1:34 am

     Only when I’m in a good mood.  Normally I’m an insufferable bastard.

  5. Adjoran
    March 6th, 2012 @ 1:38 am

     I figured you were a man of your word, and you declared that intent some time ago.  I was referring to the fact the blog’s been “all in” on being neutrally and objectively for Santorum these last couple of months, and here we are on the eve of the biggest primary day of the cycle and . . . crickets chirping about Super Tuesday make more noise.

  6. Bob Belvedere
    March 6th, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    That’s the part of you I like.