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It’s Hard Being Loathsome

Back in 2008, during the Republican primary, I was expressing my keen dislike for Rudy Giuliani, and a friend who’d lived in Boston for a while said, “Well, wait until you get to know Mitt Romney.” Mitt never really had his breakthrough moment in 2008, thanks to his amazing ability to finish 2nd in just about every primary contest. But now we’re finally getting our chance to meet the man.

It seems my friend was correct. The more I get to know Mitt Romney, the less I like him. I feel like the kindest thing I can say about him is that he has no moral center. And that isn’t very kind.

Hindsight is 20-20 and all that, but it seems that Mitt Romney would’ve run away with this election if he’d just stayed hidden somewhere so that we couldn’t get to know him at all.

To be fair, this has partially been his strategy — to keep us in the dark, especially about his policy positions. But then he opens his mouth and says something, and everyone except the hardcore Republican partisans get that visceral skin crawl usually associated with really rich old men dating teenage girls. Ew.

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