For the entire year, when members of the media weren’t focusing on the totally bogus Republican “War on Women” or ignoring the sorry state of the economy as well as what happened at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, they were totally trashing Romney’s religious beliefs, his wife, his kids, and even a family dog he once put on the roof of his car.
At the same time, the media broke numerous vertebrae contorting themselves to avoid or make excuses for Obama’s hideous first term record as well as any miscues by himself or his bumbling vice president.
In the end, Romney received so much attention that a man was re-elected to the highest office in our land while millions of Americans remain hopelessly unemployed.
If you don’t think that’s influence, you don’t know what the meaning of the word is.
In fact, I could make the case that Romney was the most influential person of 2012 as he was the brunt of a coordinated media assault responsible for the current White House resident getting four more years to enact an agenda that almost half the nation finds totally repugnant.
Now that’s what I call influence.
On the other hand, GQ’s reasoning for choosing Romney is equally hilarious.
“Was anyone inspired by Mitt Romney? Did anyone vote enthusiastically for Mitt Romney? Of course not. Voting for Romney is like hooking up with the last single person at the bar at 4 a.m. The only successful thing he did this year was embody every black stand-up comedian’s impression of a white person. Thank God the election’s over. No more endless photos of Mitt staring winsomely off-camera with that attempted smile on his face. No more glaring campaign mishaps week after week after week. No more labored media efforts to make him look like anything other than Sheldon Adelson’s pampered money Dumpster. Good-bye, Mitt. I hope you enjoy the rest of your life quietly ensconced at Lake Winnipesaukee, blissfully ignorant of the plight of anyone who doesn’t have $300 million squirreled away in the Bahamas.”
“As much as Republicans tried to backpedal from their sexist embarrassments and Todd Akins, those issues weren’t a “distraction” from “real issues” to huge parts of the electorate – they were real issues. Nearly 40% of women who voted in swing states named abortion rights as their number one voting issue, followed closely by equal pay and healthcare. Women and people of color, who are statistically more likely than the general population to be impoverished, took umbrage at a party of predominantly wealthy white men calling those who rely on government help moochers and leeches. Beyond that characterizations, the GOP policies as outlined in Paul Ryan’s controversial budget plan included slashing the public sector. Not only are African-Americans 30% more likely to be employed in the public sector, they are also more likely to be paid wages comparable to their white counterparts than in the private sector. And for Latinos, the fastest growing racial minority in the country, Romney’s refusal to comment on the DREAM act, constant reference to undocumented immigrants as “illegal aliens,” and plans of “self-deportation” was grating and offensive.”