My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a regular column; hence, because Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.
He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.
Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please, please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:
George Romney was a Rockefeller Republican, one of an extinct breed that put this nation first, fought for civil rights laws and really believed in balanced budgets, and not supply-side Jesus. As Governor of Michigan, presidential candidate and cabinet secretary he supported these values, and came out decisively against the Vietnam War because it was the right thing to do.
Mitt would like to enshrine discrimination into our constitution with an amendment banning gay marriage, thinks George W Bush's economic programme was groovy (even though he won't say his name) and is busy trying to invent new nations just so we can invade them.
No, the apple didn't fall far from the tree - it took a Gulfstream 5 down, rolled over an array of foreclosed houses and leveraged a buyout of a vineyard.
Sadly, there can be no doubt that what George Romney stood for is now largely antiquated, as monied interests rent Congress and segments of the Democratic Party, and outright own the GOP. As the US has traded its manufacturing muscle for get-rich-quick financial transactions that mostly benefit people with names such as Willard. [...]
When Romney gave his "victory" speech after winning (his almost-home state of) New Hampshire last week, my five-year old son, playing in the room and not looking at the television, suddenly cried out, "It's Buzz Lightyear!" Yes, Romney sounds like a toy robot.
Cliff Schecter is the President of Libertas, LLC, a progressive public relations firm, the author of the 2008 bestseller The Real McCain, and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
You can follow him on Twitter: @cliffschecter