October 31, 2012
Gorgeous children and grandchildren. A good dog (excellent, really). A partner who swears I look like James Dean when I put on my stylin’ shades. What more could a man ask for? How about a Republican presidential candidate with a little class?There we were the morning after, glued to our television sets, a tired President Obama coming off an all-nighter trying to help seventeen states cope with human tragedy, death and damage reports sobering us by the minute.
There he was, Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, hosting a phony “hurricane relief” event in rural Ohio, soliciting donations of canned goods, then posing for a photo-op loading a few bottles of water into a truck ostensibly headed for the East Coast.
The Romney deceit helped complete a tawdry portrait of a man enslaved by personal ambition, willing to do anything, say anything in order to get elected. Monday night as Hurricane Sandy assaulted the Jersey Shore, he announced a cancellation of “campaign-related events” scheduled for the next day. By Tuesday morning, he couldn’t resist violating his own sanctimonious ban on politicking for twenty seconds of press coverage.
Romney’s pathetic performance was in sharp contrast to the behavior of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who praised the work of the federal government and President Obama and invited the President to join him today on a devastation tour.
Is Christie a Republican with class, or a foxhole convert in thrall to his own Presidential aspirations? We’ll know soon enough, but it is interesting to note that he’s asking the Corps of Engineers and not Halliburton to help come up with a plan to rebuild the Jersey Shore.