Lev of Library Grape asks:
How could a party–even the Republicans–be so stupid as to nominate someone who is completely untrustworthy, totally self-interested, completely out of sync with the country’s current economic climate, and the most bumbling and gaffe-prone frontrunning candidate since Chevy Chase was starring on Saturday Night Live?
I don’t think this is exactly the right question. I would ask rather: why would a far-right party with an obsessive hatred of ACA nominate a candidate who once held moderate-to-liberal social beliefs and recently passed a state version of ACA? But in either case, Lev is dead on that the story of Richard Nixon gives the answer:
He (Richard Nixon) came to make the only moral claim that mattered to his audience. To tell them he had made it. “You can see why I believe so deeply in the American dream.” He had risen, politically, from the dead. And he had done it by the route these men respected — by making money. Nixon had been a candidate before, and politician always; but only after his 1962 defeat did he become a wealthy man. The Checkers speech was truthful, back in 1952 — he was poor; he was young, starting out, working hard to succeed. But then there had been failure, political defeat. And through it all he had not earned the money to be independent. Only when he became a Wall Street lawyer, with $200,000 a year from his practice, and with Bebe Rebozo to help him invest in Florida land, could he look his fellow Republicans straight in the eye at last. A campaign coordinator who worked with Nixon through the years put it this way: “Dick could not have made it to first base in 1968 without a substantial personal income. Republicans, especially those who finance the party, respect only one thing, success, and they have only one way of measuring success, money. Dick never had any money before now. He could not talk to these people as an equal, even when he was Vice-President. The thing that would have killed him with them was any suspicion that he simply needed a job. Now they knew he’d be giving up a damn good job, and good money”
Romney is a rich guy who knows how to care of his bidness. That goes a long way. If Santorum were a business tycoon of some kind, he’d be destroying Romney.