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Mitt Romney Compared To George Bush

I have a hard time nailing down exactly the type person Mitt Romney is, and what he would be like if God forbid he ends up getting elected to the White House.  George Bush was also an enigma — but only in so far as you had a difficult time deciding if he was a totally clueless idiot or was he in fact plain evil?  Given the disaster his administration was, it clearly had to be one or the other, but which was it?  Personally I tend to think he was just a moron who was really nothing more than a puppet for Rove and Cheney, both of whom were the text book definition of evil.

But I digress…. the issue these days is Romney.  Here’s Krugman’s take:

My take has always been that he’s a smart guy who also happens to be both ambitious and completely amoral; he decided that his career can best be advanced by pandering to the crazies of the right, and will say anything to that end.

Well, he’s certainly “smart”, you have to give him that.  And “ambitious”, for sure.  But “amoral”?  The guy is a pathological liar.  That’s “immoral”.  But does he cross the line to being downright evil, the way the Bush-Cheney-Rove hive mind was?  I have a hard time calling him that.  He’s the ultimate “one percenter” — wealth is the only thing that matters to him, and he will do and say whatever it takes to accumulate wealth.  He doesn’t necessarily hate the poor, the needy, the under-privileged, the middle-class.  They just don’t exist in his world.  He’s going to do whatever it takes to amass more wealth, and if that means the other 99% suffer, well that’s just life as far as he’s concerned.  Bush-Cheney-Rove seemed to relish in the misery they caused.  I don’t think Romney is even aware of it.  So bottom line, no, I don’t think he’s evil.  But he’s sure one humongous asshole that will probably end up doing just as much damage as Bush et al did, if elected.