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August 27, 2012 3:33 PM The Economist on Mitt Romney

By Harold Pollack

The Economist magazine is not exactly a partisan left-wing rag. So their cover story this week, “So, Mitt, what do you really believe?” carries a little extra bite. Below are some representative quotes.

…competence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character.
….he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected.
…he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop.
The damage done to a Romney presidency by his courting of the isolationist right in the primaries could prove more substantial.
…risking a trade war with one of America’s largest trading partners when the recovery is so sickly seems especially mindless.
…his attempts to lure American Jews with near-racist talk about Arabs and belligerence against Iran could ill serve the interests of his country (and, for that matter, Israel’s).
It is a little odd that the number two has a plan and his boss doesn’t.


[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.


  • Anonymous on August 27, 2012 11:02 PM:

    the economist is a good magazine. I wish our conservatives are more like british conservatives. we could have a smart debate then. but then again, the tories went for austerity, going back into recession in england which the economist also criticized...

  • Jesse Fell on August 28, 2012 2:23 PM:

    Romney strikes me more and more as being a Richard Nixon without five o'clock shadow. He's two dimensional, the dimensions being ambition and ruthlessness. I wonder if he realizes how awkward it would be for him to be president -- having enough grounding in reality to know that much of what his party wants to do would be disastrous for the country -- and the world -- but owing to this same party his personal political success, and needing the party to accomplish anything at all, sound or unsound. If he wins, good luck to him -- and to us!