November 10, 2012

Feeling Bad for Mitt

Happy for My Uterus



I am not a political pundit, I do not always vote in Congressional elections, and could never run for President of the United States. However, I was Student Council President of my High School. My high school involvement sprawled across a range of interests including Journalism and agriculture. The organizations I participated in, and the thoughts I held, garnered little attention among my peers en masse.

While my accomplishments were recognized within the respective groups, they were never in competitions that were "popular" or would rally the majority. My Presidential position was elected by the council, not the entire high school. The school decided the Homecoming Court and Class Presidents, positions I knew I could never hold. As a teenager, I knew my lane. I knew that I was not the most fashionable, that I was not terribly interested in pop culture, and had glasses. I was ridiculed for "speaking White" on occasion and did not play sports.

Being Erin Parks, I made up my mind to participate in what I wanted in spite of. As a result, I have kept a small, albeit helpful and amazing circle my entire life -people who I have supported, have supported me, and contributed to my success in large ways. To paint a picture in three words, "I had Respect."

While my peers may not have come to a social party of mine in high school, I was voted in quite a few Senior Superlatives, "Most Likely to Succeed" among them. Even though I may have been invisible at times, overlooked as "Homecoming Queen," people knew where I stood and respected my position.

To relate this to the present day, I honestly feel for Former Governor Mitt Romney. Like many President Obama supporters, I had my fingers crossed because it looked like a scary toss up scenario in some "Saw" movie. Conversely, Republicans were so certain of an election that was "too close to call" for the majority of the night. (Earlier in the night the Romney camp had jazz renditions of "Get this Party Started" by Pink. It was bold to say the least.) Then the President won Ohio, and Romney made the difficult decision to concede.

Once the curtain had closed, and the spotlight went down, many Republicans wanted to blame the "minority vote" and lament the takeover that is tearing at the fabric of a "traditional" America. In truth though, the house of cards had fallen. The fragile house of lies around Mitt Romney left him on the podium alone with no one to blame but himself. He had to face the fact that he had made faulty decisions and compromised his beliefs -that he has to at least be more careful about what he says at fundraising dinners.

Yes, the obvious misstep in Romney's run for President, was his team. I do not mean his political advisers who were hired to do what they do, nor his family clan and football team of grandkids. I mean the Republican party, and his supporters. Former Governor Romney did not realize what little help he would have had in the election and decided to run anyway.

As much as we can pretend our political process is about legislation and who's going to appoint the Supreme Court, I would bet $100 a poll would show few Americans even know who appoints the members of the Supreme Court. This means that many voters choose their Presidential candidate based on sentiment. This is one thing Romney knew. What he did not count on, is just how early and how quickly that sentiment builds.

He may not have thunk it, but the nation was watching when the Republicans were dragging their feet to select him as the nominee. The "minorities" were watching, writing blog posts, and discussing the issues in barbershops, long before Mitt Romney had "binders full of women." It was made very clear, very early, that Mitt Romney didn't have the respect of his teammates. Hell, he had trouble finding a running mate -who, by the way will be sitting in the House come January.

Throwing money around will get you a few friends, but not the respect and support needed to lead a nation.  Billions of dollars later, it was a hard lesson learned: elections cannot be bought in hard economic times with a questionable candidate. President Obama had more people. The conventions predicted it all. On the Romney side: Clint Eastwood and an empty Chair. On the President's side: Former President Bill Clinton.

Having people with serious credentials in your corner and knowing where you stand are key to any appointed position in life. At some point Mitt Romney should have looked up and said "I got no spades." Unfortunately, he realized this late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in front of a disappointed crowd. The house had fallen, Jokers wild all around him.

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