Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable was coined to describe the role of newspapers, which is laughably naive in today’s hyper-partisan media world. In fact it is often just the opposite, and media attacks on a certain category of “everyman” is a frequent topic on this blog.
Absent an honest fourth estate, the responsibility for what used to be their job falls upon us, and Mittens The Utah Weather-vane bore the brunt of it at what should have been (at least in his mind) a comfortable circle-jerk of the GOPe elites.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) took the stage at the Utah GOP convention on Saturday, where he was booed by several of those in attendance. Several in attendance also shouted out, calling Romney a “communist” and a “traitor.” “I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney said as several from the crowd expressed their distaste with his job performance. “You can boo all you like,” Romney added. “I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.”
Which in his twisted and entitled version of the world means that he is entitled to nothing more or less than hagiographic introductions at political events and significant cash-flow from the rubes. How DARE they criticize the great and powerful Mittens!
The original, from the Old Testament’s Book Of Psalms is even more interesting:
27: With a pure one, You show Yourself pure, but with a crooked one, You deal crookedly.
28: For You deliver a humble people, and You humble haughty eyes.
That’s a bit more aggressive than the watered down 20th century version. It means the gloves should come off, and underhanded political machinations should be met with equally underhanded responses. It is far too late to take a principled stance when our country’s existence is at stake.
Play by their rules…or no rules at all, because winning this is our only option. That means that in a few years, Mitt Romney will look back fondly at this week’s booing and wax poetic about how civilized it used to be.