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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gail Collins, "Renovating Mitt Romney": Why Collins Is Not a Comedian

Why Gail Collins is a columnist for a newspaper facing financial ruin and not a stand-up comedian again becomes painfully clear in her New York Times op-ed entitled "Renovating Mitt Romney" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/opinion/collins-renovating-mitt-romney.html). Devoted to demeaning all those who have spoken at the Republican convention, Collins makes no mention of unemployment, unsustainable deficits or failed foreign policy under the Obama administration.

Although correct in part that the Republicans' "mission this week is to construct an entirely new, improved, warmer, more lovable version" of Romney, she fails to mention that there has been no attempt by the Democrats to resurrect "Hope" and "Change" in 2012.

As observed by uber-left Times columnist Roger Cohen earlier this week (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/opinion/roger-cohen-obamas-team-of-idolizers.html):

"Well, four years have passed and Obama has adroitly steered the bankrupted United States he inherited away from the precipice but has not provided a 'different future' worthy of the hope invested in him; and that imagined team of rivals became a team, or rather a coterie, of idolizers.

There is only one star in the galaxy at this White House and his name is Barack Obama. Everyone in the Sun King’s court has drunk the Kool-Aid."


In a nutshell, there is nothing funny about this presidential election, given the inertia and despondency which today characterize America. It is a sorry state of affairs when many of the columnists of the Times are forced to savage Romney's "likeability" instead of addressing the challenges which went unmet by Obama.

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