I'm offended by John Sununu's remarks today on one of the cable TV news programs with Andrea Mitchell.
In the presidential debate last night, the president seemed to be distracted. He has always been an effective speaker and in command when behind the podium. But last night, it was Mitt Romney who came out fighting from the beginning, not Barack Obama. Mr. Romney was a new version of himself, confident and assertive and articulate. The role reversals were mind boggling. It was an unexpected disappointment for me and my family as we were certain Obama would flay Romney. For whatever reason, he simply did not deliver. However, to hear John Sununu’s words today on Andrea Mitchell’s cable TV program was offensive and sad.
“What people saw last night, I think, was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is, how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are, and how he has failed to even begin to address them”
Really? Lazy? No matter how much Republicans disagree with the President, no one, I think, would call him lazy. Later in this same interview, Sununu says:
“On the other hand, Mitt Romney came in with a lot of specifics, a lot of very sharp knowledge of issues not only with the Obama version of bumper sticker numbers, but the governor showed that he understands policy and he understands how to make policy into law, talking about what he did in Massachusetts.”
This was laughable! Everyone knows that Romney not only stretches the truth but denies his own previous statements as fabrications. There are sufficient analyses out there to support this supposition without my having to quote fact checkers - Democratic OR Republican. So I won't.
On top of this, I recently read a column by George Will, which went far beyond what he – a normally articulate though dour ultra-conservative journalist with the NYT -- has said in the past. In a column for the Washington Post on October 1, he wrote the following:
“Perhaps a pleasant paradox defines this political season: That Obama is African American may be important, but in a way quite unlike that darkly suggested by, for example, MSNBC’s excitable boys and girls who, with their (at most) one-track minds and exquisitely sensitive olfactory receptors, sniff racism in any criticism of their pin-up. Instead, the nation, which is generally reluctant to declare a president a failure — thereby admitting that it made a mistake in choosing him — seems especially reluctant to give up on the first African American president. If so, the 2012 election speaks well of the nation’s heart, if not its head.”
Give me a break, Mr. Will. I submit that there is an undercurrent of racism in this election in spite of “MSNBC’s excitable boys and girls” you so easily dismiss with their “(at most) one-track minds…” It is not a paradox requiring any special apparatus to smell it. And, pardon me, but President Obama’s administration is not, as you say four paragraphs back in your piece, “. . .in shambles. . .”
This kind of journalism is not what this country needs right now. I had given Mr. Will far too much credit for being "reasonable." And the kind of slander that erupts from the mouths of the radical right like Sununu is unconscionable and unforgivable.
I wonder, does Mr. Sununu represent the views of the recently glorified and “forked tongued” dragon slayer, Mr. Romney?