Leave the man alone!

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

I had a conversation recently with an associate (a disgruntled Obama voter) who criticized the president on just about everything — poor economy, bad job market, Obamacare, foreign policies. He ended his tirade with a way-too-familiar line: “At least Romney would have been worse.”

Although I am not a fan of Mitt Romney, I feel a need to defend him on this. The election ended one and a half year ago, and he has retired from public life. It was bad enough that he lost the election (that he heavily invested in). I don’t think it’s right to make him the scrape goat for someone else’s problems. He has moved on and we should too.

The fact is we don’t know what type of president he would have been had he win the presidency. People make assumptions about him based on what they saw from attack ads, campaign platforms (that were designed to win support from the conservative base) and the media’s portrayal of him. I don’t think he is the heartless and blood-sucking capitalist the media made him out to be. I think he is more of a pragmatist and would have governed as such. 

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