JOE KLEIN: I’ve never seen a candidate who has shown such arrant disrespect for the public.

Re: Mitt Romney – I’ve never seen a candidate who showed such arrant disrespect for the public–and for himself.

SNIPPET

And I’ve got to say, having covered a lot of campaigns, I’ve seen dirtier (Bush in South Carolina in 2000), angrier and far more extreme, but… I’ve never seen a candidate who showed such arrant disrespect for the public–and for himself. Indeed, Romney has performed a political self-lobotomy. Not just on his brain, which seemed an impressive instrument a year ago, but also on whatever nagging moral sense he might have had. He did this in order to conform–in the primaries, at least–to every last polling preference, no matter how skeevy, of his party’s base. Worse, he has chosen to demagogue on issues–like illegal immigration–where his own record shows a history of moderation…and an embarrassing tendency toward private hypocrisy (Those gardeners!) I’ve also never seen a candidate so loathed, privately, by his competitors.

http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2007/12/pulling_a_romney.html

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