The 2012 Election – “Omnishambles”

Karl Rove The Oxford Dictionaries have chosen the word “omnishambles” as their word of the year. How apt.

Oxford defines the word as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.”

One only has to look at the Romney-Ryan campaign and the misbegotten efforts of the “super PACS” to see how applicable the word is to American politics.

But the Romney campaign is not the only one to merit application of the word of the year. Continue reading The 2012 Election – “Omnishambles”

Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Is Mitt Romney more like Gordon Gekko, the greedy anti-hero in the movie Wall Street, or Thurston Howell, the elitist millionaire in the TV show Gilligan’s Island? Is he a rapacious, heartless capitalist with no conscience, or a conceited man of privilege who doesn’t have a clue how the rest of us live but patronizingly believes he does?

The Obama campaign has chosen the Gekko frame to define Romney for the fall election and has staked its early advertising on it. But Howell may be an even better bet. Continue reading Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

The Witch’s Brouhaha

A reporter called me the other day looking for my thoughts on Karl Rove’s on-air take down of one time dabbler in witchcraft and current Delaware Senate candidate, Christine O’Donnell. Hey, if she can be a witch, I can dress up as a Democratic strategist. Why, the reporter asked, did Rove veer off-message, and why were Republicans so quick to criticize the man they revered during the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency? Continue reading The Witch’s Brouhaha