Two GOP geezers were sitting on the front porch, lamenting the state of the nation, when the dog in the yard leaped up and began chasing a passing car.
“It’s a pity your dog chases cars like that,” one said to the other.
“Don’t mind him none. He’s been chasing cars all his life—never caught one yet. And if he did, he wouldn’t know what to do with it. He can’t drive.”
I couldn’t help but recall that old story, when I heard that a panting, yipping Mitt Romney is on his way to capturing the GOP nomination for president. He’s been chasing the presidency most of his adult life and has finally come close enough to get high off the exhaust fumes. He can hardly wait to get his political paws on the steering wheel of government and throw its engine into reverse. Though he has no clear and compelling direction for the country, he does have a stunning record of driving companies into the ground for fun and profit.
From the rear view mirror, Romney appears to be an ominous, charging figure prepared to pounce on board and wrestle control from President Obama. But come November as Americans begin to understand the economic and social risk of having another Bush-like presidency—or worse, look for Romney to be left in the dust along the side of the road yet again.