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AdLib On July - 13 - 2012

People often mention how Mitt Romney seems to have great difficulty relating to most Americans but from the Romney campaign’s perspective, it is Americans who are to blame for not relating to Mitt Romney. Some people might say that the Romney upside-down and backwards mindset on this and virtually everything else is through-the-looking-glass thinking…and they’d be right!

PlanetPOV has uncovered that instead of relying on books like Ted White’s “The Making of the President” or even Sun Tzu’s, “The Art of War”, the Romney campaign is basing its campaign strategy on the book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll and other books in the series.

Though they will deny it publicly, all one needs to do is review a number of quotes from these books and the influence of these familiar children’s tales on Mitt Romney’s thinking and decision making becomes quite clear.

  • “How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another.”
  • “Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up; if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m someone else.”
  • “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
  • “I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir, because I’m not myself you see.”
  • “Be what you would seem to be – or, if you’d like it put more simply – never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”
  • “I’m very brave generally, only today I happen to have a headache.”
  • “If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”
  • “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
  • “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
  • “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
  • “That’s the reason they’re called lessons, because they lessen from day to day.”
  • “You would have to be half mad to dream me up.”
  • “Whenever the horse stopped (which it did very often), he fell off in front; and, whenever it went on again (which it generally did rather suddenly), he fell off behind. Otherwise he kept on pretty well, except that he had a habit of now and then falling off sideways.”

As to today’s rumor on The Drudge Report that Romney will be selecting The Mad Hatter as his VP choice to appeal to the Tea Party, that remains unconfirmed.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. kesmarn says:

    Romney could easily have been a character in a Lewis Carroll book. You’re so right, AdLib.

    It’s ironic. The Kochs and Rove wanted a puppet candidate. One they could easily control and who would mouth the scripts he was handed. And wooden is what they got.

    I think that this is what happens when you’re dealing with a person who has been told literally from birth how he feels about things and what he thinks about things. (The only way to raise a religious ideologue.) Eventually he has no idea what the real “he” feels or thinks, because his real self has been successfully extinguished.

    I have a sense that what is left behind is a big roiling kettle of anger. And I have a feeling that’s what is at the base of the hollow man that is Mitt. That flat affect and mechanical laugh conceal a lot of rage, if I’m not mistaken.

    Not the best personality for holding the office of POTUS.

  2. goleafsgo says:

    How clever, AdLib! Romney sure is..um…strange in so many ways -- the way he structures his sentences, the words he uses, even the way he walks…very stiffly and with short little steps. Almost robot-like.
    It seems like he has memorized his words and is afraid to speak other than what he was told to say.

    I wonder if Romney ever read Lewis’ “Alice in Wonderland.” or any of the other classics like Gulliver’s Travels. He certainly could never have been influenced by Charles Dickens.

    Thanks for this,AdLib. It certainly is a pleasure reading all of the postings written by such intelligent and articulate people who are concerned about the future of America…indeed the entire global community. I have learned so much and look forward to being enlightened every time I visit.

    • AdLib says:

      goleafsgo, thanks so much for the very kind words!

      I think back to Cheney when he was VP declaring:

      “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

      The hubris that comes with acquiring a great deal of money and power is astounding. These people live in a bubble of like-minded egoists and believe that the masses are morons who can be made to eat dirt if The Elite demand it.

      They truly think they can create reality to be what they want it to be, with enough money and reputation. They certainly have their successes, as with demonizing the ACA, but they fail to recognize their limitations.

      So, the Romney camp firmly believes that as long as they dispute reality and insist it isn’t valid, they can impress their own convoluted and illogical reality on the nation.

      What’s affirming is that the majority of Americans don’t seem to be following Mitt through the looking glass so there he is, all distorted by himself.

      BTW, very pleased to have you as part of The Planet’s community!

  3. kalie says:

    Wonderful analogy Adlib! I feel like Im in a scary and unrealistic wonderland every time i turn the TV on and i have to listen to a so called conservative. Romeny is a tool and im worried that too many sheep just dont get it. I wish their was some way i could get through to more of them.

    Conservative now means they are conservative with their money, while they seek to steal ours.

    • AdLib says:

      Hey Kalie, thanks so much!

      I’m also concerned about how many people just swallow whatever the GOP or the MSM throw at them.

      Recently, a TX Repub argued against schools teaching critical thinking to avoid the danger of kids not believing everything they’re told.

      At the same time, Romney’s losing in most polls against Obama so that would seem to confirm that most people just aren’t buying Romney’s BS.

      I don’t think the GOP has any principles anymore, let alone conservative principles, just a single-mindedness to grab power and wealth. They’ve opposed even their own proposals in their quest to block progress, damage the nation and Obama’s re-election chances.

      That’s not conservative, that’s nihilist.

    • bito says:

      Welcome to the Planet kalie and your right, turning on the tele and listening to Mitt and the GOP is almost like entering an alternative universe.

      Hope you enjoy the site and make full use of our hospitality.

  4. AdLib you are spot on. We simply have not seen a candidate this queer (using the 19th century use of the word) in modern history. Mittens does come from a fantasy world and is running a campaign as surreal as Lewis’ most quirky works.

    I remember before the campaign started that one of the strategies the Obama campaign considered using against Romney was to point out his ‘strangeness’. Of course the right wing cried foul and said this was some kind of dog whistle argument against Romney’s Mormon religion. But Romney has shown with his own statements that he is indeed a very very queer fellow. Nothing more exemplified that than his obsession with proper tree heights before the MI primary. Then again in Romney’s fantasy world the trees are probably talking back to him.

    • AdLib says:

      Hey KQ, thanks!

      He is an odd duck indeed (Romnald Duck?). I do think it is setting up the victimized BS of the Repubs by directly saying Romney’s strange and their responding, “Bigots against religion!” (even though these same hypocritical people have demonized Keith Ellison for being a Muslim Congressman and all Muslims as likely terrorists).

      The good thing is that people get it anyway. That’s why the more people see of him, the less they like him. And as his elitism and dishonesty is exposed, the subtext is, “This guy is not normal.”

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