Mitt Romney, Soothsayer

Over at Bizpacreview.com — which is a new discovery for me — Michael Dorstewitz suggests that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be the next Nostradamus. Brace yourself for some mindblowing predictions:

On Jan. 14, Chrysler’s CEO acknowledged that Jeeps would be built in China, confirming a statement that unfairly earned Romney the moniker “liar of the year.”

Score one.

Then, when forces linked to al-Qaida captured the government-held town of Konna, Mali, on Jan. 10, they drove home a statement Romney made during the second presidential debate in Boca Raton, nearly three months earlier.

“With the Arab Spring came a great deal of hope that there would be a change towards more moderation and opportunity for greater participation on the part of women and — and public life and in economic life in the Middle East,” he said then. “But instead we’ve seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events.”

Score two.

This week saw another Romney prediction come to pass — that a re-elected Obama would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.

“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election,” Romney said at an April 2012 National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Referring to the right to bear arms, Romney told convention-goers, “If we are going to safeguard our Second Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will.”

Score three.

Finally, Romney was ridiculed for using “binders of women” to describe what a Romney Cabinet would look like. Instead of mocking the poorly worded phrase, we should have listened to the words themselves.

The president’s announcement of his second-term Cabinet prompted ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to ask on Jan. 10, “Where are the women?” Apparently, they’re all still in Romney’s binders.

Score four.

Eerie, no? I’ve got the shivers from this. I’m not sure, actually, that I’d really want someone with such spooky supernatural powers to be in the Oval Office.

  1. Pseudodionysius

    Hillary Clinton:

    “What does it matter, now?”

  2. David Williamson

    Pseud – indeed. Actually, anyone paying any attention at all to World affairs could have predicted these future events. It hardly takes mystical powers, or hallucinogenic fumes seeping through the rocks of Delphi. 

    Mr Romney did also predict his share of the popular vote – 47%

    Well, not exactly, but close enough.

  3. Leigh

    On point #3, Romney needed to make the second-term warning a lot more often.  He tended to frame it as a choice between “more of the same” and something better.  Instead, he should have engaged in a little scaremongering — not hysterically, but reminding people why they voted as they did in 2010.

    Actually, the President’s non-diverse cabinet does surprise me, a little.  I admit that I kind of thought he really believed that stuff.

  4. Colin B Lane

    Supernatural? More like plain as the nose on one’s face to anyone not in the nose avoidance business.

    Come to think of it, maybe that’s the appropriate name for the media formerly known as mainstream: “the nose avoiding media.”

  5. Gus Marvinson

    I predict that my kids will try to get out of doing their schoolwork. Now watch me bend a spoon with my mind!

  6. Flapjack

    That these are seen as predictions is telling, I think.  Reality-avoidance was the key to Obama’s election and re-election, IMHO.  That, and blaming others for anything/everything.

  7. Valiuth

    Bah! Enough of dwelling on what may have been. Romney lost! That makes him and all his associates losers. I don’t care what losers think or said. His augury did not give him the clairvoyance to win so what use is it to us?

  8. GLDIII
    Rob Long: Over at Bizpacreview.com – Eerie, no? I’ve got the shivers from this. I’m not sure, actually, that I’d really want someone with such spooky supernatural powers to be in the Oval Office. · · 1 hour ago

    Rob,

    You did not get someone with spooky supernatural powers. It seems we cannot elect someone who is basically an competent (business wise) decent boy scout type. We get what we deserve, the strawman slayer.

  9. Whiskey Sam

    “Ignorance is bliss.”  - The Low-Information Voter

  10. Dan Halbach

    First, Chris Matthews got tingles up his leg from Obama. Now, Rob gets shivers from Romney. 

    I was nauseated by Hillary’s testimony.  Does that count?

  11. WI Con

    If only he could have seen that Candy Crowley setup coming.

  12. RCE

    I’d rather 100% of Romney’s predictions came true than 1% of Steyn’s.

  13. Leigh

    Umm… Rob was being sarcastic in his admiration of Romney’s clairvoyant powers.   Pretty sure… right, Rob?

  14. flownover
    NewRabble: First, Chris Matthews got tingles up his leg from Obama. Now, Rob gets shivers from Romney. 

    I was nauseated by Hillary’s testimony.  Does that count? · 2 hours ago

    It feels worse than that . I t feels, or smells , like Chris Matthews voted maybe 3 million times.

  15. 3rd angle projection

    I remember Romney’s references to Mali in the foreign policy debate. It was that right after the debate that Mr. Krauthammer moaned about all the times Mali was mentioned, “If I hear Mali one more time”. It struck me odd that he would be so dismissive. But, honestly, how many of us heard of the potential of problems coming from Mali? I’m guessing not many. On this, kudos to Romney.

    In the meantime, we’re stuck with, apparently, the lord of the flies.

  16. Chris Campion
    3rd angle projection: I remember Romney’s references to Mali in the foreign policy debate. It was that right after the debate that Mr. Krauthammer moaned about all the times Mali was mentioned, “If I hear Mali one more time”. It struck me odd that he would be so dismissive. But, honestly, how many of us heard of the potential of problems coming from Mali? I’m guessing not many. On this, kudos to Romney.

    In the meantime, we’re stuck with, apparently, the lord of the flies. · 53 minutes ago

    We’re only to be Citizens of the World when it’s convenient for politicians, it seems.

    Ask EU members.  They might have an idea of what that really means.

  17. Whiskey Sam
    3rd angle projection: I remember Romney’s references to Mali in the foreign policy debate. It was that right after the debate that Mr. Krauthammer moaned about all the times Mali was mentioned, “If I hear Mali one more time”. It struck me odd that he would be so dismissive. But, honestly, how many of us heard of the potential of problems coming from Mali? I’m guessing not many. On this, kudos to Romney.

    In the meantime, we’re stuck with, apparently, the lord of the flies. · 1 hour ago

    I was pleasantly surprised at the time because The Economist had been running a series of reports about Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb activity in Mali for several weeks prior.  It was surprising how much flak Romney got for something that was known to anyone who took the time to read about it.

  18. Eric Jablow

    As someone commented to the Glenn, Romney is more like Cassandra then Nostradamus: cursed never to be believed.

  19. 3rd angle projection

    Good to hear about The Economist. I had given it up because of their fawning coverage of our Dear Leader. I do miss reading it for all the events happening worldwide. I thought they always did a good job of that.

    Whiskey Sam

    3rd angle projection: I remember Romney’s references to Mali in the foreign policy debate. It was that right after the debate that Mr. Krauthammer moaned about all the times Mali was mentioned, “If I hear Mali one more time”. It struck me odd that he would be so dismissive. But, honestly, how many of us heard of the potential of problems coming from Mali? I’m guessing not many. On this, kudos to Romney.

    In the meantime, we’re stuck with, apparently, the lord of the flies. · 1 hour ago

    I was pleasantly surprised at the time because The Economist had been running a series of reports about Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb activity in Mali for several weeks prior.  It was surprising how much flak Romney got for something that was known to anyone who took the time to read about it. · 1 hour ago

  20. 3rd angle projection

    Living in San Francisco you get a lot of, “I’m a citizen of the world”. Somebody said that to me once and I asked, ” Can I see your I.D.?” That didn’t go over so well.

    Chris Campion

    3rd angle projection: I remember Romney’s references to Mali in the foreign policy debate. It was that right after the debate that Mr. Krauthammer moaned about all the times Mali was mentioned, “If I hear Mali one more time”. It struck me odd that he would be so dismissive. But, honestly, how many of us heard of the potential of problems coming from Mali? I’m guessing not many. On this, kudos to Romney.

    In the meantime, we’re stuck with, apparently, the lord of the flies. · 53 minutes ago

    We’re only to be Citizens of the World when it’s convenient for politicians, it seems.

    Ask EU members.  They might have an idea of what that really means. · 1 hour ago