COMMENTARY | In a poetic ending to his campaign, Mitt Romney’s “President-Elect Mitt Romney ” site went live Wednesday, a final, perfect tableau of staggering arrogance in the face of equally staggering incompetence.
As Wonkette points out, rather colorfully, there are many ways a website developer can easily avoid showing a site in progress. I tend to believe, however, that this was an issue of hubris, that the site was scheduled to appear at a certain time, and like the concession speech Romney claimed he never wrote on the eve of the election, there was no consideration given to the possibility that the transitional site wouldn’t be needed.
Mitt Romney in a nutshell. Overconfident, even when making mistakes. Actually, overconfident in the correctness of what is clearly wrong.
It is also the perfect final indicator that America did right by itself with the re-election of President Barack Obama, who planned for both his victory and a possible loss. That’s seeing reality for what it is and what it could be. That is pragmatism, not ego.
This nation is so, so tired of ego.
With that transitional site that never should have been, but was, Romney built the ultimate testament to his pride. The screenshots captured by Political Wire show pictures of a smug Mitt surrounded by applications to work in his administration, inauguration dates, and an image of the White House.
Mitt Romney never wavered in his belief, at least publicly, that the job of president was his, that he would just walk in and take it. Even while his comments about binders full of women and the 47 percent illustrated how little he thought of the people it would take to get him there, it never seemed to occur to him that disdain would impact his chances.
It was almost as though, no matter what he thought of people, they would still admire him. Respect him.
Vote for him.
We’ll never know the inner thoughts of Mitt Romney. We barely caught glimpses of the outer thoughts of Romney during his campaign, as he spent most of it refusing to commit to policy or quickly reversing himself on the rare occasions that he made a declarative statement.
But failing to prepare for an undesired outcome does not prevent that outcome from materializing. All that it does is leave you flat-footed when something easily foreseeable occurs.
Luckily for us, we won’t have to worry about that happening now with something that could have national — or even international — consequences.
It’s not enough that we didn’t elect Romney, because there can always be another Romney. He’s probably set up an exploratory committee somewhere in America, right now, as he plans his foray into the realm of presidential politics.
What we need to do is be certain that another Romney never gets this close to the Oval Office again. An errant transitional website is nothing in the face of the very real disaster likely in the hands of someone with an ego so enormous, he makes such an easily preventable, yet ridiculous, mistake.