Mr. Romney, campaigning like a trouper (or trooper) the other day: "...when you can see policies that have not created jobs America needs, then you know it's time to choose a new Leader!"
It's already well-established that the Other Side loves 'em some Leader Principle* and I guess Mitt figures it's a fine shovel to dig with, but dammit!
The President is not Our Leader to anyone but the Armed Forces; he's just the guy we elect to shake hands with kings and run the Federal gummint -- not run the citizenry.
Oh, Mr. Johnson-- I'll give you the annoying autoplay website, if maybe you know what the damn job you're applying for actually is.
I doubt it.
Y'know who really won the Second World War? Mussolini. Yeah, the Italians strung him up from a streetlight, but he was first across the line with the Leader Principle, and by the time The Last Good War was over, Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Stalin, Mr. Churchill and Mr.Hitler had established this damfool notion that the guy runnin' a country was the boss of everyone who lived there. (Mr. Tojo took advantage of something similar by proxy). I guess the nitwits were starved for Kings; whatever, the friggin' fascists colonized the zeitgeist and we have been stuck with it ever since.
Mitt's probably the best practical hope -- and a thin, thin reed indeed. Changing the slope isn't the same as reversing the slope.
* Sounds eviller in the original German but it Godwins the discussion.
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