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Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Politics | 4 comments

Mitt Romney – Face Dancer

Face Dancer:

A Face Dancer is a type of human in Frank Herbert‘s science fiction Dune universe. A servant caste of the Bene Tleilax, Face Dancers are shapeshifters, and their name is derived from their ability to change their physical appearance at will.

Of course in Romney’s case it’s an ability to change his ideological appearance at will.  As David Frum reports this is how Grover Norquist sees Romney.

Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told

The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney’s, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist’s. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.

They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:

All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.


The requirement for president?


Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.


From mistermix at Balloon Juice:

Mitt Romney’s new anti-Detroit-bailout Op Ed in the Detroit News includes bonus union bashing to prove the severity of his conservatism. Since 62% of Republicans in Michigan oppose the bailout, versus 36% of the overall population, Romney has to double down on bailout bashing in a desperate effort to erase Santorum’s 15 point lead in that state.

We all know that Santorum is toxic as a national candidate, but the problem for Romney is the only way to beat Santorum is to adopt the same anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-progress positions in the primaries and bet that he can somehow reverse course this Fall. The longer the contest draws out, the more Romney has to pander, and the more he turns himself into the Goldwater-like candidate that the Republican establishment is desperate to avoid.

Romney is an ideological Face Dancer who will assume whatever face his masters require.  The problem is Romney is going to have to dance to the extreme right to beat Santorum.  The longer the primary fight continues the more difficult it will be for Romney to dance to the center.

Cross posted at Newshoggers.

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  • zephyr

    If Romney is a Face Dancer then Norquist is one of the Harkonnens.

  • Jim Satterfield

    Norquist is a Harkonnen with delusions of being a Mentat. Newt just has delusions of being a Mentat.

  • slamfu

    Norquist is Beast Rabban. SQUEEZZZEE!!!!!

    Seriously though, did he literally say on the record that they are looking for an empty suit in the white house that isn’t going to lead but only sign whatever the GOP puts in front of him? That is seriously what he thinks the job of POTUS is all about? My god, how craven and blatant can you be before the GOP runs you out of town? And the strategy for Romney to win Michigan is to go there, double down on how the auto bailout was a bad idea even thought it worked as well as we could have hoped? Ok Mitt, here is what you have to do. Go out there and tell your base that something that totally worked, was a really bad idea because we said it shouldn’t have worked. It should be easy, you did it with the MA healthcare.

    The threshold for partisan tunnel visioned incompetence in the conservative main stream today is breathtaking.

  • zephyr

    Breathtaking yes. Even so, the MSM and popular punditry will give them all the slack they need.

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