Let's imagine for a moment that Mitt Romney is not a presidential candidate but a candidate for a position in the private sector.
The process of searching for a job, though it is evolving every day, is familiar to every one of us, and its basic tenets have not changed even with advancements in technology now driving the human resources side of job search and recruitment.
Any candidate for a job needs to pass some basic tests in the process of getting hired.
Step 1: A candidate needs to state their qualifications in some form.
Typically this is done in written or digital form. Job candidates submit a resume describing how their experience qualifies them for the targeted job. And "on paper" Mitt Romney had some interesting qualifications. In the public sector, he was formerly the Governor of Massachusetts and he helped re-organize the Winter Olympics in Utah.
In the private sector Mitt Romney offered experience as a successful businessman. He is wealthy and that is a greatly respected attribute in many American's eyes.
Step 2: A candidate needs to justify and defend their qualifications in consistent ways. If not, they should be disqualified.
If a typical human resources director were to bring Mitt Romney in for a job interview and ask about how his stated experience qualifies him for the job of President of the United States, the answers Mitt gave the nation (his virtual HR department) proved inconsistent and misleading from the start.
That's called a Red Flag in human resources parlance.
His accomplishments as Governor of Massachusetts, for example, included passage of a health care plan that provided the foundation for the very plan passed under the administration of Barack Obama. Yet right away in his job interviews before the America people, Mitt Romney backpedaled on the merits of the very system he installed. His only apparent reason for changing his mind about the value of such a system was criticism from the Republican Party he was portending to represent. But that GOP criticism even further complicated the analysis of Mitt Romney because Obamacare encompassed many of the market-driven incentives proposed by Republicans to enhance health care coverage in America.
That confusion over his record and backpedaling over his own accomplishments should have been enough to disqualify Mitt Romney for the job of President of the United States. Yet the Human Resources Department of America (The HRDA, we'll call it) let this apparent conflict of interest and radical change of position get a pass.
Then came controversy over the nature of Mitt Romney's business dealings. His leadership of Bain Capital was lauded by devout conservatives as representative of the American ideals of free enterprise.
Yet when the true nature of the Bain Capital model for profit became known, and that it closely resembled an economic rape and Social Darwinism rather than prudent management of resources, Romney complained, in essence, that he wasn't really responsible for the worst and most recent acts of the company he helped invent and manage.
Again, this disclaimer of his active involvement in the philosophy development of Bain Capital was an obfuscation of the first degree. He simply refused to identify with the heartless exportation of jobs overseas, a pattern evidenced by a company in Freeport, Illinois, where American workers were forced to literally train their replacements before the whole operation was shipped overseas. The company even took down the American flag and flew the Chinese flag over a company operating on America soil. Where were the patriotic detractors who complained that President Barack Obama did not wear a flag pin often enough when he was campaigning for election in 2008? Absent. Gone.
And so Mitt Romney was allowed to misrepresent the nature of both his public sector and private sector experience. Essentially he lied on his resume. The information he presented initially as qualifications to govern and be the primary steward over America's interests were denied in his initial job interviews with the HRDA. Again, that should have eliminated Mitt Romney from consideration for the job of President of the United States.
Step 3: The candidates personal character and public statements should show a pattern of consistency and honesty for the candidate to be considered for the job.
This category was where Mitt Romney either lied to the HRDA by exaggerating his supposed experience to make him look favorable in the eyes of others, and most often, and most outrageously, made it clear that honesty and fact checking were of no concern to him as a candidate.
His own campaign representatives, who essentially serve in the role as "recruiters" to present their candidate to the American public, went to great lengths to avoid holding their candidate to any normal standards of honesty or accountability.
This included statements that the campaign would not be held back by "fact checkers" and that following Romney's nomination by the Republican Party, it was essentially an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and make up a whole new platform. The famous "Etch-A-Sketch" attitude of the Romney campaign essentially thumbed its nose at the Republican Party itself in stating that nothing Romney promised the GOP up to that point would hold him back from changing his position.
At that point, the Republican Party should have fired Romney before he had a chance to go any further. But being desperate for victory, the Republican Party bent over backwards to forgive the inconsistencies and outright lies being uttered by their candidate every day following his nomination.
Half the American people seemed oblivious to the facts of Mitt Romney's lying ways. His first supposed "victory" in the debate with Barack Obama proved to be so riddled with lies that no truth could be extracted from the Romney debate platform at all. Romney simply realized that the debates were all about talking the most all the way through to the end, and looking good on TV, and the interview would put him on track to approval with Americans whose own standards of ethics and qualification were so low they seemed to care not if their potential next President was the worst liar on earth.
It wasn't until the last minute that facts emerged in a Bloomberg business report that Mitt Romney had not indeed paid any personal income taxes from 1996 through 2010 or so.
That fact alone was a slap in the face to the millions of people he directly insulted by stating semi-publicly that 47% of Americans were freeloading slobs. Romney later backpedaled that statement as well, complaining publicly that he really cared about 100% of America. But what kind of candidates makes those kinds of statements in the first place, especially while hiding crucial facts about his own personal financial history that includes offshoring millions of dollars, hiding behind the Mormon church to avoid paying taxes and spitting out blandishments about how his business and personal dealings are impeccable, the height of family values and a model for all Americans?
Not hired. Not if Americans really cared about the truth.
Step 4: The job candidate must pass some basic skills test in order to qualify for the job.
Mitt Romney failed miserably in his first trip abroad as a candidate for the United States presidency. He insulted the London Olympics and confused geopolitical landscapes and tones like the Ugly American personified.
He further politicized major international incidents to gain advantage in the race for President. This is known in the work world as "back-stabbing" or taking advantage of another worker when they are in a position of critical action or need.
So Romney has failed, over and over again, the basic laws of human resources when it comes to qualifying for the job he seeks. Yet as this blog is being written, millions of Americans are casting their votes for a man who has yet to spell out any details of his supposed economics plan. Major economists have warned that Romney's plan could send America into another financial tailspin, and that his plans to cut public programs could make millions of Americans destitute and without health care.
Yet the American public, or at least the side that doesn't care who they work with, so long as they talk nice and look good, is willing to write off all of Romney's faults as just so much unnecessary detail.
Romney would not have made it past the first cut if he were pursuing the job in an honest, open environment of job skills, character and honesty.
If he becomes President, America will have said "yes" to the worst candidate imaginable. And yet Romney was admittedly much better than all the other Republican candidates combined, that crazy lot that included the likes of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann and the rest of those nuts thinking they had any sort of qualification and character for the job of President.
Perhaps that's why Mitt Romney emerged from the political rubble to his ascendent position as a possible President. The rest of the candidates stunk up the interview room so bad America's only conservative hope was to try to luck out with the guy who smelled good, wore mom jeans and looked pretty good on camera.
If he does get hired, let's all hope he knows how to improve in all the categories in which he failed as a candidate. Or else the world may fire America and replace it with someone else.