The Economist magazine is not exactly a partisan left-wing rag. So their cover story this week, “So, Mitt, what do you really believe?” carries a little extra bite. Below are some representative quotes.

…competence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character.

….he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected.

…he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop.

The damage done to a Romney presidency by his courting of the isolationist right in the primaries could prove more substantial.

…risking a trade war with one of America’s largest trading partners when the recovery is so sickly seems especially mindless.

…his attempts to lure American Jews with near-racist talk about Arabs and belligerence against Iran could ill serve the interests of his country (and, for that matter, Israel’s).

It is a little odd that the number two has a plan and his boss doesn’t.


[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.