Mitt Romney is today's Aaron Burr

Cross posted on The Third Avenue, Wasatch Watcher, and DailyKos

After the flip, I will explain why the Mittster is a fellow traveler of the world's first door-to-door campaigner. ...

Anyway, as you probably know, in 1800, Thomas Jefferson overwhelming won the popular vote against John Adams.  However, due to an ambiguity in the constitution, Electors cast their votes for both Jefferson and Aaron Burr in such a fashion that both had a tie in the Electoral College.

As a result, the election was thrown to the House of Representatives, which was for the moment still controlled by Federalists (but would become overwhelmingly Jeffersonian in a matter of weeks).  Rather than be happy with being VP Burr saw an opportunity for power indirectly asked the Federalist to vote him into the presidency in exchange for power in his administration.

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist party chief (and ancestor of yours truly), had a tough choice.  He hated Jefferson's ideas, believing he would be a disaster.  He hated Burr personally, because as a fellow New Yorker and banker, had seen how loathsome Burr was as a human being.  After tortuous deliberation, Hamilton decided "Jefferson is to be preferred. He is by far not so dangerous a man and he has pretensions to character."

By contrast Burr's "private character is not defended by his most partial friends... His public principles have no other spring or aim than his own aggrandizement... If he can he will certainly disturb our institutions to secure himself permanent power and with it wealth..." As V. Lowry Snow put it"Hamilton recognized that Burr was dangerous not because he took a strong stand for what he believed in, but precisely because he took no stand and believed in nothing but himself."

Is it just me, or was the first Treasury Secretary and the author of our national economy describing the former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?  Mitt's views on everything have changed to suit his electorate--Abortion, Stem Cell research, Guns, Gays, pardons, taxes, even the articles his own faith.

When Burr ran for Vice President, Hamilton said: "Mr. Burr is determined, as I conceive, to climb to the highest honors of the state. He is bold, enterprising, and intriguing, and I feel it is a religious duty to oppose his career." Likewise, as a Utahn and decedent of Hamilton, I feel honor bound to oppose Romney's rise to the Oval Office.

Tags: abortion, Burr, flip flop, Gay Marriage, gay rights, guns, Hamilton, lds, Missouri, Mormon, mount olive, Pardon, Romney, Stem Cell, Taxes (all tags)

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Re: Mitt Romney is today's Aaron Burr

As an member emeritus of the Hamilton College "Aaron Burr Lucky Shot Memorial Kazoo Band" I concur.  Well put, sir.

At least Sam Brownback is not an intellectual whore, although I utter abjure his political vision.  

Frankly, also, I wish that politicians would adopt some degree of formality.  I hate voting for Bill, and Hill, and Rudy, and Al, and Mitt (and I can take  him seriously because...why?).

One would prefer to vote for Ms. Clinton, Mr. Obama Mr. Hamilton, or Mr. Jefferson.

Folksy is pandering.

BC

by billcoop4 2007-06-20 04:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Mitt Romney is today's Aaron Burr

I think it is very sad when candidates like Mitt do and say anything just to get elected.  At some point, the campaign ends and you actually have to be that persona.  If that public persona is not who you are as a person or as a politician, that it is not only false advertising to the people but it also gratifying.  As far as we know, we only live once, and to have accomplishments as somebody you aren't would perhaps be the worst way to live this one life.

Aside from that, DaveB, your ancestor is in my opinion the smartest man there ever was.  In my years of studying I've found him to be the most fascinating figure and the greatest genius of both the Revolutionary generation and amongst other democratic thinkers.  

by freepursuits 2007-06-20 05:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Mitt Romney is today's Aaron Burr

And, alas, utterly unelectable.

BC

by billcoop4 2007-06-20 06:43PM | 0 recs

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