Tuesday’s primary: car elevators and bullsh*t

There are a lot of things to talk about in the GOP presidential primary that many thought would be over by now, but car elevators do not make a good addition to the discussion. Look, I know Mitt Romney is a gazillionaire and that he frequently says things that illustrate just how out of touch with most people he really is. He lives in another world. But combing through the details of a multi-million dollar renovation project on one of his houses to see what crazy things can be waved around like red herrings is just not a productive way to engage in the debate over who should be President.

Remember when the Republicans were ragging about Obama’s comment on the price of arugula during the 2008 campaign to make it look like he was completely out of touch with Joe Six-pack? It was dumb then and it’s dumb now. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s perfectly alright to paint Romney as the 2012 version of Thurston Howell III in this presidential race and he continues to say plenty of things along the way to indicate that he is the perfect representative of the Grand Old Plutocratic party.

But car elevators?

A few years back, I was walking down a street in San Diego and a fellow was working in his garage, which I’m showing you here. See the car on the car elevator? He paid a bit less than five grand for it and to me, it looked like a pretty good solution toward expanding the capacity of his one-car garage without changing the footprint. So I’m all for knocking Romney about his otherworldly view of American life. On the other hand, I don’t have anything against innovative solutions and a car elevator can actually be one — even for Romney, (whose wife drives a couple of Cadilacs…)

And just to show you there is no winning, we also heard collective faux gasps this week when Rick Santorum lit into a New York Times reporter about what he called – get ready now – “bullshit.”

Let me tell you something about B.S. and that is this: it’s a pretty common word among common people. It’s not a curse. It’s not swearing. My mom would say it’s “vulgar” and she would neither use the term, nor tolerate it much. But having said that, I think it’s a term that does a pretty good job of characterizing much of what we hear during campaign season. For anything that car elevators might do to separate Mitt Romney from the common man or woman, the idea of not wanting to put up with bullshit – and I don’t just mean the word — would seem to be a uniting concept.

Here’s a thought. Why don’t we cut through the B.S. about car elevators and language that Harry Truman wouldn’t bat an eye at and just talk about policy issues for awhile? That’s what this campaign season is actually supposed to be about, after all.

JR

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