You’d think somebody with Mitt Romney’s bankroll could have paid Donald Trump enough to endorse his opponent. You’d think an organization like the Susan G. Komen foundation would employ someone smart enough to put the kibosh on an enormous political gamble that offered zero political gain.
But these things confirm what I’ve long suspected. The power elites, most of them, aren’t smarter than you or me. They just think they are. Frequently, in fact, they’re a lot more stupid.For example, what can Romney — already under fire for being a tone-deaf fat-cat — possibly gain from the endorsement of another tone-deaf fat-cat who is universally regarded as the biggest buffoon of modern times? And yet there was Romney in Nevada, expressing honor and delight at getting the somewhat tepid endorsement of a man with extremely strange hair. Amazing. Now that Romney has locked up the real-estate tycoon vote, maybe he can broaden his appeal to the marginally less wealthy. You’ve already read enough about the Komen Foundation, which has recently wiped out 30 years of goodwill at a single stroke. The good part is that maybe we’ll see fewer of those useless little ribbons around. The bad part is that by firing a tiny BB at abortion, the foundation is now perceived as firing a 12-gauge shotgun at breast-cancer prevention — which is its sole raison d’être. Even if all the excuses are genuine — and they’re not — you’d think someone in Komen’s public affairs office might have questioned the wisdom of playing Russian roulette at the behest of a little-known Republican from Florida.