This illustration depicts a pair of fish swimming in opposite directions. It’s the symbol for the sun sign, Pisces, one of two signs in astrology that is depicted by two of something. It happens to be the sun sign for Mitt Romney, born on March 12, 1947, at 9:50 AM, in Detroit, Michigan.
Pisces individuals often have trouble making up their minds – their heads says one thing, their hearts scream another, thus the two fish are forever swimming away from each other. This tendency is certainly evident in Romney. Known as the consummate flip-flopper, he holds one position today, the opposition position tomorrow. When confronted with his many flip-flops, he just laughs and denies that he said the opposite of what he’s saying right now. He seems to be oblivious to the fact that everything he has ever said as a public figure is recorded somewhere.
This ambivalence is glaringly prevalent in Romney’s approach to health care as a governor of Massachusetts and his platform about health care as a presidential candidate. When Romney was governor, he initiated mandatory health care for all residents of Massachusetts, probably his most outstanding feat as a politician. And Romney’s health care plan became the template for Obama’s health care plan. Romney, the presidential candidate, promises to completely overturn Obamacare.
Huh? Go figure.
Well, the Obama campaign released an incredible ad today that highlights this ambivalence. “It tied the activities of Bain Capital to the death of a woman who lost her health care coverage as a result of her husband losing his job at GST Steel, one of the celebrated casualties of Bain’s business practices,” reports the Huffington Post (and every other news outlet).
Take a look:
The right-wing machine, of course, immediately came out against the ad – how scurrilous and nasty it is, one big fat lie. Yet, on Fox News yesterday morning, Andrea Saul, a Romney spokesperson, blew this whole thing wide open by offering this defense of Romney: “To that point, if (the) people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care.”
WHAT?! Did she really say that? The right-wing machine went nuts. One conservative blogger said this was the moment when Romney had lost the election. Rush Limbaugh appeared to be on the verge of a stroke.
The left wing was instantly all over the story, noting the irony that Romney’s campaign has been forced to sweep his greatest feat as a politician under the rug, along with his undisclosed tax returns, his new home that features an elevator for his numerous cars, and what his net worth actually is.
So while Rob and I were watching the news this evening, I suddenly blurted, “Pisces.
Rob’s hands went up into the air, pointing in opposite directions. “The two fish, swimming in opposite directions,” he said. “You should do a post on that.”
So I went online to look for Romney’s natal chart. Ambivalence is certainly part of the Pisces archetype. But even more to the point with Romney, I think, is his Scorpio moon. This sign for the moon is probably the most secretive in the zodiac. We will never know the full truth about Mitt. Never. We will never understand what possessed him to put his dog, Shamus, in a dog carrier on the roof of his car for a trip to Canada. We will never know what travesties he actually committed at Bain Capital. And we will never know how much dough he has parked offshore, how much he’s worth, or whether he has paid in dime in taxes for the last decade. We will never know what it’s necessary to know about any presidential candidate in order to make an informed choice in how we vote.
But because of what he did to his dog, Shamus, he has long since lost the vote of dog lovers everywhere, and as of 2009, the most recent figures I could find, that amounts to nearly 80 million people.