There he was today, Gov. Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for president, addressing a crowd at the Iowa State Fair.
I wasn’t paying much attention until he said, “Corporations are people, my friend.” What!!!??? Then he tried to explain it by saying “everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people.” The crowd wasn’t buying it and neither was I.
I can’t think of anything worse he could have said. “Corporations are people” is what the Supreme Court concluded in its worst-in-recent-memory decision, Citizens United. Corporations are people and therefore can donate to and participate in political campaigns and advertising like people. Bullshit. But the court said it, they ruled it, and with it they sold the American electoral system to the corporations.
Romney said, “Corporations are people.” And like that, he erased concerns about his being a Mormon. He erased his connection to the Massachusetts health care system. He erased any thought that he, a businessman, might be just what the country needs right now. He erased everything and replaced it with “Corporations are people.” Like it or not, that’s his identity now.