Let’s make up some new words and Googlebomb “romney.”
romney. v. To demonstrate utter incompetence again and again without any apparent shame or awareness.
romney. n. A person who demonstrates utter incompetence again and again without growth or self-knowledge. Indeed, his repeated failures only reinforce his sense of superiority.
romneyed. adj. Alt: romneyesque. Characterized by incompetence and an absence of self-awareness.
Leave your alternative suggestions in the comments below. If you have a blog, beat the hell out of “romney!” It’s almost too easy.
In my real life, I don’t know how often I’ll have the occasion to use the word “romney,” because my colleagues and students are generally at least competent. Perhaps more importantly, we at my public Aggie school are all about growth and self-knowledge. My students generally have open minds and strive to learn something useful and to improve their performances on class assignments. My colleagues are good at their jobs and yet they’re always working to improve their teaching and research. Yeah, I know: what a bunch of schmucks.
We’re into self-improvement and modesty because we’re not rich. Rich people don’t think they have anything to learn about the world around them because they’re RICH ALREADY! They deserve it, whether they inherited their money or made it themselves. They may have been good at one thing–such as the thing that made them their money–but their mistake is that they think that this one area of expertise (if they have one) makes them an expert on everything. They think their opinions are worth hearing just because they have one, and they’re rich. Dig?
I’ve had a couple experiences mixing with donors to a non-profit organization with which I am affiliated. Now, these people weren’t anything like Mitt Romney rich, but they still were completely convinced that their opinions on every subject in the world were just as valid as those of real experts in those subjects. Because, you see, they’re RICH! And it doesn’t matter how artfully or how bluntly you try to point out that they’re not in fact experts on x or y subject. They’re rich! So shut up and listen.
This I think explains most of the people funding and blathering on about both K-12 educational reform and the people pushing online courses and MOOCs at the university level. It explains the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (If I ever win the lottery, I’ll establish a foundation for the development of less $hitty software, although of course I’ve never worked as a software engineer nor do I have any training or expertise of any kind in that field. I know good software when I use it, just like they know good teaching!) And I think it explains the entire 6-year presidential run of Willard Mitt Romney, of course.