Poor Mitt, Please Just Keep Your Mouth Closed
You know, I really do feel bad for Mitt Romney. He's trying so hard to seem normal and not uber-rich, but he's just a miserable failure.
During a conference call town hall meeting leading up to the Wisconsin primary on Wednesday, Romney related a "humorous" anecdote: a memory of his father closing an automobile factory in Michigan and moving all production to Wisconsin, and how hard that was for him when he subsequently ran for governor of Michigan.
Yeah, that's a good one, all right. Making a joke about layoffs in one of the deepest recession this nation has ever known. The American voters are laughing heartily right now.
I wish he knew what "humorous" meant. I wish he could stop pretending to be more socially conservative than we all know he is based on his gubernatorial policies in Massachusetts. He tries to appeal to one set of voters and he alienates another. And this man is likely the Republican nominee.
Comments like this where he blithely disregards one voter block to get the vote of another will remind us of his campaign's Etch-a-Sketch comment from last week; a top campaign adviser said that no matter what he says in the primaries, he'll be able to wipe the slate clean and say opposing things in the general election.
This is scary because it draws open the curtain of his campaign. We all have an idea that politicians bend their beliefs to appeal to different voters, but now everything that Romney has no beliefs at all, that they are in fact written on an Etch-a-Sketch.
If he keeps on with these gaffes, it may very well cost him the election. But at least he'll have another funny story to tell.