Not thoughtful; not smart.
-- Further evidence that Mitt's a
nit-wit. It was on July 24 that
Mitt Romney touched down in the U.K. for what was to be a sort of mini-world tour
designed to showcase Romney's foreign policy bona fides; resurrect fond
memories of Mitt's 2002 Winter Olympics glory days; and suck a few dry C-notes
from a bunch of high-rolling money-folders, specifically, casino tycoon Sheldon
Adelson's peeps over in Israel.
By now we all know how well that
worked out. Mitt carried himself with the kind of stature befitting the Travelocity
Gnome. Sure, he came home lugging a several
million dollar shitload of money; but that's about it. As for the remaining goals, the Romney campaign
might as well have made Charlie Sheen a surrogate and sent him abroad instead. Romney's diplomatic follies during that brief Euro-Middle East tour make Sheen's crack-ish antics
during his "epic" "Violent
Torpedo of Truth, Defeat is not an Option" tour last year seem like an evening in Newport
on smooth jazz night.
Romney's gaffes have exceeded epic
proportions. Largely on his own, he's constructing himself as the epitome of political non-acuity. Not since Sarah Palin has a politician
provided such a perplexing mix of knee-slapping diplomatic hilarity and head-scratching political ineptitude
both at home, and now abroad. What's more,
the word from the U.K. is that Romney was "worse
than Palin," making his trip perhaps the zaniest incursion anywhere by an
American public figure since the Muppets took Manhattan.
Mitt's moved beyond the tipping
point of being merely objectified by his opposition; he's now become adjective-ized if you will. We've reached the point at which now, the
word "Romney" is synonymous with a flood of politically negative adjectives -- inept;
ignorant; detached; wooden; aloof; insipid; or thoughtless, to name a few. We're perhaps one mega-gaffe away from ushering
in an era where virtually any act of downright political stupidity will be
thought of as "a Romney."
As in: "Wow! Senator So-and-So sure pulled a Romney during that speech."
Managing Mitt is no easy chore. Thus, not surprisingly -- in light of a
campaign for president marked by the media's focus on Mitt's gaffes and overall
political ineptitude -- there have been no calls from the Romney campaign that
the press "let Mitt be Mitt." More likely,
Mitt's handlers stay locked in a constant state of fingers, arms, and leg-crossed
readiness in expectation of the next amazingly "WTF" remark that would force their crafting of yet another
rhetorical walk-back. Eric
Fehrnstrom, a key Romney advisor who once was a beat reporter for the Boston Herald -- my hometown's seedy
sister publication of the even seedier New
York Post -- perhaps finds himself challenged in a way not experienced since
his days of twisting and re-angling his local reporting to fit the Herald's conservative agenda-driven
But how does one spin such an
ironclad fiasco? Mitt was uproariously
laughed out of