Friday, June 17, 2011

Mitt Romney's Weirdness

You would think a two one term Governor who was running for President for the second time would have retail politics down cold, but apparently nothing could be further from the truth.

Romney is just an odd duck. The Atlantic's Josh Green was on the trail with Mitt when he told a group of unemployed Floridian's that he was also unemployed.
Having a guy worth between $190 million and $250 million (according to campaign disclosures) joke about his unemployment status with people who lack not only jobs but also Romney's means, seems rather cruel. But I'm certain Romney mean nothing by it, and I doubt he even realized what he'd done.

To spend time with Romney on the campaign trail (which I did earlier this week) is to be struck and the growing disparity between the formal candidate--the guy who debates and gives speeches, and who has noticeably improved in this regard since the last time he ran for president--and the informal one, whose awkwardness is a thing to behold.
Josh point's to Dana Milbank's "devastating (and accurate) column" on Romney's weirdness in the Tuesday WaPo, who provides a lot of other examples.

Josh sees the MSM starting to pick up on Romney's extreme awkwardness with everyday Americans and writing about it. Romney has a real chance of unseating Obama, but it will never happen if he becomes a running joke.

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