Mitt A Song In My Heart

The Republican Presidential candidate is in London at the moment, on a visit which I presume is meant to pump up his credentials as a World Statesman, as well as getting him into the Olympics.

Before his departure, he gave an interview in which he said a number of things which cast doubt on our ability to host the Olympics. Things like, “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people,   the supposed strike of the immigration and Customs officials – that  obviously is not something which is encouraging.” And he cast doubt on whether we as a nation would get behind the games: “Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? That’s something  which we only find out once the Games actually begin.”

His comments caused a bit of a storm on Twitter, hashtagged ‘#romneyshambles,’ in which people lined up to call him all kinds of arse.

Which confuses me.

Mitt Romney is an arse, but those comments are more or less what many people on Twitter have been saying for weeks or months. I myself have said some of them. Alongside the #romneyshambles tweets today were people posting and RTing stories about various Olympic cock-ups.

So why is everyone so exercised about Romney’s comments? Is it because it’s okay for us to say it but not an outsider? Is it because he’s an American? Is it because he’s unpopular? I don’t know.

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4 thoughts on “Mitt A Song In My Heart

  1. If it helps, we have the same attitude here. I like to refer to it as the “You can’t talk like that about MY town!” syndrome. If you’re local, you’re allowed to beat the hell out of everything about your town, mostly because you know the problems and understand why you’re saying what you’re saying. When someone comes from outside and says the same exact thing, though, it’s coming from a know-nothing.

    That said, Mittens has a thing about speaking his mind. In fact, he usually has his head so far up his arse that he’s a Klein bottle with legs. That’s why you won’t hear me complain if you want to make fun of him. Heck, go to town, because it’s more of a thrashing than he’ll ever get here from local reporters.

    • It was really just part of a gaffe-laden day for the Mittster. He really didn’t cover himself with glory at all. I think you’re right, though. There has been an aspect of ‘We can say that stuff but you can’t ‘ about the response to what he said. Most peculiar; I was going to tweet about it but I’m too weary to cope with the inevitable conversations that would result. Nobody bothers to read the blog, so I can vent without having rows with anyone. Also, I find myself in the rather spooky position of actually agreeing with some of the stuff he said. The G4S thing really is alarming; the strikes could have caused serious disruption if they’d gone ahead; and Twitter at least has been very cynical about the circus attending the Games. Poor sod. For once in his life he gets something right, and a nation rises up to smack him in the face.

      • I hear you: when I end up in the same situation, I use the old Southernism “Even a blind pig can find an acorn now and then.” Technically, he was right. It’s just that Romney is so insanely tone-deaf and clueless about what to say and when that he’s making George W. Bush sound eloquent, and lower than that I can’t get. (That’s pretty much how his campaign is running here, by the way. He opens his yap, drops a vowel movement or two, and watches as his advisors spend days and weeks trying to rationalize that what he said was both considerate and informed. The only reason why he stands any chance at all in the upcoming election is because of the number of crazed bigots who’d gleefully sign up for eight years of Charles Manson as President rather than one more second with Obama. I’m actually sympathetic with several Republican friends who realized a while back that Romney can only run on an “anything but Obama” campaign, because he can’t give a single reason why anyone would want to vote for him. I pat them on the back and tell them “Tell me about it. That’s exactly how I felt about John Kerry…and Al Gore…and Michael Dukakis…and Walter Mondale…and George McGovern…”)

  2. I’m with you there. When even we on this side of the Atlantic realise that a candidate is just batshit crazy, that is a seriously crazy candidate. He had a terrible day, though. He let slip he’d been briefed by the head of MI6 – which you never do – he got his terminology wrong when me met Miliband. It emerged that he’d referred to Britain in a book as a little island that makes stuff nobody wants to buy true enough as it goes, but still. He couldn’t have seemed more like a muppet if Frank Oz had been doing his voice and Jim Henson had his hand up his backside.

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