Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mitt the Twit

The headline from the British newspaper, The Sun.  (credit:  http://underthemountainbunker.com/2012/07/27/mitt-the-twit-headline-from-the-london-sun-romneyshambles/)
Just when I think Mitt Romney can't be any more of a putz, he outdoes himself.  The latest follows from his recent trip to London --- a supposed opportunity for him to present himself in a presidential light and to cozy up to our closest allies --- but where he, instead, insulted his hosts and their preparation of the games.  Yes, there have been a couple of blunders in the lead-up to the opening ceremony (bus drivers getting lost, too few guards trained by the contractor hired to provide security) but you'd think a man of his experience and pedigree could come up with something, anything, that isn't directly insulting. His insult was in response to a question about London's preparation for the games:  

"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."  

Bravo, Mitt, bravo.  This was clearly one of those lapses in judgement where you actually say what you're thinking and as with most of your other gaffes, your comments betray your outsized arrogance.  Honesty is, of course, a good and admirable characteristic but Mitt's on-again off-again relationship with honesty --- with himself, with other politicians, with the American people --- sets a new low for the already dishonest, pandering lot of politicians running America.  In this instance he was honest but it came at the expense of diplomacy whereas when he's campaigning in the US, he panders at the expense of honesty.  I suppose the best politicians are the ones who are simultaneously honest and diplomatic but Mitt is (consistently) neither.   Props to the Brits for calling Mitt as he is:  a twit.

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