And they accuse Barack Obama of not being able to speak without a TelePrompTer. Every time Mitt Romney goes even slightly off script, he utters inanities so maladroit that they almost sound like he spent time polishing them.
It’s actually painful to see Romney step on his tongue with such regularity. Sure, he’s rich⎯but so was FDR, who had a similar upbringing, went to the same schools, and also grew up in posh, protected surroundings. Nevertheless, he had a finely tuned politician’s ear for the vernacular and the daily concerns of those less privileged, and those with no privileges whatsoever.
These are the big leagues. Even a would-be “conservative” Republican needs to at least pretend for a few months that he cares about the plight of the poor, for if he doesn’t, not only will he lose, he’ll drag the whole down-ballot slate into the toilet with him.
You can bamboozle the booboisie (an H.L. Mencken creation, not mine) into voting against their own best financial interests by dangling eye candy like gun rights, gay marriage, school prayer and the denial of climate change and evolution in front of them, but one thing they will not forgive is a candidate who says he is not concerned about them. Who looks like he’s detached and aloof. Who doesn’t even play touch football on the lawn of the family compound. Who tosses off $10,000 bets the way you’d toss away an empty packet of chaw.
Even if you have no intention of being the president of all Americans, it’s unwise to tip your hand so soon.