Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Mitt Romney: A Nice Enough Fellow

Look, he's really, really likable. And as a presidential candidate there's a lot of things to recommend him, mostly things he is not. He has never cross-dressed in public, for example. He's no atheist! And he is pro-gun enough to join the NRA, but not to go around shooting stuff.

Unfortunately, he's weird.

First of all, the name. What the hell is "Mitt" short for? Mitchell? Mitschlag? And Romney is pretty hard to place too.

Then there is the favorite novel remark. "Battlefield Earth?" He's either currying favor with a tiny coalition of scientologists; or he really likes the book. NOBODY really likes the book. It's abominable.

There is Mormonism. It looks nice from a distance, and they're all really clean-cut folks, but they're also, well, different than other Christians. You should have been watching in the 1800's though; THEN it was really nutty. Nowadays it's just a touch eccentric. It's kind of like a toothless Scientology. And how is a president going to effectively govern without access to caffeine?

Finally, there is the remark he made in speech over the weekend:

“In France, for instance, I’m told that marriage is now frequently contracted in seven-year terms where either party may move on when their term is up. How shallow and how different from the Europe of the past.”
Completely untrue, based on nothing. No one knows where he got it from. Crazy talk!

He's still more normal than McCain though.

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