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December 10, 2007

Lava From Mount Mitt





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If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend you watch the whole 20 minutes of Romney’s appearance on the Jan Mickelson show from last March.  (The tape started circulating in August, and here is a summary at The Caucus.  You’ll get the gist, by the way, even if you skip ahead to about the 11th or 12th minute.)

I’m not concerned so much about the rhetorical particulars as I am about the temperment.  For those who say the Democrats have issues with composure, write in Bambi on your shopping list.  For those who say Romney only got exercised during the commercial break and didn’t realize the camera was running, you would have thought a seasoned politician — one not so prideful and thin-skinned — would still have known better.

Yesterday, the NYT had a background story profiling Romney’s religion, with an image of the young Mitt’s missionary group in France.  (With the Mickelson combat in mind, all I could focus on was Romney’s grip on that book.)  With the Republican candidates coming into sharper view, the most insightful commentary on this chronological sequence of screen grabs goes back to what Rove said, which is:  “Politics is what happens with the sound off.”

This guy is strung so tight, he’s about to explode just from (off-the-air) resistance from a clever Christian conservative radio talking head.

Four years of this guy — and this kind of tension — after what we’ve been through?  It’s scary.  Very scary.

(screen shots: govmittromney via youtube)

  • Jennifer

    Quite frankly, I commend Romney for fighting back. That’s just the kind of fire I want to see in my president!

  • stevelaudig

    After looking at Romney in these photos the common body language with Bush [taking into account the physical/motor effects of Bush's 2-3 decades of drug and alcohol abuse] stands out. Romney is the new Bush. Mean, brittle, blind to reality, intolerant, double-down dangerous. take away that Mitt actually applied himself in school and may have a higher IQ, these guys are pretty much the same guy. You want “fire” in entertainers, like football coaches and players. you want sober, non-angry, non-fire in the individuals with the capability to kill millions. Reagan brought in the third world economy, Bush brought in third world governance [Katrina response] one is left wondering what aspect of the third-world Romney will install in the US, presumably third world society, I’m guesing suppression of women’s rights. with luck [which the US seems to have run out of] we won’t find out.

  • Jacques

    I have to agree with Jennifer, he sounded like a reasonable person in his defense of the separation of church and state, and don’t see that he got too out of control anywhere in his exchange with the interviewer. I still think it’s lunacy that every politician in ‘Merca has to practically be a baptist minister (or pretend to be one for his/her day job), but that’s another issue. I’d much rather see this man in the oval office than Shrub, mind you I’d rather see Ernie and Bert in office instead of Bush and Cheney.

  • Anonymous

    On air he is a phoney, off air he sounds like a human being.
    Would it be too much to ask for a president who discuss grown up issues honestly on the air as well as off.

  • Jack Jett

    Sorry to do this….
    Sorry for a bit of blatant promotion but this article on Upchuckabee was to good to pass up passing on.

  • gmoke

    I’ve talked about Romney with some friends who are members of his congregation. They have a deep distrust and dislike of the man. He is indeed a judgmental and stiff creep whom my friends say drove some from the church by his attitude.
    As Governor of Massachusetts, he was pretty much an empty suit obviously using the office not to do anything for the Commonwealth (God preserve her) but to set him up for this Presidential campaign.
    Feh! This is a man who believes that his dog LIKED being placed on a crate on top of the car. His love of his own judgment is overwhelming. His sense of entitlement means that nobody has the right to question him.

  • Janet

    OK, I totally disagree with his stance on abortion related legislation, but there is nothing in this video that makes him look like someone out of control at all. If anything, I respect him now, which I never did before. Too bad the whole thing wasn’t broadcast, because it was a masterful, fairly honest explanation of where he is coming from.

  • Skotti

    I had not heard of this, but when i heard of the dog on the roof thing i knew he had issues i figured somebody either told him that lashing the dog to the roof was a bad idea, and he did not see a problem or they were too scared to say anything. You can also watch his wife’s demeanor most married couples have a comfortable spot with one another.

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