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July 13, 2012

A Scanner Moment Just Waiting To Happen: Romney in Retail Land


This photo of Romney in Retail Land wouldn’t be all that noteworthy except that Mitt has shown little interest in playing down his wealth.  Now, I’m not saying I’d know where the barcode is either. (This shot is from a food bank in Colorado.) But then, I’m also not running for President of the United States. With his susceptibility to seeming out of touch, the picture draws Mitt dangerously close to George H. W. Bush territory.

The “amazing” thing, though, is that this isn’t first evidence of Romney’s illiteracy when it comes to the check-out line:

Given Mitt’s so “checked out” about life on Main Street that he didn’t even know about self-check out technology (and worse, didn’t assume his ignorance was showing), his existence in a different America than the other 99%+ is a just a (campaign) disaster waiting to happen.

(photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters. caption: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney looks for the barcode on food as he helps workers at the Care and Share for Southern Colorado food bank in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 10, 2012. The food bank is serving victims of the Waldo Canyon wildfire.)

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