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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Romney Gets Knocked Down on Slain Soldier Story

Patriotism is the last refuge of Scoundrels. So says Oscar Wilde. And now Mitt cant get a break. The Seal Team member whom he tearfully recalled meeting and subsequently being slain is now off limits for his stump speeches. He was getting a lot of traction with his chance meeting story and connecting it to Obamas laggard support for the military. It seemed he was on a roll on his post debate juggernaut where even Mitt outdistanced his awkward fumbling say anything shadow. Until the mom of the slain solider piped up.

Pity Mitt. She is not a fan. In fact she thinks it is rather disgusting what Mitt is doing to the memory of her son. "He shouldn't make my sons death part of his political agenda. Its wrong to use these brave young men who wanted freedom for all to degrade Obama," so says the mother Barbara Doherty. Then she added the coupe de grace. "I don't trust him." Ouch.

Apparently Mitt practically jumped into Glen Dohertys lap when he met him, prompting the solider to lament he seemed "comical...and insincere and stale." So says the warrior of the man (Mitt)who dodged service to his country. Mitt apparently had to approach Glen four times to get his story and then he proceeded to use it as patriotic cocaine. What do we make of any of this?

That Mitt will do anything. Yes. But that even when things are going well for him he cant stop his Gerald Ford imitation of fumbling the ball in the disingenuous end zone. He cant get it right because for all of David Brooks of the NY Times hopes that somewhere in the automaton that is Mitt there lurks a real person. Sadly there is a real person, but he is just not a very impressive person. And therein lies the rub.

And so we have to return to the first line. Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels...or guys like Mitt.

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