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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Listen To Mitt Romney Laugh About His Dad Laying People Off

Posted by on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I told you about this last night, but audio has surfaced, and you should listen to Romney tell the story in his own words:

This is an interesting story, to me, because it takes Mitt Romney's dad—a politician who is still, by all accounts, adored in Michigan—and brings him down to Mitt's level. He's telling the mistake-filled story of his own campaign and using his father as a proxy. I get the sense that this story is more for Mitt's own benefit than for the sake of Wisconsin voters: "If Dad can screw up like that, then I must be okay."


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Wow! By the end, that is clearly the voice of a man who doesn't know why he is telling the story or what the point is, but seems nervously glad that the story itself is about to end.
Posted by PortervilleNerd on March 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
blip 2
I'm from Michigan and I only just learned during this election cycle that Mittens' dad was once the was the governor. Evidently a majority of people voted for him once or twice in the 60s but I don't know if "adored" is the right word to describe how people think of him today, particularly after his son is done shitting all over whatever remains of his legacy.
Posted by blip on March 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 3
The humor was not about laying off the workers, but about the fact that the band didn't play the Wisconsin song for George Romney's parade.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM · Report this


I don't think you're doing George Romney justice.

He was a seminal figure in the pivotal year of 1968 at the national level.

He was one of the first Moderates to take a stand against Vietnam...well before Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 5
Correction for @3: Wisconsin song should be Michigan song.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
blip 6
@4 That may be true, but if he's revered by the people of Michigan it's one of the state's best kept secrets.
Posted by blip on March 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 7
This is one of the reasons Willard will lose. He is so completely tone deaf. He has no idea how bad some of these statements sound. Obama is (usually) much more aware of what he says and how it will come across.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on March 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 8
Mitt can't feel too good about repeating his dad's mistakes. He'd then repeat his dad's failure to become president.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 9
Also, it's not like George Romney moved the plant to Mexico - he just moved it to the next state over. I really fail to see why everybody is extrapolating this into a gaffe or insensitivity, when it clearly isn't.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM · Report this
Knat 10
I agree with @1. I think he was telling the story because it was tangentially related to a topic he was just discussing with someone. And the "amused" tone in his voice is his weak attempt at making the story sound funny and interesting when he's realized, mid-story, that it isn't, to anyone (including him).

I do this sort of thing in conversation all the time, sadly.
Posted by Knat on March 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 11
@9: not gaffe, just another illustration of his disconnect with actual humans. mormonism makes him awkward, his wealth makes him awkward, his privilege makes him awkward. he comes off as an old, old man (yes, he is. he's 65 and he uses just for men touch of grey) who has nothing to say to non-mormons.

Posted by Max Solomon on March 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM · Report this

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