Rudy McRomney may be as Rudy McRomney does, but Mitt Romney is sure livening things up on the Republican front. Unless you’re a Republican, of course, in which case you might be a little unhappy. Or not. Coz after all, he sure smells great!
So anyway, Romney was at a “Ask Mitt Anything” forum earlier this week when he was once again grilled about the fact that none of his five sons are serving in the army. He said the usual sort of things about how it was a volunteer service and so on before capping his remarks with the following:
“It’s remarkable how we can show our support for our nation, and one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected, because they think I’d be a great president. My son, Josh, bought the family Winnebago and has visited 99 counties, most of them with his three kids and his wife. And I respect that and respect all of those in the way they serve this great country.”
That’s right! You tell them, Mitt! Imagine driving around 99 counties! In the United States! In a Winnebago! With his wife and kids no less!
It’s almost too easy. You can just imagine the kind of headlines that sparked.
In a way it’s too bad. Because Romney is absolutely right – it is a volunteer army and if his kids don’t want to join then he can hardly force them to join. He’s their father, not their jailer! And since when did it become mandatory for candidates to prove their credibility through their children?
I understand what some people are trying to say: Romney is one of the last big supporters of the war in Iraq and by campaigning for him, his kids are campaigning for those things – and the shadow of John McCain’s Vietnam record and son who’s currently serving in the Army looms large. But McCain didn’t (or at least I hope he didn’t) send his kid off to fight a war so that he could get elected. And his position on the war, which mirrors that of Romney, doesn’t get extra credibility just because his kid is in Iraq. Because his kid isn’t in Iraq alone – he happens to be over there with thousands of other kids.
However, the above quote is one of the reasons why Romney is always good for a Google or two when you have nothing better to do. Some of the criticism leveled against him (based on religion for example) is absolutely shameful but for a guy who smells great, he can come up with some hilarious stinkers:
There was the family dog he tortured
His potshot at Hugo Chavez that went astray and fell into the lap of Fidel Castro
The little revisionist history on Iraq
His recent conversion on abortion, the NRA and just about everything else the Right holds dear
And a bunch of other funny things