Dept. of Electability
March 29th, 2012

Here’s Romney connecting with Wisconsin voters:

Talking by conference call with thousands of Wisconsin voters Wednesday, Mitt Romney told them he had a humorous connection to their state.

But it didn’t take long for “funny anecdote” to become “campaign fodder.”

Romney’s story involved the time more than 50 years ago that his father, George, an American Motors executive, shut down a factory in Michigan and moved the work to Wisconsin.

“Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan, and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign,” explained Romney, who described a subsequent campaign parade in which the school band marching with his father knew how to play Wisconsin’s fight song, but not Michigan’s.

“Every time they would start playing ‘On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.

Ahh. Closing factories; talking up your dynastic roots; laughing about your father freaking out over political optics so as not to upset the dim-witted voters. Good times.

But don’t worry: Romney is a hedge for down-ticket Republicans.

  1. Galley Friend J.E. March 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    What a tin ear. Maybe the only man who can make Biden look appropriate.

    Best-case scenario: Republicans hold House and take Senate with Obama re-elected.

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  3. Galley Friend L.B. March 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    You and your worries about silly things like “electability” and “getting votes,” JVL. Don’t you know Mitt Romney is *just like* Paul Ryan? Jen Rubin says so, so it must be true.

    All kidding aside, maybe Romney needs to go old-school — i.e., run one of those 19th-century presidential campaigns where the nominee stays home and says nothing while other pols in his party make the case against the other party’s nominee. Would that really be worse than this?

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  5. Galley Friend L.B. March 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I forgot to mention the elevator for his *cars* he’s building as part of the expansion of his San Diego vacation home. Not that I care how the man spends his well-earned money… but isn’t there ANYONE among his high-priced campaign staff who tells him how ridiculous these things look to many voters?

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  7. Maguro March 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Yeah, because Santorum and Newt never say anything off key. Yep.