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One reason the Republicans are cycling through one non-Romney candidate after another appears to be that they’re desperate to stave off the inevitable Romney candidacy, in which the former Massachusetts governor’s flaws are fully exposed.One of those flaws, of course, is Romney’s aloofness. At times, he just doesn’t seem like he’s down with the people.
On a recent flight from Florida, trying to address this deficiency, Romney sat in coach.
This itself is a comical act given how rich he is, but a candidate’s gotta do what a candidate’s gotta do.
But then he ruined the effect by displaying more interest in his iPad than a fellow American!
Carolyn McClanahan of Jacksonville, Florida, was sitting next to Romney, and she wanted to tell him all about her plan to fix the healthcare system.
But Romney didn’t listen!
Instead, reports Emmarie Huetteman of the the New York Times,
“He looked at me blankly and said, ‘I understand,’ then put his iPad headphones in and kept reading,” she said.
So Carolyn presumably did what every self-respecting American would do if not suitably pandered to by a Presidential candidate: Took her story to the New York Times.
The moral of the story, of course, is that if Romney is going to pretend he’s an ordinary American by flying coach, he’s also going to have to act like an ordinary American by listening to his seat-mates’ boring ideas about how to fix the country.
If he’s not prepared to do that, he should just fly private.
Meanwhile, the GOP’s “Anyone-But-Romney” hopes and dreams are shifting from the imploding Herman Cain to the already-written-off Newt Gingrich…
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