Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tanglefoot Romney

In 1968, a Republican governor remarked, "Watching George Romney run for President is like watching a duck try to make love [PG version] to a football."

His son is keeping up the family tradition. Today, John McCain, running third in the West Virginia convention, turned supporters loose to vote for Mike Huckabee, who won the state's 18 delegates on the second ballot. Mitt Romney's campaign called foul, claiming a "backroom deal" to undercut him.

Huckabee replied that Romney "was saying yesterday, 'No whining.' So is it no whining or whining? He can't even keep a straight answer on the 'whining or no whining' question. There was no backroom deal. There wasn't even a front room deal. There was no deal."

Yesterday's Mitt misstep was dumping on Bob Dole for trying to get Rush Limbaugh to let up on John McCain. Romney rushed in to label Dole a loser in 1996 whose campaign resembled McCain's effort now. After a howl from conservatives, some of whom are supporting him, Romney had to backtrack to "make it very clear. Senator Dole is an American hero, a war hero, a fine man and a great leader for our party.”

The man can't seem to get out of his own way. If he were to get to the White House, Saturday Night Live would have to bring back Chevy Chase to do his Gerald Ford falling-all-over-himself routine.

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