“Somehow, though, when you see her on a stage or when she comes into a room full of people, she’s smiling with her mouth, but her eyes are saying, you know, ‘Where’s my latte?’”
-- Mitt Romney (R-MA) on Hillary Clinton.
It's always nice to have Mr. Romney confirm for the public why he lost the election for the presidency.
I mean, seriously, how clueless does a man who built a garage with elevators for his cars, who refused to release his income tax reports, who was quoted on video saying that "Corporations are people, too, my friend," whose candidacy fell apart when he was caught talking about not caring about the lesser "47%", whose wife rode horse dressage in the Olympics, and whose investments are hidden from public view in Swiss banks and offshore Cayman Island tax shelter accounts, have to be to criticize anyone for something as benign as drinking a latte.
And how clueless does he have to be to think that a latte is supposed to be such a totally frou-frou, upperclass, snooty drink, when in fact it's probably the most popular beverage at the eight million Starbucks across the country.
And how clueless and empty does he have to be to think that of all the substantive reasons to oppose a former United States Senator and Secretary of State running for president, drinking coffee and milk is about as insignificant a criticism -- especially of Hillary Clinton! -- as one could imagine.
And if Mitt Romney was so prescient that he can tell what people are thinking simply by looking into their eyes, you'd think he'd have run a much smarter campaign than putting off voters with unbelievable flip-flopping that kept distancing himself from his moderate past into trying to convince people with a cold smile on his mouth that he was a real conservative spouting opinions he had never believed or stood for in his life, saying "Where's my soul?"
In a year when the economy was still recovering, and it was in the Republicans' hands to win the White House, thank you, Mitt Romney, for reminding people why you lost.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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