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MADCAP MITT by Elizabeth Searle
While it’s not an official qualification, most successful Presidential candidates in recent years have displayed a winning sense of humor. Bill Clinton rescued his political career after his disastrouly dull 1988 convention speech by gamely mocking himself and playing sax on Johnny Carson.
But does anyone want to have a beer with Mitt Romney? Romney’s attempt this week to tell a ‘humorous’ story may reveal why it’s not only dogs who flee from Madcap Mitt:
During a conference call in Wisconsin, Romney told what he described as a “humorous” story about how his father once shut down a factory in Michigan and moved production to Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
One of [the] most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors. … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production 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.
Any voters rolling in the aisles at the thought of unemployed factory workers? Romney’s sense of humor is one surely only fellow androids can appreciate. His attenmpts at light humor tend to ‘go over’ like a lead balloon. Will those lead balloons help sink his campaign?
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