Most Read: Politics

Read In

Now Viewing: People from around the country looking at Post Politics section

See what's being read across the country ›

Social Surface: Politics

In The Loop
Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Mitt Romney’s candidate jeans, the delegate dance, and Jeb Bush is funny (read-this roundup)


Mitt Romney’s strategy for connecting wit h Hispanics and low-income folks: denim. (BRIAN SNYDER - REUTERS)
For the Mitt Romney, campaigning is all in the jeans.

Apparently, a key to the former Massachusetts governor’s strategy for wooing Hispanic voters is making sure he’s casually dressed. In our colleague Eli Saslow’s story today about the one woman who apparently comprises the GOP candidate’s outreach to the Hispanic community in Florida, we get this tidbit: the political consultant advised Romney to wear jeans to an event with Hispanic voters.

Her edict: “Definitely jeans. No tie. Maybe mess up the hair a little bit, okay? Por favor. We’re casual people.”

And in Marc Fisher’s excellent analysis of how voters perceive wealthy candidates, Romney wears jeans in a key scene in which he meets with “handpicked” Floridians struggling to get by. It’s a calculated choice--but as Fisher notes, not enough to bridge the gap. “Romney offered no hugs, no back and forth” with them.

But how do they stack up against President Obama’s “dad jeans?”

And for you visual learners, our colleagues Todd Lindeman, Aaron Blake, and Karen Yourish have put together a graphic that neatly explains how the GOP candidates will rack up the 2,286 delegates out there.

Our favorite quote in this morning’s paper (who knew he was such a comedian?):

“If I say, ‘Who put you in charge?’ Dad says, ‘The American people.’ And George says, ‘The Supreme Court, five to four.’ ”

— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Alfalfa Club dinner, according to the Reliable Source.

And this has nothing to do with politics, but this headline from the Post’s crime-around-the nation roundup seemed positively Onion-esque: “Suspect in slayings had past problems.”

Also, we should think, current ones.

By  |  09:46 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Tags:  Mitt Romney, GOP campaign, presidential election

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company