As we learned and saw during his quest to secure the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney has a habit of doing two things he apparently hopes will ingratiate himself to voters. One is flat-out pandering. The other is waxing amazed at what he just saw or who he has just met as if he were a traveler in a strange and distant land for the first time. This latter trait is so disconcerting that when the former Massachusetts governor was making his way through the South in March, I made this pithy observation.
With regard to Mitt Romney, poor guy, the only second time he’s had catfish ever and cheesy grits and a biscuit, it’s almost as if we’re watching Mitt Romney on safari in his own country.
The “cheesy grits” referred to Romney’s failed attempt to curry favor with Mississippi voters in March. To make matters worse, he added a little Dixie inflection to his voice.
Mornin’, y’all. I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits.
That came less than a month after his spectacular pander in his home state of Michigan. You’d think the son of a thrice-elected governor of the state wouldn’t have to resort to this sort of thing.
I love this state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height. . . . I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. . . . I love cars.
At an event in Fort Worth, Texas, two weeks ago, Romney went on and on about a tall man he met.
I met a guy yesterday, seven feet tall. Yeah, handsome, great big guy. Seven feet tall! . . . He started a business.. . . I mean I figured he had to be in sport. But he wasn’t in sport.
Where do you get your hoagies here? Do you get them at Wawas? Is that where you get them?. . .
Well, I went to a place today called Wawas. You ever been to Wawas? Anybody been there? Some people don’t like . . . I know, I’m sorry. It’s a big state divide. But we went to Wawas . . .
I was at a Wawas. I went to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone key pad.… You touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier, and there’s your sandwich. It’s amazing!
What’s amazing is that Romney is seeking to lead a nation he appears to be visiting for the very first time. Pity he won’t settle for a t-shirt instead of the presidency as his souvenir.