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Mitt Romney tries for ‘Best in Show’ in Michigan

This is a holiday weekend Friday. A time when you’re physically sitting at your desk but mentally swimming in a happy-hour margarita. So my latest offering is nothing too taxing. It’s just an observation inspired by Willie Geist’s “Week in Review” on “Morning Joe” today. He opened the segment by focusing on Mitt Romney’s homecoming tour of Michigan and all of the odd things he’s been saying.

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In the Geist montage you see Romney saying, “I love this state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height.” And “I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes.” And “I love cars.”

Now, if you’re as twisted as I am, then you were immediately transported to the hilarious scene in Christopher Guest’s 2000 movie  “Best in Show,” when character Sherri Ann Cabot, 36, discusses all the things she and her 80-year-old husband have in common.

You know, we both have so much in common. We both love soup and, uh, we love the outdoors. We love snow peas. And, uh, talking and not talking. Uh, we could not talk or talk forever — and still find things to not talk about.

Cabot tries her best to make her odd circumstances seem normal by bringing up tenuous connections that only serve to highlight the absurdity of her situation. So, too, is Mitt “I like cars” Romney. This son of Michigan and of a former three-term governor of that state shouldn’t have to do this. But when you’re trailing a guy who lost reelection to the Senate in 2006 by 18 points you have to do something.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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