So, Mitt Romney was flying coach — first off, huh? – en route to Boston, and he happened to be sitting next to the smartest lady in the country who knows just what he needs to do to fix our health care system.
Oddly enough, he wasn't all that psyched to have her outline her plan in minute detail…
According to Ms. McClanahan, about an hour into the flight — which Mr. Romney mostly spent reading USA Today and using an iPad while wearing headphones — she told him her idea for improving the American health care system: slashing overhead costs by switching to an electronic billing system.
"He looked at me blankly and said, 'I understand,' then put his iPad headphones in and kept reading," she said.
While Ms. McClanahan said Mr. Romney was probably exhausted, she was disappointed he showed so little interest. Even another passenger’s request for a restaurant recommendation in Boston elicited little from Mr. Romney, she said. "I can't give you any," he said, according to Ms. McClanahan. "You'll have to ask someone else."
Oh my God, I am sooooo on Mitt Romney's side here. I don't think I've ever been more on Mitt Romney's side about anything ever. I'll go even further and say that if there were a national election right over whether or not people like Mitt Romney should get to not field annoying small talk questions and half-thought-through national policy suggestions, Mitt Romney would get all my votes. (Yes, I'd sneak back into the polling booth to vote multiple times.)
Now, I suppose one can make the argument that Romney was kind of asking for annoying people to say annoying things to him given the fact that he is a billionaire presidential candidate flying coach for some reason. But I would argue that that's just blaming the victim. Even billionaire presidential candidates flying coach for some reason should get play with their iPads in peace. I'm relatively certain that if iPads and flying coach we're invented back in the olden days, that right would have been spelled out explicitly in the Declaration of Independence.
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