The Republican Party is slowly starting to realize that they're not going to do much better than Mitt Romney. (And I only meant for that to sound half as deflated as you read it.)
He's certainly more likable than Newt Gingrich, in that he is any other person in the world besides Newt Gingrich. He's also more in line with the current party base than Ron Paul and more in line with the current human race than Rick Santorum. So, he's clearly the guy!
The only problem with Romney — well, the only one of many problems with Romney — is that he has this annoying habit of opening his mouth. And people are worried about that…
"When you know that the media is against you to start with, which is the case with Romney and [Newt] Gingrich, you have to be extremely careful that you don't give them a phrase that can go on a bumper sticker," said one Republican congressman who asked for anonymity in order to speak freely.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who has endorsed Gingrich but said he liked Romney as well, said the former governor should be more careful about his choice of words going forward.
"Mr. Romney, unfortunately and through no fault of his own whatsoever [Ed. Note: So true; such a tough lot in life that Romney's been dealt], is almost the ideal caricature for the 'divide America' strategy of Barack Obama. It's going to be important for him to be aware of that," Franks said. "Mr. Obama’s strategy is an insidious one, and unfortunately historically effective. My only admonition to Mr. Romney is to be aware of it and to be cautious [that] what he says doesn't play into that."
Why can't Mitt Romney be more like his friends the corporations? You never catch them saying anything. They are content to float majestically above the populace, siphoning money into the stratosphere. When oh when are we going to amend our archaic laws against nominating non-sentient-Americans like Halliburton and Bain Capital?
Until that injustice is overturned, I suppose we'll just have to make do with non-sentient-Americans like Mitt Romney.
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