Mitt Romney loves so many things. He loves cars, trees and freedom. He loves "our lands." He loves "our people." He loves "all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan."
In Mississippi, Romney did try out some Southern charm, telling his audience he was "an unofficial Southerner."
"I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and things," he joked. "Strange things are happening to me."
Based on my own Yankee attempts to figure out exactly what grits are, the following is a dramatization of a top-level Romney campaign meeting…
Mitt Romney: Thanks for all your work. Are you French-Canadian?
Mississippi Staffer: Umn, Scotch-Irish. Can we talk about your morning schedule, sir?
Staffer: You'll be having grits tomorrow morning. They're sort of like polenta… Please don't say that aloud.
So authentic folksiness is a tough slog. Perhaps Romney isn't a real Southerner, but he does own some of its politicians…
But the ultimate compliment came from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who endorsed Romney in Pascagoula.
"He just has a warm, comfortable way about him," Bryant told reporters. "I like to see a man when he's holding a baby. And he looks like he's held a baby before."
Way to lower expectations, governor. There's no way Romney can mess this up now…
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