I have some sympathy for Mitt Romney. Sure, he has a nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate count, a polling advantage in the upcoming Wisconsin primary and a pretty decent lifestyle to fall back on should the whole presidency thing not work out.
But you know that deep in the vacuum tubes of his "heart," he really wants to be Newt Gingrich. That guy fired one-third of his campaign staff, including his campaign manager. Meanwhile, Romney is forced to keep adding staffers, leaving him with nothing but nostalgia for better days in the Romney clan…
Talking by conference call with thousands of Wisconsin voters Wednesday, Mitt Romney told them he had a humorous connection to their state…Romney's story involved the time more than 50 years ago that his father, George, an American Motors executive, shut down a factory in Michigan and moved the work to Wisconsin.
"Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan, and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign," explained Romney, who described a subsequent campaign parade in which the school band marching with his father knew how to play Wisconsin's fight song, but not Michigan's.
"Every time they would start playing 'On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin,' my dad's political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin," said Romney, laughing.
In all seriousness, Romney could tell a positive story about his father's experience at American Motors. By moving production to more efficient locales, George Romney saved the company from having to shut down all their plants. Framed correctly, it's the kind of thing Romney could proudly champion, if only he took a moment to extricate the silver foot from his mouth.
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