• Mitt Romney on the Proper Etiquette of Political Discourse

    The good thing about Mitt Romney is that, as a member of the social elite, he is well-schooled in the finer points of etiquette. I'm certain that he can tell you what color shoes to wear to a dressage horse show, which fork to use while eating those round Americanized French pastry things, and he knows damn well the proper height of a tree. (Anything over about 35 feet is simply gauche.)

    Also, he knows when political etiquette is being breached. Like, for example: Spending tens of millions of dollars on caustic all-encompassing smog of negative attack ads on your primary opponents: totally acceptable and within the bounds of proper behavior. Talking about your general election opponent: bourgeois and demeaning

    "The president's campaign has put out a campaign that's talking about me and attacking me. I think it's just demeaning to the nature of the process, particularly when we face the kinds of challenges we face."

    Okay, so talking about a candidate is out this season? Well, the Obama campaign certainly wouldn't want to run the risk of looking common, would it? Though, I wonder if Romney can maybe be a little more specific concerning what "talking about" includes

    "[O]ur campaign would be — helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon — business or family or taxes or things of that nature."

    Oh! Business and taxes are both off the table! No wonder the Obama campaign has been on a non-stop stream of "new lows" for the past few weeks! They probably just assumed that Mitt Romney wanted to talk about finance and business based upon everything else that Romney has said up to this point.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

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