I know this post will be a virtual repeat of previous posts this week, but I just can't let go of the "Romney in London" debacle. I've been spending altogether too much time at #AmericanBorat and #RomneyShambles, and I'm not even a Twitter fan! One thing that strikes me about Mitt's gaffes, both in the UK and at home, is that they expose Mitt Romney as an inexperienced rube... British Prime Minister David Cameron hinted at this:
"We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic games in the middle of nowhere.”
It's funny, with all of Mitt's money and international business experience, he's really a n00b and a rube. He's the kind of guy who travels to a foreign country not to experience the culture, but to change it- all the while dodging the draft he supported. Yay, Mitt, trying to sell an abstemious belief system to a nation of oenophiles. Sure, he may have picked up a smattering of the language, but his missionary activity argues for a contempt of the culture he lived among, like a tapeworm. As an aside, can we stop calling him a "vulture capitalist"? He was a "parasite capitalist", taking over healthy companies and feasting on them while killing them.
As much as his overseas trip has exposed this provincial plutocrat side, even his campaigning in the States has revealed him to be a barbarian who denigrates the local cuisine and puts "the help" in awkward situations. He is an abrasive, overprivileged prick, who has never had to make an effort to respect the attitudes and mores of others. It will be interesting to see how this oddly sheltered, intellectually incurious twit will fare in Israel and Poland, two countries which don't share his Anglo-Saxon heritage.
POSTSCRIPT: In terms of Simpsons' characters, Romney is a mash-up of the worst characteristics of C. Montgomery Burns and Ned Flanders- he combines Burns' ruthlessness and lack of understanding of the commoners with Flanders' excess of piety and goofball white-bread cluelessness.