A Bumpy Few Days for the Romneys.
If I were on a plane forced to land due to a fire on board, I would be trying to get the white out of my knuckles for a week. When Ann Romney’s flight experienced same, it was given just one sentence in Politicus USA:
“Mrs. Romney’s plane made an emergency landing in Denver, Colorado due to an electrical fire, but thankfully all were safe. She landed later in Los Angeles.”Politicus USA
The incident seemed to be a symbolic manifestation of the trajectory of the whole Romney campaign over the past few days; it shows signs of friction and stress that have been freely pointed out by major players in their own party and forced activities to halt, reorganize and check the wiring.
On closer examination the short circuit causing the smoke and friendly fire from within the party, appears to be deep in the metal of the candidate himself. This is the kind of problem that the ground crew cannot fix by securing connections. It is a design problem – a fatal flaw in the circuitry which cannot handle the powerful current of national politics and is hopelessly moving into meltdown mode.
The behavior of the Romneys’ begins to suggest how the “silver spoon” background of their past has ill prepared them for the most stressful job in the world. In recent days, their reactions to basic obstacles and expectations on the campaign trail has taken on the kind of emotional craziness that you might expect on the Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil Shows but not from the potential President or First Lady.
“While introducing Romney at the top of the broadcast, the co-anchor, Jorge Ramos, noted that the Republican candidate had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night. Ramos then invited the audience to welcome Romney to the stage — but the candidate didn’t materialize.
‘It was a very awkward moment, believe me,’ a co-anchor said.
Apparently, Romney took issue with the anchors beginning the broadcast that way (with the reference to Obama’s offer of more broadcast time) and he refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction.
(One Republican present at the taping said Romney “threw a tantrum.”)Politicus USA
Ann’s audition for the Springer show occurred before a small group of women in Iowa and was recorded for Radio Iowa:
“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.” Politicus USA
We Know it’s Hard
Yes. We know. The question is do you know, or have you gotten yourself in a situation that has left you guilt tripping party members and the American People for finding yourself in a position that you do not have the emotional strength to handle?
Do we really want a man who has shown not only in the example above, but also in any number of situations, that he is subject to missteps to get that three in the morning call?
The questions surrounding a Romney Presidency; his inability to connect, his offending comments to national leaders, his lack of control of the message, and now, his childish emotional outbursts in the most oddly simple situations – all suggest a meltdown.
Better now than on the phone a three in the morning.