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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

When words matter

While Romney aide Rick Gorka may have not chosen his words carefully, apparently his boss did.

Gorka's kiss-off of the press corps garnered the lion's share of attention of Gaffe Fest 2012: Europe. But the New York Times weighs in with a revealing look at how Myth Romney, salesman supreme, offered yet another painted side to yet a different audience in his week-long trip to Britain, Israel and Poland.

Gone was the rhetoric slamming Europe as a "welfare state." In its place were (mostly) kind words for his hosts (although not everyone residing within the national borders).

Analysts insist there is no inconsistency, that Romney wasn't speaking to his European hosts in the first place:
“There’s no contradiction between the Euro-bashing and this trip,” said Thomas Snégaroff, research director at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations in Paris. “He’s not talking to Europe. He’s talking to American voters, and he’s saying, ‘I’m going to be more American than Barack Obama, and that means going back to old policies.’ ”
In the artificial bubble of Romney World, that's no doubt true. But it is yet another in the endless list of examples of Myth Romney saying or doing whatever it takes to close a sale.

The ultimate irony: he's being defended by a Frenchman. How will that go over with the GOP faithful who still crave Freedom Fries?


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