Via Memeorandum, I came across this negative review of a Mitt Romney speech. It struck me because it seems like the only support Romney gets is from the right-wing blogosphere. He doesn’t do well in the polls. But if you ask Hugh Hewitt and his ilk, Romney’s just fabulous, the pick of the litter.
Here’s an exception.
In covering a Romney speech in Michigan, David Freddoso, one of the 50 or so bloggers at National Review’s The Corner, has just bucked the conservative bloggery tide, and for a reason that surprised me: Too much patriotism.
Romney hit some of the themes he needs to — he spoke on being a “Change Republican” and emphasized family values in particular. He also pointed out his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, which, with Thompson’s rejection of it, makes him unique among the major Republican candidates.
But then he says he’s going to move “In God We Trust” to the front of the new dollar coins instead of the side. Hmmm. I guess I’m all for it, but the crowd took a few seconds to applaud, and I think most people were as confused as I was. Is that a new campaign promise?
Plus, I haven’t seen his delivery this bad in quite a while. (I have seen it this bad before.) He was very slow winding up, and the speech has a lot of really, really lame applause lines. I couldn’t take much more after this one:
“I’ll make sure that our future is defined not by the letters ACLU, but by the letters USA.”
Yes —as previewed earlier — he actually did say that. I wish they’d given Huckabee his seat on the plane.
Barf! This is like something out of the movie “Nashville.”
I think Romney is trying too hard, and being far too transparent in his demagoguery with rhetoric like this. (Are there really conservatives out there who worry about where “In God We Trust” is placed on our currency?) But that fits my image of Romney as politically autistic — out of touch with his fellow human beings in the most fundamental ways. Robotic. Programmed. Cold.
As you can obviously tell, I have a visceral reaction against Mitt Romney. I wouldn’t be likely to vote for any candidate who embraced the social right agenda, but my opposition to Romney goes far beyond his positions, which all seem calculated anyway. Good to see that someone who ostensibly agrees with him has picked up on it.
ADD: Here, the same writer acknowledges he’s “never been a Romney guy.” But he does defend him against those who call the candidate a “slick, empty-suit type” and “a caricature of a car salesman.”