The Romney London disaster

30 Jul

Newsweek used to be a news magazine.

Over the years it’s changed into opinion and comment because covering the news once a week became hopelessly outdated.

We’re not too sure what side of the political fence it is on, but knowing that isn’t important if one sees something they like or agree with.

First, from the Daily Beast:

It should be the easiest thing in the world for a presidential nominee: a trip to England.

The mother country, the shared tongue, our firmest ally.

And it should have been easiest of all last week, happening as it did on the eve of the Olympics.

Just praise everything you see.

Limn London as one of the world’s great cities, invoke the spirit of the British people that lives on from the glorious days of the blitz.

Praise the bangers and mash and the pasties if you have to.

Nothing to it.

Then, the Newsweek cover story which says Mitt Romney’s trip to London – where he “managed to alienate just about every living Briton” — suggests he might just be too insecure to be president.

“The episode highlights what’s really wrong with Romney. He’s kind of lame, and he’s really … annoying. He keeps saying these … things, these incredibly off-key things. Then he apologizes immediately — with all the sincerity of a hostage. Or maybe he doesn’t: sometimes he whines about the subsequent attacks on him. But the one thing he never does? Man up, double down, take his lumps.”


That has to hurt.

One Response to “The Romney London disaster”

  1. Anonymous July 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Nice use of the word ‘limn’….not one you can use every day. And you’re right about Newsweek. Time, too, turned celebrity-driven. Liked US News for many years but then they went all on-line and I still like to take a physical mag to the toilet or drop lunch crumbs on it. The Economist probably the remaining champ…but, boy, expensive.

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