This just in: the media have flagrantly misrepresented a point Mitt Romney once made about the British Empire as an insult to Britain. I know … shocking, huh? But the stupid Chick-Fil-A story seems to have run out of steam, so we have to talk about something.
Several blogs are running basically non-stop coverage of how badly Mitt is doing in the UK. Part of that is because, well, it’s Mitt and he has a tendency to say dumb things and has no real political principles (Example: he’s promised to get the Churchill bust back. But the bust is (a) Britain’s and (b) was returned because it was specifically loaned, not given, to Bush). But Mitt would get negative coverage even if he were the world’s greatest candidate. As a Republican, the British media are predisposed not to like him. His demeanor and his words make him a perfect straight man for British humor and sarcasm. And he’s there on the eve of the olympics, when there’s a natural surge in excitement and national pride.
So ignore anything coming from the other side of the Atlantic. If Romney is elected, the Brits will find a way to work with him. I mean, for fuck’s sake, if they can work with France, they can work with anyone.