Tag: Media Idiots

Out of Touch with Being Out of Touch

Expect a lot more like this:

MSNBC aired footage today that inaccurately portrayed Mitt Romney’s remarks at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania.

Discussing how the public sector suffers from a lack of competition, Romney told the audience about an optometrist who wanted to change his address and subsequently received 33 pages of paperwork from the federal government, which begat a months-long bureaucratic nightmare during which the optometrist in question wasn’t receiving his checks. “That’s how government works,” Romney said.

Then, to illustrate the advantages of competition in the private sector, Romney shared an anecdote from his visit to the local WaWa chain store. “I was at WaWas, I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone keypad — you touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier — there’s your sandwich. It’s amazing. People in the private sector have learned how to compete. It’s time to bring some competition to the federal government.”

PMSNBC cut the quote so that it just highlighted the Wawa part to make it seem that Mitt Romney — chuckle chuckle — had never seen a touch screen before. We had a similar “substantive” incident over the weekend when Lawrence O’Donnell had a five minute segment pretending that Mitt Romney had never seen a doughnut. And, believe it or not, the issue of the Romney’s interest in horses is coming back again, since this supposedly makes him out of touch with … the millions of Americans, mostly of modest income, who enjoy dressage and horse-riding.

(The horse issue infuriates me every time it comes up. It’s East Coast city slicker bullshit. Outside of New York, Washington and Los Angeles, lots of people have and ride horses. I looked into signing Sal 11000 Beta up when she gets old enough and it’s just not that expensive to get involved on an entry level. It’s not a rich man’s pursuit and hasn’t been for a very long time. Talk about out of touch.)

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that Mitt Romney’s interaction with the public is about as smooth as that of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. But this is getting ridiculous. We have the mainstream media — in a time when we’re under threat of possible war, Euro collapse, China implosion, double-dip recession, permanent structural unemployment and fiscal apocalypse — talking about whether Mitt Romney knows about Wawa and doughnuts and whether the voters will perceive that he’s out of touch. Of all the things they could go after Mitt Romney about … this? Give me a fucking break. Mitt Romney could be as in touch with modernity as Mr. Burns. I don’t care if he has good ideas.

Does he? Or is he recycling bad ideas from Bush 43? Or is he just saying whatever gets him elected? And are his ideas better or worse than Obama’s. That’s what’s relevant.