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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Kent Bush: Romney needs to relate to voters

  • Mitt Romney has to stop paying attention to CNBC and C-SPAN immediately. Until November of this year, he is never allowed to eat in a restaurant that charges more than $6.99 for a hamburger and fries. This guy is so out of touch he doesn’t know what he isn’t touching anymore.

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  • Mitt Romney has to stop paying attention to CNBC and C-SPAN immediately.
    Until November of this year, he is never allowed to eat in a restaurant that charges more than $6.99 for a hamburger and fries. This guy is so out of touch he doesn’t know what he isn’t touching anymore.
    His handlers need to bring in normal people who watch sports, listen to music and just speak to him like a normal person. When your idea of pop culture is yacht races and polo matches, you will not win votes.
    You just won’t.
    When voters select a candidate for president, they want a person who went to an Ivy League school who doesn’t act like they went to an Ivy League school. Perhaps you have heard of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
    You may argue that W’s daddy was a pretty big stick in the mud and had no recent memory of grocery shopping. That is true.
    And if Romney had been Ronald Reagan’s vice president for eight years, then that might work out just fine. However, Bill Clinton took out an incumbent, George H.W. Bush, by being more of a man of the people. Voters want to elect a person who is just like them –– only really smart and polished.
    If Mitt Romney doesn’t stop referring to baseball and basketball as “sport” rather than “sports,” you can expect the Gray Poupon attack ads to flow like overpriced mustard at a country club cookout.
    I would wager that one of Romney’s pet names for his wife is “Lovey,” and I bet he uses it with no sense of irony. We all saw Gilligans’ Island, and we are not going to carry your luggage around and clean up after you just because you light your $1,000 pipe with hundred dollar bills.
    I bet when he sees one of his old buddies from Bain Capital and they share stories about buying and closing down companies, he probably does that weird two-handed handshake and says, “Good day, old chap.”
    In a 2010 story about Romney being out of place as the head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, he recounted a story of a call he received from his oldest son before the Olympics began.
    “Dad, I’ve talked to the brothers this morning. We want you to know there’s not a circumstance we could have conceived of that would put you on the front page of the sports section,” his eldest son allegedly said.
    The only time any non-elitist would use the term “the brothers” is when a politically incorrect white person would be referring to people of color, or if they joined a monastery.
    His oldest son is my age. He would have been in his early 30s when he reportedly spoke to “the brothers” about this “circumstance” they couldn’t have “conceived of” before Romney took over as CEO of the Olympic Committee. That’s not how I talked to my dad 10 years ago –– unless I was trying to make him laugh.
    Page 2 of 2 - I am assuming that Romney loosely translated this conversation with Taggart.
    Romney needs to take a couple of weeks away from the campaign while there is still time. He needs to listen to sports talk radio all day and eat at Applebee’s. He needs to go to baseball games and get out of those seats in the first row on the first base side and get out in general admission in left field.
    And don’t you dare hair spray that luxurious coiffed hair you have and sit in those bleachers. You get yourself a baseball cap and a hot dog from a foil bag and put good American mustard on it. We don’t really want you to be like us. We want you to be able to understand us.
    You have to be able to relate to voters. If one of these Thurston Howell III moments happens during a debate, your game will be over.
    That’s how it is in this world of “sport.”

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