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Mitt Romney, Diplomat

[ 116 ] July 26, 2012 |

Most of us have seen this, but I still find it fantastic that Romney wasn’t adequately prepared for his trip to London.  Let’s see, travel to London on the literal eve of the 2012 Olympic games hosted by the same, and make some disparaging remarks about a Great Britain’s ability to organise said games.  It really adds to the impact that the UK already has a healthy chip on its shoulder about the United States.  Pure comedy gold.

I disagree with The Guardian‘s headline that “Mitt Romney’s Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama”. Stunned 10 Downing Street, sure. Make any difference in November?  Hardly.

I never thought I’d offer accolades to either, but the best line of this non issue issue either goes to David Cameron:

We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.

Or The Telegraph:

Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.

When the Olympics gaffe is placed along side this post over at TDS (headline below) we have the makings of a real winner here.

The invasion of Iraq overthrew Iran’s most lethal enemy and replaced it with a regime that is now Iran’s closest and most reliable ally. Depressingly, Mitt Romney has chosen the architects of this massive strategic fiasco as his principal advisors.

It’s a good thing for Romney that foreign policy doesn’t really matter much.

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  1. Malaclypse says:

    It gets better:

    “We’re at a point here where we have two different roads we can go down. One leads to Europe. The other leads to the kind of dynamism and prosperity which has always characterised America.”

  2. Cody says:

    Romney is hard at work on the “special relationship” between the UK and US. I suppose this interaction is going to involve more “special”, and less “relationship” in it if Romney gets elected.

  3. Erik Loomis says:

    How bad at this is Mitt Romney? He makes David Cameron look brilliant!

  4. mark f says:

    make some disparaging remarks about a Great Britain’s ability to organise said games

    To be fair, a Stupendous Britain would probably be doing a much better job of it.

  5. David W. says:

    Since Romney’s visit to the U.K. was to give a boost to his foreign policy image and to recall his Olympic experience, his gaffe is mystifying to say the least. Contrast that with Obama’s 2008 visit to Berlin where Obama made a huge splash, and make of that what you will.

  6. Pithlord says:

    Cameron’s line is kind of funny, but it seems like a big diplomatic error of its own. After all, Romeny has about a 50/50 chance of becoming President and Cameron just dissed his big achievement/insulted the Mormon homeland.

    • Cody says:

      Romney started it! Welcome to British politics Romney.

    • Amanda in the South Bay says:

      Are you being serious? I’m pretty sure Cameron doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Utah, Mormonism and how that would play into a hypothetical President Romney’s relations with GB.

    • wengler says:

      Maybe. But the UK has already had a number of highly visible screwups before the Olympics have even officially begun and it’s the Cameron government that is looking stupid because of it. I’m guessing the last thing he needs is some US politician coming over and taking potshots at him.

      Also where are the stories about the notorious bribery of the IOC over Salt Lake City?

      • Manta says:

        I thought that “IOC” and “notorious bribery” were synonyms.

      • John says:

        This is the best thing that’s happened to Cameron in some time. The tabloids have all forgotten about attacking his government for fucking up the Olympics, and switched over to attacking Mitt Romney for attacking Cameron’s government for fucking up the Olympics.

    • njorl says:

      It’s good to put Romney on notice that if he plans on being an absolute jackass, he won’t even be supported by conservative allied governments. I’m sure the English have no desire to invade Iran. Letting Romney know you’re willing to call him an idiot in front of the whole world seems prudent.

  7. Darkrose says:

    This is the funny that keeps on giving, too: he talked in public about meeting the head of MI6–which is apparently Not Done–and then mentioned looking out “the backside” of No. 10.

    Also, his trip to Israel may not start well. Bibi has categorically denied that he and Mitt were ever friends, let alone the BFF’s Mitt’s been claiming they are.

  8. Jim Lynch says:

    Does this spell the doom of Romney’s “Anglo-Saxon uber alles” talking point?

    • Cody says:

      No, the people that are voting for him will buy it anyways. It doesn’t really matter what he does – Republicans are suckers for stupid leaders.

  9. I disagree that this is meaningless in November. This – or, I should say, “these” – don’t just tell us about Mitt Romney and foreign policy; they tell us something about Mitt Romney, the man. He’s made himself look like a clown again. Hatred isn’t fatal is politics; laughter is fatal.

    Also, foreign policy won’t matter in this election…unless something happens between now and November. But what could possibly happen?

    • ploeg says:

      Agreed. “This” might not make any difference in November, at least by itself, but Mitt is a perpetual “this”-producing machine. It’s as if Mitt’s staff packed Mitt on the earliest possible flight overseas so that Mitt could do “this” where “this” hopefully might not do so much harm.

    • Pithlord says:

      Hard to imagine a swing voter in Ohio caring about this. Obama is way ahead on foreign policy anyway, but that’s not what decides elections.

      • NonyNony says:

        This isn’t about foreign policy, actually. This is trivial stupidity.

        Trivial stupidity is what a sizeable chunk of swing voters are all about. Which candidate looks stupid in a tank? Which candidate said something out of touch about supermarket grocery scanners? Which candidate claims to have invented the Internet? Which candidate acts like a robot made out of wood? Which candidate would you like to have a beer with?

        “Haw haw, Romney’s a moron” sways more people than it should. People don’t like to vote for losers, they like to vote for winners.

      • It’s easy to see a swing voter in Iowa caring about whether or not she can take Mitt Romney seriously as a President, if enough of “these” accumulate.

        It’s particularly unhelpful on his first real appearance on the world stage.

        • STH says:

          Well, I think these things have a greater impact if they feed into an ongoing narrative; if Obama can tie this into the “clueless rich guy” meme, it could help him.

        • Cody says:

          Personally, I look at it more in the angle of his campaign strategy. Now he is once again on the defensive. After being shoved into the label of “vulture capitalist” by Obama this month, he followed it up by gaffes on foreign policy.

          The foreign policy doesn’t help, but now he has nothing to distract us from his Bain record. What’s he going to say? “Look at what I’m doing now – insulting the UK and such while in London – instead of what Obama told you I did 10 years ago!”

      • rea says:

        Look, he’s on on this tour for a reason–he’s trying to emphasize his differences from Obama on foriegn policy–supposedly closer to our traditional European allies and less likely to take shit from Mooslums and orientals. His handlers wouldn’t have him doing this if they didn’t think it was important, maybe not to the masses of voters, but certainly to the elites to whom a Republican ordinarily looks for support. Day 1 of the trip, he attacks Obama for supposedly not appreciating the historic “Anglo-Saxon” alliance. Day 2 of the trip, he starts fights with every British politician in sight.

        Whatever this trip was supposed to accomplish, it’s not accomplishing it, due to Romney’s incompetence.

        • chris says:

          Whatever this trip was supposed to accomplish, it’s not accomplishing it, due to Romney’s incompetence.

          Well, that’s one interpretation. The other is that this is the NAACP speech writ large — he went there to get booed, because having foreigners hate him proves he’s more American. Screw foreigners anyway, that’s what Real Americans think.

          …I hope it would take a serious kool-aid overdose to make him think that’s a winning strategy, but low-information voters never fail to disappoint.

  10. Donalbain says:

    London Mayor Boris Johnson got in a little dig as well. Referring to Mitt as “some guy called Mitt Romney”.

    • Mitt Romney is going to become a stereotype for Americans before this trip is over.

      When people in other countries want to tell an American joke, it’s going to start “So Mitt Romney walks into a pub…”

      • KadeKo says:

        As long as Mittster doesn’t profess his love of football, the real kind.

        I already have to overcome being a footie fan from America to begin with, when it comes to Britons, Continentals, and South Americans.

      • mds says:

        When people in other countries want to tell an American joke, it’s going to start “So Mitt Romney walks into a pub…”

        …and can’t drink anything, but he does fire all the patrons.”

  11. scott says:

    I got this off the Political Wire site below, but in his campaign book he apparently dissed England as a small place that doesn’t make anything anybody wants. Grace and tact don’t seem to be his strong points.

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/07/26/romney_once_called_england_just_a_small_island.html

    • wjts says:

      “England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small.”

      “Its trees are the wrong height. I do not like England.”

      • SEK says:

        Also, of course, England isn’t an island.

        • rea says:

          Not an island?

          This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
          This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
          This other Eden, demi-paradise,
          This fortress built by Nature for herself
          Against infection and the hand of war,
          This happy breed of men, this little world,
          This precious stone set in the silver sea,
          Which serves it in the office of a wall
          Or as a moat defensive to a house
          Against the envy of less happier lands,
          This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

          Well, yes, calling England an island is a bit disrespectful of Scotland and Wales, but there is ample precedent.

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  13. rea says:

    You have to admit it’s impressive: only a day or so after accusing Obama of insufficient sensitivity to the historic alliance of Anglo-Saxon countries, he’s got himself into a slagging match with the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

  14. Hogan says:

    Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.

    And that’s what his friends are saying about him.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Brockington,

    I think it’s great that you are able to bring your perspective to this issue since you are from across the pond and it’s very welcome.

    When you post on issues that are American issues…..not so much.

  16. olexicon says:

    In fact that trolling is almost as horrible and gaffe-filled as Mitt Romney’s trip thus far

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  19. wengler says:

    Romney adviser: You need to go somewhere to highlight your foreign policy.

    Romney: Where?

    Adviser: I dunno. London? They’ve got the Olympics and you did that.

    (Romney goes to London)

    Romney: OK I’m here. Now what?

    Adviser: Everyone I’ve called is busy with the Olympics and won’t do a photo op.

    Romney: SO I’M NOT IMPORTANT TO THEM?! SCREW YOU STUPID ENGLAND! I AM THE GREAT MITT ROMNEY! I HAVE MONEY! YOU WILL RUE THE DAY YOU DIDN’T DO A PHOTO OP WITH ME!

  20. anniecat45 says:

    There’s a Twitter hashtag now, #romneyshambles, and the tweets are laugh-out-loud funny. Sample:

    “London hasn’t seen this big a bombing since World War II”

  21. DMN says:

    Why do they hate us?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Mitt Romney, Diplomat

    You’re thinking of the old unreformed LDS. Mitt’s only a monoplomat.

  23. JR in WV says:

    I saw – what, 80,000 people? – cheer the Mayor’s jab at Willard, and it was wonderful.

    Please, some rich liberal, use that in a commercial over and over and over until next Xmas!!

    And Mr. Rommoney – please don’t stop doing what you have been doing.

    And whoever said Willard’s advisers were responsible for the greatest foreign policy disaster since Chamberlain’s visit to the Sudentland, WIN!!! That was wonderful.

    Please, FSM, don’t let this cretin become the leader of the “free world”! Please!

  24. CJColucci says:

    Dear World:

    We apologize for Mitt Romney.

    Sincerely,

    America

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