Romneyshambles - Mitt Romney stuns Whitehall and London
By: Cahir O'Doherty | Published Saturday, July 28, 2012, 2:47 PM | Updated Saturday, July 28, 2012, 2:47 PM
Beginning his tour of England by querying the nation's readiness to host the Olympics
, Mitt Romney's charm offensive has offended more people than he has charmed.
Governor Brylcreem is one Anglo Saxon descendent who apparently forgets how to communicate with his own Anglo Saxon forebears.
In fact, diplomats at Whitehall are openly claiming that he makes Sarah Palin look like the political
sage of our era. Romney's visit is a 'total car crash,' they scoffed to the right leaning Daily Mail.
Romney began his trip with one of his campaign aides claiming a Romney presidency would strengthen the already strong relationship between the US and UK, because Romney has white English ancestors and Barack Obama
Perhaps that was a veiled appeal to the KKK vote back home, but it sank like a led balloon in London.
Meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron
should have been an opportunity for Romney to reaffirm America's links to a traditional ally, but instead it became a bitch fest more suited to Downton Abbey.
Note to Romney, peeing from an elevated height on the nation you are about to visit is not politically smart.
Twitter predictably exploded with both anger and glee over Romney's increasing-by-the-hour series of cringe inducing gaffes.
The hashtag #Romneyshambles was quickly coined and followed by #AmericanBorat, a nod to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's hapless journalist doubtfully representing the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
'You can tell Mitt Romney's doing badly when he starts getting booed by rich white people,' tweeted one commentator.
'Not since 1941 has London seen a bombing as thorough as Mitt Romney's,' tweeted another.
In a pointed reference to Romney's controversial exit from Bain Capital and the questions still surrounding his tax returns one tweeter snarked: 'Mitt Romney retroactively cancels visit to London…'
The scale of the rupture that has opened between him and the Brits can not be over emphasized. This should have been a cakewalk. Instead it represents the most disastrous American political introduction in living memory. News outlets were openly dubbing him 'Mitt the Twitt.'
Within a six hour period Romney was criticized by the British Prime Minister, mocked by the Mayor of London, got the name of the country wrong, apparently forget the name of the Labor Party leader Ed Miliband and refused to take any questions from the assembled US press pool.
Interestingly, Romney managed to unite both the British right and left in open disdain for his less than nimble roll out. Perhaps they have got wind of what he wrote about their scepter'd isle
in his 2010 book, 'No Apology: The Case for American Greatness'.
'England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions…'
Way to warm up a crowd, Mitt.