You don't need a psychoanalyst to detect the latent theme running through the endorsements currently showering Mitt Romney like broken rain gutters pouring down on a concrete toadstool. And that premise is ennui. "Mitt? Really? Yeah. Okay. Whatever." Makes tepid sound like a crazed bellow. With wild enthusiasm as MIA as World Series trophies in the Wrigley Field display case. Within the last 104 years, that is.
Someone should warn NASA because we are approaching stratospheric heights of apathy here. The only thing these highly solicited testimonials have accomplished is given a face to listless. The guy needs industrial-strength hip waders to slog through the thigh-high lethargy.
George W. Bush carved a precious three seconds out of his busy schedule to make a momentous announcement from the inside of an elevator telling an ABC news crew, “I’m for Mitt Romney” as the doors closed on him. Not that the candidate-in-waiting was particularly lusting after 43’s imprimatur, which some might call the Kiss of Campaign Death. But it effectively does nail down the eminently sought-after spoiled rich kid vote.
Rick Santorum got around to his ringing endorsement 13 paragraphs into a 16-paragraph email sent out to supporters after midnight. The only subterfuge he neglected to employ was to disguise it in semaphoric code. And these are Romney’s big-time Republican buddies. You’d think they were having their teeth pulled with families held at gunpoint on a listing catwalk yawning over an erupting caldera.
It’s been like that ever since the nominee became presumptive. Politicians oozing from the woodwork with the same kind of energetic frenzy fifth-grade school girls normally reserve for haggis-flavored ice cream studded with garlic pickle chips.
You got to know this is just the beginning of a series of sluggishly recalcitrant pledges of approbation. Here are some other passion-challenged tributes we can expect over the coming weeks.
“Mitt Romney. Had to go with somebody, right?”
“Not the brainwashed Romney. That was his dad.”
“Only two of Mitt Romney’s five sons think he’s a soulless Cyborg.”
“May be out of touch with the mainstream but looks pretty good tanning on the embankment.”
“Mitt Romney. Hey, it could be worse.”
“Not the kind of guy who would hold you down and cut your hair, unless you really were asking for it.”
“Pretty down to earth for someone building a 57-room mansion with a car elevator.”
“Will do for America what he did for Bain Capital.”
“Survived the mean streets of Bloomfield Hills.”
“Hardly ever sneaks out at night to kick homeless guys. Anymore.”
“A man who stands by his previous statements, no matter what they are.”
“Mormons are just like Christians, aren’t they?”
“Mitt Romney. Not that bad, when you consider the alternatives.”
“He’s no John McCain.”
“Going to make the world safe for rich people.”
“Mitt Romney. When good things happen to bland people.”
“Hasn’t strapped a dog to the roof of his car in over 28 years.”
“Mitt Romney. He’s got gas money.”
“Never ridden a bus in his entire life.”
“Looks more like Gordon Gekko than Michael Douglas ever did.”
“Mitt Romney. A man who feels strongly about both sides of many issues.”
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