Mitt Romney went on 60 Minutes on Sunday night and struck the Alfred E. Newman “What, me worry?” pose, saying that his campaign is doing just fine and there’s no problem at all. I especially loved this bit of word salad:
Pelley: “You are slipping in the polls at this moment. A lot of Republicans are concerned about this campaign. You bill yourself as a turnaround artist. How are you going to turn this campaign around?”
Romney: “Well, actually, we’re tied in the polls. We’re all within the margin of error. We bounce around — week to week — day to day. There are some days we’re up. There are some days we’re down. We go forward with my message, that this is a time to reinvigorate the American economy, not by expanding government and raising taxes on people, but instead by making sure government encourages entrepreneurship and innovation and gets the private sector hiring again.”
We’re going to stick with my message, which is cliche, platitude, wishful thinking, painfully obvious statement and meaningless catchphrase. Inspiring, isn’t it?
Pelley: “Governor, I appreciate your message very much. But that wasn’t precisely the question. You’re the CEO of this campaign. A lot of Republicans would like to know, a lot of your donors would like to know, how do you turn this thing around? You’ve got a little more than six weeks. What do you do?”
Romney: “Well, it doesn’t need a turnaround. We’ve got a campaign which is tied with an incumbent president to [sic] the United States.”
Right. That’s why your campaign was repeatedly saying they were going to “reboot” and “retool the messaging” last Monday — and that was before that 47% tape was revealed. Because everything was doing so well for you. I don’t think he’s insulting my intelligence here; I think he’s insulting the very idea of intelligence.