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Hypothetically, a people coach for Romney - Input Junkie
April 28th, 2012
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Hypothetically, a people coach for Romney
Romney would like to be president, and he presumably has a team of people helping him to become president.

Presidential candidates have coaches.

Romney seems to be incapable of imagining that there are people who have a lot less money than he does, and when I say a lot less money, I'm not even talking about poverty. Ordinary middle class and upper middle class life doesn't seem to be on Romney's radar.

So, I was wondering... what might a coach who would be trying to help Romney avoid such faux pas say to him?

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From:st_rev
Date:April 28th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
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"Okay, how much gold does Brightshield have in his pouch? Ten gold pieces? Brightshield can't afford the axe, Mitt."
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From:supergee
Date:April 28th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
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The Bushes didn't need that sort of knowledge. Romney figures he doesn't either.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 28th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Were the Bushes quite as blatant about their ignorance?
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From:supergee
Date:April 28th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
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George the Elder expressed wonderment at a supermarket product code reader when they ahd been around for years.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 28th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I know, but I don't think he kept doing that sort of thing. I also remember that incident every time people complain about politicians not being spontaneous.
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From:stoutfellow
Date:April 28th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
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That's widely believed, but Snopes says he didn't.
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From:ndrosen
Date:April 28th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm tempted to say that Romney needs a consistency coach, but then I remembered that he has had a pretty successful political career by shifting with every breeze.
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From:beamjockey
Date:April 29th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
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Are you thinking of applying for the job?
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 29th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't be worse at it than whoever they've got.
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From:sethg_prime
Date:April 29th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
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FDR and the Kennedys were from the patrician class, and they seem to do all right (as politicians, at least) relating to people with less money.

I don’t think Romney has a problem with bad manners (which the term “faux pas” implies); I think the problem is either one of will (it is inconsistent with his ideology to believe that certain money-related problems are salient in many Americans’ lives) or of general social skills (which you need a fuckload of to be a Presidential-scale politician, and Romney... is no Reagan, and not even a Bush II).
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From:cakmpls
Date:April 29th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I really don't think anything would make a dent except having him live an ordinary person's life for some period.
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