July 28, 2012 at 8:22 am (Champagne Charlie, comedy, Democratic Party, London, Republican Party, twat, United States)

The US Democrats have wasted no time in making capital out of Romney’s Olympian ineptitude in London. And who can blame them?

The RomneyShambles saw the US presidential contender lurch from one fax pas to another, speaking of “looking out of the backside of 10 Downing Street”, disclosing what was meant to be a secret meeting with MI6 and appearing to criticise London 2012 on the eve of the Games. The ineptitude is especially memorable because visiting England should have been the easy bit of a Romney foreign tour.

Meanwhile US comedian Stephen Colbert urged Romney to “stay strong.”

“Remember, your next stop is Israel. Keep up the charm offensive. I say you open your speech to the Knesset with, ‘America will always stand behind you and so will Jesus Christ. Now where can a boy get some baby-back ribs in Palestine?’”

NB: we publish the above purely for the information and amusement of readers, not because we feel terribly strongly about what Romney said. Mind, you, as Jonathan Freedland writes in today’s Graun:

“This remember, is the party that slammed John Kerry for the crime of speaking French. Its antics, like those of the man it has chosen for the presidency, would be funny were the Republican party not aspiring to hold an office that is still mighty and, for the rest of the world, deadly serious.”


  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    I dunno so much.

    There’s a fair bit of Anglophobia across the pond, and my guess is that most of those who are going to vote Romney, or are considering it, are more or less of the view that London is not a safe city to visit anyway (too many Muslims, too much gun control etc etc).

  2. Rosie said,

    From Slate:-

    What are some other Olympic-related gaffes that Mitt Romney could make over the next few weeks?

    July 31, Mitt Romney Disconcerted By Existence of Wrestling: Romney expressed unease upon learning about Greco-Roman wrestling this afternoon. “Two guys rolling around on the ground in tight little suits, grabbing each other’s butts? That’s a little bit disconcerting,” said a visibly uncomfortable Romney, tugging at his necktie. “And the guys rub up against each other? And sweat on each other? That’s just … just … I gotta go.”

    Aug. 6, Romney: Size of Boats in Sailing Event “Disconcerting”: As he watched Olympic men’s sailing today, Mitt Romney expressed concern and dismay at the size of the Laser boats. “Those boats seem awfully small. There’s barely any space for a pool table. And I bet they don’t even have guest bedrooms,” said Romney, shaking his head. “Good luck throwing a wine-and-cheese reception on a toy boat like that. It makes no sense. It’s just disconcerting.”

    Aug. 9, Romney Angry, “Disconcerted” Over Bay City Rollers Spurn: Mitt Romney blasted the organizers of the London Olympics for their failure to include Scottish pop group the Bay City Rollers in the entertainment plans for the closing ceremony. “You’ve got the Spice Girls, you’ve got George Michael, but you don’t include the Rollers?” pleaded a visibly agitated Romney. “And this is supposed to be a celebration of British music? Unbelievable.” The former Massachusetts governor went on to profess his love of such songs as “Money Honey” and “Shang-a-Lang.” “The Bay City Rollers are the finest musical group that Great Britain has ever produced,” he continued. “And to just forget them like this? Well, it’s disconcerting.”

    Aug. 11, Romney Calls Wenlock and Mandeville “Not At All Disconcerting”: GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney held a whispered, furtive conference with monocular Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville in London this afternoon. “Soon, brethren, soon. The day of our triumph is coming soon,” Romney told the mascots, after greeting them with elaborate ritual handshakes. Addressing the media later, Romney dismissed criticisms that Wenlock and Mandeville are creepy and terrifying. “Wenlock and Mandeville are lovable creatures, and have nothing at all to do with any impending surveillance state, or grand Illuminati conspiracy, because the Illuminati don’t actually exist,” said Romney, who punctuated his remarks by tilting his head nervously from side to side before stunning the assembled crowd with several seconds of cold, mirthless laughter.

  3. representingthemambo said,

    Hmm. The thing was, he may have been right, purely by accident of course:

  4. Jim Denham said,

    A fair point, Rep and one that had occurred to me as well. Nevertheless, the man is clearly an incompetent buffoon and a frightening prospect to become the most powerful person on earth.

  5. Robin Carmody said,

    Mike is correct upthread about the “special relationship” being a post-imperial British delusion, and this confirms my suspicion that the Republicans, who so loudly attack Obama for not supporting the “Anglo-Saxon” alliance, are actually the real opponents of the idea of the Anglosphere. How can you support such a concept if you take such active *pride* in being hated by the British (and Canadians for that matter)?

    The really scary thing (c.f. Friday’s Guardian) is how hard those with vested interests are trying effectively to fix the election, or come as close to doing that as is constitutionally allowed, by making it as hard as possible for likely Obama supporters to vote. Worse still, this is strongest in Florida.

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