American Motors

Well, just minutes after I put up a post which included as an aside the concession that Mitt Romney does have sort of a sense of humor comes evidence to the contrary. Check out the rip-roaring joke Romney just told to ingratiate himself with the voters of Wisconsin, which holds its primary next week. He was talking up his connections with cheese-heads and said this, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert: “One of most humorous I think relates to my father.

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No Medal For You

It’s Mitt Romney’s misfortune as a presidential candidate that his greatest administrative accomplishment—indeed, the centerpiece of his four-year Massachusetts governorship—was a health care reform plan that most of his fellow Republicans despise, because it provided the blueprint for President Obama’s 2010 health reform law.

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Being a man of the people: “I’m also unemployed.” Sharing his deepest anxieties: “I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered if I was going to get a pink slip.” Giving his plan for the housing market: “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process.

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Like Father, Like Son?

Much has been made of how consciously Mitt Romney has modeled himself after his father George, who ran American Motors, became governor of Michigan and ran as a moderate for the Republican nomination in 1968. As a recent profile in the Washington Post put it: "'He’s the real deal,' Mitt Romney says, his use of the present tense indicative of how his late father’s legacy lives on for him.

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Selig S. Harrison's 1962 profile of Republican candidate George Romney's plans for the Republican party.

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