Introducing Mitt Romney 2.0: The Human
The GOP’s current task is to give Mitt Romney an image makeover. Good luck with that. Anyone can flipflop on the issues and express every opinion that’s ever been expressed.
Changing your persona — not quite so easy. Ask Al Gore.
Republicans can spend billions of dollars on attack ads, but I don’t think there’s enough money in the world to transform Mitt Romney from R2D2 into a humanoid specimen. Let’s see if they can actually turn Mitt Romney into an affable likeable Regular Joe with whom voters would like to go out and sip cognac and talk about derivatives and deferred-interest debt.
Even if Romney reads his conversational spontaneous-sounding script from a Teleprompter, he’ll need to wear earphones so his handlers can prompt him on his tone of voice, body language, when to act like he means it, etc.
“As I was saying in the car elevator on the way to the yacht club [MITT! Pause! Smile! Make eye contact!], it just seems, I mean, gosh, President Obama has had almost four years to [MITT! Pound the podium for emphasis. Glare! Pretend you feel something]…”
We’ll see. I don’t think they can pull it off.