Asked if Mitt could win without winning Ohio, his political director, Rich Beeson, said, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.”*
Really. That was his answer. Who the hell talks like that? Mitt and his staff.
They come across as people who learned English not in another country, but on another planet.
Honestly, if you were lying on your couch half-asleep, listening to the Sunday talk shows, and Axelrod or Plouffe or Cutter said that, you’d sit up straight, say, “WTF was that?” and rewind your DVR.
Some weaknesses can be overcome (every candidate and campaign has them), but not weirdness. The weird guy loses every time.
Ideally, we’d like you to give us peace and prosperity. But at a bare minimum, you can’t give us the creeps.
* Quoted by Gail Collins, “Ohio Gets The Love,” NYT