After his campaign team insisted Mitt would never say he had a special understanding of our relationship with Anglo-Saxons that the Kenyan Socialist could never get, Mitt Romney continued his foreign policy image building trip to England by first hinting that the Brits weren’t as good at pulling off an Olympics as he was. He then questioned whether the Brits had sufficient pride in their Olympics to show up.
That set off the British media, who are now letting Mitt know how much they appreciate being insulted by a rich American and making Mitt the joke of London. In addition to slap downs from the British Prime Minister, whose government has followed essentially the same economic austerity policies Mitt advocates for America, and with predictable catastrophic results, we get this reaction from a columnist at the Telegraph:
Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.
At this rate, we’ll be lucky if the British have not sent Her Majesty’s Royal Navy to renew the War of 1812 before Mr. Romney escapes to Poland, where he will undoubtedly warn the Poles they should not bend to the will of the Soviet Union.
I find it somewhat reassuring that it took less than 24 hours for the British to realize Mr. Romney is not only an expensive but empty suit, but a cluelessly arrogant one to boot. Their media now know what our media should know but won’t print, that while President Obama has utterly failed to justify his own reelection, and would be turned out of office under any other situation, he may still be President next year if American voters decide that having a spoiled rich bully who made his money looting companies, avoiding taxes, and shipping off jobs will not likely help the country, even if Mr. Obama doesn’t have an adequate plan either.
Meanwhile, we are left wondering if the British will try to burn down Washington again if Mitt stays true to form. The question for the Brits is whether they want to invade the sweltering District swamps in the middle of summer — what sane people would?– just to get even with another clueless American twit.
For Americans, the question is different, having watched the performance of this feckless administration and the worst, most destructive Congress in our lifetimes. We have to decide whether, if the British start to burn down the Capitol, we just watch or help them. God save the Queen!