If you want to know why Romney will be “winning” no matter what actually happens for the next two weeks, perhaps it has something to do with our easily amused Village Idiots like the NY Times’ Ashley Parker.
Mitt Romney will be participating in his own political version of Monday Night Football when he faces off against President Obama in their final debate of the campaign cycle. But on Sunday morning, Mr. Romney took a break from debate preparation to make a stop at a gridiron of a different sort — a flag football beach face-off between members of the news media and members of Mr. Romney’s staff.
Mr. Romney, wearing black shorts, a black Adidas T-shirt and gray sneakers, walked down to the beach after spending the morning at church, and kicked off the game with a coin toss. (The press won that part, with a call of “tails,” prompting Mr. Romney to quip, “That’s the last call you guys are getting.”)
“Let’s see, look at the captain, Gail’s a captain, is that right?” Mr. Romney said, referring to Gail Gitcho, the campaign’s communications director. “Got a bracelet for you.”
Mr. Romney then handed Ms. Gitcho a white rubber bracelet that read, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, America Can’t Lose,” an apparent twist on the “Friday Night Lights” motto, which Mr. Romney has recently begun quoting on the campaign trial.
As Steve M. points out, this means Romney has now passed the Very Serious Person test.
Romney is generally getting the benefit of every doubt now. Obama isn’t. For Romney to be hurt by a gaffe (or a poor debate performance) now, it’s going to have to be monumentally bad. He’s going to get a pass on a lot of stuff that would have hurt him a month ago.
Because after all, how can the guy actually be one of those Tea Party nutjobs or an elitist one-percenter if he plays flag football with reporters? He’s an average guy who happens to be worth a quarter of a billion, not like that elitist Obama guy. America’s gonna be fine under President Romney, you guys, he engages his peers in sport! It’s not like the guy is Bush or anything.