Proof That Mitt Romney Is No Robot

A machine programmed to pander would do a much better job than the Republican presidential candidate.



Look at the clip above, where Mitt Romney seriously says the following to voters in his home state of Michigan:

I love this state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height. I like seeing the lakes - I love the lakes. There's something very special here. The Great Lakes, but also all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan. I love cars. I grew up totally in love with cars. It used to be in the '50s and '60s that if you showed me one square foot of almost any part of a car I could tell you what brand it was, the model and so forth. Now with all the Japanese cars I'm not quite so good at it, but I still know the American cars pretty well, and drive a Mustang. I love cars. I love American cars. And long may they rule the world, let me tell you.      

The trees are the right height?I've joked in the past about Mitt Romney's resemblance to a robot, as in this clip, where he says he likes all types of music. But the clip above has made me reconsider. Robots are sophisticated these days. Were there pandering software inside Romney he'd be much better at ingratiating himself to a crowd from his home state. Whereas above he sounds like a rock star on a 39 state tour. "Hello, Michigan! Your cars kick ass! I've got a Mustang outside right now!"

I'm beginning to like it in spite of myself. If only politicians were equally bad at the pandering they all do, maybe we'd be more realistic about the choices before us. Tired as I am of the GOP primary, I sorta hope it gets all the way to California, just so I can see how Romney tries to pander to us. "You've got such gorgeous beaches. And boy is the weather great. It's no wonder Ronald Reagan was an optimist. I've had a soft spot for California ever since it birthed his career. What a leader you Golden Staters produced. And your loose meat sandwiches, or tacos, just delicious."

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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