"Is this the most boring election ever?" Matt Taibbi asks in Rolling Stone Tuesday. He's not the first to ask that question. Begging for the next six months to pass speedily, Jim Newell wrote for The Guardian Monday, "You think election coverage is trivial now? Some time in the future I'll have to introduce you to my friend August, the traditional month of total unraveling and complete devolution." This election is "going to be dull," Peter Beinart argued for The Daily Beast last week, though he said boring isn't so bad.
You know what, guys? You're not the only ones who are bored. So is Mitt Romney, who reportedly is not all that interested in hearing folksy stories from average voters or eating fattening things like pizza. But Romney has it worse than these writers, because he is taped all day every day. That means he can't help letting a bit of his boredom show up on his face.
The banal symbolic tasks some politicians enjoy provide no such excitement for Romney. Here he is Monday at the NBA playoffs, examining a souvenir towel as part of the "Politician Loves Sports Just Like a Regular Guy" ritual:
During the "Old Foes Join Forces" ritual May 3 with Michiele Bachmann, Romney's face says, "I can't believe I have to have anything to do with this person."