Lots of people have forgotten about the gaffes Mitt Romney made during the Republican primary—a gaffe, by definition, is amusing yet inconsequential—but Mitt Romney hasn't. Though many reporters have suggested Romney is overly cautious when speaking in public because his father's presidential campaign was killed by one gaffe, it's Romney's own mistakes "that make me want to kick myself in the seat of my pants," the candidate tells The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan. "I've had a couple of those during the campaign, which have haunted me a little bit, but I'm sure before this is over will haunt me a lot." Despite the widespread suspicion that Romney is a robot, we're slowly learning more about his personality. Romney seems to be very sensitive to what people think about him, and he hates being embarrassed.
Romney singled out his "I like being able to fire people" comment to Noonan as an example of a gaffe. That Romney would be "haunted" by a dumb thing he said (something even Democrats admit is inoffensive in context) says a lot about his personality. He might look like confident prep school guy, but underneath, he's the insecure nerd. There's a scene of Six Feet Under when Claire goes to art school and finally meets other kids who are as weird and insecure as she is. "You're great," she tells another student. "Tell me that when it's two in the morning, and I'm lying in bed, and I'm eating my fourth bowl of cereal, and I'm just beating myself up for some stupid thing I said in eighth grade," he replies. That is so Mitt Romney.