Mitt Romney's serial gaffes in London incite mockery from the vicious British press and on Twitter.
Some Obama supporters have argued that the president is lucky: Although the bad economy seems to hurt him, he has the benefit of facing off against a weak opponent. But maybe the really lucky one is Mitt Romney -- because if he had to face off against London Mayor Boris Johnson, he'd be getting whipped, as the clip above demonstrates.
In fact, it's not just the amusing Boris. All of Britain seems to have its knives out for Romney (this is something of a problem there). First, he called the preparations for the Olympics "disconcerting," earning a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron. Then he mentioned meeting MI6, a big no-no. Furthermore, Josh Rogin notes that his 2007 book No Apologies calls Britain:
just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions.
Presumably he won't be apologizing for that.
Romney's missteps inspired a hashtag that was trending on Twitter Thursday afternoon: #romneyshambles. It's a pun on "omnishambles," a term first uttered by Malcolm Tucker, a fictional profane British government consigliere on the TV show The Thick of It. (The show's creator, Armando Iannucci, is probably better known in the U.S. as creator of Veep, the newish Julia Louise Dreyfuss vehicle). The phrase went mainstream when UK Labour Party leader Ed Milliband used it in April. There are far too many tweets to process, but here's a few of the more amusing ones from Thursday afternoon:
Perhaps Romney should just embrace the phrase. Though Malcolm Tucker was based on Tony Blair confidant Alastair Campbell, the hard-charging, occasionally profane adviser is a role that Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom fits neatly.