Alex Massie

Beware the jogger!

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Another reason not to vote for Mitt Romney: he's a bloody jogger. No surprise there, I suppose. Anyway, despite that, this new Romney ad, is not without interest.

Jason Zengerle observes that Romney is playing up his "competency candidate" credentials, pivoting away from his previous pandering to social and evangelical conservatives. And so he is, but doesn't this also reveal that Romney probably agrees that the Bush presidency has been, well, a disaster. After all, this ad boasts about Romney's proven record of turning around failing companies (and "rescuing" both the Salt Lake City Olympics and the state of Massachusetts). Why would you mention this if you didn't think America needed saving? Yes, Romney says it's about changing "Washington" but that's a tough sell when your own party has held the White House for the past eight years and Congress for six of them. Sure, Nicolas Sarkozy managed the neat trick of being the "change" candidate in France even while being a member of th incumbent party but I don't see Romney emulating Sarko's success. Apart from anything else, what change - beyond managerial competence - is Romney actually promising?

Anyway, the jogging thing has K-Lo typically excited. She flutters:

I think I also hear some of the guys in the Team Romney headquarters in Boston saying, "I'd like to see, Fred, Rudy, or McCain try that."

Well, OK then... My thoughts, of course, were rather different. I advise checking the look on Romney's face at the end of this ad. He seems to be a cackling maniac.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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