Alex Massie

Reasons to elect Mitt Romney, cont...

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Nonetheless, have a gander and tell me if Mitt Romney looks presidential in this clip? It's not just the rather unfortunate - from Romney's point of view that is, since it makes him seem a heartless jackass - encounter with a medical marijuana activist (who is, it should be said, commendably restrained and temperate), it's the whole thing: the ghastly, aw-shucks-thanks-for-coming-out-on-the-weekend false modesty, the terrible, cliched waffling about how the kids are "the future" and eradication-of-freedom agenda everyone else in the world is hell-bent upon pursuing.

Now, of course it is ghastly to be subjected to the endless miseries and humiliations of the campaign trail. But since it requires such nonsense would it be too much to ask that candidates be accomplished fakers? notice in this clip how Romney cannot actually bear to speak to any voters and the appalled, panicked look upon his face when it seems as though he might have to continue anything that might charitably be labelled a conversation...

I don't really object to Romney faking it; I object to him being so bad at faking it. Better frauds please.

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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