Top Three Mitt Romney Cringe-Inducing Moments from the CNN GOP Las Vegas Debate

Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, what happened in Vegas last night won’t stay in Vegas because I watch so you don’t have to. Just in case you missed our live chat room, it is now my pleasure to recount the Mitt moments that set off my cringe-o-meter, all of which occurred during a particularly prickly exchange between Romney and Rick Perry.

Romney’s Faux Uncomfortable Laughter

After Rick Perry accused him of demonstrating the “height of hypocrisy” on the issue of illegal immigration because Romney had hired illegals and had them working at his home for a year, an allegation that may or may not be true, he broke into laughter, but not real laughter, the sort of laughter you might emit if your boss had caught you cheating on your expense account. YIKES!

Romney Pleads for Help from–Really?–Anderson Cooper

Yesterday before the debate, I jokingly speculated about whether Anderson Cooper, who for some reason seems obsessed with the issue of bullying (playground pantsings, perhaps?), would spring to Herman Cain’s defense when the other candidates attacked him. Of course, as I noted, I don’t see Mr. Cain needing help from some effete, blow-dried, pencil-necked Lame Stream Media metrosexual. Little did I know that Mitt Romney would actually appeal to the moderator when Rick Perry jumped on him about some illegals cutting his lawn. More about that in a minute, but this “Mom, he’s hitting me” moment was not a good look for the former Bay State governor, especially when his champion looks like he’d lose an arm wrestling contest with Helen Thomas.

Romney Confirms His Critics’ Accusation That He is an Unprincipled Douchebag

Could it possibly get any worse? Sadly, yes, and it did, when Romney, trying to put to rest once and for all the idea that he would hire illegals, said this:

[W]we hired a lawn company to mow our lawn, and they had illegal immigrants that were working there …So we went to the company and we said, look, you can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals. (emphasis mine, because I couldn’t believe my ears)

Oh, no, he didn’t really say that, did he? Yes he did. (Here’s the video of the whole cringe-inducing 4 minutes. The above-referenced douchebaggery occurs at ~ 3:33.) So, in other words, if you weren’t running for office, it would be ok? I can’t imagine where people have gotten the impression that Mitt Romney has what George Will charitably called a “versatility of conviction.”  Maybe I’m being too hard on Mitt because, after all, there are worse things that he could have said. For example, “Principles, sminciples. That Boy Scout stuff is for losers! I am going to say and do what it takes to get elected,” or “You know that story about how I mistreated my dog by strapping him to the roof? Damn right, and I ate two puppies for breakfast.”

Mitt, I know John Huntsman wasn’t there. Was his lame campaign advising you? Did you take an extra megavitamin before the debate?

Having said all that, if he’s the GOP nominee, I’m on board. There is no more important objective than sending Barack Hussein Obama back to some Chicago law firm, college or other location where he can stop working on destroying the country we grew up in.


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