A mirthful Mitt is a dangerous thing. He tosses away the rules, shucks the husks of civility, and like a tamale gone terribly wrong, spills his go-getter excitement out there for all the world to see.
And some of the world is watching in amazement and some in disbelief.
Well, parts, anyway. People in parts of the world that concern themselves about the man who wants to be the leader of the most powerful nation of it.
The idiotic errors he made during his overseas trip were regarding issues, peoples, etc. he should have gotten right. But they were casually brushed off by the US media as 'gaffes', or blown off completely a la Fox News, or laughed off, as Mitt being Mitt.
Comical Mitt. Mitt the jokester. What's Next Mitt. Watch him and be amused.
(A careless habit, as it denies the danger of his mendacity. Not sure if he's actively stupid or just mentally lazy in the ways some people who have been rich from birth are.)
Mitt's mirth comes across as ham-handed, arrogant, and completely unaware of the affect on the audience. He's had to learn the hard way that he needs to label every joke as such, so nobody misunderstands or takes offense.
(This of course messes up his timing even more. HAHAHA, that's a joke right there; he has no sense of comic timing!)
Yet, offense is taken, because it is meant. It's not that people misunderstand; it's that they do understand. He is being offensive. He is insulting them. It isn't that the people he's talking to hasn't got a sense of humor; it's that he doesn't. Then he tries to weasel out of it when the predictable backlash begins.
His 'jokes' fall like an asphalt souffle.
He thinks he has all the proper elements for the perfect outcome, including and especially the chef, and more importantly, a staff to do the scut work, and of course to take the blame when things go wrong.
He doesn't seem to understand that nothing will go right when you start with the wrong ingredients, again and especially the chef.
I've known and worked for people like him, only they were in their proper sphere, according to the Peter Principle. He and his true ilk, those petty, sour middle managers who feel that an unfair world has taken a shit on them. They like to spend their time telling and often playing lousy or cruel jokes on their underlings, people who can't get away and have no choice but to take it, to avoid repercussions.
Enter Willard Mitt, trying AGAIN on the national stage, thinking he is in the same situation as he was at Bain Capital or in Salt Lake City at the Olympics, accustomed to playing the hero and being totally in charge, and everyone who listens to him, has to listen to him.
Let's not talk about his governership of Massachusetts, where much of what he did is way too close to what President Obama is trying to accomplish throughout the country. What worked there he'll have to repudiate. The fixers at Fox haven't got that 'twist' figured out yet.
Imagine his surprise when this time, maybe it's not so much. Imagine how 'disconcerting' for his handlers when the backlash hits and the usual fixers at Fox, and the rest of the MSM, actually, scramble around and are finally running out of ways to say the same thing.
'He misspoke.' 'He was tired.' 'He was taken out of context.' 'He isn't speaking on that topic at this time.' Etc.
He is not a natural comedian, and needs to remove 'humor' from his notes and ads.
Or, just leave it in, and let the rest of us bask.
In all honesty, though, I hate it. That, and the thinly veiled hostility and contempt that this sneering brand of humor barely covers; it makes me very uncomfortable. I can't believe he still has supporters. He's like that towards THEM, his SUPPORTERS!
Just listen to his opinions of the 'less than rich' if you want to know how he feels about his opponents. He distrusts anyone he doesn't 'get', and it's obvious that people who aren't millionaires aren't his kind of people and they make him intensely nervous. But, so far, they do account for votes, so he's gotta suck up to them. (Bet he can't wait till that's over.)
Best of the lot, the GOP is grudgingly saying. Not happy, but still throwing tens of millions of dollars at him.
Maybe they'll go with someone else at the convention in Tampa? Oh, no, what a takedown that would be for Mighty Mitt!