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Thursday, July 26, 2012

#RomneyShambles - Reason and Intelligence Take Another Beating in the Twitterverse

The hashtag #RomneyShambles is exploding on Twitter as I type this. On both sides of the Atlantic, people are up in arms that Mitt Romney offended the London Olympic Games.

This hashtag was apparently sparked by the Huffington Post and the piece it ran on Romney's quotes about the London Olympics.

Here's some Twitter comments to show you how, just, I don't know, angry people are:

@AFNeil: Romney has funny way of making friends and influencing people. Slagging off Britain not sure fire way to success

@Nursey1994: Dear Mr Romney, how nice of u to insult your host country. Sod off back home then... And loose

@SheSheGo: If Mitt Romney is THIS incompetent and inept at conducting a campaign, how can he possibly run the United States of America?

@professor_dave: Romney achieves what no amount of BBC propaganda could - uniting the Brits behind London Olympics!

Let's look at what Romney actually said, without the histrionics:
"You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials - that obviously is not something which is encouraging."
"Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? That's something which we only find out once the Games actually begin."

Here's what Nick Buckles, chief of the firm running London Olympic security had to say:

Security preparations for the upcoming games are in a "complete shambles." - July 17

I know when it comes to foreign people coming in and pointing out a country's domestic acne people tend to get somewhat thin skinned. And certainly, when it comes to politics today, people's first response seems to be limited to being horribly offended like we're a bunch of 8th Grade girls at a sleepover, but really, people -- We're supposed to be offended by someone's observations now?


I mean, I get that some people hate Romney because of his politics, and I myself have a few things (or a lot of things) that I disagree with the ol' Romster on, but for crying out loud, he didn't say anything here that was even mildly offensive.

I can see people in the UK getting their crumpets in a twist, maybe if I think real hard, but people in this country getting offended over this are just showing how ignorant they are.

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