In a crushing blow to his manufacturers, it appears that a flaw has been discovered in the interpersonal relations algorithm of Mitt RomneyBot V2008.
Until now, Romney has always seemed like the perfect political candidate: solidly haired, juttingly jawed, and havingly moneyed. He has demonstrated the necessary political skill of being an attractive blank slate upon which the public projects its own ideas, as evidenced by his spooky ability to appeal to voters in both Massachusetts and Utah.
But last week, the dreaded "sick guy with a tough question and a video camera" caught up with Romney.
On a day when, in a just world, we all would have been discussing Romney's new social networking platform, the "Team Mitt Action Center," a young man with muscular dystrophy managed to catch the candidate after an event and ask him, on camera, whether he would "arrest me and my doctors" for using medical marijuana.
Romney, clearly uncomfortable, responded, "I'm not in... I'm not in... I'm not in favor of medical marijuana," and quickly moved off with a forced smile plastered on his face. Predictably, he soon had a date with YouTube.
Thousands of views later, the Team Mitt Action Center is forgotten. The RomneyBot needs an upgrade.
3. On the right track