Romney Is Even Weirder Than You Thought
At least, according to Alex Pareene, who goes on to list all the reasons why
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2012 1:03 PM CDT
Updated Apr 23, 2012 1:53 PM CDT
Mitt Romney addresses the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner in Greencastle, Pa., Sunday, April 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – The Romney campaign says that labeling its candidate "weird" amounts to a veiled attack on Mormonism. But in an excerpt from Alex Pareene's new e-book at Salon, Pareene holds that Mitt Romney is, in fact, just plain bizarre, like "a brilliantly designed politician android with an operating system still clearly in beta." The former governor is "simultaneously dorkily earnest and ingratiatingly insincere," and his social interactions leave Pareene scratching his head—and considering that his e-book is titled The Rude Guide to Mitt, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Pareene doesn't hold back when cataloging them.

For instance, there's the fact that he wanted his grandkids to call him "Ike" after Dwight Eisenhower. Then there's what the New Yorker calls his "one-upmanship." When a voter mentioned a daughter at Michigan State, Romney noted that "my brother's on the board of Michigan State." Another said she was from Illinois, prompting Romney to remind her that he'd won the straw poll there. And then there's this video. But where Richard Nixon "was epically, operatically weird," Romney is just boringly, tamely weird, going out of his way to deny having used bad words, or pointing out that the trees in his hometown are "the right height." Click through for more "weird" Mitt moments.

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newsrmandan
Apr 24, 2012 12:12 PM CDT
Ya I agree and I will be voting for this weirdo coming up. Of all the good leaders and thinkers we have in this country the Gop offers up Mitt and the Dems offer up Obama. Either something is really wrong or running a Gov. is not that challenging.
ppacimr9ball
Apr 24, 2012 8:40 AM CDT
Wake up america - there is no difference between the dems and repubs - Vote ron paul 2012
Winston_Smith
Apr 23, 2012 9:50 PM CDT
I'm absolutely not going to vote for Romney because of the horrible party he is fronting, but this is silly, as are a lot of the negative pieces coming out about Romney lately. Sheesh, if he really is weird then at least concede that he has a personality, you can't have it both ways.