Why Romney Made That 'Horrible' Gaffe
Maureen Dowd: He's just too proud of himself
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2012 1:51 PM CDT
Mitt Romney, right, speaks with an unidentified person during swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, July 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – Turns out Mitt wasn't the first Romney to show off his foot-in-mouth skills. His father George, running for president in 1967, said officials had put him through “the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get” when he toured Vietnam. "And it was painful for Mitt" to see dad take criticism, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. So he built "his own sterile biosphere, shaping his temperament and political career to make sure he never stumbled into such a costly moment of candor."

Yet he fumbled famously last week when talking about the London Olympics, and took heavy political fire for it. So is foot-in-mouth disease just in his blood? "What drives his gaffes is his desire to preen over accomplishments," explains Dowd. Yes, he ran a heck of a Salt Lake City Olympics, and he's made $250 million, and he built a car elevator—so we have to hear about it. "In the Mitt-sphere ... Romney’s image of himself as wise, caring, smart and capable is relentlessly reinforced. That leaves him constantly surprised that other people don’t love what he is saying." Click for the full column.

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$28919642
Jul 30, 2012 9:40 AM CDT
The man gaffes because he is a 1%. Usually, he is surrounded only by bootlickers & golden kneepad award-winners; and when he meets the *real* world, sparks fly. And Mittens is baffled. Why doesn't everybody adore him, & worship his "genius", just like his staffers do? BAH! HUMBUG! Mitt Romney is a yhumdrum conundrum, and don't you forget it!
Just_Dave
Jul 30, 2012 5:52 AM CDT
With Obama's gaffe getting so much traction I guess Dowd had to do her part to try and shift the conversation.
Tology
Jul 30, 2012 4:42 AM CDT
Because he is an idiot who speaks before he thinks.