Join me, friends, as I take a dip in the fetid pool that is Election ’08 Ridiculous Asides coverage. This one was too good to pass up.
Today, GOP White House wannabe Mitt Romney was on Meet the Press. Host Tim Russert tried to get Romney’s response to a report that the former Massachusetts governor had illegal immigrants working on his lawn despite his public disdain for them. Russert quoted a Boston Globe article which said Romney “has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house.”
Rather than angrily dismiss the charge or clear up any possible misunderstandings, what does Romney say to Russert and countless viewers at home?
“I have to clear up the most egregious error in that article. It said my house is pink. I would not have a pink house, I assure you.” [video clip here]
Well, the well-oiled Mitt can not-so-subtly underscore his masculinity and heterosexuality all he wants, but here’s the key thing: his statement on Meet the Press regarding pink houses clearly raises questions about his patriotism. Romney saying he would not live in a pink house is actually a slam of every John Cougar Mellencamp fan in the country.
How is he going to correct this most egregious error?