Quite Possibly the Queerest Thing We've Ever Heard
... and by queer we mean "odd."
You may not know this, but Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who as far as we can tell has never missed an opportunity to suck up to anyone in furthering his Presidential ambitions, lists his favorite United States President as Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Now that's totally cool with us.
We like Ike ourselves, and consider his "Mandate for Change" and "Waging Peace" autobiographies to be among the best ghost-written Presidential memoirs of all time.
But Romney's love for the former President, according to The Atlantic Monthly magazine anyway, apparently goes beyond mere political convenience ... way beyond, if you ask us.
From the September 2005 edition we read:
"And then there's a story behind this," Romney said, pulling out a plate with a picture of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower painted on it. "Not only was Eisenhower one of my favorite Presidents; when we became grandparents, you get to choose what the kids will call you. Some call you Papa. I chose Ike. I'm Ike and Ann (Romney's wife) is Mamie."
Aye, Cabana Boy. Are you kidding?
Later in the interview, the Atlantic Monthly reporter clarified that this story was partly "wishful thinking" on Romney's part, saying that "Romney's son Tagg told me that although his granddaughter, the oldest grandchild, did in fact call (Romney) 'Ike' at his request, she was the only one of the eight grandchildren who ever did. When later grandchildren started to call him Papa, she went along."
Poor kid. She probably felt as weird saying it as we did reading about it.
Next to early GOP Presidential frontrunner John McCain, Romney has been the most aggressive 2008 campaigner and "cash-dropper" to local candidates and party organizations. Playing up his social conservatism here in the Palmetto State and in Iowa, Romney has also stepped in it a time or two, getting in trouble for calling the Civil War the "War of Northern Aggression" at a speech in Charleston, S.C., and referring to the disastrous Big Dig in his home state of Massachusetts as a "tar baby" at a campaign stop in Iowa.
And Ike's ... sorry, we mean Mitt's ... slogan - "There's just something about America," could sure use an upgrade.
After all, "there's just something about Canada," too, but that doesn't mean we want to live there.
Romney's S.C. aides are petrified about his Mormon faith adversely impacting his standing among South Carolina's social conservatives, never failing to point out that he is a man of strong faith and family values who opposes abortion and gay marriage.
Well, the fact that Romney is a Mormon has never bothered FITS.
Seriously, who can argue with an afterlife that features the male populating his own "spirit moon" with multiple wives?
No, Ike's biggest South Carolina problem - well, aside from his Hillary Care-lite universal health care proposal that would make the real Eisenhower and every Republican President who followed him turn cartwheels in their graves - is the the fact that he's just a little bit too slick and polished, a little bit too eager to please ... and a lot too cheezy.
Sorry, Ike (and a special sorry to our favorite lady in white) ... but that's just how we see it.
According to a poll released today by Quinnipiac University, Independent candidate and incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman leads Democratic nominee Ned Lamont 53-41% in a three way race, with the Republican nominee receiving a paltry 4%.
The poll also shows that 99% of Connecticut voters favor taking the second "C" out of their state's name or pronouncing it "Kuh-NECK-ta-kut."