“I love this country. I actually love this state. This feels good being back in Michigan. Um, you know the trees are the right height. The, uh, the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.”The trees are the right height? Huh? Do average people walk around looking at the trees and commenting on their height? Or the style of the streets? Do they have four cars for two people, including two Cadillacs? I don't and I suspect that most regular folk don't either. This isn't the first time Willard Romney has commented about the height of the trees in Michigan. He mentioned it in a stump speech a week ago prompting Larry Sabato to muse whether Romney would comment on the proper height of cacti if he wins the Arizona primary on Tuesday. Perhaps he lost Iowa because he failed to appreciate the proper height of the corn stalks.
Romney will likely win the Michigan primary on Tuesday as he should. He is the best candidate remaining among a very weak (and weird) Republican field. Personally, I would have preferred Jon Huntsman, an intelligent, reasonable conservative who was unwilling to pander to the lunatics on the right but he had the audacity to serve his country faithfully under THIS Democratic president, which is tantamount to treason. A Republican member of Congress who visited my class recently told me this privately and Huntsman said it himself on Morning Joe last week.
While I believe Romney will win Michigan and Arizona, it will likely be a result of outspending his opponents. Rather, because his Super PAC outspent his opponents in advertising. Michigan is still likely to be close, though, as the spending differences are much less than in Florida. As of February 24, Romney groups have spent about twice as much as Santorum groups.
Whatever the outcome, Willard Romney is not your average Joe. He should stop pretending to be.