Thursday, March 29, 2012

Everything Old Is New Again: A Video Essay

Ken O’Brien

Talking by conference call with thousands of Wisconsin voters Wednesday, Mitt Romney told them he had a humorous connection to their state.

Romney’s story involved the time more than 50 years ago that his father, George, an American Motors executive, shut down a factory in Michigan and moved the work to Wisconsin.

 “Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan, and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign,” explained Romney, who described a subsequent campaign parade in which the school band marching with his father knew how to play Wisconsin’s fight song, but not Michigan’s.

“Every time they would start playing ‘On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.

I can’t help but be reminded of a line by the late Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas speaking about George H. W. Bush at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. What she said at that time of the then Republican Presidential candidate is even truer of the putative 2012 candidate Mitt Romney.

In keeping with the theme of Mr. Romney’s “humorous story”, allow me to suggest the theme song for the town council vice chairwoman’s campaign for reelection.

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