… Romney brings his entire family to New Hampshire these summers, but he hasn’t always spent his Independence Days in the Granite State, or even the U.S.
Growing up, Romney actually spent most of his Fourths in Canada, at his family’s cottage on Lake Huron where they would light off their own fireworks. George Romney, Mitt’s father and the former governor of Michigan, jokingly called himself a “Summer Canadian.” Campaigning for his father in 1962, a 15-year-old Mitt told a Fourth of July gathering in Michigan, “It’s really fun to be here in the United States for the Fourth of July for the first time!”It didn’t go over well. In August of 2006, he told the Boston Globe of that remark, “That wasn’t a great line.” He added, “[It] happened to be true, but it wasn’t exactly what the campaign folks were looking for … Yeah, I was not particularly adept at my communications with the media.”…
The NYTimes is shocked, shocked to report that MotU Rupert Murdoch is less than impressed by would-be BSD Willard:
Mr. Murdoch’s thoughts on the Republican presidential candidate’s prospects? “Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from the team.” Chances of that? “Doubtful,” he tapped out in a Twitter message from his iPad last weekend.
Then, on Thursday, Mr. Murdoch’s flagship newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, published a blistering editorial criticizing Mr. Romney’s campaign, accusing it of being hapless and looking “confused in addition to being politically dumb.”
Mr. Murdoch has never been particularly impressed with Mr. Romney, friends and associates of both men say. The two times Mr. Romney visited the editorial board of The Journal, Mr. Murdoch did not work very hard to conceal his lack of excitement. “There was zero enthusiasm, no engagement,” said one Journal staff member who was at the most recent meeting in December…
Also, while I have a certain amount of sympathy for a woman who’s been living in the Romney compound since she was sixteen — sort of like being a prisoner of the Koresh cult, but with way more frequent flyer miles — Ann Romney has got to stop auditioning for the Barbara Bush role.