When I saw the headline “Untouched by 60s, Romney Reflects Corny 50s” I at first thought it some left wing hack from Salon.com, The Nation or Daily Beast desperately looking to start a new brand attack strategy for to attack Romney. But when I clicked on it and it led me to the Washington Examiner with Michael Barone as the byline, I was surprised to say the least.
But this is what passes as journalism these days in the GOP 2012 presidential race.
Barone’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece centers around what everyone is wanting to know about Mitt Romney: Why does he sound so corny? I’ll let the culture expert explain:
But as I look back on his biography, it seems to me that Romney missed one experience which changed the outlook and even the vocabulary of most of his schoolmates. This is a man who never experienced the ’60s. You know what I mean: peace demonstrations, dope smoking, ironic detachment, all that.
But though smooth and articulate in debate, he is awkward in chitchat and often sounds corny, as if he is still living in the ’50s. That’s natural for someone who missed the ’60s.
So there you have it. If you didn’t experience peace demonstrations, attend Woodstock or smoke pot in the 60’s then you are most likely to experience awkwardness when chit chatting with others, and may come off corny like Mitt Romney.
I’ve seen Michael Barone on Fox News a few times and I find him rather dull and uninteresting. Maybe it’s because he never left the 70’s. But that is up for debate.