This is the weekend where the best golfers in the world head to Augusta, Georgia for a tournament called The Masters, during which they play golf for a couple hours then spend the rest of the time fielding questions about why a private golf club won’t admit women to its ranks. Politicians aren’t immune from the questions, even if they aren’t known for their golfing prowess and even if they’re not actually at The Masters. That is how Mitt Romney came to field a question about a golf tournament held in Georgia while he was campaigning in Pennsylvania.
His answer to the obvious “gotcha” question was good enough that the MSM couldn’t blow it up into a four-day controversy, so well done there.
Asked after an event in northeastern Pennsylvania whether he believes the club should permit women members, Romney responded, “Yes.”
“Well of course. I’m not a member of Augusta,” he said. “I don’t know I would qualify – my golf game is not that good but certainly if I were a member and if I could run Augusta which isn’t likely to happen but of course I’d have women in Augusta, sure.”
I think he hit the high points: the pro forma finger waggle at the meanies at the club, the slightly self-deprecating remark so folks don’t think he’s a ridiculously rich guy with awesome hair, and the off-handed “sure” and “of course” as if fielding such a question was the most natural thing in the world for him to be doing at that moment. Still, it lacked something, don’t you think? I mean, it wasn’t a terrible answer but it could have been so much more. It could have made news in a completely different way. Imagine is Romney had answered the question like this.
That’s an interesting question. I’m more concerned about the women of Augusta, Georgia who have to pay $3.82 for a gallon of gas thanks to our President’s ridiculous aversion to buying oil from American oil companies and his refusal to build a pipeline to get even more oil from our friends in Canada. And did you know that the unemployment rate in Georgia was 9.1 percent last month? I remember when the President’s crack economic team promised us we could hold unemployment under 8 percent if we’d just borrow another trillion dollars or so. That was, what 2 or 3 trillion dollars ago? I’d say the folks of Georgia care a whole lot more about the 50, 60, or 70 dollars they’ll have to pay for a tank of gas while they’re out looking for work or the mountain of debt the President has heaped on their children than they do about who’s playing golf this week, don’t you?
I’m sure Romney’s team expected he’d get a question about Augusta and it wouldn’t have taken much to look up those statistics and make sure that Romney knew them cold. Drill him on, say, three bullet points he could work into an answer and have him run through it a few times so he’d be comfortable enough to toss them into an answer that sounded off the cuff and he could have grabbed a cheap headline.
I think we on the right are going to have to be a lot more aggressive about pointing out the manifold failures of Our Lightbringing Hopenchangey President and we most definitely need Mitt Romney to step up his game. He can’t coast into the White House on his good looks and the truckload of money that’s let him bury the other Republicans in nasty attack ads. Barack Obama is going to bring more money than Romney can ever hope to raise and the full power of his MSM lapdogs. His answer today was a nice little parry, but he needs to learn how to riposte if he’s going to win in November.
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