In his continuing campaign to be all things to all people simultaneously, Mitt Romney has sent out one of his senior advisers to make the case that he is truly the candidate of the Tea Party. Why? Because, like them, he’s an “outsider” on a crusade to change Washington.
Speaking at POLITICO’s Playbook Breakfast with Mike Allen, senior Romney adviser Ron Kaufman said that the GOP candidate believes in shrinking government, slashing taxes and cutting spending — just like the grassroots movement. Romney won twice as many tea party votes than any of his primary rivals, Kaufman noted, and he pointed out that the candidate has “never” spent time serving in Washington.
“He actually is the tea party movement,” Kaufman said. “He truly is the outside candidate not the inside candidate.”
If he managed to say that with a straight face, we may have an early favorite for the Academy Award for best actor. As Newt Gingrich, another politician who absurdly tried to pose as an outsider, said during one of the debates, the only reason Romney is not a career politician is that he has lost most of his elections.