I have a largely apolitical friend (he voted for Obama, last election, and this year says he’ll vote for anyone-but) currently in South Carolina, on business, and apparently he was staying at the same hotel as Romney. He called this morning to say, “I had a brush with fame!”
Enjoying an after-dinner cocktail, or something, he heard a buzz, looked around and saw Mitt Romney walking through with his wife at about 10:30 pm.
“I waved and he waved back!”
“Why didn’t you go over, shake his hand, ask a question,” I asked.
“Nah. I did see two people ask him to pose for pics and he declined.”
“Well,” I said, “kind of late at night, no doubt he’s exhausted. At some point you have to be able to turn it off.”
“Yeah, but you’d thing with things as tight as they are, he’d pull out all the stops,” my friend said.
You’d think so, but I’d give the guy a break. I can’t imagine how taxing the campaign trail must be, and these candidates have been at it for a long time, non-stop. Where is the breaking point? I wonder, if one hasn’t got a chance to rest sufficiently, what that does over the long term, to the psyche. One of the things that’s impressed me about Romney is that he’s managed to keep an even tone. Some call that robotic and slick. It may just be his way.
Anyway, my friend said that at 6:30 in the morning, Romney was in the hotel’s gym, on the treadmill, earbuds in place.
Meanwhile, speaking of strain and temperatment, a few commenters have taken me to task for saying that in debate Rick Santorum often comes across, at least to me, as snippy, angry, uptight and so forth.
Hey, I can’t help how someone comes across to me; according to Santorum, himself, his wife is seeing it too!.
Mr. Santorum talked about the stress of the campaign trail and told the audience of the strain that it can put on his wife and children . . . He also told the crowd that his wife, Karen, says he can come across as angry when he speaks publicly.
“I tend to be a little passionate – and sometimes that passion comes across as anger or intensity,” he said. “Pray for me that I chill,” he said, drawing laughter.
Some people are just not wired for “chill” but if he can do it, it might help him, I think. If he ends up being the GOP nominee, he’s going to be debating a “chill” master. He can’t come off like a guy who is holding back his inner Thor.