Mitt Romney: English Lit Major

FactCheck.org brings us this lovely tale of the new teevee ad Willard “Mitt” Romney plans to air in New Hampshire. In the ad Romney announces that “in the next 10 years, we’ll see more progress, more change than the world has seen in the last 10 centuries.” The FactCheck write-up provides a short list of the progress/change during the preceding 1,000 years illustrating how magnificently idiotic Romney’s prediction is, but that’s not the funny part.

Seems a Romney campaign spokesmodel named Matt Rhoades told FactCheck that Romney didn’t intend the prediction to serve as a statement of fact. (Well, yeah. No shit.) Rather, “It’s a metaphor about the future.”

A metaphor? Really? Saying that the next decade will bring more progress and change than the preceding millennium is “a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in ‘A mighty fortress is our God'”?

Keep in mind that Romney is same guy who recently appealed to his status as an English literature major in explaining that when he said he saw his father march with Martin Luther King, he didn’t literally mean that he saw his father march with Martin Luther King. An English degree ain’t what it used to be, apparently.

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  • codesmithy  On January 3, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Oh, there is going to be so much egg on your face when the rapture comes. Zombie Jesus will show you the meaning of progress. (j/k)

    However, I do believe this could have been code to try to out-fundee Huckabee, just as some of the Republican candidates tried to out-gitmo their competitors.

    As a side note, welcome back!

  • genghishitler  On January 3, 2008 at 7:40 am

    However, I do believe this could have been code to try to out-fundee Huckabee, just as some of the Republican candidates tried to out-gitmo their competitors.

    That’s a herculean undertaking, not unlike trying to out-bullshit Bill O’Reilly. If anyone can pull it off, though, it’s Willard.

    As a side note, welcome back!

    Thankee much, sir.

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