"I am not weird! Not weird at all!" (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Remember when the beltway went batshit crazy because an adviser to President Obama said there was a "weirdness factor" about Mitt Romney? Pundits tried to turn it into some sort of anti-Mormon thing, and Romneyland responded with outrage. Ultimately, David Axelrod calmed things down by saying that going forward, using the word "weird" to describe Mitt Romney would be a fireable offense for any Obama campaign staffer.
Well, flash forward about eight months to the present day, and check out how Mitt Romney's own staff is describing their candidate to The New York Times:
Aides searching for signs of distress from Mr. Romney find them difficult to discern, to their amazement and their puzzlement. "Weird detachment," was how one of them described it.So, having succeeded in banishing the word "weird" from the Obama campaign's vocabulary ... Romneyland is now using it to describe their own guy's leadership style. Which reminds me of that time he strapped his dog inside a kennel on the roof of the family car ... for a 12 hour road trip to Montreal.