There are a couple of takeaways from Willard Romney’s televised appearance on the Spanish-language network Univision. You know the one, where he pretended to answer questions and give substantive answers? That one.
It seems he made a few demands before he agreed to grace the forum with his royal presence. No, he didn’t pull a Palin and stomp his feet until he got all the bendy straws he could suck. He manages to suck all on his own.
No, instead, he created a few “optical illusions.” Like busing in local supporters.
[A]fter exhausting the few conservative groups on campus, the Romney camp realized there weren’t enough sympathetic students to fill the stands on their night — so they told the network and university that if they weren’t given an exemption to the students-only rule, they might have to “reschedule.” [...] Romney’s team was allowed to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall.
When you spend your whole life being the boss of everyone, firing “you people,” bullying classmates, and generally feeling entitled, then you don’t think twice about threatening to take your toys and go home unless you get your own way.
Then there was the Moment of Awkward when Willard failed to show up on stage, nearly “pulling the plug” on the entire broadcast only minutes before it started. Why? Because co-anchor Jorge Ramos planned to introduce him by saying Mitt had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that President Obama said he’d give them a full hour the next night.
Maria Elena Salinas, one of the Univision anchors who moderated the forums: “It was a very awkward moment, believe me.”
[H]e refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction. (One Republican present at the taping said Romney “threw a tantrum.”)
If this is how he handles himself at Univision, imagine what he’d be like in a world crisis. What a brat. Forget that whole prospect of a 3 a.m. phone call, he’s grounded.