Romney: soul of a department of motor vehicles clerk; also: side switching a family trait that goes back 150 years

“Mitt Romney touted his early-state bona fides at Wednesday’s Republican debate, saying that “in New Hampshire and Iowa alone over this last year I have done 462 events,” writes the Dorgan and Liebowitz of the Monitor staff in a story titled Team Romney leaves no tenth of a mile behind.

462? Really?

We checked with his staff for the breakdown. At the debate, Romney specified that he was including “town meetings, one-on-one meetings.”

The number also includes press conferences with local media, said New Hampshire press secretary Craig Stevens. “He just recognizes that’s a way to reach more people in an area,” he said.

Since January, Romney has made 18 trips and 88 stops in New Hampshire, held 83 voter events and 166 total events – including those press availabilities – according to the campaign.

Romney has traveled 2,419.8 miles in the state, according to numbers provided by Stevens. (Is someone clicking the odometer every time they cross the state line from Massachusetts?) … more

Geraghty also recounts how Romney audited the receipts of an enterprise to determine if they were spending too much on office supplies—this is our visionary leader?—what interests us is how frighteningly little Romney has gotten in return for all his hard work and meticulous record keeping. See:

Romney’s spectacularly low marginal rate of return on his campaign dollars now a campaign issue!

Earlier we commented on Geraghty’s comments on Romney’s troubled relationship with his father (may his memory be for a blessing)—you can find our exposition here. But Romney’s side-switching may go further back than his father (may his memory be for a blessing), as reported by Lee Davidson of the Deseret Morning News in a story titled Romney ancestor fled Army, joined LDS Church.

It may not be what a presidential candidate would want historians discussing, as they did Friday. But exactly 150 years ago, an ancestor of Mitt Romney deserted from U.S. Army troops sent to put down a purported Mormon rebellion in Utah.

Carl Heinrich (Charles Henry) Wilcken, Romney’s great-great-grandfather, would give Mormons information about approaching troops, eventually joined the LDS Church and ultimately became a bodyguard and confidant of two church presidents more

Romney’s family’s problems serving in the military also seem to go way back.

watch a hapless Romney get spanked by Deputy Sheriff Mark Riss over Romney’s claim that his sons were serving thier country by serving Romney—as opposed to say, wearing a uniform and carrying a rifle

yours &c.
dr. g.d.

P.S. Credit: blogs for mitt, one of the richest sources of unflattering reporting about Willard Milton Romney. We need to add them to our blogroll.

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