In an otherwise fairly anodyne article in Politico today, pixel typist Kasie Hunt describes a 2012 scenario: none of the possible GOP candidates has served in our country’s military. Probably devised around a Veterans’ Day news hook, the article mentions the lengths likely GOP nominees go to associate themselves with the military. Newt’s dad was career military, and Newt and Calista promote his latest book about our American revolutionaries’ Valley Forge encampment. Tim Pawlenty traveled to war zones and met with commanders and troops. Sarah Palin’s son Track served in Iraq.
But it’s the treatment of Mitt Romney that caught my eye, far down in this article. Kasie Hunt typed:
The issue proved a thorny one for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during his 2008 run after he provided an awkward answer in response to a question from a voter about whether any of his five sons has served in the military.
In his new book, “No Apology,” Romney cites the visits he made to the military hospital Walter Reed and a boyhood hero who served in the military.
“As a boy, Bill McCaffrey was my hero,” Romney writes. “Rather than join his dad’s highly successful business, he served for twenty years in the army, often away from his wife and four children on long tours of duty.”
Despite having whetted the readers’ appetite for pixels that tell Romney’s answer, the actual response Romney gave about his sons’ military service was too awkward for Politico to provide; here it is:
My sons are adults. They’ve chosen not to serve in the military in active duty and I respect their decision in that regard. … And one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.
Sarah Palin is gonna make mincemeat of Mitt.