Romney may have succeeded in defusing his flunky's recent remark that "the White House", meaning its current occupant, doesn't "fully appreciate" the "Anglo-Saxon heritage"
at the root of our country's special relationship with Britain (while leaving the dog-whistle intact), but that flap proved to be merely the prelude to a torrential rain of clangers dropped by the candidate himself*. There was his offhand reference to a meeting with British intelligence
, something that normally wouldn't have been made public. There was his criticism of Britain's hosting of the Olympics, which has so far drawn blunt rebukes
from the British Prime Minister, the mayor of London, and most of the British media (full report from the generally conservative-leaning Daily Mail
). There were a few minor gaffes such as addressing the head of the opposition Labour party as "Mr. Leader". Then there was the renewed attention, thanks to all this, to Romney's assessment of Britain
(or England -- he probably doesn't know the difference) a couple of years ago:
England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few
exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world
want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by
water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions
That Anglo-Saxonness doesn't seem to be helping him get along with the British after all. Also on his travel itinerary are Poland and Israel, two more countries noted for firm national pride. I can hardly wait.
*"Dropping a clanger" is a Britishism for "making a gaffe". Cartoon and some of the links found via Progressive Eruptions