Let’s Have A Country As Good As the Olympics!

In a bizarre if somewhat predictable development, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a very prominent supporter of Mitt Romney’s candidacy and a possible running-mate, had this to say today:

Asked during a press conference here whether he thought Romney’s experience at Bain should be part of his “record,” McDonnell shook his head and said “No. No.”

Wait a minute. I thought Romney’s experience at Bain was precisely what Mitt’s been citing all along as his principal qualification to be president. He hardly ever mentions his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, since some evil genie stole into the State Capital and signed health care legislation while Romney was presumably off creating a job or stopping an abortion or something. So if we’re not looking at Bain, what are we supposed to look at?

“All of these attacks are things that happened after Mitt Romney left as the managing director of Bain — he left to run the Olympics, some of the best Olympics in history in 2002,” McDonnell said.

Oh, okay, the Olympics are what we’re supposed to judge Mitt on! That makes a lot of sense; organizing a bunch of athletic events is a whole lot like running a country. Better yet, the Summer Games this year will help reinforce the Romney message 24-7! When we see those scenes from London, we’ll all be instantly reminded of those exciting moments from Salt Lake City that we all remember so well. Except it was a lot colder. And there was snow.

I gotta ask, has any candidate for president ever had a resume that shrinks during the campaign instead of expanding? If so, I can’t much remember it.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.