While following Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, the Times has noticed some interesting quirks about how the candidate attempts, often unsuccessfully, to interact with voters. The paper of record analyzes these odd habits today in a piece that treats Romney not merely as a generally awkward person, but possibly as an alien or robot struggling to navigate the world of man and all of his complex social norms and expectations. Here are the five moments in the piece where Romney appears most un-human:>
5. Romney’s insufficiently nuanced assumptions about human relationships cause him to cluelessly stumble into uncomfortable situations:
“Daughter?” he asked a woman sitting with a man and two younger girls at the diner in Tilton, N.H., on Friday morning. Her face turned a shade of red. “Wife.”
Oh, Mr. Romney said. “It was a compliment, I guess,” said the woman, Janelle Batchelder, 31. “At the same time, it was possibly an insult.”
4. Romney likes to congratulate people, but “[f]or what, exactly, is not always clear,” as if this is just something he has noticed humans saying to one another.
3. Romney’s forced, robotic laughter is transcribed multiple times as “Ha-ha.”
2. When Romney can’t compute an acceptable response to a comment directed at him, he will quickly shut down the conversation, like a web browser that crashes when loading a complicated program:
In Bedford, N.H., a woman walked up to him after a speech and declared: “I have a lot [of] friends who say you are the robotic type. And I am like, no, you need to stay that way because you are a leader.”
Mr. Romney’s mouth arched into a somewhat pained smile as he rushed to conclude the conversation. “Nice to see you guys,” he said as he walked away.
1. Romney has trouble with the uniquely human trait known as “humor,” sometimes falsely detecting it when it does not exist:
Most Viewed Stories
- Tucker Carlson Reports He Lost the Only Copy of Documents That Nail Biden
- Trump Corruptly Meddled With Probe Into Crimes by Turkish Bank
- Trump Tells the Supreme Court It’s on His Election Team
- Why Did Tucker Carlson Mail Hunter Biden Documents on a Flash Drive?
- Frank Rich: Tuesday’s Worst-Case Scenario
Today in news that will not shock you
A top White House adviser on Friday called President Donald Trump’s longshot pledge to have a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 3 “kind of an arbitrary deadline,” as Election Day prepares to come and go with no shot having even applied for approval yet.
“We’ve got nearly half a dozen vaccines that are in Phase Three clinical trials, which is record time to get it there for a novel virus like we’re dealing with,” White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah told reporters. “We’re still highly confident we’ll have one by the end of the year and be prepared to deploy it to a hundred million Americans.”
“His goal has never — Election Day is kind of an arbitrary deadline,” she added.
Unprecedented turnout in Texas
The state is reporting 9,009,850 votes already cast, vs. the all-time record of 8,969,226 in 2016. This is massive.
Trump absolutely needs to win Florida, so these numbers are not what his campaign wants to see
Florida: Registered voters
Joe Biden 50%
Donald Trump 45%
Biden is up 6 in a high likely turnout 51-45. Biden is up 4 in a low likely turnout 50-46.
A late-arriving hurricane slams the South
Zeta sped across the Southeast on Thursday, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2 million homes and businesses in the dark in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes and were blamed for at least three deaths.
A Category 2 hurricane when it hit the southeastern Louisiana coast Wednesday, Zeta was still a tropical storm Thursday morning with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph about 100 miles northeast of Asheville, North Carolina. The storm inundated some areas with flash flooding, sheared the awning off a gas station, blew a building’s wall open and caused an apartment’s roof to collapse, injuring one person inside, CBS News correspondent Danya Bacchus reports. Hundreds of schools canceled classes or planned to open late across the region.
The numbers don’t seem to be slowing down
A dramatic move from Labour leader Keir Starmer
“In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party” - spox
The new GDP numbers are positive, but there’s a long way to go
2020 first quarter: -1.3%
2020 second quarter: -9%
2020 third quarter: +7.4%
remaining gap from pre-pandemic economy: -3.5%
Everything is fine
Right now: 74,134
5 days ago: 63,228
10 days ago: 56,007
15 days ago: 51,038
20 days ago: 47,531
25 days ago: 43,306
30 days ago: 41,594