If you’re going to pull an April Fools’ Day stunt on the GOP presidential frontrunner, you might want to stay clear of something that reminds us of something that’s actually haunted the campaign.
In this case, Mitt Romney’s campaign team took the former Massachusetts governor to a room he thought was packed with supporters gathered for a pancake brunch. It was supposed to be his first campaign stop Sunday as he courted Wisconsin voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan introduced Romney as he waited backstage. There was some cheering, but his staff told Romney not to expect a big crowd.
When he walked out, the room was completely empty. His supporters were actually gathered in another room upstairs.
Romney was a good sport and went along with the gag in good humor.
But behind his pained smile and laughter, he must’ve been thinking about all those embarrassing moments in the campaign where the crowds were thin or appeared thin, and not as a prank.
The first image that comes to mind, of course, was Romney’s address to the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field on Feb. 24, 2012.
The football stadium seats about 80,000 people, but Romney had about 1,000 people in the crowd, making the event look like a total flop: