Why is Mitt Romney always standing on something?
When it’s not a platform or stage built for the candidate, he never seems to hesitate in clambering atop a picnic table or dinner table.
Slate.com recently posted a few choice images of Mitt standing on everything from coolers to wobbly wire chairs. While it certainly calls upon a simpler time of soapbox speeches, perhaps it demonstrates a deeper misunderstanding of what it means to address and connect with your audience.
Here Mitt stands on a chair, which would seem natural were he addressing an eager and raucous crowd, however as you can see the diner is rather small, and every patron is seated. He towers over them uncomfortably as those up close either look to the ceiling or stare at his knees.
As awkward as this picture is, it really leaves one lingering question: why the literal platform, Mitt? It seems he could address a group of eagerly attentive supporters with his feet firmly planted on the ground. For a man who has already been labeled as “out of touch” you would think he’d be looking to relate with the everyman as much as possible.
But as he continues to blunder his way through his so called “everyday tasks” like running errands, Romney struggles to prove he isn’t a sheltered, robotic multi-millionaire. I’m not sure how he’ll manage to connect with the average Joe, but I am sure standing on every surface available is not the way to it.