It has been hard to listen to Mitt Romney sing. Certainly, the fact that I am not tone deaf has something to do with this. But this is not the main reason. It is my intense feelings of pena ajena—the Mexican Spanish phrase for the embarrassment you feel watching someone else’s humiliation.
But now I am seeing Mitt Romney’s singing—in fact, his whole campaign—in a whole new light.
I can’t be the only person who has thought that maybe Romney is working for the Obama campaign. A lot of things start making sense under this theory. Why would Romney explicitly run as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the Monopoly game in the middle of a depression caused by evil financiers? Why would his staff repeatedly and publicly explain their disingenuous strategy? Why would he publicly embarrass himself by singing the words of America the Beautiful to the tune of a bad 12 tone composition? Because he’s working for Obama!
Need more evidence? Check out this latest Obama campaign ad:
I can see the memo:
And now that song, in the context of that campaign ad, is true art. Sing it, Mitt!