In a move clearly designed to pander to the Animal Right's crowd, which is already so fond of him, Mitt Romney kicked off his North Carolina visit this week at a place in Raleigh called "The Angus Barn." It was the presumed GOP presidential nominee's first foray of the 2012 election into our grape-hued swing state.
He then descended upon the Queen City for an appearance on the fifth floor of an Uptown building with a great view of our skyline, which his campaign completely obstructed with the most enormous American flag money can buy. It's not about you, Charlotte.
His 13 minute speech, characterized by his campaign as a "prebuttle," or a pre-emptive strike of sorts, was filled with a list of President Obama's shortcomings and broken dreams. Romney implemented the Simon Cowell strategy of gaining America's attention by blasting another person's work while offering no indication of his own abilities to do a better job. He did not lay out a single solution or platform of his own. Even the candidate's podium didn't reflect his personal campaign: It simply read "Obama isn't working."
Yeah, neither is 10 percent of America, but sipping all this Haterade isn't what is going to help.
He ended his trip with a private fundraiser in Myers Park for local politicians and business owners. Republican officials estimated he would raise $500,000, or in other words, a solid year's salary for 10 out-of-work, management-level employees.