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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:19 PM
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Can you imagine Kerry do that?
I keep hearing people comparing Kerry to ROmney. But I read thimgs like that and I cannot imagine Kerry needing a fake reading list. Authenticity zero.

Romney's Reading Response
by David S. Bernstein
You know how sometimes you forget that certain programmed things need updating? That your voice mail message has your old job title, or your email signature macro has your old fax number?

I think somebody who's responsible for programming Mitt Romney forgot that you need to periodically update the canned answer to "what books have you read recently."

Last night, being interviewed by Bret Baier on FOX News, Romney responded to that input variable with an answer that seemed genuine and plausibly human: that he's currently reading a "fun book," but the last serious book he read was President George W. Bush's memoir, Decision Points.

That was, however, almost the exact same answer he gave a full six months ago, when interviewed in late May for an interview that aired on NBC's Today Show, except that in that interview he remembered to name the fun book. (Misname it, actually; he called it Rule of Nines; it is actually Law of Nines.)

Maybe he's just a really, really slow reader. Or maybe he's so afraid of adding to his "flip-flop" reputation that he won't even change the book he's reading.

But probably it's just another example of Romney's real problem: inauthenticity. You can never feel like he's just giving you an honest answer. He has carefully crafted, tested responses to everything -- even something intended to give a peek into the candidate's authentic, personal side, like what he's reading.

Compare the interviews for yourself. The book question comes at about the 14:12 point of the Nov. 29 Bret Baier interview; and about 5:38 of the May 31 Today Show report.

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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:00 PM
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1. I really can't imagine Kerry not having books to recommend with his
natural enthusiasm for the insight they bring. Here, it might really be true that as busy as he is that he is still reading W's book. No one who reviewed the book said it was a book you could not put down.

Kerry seems to be one of the best read people in politics. Even when he was young, he was obviously a very well read person from what Doug Brinkley wrote in Tour of Duty. He always seems to refer to books in some background SFRC hearings.

Where Kerry was more reserved than some politicians, seemingly valuing private space more than most, what he did show seems to always be real parts of who he is. I can't imagine the reaction an operative would get approaching Kerry and suggesting "answers" for the books, music or anything else he favors. It also seems rather dumb not to just tell the truth - even if the truth is you have been working so hard and reading so much news, that you simply have had no time to read in the last few months.
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