Leave it to former Gov. Jim Blanchard to utter what others in town have been too afraid to say in public: Mitt Romney is not a chip off the old block.
Given the recent flap over the Romney private fund raiser video, Mr. Blanchard observes that, "I think George Romney would be very upset to see the comments of Mitt Romney. He shows a great lack of knowledge about our country," the Barack Obama backer asserts.
Mr. Blanchard knew the former Gov. Romney as a "progressive.' The son? Well suffice it to say that is not one of the adjectives a sane person would use on the son.
The mere mention of the senior Romney's name by Mr. Blanchard produced this natural follow-up question: Is it fair to compare him to his daddy and find that there is no comparison?
Without missing a beat, Mr. B. retorts, "Yeah, I think it is."
Shades of Democrat Lloyd Benson in his infamous debate with GOP V.P. contender Dan Quayle who waxed on about former President Jack Kennedy. Mr. Benson, writing himself into the history books forever, shot back, "I knew Jack Kennedy and you are no Jack Kennedy."
Point, game, match.
Mr. Blanchard said almost the same thing about George the father and Mitt the son.
The Romney comment about not trying to attract 47% of the voters who were going to vote for his opponent, drew some sympathy from Mr. Blanchard.
"He probably didn't quite mean what he said but now he has doubled down." In other words given a chance to cast it off as a mistake and be done with it, the Romney guys keep trying to talk their way out of this bad case of foot-in-moth disease.
Coming to Mr. Romney's rescue is Mike Cox former GOP Attorney General. "A video one week will be forgotten two weeks later…I don't think the people care and are not paying attention."
Republicans are hoping Mr. Cox is right and that nobody listens to the Blanchard analysis that in the case of Mitt Romney, it is not "like father, like son."