The Last of the Winnebagos

by matttbastard


Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five sons’ decision not to enlist in the military, saying they’re showing their support for the country by “helping me get elected.”

Romney, who did not serve in Vietnam due to his Mormon missionary work and a high draft lottery number, was asked the question by an anti-war activist after a speech in which he called for “a surge of support” for U.S. forces in Iraq.

“The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that’s the way we’re going to keep it,” Romney told some 200 people gathered in an abbey near the Mississippi River that had been converted into a hotel. “My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard.”

He added: “One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”


Romney noted that his middle son, 36-year-old Josh, was completing a recreational vehicle tour of all 99 Iowa counties on Wednesday and said, “I respect that and respect all those and the way they serve this great country.”

Conservative law prof Stephen Bainbridge, no fan of Romney’s to begin with, is far from impressed with the former Governer of Massechusett’s political acumen:

I’m not saying his kids should have served. I’m saying that to equate serving in the military with helping out in a political campaign is the sort of thing only a guy dumb enough to strap his dog to the roof of his station wagon for a 12 hour trip would say. It’s incredibly demeaning to those who serve to compare the heroism of those who serve in Iraq (whatever one makes of the cause) to stuffing envelopes in Ames or whatever Mitt’s kids are doing.

Now, now Professor. Josh Romney isn’t merely stuffing envelopes this summer; he’s been courageously driving the Mitt Mobile through the mean streets of the Midwest. Which, according to some, could be considered akin to touring through downtown Baghdad.*

More from publius, Kyle [E.] Moore, Kathy @ No More Mister Nice Blog and Steve Benen.

Flashback: Jon Swift asks: “Will Mitt Romney take Battlefield Earth to the White House?

Via Memeorandum.

*Iowa, Indiana – same diff. *cough*