Romney in the Unflattering Spotlight: Hesitates on Equal Pay, Talks Fancy Horse Breeds, and More

Now that he's the presumptive nominee for the GOP, Willard Mitt Romney is finding himself even more in the spotlight than ever--and not all of it is pretty. Let's start from the substantive and move on down. The big story of the morning is the campaign's relcutance to commit to suport of the Lily Ledbetter fair pay act:

Later, a spokesperson emailed TPM that "He supports pay equity and is not looking to change current law.”

This indicates some level of tacking to the center. And yet Romney's conservative sucking up during the primary will haunt him, if the Obama campaign has anything to do with it. They've created a video of his most conservative moments from the primary season, called "Memories to Last a Lifetime:"

Finally, Gawker's new "mole" at FOX News has this to say about footage with which he's gifted the website: 

And I come bearing gifts. The video above is of Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity bantering before the taping of an interview for the "Hannity Vegas Forum" in February. Of note: Romney professes his and his wife Ann's well-known love of horseriding, praising the qualities of the "Austrian Warmbloods" that his wife rides—the are "dressage" horses, he notes—while maintaining his own preference for the "smoother gait" of his own "Missouri foxtrotter."

Now there's nothing wrong with Mitt and his wife loving horseback riding. But remember this video next time Romney attacks Obama for golfing. The inherent elitism and snootiness of golf is NOTHING compared to competitive horseback riding. And I think Mitt loses points with the GOP base for his correct pronunciation of dressage. To GOP-voter ears it sounds not only gay, but even worse, French.

Read more here.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 11, 2012, 6:10am

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