Mitt Romney’s in New Jersey, at the Parsippany Hilton, getting his picture snapped with the big dogs (maxed at $2,500/primary), shaking hands with the GOP hoi polloi forking over their $500 bucks, and sharing a stage in Jersey with his #1 BFF and a stronger player in his campaign even than he is, Chris Christie.
Mitt: You should know New Jersey’s a pro-equality state. Voters here – yeah, Mitt, even a lot of Republicans – want the rights of gay people’s unions to be respected by our laws. That’s where we are, even if some of our legislators aren’t there with us yet.
I tell you this, Mittster, because this morning you had an encounter in a diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, with an older guy in a flannel shirt and Vietnam Veteran ballcap. And Mitt, you didn’t come off too well there, buddy.
Boston Globe tells it. The flannel fella was Bob Garon. He asked you if you want to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law. Here’s how that went (you’re in bold):
You said yes: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s my view.”
Bet you were surprised the vet was sitting at the table with his husband. Didn’t see that coming? Garon said: “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”
You said you supprt DOMA. “And we apparently disagree.”
“It’s good to know how you feel,” Garon said. “That you do not believe that everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”
Romney: “No, actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. And I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”
Yeah, that was an itchy little moment, wasn’t it, Mitt, ‘specially with all those pesky reporters leaning in. Your aide tried to hustle you out, muttering about getting late to Fox News.
Garon: “Oh, I guess the question was too hot.”
Romney: “No, I gave you the answer.”
“You did,” Garon said. “And I appreciate your answer. And you know, I also learned something and New Hampshire is right. You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer, and you know what, Governor, good luck.”
“Thank you, appreciate it,” Romney said. “Have a good day to you, sir.”
Garon’s parting words: “You’re going to need it.”
Good luck, Mitt. Pullin’ for ya, little buddy.
p.s. We hear ole’ Newt Gingrich just pledged personal fidelity to his spouse. Right? A little late, considering she’s #3 and he cheated on #2 with her. He’s all talking up DOMA, too. Ironic, yes? But, whatevs. You people are freakin’ hilarious, until I remember this is serious business, Mitt. … Mittster.