Losing my Cookies


Cookie Tray from the Bethel Bakery in Pittsburgh

No, I am not having a problem with my Internet browser, but I am feeling a bit queasy. Not physically, mind you, but my insides are irritated nonetheless with the title referring to my attitude about the Democrats’ approach to the presidential campaign.

Way back in August Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin of Politico wrote that the Democrats would launch a “personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background.” That same piece quoted an unnamed Obama campaign adviser, “There’s a weirdness factor with Romney, and it remains to be seen how he wears with the public.”

Well, as Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC demonstrated this past week, the message from the Democratic National Committee had been received loud and clear. Now that Mitt is the presumptive nominee, he has moved his operation into gear: Carry out the planned strategy by all means possible and take every opportunity to depict Mitt as weird. After hitting Mitt’s religion a few days ago, O’Donnell is now depicting Mitt as a space alien:

O’DONNELL: Mitt Romney , man from Mars , has struck again.

ROMNEY: I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. Did you make those cookies? You didn’t, did you? No, no. they came from the local 7-11 bakery or wherever.

O’DONNELL: That was Mitt ‘s man from Mars reaction on Tuesday outside of the Bethel Park Community Center near Pittsburgh . He was there doing, you know, what we all do whenever our hosts present us with snacks or food of any kind. He immediately insulted their offering. On what planet is that an acceptable practice?

It is obvious to anyone who knows Mitt that he would never speak negatively of any offering of food that was placed before him. No way is he that sort of mean person.

So, what could be behind what the media is now calling “Cookiegate?” Well, no doubt a good deal of the uproar was an attempt to make up for the lost battle over modes of transportation for dogs and the resulting tsunami of “dogs as menu items” that hit Twitter this past week. Jim Treacher of The Daily Caller began the whole episode by referring to David Axelrod’s Tweet from January, “How loving owners transport their dogs,” writing, “Hey, if we’re going to talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago, let’s talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago.”

Providing some insights into the competition between the Republican and Democrat campaigns, Chris Cilizza of The Fix at the Washington Post explains in detail the exchanges between Axelrod and Eric Fehrnstrom, Mitt’s Senior Campaign Adviser. In response to Axelrod’s January post, Fehrnstrom Tweeted, “In hindsight, a chilling photo RT @davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs. bit.ly/xGeJuZ.” The shortened URL is a link to the photo Axelrod had Tweeted back in January.

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