There are far too many good contributions, but these struck me as about right:
At this point, Mitt Romney is making George W. Bush and Sara Palin look like Rhodes Scholars. #RomneyShambles
When Boris Johnson looks smart and sane by comparison, you know your trip to Britain is in #RomneyShambles.
#RomneyShambles The sad part is that @MittRomney was up all night learning his lines for his meeting with PM.
#romneyshambles: More Romney fallout: ‘Apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’ and this was one of the better reactions.”
If readers see any other good ones, please let me know.
Even the America media are getting in on the act.
Update 1: Vanity Fair covers it:
“Mitt Romney’s disaster of a European vacation continues to implode. In an Olympic ceremony in Hyde Park this afternoon, London mayor Boris Johnson mocked Romney’s earlier gaffe—Disconcerting-gate—and Romney’s dumb name. “There’s guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!” Did Johnson make air quotes with his hands when he said “Mitt Romney”? “
Update 2: The NY times touches on his real reason for visiting London:
“Although Mr. Romney hasn’t won over the British Prime Minister or the British Olympic Committee, at least some Londoners seem to have embraced the Republican candidate. The Telegraph reported yesterday that executives at Barclay’s—the bank that paid a huge fine over the Libor scandal–have donated $1 million to Mr. Romney. (All American citizens?) The Guardian said there is a fundraiser for him tonight in Mayfair for between $50,000 and $75,000 a ticket. “
Update 3: Time haven’t missed out either.
TPM points to the real issue, money:
“With his London visit mired in controversy, Mitt Romney is also facing criticism for taking money from individuals implicated in an ongoing banking scandal.
Barclays executives have donated over $1 million to Romney’s campaign, according to the Guardian, and many are expected to be in attendance at Thursday’s fundraiser, raising eyebrows on both sides of the pond.”
Update 4: It’s on the BBC too.
Update 5: With the Huff Post picking it up I can’t wait for the YouTube spoofs to appear.
Politicus USA hasn’t missed out the comparison, Romney in Shambles as Britain Proclaims Him Worse than Sarah Palin.
Update 6: Romney and vanity go together rather well, as the Salt Lake City Olympics commemorative badges (pins for American readers) demonstrates.
Update 7: Over at the Atlantic, The Best of #romneyshambles.
Update 8: Romney gaffes in full.
The WSJ’s Romney’s Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6.
No gold medal for Mitt Romney from British press.
From 2007, Mitt Romney: I won’t let US go the way of UK.
Mitt Romney’s Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama.