#Romneyshambles: Rick Gorka, Mitt Romney’s traveling press secretary  “lost his cool and cursed at reporters who attempted to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate in a public plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw,” CNN reports. Gorka said,  “kiss my ass, this is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.” He then told a reporter to “shove it.”

Politico later reported Gorka subsequently called two reporters to apologize. Wow, Mitt Romney continues to implode and show us that he’s a joke on the international stage. Even Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren complained she felt like being in a “petting zoo” at the treatment of Mitt Romney and staff meted out to the U.S. journalists.

Mitt Romney should have stayed home. Clearly he is not presidential material. What would he do if he had gone to Africa. Um, wait. That’s not the kind of crowd he wants to be around.

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  • The_Ohioan

    Now Mr. Romney must answer for a press spokesman who is evidently experienceing jet lag? Give it a break. Mr. Romney is very capable of making his own gaffes, thank you very much. We haven’t heard much about his speeches in Poland, yet, but I’m hopeful he’s ending his trip on a high note (gaffe free). Apparently the labor unions in Poland are not impressed and he’s still tweaking Russia which may or not be a good idea should he actually be elected.

  • dduck

    It’s a shame all right. How to turn this lemon into lemonade? Fire this guy, hold a press conference and throw yourself on the mercy of the reporters. If you can survive this crucible you will appear strong. Problem is you have to appear strong and reasonable at the conference, no mean trick. Then, get a tough press gal to slow down the media feeding frenzy you and your people have created.

  • slamfu

    Well it may seem harsh, but c’mon, Romney picked about the 3 easiest places for him to go and has made a hash out of it, and he’s not home yet. If I were him, I’d “self deport” back to the US and go back to the drawing board.

  • Rcoutme

    I personally think that Mr. Gorka was simply trying out the actual Romney strategy for the vast majority of Americans. He probably missed the memo that mentioned that the staff was not supposed to actually disclose the strategy to the press.

  • ROFL!! Jon Stewart must be in heaven. This train wreck of a campaign is writing its own comedy routine!!

  • EEllis

    You know this stuff is getting a lot of press but it’s pretty amazing how most people either don’t care or like it.

  • You know this stuff is getting a lot of press but it’s pretty amazing how most people either don’t care or like it.

    Well, we don’t really care much for reporters* nowadays, either. So if they spat at each other, who cares.

    * I know a lot of journalists post articles on this forum. This is not intended to slam journalists. Something has happened to your industry & profession, I think you know this. Today’s reporting is a cross between celebrity worship and WWF Wrestling ring announcing. It is that of which I speak, and it is that of which the public has had enough of (although, I suppose, the ratings don’t back up that statement).

  • roro80

    Stay classy, Team Romney.

  • zephyr

    The Obama folks must be loving this…

  • I need to add a bit to this. YES Romney DOES have to answer for someone hired to represent him to reporters. All of us who worked in or work in the media have dealt with tough and assertive spokesmen. But cussing at reporters indicates someone does not have the substantive answer to a policy or in this case procedural problem — and is an awful image for a candidate. I could not listen to talk radio today but I’m sure Rush and Sean loved this. The problem is, Romney needs to get MORE than Rush and Sean groupies to win the election. This is NOT the kind of face a candidate wants on his campaign. Apologies do go a long way but YES most ASSUREDLY a candidate is the one responsible for the person who is speaking for him if the person steps over the line. If not Romeny, then who is his boss? Paul Begala? Actually, based on the antagonism this likely created in the press corps, that seems a more logical choice than it being Mitt Romney. OH and to all those who’ll insist that press spokesmen say that all the time to reporters. No. If it’s said it’s said in jest. AND press spokespeople can say the same basic thing without using those words.

  • EEllis

    Wow when I watched the video all I can think of is give me a break. I was thinking it was some kind of press conference but it was Romney visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then walking back to his limo. There were never going to be any answers, never any comments, if the reporters were doing anything it was yelling to get themselves on tape. The comments made were clearly personal and not official in any way and I think the guy had a point.


  • roro80

    EEllis — I can think of about a hundred other things besides “Kiss my ass, this is a holy site” that would have been much more appropriate.

  • EEllis

    I agree but I just don’t think this is going to change anyones mind. The people who seem to believe it matters were most likely firmly against Romney and the others don’t care.

  • roro80

    Possible. But even folks like dduck seem to be souring on Mitt, and he was pretty strongly for him earlier this year. The miserable foreign trip does seem to be eating into Mitt’s numbers, and boosting Obama’s. We see just this morning new polls showing that Obama’s numbers are topping 50% in a number of swing states where he was previously in the mid-40s ranges. Bad news just seems to be piling up, and things like this certainly don’t help.

  • dduck

    Dduck, never liked Mitt, just thought he was a better choice than Obama, still do. Yes, I’ve soured because he and his advisers are doing a lousy job, just as Obama and his advisers are doing a good job, but the job is CAMPAIGNING, not governing. That is why I’m pissed.

  • roro80

    Fair enough, dduck. I didn’t mean to presume your position. One does wonder how one might govern who can’t choose competent people to be around him.

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  • EEllis

    My point is that something is a “gaff”, when campaigning, if it tends to make people less likely to vote for you as an unintended consequence. While those who dislike him are loudly trumpeting his mistakes most people shrug and think “whatever”. Here we have a man who is on Romney’s staff but wasn’t performing any duties and got a bit pissed with the reporters braying in his ear at a site he thought deserved a bit more reverence. “OMG! Romney made another Gaff!” Really? But no coverage of his great speech or his endorsement by Lech Walesa, just repeated mentions of the off handed comment from the traveling press secretary. I don’t buy it but who knows maybe those that only read the headlines will.

  • dduck

    EE, true.