If you thought Chris Wallace’s infomercial about the Romneys was a puff piece, wait until you see Megyn Kelly’s two-segment gush-fest with Mitt Romney’s five sons. I wouldn’t have thought it possible but she managed to make Wallace look positively hard hitting.
The video is laughably called “Who Is Mitt Romney?” It should have been called, “Think Of Mitt Romney As America’s Dad!”
In her introduction, Kelly as good as admitted the segment was in tandem with the Romney campaign. She said, “One thing we don’t know is, who Governor Mitt Romney is as a person, a father and a family man. That’s one of the things the campaign is trying to get out there this week.”
Apprently, the Romney campaign’s wish is Fox News'/Kelly’s command. “I hear that I am the envy of a lot of female staffers here,” she giggled early in the interview.
Then she set about trying to prod the sons into attacking President Obama and the Obama campaign:
“It’s got to be very hard (when you see the negative campaign attacks). “Your thoughts on that.”
“Is there anything that goes beyond the pale… that has gotten to (your parents)?”
“Your Mom seems to be very beloved by people on both sides of the aisle, right? But then there was some controversy about whether the Democrats using her horse that she uses as her, part of her multiple sclerosis therapy, in an ad that sort of ripped on your Dad – whether that was beyond the pale… What did you think of that?”
“Do you feel like at all, like, alright, you can take on my Dad but don’t mess with my Mom?”
Unfortunately for Kelly, the sons didn’t want to go there. So she made the “America’s Dad” angle a bit more explicit.
“Do people really understand that (Mitt and Ann Romney) did have some struggles?”
“After the break, I want to talk to you guys about your parents’ love story, which is a beautiful piece of the Romney story and something that a lot of people don’t know that much about but folks on both sides of the aisle have admired.”
“Your Mom, she is said by many to be (Mitt's) ace in the hole, like she – people who think that, ‘well, I don’t know, he seems kind of stiff. I can’t relate to him. But her! I like her! And she wouldn’t marry a guy who was stiff and not easy to get to know, right?’”
“How did you know that they really loved each other? …You had an example set for you! …Do you use that in your own marriage?”
“Does he do, like, the goofy stuff (such as making funny faces at the grandchildren)?”
For answers to these and other, similar questions, you’ll have to watch the video. One thing you won’t find: Why, despite talking tough about military action against Iran, neither Mitt nor any of his children have served in the military.
Instead, Kelly asked if Dad was going to do “anything different” at the convention to counter the “vulture capital” image the Democrats have painted of him.
“I think he’s going to juggle,” one of the sons quipped.
“Excellent!” Kelly exclaimed. I guess we should give her points for not applauding.
Kelly was assured that Dad is not nervous about his upcoming convention speech because he’s used to speaking in front of crowds. But, one of the sons let slip, he’d probably be nervous before the debates. “That’s right, because I’d be on the other side, giving him a hard time!” Kelly joshed.
If anyone believes that is even remotely likely, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Don’t forget, Kelly’s America Live show, airing at 1-3 PM ET, is part of what Fox News bills as its “objective news” lineup.
Somebody should tell Rush Limpballs that, the next time he refers to the First Lady as “The First Linebacker” or “Mooshelle” . . .