Somehow, it seemed so natural that after Mitt Romney stumbled through the first two stops of his foreign tour, one of his aides would upstage him in Poland with the most clarity anyone has gotten from his camp to this moment. Resorting to an old idiomatic expression that leaves no one guessing, Romney aide Rick Gorka invited a reporter to "Kiss my ass".
Well, now. The challenge was issued as a frustrated Gorka was calling for respect - as in "Kiss my ass" - from reporters to honor a solemn moment at a holy site. Moments later, Gorka huffed at another reporter: "Shove it."
As one who has seen more than one political aide lose it - just this morning a local pol accused me of kicking his ass - I would have thought that Gorka could have said it differently and with more panache. I can only guess that Mitt, hopeful of maintaining a civilized tone while combing Warsaw for a souvenir pierogi, took his aide aside in a quiet room and advised him, "Son, that's not the language I would have used".
The ass-kissing moment did, however, detract from the catcalls Romney has generated for praising Israel's health- care system - a health-care success story, he asserted - for a nation with the 4th best life expectancy.
Does this fellow really not know that Israel has had a socialistic health care system since 1948 and anchored into law as a government mandate in 1995?
Really, folks, does he know anything at all? Or did his Israeli contributors succeed in brainwashing him, that memorable word from his father? We're only sorry that the guided tour didn't include 50 more countries.