“Gotcha” questions do exist. I’m not inclined to believe they exist to the extent folks like Sarah Palin do (99% of the questions asked of her were not “Gotcha” questions), but there are those trying to catch politicians off their guard for a quick news bite. That’s what happened today when GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney was asked whether or not he believes interracial dating is a sin, per Mormon doctrine. The result wasn’t the usual Romn-tastic flub, but a pivot to an actual concern of the 2012 election. And his response was a rare (incredibly rare) show of emotion and sincerity for a candidate who I had growing concerns was actually a T-600 robot in disguise.
There are those who will crawl into their partisan bunkers and say the question was valid. But c’mon! Say what you will about Romney, but the guy is a seasoned political veteran despite the “I’m a regular Joe” shtick he repeatedly fails to pass. He’s not going to fall for such an obvious trap. He only screws up when he’s asked, y’know, real questions. It’d be like wasting President Obama’s time with a question, such as “Do you believe we should stone our brothers for growing different crops side by side?” because it’s in the Old Testament and he is, after all, a Christian. The Republican party has dug itself into an incredibly deep right-wing ditch, but I have strong doubts anyone who actually believes interracial dating is a sin can crawl out of that hole to become a presidential contender.
So instead of getting some idiotic soundbite, it gave Romney a chance to shed his usual humanoid skin and come out as a reasonable man who understands the true concerns of the American people. Last I checked, the issue of interracial marriage hasn’t been up for debate since the days of Strom Thurmond (May he rest in the fiery pits of Hell). But do feel free to ask him if he thinks gay marriage is a sin, since this is a religious belief he has publicly accepted. That will no doubt elicit the awkward response with some irrelevant tangent to being friends with a millionaire we’ve come to know and love about Mitt Romney.
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