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John Dickerson’s got a piece in Slate entitled “Mitt Romney’s Hidden Geek.” His basic thesis is…okay, forget it. He doesn’t have much of a thesis. He’s just heckling Governor Romney. But I think he stumbles across a good point: that Governor Romney’s, uh, interesting choice of a favorite novel is understandable given that he’s, well–look at the the title. According to Dickerson, he’s secretly a geek.
I think this is about two-thirds of the way there: The choice is understandable given that Governor Romney is a nerd, but there’s nothing hidden about that. I mean, come on–the guy’s got two postgraduate degrees from Harvard and has repeatedly made clear that he loves few things more than to be immersed in information and data. I say this admiringly, as a comrade-in-arms–look at what I did in high school if you don’t believe me. He’s a nerd. I’m fine with it, because so am I. (And may I say I’m also not alone on this site…you know who you are, people.)
On a more serious note, I also think this idea explains Governor Romney’s rather high-level and information-laden abortion conversion story–which some have criticized and found unbelievable. Frankly, the guy is just so smart that I actually can picture him sitting there during a Harvard prof’s lecture on the intricacies of biology with the light going on in his head.
NANCY adds: Charles, thanks for linking to that Slate article. I promise, I laughed out loud about five times during Dickerson’s piece.
STEVE adds: I’ll confess that I’m one of the other resident nerds at EFM. But honestly Charles, an academic quiz contest? Was I the only one doing this in high school?

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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