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Trailer Review: Mitt Romney, the 'Flipping Mormon'
Straight up, most people will talk about the scene where Mitt Romney irons his shirt while wearing it. It's kind of funny, and even Mitt seems to think so. But people like to make fun of Mitt – even the ones one his side – and it's the sort of footage that begs an immediate, lazy reaction.
Most of this trailer, however, is very serious and very seriously terrific.
For one, you have the moment Romney realized he had lost the election. Famously, Mitt never prepared a concession speech. That was the thickness of the Republican bubble at the time: they didn't want Obama to be president, and they couldn't imagine anyone else did, either. Their numbers had an easy Romney victory... the real numbers were something quite different.
But you also have Romney treating Obama with respect, which is something he hasn't been granted by any of his opponents.
No, I don't mean just his political opponents. But the word Obama has become a sort of curse word, like Bush was from 2001 to 2008, too. People don't call him "The President"; they just call him Obama. It's become slang, something of a slight.
But Romney calls him "The President". Kudos, Mitt.
(You also have one of Mitt's sons saying, "If you don't win, we'll still love you. The country may think of you as a laughingstock and we'll know the truth. And that's okay." Gee, thanks, son.)
In this trailer, we see the sort of transparent creature that was never released. Maybe it was that his team thought they had the game won before puck drop – maybe they didn't think they had to release the "flipping Mormon", as Romney refers to himself in Netflix's trailer.
Oh yeah, how could I have forgotten that? This is a Netflix documentary. A Netflix production. Six years of exclusive access to a guy that may or may not have won an election, but might not have even won his party's leadership.
Netflix got very serious last year. It became professional in 2010, or something. Now, it's hitting home runs.
And if only this Romney had been the Romney America saw in those 12 months that ended 12 months ago, things might have ended quite differently. Or, at least, it would have been closer.