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Re: Mr. Romney



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Katrina, I’m with Kevin and the president in preferring “Mr. Romney” over “Governor Romney.” The primary debates were all “Governor”, “Senator” and “Mr. Speaker”, even though there wasn’t a single governor, senator, or speaker on the stage. What’s the point of a republic if a guy can serve one term in the House of Representatives in the early Seventies and be addressed as “Congressman” until he keels over half-a-century later? Turning offices into titles of nobility is, to my mind, even more unrepublican than having a bunch of marquesses and viscounts queening it up because “Senator”, “Governor” et al. are titles that by definition are in the gift of the people and, when the people are no longer willing to bestow said title or the office-holder declines to submit himself to their adjudication, the use thereof should cease.

Lest I be accused of being anti-American in respect of the above, I may add that, as a subject of Her Canadian Majesty, I think “Mr.” and “Mrs.” can be pretty cool in monarchies, too. Just about the only advice I ever had the temerity to offer Mrs. Thatcher was not to accept a peerage, because “Mrs. Thatcher” was a far greater title than anything the Sovereign could bestow. I still think I was right on that, and can never quite bring myself to say “Lady Thatcher.” In fact, the only guy who makes it work is Larry King, who liked to introduce her on CNN as “Margaret the Lady Thatcher”, which makes her sound like she’s running the south side numbers racket with Sammy “The Bull” Gravano.



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