That apparently was the order of the day for Mitt Romney's campaign stop in St. Petersburg, Florida this morning. Several national reporters covering his campaign Tweeted how they announced on his campaign bus that there would be no questions, and others said reporters were blocked from Romney's rope line altogether. Not too surprising from the man with no plan beyond "lie, rinse, loot, repeat" but a bold move anyway. A common problem when you refuse to even take questions, much less answer any makes it appear you have none. For Romney it's worse: We've heard his ideas enough to know this about him already. If he can't stand the scrutiny of reporters, he certainly has no business trying to lead the country.
Is the plan to hide from world leaders and tough situations in a bunker somewhere for four years? If so, his campaign slogan should be "Mitt Happens."
Reporters weren't all that Romney was ducking either. He spoke "of" but not directly about "He Who Shall Not Be Named," George W. Bush. Sadly he couldn't escape the plague Bush legacy, as Dubya managed to snag him with an endorsement yesterday in spite of an elevator door with other plans. Too bad there, Mittens. Or as George himself would say: "Heh, heh!"
Romney also made it a point to avoid "He Who Shall Not Be Named Number Two," and that would be Florida Governor Voldemort, Rick Scott. (Not to mention his secondary title: "He Who Will Not Answer Questions From Reporters Either.") Scott could be an even worse albatross around Mitt's neck than Bush, given that their careers of crash and burn at the expense of others for profit mirror each other, it would be kind of like trying to launch a cruise to the White House with a nod from the captain of the Titanic. What better preview of what Romney would do to the country than showcasing what Scott has done (so far) to Florida? "Like disaster on a grand scale? Then Mitt's your guy!"
So no, not a big surprise that Romney fears reporters almost as much as he fears having principles and a spine. It just seems natural that he would pull a Palin and refuse to further make a fool of himself. Why bother talking to the "little people" you may not be able to trick anyway?
Especially when, also like Palin, you've already won over the ones who really matter, the ones who would gladly finance the looting?