Today's Boston Globe notes that Mitt Romney isn't doing quite as well as he'd like in the South -- and relates an anecdote that might help explain why:
When Romney visits different parts of the country, he sometimes comes off more as a respectful cultural anthropologist than a glad-handing politician. In Texas recently, he greeted a crowd with, "Howdy, y'all" which drew a hearty "Howdy!" in return.
OK, not bad -- not bad at all. But then:
"Wow, isn't that great?" Romney responded. "That's powerful. What an experience!"
Ouch. Excellent do-si-do-ing, Mitt ... until you stepped in that cow pie.