Song of Mitt’s Self

With the Republican and Democratic conventions just around the corner I’m sure we’ll start seeing more and more political parody and mashups. Here, Hugh Atkin has Mitt Romney in an existential conversation with himself about his contradictory positions across a number of issues.

Atkin explains it to Slate’s Dave Weigel:

My original concept was to do “Mitt Romney by Terrence Malick” and have a tormented and elliptical monologue from Romney as he walked through the corn fields of Iowa. That ultimately proved to be a bit too sombre and esoteric to have much appeal and I decided that Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” provided a better frame to explore the same basic idea.

Whitman’s poem seemed particularly apt:

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.

I tried to have Governor Romney quote those words, but that proved not to be feasible. Nevertheless, I liked the idea of Romney ultimately celebrating his contradictions; that by taking divergent positions and speaking in different voices, Romney represented all of America.

Atkin says his source material comes from “C-SPAN and Fox News online video archives, both of which allow you to search time-indexed transcripts.”

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