Today’s New York Times opinion section has a great column titled “A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney.” Drawing on the recent comparison of Romney’s campaign strategies to an Etch-A-Sketch, David Javerbaum observes:
The imagery may have been unfortunate, but Mr. Fehrnstrom’s impulse to analogize is understandable. Metaphors like these, inexact as they are, are the only way the layman can begin to grasp the strange phantom world that underpins the very fabric of not only the Romney campaign but also of Mitt Romney in general. For we have entered the age of quantum politics; and Mitt Romney is the first quantum politician.
With tongue firmly planted in cheek he suggests:
…close and repeated study of his campaign in real-world situations has yielded a standard model that has proved eerily accurate in predicting Mitt Romney’s behavior in debate after debate, speech after speech, awkward look-at-me-I’m-a-regular-guy moment after awkward look-at-me-I’m-a-regular-guy moment, and every other event in his face-time continuum.
The rest of the piece borrows various principles from quantum physics, such as complementarity, probability, uncertainty and even a variation of the many worlds theory.
Ironically, while it appears to have been written in jest it actually does seem to offer a way to understand some of the quirks of Romney and his campaign.
Now that’s just weird!