Most people have no idea what Romney’s first name is, but 2% of them think it’s Mittens. His full name is really Willard Mitt Romney. ‘Willard’ is obviously worse than ‘Mitt,’ but he could’ve gone with ‘Will’, or ‘Bill’. In any case, his name is just strange — much like him. So much is he strange, in fact, that The Atlantic has an article which implies he is a very lifelike, yet ultimately unconvincing, robot. They focus on the phenomenon of the Uncanny Valley, which states that as non-human things get closer to looking human, we tend to like them more — until they get too close, and then they’re creepy. Computer-generated characters, dead people, and androids are all examples of things that fall in the Uncanny Valley. And apparently, Romney is one of those things.
If you think about it, he very well could be a robot engineered to lead us. He came here from the land of Mormon, made a lot of money to fund his political career, got experience in politics as the governor of Massachusetts, and now his ducks are all lined up for the presidency. But, like John Kerry before him, he has trouble relating to humans. He’s great in political situations like debates and interviews, because that’s what he was designed to do. But even then, his weirdness comes through; and when put in real situations, it becomes clear his programming needs a little polishing.