State Songs, by Mitt Romney

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 7 2012 9:20 AM

State Songs, by Mitt Romney

136526099
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the crowd at the Tilton School January 6, 2012 in Tilton, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire primary is scheduled to be held January 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

BOW, N.H. -- In Iowa, Mitt Romney liked to quote from "America, the Beautiful" and apply lyrics as literally as he could. "Amber waves of grain," he'd say. "Well, corn could be an amber wave, right?"

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

In Derry today, Romney kept the meme going with a New Hampshire reference. "Purple mountains majesty," he said. "Certainly the White Mountains qualify!"

Advertisement

How long can he keep this going? I'll help him out.

South Carolina, January 21: "Till nobler men keep once again, thy whiter jubilee. Thanks for coming, Bob Jones University!"

Florida, January 29: "Till souls wax fair as earth and air, and music-hearted sea. The Gulf of Mexico, that's a music-hearted sea, isn't it?"

Nevada, February 4: "Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears. Sounds a lot like 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," am I right?"

Colorado, February 7: "America! America, may God thy gold refine. You know what I'm talking about, Pueblo!"

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Alabama’s Insane New Abortion Law Gives Fetuses Lawyers and Puts Teenage Girls on Trial

Tattoo Parlors Have Become a Great Investment

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

Big Problems With the Secret Service Were Reported Last Year. Nobody Cared.

Crime

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 2 2014 11:01 AM It Wasn’t a Secret A 2013 inspector general report detailed all of the Secret Service’s problems. Nobody cared.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 2 2014 12:58 PM Why Can’t States Do More to Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills? It’s complicated.
  Life
Lexicon Valley
Oct. 2 2014 1:05 PM What's Wrong With "America's Ugliest Accent"
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 2 2014 12:37 PM St. Louis Study Confirms That IUDs Are the Key to Lowering Teen Pregnancy Rates
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Behold
Oct. 2 2014 1:09 PM Are You Enjoying a Picnic on a Dumpsite?
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 2 2014 12:56 PM My Year Without Flying I’ve stayed on the ground, to help fight climate change. Here’s what happened.
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 2 2014 12:53 PM The Panic Virus How public health officials are keeping Americans calm about the Ebola threat.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?