Words With Friends is a multi-player word game developed by Zynga. It's popularity got a boost from Alex Baldwin's infamous riff with a stewardess when he refused to turn off the game during take-off. Similar to the rules of Scrabble, players can choose to play with a friend or a random player found online. President Obama has chosen to play the game with undecided voters using a new word he coined this past week. . . called "Romnesia!"
A new disease appears to be blanketing the land. It's a condition that's been developing over the course of the last 6 years in tandem with Governor Mitt Romney's run for president. The first known case was contracted by one who coveted an illusive prize over an extended period of time. It's now believed that type of obsessive drive could lead to extreme forms of memory loss. But who would have believed one could forget, contradict, evade and ultimately obfuscate the public on a host of issues to the extent that's been demonstrated in this current presidential campaign.
Romnesia [pronounced: Rom-nee-zhuh] is a condition affecting Mitt Romney, who has shifted his positions from “severely conservative” to “severely kidding” (according to the President) – conveniently forgetting the conservative promises he’s made over the past six years that he’s been running for president. First detected by Obama during a stump speech he delivered in Fairfax, Virginia on October 19, 2012, he defines the symptoms of the condition as those that relate to a series of issues, not limited to equal pay, contraception, abortion, tax cuts for the rich, coal and a multitude of others.
According to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, "Republicans are mocking the new coinage, claiming it reveals — along with the Big Bird hit — the superficiality of the Obama campaign." But delving deeper into this condition, Romnesia seems anything but superficial. It's driver is ambition and its fatal flaw is hubris for one who's apparently lost his way. A party whose tent is so large that in order to satisfy both extremes, albeit Tea Party and the Moderates, it takes a certified schizophrenic to be able to absorb and spew out what both sides are asking for. However, it appears those affected by Romnesia can pull it off.
According to Sargent, "there’s no need to choose between 'extremist' and 'flip flopper.' Romney is simply a weasel." His conundrum is that holding extreme positions to get him through the primaries and then reversing them in the general election pits the man against himself. This is further complicated that when and if he should ascend to the position of Leader of the Free World, he will need to honor his original extreme positions since his base in Congress won't allow him to do otherwise.
Romney's response to Obama's new 'word with friends' tactic is that the president has reduced his attacks of the Governor to silly word games. Calling Obama's futile efforts as the "incredible shrinking campaign," he added: "This is a big country with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep talking about smaller and smaller things."
Romnesia?. . . so what's the cure? Obama was quick to come up with a remedy: "So – I think you’re beginning to be able to identify these symptoms. And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises you’ve made over the six years you’ve been running for President, here’s the good news… We can fix you up! We've got a cure! Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions."
However can Obama really score on using the term "Romnesia" in his global "Word with Friends" game? Isn't one of the primary rules of Scrabble that only words found in a 'standard dictionary' are permitted? Unfortunately that is true. But then again how could a word only coined on October 19th have time to make it to Webster's or another noted dictionary? Well, we live in the digital age folks. And doing a little research, low and behold, "Romnesia" has already made it's way to the Urban Dictionary! It's legitimate word play for you undecided voters. Next move's yours, Gov'nor!