You can say what you want about Mitt Romney, but his campaign is creating the opportunity for a young man named Blue Sky Chen to go to college.
Now, granted, that’s not because of any kind of policy proposal Mitt has advanced. No, young Mr. Chen’s gain is thanks to his father’s fortuitous plan to purchase the Amercia.com domain. Yes, Amercia, the land that Mitt Romney’s campaign told its supporters would soon become better if they stood with Mitt.
According to a report in Mashable, John Chen, a Chinese citizen who lives in Shanghai, purchased the domain in 2009 because of his love of America. No, really — in an interview, Chen calls America “the first real democratic country in the human history.”
He said he knew Amercia was misspelled, but he didn’t mind. “Amercia is so near to America, and it makes us feel so close to the USA and it also reminds us that we must work hard to get near to our soul land.”
In the wake of the Romney campaign gaffe, the elder Mr. Chen has been fielding offers for the domain, and says he’d be willing to sell it for a mid-four figure value. And that’s Blue Sky Chen’s gain, because if the domain sells, John intends to save the money to send his son to school in America. Or perhaps Amercia, depending on who wins in November.
So there you have it: concrete educational gains from the Romney campaign. Sure, it’s for one kid, and sure, he lives in China, but what do you want, lower class sizes or something?
Romney’s misspelling drew notice not just from people who were fortunate enough to own a slightly-irregular domain. It also drew attention from satirist Stephen Colbert, who proudly proclaimed his support for “Ronmey 2102.” Colbert ticked off the ways the new Amercia helped — from allowing America to dodge its creditors to giving a boost to Donald Trump’s birtherism (after all, we know Obama wasn’t born in Amercia!).
Colbert declared, “That’s a brilliant strategy. Now Romney can become the president of America or Amercia. He just doubled the odds.”
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