It is a phrase that the base will love – reflecting contempt for an aggressive, boisterous press corps. But it was yet another black eye for Romney’s trip to the safe countries of Britain (totally alienated), Israel (the Palestinians have themselves to blame for poor growth on the West Bank), and now Poland (where Walesa’s fawning was quickly rebutted by Solidarity itself, which cited Romney’s “support for the attacks against trade unions and labor rights.”

To his credit, aide Rick Gorka realized his temper tantrum was bad p.r. pretty quickly:

Gorka subsequently called a pair of reporters to apologize, saying he lost his cool. “It was inappropriate,” Gorka said.

You can forgive this. An aide on a disastrous trip can get snippy. And the hacks were being persistent and rude. But that’s their job. And Romney has all but ignored the chaos and upset and gaffes of his sorry-ass foreign tour. He has had the transparency of Palin and none of the charm:

Romney has not held a media availability for his traveling press corps since taking three questions outside 10 Downing Street in London last Thursday.

Minimal tax returns; almost no press conferences; no account of his faith’s dominant influence on his life; an absence of actual policy proposals so glaring that even David Brooks has noted:

Mitt Romney has run the closest thing to a policy-free race as any candidate in my lifetime.

Romney is the robot who isn’t there.