Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu: BFF?

Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu: BFF? Yes. Totally. Turns out, the Israeli leader and the looking-more-and-more-inevitable Republican frontrunner have been the best of friends since well before either of them had ever even gotten into politics, according to a New York Times weekend expose of their connections (a piece which, it has to be said, reads very slightly like a treatment for a political relationship dramedy):

The two young men had woefully little in common: one was a wealthy Mormon from Michigan, the other a middle-class Jew from Israel.

But in 1976, the lives of Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu intersected, briefly but indelibly, in the 16th-floor offices of the Boston Consulting Group, where both had been recruited as corporate advisers. At the most formative time of their careers, they sized each other up during the firm’s weekly brainstorming sessions, absorbing the same profoundly analytical view of the world.

That shared experience decades ago led to a warm friendship, little known to outsiders, that is now rich with political intrigue.

Oh, and:

“We can almost speak in shorthand,” Mr. Romney said in an interview. “We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.”

Touching, but more importantly, in this political climate, a wild firecracker of a political tie. Depending on where a given person falls on the political spectrum, it’ll either score the Romneybot serious brownie points, or it could be even worse than his French lessons. [New York Times |]