Monday, August 27th, 2012
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Mitt Romney, Comedian: Actual Examples

"He must use humor, for three reasons. One is that wit breaks through and sharpens all points. Another is that it is natural to him. Before the voting in Iowa, he wryly told a friend that the caucuses were like the LaBrea Tar Pits: 'No one comes out the way they went in.' On a conference call recently, he asked a question of his staff. No one answered. Mr. Romney waited. 'Bueller? Bueller?" he said, in a perfect imitation of Ben Stein.'"
—He's also good with birther jokes! Anyway, Peggy Noonan picks up another cheerleading check.

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Michael Schiavo (#3,967)

And these thing is, these are in print. Imagine them coupled with Mitt's delivery? Aw, man. Good times.

cory dodt@twitter (#12,071)

@Michael Schiavo

If Romney does a good Ben Stein impression, I'll eat a case of ClearEyes.

La Cieca (#1,110)

@cory dodt@twitter You should hear him making a case for creationism. Uncanny.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Wit and humor are not the same thing.

hockeymom (#143)

If anyone knows humor, it's Peggy Noonan.

Objectively, the tar-pits "joke" makes no sense. After all, the tar pits are generally thought of not as something that animals dipped into and then came out of (but somehow altered? like how?), but rather as something animals were sucked into, never to return at all. So either he's got the complete wrong conception of tar pits or he's implying that nobody ever returns from the caucuses, which doesn't make any real sense given the rest of his line.

In other words, if this is supposed to convince me that Romney has a functioning sense of humor, I'm still solidly on the side of "he has some programmed lines and a randomizer function that could use additional debugging."

Alternate take : I assume he went with the La Brea Tar Pits simile because he's never encountered the thing we plebes know as a roach motel.

hockeymom (#143)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose Could it also be a reference to "tar baby"? Or is my tinfoil hat just a bit too tight this morning?

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose: Did your Roach Motel analogy just call his La Brea Tar Pits analogy sticky?

@hockeymom : There is no way you're getting me into that briar patch.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose No, he was referring to visiting it as a rich human in 2012. You expect an amazing park full of rearing tar-covered mammoth skeletons, and discover it's just a bunch of dirty pits of water. How's THAT for Hope and Change.

@deepomega : A series of inky pits, jammed full of the bloated bodies of evolution's rejects, sealed away from the harsh light of day … hm, I can see the caucus analogy now.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Hey, is she calling Rob Portman fat here? "Sen. Rob Portman, whom many thought would, like Mr. Christie, have been a very solid vice presidential nominee…"

dj pomegranate (#201,598)

"Third, President Obama can't stand to be made fun of. His pride won't allow it, his amour propre cannot countenance a joke at his own expense. If Mr. Romney lands a few very funny lines about the president's leadership, Mr. Obama will freak out." I feel like this is demonstrably untrue.

bluebears (#5,902)

@dj pomegranate Shhhh. Just let Peggy pretend.

Pop Socket (#187)

Nothing will ever top "There's no plates like chrome for the Hollandaise."

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