In the final sprint to the finish, Mitt Romney has got shit-kick-me written all over him — yesterday he pissed off the Italians, and now he’s the big-butt of late-night jokes.
The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University found in a study Romney is the source of almost twice the number of jokes by late-night, talk-show hosts than President Obama: â€œRomney is leading in the humor race, but being the biggest joke is a race nobody wants to win,â€ CMPA President Dr. Robert Lichter said.
(Illustration: Salvador Dali’s ‘Nude in the Water‘ found here).
Of course, Romney as president is not funny at all — Joss Whedon knows for sure what will happen if Mitt beats Obama next Tuesday, but that’s just a bit of walking-dead humor.
And not too-deliberately humorous is Ron Reagan’s slap at Romney yesterday in the Seattle Weekly — the terminal butt of bad news with a poetic title, ‘Mitt to Shit.’
The Romney campaign is built upon four pillars: dishonesty, vote suppression, race, and the still-struggling economy.
The last is obvious and circumstantial.
Presidents benefit from a robust economy, suffer blame for a poor one, and can do relatively little to control either.
The other pillars, though, will instruct the field generals of campaigns to follow.
Should they amount to a successful strategy, they will be copied and extended.
We are used to politicians stretching the truth, spinning, selectively citing studies, and practicing all the other arts of mendacity employed in the pursuit and maintenance of high office.
Yet in the long and ignoble catalogue of political bullshitting, Mitt Romneyâ€™s campaign stands horned head and hairy shoulders above the squalid competition.
Never in the modern eraâ€”at least not in my memoryâ€”has an American presidential endeavor so enthusiastically embraced the concept of the Big Lie.
No useful distortion is left under the rock where it was found.
No bit of flummery is too absurd to be trotted out for the knuckle-dragging base to gnaw over.
The Romney campaign attaches itself to untruth like a horny little dog on a visitorâ€™s leg.
Now, there’s a hump-butt of a joke.