Mitt Romney’s ‘Seinfeld’ Blunder Proves He’s Not One of Us

mitt romneyMitt Romney should just stop pretending to be someone he's not. It's like when your dad chaperons your middle school dance -- it's obvious he's just as uncomfortable as you are, his huge smile and attempted dance moves can't hide the fact that he'd rather light himself on fire than stand there another minute listening to Katy Perry and watching 13-year-olds grope each other. That's how I see Romney, as an embarrassed Dad, when he wears those terrible blue jeans and talks about "regular folks." It's painful to watch because it's clear it's just an act.

Take, for example, the GOP debate last night. Romney tried to show us, once again, that he's just one of the guys. This time it was a blundered Seinfeld reference that induced a nationwide cringe fest.

The crowd erupted in applause after the Governor talked about restoring a promise that Obama broke, and while basking in the love, Romney joked, "As George Costanza would say, when they're applauding, stop."

We always get where Romney's coming from, just like we understand why Dad's trying to do the Dougie, but it doesn't make it any less difficult to watch. According to BuzzFeed, the real Seinfeld quote that Romney was likely referencing came from Jerry, who was talking to George. It went: "Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off." Jason Alexander caught the quote and responded on Twitter.

Romney gave it a good go. He tried. But he needs to forget the jeans and forget pop culture and just wear the business suits he's comfortable in and talk about money and politics and health care and all that good stuff. It's his facade that makes him seem like a total toady, even if he really isn't. I find it way easier to accept someone who stays true to themselves than someone who's trying too hard to fit in.

I mean, the man is super rich and has amazing hair, so clearly, he's not one of us. And I think that's OK. Just enough with the charade already.

Do you think Mitt Romney is trying too hard to be "one of us"?


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Loref... Lorefield

Perhaps you don't know what the term "generalization" actually means. Either that, or you are actually asserting that NO liberals know how to be classy. Pretty funny when I've seen some pretty classless garbage coming from your direction.

Procr... Procrastamom

"Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off."

I wish these three frontrunners would say goodnight and walk off.  None of them have shown any indication that they really want to lead.  Their whole platform is "get THAT MAN out of the White House, no matter the cost to America."  Pathetic.

bills... billsfan1104

Lorefield, I never said ALL liberals. You have never kept it classy. You have called Jenny terrible names and other republicans names and personally attacked others. I have not done that, nor will I, because I believe we need to debate, not attack. But you dont know how to do it, but then bitch and complain when someone else says something you dont like.

Loref... Lorefield

You said "liberals", that implies all liberals and you know it. 

Oh, I never called Jenny horrible names. I do not agree with her views and I voice that disagreement, but never through name calling. I would like you to prove otherwise.


pezch... pezcharlotte

Billsfan, you did say all liberals. And just for the record, I am a liberal who disagrees with just about everything Jenny E. says but I would never call her names nor would call you names even though we disagree on many things.

bills... billsfan1104

Pez, I DID NOT say ALL liberals. I just said liberals. It doesnt mean ALL of them, maybe I need to put some, so some of you dont think I am blaming all of them.
Lorefield, plpease prove where I have personally nasty to people. you cant because I havent.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

@billsfan, I love ya, I really do (we generally disagree but I find you to be strong in your convictions without being too nasty), but what if someone had said "Conservatives don't give a crap about women" or "Christians are a bunch of hypocritical jerks" you know you would have been (rightfully) offended. If you use a label like "liberals" "conservatives", "Christians", "Muslims", ect., its pretty standard that it is in reference to ALL people who identify themselves as such. Using "all liberals", "all conservatives" ect. seems redundant. If you don't mean all of us, you gotta say "some of you liberals" or else there will be confusion/anger.

Loref... Lorefield

Ya know what Billsfan, never mind. I don't need to be dragged into a bickering match with you. We both know I didn't call Jenny any kind of names. We both know you did generalize liberals. End of story :)

pezch... pezcharlotte

I give up Billsfan. You are wrong this time. Ele4phant is exactly right.

nonmember avatar nivlhas

Mitt Romney is a big fake! He looks like molded plastic and has less personality than a brick

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