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

by Lindsay Mannering on February 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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"?


Photo via roberthuffstutter/Flickr

Filed Under: 2012 election


  • bills...


    February 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    Seinfeld sucked. Just because he screwed up a joke, doesnt mean he is not "one of us".
  • Kritika


    February 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    Sorry he can't "relate" to the little people like Obama does...Obama's speaches make me want to GAG.
  • Kritika


    February 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM
  • Stacey.


    February 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I loved Seinfeld. I think Romney is a douchenheimer.

  • Maevelyn


    February 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I think this all goes back to Bob Dole appearing on SNL and actually being funny as hell. Everyone thought that he might have won if he'd shown that side a little more or Obama listening to Jazz and keeping his blackberry The difference being a) Bob Dole was actually funny B) Bob Dole was funny in a way that made sense for an elderly grandpa kind of guy. c) Obama genuinly likes jazz, it's a relatible little factoid not a scam b) His taste in music is age/ class appropriate. (If he claimed to love Twisted sister or NIN, I think we'd all be a little turned off.) It's more the he really enjoys something relatable and human than it is about what type of music he enjoys. Didn't Romney strap his dog to the roof of his car? He doesn't even seem like a person and the harder he tried the more I pray lightening stricks him. 

  • bills...


    February 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    Maevlyn, because you dont liek someone, you pray for death or harm to them?? Keep it classy, but I forget liberals dont know how too.
  • Tippi...


    February 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM


  • Water...


    February 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    way to overgeneralise billsfan.

  • bills...


    February 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    WATER, Who overgeneralized?? Not me. I might of been a little dramatic, but its not an overgeneralization, because I didnt generalize anything.
  • ele4p...
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    February 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    You know I am not a Romney fan, but its always bothered me that some people think our leaders should be "one of us" or someone we would enjoy hanging out with. I don't want a fun, relatable, president, I want a serious egghead who's going to work on our nation's problems. The presidential election shouldn't be a popularity contest, it should be how is most capable.
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