Thank heavens for Mitt, the designated driver.
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Now Al, you were right, a campaign can require a lot of wardrobe changes. Blue jeans in the morning perhaps, suits for a lunch fundraiser, sport coat for dinner, but it’s nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.
A few sentences after that came the first of many caustic (and brilliantly funny) remarks. This was:
I was actually hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening, because he’ll laugh at anything.
Romney then went on to speculate what was going on in the president’s head at that very moment:
… as President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room with everyone in white tie and finery, you have to wonder what he’s thinking: So little time, so much to redistribute.
And don’t be surprised if the president mentions this evening the monthly jobs report where there was a slight improvement in the numbers. He knows how to seize the moment, this president. And already has a compelling new campaign slogan, “You’re better off now than you were four weeks ago.
It was at this point that Romney made the first of several references to his supposedly stiff and formal personality — and the fact that as a Mormon he did not drink wine or any other alcohol:
You know, with all the dignitaries who are here, the Al Smith dinner surely lives up to its billing. Usually when I get invited to gatherings like this, it’s just to be the designated driver.
It is notable the likes of Chris Matthews and Katie Couric were now laughing at almost everything Romney said — including the jibes at the president and vice president.
While Obama flashed a big smile after every joke, Romney does stand-up comedy in the deadpan style — forswearing exaggerated facial expressions while letting the words speak for themselves. And his timing is excellent.
“People seem to be very curious just as to how we prepare for the debates,” Romney innocently observed. “Let me tell you what I do.”
Then came a series of zingers:
First, refrain from alcohol for 65 years before the debate.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?