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Thank heavens for Mitt, the designated driver.
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Second, find the biggest available straw man and then just mercilessly attack it.
Big Bird didn’t even see it coming.
And by the way, in the spirit of Sesame Street, the president’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter “O” and the number $16 trillion.
Does everyone remember the president’s feigned ignorance on the David Letterman show when asked the size of the national debt? Well, there it is — the $16 trillion — with a great big “O” in front of it.
Any comedian will tell you that one laugh begets another. Once people are laughing, it’s not so hard to keep them laughing. At this point, Romney essayed his edgiest remark of the night — and again it worked, judging by the audience’s reaction:
Campaigns can be grueling, exhausting. President Obama and I are very lucky to have one person who is always in our corner, someone who we lean on, and someone who is a comforting presence. Without whom, we couldn’t be able to go another day. I have my beautiful wife Ann, he has Bill Clinton.
Then there was one last perfectly executed dig at Joe Biden:
We got a big dose of the Biden charm last week, I tell you that, in his debate with Paul Ryan, I’m not sure all that carrying on had the effect that Joe intended. Because afterwards I heard from the Federal Election Commission, from now on whenever he appears on TV, there’s a recording of me afterwards that says, “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”
Then came a brilliant comedic transition — from Joe Biden to the role of the mainstream media in pulling out all the stops to promote the reelection of the president:
Of course rules of fairness have to be enforced, because what other safeguard do we have, besides the press?
There was just a little Bob Newhart-like pause (and no change of expression) at the end of that sentence, which was followed by laughter as soon as the words sank in. He then continued:
… now I never suggest that the press is biased. I recognize that they have their job to do, and I have mine. My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure that no one else finds out about it.
So, yes, the next president of the United States — surprise, surprise — is likely to have an excellent sense of humor even if he doesn’t seem to think that he is anything all that special.
People who know him well invariably describe him as humble, hard-working, serious, caring, responsible, and, yes, funny.
Surely, we need someone like that to be the designated driver in bringing America back to its senses.
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.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online