Obama mocked Romney this way: “He said that he’s ‘very supportive’ of this new budget, and he even called it ‘marvelous’ — which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget.” Comic pause. “It’s a word you don’t often hear generally.”
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My first association, on hearing one man mock another for saying “marvelous,” was: Gay. It’s an I’m-more-manly move. I heard a smidgeon of homophobia. Perhaps I heard it because, a few days ago, on winning the Wisconsin primary, Romney introduced Ryan, saying: “Congressman Ryan, he’s a great leader, wonderful speaker, but he’s not gonna take Ann’s place.” (Ann being, of course, Mitt’s wife.) At the time, I quipped: “Combatting the ‘bromance’ rumors!”
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But Romney uttered “marvelous,” the adjective. He was talking about Paul Ryan’s budget, and Obama snickered. Am I wrong to hear a tone of homophobia? I Googled “gay men say marvelous.” Sorry, to be so crude, but research can be so easy and I got the most marvelous return. It’s Noël Coward’s “I’ve Been To A Marvellous Party,” in which male homosexuality and excessive wealth are merged marvelously.
Read the whole thing. It’s Althouse. And when she has fun writing a post (as it appears she did in crafting this one), the result is just lots of fun to read.
Don’t expect this notion to get much media traction; here we have a Democrat mocking a Republican. ‘Twere is the other way ’round, HRC would be issuing multiple press releases, denouncing the Republican for his sub rosa homophobia.